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Nebula Hawk Bug - Starfighter

Commissioned in the year 2132, the Nebula Hawk Bug, both transformed conventional warfare, and defined new Genres of Combat, through it's deployment to the Stars:

Nebula Hawk Bug - Starfighter

Being equally at home, in both Space and Planet Side - the deployment flexibility of NH Bug, was achieved through the invention of the Proton Engine. Defying the Laws of Gravity, the Proton Engine brought almost instant acceleration - with none of the drawbacks, of a conventional Rocket Engine :) When installed in it's twin form (at the rear of NH Bug), did the Proton Engine, also cater for high levels of manoeuvrability - through independently varying, both it's thruster's deflection angles, and it's thruster's power levels (both port and starboard). The addition of a third Proton Engine (on the underside of NH Bug), also made it possible for rapid Elevation (both in Space and Planet Side) - and introduced the concept of a configurable, Location Hugging/Hovering combat approach method (both in Space and Planet Side). The strength of NH Bug, within conventional warfare, was fully realised through it's devastating Terrain Hugging Attack - whereby it could deliver it's range of armaments, at point blank range, with little to no, radar footprint! And of it's armaments/weapons, were they impressive indeed ... First: a turret mounted, twin mini gun, with 360 degrees of rotation - which was of value, both against enemy ground troops, and against lightly armoured transport vehicles. Second: two sponson mounted laser guns (one port one starboard, both medium power/range) - that could blast holes in, the armour of heavy battle tanks, whilst vaporising smaller targets! Third: two sponson mounted missile launchers (that were auto chain fed Destructors) - which could home in on, both larger targets, and more distant targets, that were protected by, even the thickest armour :) The Destructor missile, was a Nano Missile - which could overload the defence systems of it's target, and literally eat it's way through, conventional hull form armour. Thus, did the three weapon systems of NH Bug, cater for in total, all three ranges of conventional warfare - aka close, medium and long. Yet all three weapon systems, could also be used to devastating effect, within the Realms of Space Combat ... Only here, was the Bug's Terrain Hugging Attack, modified into a Starship Hull Form Hugging Attack, which would target key enemy Starship systems - such as communication arrays, weapon systems and engines. When it came to Dogfights in Space, did the Bug's Proton Engines, really come into their own :) Being capable of tight turns, with automatic elevation (to avoid incoming fire), and equipped with several local thrusters (for even greater control), the Bug could behave, as though she was somersaulting, through the waves of incoming enemy fire-power :) Fortunately, her two Pilots (one navigator, one guns) - were totally unaware, of such extreme changes in motion (thanks to internal motion suppressors). If the NH Bug, had one deficiency, it was that she featured no force field generators ... At the time of the Bug's commissioning, no reliable method had been found, to integrate a force field, into her cramped hull form - which was stocked full of weapon magazines (middle), Proton Engine fuel/reactor (aft), and various targeting/navigation computers (forward). It was thus decided, to manufacture the Bug, in high quantities, with something akin, to a conventional armoured hull form. There was however, an important improvement: as being manufactured from Plas-Steel, her one inch thick hull form, was equivalent to five inches thick, of conventional steel - which for any class of Fighter/Starfighter, had been previously unheard of! This helped to define, the Bug's role in conventional warfare, as for the most part, did conventional weapons (such as bullets, shells and missiles), simply bounce off. Even so, did the Bug, find itself at the mercy, of larger laser guns (both on land, and in space), together with the constant threat - of the Nano Missile/Torpedo! Her primary defence against such weapons, was purely her high speed, coupled with high manoeuvrability (which were both formidable). As for the Pilots? The Pilots of the NH Bugs, formed a connection with their Starfighter's - which could last a lifetime. As such, it was customary for them, to paint on the side of their weapon sponsons, tally marks for the number of enemy Starfighters (etc.), that they had defeated/destroyed. In turn, did the Pilots believe, that the glowing eyes of the Bug, helped deliver their Menacing Fire-power - and bring Fear/Doubt, to the Souls of their enemies :) Overall: The Nebula Hawk Bug, was the first widespread Starfighter, to become available (in the first half, of the twenty-second century). Though not fully refined, her design achieved, exactly what her designers - had wanted ... A devastating range of armaments, within a unique hull form (being much more spherical), that was powered by Proton Engines (of a high power/fast speed), on the smallest possible hull form footprint - which directly supported, the concepts of mass manufacture, as is needed in times of war! And as for those green eyes? Well ... There's nothing quite like seeing, a Fleet full of Bug Eyes, coming towards you, across the voids of Space :)

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HMS Agincourt

If there's one Battleship (more than any other), that best illustrates the requirement of, mounting as many naval guns on your battleship (as possible), then there's no finer example, than the Royal Navy's - HMS Agincourt:

HMS Agincourt - with fourteen twelve-inch Naval Guns in seven twin-turrets (circa 1918).

HMS Agincourt (of 1913), mounted no fewer than, fourteen twelve-inch naval guns (in seven twin-turrets). This was done, to both maximise her fire-power, and increase the chances of hitting, an enemy battleship. I like the fact, that her turret arrangement, adhered to the principles of Naval Conflict, that had been learned in the days of Nelson's - HMS Victory: the more guns you have, the more fighting power, your warship - brings to bear :) And yet, perhaps unlike the days of HMS Victory, did this maximisation of guns - come with a price tag! In the case of Agincourt, carrying so many turrets (seven), meant that their weight had to be paid for, at the expense of adequate - armoured protection ... For me, this was particularly apparent, upon the thinness of her belt armour (up to nine inches), the thinness of her deck armour (up to two and a half inches), and the thinness of her bulkheads (up to six inches). Of these, I would say that it's the bulkheads thickness, that would concern me the most - as having seven gun turrets, could easily mean, that a fire/explosion, in one of their magazine's/shell handling room's, could easily spread, to an adjacent gun turret/group of turrets! And given the fact, that HMS Agincourt was regarded (amongst the Royal Navy), as a floating magazine - leads little to the imagination ... Despite this, did HMS Agincourt, have several features to her profile, that I quite liked ... First: was the fact that Agincourt, mounted all of her primary naval guns, on the centreline, of her hull form. This meant that she could bring all, primary guns to bear, on both port and starboard - which maximised her broadside. The adoption/standardised use of centreline turrets, went hand-in-hand, with the Space Age Idea, of super-firing turrets (where one turret's roof, was directly beneath, another turret's barrels). In the case of Agincourt, did this lead to an interesting arrangement, of her aft turrets - a little group of three, that was somewhat unique, in their layout :) Second: having so many primary naval guns (fourteen twelve-inch), was it also a key requirement, for the shell spotters, to have an unimpeded line-of-sight, towards the enemy. Thus, is it good to see, that her forward lookout platform (that's mounted atop the forward-most tripod mast), is actually located, in-front of the forward-most smokestack :) Third: Where as HMS Dreadnought (the so-called grandfather of all later/better battleships), had for the most part, omitted any (dedicated) secondary armament - the same could not be said, for HMS Agincourt. In the case of Agincourt, do I like the fact, that she featured twenty six-inch guns - that were all grouped, within the central third, of her hull form. For me, the inclusion of six-inch (surface target) guns, reflected a decent realisation of the (potential) menace of Destroyers and Patrol Boats (who could both launch torpedoes!). Yet here, do I find, that there's a secondary armament feature, that I was not so keen on ... The fact that her six-inch guns, were case-mated (i.e. built into the hull form), and that they were situated (mostly) beneath main deck level, meant that they would have been unusable, in anything but - a calm sea! Despite this, the inclusion of a (powerful) secondary armament, meant that Agincourt, did at least cater for, two different ranges, of Naval Engagement - both long range (with her twelve-inch guns), and short/medium range (with her six-inch guns). Which really was, a step in the right direction :) Overall: HMS Agincourt, was a (somewhat) novel solution, to the conflicting Naval requirements - of both maximising fire-power, and maintaining survivability. Ironically, the spread of her seven turrets, both aided survivability (as the chances of an enemy shell, knocking them all out - was much reduced), but the chances of an enemy shell, knocking out the entire battleship, was much increased (as the turrets were housed within a hull form, that did not have enough - armoured protection).

19/10/2016 | Nebula Hawk

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