Jump to content


[MOC] Separatist Escort Starfighter


13 replies to this topic

#1 Brickscape

Brickscape

    Posts: 56
    Joined: 13-March 12
    Member: 27294

Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:13 PM

Posted Image

I created this earlier this year and it's my favorite Star Wars MOC. I'm a big fan of the Separatists and the Geonosians and wanted to do something that fit in with that design aesthetic and the Separatist Escort Starfighter was born...

Posted Image

Click here for more pics.

Background info on the starfighter:

CIS Vespex-Class Escort Starfighter

Commissioned by Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray shortly after the start of the Clone Wars and designed and built by the Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective, Vespex-class fighters serve primarily as escort vessels for Separatist shuttles and supply ships. While he would never admit it, the cowardly Viceroy wasn't willing to trust his security to droids alone as even the most advanced droids have limitations and are no match for a truly gifted pilot. Vespex fighters are usually piloted by members of an elite group of the Geonosian pilot caste but the control systems can be modified for use by other species. The fighter's weapon systems include two pairs of lasers and a pair of ion cannons. The ion cannons can be used in those instances when salvage of a valuable enemy vessel is desired (Gunray never misses an opportunity for profit). Each fighter is also equipped with an auxiliary astromech droid socket. Although they are not necessary for operation, astromechs are often employed on long duration missions to prevent pilot fatigue.

The model features a hinged canopy, folding wings, a removable and repositionable hatch for the astromech socket and a small storage compartment (accessed by removing the tail piece).

#2 JackJonespaw

JackJonespaw

  • Help Me Build Hogwarts!


    Posts: 2095
    Joined: 12-June 11
    Member: 18405
    Country: U.S.A.

Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:19 PM

Looks really nice! Sort of like the Slave I, but with smaller wings.

#3 purpleparadox

purpleparadox

    Posts: 1610
    Joined: 20-February 12
    Member: 26763
    Country: Canada

Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:34 PM

Sweet! It looks sturdy and compact, but the roundness is what really makes it stand out. The guns look great too. The astromech is a nice touch! It gives an almost Mandalorian feel but maybe that's just me. Either way, fantastic ship!

Posted Image


#4 DFOL

DFOL

    Posts: 361
    Joined: 02-April 10
    Member: 10119
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:45 PM

While any resemblance to Slave I escapes me, i do really like this little fighter! With its rounded and curvy design it would not look out of place with any of the official Seperatist fighters or starships, so i think you did a superb job at capturing the design aesthetic. :thumbup:

I can't think of any real points of critisism, but i do have some observations/ideas for you to think about:
  • The two cockpit parts leave a gap in the middle. You did quite a decent job at covering it up with cheese slopes, but have you considered filling that gap with something else, like an advanced targeting device for instance? That way you can make the gap look like its there for a purpose, instead of something that needs to be covered up.
  • It doesn't appear to be a very big craft. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but i recommend not going overboard with the features. I think even in the fictional universe of Star Wars there are probably limitations of what a power supply in such a small craft can handle in terms of weapon systems and engines.
  • Considering the above, i'd say the ion cannons may be a bit much. But they do look like they could be turned into some nice looking missiles, which would suit a fighter/interceptor craft nearly as well without draining the power supply.

Again, great job on this great little fighter! And i hope you find the observations i mentioned useful in some way.
Dutch Fan Of LEGO

#5 Admiral-Ackbar

Admiral-Ackbar

    Posts: 276
    Joined: 26-January 12
    Member: 24956
    Country: Scotland

Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:54 PM

Fantastic job on this lovely looking fighter, Brickscape! You've brilliantly captured the colour scheme of the Seperatists and also the ship has a slim but at the same time imposing look! Again good job and hope to see more soon! Posted Image
Lego:
Current favourite Minifigure: Imperial Officer (75055)
Current favourite set: Republic Gunship (75021)

Movies:
Currently playing the role of Lee, Security Guard, in Not Just a Murder Mystery
Award Winning Performances: Zachary Greenwood in Time Is Money, Earl in It Always Rains, But Sometimes its Sunny; Adam DeBlanc in Bullied 2; Mark Cowan in Key in the Door

#6 Mr Man

Mr Man

    Posts: 3684
    Joined: 01-October 10
    Member: 13561
    Country: England

Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:53 AM

I think this looks like a spaceship version of the Separatist Flicknot speeder. Very good job on it, though you may want to replace the astro droid with a Silver or Blue one.
'For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.'
Posted Image Posted Image

#7 Hartfan

Hartfan

    Posts: 329
    Joined: 21-September 09
    Member: 7523

Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:12 PM

Great MOC in my opinion. Not that big but well detailed.  :thumbup:
The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be...

#8 Brickscape

Brickscape

    Posts: 56
    Joined: 13-March 12
    Member: 27294

Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:47 PM

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! As I said, this remains the favorite of my Star Wars MOCs (and maybe of all my MOCs) and I really wanted it to look like it belonged within the Separatist family of craft (along side the Geonosian fighter and Flitknot speeder).

View PostDFOL, on 12 July 2012 - 11:45 PM, said:

  • It doesn't appear to be a very big craft. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but i recommend not going overboard with the features. I think even in the fictional universe of Star Wars there are probably limitations of what a power supply in such a small craft can handle in terms of weapon systems and engines.
  • Considering the above, i'd say the ion cannons may be a bit much. But they do look like they could be turned into some nice looking missiles, which would suit a fighter/interceptor craft nearly as well without draining the power supply.

I totally get what you're saying and here's my two cents:
  • The ion cannons are a secondary weapon system included purely for salvaging enemy vessels rather than destroying them. Each fighter's ion cannons are not hugely powerful. In the case of a large salvageable ship, the fighters are meant to act in concert to disable it.
  • Even if one wants to argue that ions cannons would be a drain no matter what (which is fine with me), that simply provides a solid weakness for this class of ship. In my opinion every ship has to have weaknesses and I'm perfectly happy with Gunray's desire for salvage creating a weakness among his escort ships. There's something a bit poetic about that.

View PostMr Man, on 13 July 2012 - 10:53 AM, said:

I think this looks like a spaceship version of the Separatist Flicknot speeder. Very good job on it, though you may want to replace the astro droid with a Silver or Blue one.

I agree that such a droid would look better with the overall color scheme but I actually wanted a droid that looked a bit more "Geonosian" in color (as the ships were designed, built and often piloted by Geonosians).

#9 DFOL

DFOL

    Posts: 361
    Joined: 02-April 10
    Member: 10119
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:15 PM

Well met! While i thoroughly enjoy the exchange of ideas and (counter)arguments about your creation, it is clear that have put a lot thought into creating a solid background story for this MOC. In a way that makes the model come "alive", and makes me appreciate it all the more for it. :sweet:
Dutch Fan Of LEGO

#10 Hollander

Hollander

    Posts: 529
    Joined: 06-May 11
    Member: 17672
    Country: Netherlands

Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:36 PM

Looks good indeed. The cockpit section looks really nice. And I'm a fan of those seperatist decals too, they add detail in a subtle way - not to mention the blue looks good at a (dark) grey background.

Edited by Hollander, 13 July 2012 - 04:44 PM.


#11 Daiman

Daiman

    Posts: 106
    Joined: 05-June 10
    Member: 11166
    Country: Australia

Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:36 PM

I absolutely love this MOC, the size of it is right up my alley and the details are at just the right ammount.
I think the canopy idea will be taken away by me and used in something later on.
I would love to see that astromech cover sliding and my mind is churning over as I type...

#12 Bob De Quatre

Bob De Quatre

  • Meanwhile in tumbleweed town...


    Posts: 2162
    Joined: 14-July 12
    Member: 29683
    Country: France

Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:13 PM

The blue and gray work well together. Love the overall shape of the ship.

I'm imagining a capital ship with lots of this small fighter emerging from the sides...

New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here

Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide


#13 ETAV8R

ETAV8R

    Posts: 298
    Joined: 08-May 11
    Member: 17717

Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:47 AM

Well done
What is the upper canopy piece from? I don't recognize it.

#14 DFOL

DFOL

    Posts: 361
    Joined: 02-April 10
    Member: 10119
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:50 PM

View PostETAV8R, on 15 July 2012 - 07:47 AM, said:

Well done
What is the upper canopy piece from? I don't recognize it.
It is this piece, tilted 90 degrees forward.
Dutch Fan Of LEGO



Reply to this topic



  


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users