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My new faction's microfleet begins!
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These older T.L.A. vessels are often seen patrolling occupied or friendly star systems. The one in the foreground is the Archer-class particle lance/missile frigate, while the other one is the Watchman-class scanner/missile frigate. The T.L.A. lags behind in energy-weapon technology, so its spacecraft generally carry only one extremely powerful main weapon and pack the rest of their interior space with missiles. The T.L.A. was created as a joke and is a completely peaceful faction. I will not engage in "wars" or "alliances" with other builders.

Archer class, side view. The particle beam comes out the nose, and the ring-shaped thing around the hull is a missile magazine. The grey pins are the launch ports. T.L.A. missiles are the size of other factions' combat drones, and most of that space is devoted to fuel giving them an excellent range. The missiles carry multiple guided submunitions, each of which explodes into a lethal hail of hypervelocity fragments capable of tearing a spacecraft apart.

Back view of the Archer, showing the four radiator fins around the engine. T.L.A. engine technology does NOT lag behind; its ships are notoriously fast, especially after they've emptied their missile payloads.

The Watchman-class scanner frigate. It's armed with four retractable particle cannons designed to deal with starfighters and four missile launchers, but its main function is as a scanner platform. You can see a sensor boom extending from this side of the ship, and a radar dish on the far side. The Watchman is an older design than the Archer.

Aft view, showing the fuel tanks clustered around the main engine. The grey disc separating the engine and crew sections is a radiation shadow shield.

Missile launchers extended. The bottom one attaches to the stand, so I can't extend it.

Other side, showing the radar dish. The Watchman relies on rotation-generated gravity rather than artificial gravity. Opponents of the ship point to this feature as a sign of its age, but in reality the ship has to rotate anyway to give the sensors a 360-degree field of view.


  July 18, 2009
These ships are great! They look kinda like little missiles or something, and I love the use of SNOT all around =) Also, what does TLA stand for?
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  May 5, 2009
I just love this kind of little ships, very good color scheme ! They looks a bit like russian ships IMO, with strange and interesting shapes and a lot of nice details. Nice !
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