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Manticore by AdamBurn Manticore by AdamBurn

Here is the Manticore, a massive prototype beam weapon that was developed planet-side but realising they needed to test it against real fleets and in space they quickly fitted it on a rig and attached some engines, a rushed job with little to no armour or point defences, its all laser cannon baby.
Its also stupidly powerful, it has multiple fire modes, one a super long range a brutal single shot, being a beam weapon it never misses and usually they are very short range weapons, this prototype however is about 200 times bigger than the standard. Its other firing mode includes an EMP shot and overload function that sends out an EMP burst around the ship giving it at least some defence against fighters and bombers.
This ship should be supported at all times, its lack of armour means its rather weak if engaged, that's if you can get close to it, its quite agile as well for a 1 mile long cannon.

Cue "IMA FIRIN MA LAZAR!!" quotes

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FrAlgan Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I love your art, all of it. Like. Every single piece... I have no words.

I never comment but I do have to ask.. Is there any way I could use your ships designs and even stories - for a roleplaying forum I am working on ?
AdamBurn Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks I am glad you like my work :ahoy: As for the forum thing I have no problem with you using them so long as credit is given to the original source. i.e me
sylverphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I've probably mentioned this before, but I really appreciate and enjoy your background stories behind your artwork. It just brings out that extra bit of detail rather than just some sci-fi concept. Keep it up! :)
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It helps in creating an image if there is some kind of background to it, helps define the look and feel of the vehicle or illustration :ahoy:
Zagoalie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
its not a backround story of the artwork its the backround story for this unit in the game it is for Novus Aeterno. many of adams recent uploads includeing this set of 3 capitalship have been for Novus Aeterno.
crisandm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this will seriously cause some rage moments as it snipes people from way away in space.
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
Barramundi-Guy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
parallellogic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
No doubt you didn't intend the description to be taken seriously, but excuse me if I take a moment and have some fun with the concepts you've laid out.

It's hard for me to look at this and not laugh. I'm studying Aerospace Engineering and the little sci-fi inaccuracies make the back story all that much more humorous. For example this being a 'rush job' - that would typically mean the scientific systems wouldn't work properly and would malfunction - armor I would imagine to be the most basic of basic systems to get functional - bolt some metal to the side of the craft and call it a day.

~one a super long range a brutal single shot
Beam weapons is space... does this thing have recoil? For every force there is an equal and opposite force, does this device fire beams in both directions at the same time so it doesn't alter its trajectory? Even light carries momentum, it's inescapable that firing a weapon that's destined to do substantial damage would need to alter the spacecraft's trajectory after firing in an unbalanced system.

~sends out an EMP burst around the ship giving it at least some defence against fighters and bombers
And here I would have thought an EMP would be the weapon itself, knocking out all the sensors on whatever craft lies in the way.

I will say to a first-approximation, this does look torque balanced though. If you're exerting a very large force at a particular point on the spacecraft (when the weapon fires), you want that force to be applied in line with the center of mass so that you don't end up torquing the spacecraft and spinning wildly. Here it looks like the structure is cut out of the top (the incomplete ring in the front) to account for the extra mass of the red part of the ship and some added mass in the back.

:) Artistically though, I rather like the glow section near the rear of the craft. It reminds me mildly of the sparks from a metal-working shop. The clouds in the back right make for a nice backdrop. The lights above the spacecraft's name are a nice touch.
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