Depots, Outposts and Stations…..Oh My!

Hey again all.  First week at the new gig has gone well and now that RL is settling back into something of a routine, I’ve begun to feel reinvigorated in a sense (which is always good).

 

I wanted to share some designs with you though and offer up my own thoughts.   Throughout the life of this blog, I’ve covered a nice sized portion of the ships from the old FASA RPG, but I’ve neglected to pay much attention to the outpost/station designs that sprung up at the same time.  I covered the Federation Alamo type in my pre-wordpress days, but that was fan boyish in the extreme.  Also, many of the designs lacked originality and seemed to blend together–look at Alamo, the Klingon Z-4 and Romulan X-3/Aviary and you’ll see what I mean.  To top it all off, they deviated farther from standard/accepted design aesthetics than even the most ‘creative’ starship designs.  So, I continued upon my merry way, filling in my own vision of the TOS and TMP eras with the many ship classes you’ve all seen here.

 

The successful rebirth of Trek in print form (“TrekLit” as I sometimes refer to it) introduced us to an entirely new station type (Watchtower, featured as Starbase 47/’Vanguard’) and saw the 24th Century’s slate wiped clean with the destruction of Deep Space 9 (from the Typhon Pact novel “Raise The Dawn”).  With established conventions seemingly upended, I’ve become a bit more open-minded regarding the various outpost & station designs I’ve come across and have started to think about how I could possibly incorporate them into my own universe here.

 

G-Type

A smaller derivative of the larger J-Type/Watchtower class by Masao Okazaki.  Its size/capabilities would seem to make it ideal for quiet, peaceful areas or those in which the Federation already has a well-established presence and in which, a larger, more powerful station would be unnecessary/a waste of resources.

 

Type F/F-39/F3-9 Class

Described as a science/research station or outpost , I’m not sure exactly where this design originated.  The Starship Schematic Database indicates it could be a FASA design, but despite all the searching I’ve done, I’ve failed to turn up anything conclusive.  Small and simple, when I saw it at Bridge Commander Files (see below link), I immediately though of this as an ideal neutral zone outpost or perhaps a communications/monitoring station.   If I can’t trace its origins (and thus, find some specs/dimensions for it), then I’ll have to try and scale it down myself, relative to the K/‘Kepler’ type stations.

http://bridgecommander.filefront.com/file/TOS_F39_Research_Station;121082

 

Alamo Type

The FASA designation of ‘defense outpost’ for this leviathan seems to be a misnomer.  The visual depiction of Alamo would seem to suggest an immensely large and powerful battle station on the order of the ‘Death Star’ from Star Wars.  The specs and what little description there is on the other hand, paint it as a more general purpose station in the same vein as the more traditional J Type/Watchtower above.  I must admit though, the thought of the Federation deploying ‘battle stations’ – large and imposing, lacking the peaceful/scientific accruements of a normal space station and bristling with enough firepower to decimate an entire fleet – is quite intriguing……..

http://home.comcast.net/~ststcsolda/federation/alamo/alamo.html

 

Z-4/Deathgame

The Klingons’ Alamo Type analogue, its design and somewhat clean aesthetics could lend it well to the roles of general-purpose space dock/station or battle station.  Aside from the diminutive facilities orbiting Ty’Gokor, I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a Klingon space station on screen, so the field is wide open here.  Unfortunately, like Alamo, FASA doesn’t really do this design justice, saddling it with paltry specs and a generalized description.

http://home.comcast.net/~ststcsolda/klingons/Z-4/Z-4.html

 

X-3/Aviary

X-3/Aviary is the Romulan counterpart to the above two types.  Like the Klingon Z-4, it’s a clean, generic design, though one that is also broad and intimidating in the same vein as their avian-inspired starships.  Of all three, this is the one I could see existing in every era from TOS up to the present and beyond (properly upsized of course).

http://home.comcast.net/~ststcsolda/romulans/X-3/X-3.html

 

 

 

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Time for a Check In

Hey all, have been feeling kind of guilty here for not updating in quite a while, so I thought I’d pop in and let everyone know how it’s going.

Recently, I lost my job (again!) and for two weeks, was unemployed and not quite in the mood to work on anything,  Within the past week here, I managed to snag something and so that has been rectified luckily.

As far as news on the ‘TrekTech’ front, the biggest piece of news has to do with the venerable Federation Spaceflight Chronology works.  People who’ve been here before know that I’ve leaned very heavily upon these works (by Richard Mandel) when doing a lot of my TOS and TMP era writing.  Recently though, within the past couple weeks, those works and the site that hosted them, went offline.  Why??  I don’t know.  I’ve done random Google searches here and there and as of today, there is still no place else to view/download these.  I’m loathed to get myself in any hot water, so I will refrain from putting these up on my blog here.

 

In scrounging around on DeviantART and WordPress though, there are updates from several other places I would definitely recommend checking out.

Admiral Horton

This DA artist, one of my ‘go-to’ sources for hard-to-find orthos, has kept up a steady stream of work, doing far too much for me to mention.  Get updated by checking out his gallery

http://admiral-horton.deviantart.com/gallery/

 

Arcas-Art

Another great DA gallery, this artist has produced some truly stunning pieces of art…..sticking mostly to TOS, but also delving into TNG/DS9/VOY here and there.  Would make great wallpapers/screensavers among other things.  Check him out

http://arcas-art.deviantart.com/gallery/26306249

 

Jetfreak-7

Same as the above, only with a more TNG/DS9/VOY era focus.

http://jetfreak-7.deviantart.com/gallery/7001841

 

Unusualsuspex

This DA artist has done orthos/datasheets, general art and more, covering a wide variety of spacecraft from one end of SciFi to the other.

http://unusualsuspex.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/

 

Starstation Computer Art

I’ve mentioned this blog before, but given the amount of work done since my last mention (I don’t know HOW LONG ago……), it definitely deserves another plug.  Sticking to TMP for the most part, you will find some incredibly detailed interior and exterior renders of many well known and some lesser known classes/types.  A must visit.

http://starstation.wordpress.com

 

Evil Starship Factory

This blog is the home base of a talented modeler who, like the above, I have not kept up on as well as I would like.

http://evilgenius180.wordpress.com

 

All in all, there should be enough here to occupy your time for quite a while.  Hopefully for some, the images might even light a creative spark…….. 😉

 

 

Jolan Tru