Larson, ‘Admiral’ Jose Mendez and 6 vs 3

Hey all, wanted to give you a bit of a quick update.  I’ve finished the text for the Larson class and will *hopefully* get everything squared away and uploaded as a PDF on Saturday.    If MS Word ’16 that I have on my work PC worked like this version of MS Word on my Mac does, I could have it done sooner (if they gave me Adobe InDesign on my work machine, I’d add it to my CC subscription and there would also be no problem).  Alas, it will just have to wait.

 

At the risk of repeating myself when I make my next update after everything is finished and posted, Larson’s history follows a fairly standard path.  There’s the background on events that prompted the need for another Destroyer and then its wartime history.  I was just going to tie everything up with a vague paragraph or two about how it finished out the Class I era (the 2250’s – 60’s) rather quietly and then leave it at that, before I thought to go back through my FASA archives to check and see if there was anything I could mention.  Lo and behold there was.  I’ll save the details of that whole scenario (that involves the Gorn) for my next update, but suffice it to say, I think it does well to balance things out.  The one bit I will let you in on concerns Jose Mendez from “The Menagerie”.

This scenario, taking place roughly 2 years after that episode (2269), mentions that Mendez is now an Admiral (who briefs the characters on the situation at hand).  I checked Memory Beta and there is one TOS novel that mentions him as an Admiral (Garth of Izar), so I figured why not go with that?  It’s not like he’s ever going to pop up again in my own personal interpretation of the universe.

 

Aside from that, I’m pretty much dead set now on revising the Constitution class now to include an armament of six phaser banks instead of three.  I still love the schematics by Neale “Vance” Davidson, but there absolutely has to be some differentiation between Destroyers, Frigates and Cruisers.  Changing the Constitution class History I wrote up and then re-uploading it won’t be that much trouble.  Another thing though with that I’m going to have to change is the deadweight tonnage.  I’m not sure where I got the figures that I used, but they are definitely inconsistent with some of my more recent publications, like Surya/Coventry and Pyotr Velikiy – for which I relied on the Hobbyist’s Guide……..

 

I’m not sure if I’ll have the motivation to start anything new tomorrow morning at work (mornings typically being my most productive time at work when I have the most energy), or Saturday either (Saturdays being a bit busier for me now), but I do know for sure that I want to get away from ships of war and focus on my own ‘Antares‘ class (I mentioned this as being a surveyor in an update or two before).  So I’ll just have to let those thoughts percolate and write down the thoughts as they come.

 

 

Q’apla!

 

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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

 

Loknar

Hello again all, am back with an update once more.  If it weren’t for the normal issues of motivation combined with a bit of RL interference, I would’ve had this finished and out about two weeks ago, but oh well.

I made one final update to my computer setup here at home and that’s a transition from the low profile ‘modern’ keyboards like this Apple one I had been using, to the word of mechanical keyboards (with their pseudo-old school typing feel/aesthetic).  There aren’t many out there that are Mac-focused, let alone Mac-focused and not hideously expensive, but I picked this one up off of Amazon for $100 (still reasonable IMO) about two weeks ago now and have grown to love the feel/sound (though it did take some getting used to for my wrists lol).  I have a similar one coming for my PC (not that I type much on that, will be interesting to see how it performs gaming-wise) and then because these are still new to me, I ordered a completely different one for use at work (since I do just as much, if not more typing there).

All that aside, it’s made typing this out a much more satisfying experience IMO.  As I said above, issues of motivation have bogged me down as of late, but I managed to finally get Loknar done.  Aside from the usual overview/examination of the design/engineering, the history is made up of three parts–the class’ small role in the Four Years War, events of Operation Vanguard and then its brief participation in the ‘Kzinti Incursion’.  I didn’t bother sifting through my FASA resources to find any further filler material (the only Loknar-focused one I know of–“Decision At Midnight”–takes place in the 2270’s) and so this is rather short in comparison to Surya/Coventry.

Loknar class Frigate

 

What’s next?  Well, both Kearsarge and Larson have been on my mind.  Kearsarge is a SFB (Star Fleet Battles) design and lacks any the kind of colorful history certain FASA designs have.  Larson on the other hand is a FASA design, though one that has scant mention outside of the “Demand of Honor” and “White Flame” supplements (taking place in the late 2260’s).  In reading the Hobbyist’s Guide…….. they also enter service in different decades–Kearsarge in the early 2230’s (competing a bit with Loknar); Larson in the 2240’s (replacing Saladin but bringing up new questions for Starfleet).  I’m not necessarily enamored with the idea of having two separate publications come out short (I did enjoy crafting the long histories of recent classes like Pyotr Velikiy and Surya/Coventry), but then again, keeping a long term view in mind, doing them individually would make things easier when the time comes to release my TOS era compilation.  So who knows?

I did take some time off coming up, in addition to this next weekend I have the 19th-22nd to myself and only have to work a half day on the 23rd, so hopefully if I can get some momentum going and find some motivation, I’ll have something up for Christmas.

 

Live Long and Prosper

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!