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“Vornyx” – A new breed of Starfighter (Lord_S_Gray and FT)

Hello everybody hope you’re all doing well. As promised I have another Lord_S_Gray collaboration in the shape of a new starfighter to accompany his Star Destroyer I posted last week. Click here to check it out > https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2020/08/29/destroyer-a-new-breed-of-star-destroyer-by-lsg-and-for-tyeth/ . The Aetherean battleship needed some fighter escort protection and LSG asked if I could muster up a design based on his description. I accepted the request as I figured it would be fun to build a fighter that had a similar look to it’s mothership and I have sorta caught the shipbuilding bug. I got LSG to send me a design brief and a sketch or two and here was his initial idea…

I am an avid aviation fan having attended many airshows of your military and civilian earth planes and I had an idea as soon as I saw this shape and the idea was named “Have Blue”. Have Blue was the codename that the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed gave to the world famous Stealth Fighter or F-117. And as you may know the F-117 has a very distinct shape and outline which almost mirrors LSG’s diagram! Here is a schematic courtesy of Wikipedia…

This plane looks like it came from outer space (or a galaxy far…far away!) and if you “clip” the wings a little you can see the “Diamond” shape from LSG’s sketch. So I went with the idea of making a Stealth Starfighter. Here are a few pics…

This was the design I came up with. It appears slightly shorter than the sketch but that is a bit of an optical illusion. The design however does have the Maser (Aetherean technology equivalent to a laser) cannons on the leading edge of the fuselage and it has twin self defense turrets on the upper rear surface panels. I did have a version with a turret on the underside but the 3D model file was lost in one of my laptop glitches. However, the underside of this fighter still has some interesting features I’ll show later. The fuselage and body panels were again achieved by using the “Discombobulator” function but I turned the settings down so I didn’t have multiple layers of panels, just one or two layers to hint at the structure. This ship is meant to be sleek and any parts that stick out would cause it to be visible to sensor sweeps, so I tucked as much of the details away. This leads me to the underbelly and the “hidden” features….

In these images you can clearly see the “stretched diamond” shape of the fighter along with two retractable landing gear skids and two very distinct launch tube channels for the homing missiles! Yes this ship is packing serious offensive weapons as well as the defensive turrets. I modelled a basic “Space to Space” missile similar to the famous Sidewinder missiles used by earth aircraft. You can make out the control fins and the purple “seeker sensor” in the nose cones. The red chevrons are electro magnetic propulsors to help launch the missiles (a bit like the steam catapults on aircraft carriers).

I showed LSG my initial build and after a few exchanges this was the final model and it was time to take this fighter out and put it through it’s paces. Here are a couple of galleries showing the ship from different angles and environments during test flights…

The ship handled well in the atmosphere of a planet and flew well interstellar around regular space. It even flew nicely in a nebula or two! But as the Star Destroyer last week had Hyperdrive then I felt this Starfighter needed to keep up so I installed a Hyperdrive unit to this ship too….looks pretty in the wormhole….

The Vornyx Fighter passed it’s test and trial flights with flying colours I’m pleased to say and LSG approved. This was fun to build and there is still room for me to make improvements – so I will be making some updates. Whilst photographing the Vornyx and Destroyer I discovered that while I concentrated on how it looked outside….they actually looked interesting inside! So one of the updates will be a cockpit for the Vornyx with control panels and for the Destroyer I will add some models of military equipment inside it’s hull. Here is a slideshow of a mix of pictures including two “interior” shots that will get updated….

Oh yes! I forgot to mention this fighter has gone into production and I have a Squadron of Vornyx ships! (Sorry I haven’t worked out a pluralised version of the name yet😁). And with that I am just about ready to fly home to my Destroyer knowing LSG has a very capable fighter to defend his fleet. Thanks Lord_S_Gray for allowing me to build this for you.

Thank you so much for checking this new Interceptor out and for all the fantastic support over the past four years (I passed my 4 year Blogaversary earlier this week). You are all very much appreciated whether a first time visitor or one the regular crowd, thank you. I hope you will return to see future posts as I have a few more Star Wars Rebels inspired hilts and I have a rather nice arrow design from Guardians of the Galaxy! Till next time….

“Vornyx Foghter” is a Lord_S_Gray and For Tyeth Editions collaboration and is ©Copyright of Lord_S_Gray and For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. The F-117 Stealth Fighter is Trademark/©Copyright of Lockheed Martin Industries – Schematic image via Wikipedia.

“Destroyer” A new breed of Star Destroyer by LSG and For Tyeth

Hello Everybody (just) and welcome to something a bit different. Again I am having issues and have had to borrow a laptop to produce this post. My troublesome machine has finally died after suffering an update from Microsoft that caused the hard drive to heat up and as a result triggered the cooling fan – destroying the fan. But….I have some good news, I saved a few things to the cloud including this new starship design!

A good friend of mine, Lord_S_Gray (I’ll refer to him as LSG from now on) from the Ultrasabers’ forum asked me to help with his fanfiction story he was writing and come up with a design (and some pictures) for a new Star Destroyer. (You can read his story here: http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=44181.0) The ship was for a race known as the Aethereans and LSG sent me a brief and a diagram of roughly what he wanted. The drawing looked like this!…

As hard as LSG might have worked to give me these details, there wasn’t a lot to go on and as this was the first “large scale” build (or ship) I had built I thought I was in trouble. However LSG did say that I should use my initiative and if something didn’t work or sit right then I could do what I felt fit better. One of the my first efforts looked like this….

I built the model with a Forecastle type structure and Bridge section, whilst adding a few “lighted windows”. But my favourite part was actually the “plating” on the hull. I accomplished this using the “Discombobulator” feature built into Blender, which Neil from https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/ introduced me to – thanks Neil it worked a treat here. However this ship wasn’t quite how LSG envisaged and asked if I could redesign the superstructure and remove the Bridge “bow tie”. He also asked if I could add a plethora of gun turrets. So I went back to work. I found a picture of the type of rifle that was used in the time and location where LSG’s story is set and thought “I could scale this blaster up and use four of them in a turret!” So this is what I came up with…

I came up with a basic turret with just enough details to make it interesting when viewed close up but not too complex so I could clone it and use many iterations of it in various places on the main model. My headaches really started with redesigning the superstructure. To make things easier on my old laptop I merged parts together so there was less individual bits to be processed when I moved the model for photos etc. The problem? I had to dismantle this solid block and rebuild it without the upper decks and bridge. There was a silver lining though because as a result of reshaping the hull I found places where I could mount the turrets and I incorporated TWO storage hangar bays and a “Launching Bay” in the belly of the ship. Anyhoo here is a gallery of shots from various angles around the rebuilt destroyer…

I found a couple of nice nesting locations to put two turrets to defend the aft quarters of the ship and had two rows of turrets running from bow to stern which provides a wall of firepower along each side of the ship. These were also mirrored on the lower surfaces of the hull too. This thing is armed to the teeth! You will also see the “Launch Bay” and launch tube on the underside of the ship illuminated by the red chevrons.

Now this ship needed to be trialled in various conditions and locations so I took it for a spin around the galaxy and as always had some photos taken…here’s a few more snapshots…

The ship seemed to handle well and all the lights lit up so now I wanted to stretch the legs of this new Destroyer…it would be fairly ulseless if this ship couldn’t get to trouble spots quickly so we need HYPERDRIVE! Check these pics out!…..

Wow this thing can shift…I did the Kessel Run in 11.9 Parsecs! That’s faster than the Falcon! You will have seen two of these pictures showing the storage hangars and a view from the Launch Bay and tunnel…well that would mean this ship must carry smaller ships right? You are correct and I hope to post that fighter in next week’s post. This just about wraps up this post as I am struggling with tech once more, but I have some GREAT news that has occurred this week.

My new boots have arrived from the USA and I am absolutely gobsmacked (English slang for totally amazed and lost for words) at how gorgeous these things are! They arrived bang on time as estimated and what an experience when I opened them up and tried them on for the first time. They fit like a second skin – not surprising considering all the measurements I had to send in – at one point I thought they were gonna ask for my hat size too! Anyway I hope to do a full review along with my costume but here is a sneak peek of them.

These boots are outstanding and that new Jedi Boot Leather smell…Oooh! But I can’t stop and enjoy the scents I have to finish now but I’d like to thank my friend Lord_S_Gray for challenging me to build this starship – it took some to-ing and fro-ing but I think it turned out well. I also have to thank you my readers/viewers as I recently passed my fourth year Blogaversary and the 22,000 views milestone. So thanks for all the support over the years it is much appreciated and keeps me posting! I hope you will call back again and see the Vornyx Fighter to accompany this Destroyer in next week’s post. Till next time…..

“Destroyer” is a Lord_S_Gray and For Tyeth Editions design based on a vehicle in Lord_S_Gray’s fan-fiction story posted on Ultrasaber’s Forum – SaberForum.com. The design, 3D model and renders are ©Copyright of Lord_S_Gray and For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020.