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Vesper Class (concept sketch) by chaos-sandwhich Vesper Class (concept sketch) by chaos-sandwhich
Concept sketchs for the VESPER class hunter killer

small vessel with heavy forward firing railguns, for smashing through blockades and larger capital ship formations

equally suited to hit and run attacks on enemy shipping, hunting in packs like u-boats of the past

these are small ships, and often operate from a larger mother ship with docking ports for re fueling and re arming
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J-J8 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the perspective, really detailed. Excellent work !
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :D
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
added to Sketches and concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool. They have a quick and nimble feel as well :D
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks , i was hoping they would seem nimble :)
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, damn cool.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :) , i'm working on some further sketchs of the design, possibly some rear views and profiles , maybe even an expanded drawing of the assembly
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be quite neat. Should be featured in a few other scifi groups here!
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i'll try a few submissions maybe
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JDOUG5189 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Nice design dude, dissipating the heat on those things is going to be murder though. Real world railguns fire with so much sheer heat that a plume of plasma trails the slug from the barrel
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks, and yeah, but fortunatly the forward hull is ceramic, i may nave to sink heat exchangers through slits in the hull to dissapate the heat,and maybe some kind of system that can make positive use of the energy
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JDOUG5189 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
The ceramics and heat exchangers are a good idea to reduce the heat from railgun firings. you could find some way to vent the heat through the ship's thruster exhausts. that would increase the ship's flight speeds during combat.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
might be a nifty little trick, i'm working on the firing system at the momnent, probably going to use the plasma version cause it looks cool, but a sabot might reduce the heat
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JDOUG5189 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
one problem with the sabot idea, railgun ammo is ALL slug, no powder, no charge to ignite said powder, no shell casing, basically nothing more than just the tip of a bullet.

I don't understand what you mean about the 'plasma' version. do you mean change the railguns to plasma cannons?
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well the round can function as the armature , or the armature can be a seperate part, one type being a sabot casing that is simply pushing the round down the barrel , another being the hybrid plasma armature with a thin strip of material that will become plasma once the temperature gets high enough, i personally prefer this version because it looks cool [link]

some other version i have seen involve the shell simply functioning as the armature, but this reduces the flexibility of the ammunition types avalible

also it doesn't have to be a solid slug, i don't think it would be too hard to add an additional warhead to the tip, but its not required due to the shell velocity
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JDOUG5189 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
that's the thing, why would you need to purposely put something in the barrel to become plasma? the sheer heat from firing creates a giant plume of superheated plasma that trails behind the slug.

The railgun's lack of ammunition types is due to that extreme velocity. Why add an additional effect, like incendiary or high explosives, when that slug moving at speeds of Mach 10 or more will simply crash through any kind of armor you put in front of it.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well firstly , there is a contact ratio required for the rail armature, which usually means that the slug needs to be shaped specifically which can spoil its areodynamic stability

the majority of slugs have a foil strip applied to the rear of the round to produce the plasma effect, as the round would produce unfavourable plasma type

the addition of warheads increase the effectiveness of the round in the specific instance i am intending to us them, due to the ships hull composition a kinetic round is effective in penetration but does little damage to critical systems , the secondary charge functions as a 'bunker ' buster type, detonation once desirable penetration depth has been reached to do massive damage to the internal systems
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
You should download one of the free 3D modelling programs (like Google SketchUp) and make 3D versions of these very cool ships of yours.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
might be worth a try, but i've never had too much luck with sketch up, might be worth browing some tutorials

though i have some experiemce with CAD software so it shouldn't be too difficult
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LathyrusRoots Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
These are cool! :3 I love the detail put in them, and the labels.
This is why people become engineers; to build -these- things. :D
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i am training to be an engineer some day, i only hope this kind of tech will become commercially viable
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LathyrusRoots Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
You are? :3 Awesome! You know what field, or is it just a general goal?
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mechanical engineering in general, but i'm leaning towards nautical stuff, hull design etc
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LathyrusRoots Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
xD I'm working to be a mech. engineer too. Hope you like math! e__e That's all I've been doing for the past 5 months solid.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, math isn't fun is it , but its all part of the plan
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LathyrusRoots Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Best answer yet :D
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