This is another commission for the great
on another of his vessels for his Shootingstar story.
The Solar Flare is described as a heavy cruiser; a monster brisling with weapons with the intent to intimidate. However being an Alliance ship, it had to be something different; the Alliance are humans but have shunned their heritage and thus reflect it in their designs; organic, alien, sleek, unusual.
The easy part was the design – the hard part was the weapon’s layout; she is not a mover like a fighter – she is a battler, and it was hard to locate the weapons for this – but perseverance paid off and the end result is a ship I am very proud of!
For puritans, the hanger for subordinate craft is under the hull and ships are launched and loaded like the shuttles in Star Trek: Enterprise.
The unusual colour scheme is based on nebulas and stellar clouds – and also designed to intimidate foes.
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thank you sir
For you stat hounds – see below her abilities.
Name: Solar Flare-class heavy cruiser
Origin: Allied Star Forces/Space Combat Force
Manufacturer: New Promise Orbital Naval Yards, New Promise (initial construction yard)
Type: Interstellar heavy cruiser
Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations
Length: 782 meters
Width: 210 meters
Main Drive: 2 x 3.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10,000 MW
Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Acceleration: 3.3 g/1.5 light years per minute
Onboard Sensors: ECCM, ECM, advanced fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, telescope
Fixed Armament: 36 x PD laser turrets, 6 x long-range anti-ship plasma cannons, 6 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 4 x long-range anti-ship particle cannons
Additional Armament/Compliment: 534 crew, 60 officers; 368 troops, 4 shuttles, 4 transports
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets
Equipment: artificial gravity system, lifeboat escape system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (1 for shuttles/transports), hyperspace generator
Commissioned: 6/31/2887 (AFWS Solar Flare)
Ships of Class: AFWS Solar Flare, AFWS Charger, 112 others in service