This is the latest and largest incarnation of the Pirate Micro Fleet, with six frigates, three fighters, and one destroyer. Similar fleets have stolen ships containing a total of over 5,000 grade-A turkeys in the Sigma Draconis Quadrant so far this week.
The new Destroyer is specifically designed for long-range combat, with an improved engine array, a particle beam lance, and three missile launchers.
Upper view. The "wings" and "fins" are actually heat dissipation panels.
Main engines. My usual tactic with micro ships is to concentrate greebling more towards the stern, since the engine would have the most exposed machinery.
Underneath. The binoculars mounted under the hull are telescopes, not guns. Unfortunately.
First off among the smaller entries we have the three fighters -- two interceptors and a bomber.
The Tiger Shark assault frigate and the Nurse Shark minelayer/missile frigate have returned from the last micro fleet.
The first of the new ships is the Particle Beam frigate, which fills the same role as the Rail Corvette of the last fleet. The new vessel's Particle Beam projector has greater accuracy and stopping power than a rail gun shell, but less range. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on whose side you're on) both weapons are so long-ranged that it doesn't matter.
The Defense Field Frigate projects a large shield which can defend an entire squadron of allied vessels. For some reason the Defense Field depends on the same Generic Cylinder of Machinery as the particle beam cannon. Both ships also have large radiator fins to bleed off the huge amount of waste heat generated by whatever-it-is.
The Infiltrator Frigate does the dirty work of taking over enemy ships. The grey cylinder on the side is a troop lander which can detach from the main craft to carry boarders across to an enemy vessel.
Finally, a stock freighter to haul the loot home (not featured in the overall picture). This is the type of ship which was modified by the pirates to create the Defense Field and Infiltrator frigates.
Very Good TBD Aka Ben.
Your microscale ships have many small details that make the overall ships so much better than any I have seen (except perhaps Gladius').
Also, You probably realise who I am. Any chance you could help me get unbanned at brikwars so I can start my microscale battle?
Hey Ben, I've been trying to invite you to my VOAT group but couldn't seem to find your name when I searched for it... odd. Join up please! Oh, and very cool micro fleet, micro isn't exactly my thing but it's easy to see when something rocks.