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Ganba Escort Carrier by StarSword-C Ganba Escort Carrier by StarSword-C
H.A.V.O.K. Escort Carrier, Krogon-class
Medium Capital Ship, Ganbar Imperial Fleet

The Ganba have historically been more dependent on fighter support than their counterparts in the UGF and elsewhere. Their fighters are pound-for-pound more powerful in most respects, but they're still no match for capital ships and have short range. The H.A.V.O.K. Krogon-class escort carrier has a smaller complement of interceptors than the command cruiser, but still more than the UGN Anaconda-class destroyer. Despite its classification it fills the approximate role of a light cruiser and has powerful enough engines to dance in and out of firefights.

The Krogon-class comes in three main variants, distinguished mainly by weapons complement. Standard Type I Krogons (like this one) are the most commonly seen. Type II Krogons ("Extra Fighters Detected") have no missiles at all, but carry a total of 12 fighters (more than a command cruiser!). Type III Krogons ("Heavy Fighter Version") carry Heavy Interceptors instead of Light, and fewer fighters total. They also mount ten Thunderbolt torpedoes, enabling them to do serious damage to ships many times their size. During a rare full-scale battle with the UGN's Seventh Fleet in 999 GSD, a bold attack by a dozen Type III's forced the Apache-class command ship UGNS Panther into full retreat (though most of the carriers involved in this sortie were destroyed in the process).

Named for a large predatory amphibian native to the Ganbar homeworld of Gan (one which hunted the Ganba in their prehistoric years, and remains a favored bogeyman for Ganba parents), the Krogon-class is at first glance relatively weak as a front-line combatant due to its focus as a light carrier. Appearances are misleading: while a full fighter complement is a requirement for maximum firepower, the high recharge rate of Ganba deflector shields means they are effectively just as tough as similar vessels. It carries six Ganba Light Interceptors and four neutron beam turrets. Krogon-class ships easily outmatch the Naloth-class frigate, and in numbers they can challenge O'Brien-class battlecruisers, though some losses are guaranteed.

In short, despite the brute firepower of the Verlodra-class command ship, the Krogon-class escort carrier is a strong contender for the cornerstone of the Ganbar Imperial Fleet.

I decided to leave the edges turned on when I rendered this: all the gray in the model makes it hard to discern detail. At the scale it will be rendered in-game this should actually make the details easier to see. The model started as an expansion of the Ganvor-class destroyer. The neutron turrets are derived from the handiwork of Meaker VI of the Ambrosia Boards.

For a while I couldn't decide on a good place for the fighter bays, but I eventually chose to place them in a cavity underneath, not unlike that of a Star Destroyer. Obviously, they're out of sight at this angle.
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Devastator200 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok
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Devastator200 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bad wha. my light cruiser has more.
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StarSword-C Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, I see what you're saying.

It's a game engine issue.   EV Nova can only support up to 64 ship sprites and 128 gunfire sprites onscreen at any given time, and it's surprisingly easy to hit that limit if you've got a lot of high-capacity carriers in play.  I haven't actually used the Krogon-class in the literature but I would envision it actually having two or three times what I gave it in the mod.
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Devastator200 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
12 fighters for a carrier?? Wha?
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StarSword-C Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... That a good "Wha?" or a bad "Wha?"?
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LEGO-T Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
awsome work.
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Dibujantte Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Awesome work, thanks so much for sharing. Joy!
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome and detailed work as always! Nice!
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
added to 3D concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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