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Hollensturm Class Destroyer by Jepray Hollensturm Class Destroyer by Jepray
After the catastrophic defeat the European Union suffered at the hands of the Andali Confederation during the latter nation’s war for independence, European military planners were forced to rethink their designs. Two centuries of relying on drones for warfare had finally proven to be a critically-flawed philosophy. Thus, German and English engineering teams were brought in to oversee the development of new warship designs. Out of this was born the Höllesturm-class destroyer.
German Aerospace firm Krüpp-Daimler (descended from one of the few corporations to survive the chaos of The Fall during the 21st century) developed a transitional vessel that- while still using drones instead of fighters- was a capable combat vessel unto itself. The casualty-averse nature of the European population necessitated massive automation, and the replacement of remotely-operated drones with next-generation ones that have onboard AIs. Without pilots and carrying a minimal crew, the Höllesturm is able to effectively project European military power with minimal risk.
Unfortunately, it also means that the vessels cost far more than their efficacy should warrant, which has slowed down production of these vessels. Older Ariadne-class drone destroyers still comprise 60% of the EU navy, despite the abysmal failures they encountered when Andali netjackers cracked their encryption codes and turned the EU drones back on the vessels. Cost overruns and politics caused by the member state territorialism have plagued the development and fielding of the Höllesturm and its larger siblings, an internal conflict the EU can ill-afford with many of its colonies along the Fringe bordering on the increasingly-antagonistic Orion Empire.
Nor are the financial and political problems the only drawbacks to the Höllesturm. Powerful though they may be, the two dual super-heavy PPC turrets draw tremendous power, and without enough space for more reactors are relegated to semi-auto fire only. Without burst or sustained fire capabilities, these turrets should arguably be replaced by smaller, more efficient ones. However, the Höllesturm compensates for this by carrying a substantial load of ASM and SSM missiles in silos and launch bays throughout the ship.
Spinal mounts are the one bright point of the Höllesturm. Taking a cue from the NAU and several mercenary firms, the Höllesturm carries a varied weapons loadout in its forward firing arc. A pair of heavy MAC guns sit at the top of a stack of paired PPCs, an ENWO module including a disruptor cannon and drone command module, and a pair of particle beam cannons. Smaller medium and light PPC turrets give the Höllesturm some moderate omnidirectional firepower in addition to the main turrets, but the true danger from the vessel is from the spinals.



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shadowbob19 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Photographer
really amazing job
love the detail really nice job on this really amazing
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!:D
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shadowbob19 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Photographer
your welcome
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you wanted to name this class of ship "Hellstorm".
That'd be " Höllensturm " in german (horray for stupid grammar!). Otherwise: nice ship!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the correction:D Many thanks, Vielen Dank
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m4a44 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I see you put some BFG's on this one to make it feel special :P
Though with some drawbacks...

Otherwise Great Work!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah. two main turrets, with a hit in the right place can disable them making it harder to target with them:D
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dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool design. I like the balance of "flat" and detail.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:D
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Meema Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the back story. Well done.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!:D remember its all part of the Dark Nova RPG universe:D
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Tech is a two edged sword.

Looks great.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:D
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love the back story for this ting, apart from it looking pretty awesome (as most of your ships do) it's nice to see a ship which still has quite obvious flaws that are clearly tied to the society it comes from. Too often the ships designed for stories are straight improvements on the old ones as a result of societal growth. This is all the more incredible because it's an improvement that's been dragged kicking and screaming out of societal stagnation. :love:
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much:D I love making more realistic ships, like the NAU mecha [link] its fun making these. The EU and NAU ships are results of Politicos running whats best for their own pockets and not whats needed to defend or defeat their countries enemies... where the Merc companies are free to make the most potent ship with nothing holding them back, the EU and NAU go through a lot of red tape...:D
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
After reading the history that Breandan put up it adds a whole new level of scope when you mention the "Catastrophic defeat of the European Union". :o
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They got their balls kicked up between their ears...
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah! You could say that again lol. I don't think I've ever read of a more embarrassing defeat.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Writer
In the EU's defense, the Andali Confederation was founded with Nicolò Machiavelli's The Prince and The Art of War (Machiavelli's is much better than Sun Tzu's version, I might add) as their core founding doctrines. This makes them sneaky, as they plan six steps ahead of the current events at a minimum, and work to arrange things in such a way that their actions today may seem odd, but will pay off years- even decades- later.

"Those who by valorous ways become princes, like these men, acquire a principality with difficulty, but they keep it with ease. The difficulties they have in acquiring it arise in part from the new rules and methods which they are forced to introduce to establish their government and its security. And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such wise that the prince is endangered along with them.... States that rise unexpectedly, then, like all other things in nature which are born and grow rapidly, cannot have their foundations and relations with other states fixed in such a way that the first storm will not overthrow them; unless, as is said, those who unexpectedly become princes are men of so much ability that they know they have to be prepared at once to hold that which fortune has thrown into their laps, and that those foundations, which others have laid before they became princes, they must lay afterwards."- Nicolò Machiavelli, The Prince
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I have heard a bit about Machiavelli's works but never had the opportunity to look into it much. From that excerpt though, it sounds fascinating.

And yeah, I spose that does work rather well in the EU's defence.
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any written stuff on DA about this universe of yours? I'd love to read it. The red tape thing reminds me of something in a novel that I'm -trying- to write. :P The smaller governments and independent groups often have the better ships, while the primary earth-based government (despite having -more- ships) has relatively poor ones because of political cost-cutting.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Writer
I re-uploaded the history files. Part one is here.
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Writer
Some, I had to pull part of it due to "agent recommendation", but I'll put up the public sample again this afternoon
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Free Market warfare is good about that, no politics means operators in the field get what they need, by and large, not what some committee that's never seen a firefight THINKS they need.
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
One mean looking machine..
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:D
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
You welcome
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dnagore Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Dude, YOU HAVE GOT TALENT! Tell me someone is paying you, 'cause you deserve it!
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Writer
we feed and water him regularly ;)
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks :D an I'll get mine:D
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
curse those crafty brits...

nice work~!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks :D
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