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Drakkar-Class Transport by Jepray Drakkar-Class Transport by Jepray
Due to Varangian Guard’s focus as a mercenary corporation being on garrison operations more than offensive fleet ops, one of the more common vessels seen in their fleet is the Drakkar-class transport. More than a mere troop carrier, a pair of these vessels can deploy an entire FOB (Forward Operating Base), including structures, perimeter towers, shield generators, barracks, DFac (dining facility), and the thousands of mercenaries and vehicles to man it in under four hours.
This phenomenal capability to jump in, hit dirtside and secure an operating base and LZ in just a few hours is what has led to Varangian Guard’s popularity. As such, these vessels are in high demand by other clients, and Varangian has made more money selling the Drakkar than any other vessel in their fleet.
Named after one of the largest classes of Viking longships, the Drakkar looks completely different unloaded than when carrying her cargo. The Drakkar is a scrawny waif of a ship without the modules maglocked to her hull, giving an indication of just how much she can carry
The Drakkar shown is carrying one half of a FOB. From bow to stern it is carrying the following on each side- one quarter of the circular command-and-control center that will be the base’s operating hub, one of four perimeter towers with integral shield generators, heavy and point-defense cannons, and missile batteries (shown here configured to defend the vessel on approach), three cargo modules containing troops, battlewalkers, vehicles, supplies, and general cargo, one of four fortified 2,500-man habitat module under the wing, and one of two dining facility modules in the rear. The companion ship will be carrying admin buildings and motor pool facilities in their place.
The Drakkar is neither weak nor frail. Eight heavy APPC turrets- four dorsal and four ventral- give it firepower rivaling a conventional destroyer-class vessel. Due to the modules attached to it, however, the Drakkar has very few point-defense turrets and no intermediate firepower, merely the big guns. This may seem like a design flaw or contradiction, but it was actually intentional. Carrying such heavy firepower means that the Drakkar does not require a destroyer escort, as it can dish out continent-busting abuse all on its own. It is vulnerable to fighters and smaller vessels, however, which alters the nature of the required escort.
Rather than deploying a handful of expensive destroyers to protect these transports, a squadron of four to six Valkyrie corvettes is sent to provide anti-fighter and close-quarters defense. As the Valkyrie is the mainstay of the Varangian Guard fleet, this gives them an edge over conventional ops planners.



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The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
When I saw this massive starship offloading walkers, tanks, and supply vehicles, the Imperial March started playing in my head. Crisp, beautiful line work, and lots of delicious detail. Great work!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D thanks :D
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CommanderJake147 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Artist
The detail is very nice!!!
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much
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CommanderJake147 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Artist
Also, I just love how you didn't just make a transport, but you made all the troops deploying!!!1
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:D
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   Digital Artist
are those... mad cat clan mechs? (mechwarrior)
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no actually, its the Kodiak mech from DN [link]
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   Digital Artist
oh!

but you must admit ti does resemble one so very small drawn :)
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, It does, I've battled against that damn Mad cat many times playing Battletech... i never used it cause i always ended up facing it all the time... lol
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hotwaxonlobsters Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Awesome. What's the length on one of these puppies?
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
gonna have to ask Breandan on that one, its big as hell as far as i know...
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
cool, i had a very similar carrier design in my head, but the stepped effect you got going on, is where the ships where launched from
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D yeah, those steps are modules that can be detached from the main hull... one of these days i'll have to draw this thing with out cargo:D
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
oh thats clever actually. i can see how it works. actually. i also figured out a clever design for moving cargo from planets to space. unfinished design actually,never thought it good enough for public show. i suck at drawing.
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Practice and practice some more, you will get better and then you can show us all your concepts:D
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
yeah i hope ... currently i draw abstractly, looks lik a bunch of horribly missalined shapes trying to become something, i just dont think im creative enough. they end up becoming 3d well enough tho. still no where near the quality of your average 3d modeler. look in my gallery at the Grendel designs. two handrawn and one 3d.
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wodansring Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
sweet!!!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!:D
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Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I feel that though the hull in the middle is a little slanted, (see wings and then the hull, or back and then rest of hull). But im not sure, not big on perspective XD

I like the part where the other team gets owned.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
the whole hull tapers down and the wings kinda droop down also from the back center hull...its supposed to look like that:D
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:iconmrkirby2:
Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ahh okay, i just thought it looked wierd to me. XD
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YouCannotFalter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This just gives me shivvers seeing all those divisions unloading on ground.

I take it this planet got aerial bombarded first lol
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Writer
This ship is a transport for Varangian Guard, a mercenary corporation specializing in garrison fleets and ground operations. Generally when invading a planet, the SOP is to send SpecOps in first to neutralize key planetary defenses, then do a tiered assault with heavy warships engaging defense fleets, lighter ships (frigates and corvettes) engaging defense orbitals and ground-based defenses not already neutralized with precision strikes, then hot-jump (opening a jump point in the upper atmosphere, very dangerous) these transports and their escorts in-system so fast, any remaining defense grid weapon systems would have a helluva time tracking them. Within an hour of being dirtside they've already offloaded, constructed the perimeter defense towers and shield wall, and have secured an LZ. All without wiping out entire cities and getting bad press :)
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Doesn't have to be bombed first, two of these transports can drop a fortress base on solid ground in a matter of minutes if need be, a few hours after drop it would be assembled and ready for action... or a ready made base can be dropped from a single ship into a hot LZ... but yeah a slower dismount would mean its in a secure LZ
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YouCannotFalter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah i know, i dont know why but i was just thnking about the game Star Wars Supremacy while i was looking at this, i use to love doing a bombardment from space before landing my troops lol
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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One-village-idiot Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Could you use this as a reference point for future images? A size reference point? because if you had not put the ground units, I would have assumed this was similar in size to a frigate or destroyer.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hmm yeah i will need to leave some kinda reference item on the page huh?... K will try to add more sized items...
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Hellstorm888 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can haz? This would be awesome at the core of a fleet. Get it down on a planet and watch the fireworks as a horde of tanks offload themselves =3 Kinda wish I had the art skills to contribute to the setting myself. I know what its like to feel overwhelmed with a setting =P
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
one? gotta drop like 4 of them to make sure they know that they are about to be owned...
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Hellstorm888 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
xD When every single thing pouring out of it has Mandalorians hanging off of it, one is enough to make armies of millions shit bricks.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Love the unload scene :)
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:D
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Digaloid Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Artist
nice ship though the rear end of the ship could look a bit more better.....
some of the truck below look a bit like mouses=)
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
well it is the rear of the ship... and thats all cargo space... sorry no chrome or fancy shapes, just a boxed butt of a cargo hauler
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Digaloid Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Artist
what about the engines?
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sitting at the end of the short wings... outside edge of hull... just cause its a spaceship doesn't mean Engines can only fit in the rear of the hull... there are two dual core engine pods on this ship plus an Aux unit...
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
There are tanks bigger than mechs, and cargo trucks bigger than the tanks! And there is a tender transport that transports this one, which fits in that battlecruiser, which fits in yet another, it's like a dream come true for Xibit and his westside customs crew :D
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, try fitting spinners on that thing...
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Writer
its the 24th century mercenary answer to the Turducken :D
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent scale, looks great!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks:D
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MidNight-Vixen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow love the lil color you gave it and outlines... wow i so wish i could do this kind of stuff ^_^

look at all the lil trucks and tanks and people*pokes at them* >w<
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Jepray Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ahh, you squashed them!

no worried i have more:D
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MidNight-Vixen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
o.o oops!..... I AM GOD!! XD
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