Ragnarock08 - Infinity . The Ragnarock Unit 08, named 'Infinity,' is the end result of revisions and tests done with the prototype. Completed in Summer of 2007. (recently updated with better pictures, check em out!) . RAGS-OC-08:
Reproduces Abnormal Gravitic conditionS - Offensive Craft Unit 8, Production Version
Named 'Infinity' because of the 8/infinity symbol, and also because of the unique arrangement of it's engines.
The Infinity was the final version of the Ragnarock series and was slated for mass production as soon as it was approved. However the unit was believed to be lost when a botched theft activated the ships Gravity Well function, instantly tearing a hole in physical space that destroyed the Othanian Colony which designed and built it. Contrary to reports, the ship itself was not destroyed but was rendered invisible and impossible to recover inside it's own black hole. It would be several hundred years before it's reactors finally went offline...
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First, a video for your viewing pleasure. Eventually I'll get better video with my new camera, but this will do for now:
I started construction on the Infinity about a month after completing the Ragnarock. I realized I really didn't like how it had turned out, even though I had learned a lot while making it. So I tore the Ragnarock apart and started over almost from scratch. The only parts that carried over are the pylons holding the grey impellers.
I spent over a year slowly getting new pieces and deciding how to remake this ship. It had to be similar, but an obvious upgrade in terms of shape, layout and coloring. The biggest difference between the '01 and the '08 is the profile. While I wanted to make the '08 have a more complete upper and lower deck like the '01, it just made the ship too boxy in the midsection-- the thing I hated the most about the '01. The Infinity is overall sleeker, and a huge improvement in overall looks. It also has more weapons while still having them integrated better. And even if you don't like the color choices, I think I balanced it much, much better this time.
It also had to look more terrifying, considering it's destructive nature.
The '01 had a set of conventional Fusion Thrusters to propel it since the Gravity Impellers were still highly experimental. The Infinity relies completely on manipulating gravity fields for motion, including the 'rudders' at the rear.
The 'rudders' are a modified application of the Gravity Impeller rings. The don't generate a field or even dictate which direction the ship flies, but rather they punch holes in the ship's local field in order to turn the ship so it's pointing where the pilot wants. Their large size and location means the pilot can bring the weapons to bear on a target as fast as possible and with as much ease as simply turning their head.
The white, secondary rudders on top of the ship are actually the hyper-space drives. The Gravity Impellers must be shut down before they can be used, or else they would simply rip themselves from the ship.
The Infinity is designed for combat with large, Capital-Class cruisers where it's high mobility and firepower is most useful. The Fusion Lances are mostly unchanged, though they've been given better cooling and can operate longer than on the '01. Think of them as the energy at the center of our sun concentrated into a narrow beam and you can imagine how powerful they are. The combination of Fusion Lances and the heavy 120 mm (tank caliber) gatling guns is devastating against large targets, no matter how much armor or shielding it has. By default, the Infinity also carries 10 high-maneuverability missiles for use against smaller star fighters, 12 anti-ship missiles for use against corvettes and other large ships, and the forward gatling cannons are also equipped with 30 mm anti-fighter cannons. Here you can see them rotating:
The one aspect that really shows the Infinity is a flying tank, is the turret. It's improved over the '01 by having the ability to recede into the hull and protect the barrel under heavy fire (the first image is animated). Unlike the Ragnarock with a conventional cannon-type arrangement, the Infinity has a rail gun wielded by the turret. It can fire projectiles at nearly the speed of light and in a continuous stream if needed. It can even fire mercury to create a lethal ribbon of metal that can reach thousands of miles to slice ships in half. However, it's a seldom used option.
The turret can be deployed in less than 3 seconds, and center on most targets even faster. It excels at sniping targets at super-long range, since the projectile is almost impossible to detect or track.
The 10 Scram missiles are high-maneuverability, high-speed anti-fighter missiles for use against smaller ships. They are fire-and-forget missiles used to swat annoying one-man ships, and even if the enemy is able to avoid one, they won't avoid the rest of the Infinity's weapons. Each missile has an articulated mount to give them a wider launch angle.
In case the default weapons aren't enough, it's ammo reserves and missile capacity can be expanded, nearly doubling it's firepower with 1500 more rounds of 120 mm ammo, and 10 missiles. Of course, just seeing a ship like this can be a significant deterrent itself.
Sneaking up on the Infinity is ill-advised. A wide assortment of cameras and sensors scattered over the ship's hull give the pilots unbroken views of the space around the ship. During practice trials, the Infinity was able to turn 180 degrees to face a pursuer, eliminate them, and turn back around without changing it's direction of travel--- in the span of about 3 seconds. Any thrust-based ship would find this maneuver impossible.
Just some close-ups here. Hmm, what's that big white dish for on the bottom you ask? Some sort of gravity-field navigation sensor I think. The little round pods with the clear lenses are directional/anit-collision controllers, and in addition to the rudders at the rear, help aim the ship.
Like the Ragnarock, the Infinity has traditional wheeled landing gear that folds up into the armored body. This allows it to be serviced no matter what the condition of the ship; if it had the more common landing 'feet' and it were disabled, it's immense weight would be very difficult to move without wheels. Also, I just really like doing wheeled landing gear. It's difficult to do on large ships but so worth it.
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