again, fairly self explanatory, more work on my frigate of the same class as In Amber Clad (you may have noticed i have changed the name from the first WIP Pic of it).
And yes, i stand by that idea that it's a separate class than the Forward Unto Dawn/Aegis Fate from H3 and the Savannah/Grafton from REACH (which seem to lie somewhere between, and among other things haven't got the vaguely poetic names previously assigned to UNSC ships, nor do they posess registry numbers..). There's just too many major structural differences. If there were a Jane's Guide.. but then, the REACH Pillar Of Autumn would clearly belong to a different class than the HALO 1 version...
Anyway, it's unclear to me at this point whether i'll make the other frigate classes.
Armament. As you can see, i've mounted some turrets (well, one, and it's in a Symmetry). Problem here is, in H2, the ships didn't have visible turrets (one can assume thet they exist,though). And, prior to REACH coming out, information suggested that the secondary guns on the FUD were railguns... Reach frigates have 10 turrets with paired 50 mm autocannon.. you realise that's less than 2 inches? a tiny gun, and ought to be totally useless against armor that shrugs off Archer missiles... I wonder if those frigates are specifically intended as close support/planetary defense..
How big is an Archer Missile? There's supposed to be 30 to a pod, and tube launched to boot. A VLS-type method makes more sense... tube-launched indicates a magazine of missiles which have to be loaded into the launch tubes, like a submarine's torpedoes. And there's a placement issue.. Also, there's a lot of surface area, perfect for placement of box launchers, assuming the frigate stays in space or goes reeeaal slow in atmo so they don't get ripped off... Personally i think a bunch of GALLILEANs in turrets (continuous power supply) would work better for point defense...
Also, Archer warheads and those cannon shells are supposed to be High Explosive. explosives lose a lot of their power in space... no air for a compression wave, and hulls that deflect reentry heat...
Space. Seriously, the majority of the space in the "forks" is presumably taken up by power trunks, control systems, and (presumably) cooling systems for the MACS. If the Pillar's corridors in HALO are any indication, one would barely fit down one of the forks! never mind the armor layer, and the weapons... Assuming, of course, that i got my measurements right, of course. I had to eyeball everything; i counted the frames on the forks -the only place where they're even- and made a spacing that made a length that felt right and didn't look out of proportion..
But according to my estimations, those side hatches aren't big enough to launch Pelicans... Falcons certainly, but...
where and how many MAC slugs are stored? and where are crew quarters, cryo bays... thruster ports....
i don't know whether the vents on the front of the engines are reverse thrusters, or ramscoops, or what...
aside from weapons, mostly what i need to do is finish the bridge and the forward ends of the side wedges.. then thefiddly bits... oh, and texturing, of course, but i'm a polys guy so i want most of the detail to be 'physical'. textures should support polys, not replace them, that's when things start looking strange..
As part of a slowly gestating idea, the above UNSC Where No Shadows Fall is part of a task force acting in conjuction with Sangheili units during post Human/Covenant War to harry the Brute military during the march toward Sangheilios. And my ODST OC Sasha "Two Guns" Templar's unit is assigned to the TF..
Ships in the Task Force (so far):
UNSC Where No Shadows Fall
UNSC Born To The Purple
UNSC All Shadows Fled
Sunshine Girl's Honor
UNSC March Of Cambreath
UNSC God'll Get You For That One
UNSC One More Time
Born and No Shadows are named for BABYLON 5 episodes.
Born has been re-plated with Covenant-derived armor (and thus is mostly purple now) and it's turrets have been replaced with plasma turrets, and (a) MAC with an energy projector. All Shadows was used as an experimental weapons platform, so one MAC was replaced with a big particle beam cannon. All ships have been fitted with shields.
Also, i've been watching old sitcoms. See if you can figure out which two names come from which two shows.
wow. LOTTA WORDS HERE.