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Grand Galactic Empire

Postby ninja_bait » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:07 am

Current Overwatch (02/26/2018):

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68 soldiers
8 horses
106" total construction

The Grand Galactic Empire was founded in B.R. 2009 with the express goal of building an awesome blue-white SHIP.  The titular head of the empire is the immortal Golden Emperor, who often rides into battle flanked by his Jedi Cavalry.  Law and order is maintained by the Imperial Navy, consisting of five regional fleets: Western Coast, Mon Stella, Core Alpha, Core Omega, and Exploratory.  The Western Coast Fleet patrols and protects the border between the Empire and the Council of 500.

Shown here is the WC Fleet Command Group, commanded by Admiral Oswald Lyons.  His fleet flagship is the Katana-class destroyer/carrier Artemis.  The remaining units in the Imperial Navy's standard battlegroup are: 2 Chickadee interceptors, 2 Valkyrie I space superiority fighters, a Valkyrie II heavy fighter, a Seagull support shuttle, and several ground support vehicles.  Lyons is a war hawk whose aggressive attitude has often led to tense diplomatic situations, but has also effectively prevented incursions by Counciliar forces.  His fleet boasts the most skilled pilots and tactical officers in the entire navy and joint operations are usually commanded from the Artemis's CIC.

Army Wishlist:
- A light corvette, something around 80 studs long.
- A bomber
- More ground troops and ground artillery
- More dakka on the Artemis
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby RedRover » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:38 am

Those ships are nice! Well done!
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby Maraxous » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:47 pm

The Grand Galactic Empire was founded in B.R. 2009 with the express goal of building an awesome blue-white SHIP.

Mission Accomplished!  :overwatch:
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby dilanski » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:38 pm

Maraxous wrote:
The Grand Galactic Empire was founded in B.R. 2009 with the express goal of building an awesome blue-white SHIP.

Mission Accomplished!  :overwatch:


Agreed, it is a very  nice SHIP indeed.

I miss the days of the old SHIP arms race. Caid Sector and the like. This fleet would have fit in perfectly.
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby ninja_bait » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:10 pm

dilanski wrote:
Maraxous wrote:
The Grand Galactic Empire was founded in B.R. 2009 with the express goal of building an awesome blue-white SHIP.

Mission Accomplished!  :overwatch:


Agreed, it is a very  nice SHIP indeed.

I miss the days of the old SHIP arms race. Caid Sector and the like. This fleet would have fit in perfectly.


Thanks!  I was introduced to Brikwars right around that era so I was heavily influenced by those SHIPs.  I guess I am a little late to the party.
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby ninja_bait » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:21 am

I've never actually gotten to post all the SHIP's I've built so I will post them here as a sort of "history of Imperial capital ships."  Many pictures, so I put the thing in a spoiler tag.  There are 11 generations featured within, but I can think of several intermediate versions that I failed to photograph.

Imperial Naval History: Warships
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In B.R. 2,009, the Grand Galactic Empire commissioned its first flagship.  Little more than a shuttle, the Phaeton was armed only with small weapons and a toilet.  Nevertheless, it was among the largest vessels in the galaxy at the time.  The discovery of significant brik resources (particularly many long teknik beams) later in the B.R. led to an apocalypse known as "A Lot of Sorting" that radically changed the balance of power in the galaxy.
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As B.R 2,010 rolled in, the GGE finally had the resources to build its first true SHIP.  Blocky and armed with only two turrets, the new corvette had a short service life before being scrapped for parts for the next generation of warships.
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In B.R. 2,011, the Artemis was commissioned as a direct response to the corvettes being built by the Council of 500.  The Artemis was built wider and taller than previous ships, allowing for more creature comforts within, including a holoprojection table that served as a CIC and diplomatic meeting space.  The table proved so popular that it has become a fixture of Imperial ships since then.  The Artemis served with distinction in The Great Barnacle Wars, protecting many minifigs from the strange ball-jointed monsters invading the galaxy.
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After the threat of Barnacles passed, the GGE saw fit to commission a new class of corvette that was sturdier, more streamlined, and more dedicated to combat.  They were wrong about both the decision and the design, and the new corvette did not make it past the holidays of B.R. 2012.
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In B.R. 2013, the Naval Corps of Engineers returned home from college and invested more time in inventive warship designs, particularly the corvette shown below.  It proved to be too innovative for the admiralty (and at under 100 studs long, too short to be an effective capital ship), but many of its features, like its sloped armor and elevated bridge, would survive into future flagships.  
The design will be revived for a new escort frigate to serve in the modern fleet.
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In B.R 2014, the NCE developed a new vessel, fulfilling a long-time dream of the navy to have a carrier.  First, the engineers came up with a small interceptor well suited for a carrier deck, then built a warship around it.  In addition, the bridge could be used as a lifeboat.  The corvette carrier was built asymmetrically, a requirement at the time due to budgetary restraints.  They also abandoned the blue stripe aesthetic for a two-tone design that allowed them to use more blue briks and hearkened back to old-school aquatic navies.  I've been watching a lot of Space Battleship Yamato.
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Development stalled for a few years, leading many to wonder if the Navy had finally found the multi-use capital ship they had been looking for all these years.  It turned out that the NCE had simply been trapped in the drafting room the whole time, but when they emerged in B.R 2,017, they had something that was even bigger and better.  They finally moved up a weight class to destroyer.  They continued to support the effective Chickadee interceptor, and kept the asymmetric hangar design for aesthetics this time.  They tripled the dakka and added nearly 50 studs of length.  The nose was redesigned to serve as a powerful battering ram.  This new SHIP is under continuing development, primarily around the greebles, guns, and guts of the vessel.
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Some other SHIPs that never left the drawing board because building in LDD is boring (ca. B.R. 2009-2011):

Whose idea was this keel?
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This was going to be a full-fledged carrier but only the top deck was designed:
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Just a simple cargo ship, it was 100 studs long though:
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Another thing:
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby Kaplan » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:01 pm

Cool army. I like the SHIP and the white-blue colorscheme. On the other hand I think the faction needs a more specific name.
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby Omega Prime » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:28 pm

ninja_bait wrote:kept the asymmetric hangar design for aesthetics

#1 rule of spaceship design: Aesthetics first!
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Re: Grand Galactic Empire

Postby Natalya » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:37 pm

I like the SHIP.  It's got some interesting details and cool guns.  I also like the vertical-wing spaceship in the back of the photo.
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