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The Leviathan by dsherratt74 The Leviathan by dsherratt74
Today on ‘That Really Happened’ we look at the Star League’s Ian Cameron class Super Carrier.

There have been many great ideas over the centuries, other not so great. Some have changed the galaxy as we know, others just shouldn’t have happened. The Ian Cameron Super Carrier is firmly set in the latter of those camps. While a great idea on paper in practice it was a terrible waste of both money and manpower for the SLDF.

It goes without saying to anyone who has just the basic knowledge of history that the craft was named from the First Lord of the Star League Ian Cameron himself. This 2,500,000 ton warship was unarguably the biggest ship ever constructed at a little under nine kilometres long and was designed to be the most powerful battleship ever constructed and in a way it was. Armed with more three dozen of the heaviest Gauss cannons, sixty AR missile launchers and more than sixty heavy laser cannons its fire power was all but unmatched. But what made the Ian Cameron so powerful would also prove to be its greatest weakness.

The ship itself was heavily armoured and remarkably well armed but its true strength lay in what it carried. The carrier ship was designed around the principle of a single fleet jumping at the same time to the same place. This was achieved by effectively reversing the principle of jumpship and dropship by storing craft inside its ginormous frame. Four massive unpressurized bays could hold cruiser class warships up to 1,500,000 tons and an additional 6 smaller bays could hold craft up to 750,000 tons. While 36 pressurised bays held Dropships.

The Ian Cameron also carried 180 BattleMechs, 180 Ground Vehicles and more than 1000 soldiers, nearly 200 aerospace fighters and three dozen shuttles along with 20,000 tons of cargo.

Combined together the Ian Cameron and its entire fleet could jump into a system without having to co-ordinate timing or placement. However despite the apparent brilliance of the design, its downfall came from the refitted warships it carried. Each of the ten warships that were assigned to the three Ian Cameron class carriers that were built had their Kearny-Fuchida drives removed and extra weapons and armour added. While this made the Ian Cameron class a dangerous foe to face to anyone brave or stupid enough to incur the wrath of the Star League. It soon became evident that crippling the Carrier’s KF Drive would effectively strand nearly a dozen warships in a system, along with the thousands of men and women who served upon the them and the ground forces that were aboard the carrier. It was this very tactic that Stefan Amaris would employ during his coup to strand all three Ian Cameron class Super Carriers during the first stages of that fateful war before later returning several months later when the crews had ran out of food and were unable to fight effectively and destroy them.

Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket.

Up next , how a portable music player called the iPod caused an economic crisis in the early twenty first century. That’s still to come on
‘That Really Happened’.


This will (probably) be my last SLDF era warship design, and yes it's insane, so please don't say how unfeasible it is, I already know. But sometimes it's better to just do it than argue with people. ;)
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PrimaryCommander2045 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think adding a ship that could act as a courier/freighter of some kind would have been helpful.
Or it could have been used as a base for extended campaigns, meaning you wouldn't have to worry if the drive was crippled in the first place.
Then again most militaries/goverments aren't very flexible in their planning.
Something about pride over actually winning or something like that. ;)
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are many things that could have made it work well, adding a simple jump capable ship like a Scout class would have done wonders to the design. Alas the addition of that would have ruined the back story for the ship.

And of course your military/government observations are very true as well.
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Tyrranus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Id had a similar thought for a warship using smaller monitor class vessels :)
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, dream big. Dream BIG!! :D

Glad you like it though. :)
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Tyrranus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
a 300,000ton monitor has the armor, firepower, and fighters of a warship at least 2x its mass... the loss of that K-F drive does sickening things to CBT warships
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True but that would have made the Ian Cameron effective which would kinda defeat the idea of it being a big mistake. ;)
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Tyrranus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
LOL
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that is amazing! The design reminds me of the Halcyon Class Cruisers from the Halo series. :O
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like it. :D

Best not look at the Dauntless class Destroyer then. ;)
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha,I see. ;p The UNSC Midlothian, but just a few changes. But still a nice design.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I said not to look. LOL ;p

Yeah a Paris class frigate with a BattleTech twist. Glad you like it. :D
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XDDD You're welcome. :P And if my knowledge serves me correct the Leviathan in the Halo universe was either a Marathon Class Cruiser, or a Carrier...can't remember.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's a Marathon Class, yeah. It's a good ship design, as many of the Halo ships are. But like so many UNSC ship, useless against the Covie without a lot of back-up. :(
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know. Covenant plasma weaponry is so devastating. Not only it blasts through the hull, but can gut the internals as well as burn through entire decks.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah got to love their plasma weapons. Makes me worry about the level of weapons we can expect from Halo 4 though given all Covie tech is based on Forerunner stuff.

Mind you, that Light rifle looks the business. :D
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
They should have made the supercarriers better protected against crippling, and the concept might just have worked the way it was intended... Personally, I find big, interstellar ships carrying their complement of interplanetary warships quite a realistic method of interstellar combat, provided it ever occurs.

On thing to complain about the technical description, though: a 9-kilometre-long ship has a mas of only 25 000 000 tons? That sounds way too little. More like a zeppelin...
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, better protection for the jump drive or leaving the other warships with their own drives would make the design feasible, but it wouldn't work in the story the craft was designed for. We needed it to be a mistake in design so it need a big flaw.

As for the weight, that's the unladen weight. Fully loaded it's nearly 10 times that. But generally for the most part it is pretty hollow inside just the engine and the null space created by all the bays so it would be quite light. Much like a Zeppelin as you said.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in awe! WOW! GOD!

And love the story! Exceptionally well written - can imagine a cheesy american accent on this.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was the idea. Kinda like Ripley's believe it or not for the 31st century.

Don't you just love how it dwarves the Titania and her entire fleet?

Well I hope you're happy now sir. I'd managed to convince BQ it was a bad idea but you had to start her off again on the whole thing. Curses!!! LOL! =p


Ahh, what the hell. It's still cool! Glad you like it my friend. :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do and I like the thinking in this - its so politically motivated, and a perfect symbol of the wastes of tax payers' money. Its come out grand this!!

The scale is so shocking! I was like :O:O:O:O:O:O F***********************!!!!!!! Well done!!

I think I am perpetually in her bad books - dagnammit :D

Pleasure matey, always - :D
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep a great big bottomless pit for the SLDF to throw more and more money into. It's almost a shame the idea didn't work, I mean can you imagine the look on some poor ship captain's face when one of these jumps into a system?

Actually you probably can, I think you've already had that look on your face. :D

What you on about? She loves you, you agree with all her insane ideas! Like this one. =p
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes - sort of like the EU, the Greek Debt, and the bail out fund!

"What you on about? She loves you" Hmm - grilled, fried, or raw between two slices of bread? :P
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah only on a glactic scale. :D

Oh and she'd say with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti.

She's got a dark streak that one. =p
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"She's got a dark streak that one."

Really? Never would have guessed ;)
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL.

Not as bad as mine though. ;)
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N147258 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
So basically a space station, but it can actually move.

Wins points in the awesome category, but as you noted wins points in the 'totally screwed off the bat' category.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Basically yeah, it's a mobile space station. Completely insane and impractical but a good idea on paper.

Glad you like it. :D
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N147258 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
No problem, it's a cool-looking thing. I wonder if you'd make a feasible super-battleship or something, because it sounds like it'd be a pretty great idea. You obviously have the right idea and potential for it.

Of course, I'm the guy that loves seeing sci-fi stuff that's so awesomely overpowered that it could sneeze and wipe out stuff.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Already did a couple of super battleships the SLS Titania and it's ComStar predecessor the CSV Oberon

But certain forces are conspiring against me to create a new super battlecruiser killer, so who knows maybe there will be another. ;)

I'm also a fan of ships that can literally just blow anything out of existence in a single salvo. :D
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N147258 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Awesome, I'll check those out then.

Heh, that'd be great to see. And fun.

Of course! It's entertaining to watch ships like that completely obliterate anything in their path. Gives you a sense that you made something excellent.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Still cool. A warship which helds warships. That's awesome :D
And lol about iPod :XD:
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like the concept. Pretty impracticable though. See I saved the best for last (well maybe the last). :D

The iPod, yeah felt I needed something completely silly. But its based a true story, just exaggerated to an insane level. The great economic crisis of 2010 when the BQs broke and had to be replaced. Well it was a crisis for me. Have you ever tried to find the latest model at Christmas time? LOL!
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome! Yep, you did :D

Haha, I don't even have one! I spent all my money for a digicam :XD: I still use my old mp3-player which ain't so bad.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well there will probably not be any more SLDF warships, but there may be a WoB one sometime soon. ;)

And trust me trying to find the latest iPod at Christmas is like trying to find a needle in a haystack without a magnet. :(
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm always looking forward to your works :D

Arw :XD:
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for saying that. It's made my day. :D
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
My pleasure, it's true :nod:
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