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Jason Skeans
Jason Skeans
1 year ago

I love this thing if I could steal a ship in the star wars universe is would be near the top

xavi
1 year ago

where is the bridge? 🙂

Kal Skirata
Kal Skirata
3 months ago
Reply to  xavi

I think it may be the circular tower between the forward twin light turbolaser and centeral twin medium turbolaser turret on the dorsal side. Otherwise, it’s probably buried inside the ship like the Dreadnought.

Hecatomb
Hecatomb
2 years ago

What did this ship end up measuring out to? I’d heard 150 meters, but couldn’t find anything to confirm that.

OFF_WORLD_SHRIMP
OFF_WORLD_SHRIMP
2 years ago

Wait can the thrusters rotate downwards?

Jason Skeans
Jason Skeans
1 year ago

i think so

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

As 3D artist myself, I’ve never been able to get the sort of blue-gray material with the hull plates. I’ve gone all over google for hull plating textures etc, I’ve got a python script to generator plates and greebles, but where do you get these images from? Would you share them?

GrahamB
GrahamB
2 years ago

Far and away my favourite Fractal design, recognizably Imperial while showing a unique style and design philosophy that distinguishes it from ‘yet another Kuat wedge’.
Surprised there isn’t any landing gear, the flat bottom makes it look like there could be assault lander or boarding craft variants, or even extending their range by riding larger ships like a remora.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

Lil bit of headcanon fluff

Designed by the Loronar Corporation the Aiwha class Corvette was built following the destruction of the Death Star and the pre-eminence of the Fleet Faction that pressed for more warships and less money and resources to be spent on hugely grandiose projects like Death Stars and other super-weapons.

Unlike the IPV-1 class the Aiwha was built to be a fleet element, acting as a picket craft, escort and pursuit ship. Its larger stablemate the Lancer class frigate and Vigil class Corvette the Aiwha was part of a new wave of ships to try and counter the Rebels fighter advantages. The Aiwha is small and manoeuvrable whilst packing considerable firepower onto its frame, making it more than a match for smaller Rebel warships that might be able to avoid the big guns of larger Imperial warships.

The Loronar Corporation crammed a lot of equipment into the Aiwha, including a standard Class 2 Hyperdrive as well as a wide range of weapons for anti-shipping and anti-fighter work. This included a medium dual turbolaser mount, four twin light turbolasers as well as heavy laser turrets as well as a pair of light ion cannons. Unfortunately to fit this as well as adequate shielding, compromises had to be made. The Aiwha carries no fighters and does not even have a docking bay for small craft or shuttles and only has a single docking collar on the ventral side of the hull through which the ship is boarded and resupplied. Cargo space is very limited, and the crew quarters are very spartan and cramped. The large, powerful engines are also exposed to attacks from underneath, and although it is atmosphere capable, the Aiwha lacks a landing gear and is built purely for space operations.

Because of its short operating range and cramped quarters the Aiwha was not overly popular with its crews but they valued the ships firepower and agility in combat with it being able to manoeuvre more like a light freighter produced by the Corellians rather than the more lumbering Lancer and Vigil classes.
Another advantage of the class was that it was cheap to produce. The Lancer required specialised electronics and software for its formidable anti-fighter battery, whilst the Vigil’s electronic jamming suite couldn’t be removed and added to the cost. Both KDY and SFS kept this data close to hand and were unwilling to let smaller yards construct these ships. Loronar’s Aiwha didn’t use any specialised equipment and could be readily built at smaller shipyards with less dedicated equipment allowing them to be constructed in far larger numbers. This made the Aiwha class a common sight amongst planetary defence fleets as well as local security forces.
This proliferation of the class also saw many fall into Rebel hands where they served as a heavy gunship, much like their Imperial navy counterparts.

TheIcthala
TheIcthala
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

That’s a nice, well thought out headcanon.
One tiny issue: the model has port and starboard docking collars, but no ventral collar.
Other than that, I’d love to use this background in my fanfic, if I may.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  TheIcthala

Please feel free 🙂 I’ve done a few others on some other ships that Fractal did here as well and will do one for the Alleigance too when it gets done 🙂

CRMcNeill
CRMcNeill
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve

I’ve been asked to do a D6 game stat for this ship, and I’d like to use this as a source, if possible.

ManiacalSpark
ManiacalSpark
2 years ago

And I shall call it “The Whale”.

Daib
Daib
2 years ago
Reply to  ManiacalSpark

It gives off sort of a DS9 Defiant vibe, don’t you think?

ManiacalSpark
ManiacalSpark
2 years ago
Reply to  Daib

Nah, the other ship he posted the other day was more Defianty. This just feels like a whale.

CRMcNeill
CRMcNeill
2 years ago
Reply to  ManiacalSpark

“Other ship he posted the other day.” Yeah, that narrows it down…

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw
2 years ago
Reply to  CRMcNeill

The Teroch Mandalorian perhaps?

ManiacalSpark
ManiacalSpark
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Bradshaw

Yes, that one.

Remdawg
Remdawg
2 years ago
Reply to  ManiacalSpark

Seems more like a manta Ray to me

Kaprosuchus1
Kaprosuchus1
2 years ago

What are the dimensions of this ship?

Rampant
Rampant
2 years ago

The engines on this thing are gorgeous but I do wish it had some windows to give it a more “lived in” appearance even if I do understand the practical reasoning for not having windows.

Thanks for the post as always!

Sephiroth0812
Sephiroth0812
2 years ago

Now this one looks really small. What is its purpose?
Is it an improvement of the IPV System Patrol Craft?

Shaun
Shaun
2 years ago

Is that a pintle-mounted tractor beam at the very front? or just a greeble doo-hickie-dad?

Sorican
Sorican
2 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

awh…. doo-hickie-dad’s are so overpowered. the only possible counter is a thingamajig. 🙂

Justin
Justin
2 years ago

Are those laser cannons for point defense or turbolasers?

Jason Skeans
Jason Skeans
1 year ago
Reply to  Justin

most of them are point defence exept the big one on top

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

This lil thing looks quite bitey for its size, what is it, 4 medium turbos? The turret and then the two guns one under each ‘wing’ as well as some blasters for anti-fighter work. A good picket and patrol ship.

TheIcthala
TheIcthala
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

If I’m judging this correctly: 1 twin medium turbolaser turret, 4 twin light turbolaser turrets, 2 single light turbolaser with single heavy laser turrets (Fractal’s preferred form of point defence emplacement, judging by its frequent use), 2 single light (I think) ion cannon ball turrets (might be mediums, he’d have to confirm), and 1 small tractor beam projector.
For reference, Fractal’s turbolaser grades are based on the stated grades of turbolasers on the Imperial-I Class Star Destroyer cross-section and other visual media where individual turrets are labelled. In these, the centreline triple turrets are medium turbolasers.

Daib
Daib
2 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

The spots are excellent, but unlike an IRL battleship, an ISD’s turrets in proportion to hull size are small enough that spacing really isn’t an issue. Why not mount all the HTL armament in superfiring centerline turrets rather than distribute them on the flanks?

Megabalta
2 years ago

This model reminds me of those caricatures, where people are drawn with enlarged heads and extremities, and a very small body. That and some water dwelling arthropod.

TheEpicDude
TheEpicDude
2 years ago

your lack of a job at lucasfilm is disturbing

Hecatomb
Hecatomb
2 years ago
Reply to  TheEpicDude

The Disney-era Lucasfilm is unworthy of his talents.

Darth Nick
Darth Nick
10 months ago
Reply to  Hecatomb

Yes, they are unworthy of him, but they need him! Apart from the Resurgent-Class (and a couple of designs in Rogue One), most of the Disney-era ships have been naff! ;p

Taghmata Omnissiah
Taghmata Omnissiah
2 years ago

I presume no problem with operating from surface, landing gear ect. ?

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Looks like the lil thing could fit in a star destroyers hangar. I assume she’s a patrol and anti-pirate ship?

Daib
Daib
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

He literally just said that it’s a pure fleet ship, meant to operate as a screen for larger Star Destroyers.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Daib

I took that as it being assigned to the navy rather than any local forces or ‘police’ elements.