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Mandalore the Vanquisher
Mandalore the Vanquisher
2 years ago

looks like a baby Lambda shuttle with 5 wings.

MeVz
MeVz
2 years ago

It’s weird; I haven’t played X-Wing miniatures for years now, but I wanted the FFG Assault Gunboat, yet by the time FFG released it the game was broken so no stores within 100miles ever stocked it.
Even so, I’d rather have an Assault Gunboat model of fractalsponge’s quality.

Dale
Dale
3 years ago

Out of curiosity, did Fantasy Flight buy the rights to this your iteration of this ship’s design? If not, it’s uncannily similar…

Dale
Dale
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Ah, gotcha. I guess it was part of the Disney IP, then. Kinda fucked up, still. Their modelers are pretty shoddy; it would’ve been nice to have a hand with more finesse (a.k.a. you) behind the zBrush.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
2 years ago
Reply to  Dale

Gotta second you there. Plus, upon squinting at Fractal’s small-craft comparison post from some time back ( http://fractalsponge.net/?p=1041 ), it seems like FFG’s Starwing wound up shrunk to roughly Y/B-wing-comparable mass. Which contrasts somewhat amusingly with the ‘Avenger on steroids+questionable-cosmetics’ approach WRT Ep 8’s TIE Silencer.

Grand Admiral Declann
Grand Admiral Declann
3 years ago

Do I see a pair of LTL’s in the horizontal wing roots?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago

On a stock XG1 those are probably heavy lasers, though I recall Fractal tinkering with an exclusively LTL-armed Starwing variant somewhere waaaay back in his thread on the stardestroyer.net board.

Grand Admiral Declann
Grand Admiral Declann
3 years ago

Say, what is that hatch at the back? Could it be used to mount a LTL like your escort shuttle?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago

Escort shuttle’s turret might not fit back there, but I could see a pair of TIE-yield guns working out.

Sapceman_28
Sapceman_28
3 years ago

Is this closer to a starfighter or carrier?
It looks like a carrier but looks like it could use more space if it was one.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Sapceman_28

Basically seems to be a large, fast, punchy fighter-bomber, somewhat akin to various twin-engine WWII attack birds.

Grand Admiral Declann
Grand Admiral Declann
3 years ago
Reply to  Sapceman_28

It is neither. It is a gunboat, so basically an attack craft.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh those are ion cannons huh I should have look it up on wookiepedia but it is neat to have them nonetheless.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

But now that I look at it from time to time I think those ion cannons shouldn’t be on top of the cockpit because when it fire it could hurt the pilot’s eyes or worst blind them so I would have put those ion cannons under the cockpit just to be safe.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

So Fractal about those two laser cannons on top of the starwing cockpit is it the same caliber as the TIEs chin laser cannons or higher?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Speaking of gun distribution, I wonder how much the Starwing might benefit from a Lambda-style aft twin mount? Doesn’t seem like it would break the bank for power allocation on a strike bird this beefy.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

True enough re: multitasking, hence my musings a while back about single-seaters with single-axis swivel guns. Starwing also seems broad enough to fit said extra station or two without undue cramping compared to Y-wings or TIE/sa (much less T-47s).