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UNSC Destroyer Concept Art by fongsaunder UNSC Destroyer Concept Art by fongsaunder
Quick sketch of how I'd like my destroyers. (Shaken, not stirred) The UNSC Heart of Midlothian doesn't look like a standard UNSC design (in my opinion anyway) , and has a butt-ugly aft section, and the Genesis graphic novel looks poorly drawn or rushed. I like the art style they used for the destroyer in "The Babysitter" though, has a weird nostalgia-80s-mecha feel to it, although it looked like a stretched Halcyon.

Anyhow, this is a sketch. May have more concepts popping up later on, and may decide to model it in the near future. Tried to keep close to the descriptions as possible from Eric Nyuland's books (ie the destroyer's proportions are similar to the frigate, no hangars for snubfighters, heavy armor and dual MACs). Also had some nifty base in mind from my earlier Ranger-class UNSC Destroyer some time back, pretty much just a modified Frigate model. Might give it a cruiser-y feel to other concepts, bridging the gap between the Frigate and Cruiser designs.
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Zecorezecron Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
... SO wait, is it name the Heart of Midlothian or the Epic Fail? Personally I think the UNSC Badass is a good name for this.
bman3k Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I prefer the HoM look for the destroyer over the one that appeared in The Babysitter, but I really like what you've done here.
Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This is amazing! I write scifi as a hobby and I wish I could draw ships this creative and wholesome. keep up the good work!
EarilTheGreat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
The UNSC Epic Fail DD-147 Destroyer-Class Ship. i like how it sounds :D
Chris000 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The UNSC Epic Fail. Ah, a fine ship, she is.
fongsaunder Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Yes sir, she is.
TheCobaltOcean Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D A brilliant Concept ( You should always stick to Nylunds descriptions :D ) :D
Great Job :D *Faves*
fongsaunder Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Nyuland practically made the Haloverse. I'm still a little cross with the Pillar of Autuumn redesign.
TheCobaltOcean Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that the same with al the other Halcyon and marathon class cruisers?
fongsaunder Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist
I'm just referring to the Autuumn in Halo: Reach. Don't get me wrong, the new panelling and model detail is superb, its just that someone seemed to add some cheap and (questionably canon) turrets around the Autumn herself (which are too big to be 50mm MLAs).

TL;DR,lose the kooky turrets (as cool as they might be, they don't fit in with the aesthetics/fleet tactics of the Haloverse), where we know UNSC ships are armed primarily with MAC, Archer Missiles and nukes (with 50mm MLAs for point defence)

I'm willing to forgive Spirit of Fire for having deck guns, because
1. They can fold down and sit flush with the hull, which is cool
2. Spirit of Fire is a ship with a different role than the other ships in canon (both in the novels and what we've seen). As a carrier/assault ship hybrid, it probably has a good reason to boast cannons that aren't usually found on other UNSC ships.
3. Spirit of Fire is definitely an older ship. While I know the Autumn had been active during the Spirit's operational history, the Autumn was later mothballed and overhauled probably after the Battle of Arcadia.(see Fall of Reach, Cortana's rant about the Pillar of Autumn) The Spirit of Fire, on the other hoof, was an old colony ship retrofitted as a military vessel. I had the impression that either, or a combination of (i) The Spirit of Fire was definitely one of those "kludge" ships, where weapons and armour were pulled from older boats and bolted on to the deck to create a surprising formidable space carrier (ii) The Spirit of Fire found some really cool deck guns to bolt on from an older ship (iii) The era that the Spirit of Fire was converted into a military carrier was prior to the introducement, or mass-manufacture of low-cost projectiles like the Archer, hence its older weapons systems like deck guns. Related to this, the Spirit of Fire probably had to cut costs, being a low-priority ship (its not as useful in a space battle, and is more ground-oriented in its assault ship role), and as a cost-cutting measure, given deck guns as a replacement for more expensive Archer pods. Proof of this lies in her MAC, which seems to be more oriented to ground support bombardments (firing multiple, low velocity rounds), instead of the usual Cruiser-grade MAC.

TL;DR, The Spirit of Fire is one cool space boat.
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