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Dark Nova: Historical Vessel 1 by Breandan-OCiarrai Dark Nova: Historical Vessel 1 by Breandan-OCiarrai
An illustration from the Dark Nova Roleplaying game supplement- Fortune and Glory.

The Hobart-class destroyer was one of the first jump-capable warships ever developed by the Oceanic Federation (now the Australio-Pacifica Coalition). First launched in 2102, it was the primary defensive vessel for Oceanic colonial expeditions for nearly fourty years.

The OFS Perth was the first vessel to be engaged by hostile European Union forces during the territorial dispute over New Tauranga in 2108. Both nations had laid claim to the newly-discovered star system and its wealth- three habitable worlds- but the Oceanic colonial expedition arrived first. When the European expedition arrived, the commander unwisely chose to threaten to use force against the Oceanic colonists. In typical Aussie/Kiwi fashion, the Oceanic command remained calm and tried to talk some sense into the Europeans, but to no avail. The EU ships opened fire with long-range lasers and launched fighter drones. The Perth was ordered to return fire and prevent harm to the civilian population on the surface and in the Wellington orbital station.

The Perth took several hits from the EU lasers as it lined up its spinal mount Gauss cannon and fired, but its return salvo hulled the European cruiser that led the expedition. The rest of the battle went equally poorly for the belligerent EU forces, and the Oceanic Federation secured their claim to the system with extreme prejudice and colourful language.

In the end, the EU Fleet Command in Geneva declared that the commander of their expedition had acted without authorization, preventing an escalation of tensions between the two nations. As numerous similar colonial conflicts erupted and spurred a rapid explosion of technological advances, warships such as the Perth quickly became obsolete. Despite this, however, the Hobart-class remained in service with the Oceanic navy for another three decades before finally being retired.

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Hobart-class originally rendered by :iconjepray: , modified by :iconbreandan-ociarrai:

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Like the design-has an interesting 'spin' to it!And spinal mount weapon-whats not to like?
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HandofManos Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one excellent piece of work. I do also love the story behind it :) it looks like a realistic possible near future space ship design
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karanua Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whats to stop it spinning like a top? that single spin habitat could use something to counteract its torque otherwise imparted spin on the spine would make all the weapons there a targetting nightmare if its indeed possible to target them at all.
Enough claptrap, I love the design, good sense or not, reminds me very much of the EA Omega class from Bab5.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Apr 12, 2012  Professional Writer
The actual spinning hab modules NASA has looked at have a counter-rotating high-density ring on either side of the module. It doesn't extend out, but matches the mass of the hab module, and contains water to be used to protect a shielded area in the event of neutrinos.
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Colourbrand Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is rather grand! I love the overall concept - very reminisant of the Leonov and the Omega class. There is a crap robustness I love here, its built, primitive, industrial like a train of old.

I love this!
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Breandan-OCiarrai Jun 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks :) :iconjepray: rendered the initial vessel from ideas we bounced off each other, I just did the illustration of it
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Colourbrand Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, well done guys - I like it - superb stuff.
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