thanks, i've since updated the design further, doubling the arc of fire given to the turrets horizontal traverse and increased the ships top and bottom turret ration by allowing the turret to pass through the center of the ship appearing at the top or bottom as needed, and resting in the middle for maintenance , and i increased the per turret armament to quad cannons instead of pairs
so i could now draw a scene with all three generations
well the design is in flux all the time but the current version [link] is fitted with 2 Quad 6 inch mounted in the gun sponsons and 4 Twin 8 inch mounted in the body, one in the bow/chin one in the stern/tail and one forward and aft of the main bridge
Oh I see now. Wow really love the retractable weapons system you developed! Ball turrets, didn't even think about that. Definitely classifies them as dual purpose weapons systems.
I like the 8" main gun concept. I use something similar on my warships.
This is a pretty beastly frigate, heavy armament in those 6 inchers, though you could probably get 40 to 70rpm out of each barrel. Boy that's a ton of firepower. Reminds me of the Brooklyn class CLs from WWII that were armed with fifteen 6" guns. The IJN noted in their combat logs that these light cruisers threw out so much firepower that the deck crews equated their small 6" guns to warship machine guns lol.
well at the moment its a clip system , doors on the rear of the turret open to allow a magazine to be loaded into the ball, or a belt feed to be attached, the system for articulating the ammo feed is rather complex, as the gun itself travels up and down within the ball to give optimum position when firing , crossing the equator resting ring as it moves ( might not make much sense but i hope to make it clear using diagrams)