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Somtaaw Heavy Corvette by Norsehound Somtaaw Heavy Corvette by Norsehound
Corvette evolution within the Somtaaw fleet is an interesting study. For a time the only corvette in somtaaw inventory was the spare Ambassador craft stored in the mothership during the exodus. It was donated to Somtaaw from an anonymous source (which popular theory suggests was Karan S'jet herself), and served on Faal-Corum as the launch for ambassadorial duties.

As Somtaaw was afraid to dismantle the craft, studies on the blueprints available yielded knowledge to construct a lighter corvette using the modified Vaygr engine. While it produced a satisfactory light corvette and raiding vessel, Somtaaw knew it would need a heavy corvette in the near future.

The Somtaaw 'Heavy Corvette' was a study into such a platform that other variants could be based. The design was purely theoretical until the sixteen day war, where the defection of a Naabali fighter ace to Somtaaw yielded data on the Taiidan heavy corvette chassis. Lessons learned in the study refined the design, and solidified the plans for the Somtaaw heavy corvette.

It is not clear whether the heavy corvette was put into actual production or not. The original heavy corvette, after all, was retired shortly after the homeworld war in favor of the multi-gun corvette. As the light corvette already filled the role of shuttle and courier craft, the heavy corvette seemed to have lost all utility in its base form.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
one more question to go. this ship has no direct windows hasnt it? or am i blinded by those awesome design? ;)
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Pilots fly by screens.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah was my thought. i found this weird at the taiidan assault frigates, also its the best idea, because so you can protect the crew most efficencly (is this thee right word) but, BUT what is with ejecting then?
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well then, maybe you have something like cockpit "cocoon" too, something like an escape pod inside the ship, which its on emergency engine to kick the pilot and the cockpit out of the frigate. Because climbing out of a ship never was a good idea (think about ww1 and ww2 planes^^ because it tooks time.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Haven't worked that out yet... mostly the cover canopy comes off and the pilots climb out.

I know it isn't elaborate, but look at the competition. The Kushan Corvettes are said to have only been able to exit their craft if the entire cockpit cocoon was jettisoned. Otherwise it took a technician to get them out.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well then, maybe you have something like cockpit "cocoon" too, something like an escape pod inside the ship, which its on emergency engine to kick the pilot and the cockpit out of the frigate. Because climbing out of a ship never was a good idea (think about ww1 and ww2 planes^^ because it tooks time.


sry for double post, but the post was at the wrong direction damn...
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Keydan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
The frontal side to this ship looks real neet. I love it.
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student General Artist
It kinda looks like a mini destroyer, I can see you might use it to beat up frigates.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
em i wrong or has this many stylistic devies of taiidan fleet?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Go here:

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And those of you who know already what I'm arting about might get a clue as to what I'm thinking, too.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
argh damn, yes, i forgot that in your cataclysm storyline, the taiidan were the exiles^^ sry i forgot
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
...stupid butchered link.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well one more question master :) what tools you are using for making the sketches?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Good ol' Photoshop cs2 and a handy Graphire 4 tablet.

Yeah, it's pretty obvious that I don't use Corel Painter or any of the other kickass equipment that the kickass "real" concept artists use... but I get by.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, what can i say, my weapon of choice in this moment is a nintendo ds with an painting application, because i don get to paint on an tablet, and the output is on the pc monitor, the hand eye coordination is my problem
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my friend i envy your vehicular design skills
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Talros Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That is a really cool corvette design Norsehound, you've got it! ;D
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