Modified Liberator Class Fleet

This forum is for any Intercept Orbit creations.

Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby Grass4hopper » Mon May 30, 2016 8:20 pm

I really, really like the design of the Liberator Class Frigate, and decided to upgrade it to a Carrier Class by adding a launch catapult. The all black is kind of boring to look at, so I'll go back and add so highlights when I get a chance.

ImageModified Liberator by Grass4hopper, on FlickrImageModified Liberator by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
Last edited by Grass4hopper on Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:09 am, edited 1 time in total.
gusindor wrote:If you're on a planet that's home to huge amounts of small friendly energetic creatures, you might use hamster wheels.
User avatar
Grass4hopper
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 387
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:02 pm
Location: East Texas

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby Luke_BMM » Mon May 30, 2016 8:25 pm

Grass4hopper wrote:I really, really like the design of the Liberator Class Frigate, and decided to upgrade it to a Carrier Class by adding a launch catapult. The all black is kind of boring to look at, so I'll go back and add so highlights when I get a chance.


FWIW, it looks pretty good in black kudos on photographing it well. I always think black looks better in person than in photos... until I see someone else's photos.

Really enjoying the shaping here. Just asymmetric enough to look intentional, but not so much as to throw off the profile. Nicely done.
Luke_BMM
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 383
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:37 am

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby Grass4hopper » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:05 pm

I thought the launch catapult looked a little thin, so I beefed it up. I may go back to the thin version, haven't decided yet.

ImageModified Liberator Carrier by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
gusindor wrote:If you're on a planet that's home to huge amounts of small friendly energetic creatures, you might use hamster wheels.
User avatar
Grass4hopper
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 387
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:02 pm
Location: East Texas

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby Hackjob » Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:58 pm

I like it! I prefer the skinnier catapualt because to me it looks more like a modification of the basic vessel (itself a modidfied freighter) and that fits with the "feel" of the Liberator Class better than the more purpose-built apperance the larger catapault gives (although I think it looks good too).
-Hackjob


Here's more: my Flikr
Even more... my Imgur
Hackjob
Grizzled Veteran
 
Posts: 576
Joined: Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:30 pm
Location: Upppstaaaate!

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby Minion » Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:56 am

I'm right there with you on the Liberator, Grass4hopper. It's my favourite of the core ships. And these modifications look really great. I think you've executed the chunkier catapult really well, and if I were seeing the ship class for the very first time that's the one I'd pick. But I'm kind of with Hackjob -- the skinnier catapult looks more like a mod to the original ship, rather than a redesign, and that's cool given the ship's background.
User avatar
Minion
Young Gun
 
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:22 pm

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby spacemonkey » Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:29 am

Nice job on this one, Grasshopper. As for the catapult, have you tried splitting the difference between the two designs? Keep the wedge piece but remove one or both of the added bricks; this would allow the catapult jut out from the ship but still look more supported maybe without looking completely purpose built (if that's what you're going for).
User avatar
spacemonkey
Grizzled Veteran
 
Posts: 566
Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:48 am
Location: Sioux City, IA

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby Grass4hopper » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:20 am

spacemonkey wrote:Nice job on this one, Grasshopper. As for the catapult, have you tried splitting the difference between the two designs? Keep the wedge piece but remove one or both of the added bricks; this would allow the catapult jut out from the ship but still look more supported maybe without looking completely purpose built (if that's what you're going for).


You mean like this?

Image4 by Grass4hopper, on Flickr

I'm working on planning the rest of my fleet, but am having trouble finding designs that go well with the Liberator. I know that ships can be captured from other factions so I could use any design from the rulebook, BUT I want this fleet to look like converted ships as opposed to dedicated military vessel.

Here's a Torpedo Frigate I'm working on. I copied CmdrRook's back end from his PAX East Demo fleet. I feel like the rest of the design needs work C&C appreciated.

ImageLiberator Class Frigate3 by Grass4hopper, on FlickrImageNautilus Torpedo Frigate by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
gusindor wrote:If you're on a planet that's home to huge amounts of small friendly energetic creatures, you might use hamster wheels.
User avatar
Grass4hopper
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 387
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:02 pm
Location: East Texas

Re: Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby CmdrRook » Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:33 pm

The symmetry and rounded look in the nautilus is really charming, like a tiny swimming beetle, and I really like the effect you got out of sweeping forward the engine cowling to cover more of the fuselage of the ship. As-is, I can see it being a tug-boat of sorts. A cargo-hauler like the Liberator, but meant to drag payloads that attach to the outside of the flat sides of the ship rather than fill an internal hold. Perhaps try attaching something that looks like it belongs on a completely different class of ship to exaggerate this look, like mounting a Katyusha to a dump-truck might?

The 2x1 bar tiles are excellent detail pieces, a good way to bring outside space into the ship's form. I always imagined them as docking bays or hangars for smaller craft when I used them. Repeated so many times, they lose uniqueness and purpose, and would be suited just as well by regular sloping bricks. I would try sticking 2x1 plates into their gaps to see if you like the look that builds, and if not, consider another approach towards narrowing the bow of the ship.

PS: if you turn the nautilus sideways, it looks like a YT-1300, aka; the millennium falcon.
Edit: you also reminded me that I needed to upload some pictures I took from PAX, thanks!
User avatar
CmdrRook
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 487
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:15 pm
Location: Western MA, USA

Re: Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby Minion » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:11 pm

I like it, Grass4hopper. It looks nimble, like the sort of thing that would dive in between the ships of an enemy fleet.

In line with CmdrRook's suggestion about attaching something that looks like it came from a completely different fleet, I feel like a bit of asymmetry adds to the cobbled-together look. Certainly the Liberator is asymmetrical. Perhaps the torpedo bay only one side of the ship, and something else entirely on the other? A sensor pod?
User avatar
Minion
Young Gun
 
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:22 pm

Re: Modified Liberator Class

Postby spacemonkey » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:44 pm

Grass4hopper wrote:You mean like this?

Image by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
Yep; you might throw a plate under the slope for a touch more length but overall I think it creates nice balance between the two versions.
User avatar
spacemonkey
Grizzled Veteran
 
Posts: 566
Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:48 am
Location: Sioux City, IA

Re: Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby Grass4hopper » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:23 pm

A new design I'm working on, this is just a rough build to get the basic shape. It's a freighter where cargo containers are interlocked and held in place by the four arms. The four arms can be converted to hold weapons, scanners or catapults. It' just small enough to be a Frigate.
ImageSkeleton Class Carrier Mk1 by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
gusindor wrote:If you're on a planet that's home to huge amounts of small friendly energetic creatures, you might use hamster wheels.
User avatar
Grass4hopper
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 387
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:02 pm
Location: East Texas

Re: Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby VitorFaria » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:45 pm

Those are all really nice, Grass4hopper!
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." Carl Sagan
User avatar
VitorFaria
Mod Team
 
Posts: 1752
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:21 am
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Re: Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby Grass4hopper » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:35 pm

Skeleton Mkll. Still small enough to be a Frigate. I feel like it can still be improved, but I don't know how. I'm trying to build from what I learn from Soren's builds.
Image
Skeleton Class Frigate 1 by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
Image
Skeleton Class Frigate 2 by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
Image
Skeleton Class Frigate 3 by Grass4hopper, on Flickr
gusindor wrote:If you're on a planet that's home to huge amounts of small friendly energetic creatures, you might use hamster wheels.
User avatar
Grass4hopper
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 387
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:02 pm
Location: East Texas

Re: Modified Liberator Class Fleet

Postby CmdrRook » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:53 pm

LayRong wrote:if you turn the nautilus sideways, it looks like a YT-1300, aka; the millennium falcon.
you also reminded me that I needed to upload some pictures I took from PAX, thanks!


Oh no, they're getting smarter...
User avatar
CmdrRook
Been Around The Block
 
Posts: 487
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:15 pm
Location: Western MA, USA


Return to Intercept Orbit

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest