Posted 30 December 2009 - 09:12 AM
The story behind The Luvly Laady is an odd one.
Clive Robertson was a successful business man living on Talemi, who had made his fortune selling bread. He was much loved too, mostly because he was the lead-by-example type. At least once a week he helped out at one of the factories, taking over any one of the workers jobs, and offering them the day off. (It was an informal tradition to stay anyway.) Since the bread industry was highly automated, this was a quite big deal; most factories had at most 20 workers. It was one of these days that he was driving a transporter, and it all went wrong. One of the engines cut out, leaving the transporter with insufficient power to maintain altitude. Clive could have ejected, but (as he said later) he didn't want to loose the cargo. That he was able to save... but he lost his right leg and left hand. (The bread was OK.)
Here's where the story gets odd. Ordinarily losing a limb is a minor concern; clone repair or a cyborg replacements are commonplace and relatively cheap. But Clive refused these and instead got by with... a hook and peg-leg. He then sold everything, and put all his money in commissioning this ship.
It became the talk of the galaxy; nice guy looks like a cliché pirate due to accident and then builds ship to match. It all seemed so funny... until it was finished and he actually started acting like one as well! He'd set up an ambush in a busy transit corridor, fire a warning blast, and radio "Prepare to be boarded!". However since his only crew was a robot it was never taken very seriously. Eventually though something had to be done, and thus he was arrested when he berthed next on charges of piracy.
The trial didn't last long however. Considering his past (and his rather expensive lawyer) it was mostly dropped and he was given the punishment of community service. For this he did some free transporting using The Luvly Laady and once it was over he just kept working in shipping. He even occasionally does tourist trips...
The Luvly Laady is not as impractical a ship as a casual glance would imply. She's capable of deep Dimensioning, of almost fighter like acceleration, and is very manoeuvrable considering her bulk. While she's more designed as a pure space craft, planetary operations are possible. The forward mast is in realty a crane arm, and the main one is used to generate a ram-scoop field. Even the rudder is useful; it's capable of directing the auxiliary drive! Inside she can carry two standard containers.
In terms of armaments she is powerful, but inflexible. 48 military surplus plasma cannons give her the same fire-power as 8 Jury-Class fighters, but since Clive chose to ignore thousands of years of warship building experience, they are all fixed on the side. Thus while The Luvly Laady has an absolutely killer broadside, she is vulnerable to the top, bottom, side and rear. This also means she isn't a very good pirate ship as she can't accelerate with the main or directional drive and fire at the same time. (This was one of the main arguments given during the piracy trial.)
Like most ships of this size, she's highly automated so aside from Clive only an android is needed for normal operations.
This was all rather rushed due to my recent move so I don't consider this complete (are MOCs ever?); hopefully I'll get around to finishing it in a few months. Thus I'm open to suggestions!
Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:10 AM
The Luvly Lady is... luvly, Sieggy, and as impractical as her cannon arrangement might look, I'm sure it works wonders on unsuspecting real interstellar pirates - must be a nice surprise once they've decided she's harmless enough to be approached (sorta like an actula real-life lady there!). My one suggestion (yeah, the perils of trying to be a creative critic - you become annoying almost immediately - tell me about it): add an EMP Pulse function. Of course, that would render the cheerful Xmas android absolutely useless for a good few minutes, but as long as the Cap'n knows what he's doing, that time could be enough to steal all the blue buckets, sugar candy and/or whacking hammers in the universe!
Now then - how can I vote for this?
Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:15 AM
I see a ship with powerful engines, and quadguns. They are pretty nicely done.
She looks evil with the skull at the stern, and the figurehead looks very interesting.
I believe I'm very lucky to see this ship does not actual foams the seven seas, instead she sails the galacy.
Hinckley and the mutated shark thing is a nice touch.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:19 AM
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 04:10 PM
I love how it for the most part retains the look of a ship, and then has a sweet engine and blaster area.
Your PS skills are good too, with the black background and all.
Very entertaining view!
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 09:33 PM
Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:05 PM
The only suggestion I would have made is that the rear skeleton face could be made a little more alien. I would have liked to have seen it in a more atypical skull version of an Area 51 'grey', with the bulging dome head and pointy eyes, just to make it a little more spacey
Posted 31 December 2009 - 12:41 AM
Posted 31 December 2009 - 09:47 AM
The skull on the stern looks really mean and dangerous
About the story, I really wonder how you made that up. Did you just start writing and this story came out? It's a bit a weird story, but I enjoyed reading it
Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:17 AM
I like telling/writing stories and I think story telling goes hand-in-hand with many MOCs. My personal favourite is the Dwarf one.
Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:44 PM
Typo of course!
Although you might want to already start preparing your entry for the PTV 3 contest, since I am quite certain there will be prizes for the Staff division then !
Posted 05 January 2010 - 12:16 AM
I would like to have a closer look at that figure-head.
It is a very good looking Sci Fi Pirates ship. Could work very well with new storys, and new crew as well.
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