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The Bastion by dsherratt74 The Bastion by dsherratt74
The SLO Restoration Oracle, in orbit of Xeres 332-Beta.

The Restoration Oracle was one of a handful of Hawking class SLDF Space stations measuring nearly 10km long. Each Hawking class station was heavily armed and practically self-sufficient. The class was named from the famous Theoretical Physicist of the 20th Century, Stephen William Hawking.

The stations served as bastions for the SLDF and featured a single large dry dock facility for craft up to 2,000,000 tons and three smaller dry docks capable of holding craft up to 700,000 tons in addition there were 8 docking collars for dropships and several hangers for small craft.

Their 16 massive solar panels, each more than 750 metres high, replaced the solar sail used by many stations and were used to charge the ten energy storage batteries for recharging the KF Drives of warships.

The meagre crew and nearly 700 visitors were housed in the two habitat rings and three massive hydroponics gardens handled oxygen recycling and most of the food production. While many of the station's systems, including the refinery, hydrogen mining vessels, defences and small dry docks were completely automated thanks to its advanced computer systems.

The Hawking class stations were located inside a system in orbit around hydrogen rich gas giants where their refineries could keep proccessing a steady supply of H2 fuel for the SLDF fleets. Each station was equipped with a massive amount of firepower and over 100 SDS drone fighters along with more than 7000 tons of armour to protect them from attack.

Transiting to the stations from the Zenith and Nadir jump points of a system could be done via conventional methods or by jumping to one of the transient L1 and L2 class Lagrange jump points in the system that the powerful C&C computers constantly tracked.

A design oversight lead to the destruction of all the Hawking class stations in the Inner Sphere during the Aramis Crisis after it was discovered concentrated attacks against the refinery section and fuel storage tanks of the stations were capable of crippling the stations automated defence network in the resulting explosions.
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danowgo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member
big
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DaVinciAirsoft Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the design here.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. :D
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DaVinciAirsoft Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome.
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Impressive. Are those wheel-shaped parts near the middle for providing centrifugal gravity?
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes they are. They're the main habitat areas. The rest of the facility, the refinery and dry docks are pretty much automated so most of the time there's no need for people enter those areas.

Glad you like the design. :D
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Yeah, it's probably unrealistic for a big ship or habitat or space station to have a large crew (as often seen in many scifi shows and films)... After all, if you're advanced enough to build these things, you should be advanced enough to automate pretty much everything.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly my reasoning. Couldn't agree with you more.
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
added to 3D concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My GOD...

WOW!!!!

I am stunned!

EPIC is such a small word...
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow is the best you can manage knowing now that this thing is that big it dwarves the Titaina and is capable of holding her in it's belly? I'm actually a little upset. :p

Unless of course the wow is a case of you're too stunned to actually formulate a coherent sentence... LOL :laughing:

Regardless, I'm pleased you like this beastie and as always I greatly appreciate your thoughts my friend. :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The latter - trust me.

Only gripe - and this is on pure aesthetics, not enough aireals and pipes rising from its structure. That would make it very refinery like.

Flawless mate. This is your finest! :O

And It does not remind me of B5 at all - it's its own beast.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, well I'll let you off then. :p

Guess you now know what became of the Ian Cameron class we were discussing eh?

I did try he refinery with those things you mentioned, but honestly it it look kinda off given the sleekness of rest of the station, so they all went the way of the Dodo.

I am very, very proud of this piece and I too think it's my best, but since it was never designed to be a miniature I could throw all the detail I wanted into it. (Of course the BQ is now on about having one made, but honestly I can see this costing more than £200 to produce as it'd be nearly 80cm long in scale with the BT ship models. So she's been told NO!)

The only problem now is where to go from here? There's not much more room for getting bigger and badder that one can do after designing a starbase. :(

And It does not remind me of B5 at all - it's its own beast.
Touché sir! LOL!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HHAhahhahah :D

Indeeed!!

And you should be - this is a great piece of work and I respect achievement - and you have and thensome!!

Can always make this in sticky back plastic....

Now where to go....Damn! Will think on it!
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such words from an artist I admire mean a lot to me sir, thank you. :D

But honestly do really you think 'she' will be happy with sticky back plastic?

Well maybe the Ian Cameron class can be resurrected. I know one woman who won't shut up about it. What is it about women and honking big starships? :o
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind words - thank you very much sir :) I am truly honoured.

Well...just a thought LOL!!

heheh - big gizmos ;)
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You deserve them sir. :D

Maybe the Ian Cameron can be done, the question is where to draw inspiration from for such a massive ship? :idea:
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does indeed look massive and I like the amound of details (written and in the model) that you added! Keep it up.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it.

Thanks for your support and kind words. I'll try my best. :D
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Tyrranus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Awesome little addition to your alternaverse :D
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. :D
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Absolutely breathtaking, what a massive ship :D
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Glad you like it a loot of work, sweat and tears went into bringing this space station to completion. :D
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I just love huge and looong ships like that one, they are unspeakable beautiful :giggle:
My pleasure!
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