[ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

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[ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby Jean » Wed May 21, 2014 6:53 pm

Join the discussion about the renders for three new ships. You can comment on either Amarillo Design Bureau's page on Facebook or on its BBS.

Starline 2500 Romulan Vulture

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 437bd51089

http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/me ... 1400654325

Starline 2425 Augmented Battlestation

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 68bbf9b363

http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/me ... 1400694875

Starline 2500 Orion Dreadnought

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Re: [ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby Jean » Wed May 21, 2014 6:54 pm

The last URL for the Orion Dreadnought is http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/me ... 1400694658

I hope to see you there!
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Re: [ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby JohnDW » Thu May 29, 2014 4:54 am

Love the vulture and that its a 'full' eagle style ship, would love to see a 'full' hawk style dreadnaught, if its ever viable. The condor just looks out of place to me.
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Re: [ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby ctchapel » Fri May 30, 2014 8:41 pm

If I remember right "hawk" DNs are, Omnihawk, Megahawk, and Really Evil Demonhawk (REDhawk). So you might get your wish even if they are limited or conjectural.
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Re: [ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby JohnDW » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:04 pm

Although I could see how a dreadnaught needs to be less modular than cruisers and frigates, thus less need for the highly modular 'hawk' style hulls, it would still be nice to see what was come up for them to look like.
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Re: [ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby Nerroth » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:08 pm

There are three modular DN designs for the Romulans in SFB Module R7, though none of them are yet in FC so far as I'm aware.

The DemonHawk would have had three engines (each of which doubles in size relative to those on the SparrowHawk). Its modularity would have come from a pair of SparrowHawk modules and a single SkyHawk module slot. The "REDHawk" is a DemonHawk equipped with both SparrowHawk-E and SkyHawk-C PF Tender modules, which together would have made it one of a very select group of ships permitted to carry two gunboat flotillas into battle.

When that concept was passed over in favour of the Condor, the same designers came up with the MegaHawk instead. It would have had six SkyHawk/SparrowHawk engines, with two pairs of SparrowHawk modules (one set hard-welded, the other set swappable). Two keels were laid down, one in Y182 and the other in Y183, but the money wasn't there to actually finish either of them by then.

As it happened, one of the two MegaHawk keels ended up being completed as the less powerful OmniHawk design. With only five SparrowHawk engines instead of six, the ship was more of a "light dreadnought" in terms of size (but was not treated as a Fast ship).

Of the three, I'd probably sooner want to see the DemonHawk done for 2500, if such a ship were up for consideration at some point.


But it might be worth noting that other empires have modular dreadnoughts of their own. Over in the Iridani Cluster, the locals' Quest ships are, for the most part, designed with modularity in mind. Their Brigantine dreadnought fits three modules, while their Man-O-War battleship has four. (SFB allows Iridani players to mix and match these module selections for themselves, but the playtest Ship Cards for FC offer pre-prepared configurations instead.)

The Omega Octant's Bolosco Merchant Guilds (curently only in SFB) operate a fleet of tugs, and their mercenary DN can fit two small pods to allow them a degree of flexibility in terms of which role they were to serve in.

Plus, one of the "lost futures" Omega factions (those which are known to exist, but which have yet to be formally published), the Zosman Marauders, are said to operate a wholly modular doctrine of their own. According to the article in CL36 describing Brice Graw's original vision for them, their Godfather DN would fit no less than six modules (as opposed to four on a CA, or one on a frigate). But it may be a while before we see any Zosman ships committed to print.
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Re: [ACTASF] Starline 2500 is expanding!

Postby JohnDW » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:15 pm

I'm glad there are people like you who have been keeping up with all of this interesting background stuff over the years. I only really started to learn about the star fleet universe when ACTA SF came out, I knew SFB was a thing but was only aware of it beforehand.

Thats some interesting info! I also hope that the 2500 line and ACTA SF allow more ships to be produced that might not otherwise be produced for SFB or FC.

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