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Noble-Class Battlecruiser WIP by ChroniclesofMan Noble-Class Battlecruiser WIP by ChroniclesofMan
The next generation of Alliance Battlecruiser and a follow on to the venerable workhorse of the Alliance fleet - the Vanguard-Class - the Alliance's newer Noble-Class Battlecruiser is a step up in every way over her predecessor and the second ship of the Evolve-series of warships.

Weighing in at 32 million tons, she is 70% more massive than the Vanguard-Class battlecruiser and measures a full 200 meters longer. This added mass reflects a number of improvements in the hull adopted from the Archangel-Class Superdreadnought.

Firstly, Noble benefits from vastly improved anti-frigate/destroyer capabilities, sporting the quad-turret 4-inch rapid fire turrets first used on the Archangel. These weapons raise Noble's total Anti-frigate armament from a paltry 24 guns as seen on the Vanguard to Noble's 48. These newer guns are also significantly larger, firing 4" high velocity shells opposed to the the 2.5" low velocity rounds of the Vanguard's secondary armaments.

Furthermore, Noble sports the numerous improvements first seen on Archangel. Its new PHALANX - HALO command, combat, communication, and control (C4) utilizes the new wide spectrum gravimetric/photonic sensor suits. Coupled with the new Casper wide-array point defense laser and Messenger fire control uplink system, counter-missile defenses have never been so efficient.

In addition to the weaponry improvements, Noble is the first ship to sport the new Counter-Torquing Gravity Impeller. First utilized on the Celestial-Class, this new impeller design is far more efficient over traditional torquing impeller designs and allow Vanguard to achieve the same top speed of Vanguard with the same size engineering spaces despite the increased mass.

Probably the biggest improvement for Noble, however, comes in the computation side. While too small to utilize the Magi-Series tri-core linked A.I. introduced on the Archangel, Noble uses a similar system designed for Cruiser weight ships - the Gemini dual core system. Like its trip linked larger brother - Gemini cross links and integrates two A.I. cores which allow for dynamic allocation of computational resources between cores (rather than the tradition of variable A.I. for major systems). This system allows Nobles systems to cross communicate - fine tuning operations across the entire hull in response to the changing atmosphere of the battlespace.
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LtCWest Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Thats it I'am officially sold!
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Leovinas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice. Given the line of doors forward of the engine/fuel section, I'm guessing the Nobles have pretty good small craft complements as well?

I like the way the designs are evolving - the newer series seems to have much less pronounced bridge/conning towers than their predecessors.
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xenoside Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Another awesome ship, I would love to see a game made out of these.
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Tiamanti Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice ship. EVOLVE-series so far is amazing.
Few questions though.
At 32 million tons and 2.4km Alliance newest Battlecrusier seems to rival in mass and length with small/medium Battleships.
1) Does that mean that rest of the Ships of the Lance are getting similar increase in size?

2) What's the escape velocity of those new guns? (During normal fleet battle condition.)

3)How has MAG Wall speed increased over Vanguards 5,500 KM/min, 135g?

You made a tiny mistake there. "and allow Vanguard to achieve the same top speed of Vanguard" i think it was supposed to be Noble and Vanguard.
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FrodoGoofball Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Yet another impressive and fascinating design.

What is the small object below the ship? A destroyer?
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MihoshiK Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Looks like a top-side profile.
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FrodoGoofball Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Oh, yes, that makes perfect sense. ^^;
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Nimtz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student
there are definitely some cool parts in this design, but they're so muddled by the general shape and the ambiguity of everything that it's hard to appreciate everything. i can't really decide which side looks better as the nose. i would guess that it's the right side, but the fact that the rounded portion is sooo big that it almost matches the proportions of the back portion throws me off. and then it thins out and gets thicker again. i thought for a moment that maybe the rounded portion was like an arm coming out from the side of the ship, but it doesn't seem to be the case. i guess what i'm trying to say is that there doesn't appear to be any logical "flow" in it.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welll I'm guessing many would disagree and do understand the flow. Its a matter of taste. It also may be a lack of details at the moment. you can better appreciate the shape in the final image of the Archangel (see my gallery). That represents the fully detailed look of the designs.

I've never had someone comment on them being muddled nor bashed the general shape. Indeed, almost all of the responses have been positive about the shape and the design. Again I say that this may be a matter of your taste and perception of the hull rather than something that broadly negates the design as a whole
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Nimtz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student
well i guess you can take the comment or you can leave it. i wasn't quite bashing anything. just saying that i'm confused as to what's the front and what's the back. the rounded part has a glowing blue, which could be interpreted as some kind of engine, but the other side has something almost identical.

and i suppose you can interpret your comments however you want. i think i'd try to be as open to feedback as i could, though. no matter what it says.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't really feel it was bashing. The term was poorly delivered. However, I think a lot of your complaint stems from a lack of understanding of how CoM technology works. Ships operate with gravity impellers (big rotating things that drive gravitons and anti-gravitons out the back of the ship. I think in that case its fairly simple to deduce/determine what is the front and the back. Also, would you want to put windows near the stern of a vessel around its engine? Etc. Again, I think the design's orientation can't be easily deduced via logic (though I would still say its fairly obvious - but I'm the designer)

Although I will comment that to say that the blue portions near the rounded end and the one's at the front are similar is a gross simplification. They are similar in that they are blue. Also, I feel the angled bow on the front portion harkened specifically to the bow of ships, which seems to be what most other people have drawn from the design.

And I appreciate the open-ness. I am just as open with my response though and will counter-argue your points just as plainly. Don't take it as anger or out-lash. I simply believe I have as much as a right to conter- your points as you do to make them in the first place. Its part of the discussion.
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xenoside Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
the design makes perfect sense to me
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
What I hear every time I view your vessel elevations:
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What *is* the length of this hull, anyways?
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MihoshiK Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
It's a very good looking ship, but to be honest, I was hoping you'd do some light and heavy cruisers first... And that carrier :D
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well hopes and wishes weren't answered. I simply wanted to do the BC because BCs are very visible ships in my series and a watermark. I will get to cruisers and destroyers soon. Lots to do still so really to me, order doesn't matter.
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MihoshiK Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Don't get me wrong, it's not critisism.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no. I'm not upset. That actually (as I read it) came off way more harsh than it was meant to. I was simply saying that a) BC's are usually the direction I go with first anyways, b) I was trying to make a joke about wishes not being granted but that didn't work c) I will answer wishes and get to cruisers and destroyers soon.

Heh, sorry. Not enough coffee today.
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SwordSaint001 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
as always very well thought out design. i like the specs and the visual.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job once again Josh. Out of interest are you planning to work more on civilian designs as well?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am. I am starting a new company in CoM universe called Vault Engineering that will be the primary builder of Civilian Cargo ships in the Alliance. And there is also the Sunderland Line, the Alliance's premier Starliner service with the likes of RMS (Royal Messenger Ship :D ) Queen Andrea and RMS Queen Elizabeth. Just wanted to do another EVOLVE ship to more fully develop the series. Before I move away from it for a bit (then come back to it)
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AdamKop Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Another great image :thumbsup:
It would be great if you could upload hi-res versions of your drawings, even with watermarks all over, just because a lot of details are being lost in the translation. Nevertheless it's amazing ship and the lineage of these vessels could very easily be one of the most unique and memorable.
If there is one thing to nitpick about, it's the repeating of the elements, most noticeably in the upper half of the hull - I believe your ships are slightly oval in shape when seen from front so you could taper them a bit (vertically)
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, those elements are repeated and similar because they are along a flat portion of the hull and are the same exact component: Missile tubes. The repeating look is meant to evoke older sailing ships and their "gun decks"
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AdamKop Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah ok, I think I misread the download button for being 1236 px wide :|
The hexagonal shape clears up all the problems I had with the ship :) She looks absolutely stunning in high resolution. Looking forward to seeing more.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mate. Click the download button. All the high resolution images are there be it for this ship, Archangel, Vanguard, etc.

And the ships are actually hexagonal when seen from the front, not oval at all. (the rear section is oval): See here: [link]
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