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Somtaaw Escort Carrier by Norsehound Somtaaw Escort Carrier by Norsehound
In several missions undertaken by the Somtaaw explorers, a carrier would have been handy. Able to perform many mothership tasks in miniature, a carrier could do everything from support battlegroups to expanding mining operations. However, Kiith Somtaaw's leadership refused to purchase a carrier for the explorer's use- pride being the most mentioned reason among the Explorer's crews. Eventually it came to a point where carriers were essential- in light of the entire core regions descending into war. The design was authorized by Kuun-Lan's captain after Kuun-Lan herself was attacked by an Empress carrier.

Designers tried several solutions based on the Trinity engine design of the Destroyer- then Somtaaw's only super capital model. However, noting the efficiency of the thru-deck design presented in the Empress, command also wanted this feature for thier carrier. As a result the engine blocks were rearranged, but with the added benefit of an additional ion thruster for cruising.

When it came to the full design, engineers turned to examining previous carrier designs knwon to the Taiidani and came across the Turanic Raider carrier. Assembled from Class A Heavy Cargo modules, Turanic carriers were said to have been assembled almost anywhere and capable of fighting to any place. Ease of assembly was paramount on Somtaaw's list for a carrier, and so the designers emulated the Turanic Design in utilizing as many common parts as possible. The final result was assembled with two Type A flat modules, several common components of other vessels, and the engine blocks.

The final design was the "Escort Carrier", which was easy to construct and operate, capable of fleet speed, and able to manufacture fighters and corvettes. The thru-deck design also dramatically decreased the turnaround time for serving squadrons- only a minute and thirty seconds for a squadron to be fully repaired and refueled before they could launch again. Escort carriers could also service and construct tugs, while also changing their mission platforms safely.

However, as they are not full carriers, they suffer some drawbacks. First is the inability to construct frigates, as they do not have the space to construct and assemble full components as the explorers do. Next is their fragility, as many pilots have claimed the CVEs are "Combustible, Vulnerable, and Expendable." CVEs are not designed to operate in battle conditions- only service fighters to get them into the fray.

Despite it's shortcomings, the escort carrier is something of a novelty and several were purchased by other Kiithid after the war, to operate in places where a full carrier was not economically viable.
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Skyneerh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahem. Pardon me, but I will have to but in. As much as I like your drawing, I can not help but feel that you have somewhat 'copied' this.

The design of that carrier extremely resembles that of the one of the same name(excluding Somtaaw) in the online multiplayer building game ROBLOX, of which the carrier itself is made by user StarUnion, of the Terran Star Empire.

That ship next to it which I'd assume is a size-comparison(tl;dr at the description, pardon me), also resembles that of an older battlecruiser made by the same person.

This is too much of a 'coincidence' to pass up. If you have gotten your idea from this, please do at least credit StarUnion. If not, I myself shall just be on my way, as I'm speaking for mainly myself but in the defense of my group. 

No hard feelings. Examining some of your work, you're not bad. I'd hate to be a stick in your shoes.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
as I said, I haven't even heard of StarUnion before you mentioned it here. I assure you this wasn't copied. The Escort carrier was the result of thinking on how cargo containers could be linked together to form bigger ships and some insights on the USS Hornet, which is an aircraft carrier museum close to where I live.

This drawing was made about five years ago in 2009. Is it possible that artist copied was inspired by my art series? I know a lot of people like my work, and my own Homeworld Artwork has been taken and re-posted without my permission before.
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Isn't it funny how they totally didn't pay attention to the post date of the piece? :meow:
Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
It's also funny how some don't respect the effort of the artist when they copy and appropriate arwotk without accreditation. There's at least one of my Homeworld ship designs out there being passed off as a "Star Destroyer" of some kind.
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Yeah, that's beyond rude and should be outright illegal.
Skyneerh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, don't sweat it if you're going to reply. It turns out that they actually got their inspiration from you. The thing is, I'd thought they made it before you(since it's years old).

My apologies.
CY6Dingo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Great work with your Somtaww designs NorseHound. Im a Student Model Artist and want to build some ships for Star Citizen im not so Good with drawing but would love to chat to you more  with in some private messages talk more soon :)
Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Love the idea here, and how you made it look modular while still making it look professional and intricate. Awesome job!
Outcast111 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Seems reasonable considering the Somtaaw economical abilities...
TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Wow... This is not a usual carrier?
SeDevri Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
love the designs, but where do you come up with all the background for them? its all really interesting
Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Well, I am a writer too...
ArchAngelGabe Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009   Digital Artist
So many cool ship designs. Amazing.
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