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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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