Here is the entry from my opponent, killswitch 95. It was disqualified because of illegal use of L-Draw, or something like that. Seems a bit silly to me, but the rules are the rules I guess.
Aurelian Naval Vessel Tk'ng'thpt thpt J'rln Flpth. [Awkward literal English translation: Crawling Heap of Angry Light.
This is second microscale capital ship, and it's quite ugly and ungainly. Nevertheless, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The only thing I'm not real crazy about are the way I used the Mixel joints to attach the laser cannons. Those joints are awaesome, don't get me wrong, they just look like a puny way to attach massive laser cannons to a ship.
As usual, almost all of the information about this thing is only pertinent to the MOCpages RPG the Insurgency, so read it or don't. But joint the MOCpages RPG the Insurgency today!
There were rumblings and chest thumpings and flag wavings on Etrion before the full-out civil war that destroyed it. The Zaraans heard about the trouble brewing, and decided that it would be in their best interest to create a mobile orbital weapons platform to defend their planet, just in case any angry humans decided to come over and cause trouble.
They designed a large (huge!), heavily armored ship, designed to use massive railguns to defend Zarus; the ship also was to have a hangar bay with fighters to defend the larger ship.
Work was begun on the ship, but after it became clear that Etrion's troubles were largely going to be self-contained, work on the project slowed due to the high cost of the endeavor.
X amount of time later, Earth appeared in the system. Interest on the project was renewed. After Zarus formally joined the Aurelians, the Zaraans eventually told them what they were building.
About that time, Marauder Derek Collins had discovered the power source known as Aerostopium, and the Aurelians were developing laser weaponry. Under the guidance of Vice Admiral Zarnek, Scott and Scotty Stylus worked with the original engineers, radically re-aligning the emphasis of the project as it was being built.
The ship is now powered by Aerostopium, a cleaner, more stable, and more efficient power source than what fueled Qotorian cold fusion (although much much more expensive). The Aurelians had to cut a deal with Derek Collins to get enough of the rare substance.
Rumor has it that, once the ship sees actions, the Aurelians are to occasionally aid Derek Collins and his group with their interests, so long as they don't directly conflict with Aurlia's own goals. This has some in high command a bit nervous.
The weapons are light-based, large experimental laser canons instead of railguns. This gives the Zaraans the ability to add more armor plating, since they wouldn't have to carry the dense rail slug ammunition.
It has a carrying capacity similar to the GIS Venus, with half of the large hollow area of the ship serving as a hangar bay. The other half holds an astounding amount of Aerostopium and the necessary generators and converters that power the laser canons.
The ship has four very large, very dangerous laser canons, of which up to two are capable of firing a sustained laser beam simultaneously.
Tests confirm that heavy (but reasonable) use of the laser canons can cause the internal temperature of manned areas of the ship to rise up to a sweltering 170 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that humans are not suitable as crew. Rather, the ship utilizes Zaraan crewmen supplemented by Chetineuk and Hoke crew members as well.
In order for the ship to feasibly work with laser weaponry, the Stylus boys made several changes to the design, the most important was a series of cooling vanes that directed the immense heat generated into heat syncs on the outside of the craft.
The heat syncs are affixed to struts or "wings" that open up to provide maximum surface area to cool the laser apparatus as quickly as possible.
Not only does this system make the ship cooler, it also makes the ship look cooler. Almost as important.
Each of the four laser cannons has a large turning radius. This is to help compensate for the slow maneuvering of the dense, heavily armored ship.
The Zaraan language is difficult for most other life forms to reproduce properly, and nearly impossible for humans. While formally named Arelian Naval Vessel (ANV, or "Anvil") Tk'ng'thpt thpt J'rln Flpth [Crawling Heap of Angry Light], most non-Zaraan Aurelians simply refer to it as "the Heap," or sometimes "the Oven." It does get pretty hot in there.
The bridge is seated at the edge of the prow. This keeps communication and other delicate electronic equipment as far away from the heat as possible. Even under extremely heavy laser usage, the temperature of the bridge rarely rises above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
The prow of the ship also features two relatively small railguns, one on either side of the bridge. These are holdovers from the original design. The ammunition used by these railguns are tungsten slugs, 20 feet long and 4 feet around, jacketed in iron. Much much smaller than the slugs for the massive railguns intended for the original version.
Laser cannon! As mentioned above, up to two cannons can fire sustained beams of concentrated light simultaneously. All four can fire "blasts" of concentrated photon packets in a rapid sequence, but these "bolts" don't deal out nearly as much damage as a sustained beam.
This is what the side thrusters look like.
The main rear thrusters, together with the side thrusters, provide quite a bit of, well, thrust. It possible to achieve high speeds with the Tk'ng'thpt thpt J'rln Flpth, but the faster it gets where it's going, the more energy it's going to take to slow down once it gets there. There are dozens of small maneuvering thruster on the underside of the Tk'ng'thpt thpt J'rln Flpth, but I was too afraid to turn it over to get a good picture of it.
Here is a small glimpse of the internal hangar bay. The Tk'ng'thpt thpt J'rln Flpth relies mainly on space superiority fighters to defend the laser cannons in tactical situations. The hangar bay houses quite a variety of smaller ships, most of which are some kind of fighter.
A look at the massive generator section. It is said that the Tk'ng'thpt thpt J'rln Flpth is home to the largest concentration of Aerostopium in the system, barring, perhaps, the strategic reserves of Derek Collins and his group.
I've tried this sort of framework many times over the years, but I never got it work out until now. Either I'm getting a bit better, or the universe is getting a bit un-better. Either way works for me.
I've also tried a bunch of times to get stuff on different planes to fit together squarely. It was just luck, I think, that allowed me to abut the endplate that housed the main thrusters to join smoothly to the SNOT-ish framework of the hull, because this is the only time it's ever worked out correctly.
As far the Insurgency goes, I'd guess that in May of 2095 they are still probably testing this beast out. It will not see any meaningful action until Season 2 of my Max Power stories, so, you know...probably six or seven years from now (I'm kidding...I hope).
This is a sweet design with a great cover image and full of subtle details that caught my attention. I especially like the power cell-looking devices midway between the ship's body and the cockpithow the round shape continues both above and below the plate in the middle. Those lasers seem a bit impractical in their size to me, but since when did aliens hold regard for practicality? I like your parts selection; that echoes a good Lego collection. The Mixel do joints look a bit small, but there aren't many better alternatives. Good work; as the substitute judge I am giving my congratulations to your automatic advancement to round 3. I guarantee your competition will get more intense, so keep building to this quality!
Thanks! All I really do is start throwing stuff together. This one's pretty ugly, I think, but with all the stuff I threw on it, it looks OK. Guys like Pico van Grootveld, Clayton Marchetti, El Barto, Stephan Niehoff, etc...they seem to start with a solid concept, and it really shows. One day...
DQ or no DQ, you won this matchup hands down. This ship boasts a great colourscheme, super oversized weaponry, and a super oversized name. What's not to like? :-) Good use of all those 1x1 round tiles to add texture, too.
I won't even try to pronounce the name of this ship for I feel I would have to split my mouth into four quadrants to do so ha ha ha! Spectacular ship! I love how much thought you put into this. The cooling veins are brilliant and do add greatly to the aesthetics. For this scale to have an interior is amazing! I've used those hinge bricks many times myself. If you use two plates 2sduds wide and then a plate 4 studs wide on top of that all the way around the fit flush very nicely. Best of luck to you in the contest!
Properly cooool, especially the first picture. Solid armed and well armored, this ship seems to crush everything arises in the way. Some textures look familiar :) A special bonus for me is that some parts are movable. And your loving story about the ship. Nicely done my friend, really nice.
Quoting killswitch95 [RELSH]
you win over me cause i couldnt put up any real bricks, however, mine was much more micro (;P)
Yeah, yours was way more micro. I have expressed my opinion about the L-Draw thing, but so far those comments have been censored, or at least are in the process of maybe not being censored. In any case, thanks.
Quoting Indy Beetle
Holy cow! It looks like an angry hornet! If I may ask, what species designed this one?
The Zaraans designed it with a little help from the Stylus boys. I was going to e-mail for help with tech specs, but I waited too long. I have a bunch more info for it (or course), but at the moment I'm a bit too tense to add it because I just went through it all twice before...I'll put a link up in the Insurgency once I get all of the additional info up (probably late late tonight or sometime tomorrow).