It’s Been A While

Hey all, I’m back again and finally have an update for you.  RL has dealt me a pretty bad hand as of late – feel like I’ve spent more time than I should have in Rura Penthe lol  Despite that, I’ve summoned enough motivation to finish Lancer and my re-write of Marklin (can see them below or also on my Index page)

 

Lancer class Corvette

Marklin class Heavy Destroyer

 

There’s not a whole lot to say other than what I’ve written in the annotations for both of these.  One issue thought that I really haven’t been conscious of, but has sort of bugged me while finishing up Marklin has been the issue of numbers.  When describing whatever class, I’ve often come up with a prelimenary production figure that is almost always completely arbitrary.  While finishing up Marklin though, I realized that though Starfleet had started building the right kind of ships, they still weren’t building enough of them.  I went back and read this link here and resolved that when I finally go back through my TMP classes, I’ll bump those numbers way up.

 

Also, one of the things I plan on doing when I get into the TMP era is rewriting the history of the ‘Class V’ fighter family (the Wasp, Hornet and Yellowjacket craft from the Jackill reference manuals).  Before I do that though, I have to lay some groundwork and really spell out just what it is Starfleet uses starfighters for (in the 23rd Century at least).  This means I’ll have to go back and rewrite the old Yorktown class Carrier.  I would hope it wouldn’t take too long, as I have it entering service in the 2250’s – so I don’t have to waste time shoehorning it into my overall Four Years War narrative – but with the way things have been going with me lately, who knows?

 

Jolan Tru

“The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank!”

Good morning all, finally finished up my take on the Federation class.  (Forgot to mention in my annotations, my description of the bridge is based on this one here)

Federation class DN

 

Between reading through the “Vanguard” series as I do and my ever-present desire to make these write-ups more three-dimensional or ‘fleshed out’, I’ve used politics as my tool of choice to make this battlewagon more than just an imposing plot device.  As I mentioned in my annotations, I’ve got a draft sitting here where I mapped out the UFP Presidents (with brief notes) from about 2245 to 2270 or so.  Whether they or the relevant Starfleet Commanders (that I haven’t yet mapped out) get any mention in the future is up in the air.  Aside from one President’s emphasis on logistics (which will necessitate some revisions to certain pieces), politics during the Class I era stayed relatively quiet.

 

One thing I did want to explain a bit however is the role of Carriers & Starfighters in Starfleet overall.  Early on in my writing, while it was still pretty ‘fanboyish’, I introduced both without much thought (and like much of my early work, I’m embarrassed to go back and read that stuff).  After reading the Hobbyist’s Guide……… from front to back several times and really refining my history of the Four Years War in my Surya/Coventry writeup, here’s how I see things.  Starfleet’s Starfighter Command evolved from it’s Earth-Romulan War origins into a potential tactical tool.  The fighters themselves had good range and were fairly sophisticated for the day.  The carriers were similarly sophisticated, with Cruiser-level armament (or better) and the kind of C3/EW systems that would be found on later classes.  With this said, a Carrier could arrive on station in a given sector and deploy her fighters to establish nearly total control.

Obviously this wasn’t enough to keep the Klingons at bay, but from a defensive standpoint, it remained relevant.  This explains my mention of the Yorktown class CV towards the end and will underpin my reasoning for any future mention of Carriers/Fighters.

 

I’ve gone back and read through some of my previous posts and spreadsheets/notes and the last Class I ship I’ll do is the Lancer class Corvette (a successor to the Romulan War era Mercury class, based on this design by Kristian Trigwell and mentioned in the Hobbyist’s Guide………. as the Procyon class).  God willing, my own ambitions and motivation won’t let this one drag out.

 

Aside from all that, my go-to source for orthos, ‘admiral-horton’ (DeviantART) has emptied out his gallery and begun re-rendering all of his ships.  Also, there’s been some great stuff coming from Starship Dynamics lately including a great Battlecruiser offshoot of Constitution (a transformation of the Hood after it was damaged by the M-5).  Their upcoming project centers on the diminutive Archer class.  You can follow along on their Facebook and Tumblr pages.

Antares

Hey all, back again with some more TOS goodness for you.  After fighting to maintain some semblance of motivation and focus, I’ve finished my take on Antares.  Now here, with such an infamous name, I think it bears repeating that everything I present here on this blog conforms to my own personal interpretation/view of the Trekverse.  I don’t try and pass it off as gospel, nor would I.  The beauty of this ‘fanon’ realm we all inhabit is that there’s room for infinite interpretations of just about everything.

 

So with that said, here’s my take on Antares.

Antares class Surveyor

 

Also, for a quick review on just why the name is so infamous and just how much baggage is attached to it, head on over to the ASDB’s Antares page right here.

 

As I mentioned in my annotations, it’s not covered in the Hobbyist’s Guide………. but a Corvette derivative (Procyon) is instead.  After some thought, I’ve decided to include that too, as a replacement for my Romulan War-era Mercury (I’m not really a fan of the Oberth-derived ‘Class II’ designs).  There is also a clearer path forward from here – going to Okinawa and finally, La Fayette.

 

All that aside though, I think the next class I’m going to focus on is the Federation class Dreadnought.  This, then Procyon (or whatever I decide to call it) and that should be it for TOS stuff.

 

Jolan Tru

Kearsarge & the Klingons as Bogeymen

Hey all, finally have another update for you guys.

 

If you couldn’t tell by the title, it’s the Kearsarge class, a Light Cruiser from Star Fleet Battles (SFB).  Because it’s not a FASA creation, it doesn’t necessarily have any sort of rich history or a sort of interesting background like many others and so in most everything I’ve written up to this point, I have it coming into being in 2240.

 

Referring back to the Hobbyist’s Guide……. as I often do though has refreshed my perspective and given me a new angle from which to expand upon.  In the early decades of the 23rd Century as Starfleet and the Class I program were still finding their footings, the Klingons  held the upper hand in terms of strict numbers.  The fleet’s shipbuilding was still biased towards Cruisers and other vessels with a scientific or exploratory bias.  To keep from being totally overrun, they needed numbers though (and a more-than-decent semblance of capability).  That’s where Kearsarge comes in.

In many ways, if you continue on with this line of thinking, the resulting explosion of defensive/offensive oriented ship classes in following years, from Kiaga and Decatur/Belknap to Akyazi and the multitude of Dreadnought classes can all be traced back to Kearsarge.  With the Klingons as the ‘boogeymen’ in a sense, Starfleet went off the deep-end in some ways, in ensuring that they not only had enough ships, but enough of the right types of ships to defend Federation territory and interests.

This continues on into the 24th Century too.  The Korolev and Akira classes are tough, hardy compliments to more ‘mainline’ classes like Ambassador and Galaxy, while Defiant is more or less a 24th century incarnation of Kiaga or Akyazi.  One could even make the case that Prometheus, being the newest such defensive/offensive oriented class, is the current heir of the Kearsarge legacy.

 

Kearsarge class

 

With my motivation being a bit off-kilter, I had the writing and such done for a while, but just couldn’t summon enough to finish it off (with the specs, schematics etc).  So with that being what it was, I started work on my next writeup covering the Larson class Destroyer.  With it about a quarter to half done already, I expect that the writing will proceed quickly.  I’ll cover its wartime service in the same semi-broad way as I did with Kearsarge and keep the description of its post-war service brief, perhaps offering up a few musings on the future of the Destroyer in Starfleet or something like that (unless I can unearth a decent FASA adventure – most of those don’t come into play until the TMP era though).

 

Looking forward even further, there’s Marklin and Akula to cover and then perhaps Baton Rouge 3.0 as well (modifying the text to account for the reputation/history I’ve given it in subsequent writeups).  Provided that I don’t get the itch to go back and do something like DY-X (this thing), this will conclude my ‘wartime coverage’ and I can finally move into the ‘cold war’ or ‘golden’ era of the 2250’s and 60’s with the Antares class Surveyor (right here), the infamous Federation class Dreadnought  and whatever other classes I can’t think of right now.

 

Jolan Tru

 

Surya/Coventry Class

Welcome back my friends.  Two whole months (at least) without a post……..damn, it kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I’ve had a lot going on myself and am glad to be back here with you.

Recent tech developments on my end have been kind of interesting.  At the end of September/beginning of October, I upgraded my PC for the first time since I put it together.  I swapped out the graphics card (a 2GB eVGA GTX 285 SC for a 3GB Asus GTX 1060), boot disk (a 74GB 10,000RPM Western Digital ‘VelociRaptor’ for a 500 GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD) and upgraded the OS (moving from Windows Vista x64 to Windows 10 x64).  It’s been great for gaming (I still play the usual 2-3 titles, mixing it up here and there if something interesting comes out) and also Folding as well (am part of eVGA’s ‘Folding@home’ team).

My machine at work has slightly more ram (8GB vs 6GB) along with a newer, faster quad-core CPU.  Given how it performs with email, word processing and photoshop, I might make the move back to the PC/Microsoft camp in time.  Apple’s recent developments–axing the 11″ MacBook Air (which I use on the go) and introducing a new MacBook ‘Pro’ that’s significantly more expensive and lacking compared to previous iterations–don’t inspire a whole lot of confidence and have me ruing the day when I have to replace my 11″ Air and/or my Mac Mini (the last generation where one could upgrade the RAM, HD etc on their own).

Over that time, most of my work on my combined Surya/Coventry writeup has consisted of going back and writing the most complete description of the Four Years War I’ve done yet. I won’t mince any words though – despite how I like describing battles and such, after a while it got repetitive and became somewhat of a pain in the ass.  It’s also somewhat depressing when looking back in retrospect.  I’ve endeavored for a while to make my recent TOS era publications as balanced as possible, trying to avoid weighing them down with conflict and fighting.  Here though, there is the war and then a brief summation of events from the “Vanguard” series.  I could scrounge up a few other tidbits to throw in, but not nearly enough to balance out the incredible amount of conflict-related exposition.  As I said in my annotations though, while this might be weighed down a bit, it’s at least fairly accurate given how both classes are depicted in the VAN novels and Ships of the Star Fleet.

One thing I neglected to mention in my annotations was my shift in language, referring to the Federation ‘Council’ as the ‘General Assembly’.  It makes things easier on my part, given how I’ve mentioned the ‘Security Council’ sub-body elsewhere.  It’s a minor shift overall IMO.

Surya/Coventry Class

 

 

Where will I go from here?  Well, I’ll have to look, but off the top of my head, there are at least 5 classes to re-examine (Marklin, Larson, Loknar, Kearsarge, Akula) before moving into the ‘Cold War’ era or the ‘Golden Age of Exploration’ that was the 2250’s and 60’s.  Given it’s historical importance, Loknar will most likely be a stand-alone writeup and Marklin, given its age, will be as well.  Larson and Kearsarge on the other hand, I’m not so sure about.

From what little I’ve been able to dig up, Kearsarge was a hurried-response to the ‘perimeter action issue’ and would seem superfluous following the introduction of Kiaga.  I don’t recall reading much about Larson either, but given the direction I’m going, it would seem to be superfluous as well.  Yes, it solves the instability issues of Saladin’s single-nacelle design, but as I have it, Akula merges both Destroyer and Scout capabilities into a single platform.  Add to that the fact we see/hear virtually nothing about the class moving from the 23rd into the 24th Centuries (when the fleet structure began to get more streamlined and Miranda became the default/’disposable’ support platform) and trying to dig up enough historical/background information for a stand-alone writeup almost seems like a waste of time.

So what looks to be a more likely possibility is a couple of combined publications to cover the miscellaneous types/classes of this era.  One covering ‘workhorses’/supporting combatants (Kearsarge, Larson and then two others I’ve already done, Burke and Seawolf) and then another covering carriers (might revamp my Starfighter Command write-up or supplement/supplant that with another piece – will have to think about this).

Either way, there should be enough here to keep you satiated for a while I hope 🙂

 

 

Jolan Tru

Revised Klingon Order of Battle (OOB)

Hey all, still working hard on Surya/Coventry (not sure whether I mentioned it, but they’re going to be a combined publication).  Just finished describing a minor battle I don’t think I’ve mentioned before and elected to use a more modern Klingon ship design I previously said I was going to leave by the wayside.

 

Following the bloody Battle of GR-1 (and Assault on Nozseca VIII) , I have Starfleet turning to ambushes (using convoys as bait) in an effort to counter the Klingons’ numerical superiority and thus even the overall odds a bit.  FASA’s Attack on Convoy Y-16Z follows this pattern perfectly.  As they have it, a convoy departed an anonymous planet (that they call ‘Deuteronomy III’) toward a front-line outpost, when they were set upon by 8 Klingon ships – a few cruisers and some gunboats.  The authors were pretty light on specific details here, so I took it upon myself to get creative as I do.

Initially, I thought about using the D-5 here – it’s stronger than the D-4 and larger, with more room for captured cargo and the like.  Then I thought back to the old, ‘non-canon’/RPG derived  D-5/K-5 design I had discarded (see my post from 9/5) and elected to use that (as the K-5/Dupat class).  A bit larger than the D-5 (185m L vs 179m L), its nonetheless smaller than the D-7 (185m L; 371,300mT vs 228m L; 434,500mT) while featuring the same aesthetics/technology (according to me), making it roughly akin to Larson in the Klingons’ inventory.

Keeping in mind the fact that the Klingons wouldn’t introduce any other ‘light’ classes (like the D-18/Lara’atan and D-14/D’esta Kar) until well after the end of the Four Years War, something to slot in on the lower end of the scale doesn’t seem all that unreasonable (and allows me to keep favorite RPG elements like this a part of my own ‘personal canon’).

 

Here then in, is the Klingon Order of Battle (remember, since these are produced in serious quantity, the IKDF doesn’t need as many separate classes)

G-1/Sentinel Class Gunboat

F-5/F-6B Kuve class Frigate

D-4/D’ama class Light Cruiser

K-5/Dupat class Light Cruiser

D-5 class Battlecruiser

D-6 class Battlecruiser

D-7 class Battlecruiser

 

k5blurb d7k5comparison1

 

Q’apla!