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Protectorate Assault Cruiser by Shimmering-Sword Protectorate Assault Cruiser by Shimmering-Sword
It's been a while since I released some of my Rangers Project artwork, so here's another piece :)

I'm also reviving my Patreon page, which helps me work on personal artwork such as this, along with making (currently glacial) progress on my art book.
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This ship is a Heavy Assault Cruiser of the Protectorate navy.
Operating as a local flagship for naval fleet operations, it has formidable combat capabilities as well as considerable troop capacity. This makes it technically capable of a planetary invasion all on its own, but such a valuable ship is typically escorted by combat ships and additional troop carriers.
The long prow of the ship allows for large main guns that may out range even main line battleships. Meanwhile abundant secondary turrets and point defenses make closing distance with the ship a dangerous proposition.
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:iconportentosaman:
PortentosaMan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Your art and project is awesome!! The designs are very good!
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:iconludedwolf:
LudedWolf Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Nice!!!!
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooooohhhh, I love this
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:iconferallion:
FeralLion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great. Love her design =^^=
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:iconfreezepl:
Freezepl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Would like to see her in action
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Eventually I'll get to illustrating more space battles.
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:icondevianttestbed:
DeviantTestbed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Glorious
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:icondevianttestbed:
DeviantTestbed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Glorious
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:iconbioazard:
bioazard Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
incredible work
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconrandommode:
Randommode Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice ship man! :) 
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconhayfootstrawfoot:
hayfootstrawfoot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconspacewolflord:
spacewolflord Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Okay this is still great and I will now reread the PDF.  Still love the combat puppies to no end.
Thank you for sharing.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, you're welcome.
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:iconmediatoriridescent:
MediatorIridescent Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Now that's a beautiful ship
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:iconzgmf-x42s:
ZGMF-X42S Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Well, I know what I want for Christmas.  :XD:
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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:iconmaxterran:
MaxTerran Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
I wish this was in Homeworld O_O
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing a modder can't do :)
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:iconmr-pink-rose:
Mr-Pink-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Cool ship design!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconblastwaves:
BlastWaves Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconfrag971:
frag971 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Love the Homeworld aesthetic!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconchroniclesofman:
ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful concept!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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MechwarriorBookwyrm Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Great work sir! The ship seems to balance realism and the "rule of cool." I applaud anyone who can do that effectively.

I'll also be careful not to get on the wrong side of that main gun, as I know what a capital Gauss Rifle can do to a craft.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Basic idea in my setting is almost any combat ship has a gun big enough to damage any other ship, often critically, so everyone stays at a range where making a hit is hard but not impossible. From there it's about who can fire an unavoidable salvo, or get lucky first.
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MechwarriorBookwyrm Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Ok, thats cool! Makes me wonder though, how effective are fighters/bombers, guided missiles/torpedoes, and other guided weapons? They'd be able to attack at a closer range, but I guess they'd be vulnerable to point defense weapons. I think it would be risky but interesting to have a smaller, faster ship with some sort of electronic warfare system to throw off enemy targeting systems, big enough to carry a main gun but small enough to be able to maneuver effectively. 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Once you get down to fighter craft size, where they can maneuver enough to effectively dodge main and secondary guns, they start becoming too small the carry guns that effectively penetrate battleship armor. These ships also have tertiary turrets and ciws systems that can fire back along with missiles.
Missiles/torpedoes are used, but are only effective in large salvo's, as again there are ciws systems everywhere, and fleet ships all link targeting to more effectively screen. Large hardened torpedoes can even be targeted by those tertiary or even secondary guns.
Once you get down to scout fleet battles or even one on one ship situations, then there's a lot more room for different tactics.
The ultimate anti ship weapon is firing a high velocity guided shell from the main guns. They're harder to shoot down with the defensive screens, but can manage some course changes to account for evasive ship movements.
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RedSpotSylphina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Good job :)
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconariochiv:
AriochIV Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Digital Artist
Looks great!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
All is as it should be with this space going barracuda, well done!Ayato Fixation 50X50 GIF 
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconscebiqu:
Scebiqu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I say we need some of those to claim the Trappist worlds!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Any potential bug infestation wont stand a chance :D
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:iconjin-ghi-lives:
Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Awesome design, also the stars and nebula around it give off a beautiful impression of sailing through a sea of blood.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I enjoy painting the vivid backgrounds.
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:iconacebird1234:
acebird1234 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a very interesting design for assault cruiser but it is one beautiful ship. I wouldn't mind having one of them for my own persona ships 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome 
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, this is freakin awesome! O:
And I'd love to see someone make it in somethin like Space Engineers ^u^
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