7 Feb 2022 Sentinel Landing Craft by Fractalsponge | posted in: Galactic Empire, Gallery, Star Wars | 30
Imagine if the Sentinel had underside troop bay doors that could open to rapidly deploy Imperial Jumptroopers or MK3 Darktroopers into hot zones while gunners provided covering fire from the left and right side door mounted E – Web turrets. It’d be a major upgrade as the Sentinel could deploy it’s huge capacity of troops while minimizing exposure to return fire as opposed to landing.
Beautiful work. I love these landing craft. Versatile workhorses.
Well, I like most the original version from A New Hope.
Why am I not able to open it in 4k??
Have you ever had any of your models 3d printed? Is it possible to purchase any of them for the purpose of doing so non-commercially?
More amazing work! Have you ever considered doing the Loronar Corporation Strike Class medium cruiser? Would love to see your take on that design.
As I recall, his take on the strike class was (a few years ago, at least): It’s crap and ugly, let me design something much better *designs the Kontos-Class*
Ok, perfect, yeah, the Kontos is much better!
Can you do some of the canon vehicles such as the onager, cantwell, and gozanti
I do like the yellow lighting better than the blue one.
Yes! my favorite shuttle
What is the light shuttle on the right called?
I believe that’s the Delta-class DX-9 shuttle. I believe I t’s only seen in legends sources and looks pretty goofy on Wookieepedia, but Fractal’s take on it is amazing.
After some consideration, I respectfully suggest it needs a docking ring on the ventral hull, with a hull-cutter so it can serve as an assault shuttle if needed.
I think since the Gamma is pretty much superior in almost every way as a specialized space-ops craft, not going to fit a cutting ring. Sentinel in my view is a specialist hyper-capable vehicle to insert infantry into atmosphere. You could have an internal airlock fit into the side access panel as needed though.
The Gamma is absolutely best-in-class for that mission. I was just thinking that the Sentinel having the ability to do it in a pinch would be a useful asset. That plus the universal docking collar would allow it to do external hard docks on ships without the landing bay capacity to land a Sentinel internally.
The Sentinel seems like a great option to deploy infantry in non-hostile environments but for combat situations the Empire really doesn’t have a great option since the retirement of the LAAT.
A redesign of the VT49 Decimator gunship though would solve that though. Strip out the crew areas in the lower level, open it up to one giant staging area big enough for heavy infantry and their speeder bikes or supplies. Troops would rapidly deploy from either side of the Decimator when the long blast doors open, similiar to the LAAT.
Upgun the Decimator a bit to carry missile launchers up top, then 4 LTL cannons that run the entire length of the wings on top and on bottom for heavy anti vehicle fire.
4 anti infantry turrets, operated remotely by gunners on the pilot level, would deploy from the underside of the wings for covering fire and then it’d be a great dropship for heavy combat.
Total troop capacity would be 50 easily, as the Decimator is almost double the length of the LAAT. That’d be an entire platoon, their supplies and scout bikes for recon that could fit in one VT49. Because they’re not too much bigger than an LAAT, they could be deployed from Acclamators as part of their battalion. What do you think?
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Certainly an interesting concept, but I believe Fractal already filled that gap in the Imperial inventory with the LAAV/i:
Was not aware of the LAAV/i. That gunship looks incredible, just a bit confused on what the cylinders are sticking out of the two small hatches on either side, in front of the main troop bay doors. Looks like it could easily carry and support a platoon of Stormtroopers
I think they’re headlights, similar to the ones the LAAT/i replaced its sponson pods with for low light operations, such as on Umbara.
Nice to see this finished after following the progress on discord! Fantastic model as always, and an improvement on the original design. 👌🙂
I was about to ask why is someone swinging on a rope beneath it i n the first picture before I realized it was the line of the wing.
Haha! I looked. Yeah I see what you mean. 🤣
Very nice! I like the slope in the rear dorsal hull behind the ventral s-foil; it gives the Sentinel a surprisingly sporty look that’s distinct from every other version I’ve seen.
*dorsal S-Foil, not ventral. That’s what I get for commenting before the coffee kicks in.
She’s a fast-back. Just needs some Shelby racing stripes, vented cowlings, rally lights, and a cobra badge.
Will you make a Gozanti-class cruiser or a AT-TE walker?
As always, Fractal gotta hand it to you. Your models are the most accurate and detailed, anywhere. About the Sentinel itself, the Sentinel was a multi-role shuttle, and drop ship. Being capable of landing a AT-AT. Advertised it is said that the Sentinel could also be used as landing craft for up to 75 stormtroopers. 50 more than it´s cousin, the Lambda Shuttle. Furthermore the Lambda was designed for executive transport in mind, while it´s cousin was designed to be more of a front-line craft, hence why there is several exits, as opposed to the single forward ramp on the Lambda-class, which made a easy target for Rebel snipers on the battlefield.
it would be good to be compared with Mu-class Light Shuttle
Another amazing rendering from Mr. Hsiao. Any chance to get this and the other two shuttles in a top down view?