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

 

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Klingon Battlecruiser Evolution – My New Take

Hey all, it’s ‘Labor Day’ here in the US which means instead of sipping bad coffee at a cramped desk in front of a PC I hate at the office, I’m sipping better coffee in front of a more spacious desk in front of my Mac at home (with TOS episodes streaming on my gaming rig) 🙂

Work on Surya continues.  Rather than just copy the description of some of the Four Years War engagements from Pyotr Velikiy, I’ve tried to rewrite them in a more unique, analytical style (well, the Battle of Andromeda at least……).  I got hung up though when describing the Klingon ships and I realized that I was at a crossroads – where I would have to choose between sticking to my nice, nostalgic, 80s-inspired SFB (Star Fleet Battles) track regarding the classic Battlecruiser evolution, or chart a new course that incorporated more canon elements.

Well, I’ve ended up choosing the latter.

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This comparison chart from Axanar forms the basis of the revised approach I’m going to take.

Now most of the non-canon representations of D-5 (Dupat) and D-6 (Raxor) don’t really deviate too much from the classic D-7 (Klolode) design.  These shots from ‘Atrahasis’ demonstrate this well.

Of course with the advent of ENT, all this old-school RPG goodness was left by the wayside and the D5/K5 seen above was disregarded in favor of John Eaves’ design seen on screen and in the comparison chart above.  My initial take on the evolution of the Klingon Battlecruiser (quite old now and due for a refresh!) had the ‘canon D-5‘ positioned as the ‘D-3′ – an approach that made the change in design/aesthethics (from ‘D-3’ to the more recognizable designs of D-4 on up) smooth and logical.

Why not just keep that approach and revise/continue to run with it?  This is really the crux of things.  I suppose it comes down to my latest read-through of the Vanguard series and my own perceptions of how the Klingons would appear.  The D-5 class is mentioned numerous times throughout the various novels, being mentioned in in short story “Almost Tomorrow” (part of the “Declassified” anthology, taking place in early 2265)

“………so far as he knew, the Klingon D5 class of battle cruiser had been all but replaced by the Klingon Empire more than a decade ago in favor of the larger, faster and more powerful D6 and D7 designs.”

If you assume that canon D-5 was refitted (as shown in STO, mentioned this in a previous update), then it does make more sense to include vis-a-vis the old RPG interpretation.  The use of the D-6 as depicted in the comparison chart above makes more sense as well.

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While many differences still remain, looking at the comparison chart and then this schematic (from the Starship Tactical Combat Simulator), you can see a vague design/aesthetic progression from the D-4, to the D-5 and then this D-6.

So while this fundamental change to my own ‘personal canon’ may have sidelined old school RPG influences where the Klingons’ Battlecruiser are concerned, its still very much an influence when it comes to the Romulans.  As we see in TOS it appears that with the Treaty of S’marba (a FASA construct), the IKDF just transferred a batch of D-7’s to the Imperial Navy and called it good.  Digging in to what ‘Atrahasis’ mentioned though (not sure whether this was his idea, or it goes back to SFB), the Klingons transferred a large batch of D-6’s to the Romulans and only 2-3 D-7’s. 

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Now with the D-7’s, the similar designs wouldn’t matter as only 2-3 ships had been transferred.  I’m going to take the above idea and run with it, but with a big caveat – the IKDF, in transferring 2/3’rds of their D-6 force (in deference to D-7, which I would assume would be in service in quantity by 226x ), created a sort of ‘export variant’, stripping the hulls down, removing much of the armor plating and hull extensions, but installing upgraded impulse engines from D-7 to make up for it.  This would result in something similar to what you see above and like I said, D-7 transfers would take place with comparatively little changes.

Aside from all this, all other Klingon FASA/SFB-derived designs will remain as they have been, with updates/revisions made as needed (whenever I get to them – to account for history/spec changes that I mention elsewhere).

(oh, you can find all of Atra’s model pictures in this photobucket album as well 😉  – link)

 

 

 

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Comments Enabled

Hey all, sorry for the short post here, but after going through WordPress, I discovered that somehow, the commenting option got disabled.  I’ve gone back through my last few posts and re-enabled commenting and will keep a closer eye on this going forward – feel free to leave some though in the meantime if you want.

 

 

Klingon Asymmetry

Hey all, just wanted to get some random thoughts out of my head and down on to the blog here.

 

Way back when I first discovered Demon Renegade Studios, I took an immediate liking to a lot of the models.  Sharp and detailed, I wrote histories around several.  One that I haven’t yet touched on is the ‘Haze III’ fighter.  Produced in both civilian (link) and Klingon (link) versions, the only visuals I’ve been able to find are the perspective shots right there at the site and so, I held off on writing them in.

A thought that popped into my head back then and one that’s stuck with me is their use as asymmetric tools on the part of the Klingons.  Open, unrestrained warfare (the Four Years War of the TOS era) had given way to a ‘Cold War’ punctuated by cross-border strikes and offensives of limited size and scope (pretty much the first half of the TMP era – up until about 2287 or 88).  The IKDF had Gunboats sure, but these had never truly been able to stop starfighters – craft that were smaller, nimbler and nearly as well armed.

Starfleet held the trump card in this category since the late 22nd Century, but toward the end of the Class I and advent of the Linear Warp era, they moved to match the Klingons’ “bigger/better/harder” philosophy – building bigger ships that were better armed and harder-hitting – getting seemingly lax in this category.

So, what better way to hit back at their adversary than to target the one area they paid comparatively little attention to?  I’m thinking that because this craft has a generic/civilian model, that its an independent design that originated with a civilian shipbuilder (who hoped to possibly cash in on the criminal/black market appeal of such a design).  The Klingons making even a low-key attempt to acquire it through legitimate means would be too obvious to Starfleet, so I’m thinking some slick industrial espionage would be in order.

The IKDF, after acquiring the plans, manufacturers a quantity for themselves while also mass producing the civilian model – modified with military grade equipment (shields, weapons, sensors etc) and then passes them off to Imperial Intelligence, who dumps them on the market at cut rate prices all to aggravate their rivals (principally, Starfleet).

 

What role both variants will play is still unclear at the moment – as I’ve said, it will be a while before I get up into that era, but it does present a tantalizing possibility or two.

 

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