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Gladius-class Destroyer by ClefJ Gladius-class Destroyer by ClefJ
The gladius-class is the workhorse of the Confederate Central Military in my RP. 1050 meters or so in length, capable of atmosphere reentry for unloading troops, vehicles and supplies. The design in mind was for a spearhead, with substantial forward-firing and broadside weaponry, and great velocities in one general direction (as is with most human constructs, hah). Its weakness is, with the arrowhead design inspired by the Venator star destroyer, its stern. Yet it's still heavily defended. With the fall of the Nobles, the central military was re-outfitted with primary weapons that reflect from minor waves in subspace, to be cued on command to bend their directed-energy weapons to hit the enemy.

With substantial warp-drive capabilities as well, it can fare independently in case a Lighthouse network is down. Its primary role however is a support destroyer, with the majority of its forward mass filled with shuttlecraft and fighter bays. The immediate forward tip of the destroyer is a blast-door protected entrance to the landing bay that runs down hundreds of meters, connected to loading, repair and docking bays. Taking an ingenious tool from BSG, the destroyer utilizes modular launch-tubes for its carrier role, to deploy fighters swiftly and safely out the angled sides of the vessel.

I'm on a roll here, but I'm taking a break from paint. XD
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filament16 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Fantastic design... literally fits perfect with what I'm writing right now! I love it
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SplinteredMatt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Mother of God that thing is beautiful.
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah, much appreciated.
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Blackvertigo1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Sorry. The only thing that utilizes energy weapons and warp capabilities is my ship.

watch this if you think otherwise: [link]
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ClefJ Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well. That's fascinating.
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MatthewJMimnaugh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Writer
Great job; you should consider making it 3D.
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't have the program. But some day perhaps.
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MatthewJMimnaugh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Writer
Use google sketchup; its free and easy after you follow the tutorials. I used to use TurboCad17 (expensive), but sketchup makes the initial, raw design so much easier.
On another note, I am already using this profile as inspiration for a design of my own; it doesn't look much like it at all, but I'll still tag you anyway. :D
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you muchly, I'll look into it! ^^
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DJBIG Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
This is awesome! Did you use paint? That's what I use for mine.
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yessir! Paint program can be awesome when used right. XD
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DJBIG Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Absolutely! I use it for all my space ships! Of course I took it a little far with my really big ship... [link]
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy detail, batman! O_o Well, that's pretty fricken sweet sir.
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DJBIG Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
lol thanks!
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Jansomax Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Dude great design of a Venator SD variant, but I gotz to say, the underside is vulnerable to attack, and I (if I were to have drawn it, would have put at least two turrets (smaller ones probably) on the bottom, one infront and inback of the ventral fighter bay. Otherwise, cool looking ship.
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it has no main cannons, but it does have 16 anti-fighter batteries, two small turrets, and 10 more on its broadside. Some details are hard to make out. I'm glad you enjoy it still, I always want to hear comments/discussions on scifi vessels! ^^
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Agonis100 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Hell yeah, Venator class destroyer on STEROIDS!!! LOL I know... I'm a complete nerd!
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thats fine! >D
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Raven-Gold Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
awesome ship. those sub-space refractions basicly turning blasters into missiles? and a full kilometer long? thats no destroyer, it's a bloody battle cruiser!
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, blasters into missiles, pretty much, except missiles that can change trajectories only so many times before outright missing (since the beams go the speed of light and targeting has to be quantum-analyzed.) And indeed, a full kilometer long, it would count as a battleship in Star Wars terms but the confederate battlecruisers, well... they're much more formidable.
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