This is my depiction of the Rebel Alliance Fleet from one of the greatest elements of the Sci-Fi genre – Star Wars. I did this based on what we have seen, and what had been put into books.
Here this vast fleet mainly of hyperdriven starfighters are massing for a major assault against the Imperial Empire; learning of the deception of Emperor Palpatine, many people and worlds rebel; alas the Emperor is no easy foe to overthrow.
I did the fleet like this based on what the Rebel Alliance should have and that they are the complete opposite to the Imperial Empire – the Empire can afford the warships, the armies, the bases, and have the resources to maintain them.
Despite how books and fans put it, in reality the Rebels could not be choosers. They would have to make do with anything they could get and anything that could fly. They would grab old fighters that are hyperspace independent like Y-Wings, Z-95s, and have to use dilapidated craft like Cloakshapes, or ARC-170s. Those that cannot – like the Delta 7s – would have to be defence craft.
As for ships, they just could not have a manufacturing base on the scale to compete with the IM, so they would be using freighters; not only because there are loads of them but also because as rebels, they could hide in fleets of commercial shipping. AA-9 would be ideal.
Ingenuity is the nature of any rebel faction. Things like modifying old ships like the Gallofree Medium Transport, or make craft carrying ships like the modified Quaser fire Bulk Cruisers would be the norm. I think they would have to modify the Vulture drones to become D-Wings to fill out ranks.
For any combat ships, they would be small – because again of resource. Corellian vessels like the famed Blockade Runner and the Republic Frigate are feeble things to the IM; but to the rebels, they would be gold.
After the Clone wars, we know the Separatist’s fleet would be dismantled so there can never be a powerful force to take on the Emperor. Of course there is the chance of coming across a lost hulk, a missing ship, or a mothballed vessel – even then it would need a heck of a resource base to run.
However, those are just my feelings. It would have been nice to see these scenarios played out – and other elements too – like different factions within.
But hey what do I know.
I primarily did this to see if I could do a scene full of ships. Must admit I think I pulled it off – and may have gotten carried away.
Like to hear your thoughts – enjoy