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Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

Hey Fractal what do you think of this Star Destroyer with a tiny superlaser art?
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gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I’d be seriously wondering if a mini-SL scaled to cram on an Impstar-ballpark hull would be worth the drain from engines, conventional armament & shielding-plus, the engineering demands of that rotate-to-firing-position mechanism.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Recent Disneyboot technical asides re: Death Star 1 (plus TFA’s Resurgent class, albeit just with upgraded TLs…and zilch in the way of stated numbers) introduced kyber crystals as a supposedly major output-amplifying macguffin (hell, I’ve even read the odd spec that DS2 was built larger to compensate for K-crystal scarcity post-ANH), but I’ll believe the funky Jedha rocks let destroyers handily punch that far above their tonnage when I see it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Speaking of star dreadnoughts Fractal you said here http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?p=4023864#p4023864 you are thinking of making the Mandator I & II even wider than the Assertor so does that mean the Mandator’s I & II width be equal to it’s length or even greater? (And the Assertor is already wider than the Executor)

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Speaking of the star dreadnought having a axial weapon Fractal would the Mandator III (which is 12 km long as you may know that) be big enough to have axial superlaser like the Assertor but smaller?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

If it helps, the smallest official superweapon-equipped capital craft I know of would be the Clone Wars toon’s Subjugator-class cruiser, which is a smidgen over 4.8 km & mounts big honkin’ Venator-formation-disabling ion pulse cannons…with one on each broadside facing, and hence with even less space for crucial machinery than an Eclipse/Assertor-style axial mount would provide. With that reference point in mind, I bet you could pack a mini-SL on the Mandator, even if it might not boast the max yield of either later-gen battlewagon (much less the Death Star’s shots from Rogue One).

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

Speaking of super lasers there is a imperial star destroyer variant called Conqueror that was equipped with the super laser right here: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Conqueror_(superlaser)

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

@Anon
‘Zat so? Apologies for the delay-work was especially annoying.
*checks sources*
Hmm…most of the ‘pedia sources for Conqueror involve a game (which I’m inclined to take with several quarts of salt, whatever Disney’s official stance), and the recent Imperial Handbook’s notes include our old pal Bevel Lemelisk admitting to unsolved “issues of miniaturization and power output” in a piece of superweapon-concept propaganda fluff. As such, color me doubtful Impstar-tonnage moon crackers hit active service prior to Endor-for one thing, who’d need Death Stars if you can crank out fortress world-wreckers that small?

hawtss
hawtss
4 years ago

Hey Fractalsponge! Any chance of seeing the Gladiator-class star destroyer here?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  hawtss

Peeps have certainly asked about that prior, but there’s a great deal on Fractal’s plate already (among other things, at least a half-dozen WIPs besides this one).

Chris
Chris
4 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

I have been asking for a while…I have an affinity for the older, smaller EU ships like the Gladiator and the Marauder corvette. They just seem to never get good art. I know the Gladiator has been getting some love lately with the Armada game.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Chris

I can see where you’re coming from there-Rebels in particular seemed to be about 65% Impstars & corvettes for quite a stretch. Wouldn’t mind some destroyer or cruiser-grade Corellian ships (assuming the Empire didn’t just have ’em subcontract KDY wedges) from someone, somewhere, down the line.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

I would have loved to see an Imperial battlegroup in Rebels that was an amalgamation of ships….not just a bunch of Impstars, Gozantis and Interdictors. Maybe a couple Imps, a Tector, plus Vics, Gladiators, and a Venator for a carrier

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

@Chris
Sounds like a rough day for Home One & her current escorts; pity that ‘Impstars are all you need/anyone cares about at their scale category’ default seems to hamper large-ship variety (for the Imps, anyhow) onscreen. I’m wondering when/if they’ll even bother introducing Executor, and what sort of mass-gunner-lobotomizing said monstrosity would suffer to ensure the central cast’s survival.

Plus, while I can more/less roll with the Arquitens as a ship fit for threatening CR90s but still vulnerable to heavy fighter-yield antics, the Gozanti’s minuscule TIE loadout is a bit underwhelming. Granted, the thing may be more of a walker bus.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

@Fractal
Point re: budget limits…which in turn reinforces the “Impstars are all anyone sees” factor, and from there that brainbug where they’re the heaviest OT-era Imp warship that isn’t some megalomaniac’s custom vanity ride. As for the Gozanti, makes sense in that context-I keep forgetting they’re barely over twice a YT-series freighter’s bulk.

Astro1derboy
Astro1derboy
4 years ago

Awesome to see some fresh updates! Thank you! 🙂

Calzone
4 years ago

What program are these being made in? Maya? Unreal? Solid works? 3DS Max? I ask because I have been looking to begin exploring the world of the 3D design.

countvertex
countvertex
4 years ago
Reply to  Calzone

As far as I know he is using 3dMax. If you haven’t yet you should also consider Blender (www.blender.org).

Calzone
4 years ago
Reply to  countvertex

Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation

anon
anon
4 years ago

Holy ship batman he’s still alive, had me worried there for a bit.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  anon

Fractal apparently moonlights as a college professor-that cuts into free time now & again.

Joannes808
Joannes808
4 years ago
Reply to  anon

He lives!!! \o/

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago

Ah, more ventral-superstructure progress; be interesting to see what those gaps in the saucer get filled with. Plus, *just* noticed the proportionate thruster beefiness.