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Commissioned: Hellfire Class Medium Carrier by Colourbrand Commissioned: Hellfire Class Medium Carrier by Colourbrand
Apologies that I have not been about peeps – been busy with life, and a few commissions – like this :D

This is one of :iconshoguneagle:’s starship concepts for his Shootingstar story. The specs below gave me direction to what this vessel was to be – also :iconshoguneagle: was specific in its design philosophy; streamline, almost alien physiology; from the get go it was a task; it felt like a monster (despite being medium class) so I try to envision it as one.

Following the concept and plans were a major challenge – especially the notion of “two external mounted rapid deployment launch systems”. For a time I went down the road of a Battlestar style of ship; however I looked around and found an idea and went from there. The launch system is mounted one dorsal, and one ventral.

The large turrets mount plasma weapons that fire from blisters instead of clichéd barrels – an idea :iconshoguneagle: emphasised on. For the missiles, I went double in design – two of the batteries are mounted forward, the remainder are in blister like missile tubes on the outer hull.

The hangers for larger craft were going to follow the path of the launch systems but I felt that there would be no space for cargo, storage, and maintenance – so I made three of the bays visible with the fourth underneath; this also acts as protection to attack.

The Habu fighters designed by :iconbagera3005: I included for scale.

Hope you like - :iconshoguneagle: did :)

Like to hear thoughts, comments and such.

Hellfire specs are below :D




Name: Hellfire-class medium fighter carrier

Origin: Allied Star Forces/Space Combat Force

Manufacturer: Cirris Allied States Military Shipyard, Lagrange Point 5, Cirris orbit (initial construction yard)

Type: Interstellar medium fighter carrier

Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations

Length: 755 meters

Width: 295 meters

Main Drive: 3 x 3.0 GW

Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10,000 KW

Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines

Verniers: 80

Acceleration: 3.8 g (maximum space acceleration)/1.5 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability)

Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, target analyzer, telescope

Fixed Armament: 20 x PD laser turrets, 6 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 8 x long-range anti-ship plasma cannons

Additional Armament/Compliment: 575 crew, 98 officers, 300 troops (includes 204 starfighter pilots), 96 starfighters (4 squadrons), 4
personnel transports/shuttles

Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets

Equipment: 2 x externally-mounted rapid deployment launch systems, artificial gravity system, escape pod system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (4; 4 for starfighters/shuttles/transient craft), hyperspace generator
Commissioned: 07/01/2887 (TFS Hellfire)

Ships of Class: AFWS Hellfire, AFWS Mephistopheles, AFWS Lucifer, AFWS Succubus, AFWS Incubus, AFWS Dis, AFWS Hades, AFWS Styx, AFWS Charon, 19 others in service
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Reminds me a little of the Draconian fighter ships from the Buck Rogers TV show that featured Erin Gray and Gil Gerrard.

 

Great FX models, shame the stories were such 180-pound lumps of stale cheese...:no:

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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm there is that - guess its the colour...

I agree - the models were brilliant - the Thunder fighter (Earth's) was designed by the legend that was Ralph McQuarrie; the others were improvs. This site tells great stories of how they did the models - www.universalhartland.com/code…

As for the show - no shit - series one was the worse elements of James Bond in space; the second series tried to be Star Trek...

Dear, dear, dear...
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ah, that explains the odd little niggle I always had regards the Earth starfighters. I was sure I recognised the style of the design, but I was never quite able to nail it down. Of course, Ralph McQuarrie!:salute:

I'd have quite liked the show - if I'd been about age 9 when I saw it originally - but I wasn't. It kind of became a contest between me and my late father to sit and watch it, and see which one of us would wince first.:D

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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"my late father to sit and watch it, and see which one of us would wince first!"

Now that is a great way to grow up :)

I have developed the twitching eye long ago...and alas still in use with all the crap I have seen!!!
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biomass Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now this is a wonderful Paint Job!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has its moments sir ;)

Thank you :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Certainly a fairly Travellereque feel, here.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm interesting....never thought of that.

Cheers sir :D
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space-commander Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool :)  Any idea how much one of these carriers would cost compared to one of the fighters?
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers sir - no idea on the economic front, best tax (pun intended) :iconshoguneagle: that question LOL!!

Thank you sir :D
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