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Triton on escort duty by Colourbrand Triton on escort duty by Colourbrand
“Captain’s Log: Stardate 25445.3

USS Triton, NCC-2201: Captain B. Schmidt recording.

The Triton and its crew have been assigned escort duty to Starbase 102. Over the past two weeks, a number of vessels have either been attacked, destroyed or have gone missing due to Klingon incursions en route there. Now the base has been the victim of a major assault. Starbase 102 managed to defend itself but it suffered. So fearing that the Klingons will be back with the possibility that they may take 102 as a base of their own or a trophy, the Triton has been assigned to the region as part of a gradual build up of a task force to go Klingon Hunting!

The ships I am escorting consist of three transports; two tankers and a freighter. These are needed to start the plans aforementioned – fuel and ready war materials. With these immediate stockpiles, we can make a presence here.

However, to get to Starbase 102 I have plotted a course that takes us through an area near 102 called the Canopus Cloud. It’s a dust field that we can scan quite well, and will hopefully expose any cloaked ships or hide us from immediate detection.

To make sure the mission succeeds, I have been assigned a fleet of ships – two Genser Class Escorts: the USS Edge, and the USS Trailblazer; four squadrons of Scorpio Class Corvettes, and to my delight, the USS Wisp, a Ranger Class Scout.

The Wisp is a ship my crew helped rescue from Klingon attack a month back, and on learning we needed some extra ears, Captain Mason was eager to offer his services to me.

Who says good deeds do not go unrewarded?”

Once again I have raided my childhood and resurrected a few ship designs from the FASA game of Star Trek.

I feature the Triton Class in this picture showing a different angle, so if anyone likes the design can admire it more or even make a 3D model. The original is awful but the idea is fantastic hence my re-design. I added a secondary hull, because I felt it would look better. The pylons are different, and they are styled along the lines of the Constellation Class where the nacelles are side mounted – makes a lot more sense than the original idea! Also the saucer is its own, not again a Constitution kitbash – I have no qualms about kitbashes but lets make them look worthy, eh?

The end result to me is a better looking original ship.

The freighters are based on a design briefly glimpsed in Star Dock in Star Trek III, a basic neck with warp drives and some cargo modules slung under. This I chose to use my imagination to base the design. It’s no doubt different but it looks the business.

The Gensers I based on the Oberth Class but with a different second hull, and stronger warp drives. Again the original design is just shit, but the idea is sound, and of all the escorts in the FASA game, this is the best looker. The original had a saucer like the Constitution, and a titanic second hull, but only armed with phasers? Please. I went with that aspect but made it smaller just; after all they are escorts.

The Wisp is based off one of the few great designs in the FASA books, the Ranger, and she is a good looking ship – only they had her in the films.

Finally the fighter like vessels are Scorpio Class Corvettes – again I loved the idea, but the designers fluffed the shape, so I based the idea on a ship that has the traits of a typical shuttle, but mounted the one warp drive, similar to the types the Oberth possess. I think they look rather sweet.

Love to hear your thoughts and opinions please.

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ShawnAtkinson Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice work. Imaginative.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Nice pic.  I like the design.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks sir :D
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
You're welcome.  It's a cool design.
SeekHim Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I really love the Gensers class! I've always had an interest in the Oberth although I didn't think
much of its design at all. Yours is much better!

I'm curious I've gotten interested in ships schematics lately.
How big are each of these ships and what are their crew complements?
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well my friend, there is a website that covers that part of the franchise; these ships were part of the FASA series of trek adventures - most of the designs are now consigned to dust; most were awful too!

This is the Genser's factfile as well as a link to the site that covers this issue.

SeekHim Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Great link!

Here's one that I like to use. I looked at it a lot when I was trying to puzzle out the Delphis class…
starsatyr Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Your freighter designs have a no-nonsense, frills-free elegance about them, with all the practicality of current container ships with their loadable, swapable and - if worse comes to worst - jettisonable cargo modules. Having interchangeable cargo and liquid bulk modules offers much greater flexibility than anything afforded by dedicated designs. While the Enterprise gets all the glory, it's logistics that keeps any fleet going.

I do hope the Wisp's skipper's (Captain Mason) first name isn't William for his sake; if it is, he becomes Will O' the Wisp! (Sorry, just could NOT resist:))
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well they were inspired by a shot of something like that in the Spacedock scene in Star Trek 3. Look on Bernd Schneider's Ex Astris Scientia site. Its very brief but from what I see it looks similar.

I wish Trek did more freighers instead of crap models. Ah well...

Damn - what a great pun :D LOL!!!!Well played sir :D
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