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Akinakes class Battlecruiser by Jepray Akinakes class Battlecruiser by Jepray
The Akinakes-class battlecruiser is the fastest, most maneuverable ship in its class known, surpassing even Australian, Ahrugan and Naradi battlecruisers in speed and agility. It is also a deception given form. The first part of the deception comes in the name, as the Akinakes is named for a Greek dagger used by Sparta and other city-state’s hoplites. The name was applied more in reference to the similarity in shape than any illusion of a lack of size or scale, as the Akinakes is huge. This is the second part of the deception, as the Akinakes rivals a battleship for firepower- including the potential to carry anti-planetary missiles (APMs), in spite of IATR restrictions- and its size falls within the Battleship spectrum. However, by classing it as a battlecruiser (and paying the right bribes to ensure it was registered as such), Spartan Group managed to develop a warship that could bring battleship potency into conflicts where such is normally restricted.
Firepower notwithstanding, where the Akinakes truly shines is her ability to move like a giant fighter. She is built around an astounding twelve gravitic drives, eight dual-core drives for propulsion and maneuvering, and four additional single-core drives dedicated solely to maneuvering. This gives the ship a phenomenal acceleration rate of 4 AU/hour, allowing it to reach a little over half the speed of light from a dead stop in sixty minutes. The additional gravity drives reduce its effective mass significantly, allowing the Akinakes to have a maximum relativistic speed of .8C. With a top speed of 80% of the speed of light as opposed to the conventional 60% of other battlecruisers and large starships, the Akinakes is difficult to catch.
More than being a speed-demon, however, the vessel can move like an angry serpent, as well. The maneuvering drives increase the Akinakes’ agility to be comparable to a light frigate. While she is certainly a huge target, being the better part of three kilometers in length, her speed and ability to turn or perform radical aspect changes at flank speed make her very, very hard to hit. This has proven to be a selling point that more than makes up for her hefty price tag, nearly eight times the cost of a conventional battlecruiser. An additional edge that the Akinakes holds over the competition is her use of multiple AIs governed by a central hub AI. Each of these five AIs is a class IV AI, with one each dedicated to weapons control, navigation and maneuvering, damage control and systems ops, defense and small-craft traffic and tactical control, and ship’s infrastructure systems and life support. A single class VI artificial intelligence acts like a non-commissioned officer, receiving orders from the meat-body captain and translating them into specific task orders for each subordinate AI.
The existence of a dedicated weapons systems AI proves to be a significant boon considering the numerous weapons the Akinakes sports. Forward firepower is withering, with ten heavy AP lancer spinal mounts, two heavy APPC spinals, eight heavy APPC cross-spinals, twelve tri-barrel heavy APPC turrets, six heavy AP lancer turrets, four medium APPC turrets, twenty light AP lancer turrets, eight variable-ordnance missile silos that are factory-built to handle APMs for any customers who are able to deploy such WMDs, two Hellstorm 100-shot ASM silos with enough missiles for twenty volleys, fourty Dillinger 20-shot SSM batteries with twenty volleys’ worth of missiles, one hundred twenty 50-shot LRM batteries, and hundreds of point-defense turrets. Force multipliers come in the form of twelve fighter bays and six small-craft hangers able to deploy thirty-six eight-fighter squadrons (for a total of 288 fighters) and twelve Condor-class dropships and nearly twice as many shuttles respectively.
While her speed and agility make her hard to hit, the Akinakes does not rely on her ability to dodge as a defense. A thick hide of nanofield-enhanced atomically-bonded metallic hydrogen/carbon-tourine composite battleplate between twenty five and sixty meters thick sheaths a honeycomb superstructure made of carbon-turine interweave with tensor field structural supports. This makes the Akinakes as tough as many navies’ battleships, again causing many critics to demand she be re-classed. In fact, due to a pending sale of fifty Akinakes-class battlecruisers to the Andali Confederation, the European Union became so unnerved that they demanded Spartan Group cancel the sale or the EU would levy sanctions against them through the TAN security council.
Spartan Group’s response was polite, professional, but boiled down to “kiss our collective mercenary asses.”


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m4a44 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Love the hull shape, its hard finding decent ones (but you seem to be pretty decent when it comes to drawing hulls)
Here's to hoping that this will have a brother/sister ship in the future! :D
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much:D
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dmaland Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the placement of the engines.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:D
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011   Digital Artist
Very slick! Great shape.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Arioch, you and I apparently tapped into the same muse with blue/purple elf-like people. What is it with purple elves? :D
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
THanks!:D
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Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awww its so....
0_o cute?

*blown up*
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL...Rolls a grenade...
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This looks like a ship from Battlestar galactica, witch makes it even cooler!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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AJsCanvas Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student General Artist
awsomeeee
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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DeltaEchelon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
You have the coolest designs. You put many of the designs of what you see in movies and shows to shame
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!:D
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YouCannotFalter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my fave ships from you.
Very well done indeed!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, it does have a certain Zing to it:D
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One-village-idiot Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Awesome. When I first saw the first WIP, I was literally speechless.

I don't know why, but I can see why you class this as a Battlecruiser. Maybe it's the exposed engines? By comparison, I picture a Battleship or dreadnought as a more armored vessel.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Writer
It's a lot more heavily armoured than it looks. The Akinakes is 2.75 kilometers in length, so the "thin" appearing armour on the engine nacelles is actually 30m thick atomically-bonded carbon-turine battleplate :) Plus, it has shields as a primary defense.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
well its stuffed with engines, and covered in turrets, over engined and over gunned, plus it came out really nice, i'm digging the shape myself:D thanks:D
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One-village-idiot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Can you explain the purpose behind the bottom fin/sail thing? It looks like a fin to me, which makes little sense for a starship. Now, if it was a ocean landing starhip, that could work. But so far, beyond the dedicated designs, none of the DN ships seem to be atmo capable.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh a good question. I'm sure you've noticed all the ships in DN have some sort of Airfoil attached to them. Normally for the bigger ships these are retractable, and others its a key part of the hull. Breandan calls them T-foils and they are radiation panels to get rid of access radiation that builds up during hyperspace. So Ships that enter faster than light travel start building up dangerous radiation, that is stored and when returning to normal space discharged through the T-foils... i cant not remember the name of the radiation mentioned... So you can Jump many light years, but if you system hits capacity, the need to return to normal space to cool off the T-foil is needed. So planning your way points become important, less you drop out near a pirates nest, stuck in normal space cause the hyperdrive system is full and over heating, needing 4-8 or worse 48 hours to cool if your T-foil is shot up or really crappy...before you can start moving faster than light again...
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Tachyon radiation :D
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High-Guard Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Will you be doing alternate views, ie, a top down, front, rear, side shot?
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
not sure, maybe when i have more time...
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High-Guard Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I ask because I REALLY like the design of this guy. I am already putting it together out of legos in my mind!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, im liking it a lot too...maybe sooner than later
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High-Guard Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That would be wicked. If I do build it, I'll be sure to post pics up for you.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
k, will sketch something out later
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High-Guard Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sauceome! It would help me build the thing for you, too, if I had a couple other views to play with.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Ravenshard82 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Awsome job as always Jep.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!:D
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Ravenshard82 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Welcome.
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