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Stellar Navy Ships of the Line by ILJackson Stellar Navy Ships of the Line by ILJackson
The term "ship of the line" is a throwback to Old Earth naval traditions where massive battleships with heavy firepower would form a battle line to engage enemy armadas. For the Terran Protectorate Stellar Navy, the term refers to any capital vessel designed to be the primary long-range weapons platform for a fleet or task force. These ships are meant to be the "big guns" of any fleet engagement, and the ships, along with the carriers, that the rest of the fleet must defend to the death.
Ships of the line include battleships, battlecruisers, dreadnoughts and battlecarriers (battleship/carrier hybrids). They are usually the largest ships in the fleet (with the exception of fleet carriers), carry devastating arsenals of weaponry, often serve as fleet command ships and are heavily armored and surprisingly fast.
The above image shows the four types of Ships of the Line serving in the Terran Protectorate Stellar Navy during its second war with the Imperial Consortium.

The Powell-Class battleship (top) is the oldest ship of the line in service and is also the most common, comprising 70% of the fleet's ships of the line. It's main gun, a gauss cannon that fires a two-ton tungsten slug with an anti-matter core that explodes after it has pierced an enemy ship's hull, is still the largest caliber single weapon of any TPSN starship. It can also fire large spreads of missiles in addition to other weapon systems. The Powell can also carry four fighters. Originally these were fighter/bombers but in later years they were replaced with electronic warfare fighters like the Hawker, which added to the ship's combat effectiveness.

The Hastings-Class Battlecarrier (middle rear) saw its first deployment right at the start of the war and was an attempt to develop a "kitchen sink" ship that does a bit of everything. In addition to being a battleship blistering with weapons, it also carries three squadrons of fighter/bombers and two squadrons of interceptors, for a total of 60 fighter craft, in addition to a number of auxiliary ships. While most ships of the line are only deployed during warfare, the Hastings battlecarriers are slated for use as exploratory and diplomatic vessels once (and if) the war ever ends. Only a handful have been constructed, as they were meant as "testbed" ships for a number of advanced weapons and sensory equipment. Its most noteworthy weapons are its two anti-matter cannons and 24 antiship missile tubes. It carries its own anti-matter production facility, giving it theoretically unlimited range if food, water and air could somehow be replenished.

The Damocles-Class Battlecruiser (middle front) was developed as a result of successful tests of systems used on the Hastings and was the first of a "new generation" of warships deployed once the war was in full swing. It is faster than any of the other ships of the line and while its firepower is impressive, it rates slightly under the armament of the Powell, which earned it the battlecruiser classification instead of a battleship. It also carries a squadron of 12 fighters, typically space superiority fighters like the Crossbow or Tengu and several other auxiliary ships.

The Dreadnought-Class Battlecarrier (bottom) is the largest, most heavily armed ship of the line to date. It carries a pair of powerful gauss cannons, a pair of anti-matter cannons, eight particle beam cannons and 12 anti-ship missile tubes as its primary weapons. There are few ships in known space that could survive a full volley. Unfortunately, most of the ships that could survive are fielded by the enemy. Meant as a siege weapon, the Dreadnought is often-armed with "citybuster" style neutron missiles capable of traversing re-entry and destroying planet-bound enemy assets or space stations. It carries 84 fighters and bombers and, like the Hastings, can generate its own anti-matter for fuel and some of its weapon systems.
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MASCH-ARTDesign Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
1a,tolles Design
JayThurman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think your models as you've designed them - pretty solid and blocky - would print very well to 3d -  perhaps you could make a tabletop space ship combat game with them.
ILJackson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are not the first person to make that suggestion, and I'd love to have a model of a few just for the heck of it. I need to figure out how to export them in the proper format. Can the printers also do the texturing and colors or is it just a flat white object I would have to hand paint myself?
JayThurman Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are some 3d printing services that will do colors, but I think they are expensive - you'd have to shop around I guess. does 3d "photorealistic" printing.

Most companies will accept various file formats like .obj and .3ds. Sometimes though you have to prepare you model for 3d printing which can be a pain in the ass, although many 3d program have plugins that can help you with that.

Since I work in Sketchup this company called Sculpteo has a plugin that analyses and helps  preps models for 3d prints: they will print in a variety of materials - even in silver.

A friend of mine here on DeviantArt had a model of my Starfrontiers Assault Scout printed up on a cheaper system called a Makerbot. It uses some kind of plastic resin, although it doesn't hold surface details well, but overall the model turned out well.
ILJackson Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That's very helpful!
JayThurman Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're interested in a cool miniature combat game for spaceships try Full Thrust from Ground Zero Games. The rules are free and you can download the PDFs here:…
First three books are the ship combat rules, while Dirtside and Stargrunt are planet side battle games using tanks and soldiers.

Other cool space combat games are Starmada:
and Firestorm Armada:…

Brigade Models also has come cool miniatures, might inspire your designs:
NekiraSudacne Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Awsome designs! I'm a little surprised you managed to get so much detail on them while keeping four huge ships in frame.

Unrelatedly, I'm surprised the Hastings is still in service. Usually a testbed captial ship like that is discontinued quickly as they have a little of everything but not enough of anything.
ILJackson Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One of the ships, the Midway, becomes the "hero" ship for one of my storylines, thus making the entire class look like a winner.
Orange-1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Excellent work!:-)
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. You sunk my battleship.
TarienCole Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice, reminds me of the Frigates in Homeworld.
devduck01 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice detailed info on the ships, and I love the "signature" of the designs, they feel like they were built by one faction while still each having a unique look
ILJackson Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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