(visual courtesy of ‘adrasil’ – DeviantART)
Good morning all, hope everyone’s weekend is going (or has gone) well so far.
I’ve finished describing the design/engineering aspects of both Knox and Miranda and have just started to describe the principal variants. At first I was going to keep things simple and basically make these two the same, differing only in armament. In getting started though, I leaned heavily on the excellent blueprints of both that were done up by Strategic Design.
The text/description on Miranda mentions how the design was stretched/lengthened a bit vis-a-vis Knox (just as Coventry was compared to Surya) and so I decided to go with that. Cargo capacity figures though, were borrowed from the series of reference manuals by Eric “Jackill” Kristiansen.
A point of contention throughout certain sectors of fandom and one I wanted to nail down sufficiently has been the location of the navigational deflector. Obviously there’s no dish like on Enterprise, so where is it here? The text/description from the above mentioned blueprints mentions how the deflector/sensor systems have been combined into multi-function emitters/arrays–those twin, low-profile bulges, one each on either side of the bridge module. Another set of blueprints from Federation Frontiers (link below) supports this and goes one step further–incorporating those exhaust vent-like appendages (on the ventral surface, far back on either side of the impulse deflection crystal) into the system as well.
Principal variants I’ll spend a bit of time discussing are Soyuz and Hensley. Comanche will get a mention as well, though right now, I’m leaning towards incorporating that as a design study that doesn’t make it to production. After this, I’ll get into the service history portion which, given the fact Miranda made it all the way up to DS9, will take some time. The route by which I’ll explain ships like Lantree and Saratoga comes by way of Knox. At some point during the later end of the 23rd Century, I’m thinking 2287-97 sometime, I’m going to have 2/3rds of the Knox class converted to Miranda class specs and leave the remaining 1/3rd un-touched for purposes of experimentation.
While browsing around looking for schematics on Hensley, I came upon a great looking TMP rendition and followed its trail straight back to the deviantART account of a great artist by the name of ‘adrasil’. Utilizing parts/components created by himself and others, he’s come up with some great looking TOS and TMP schematics. He’s also gotten into the blueprint game too, again, producing some top-quality stuff. Taken together, the sheer amount of material he’s produced already is staggering–I’d go so far as to say he’s just as prolific as the late Neale “Vance” Davidson.
Another goody I stumbled upon was some work by a user known as ‘Fesarius’/’Fesarius2271’. I found his stuff while browsing through Donny Versiga’s flickr albums (link). Fesarius has done a great model of the TMP era Enterprise and has gone on to do some amazing work on the interior, creating some amazing examples of the cargo/hangar deck, officer’s lounge, Kirk’s quarters, torpedo bay and even the hangar bay control room which I don’t think I’ve ever seen done before. Check out his site here and his flickr stream (with more work) here
Some RL stuff will interrupt my Saturday routine of sorts, so I’m not sure how much more productive I’ll be – definitely will be combing through adrasil’s stuff for sure.
Hey all. Am back from vacation and finally have a chance to sit down and pound some stuff out. My vacation spot way up north changed hands a year or two back and wifi (as limited as it was) is now gone, so that together w/my poor cell service (Verizon worked fine, but Sprint was a joke) meant that I could get very little done, even w/Google Docs ‘offline’ feature.
A major thanks though to ‘admiral horton’ and ‘Rev’/’Revanche’ for getting the USS Balmung orthos back up and alerting me to them (see my previous post). As it turns out though, because I didn’t have that to draw inspiration from, I stepped back from the Lost Era to TMP and started writing on the Knox/Miranda class (that will eventually turn into ‘Frigates of the Linear Warp Era’, with Knox, Miranda and Soyuz getting primary mention and other permutations like Commanche getting mentioned in passing I imagine).
Here though, I finally present my more polished take on the Akula class. As I’ve mentioned before, this is Starfleet’s first take on building a ‘multi-mission’ vessel–combining the classic Saladin and Hermes into a single class. However, as I mention in my annotations, the entry of the Kiaga class into service represents the distillation of a ‘Destroyer’ down to its most basic elements. With that said, classes that have gone before it (like Saladin, Larson and of course, Akula) will find themselves plugged into more specialized/niche roles, before eventually disappearing entirely.
The text is fairly basic–playing up the problems with Saladin/Hermes, getting into a brief overview of the design/engineering and then a description of its service history (the last three major battles of the Four Years War, aftermath of Operation Vanguard and then neutral zone monitoring/anti-piracy during TOS). Adding in a little more political nuance, I mentioned some members of the UFP gov’t and Admiralty by name there towards the end.
Going forward, two main things i have to work on are that TOS era combined publication and the above-mentioned Knox/Miranda piece, though which one I work on and how much I get done are entirely dependent on my motivation lol
Hey all. As does often happen with me, I have the body/text of Akula done – it’s just a matter of now summoning the will & motivation to finish the rest and call it good. Hopefully I can get that done and up before I leave Saturday for my annual week-long excursion up north.
I’m kind of burnt out on TOS stuff at the moment though and since I’m heading to a place that has spotty satellite internet (in the middle of a national forest), trying to compile everything would be more hassle than it’d be worth.
So, with that said, I jumped forward a bit to the Lost Era and the Renaissance class. Now a while back, my usual source for orthos (admiral-horton on DeviantART) did a solid ortho of the USS Balmung by Madkoifish, but in my infinite wisdom, I didn’t bother to save it. Eventually, he took a lot of his old stuff down to re-do/re-organize. Now, aside from the artistic renders that are out there, you can’t really find an ortho – the closest I’ve come is this (link).
Anyhow, I checked both of his blogs and on the WIP one, I found that he’s gone back and made substantial revisions to the basic design (which, IMO, move it away from the Ambassador as we know it and mix in some of the aesthetics from Andrew Probert’s ‘Proto-Ambassador’ study model)
Check it out here (scroll down – the posts begin w/the most recent update first).
If I get a start on the Renaissance text, I more than likely won’t release it until I can get some solid pics/orthos.
Good morning all. At long last, I finally have Independence done and up for your perusal.
The class background & design bits were relatively easy for me to write, I think it was the Four Years War exposition that really caused things to drag out unfortunately–I’m definitely glad to have this done. Like I said in my annotations, the beginning (background/design) and very end (post-war service) are the only truly unique parts, most of the stuff in the middle (service during the war) is similar to/the same as what I’ve written elsewhere.
Akula is next up and that’s one I’m actually looking forward too (as it marks the first step towards the simplifying/streamlining of the fleet that picks up steam towards the end of the Linear Warp/TMP era). I’m also considering some simplifying/streamlining of my own – getting rid of some extraneous classes. One of those on the chopping block is Seawolf. I saw that at The Starfleet Museum and then wrote it in as a stripped-down version of Kiaga, which would be easier to produce in quantity. Now however, my thinking has changed. Kiaga can be the mass produced TOS equivalent of the Defiant class. Seawolf, Burke and whatever else I’ve written to fill the gap will go by the wayside. In their stead, I’m thinking of having the Texas class take their place – as that ortho I found a while back looks suitably upgunned enough. Though since that class starts out life in the 22nd Century, it might be a while before I get to it.
There’s also going to be some house cleaning I’m going to get to. A week or two ago, a visitor commented and asked where my Small Craft guide went. I found it on my HD, did a bit of editing and re-uploaded it for him (can see it here). As I explained in this post right here though, looking back at some of my earliest work (when I was dabbling in the TNG/DS9 and Future eras), my writing was incredibly fanboyish and some of the concepts I came up with were as well–reading them again makes me wince. I’m not exactly proud of all that and its my intention to, at some point, rewrite it in my current, more grounded style. So with that said, I’m leaving my Small Craft guide and whatever else up until the end of the month. Come June 1, it and anything newer than TMP that I didn’t remove the first time around is going to disappear. You’ll have that long to read & save/download it.
Hey all – know it’s been over a month since I posted something. Am still working on my revamp of Independence. You would think that writing it into my Four Years War narrative would be smooth and things would move along faster, but no. I’ve been battling some major “writer’s fatigue” if you will and haven’t had a whole lot of motivation as of late.
Wanted to share some stuff I ran across though. I was reading through my usual tech blogs yesterday on my lunch break and I think it was CNet that reported Discovery had found someone to play Capt. Christopher Pike. (this link comes from Endgadget though)
Now I’ve never seen the new show and really have no plans to (mostly because I don’t like the idea of plopping down money for yet another subscription when that would be the only show I’d watch), but the addition is intriguing.
Even more intriguing than that was a shot of the new Enterprise I saw in the article. I went digging and found another link that compares/contrasts the design with the original TOS version
I actually don’t mind it. To me, it looks a bit like Constitution II or Tikopai (as I presented here) only with different nacelles, no torpedo launchers and of course, different exterior aesthetics.
This kind of makes me wish CBS would’ve chosen a different avenue with which to present Discovery, but who knows……..maybe one day I’ll cave?
Hey all. Don’t usually post much during the week – am a creature of habit/routine and if I have anything to post, I usually do it on the weekends.
Anyhow, I got bored and randomly checked to see if my usual deviantART source had re-posted any of his orthos. The ‘Texas Class’ (of Star Fleet Battles fame) was up, I gave it a once over and wow – for a supposed Light Cruiser, the class as depicted is armed rather heavily – by my count, 7 Phaser Banks, 2 Pulse Phaser Cannons(?) and 2 Torpedo Launchers. The warp nacelles and everything too give it a solid TOS era appearance. It’s a shame I just now paid attention to it, as it would’ve made a fine addition to my Four Years War narrative.
If anything, I could describe it as the *one* reserve class that didn’t get committed to combat, but was held back as a dedicated system defense ship deployed around critical planets/in critical areas, but that seems like kind of a stretch. Am not sure at this point if there’s really any plausible way I could write this thing into the Class I era or not. Just thought I’d drop it here though.