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Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown
3 months ago

Oh man, I cannot way to see this beauty finished.

ReallyBigMistake
ReallyBigMistake
4 months ago

I can’t wait until this is done.

CT_2008 "viper"
CT_2008 "viper"
4 months ago

what ships are you thinking about making in the future, fractal?

Man
Man
4 months ago

Wait, what end of days? What are you guys talking about?!

Valoren
Valoren
4 months ago
Reply to  Man

That’s a joke. Everyone was pretty much convinced the world would never get to witness Fractal’s version of a Mandator, so the fact that he’s now working on it is taken as a harbinger of the apocalypse.

Valoren
Valoren
4 months ago

Surprising in the best of ways, though the soon coming end of days is kind of a bummer…

Darth Kos (or some say Kosm)
Darth Kos (or some say Kosm)
5 months ago

I am excited.

Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown
5 months ago

Nice BloodBorne reference.

Darth Kos (or some say Kosm)
Darth Kos (or some say Kosm)
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicholas Brown

Why thank you.

countvertex
countvertex
5 months ago

A note on the design: Interestingly the engine section has been given a curved hull while all the rest is straight lines (except for the reactor bulb).This seems like a noteworthy excemption when it comes to imperial ship design.

Shaun
Shaun
5 months ago
Reply to  countvertex

Bellator?

Eugene
Eugene
5 months ago
Reply to  Shaun

Well, technically its in reverse: it is there to evoke the feeling of this design being related to Bellator and traces back all the way to that Dark Empire’s page that gave us so much material in Fractal’s finish. So much for meta concerns.

If attempting to give it in-universe explanation, I’d say that this is necessitated by the fact that both Bellator and Mandator enclose their engine banks which makes it desirable for armour to cover as small volume as possible, thus creating a need for this round shape.

countvertex
countvertex
5 months ago
Reply to  Eugene

Yep, had the feeling that I am missing something. So I guess I should read the Dark Empire books to catch up.

CFletch
CFletch
5 months ago

The Mandator!

I’ve been looking forward to it for years and I’m very excited to see where you take it.

I really like the thruster arrangement. Those outboard pairs should give some significant maneuverability to throw around the undoubtedly massive primary firing arc firepower.

Last edited 5 months ago by CFletch
DarthCatius
DarthCatius
5 months ago

This is gonna be the dog’s bollocks!!! 😜🔥🔥🔥

AngryCrusader39
AngryCrusader39
5 months ago

even in this early state it is 100% better then the Mandator IV ever could be!

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

At last, we get to see what the Mandator III looks like.

Starchaser
Starchaser
5 months ago

After years of waiting, it has begun.

Luuk
Luuk
5 months ago

So from what I remember this would be a successor of the Mandator 2 using what they’ve learned from the Bellator right?

Eugene
Eugene
5 months ago
Reply to  Luuk

I thought Bellator and M3 were contemporary or close projects but in different directions. Bellator would be an attemtpt to make a fast combatant by trimming down M2, while this boi here is a direct continuation of the brawler lineage. At least this is what makes sense to me if we are to assume that both were designed durng Empire’s reign (and I think they were).

Brendon Bewersdorf
Brendon Bewersdorf
3 months ago
Reply to  Eugene

They both were designed by the Empire and your correct the M3 is definitely a brawler i cant remember what source its from but according to the wiki one of these bad boys literally gunned an executor to a standstill ending with both ships destroyed quite impressive given the M3 is about 7km shorter canonically than the Executor these this must be packing some serious heat

Eugene
Eugene
3 months ago

There was an Executor named Brawl, if memory serves. Either way, there’s a certain divergence between roles of these two ships. M3 should come out on top more often than not but it designed first an foremost with peer opponent in mind, while Executor is tailored to the environment the Empire found itself in sometime after the CIS Holdouts were liquidated.
Specifically its the lack of opponent to go head to head but plenty smaller, nimbler targets, both from the Rebels and local power deemed insufficiently loyal (assuming the Home One is an absolute peak of what ARR could get their hand on). As such, Executor armament promarily consist of destroyer-sized weaponry (I imagine calibers 40 to 720 teratons though later Im not sure with and I have zero evidence to support any claim like this) with shields to match those kind of threats. Also, its fast, in the ballpark of its prey. Adding to this is massive fighter/ground forces complement to provide fighter support to the force its a part of, and forgoing the need to take transports for each inconviniently shielded rebel ground base one could come across.
There are sacrifices made to achive all of this. Executors are supposed to be relatively brittle for their size.
None of those are better or worse imo, just conscious tradeoffs to achive specific goals.

Here goes my starship salesman speech.

Drakkmar
Drakkmar
5 months ago

Welp…there it is. The last item on my bucket list. It is glorious.

Tom Freeman
Tom Freeman
5 months ago

Cue my best Christopher Lee voice…

“I’ve been looking forward to this.”

Adam Hayes
Adam Hayes
5 months ago

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is beautiful (and yes absolutely a sign of the end of days but hey it’s worth it).

On a more serious note, for those who’ve read through the entire ancient section of the StarDestroyer.net discussion thread, is this a revamp of an older Mandator(-esque) model or is it starting from scratch?

AngryCrusader39
AngryCrusader39
5 months ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Could you make the Mandator I’s and II’s?

CRMcNeill
CRMcNeill
5 months ago

FFS, it took forever for him to decide to do this one.

RevanDelta2
RevanDelta2
5 months ago

Oh it’s beautiful.

CRMcNeill
CRMcNeill
5 months ago

Isn’t “Fractalsponge does the Mandator” one of the Seven Signs of the Apocalypse?

Eugene
Eugene
5 months ago
Reply to  CRMcNeill

One WIP for each Sign )

Phoenixx
Phoenixx
5 months ago
Reply to  CRMcNeill

When he does the venator is the final sign.

Stormsword
4 months ago
Reply to  Phoenixx

Right, so you were saying?

Adam
Adam
5 months ago

It’s… it’s happening!

Eugene
Eugene
5 months ago

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Steve
Steve
5 months ago

Totally approve!

Dr. Steve Brule
Dr. Steve Brule
5 months ago

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Last edited 5 months ago by Dr. Steve Brule