A picture is worth a 1,000 words …

So, hello again. I have recently decided I seriously want to get some concept art, at least for the Kodiak itself. That would be the Ultra-capacitor Radiographic Strategic Assault Gunship (URSA GS-I), which is piloted by Abel Cain in my novel, Kodiak. This decision led me to thinking about how I could convey what I was looking for. In my mind I sort of picture some similarities to the ship from Prometheus, that prequel (not prequel) to Alien. However, with a few modifications, of course, but that felt wholly inadequate to explain. So I wrote the below:

The Ultra-capacitor Radiographic Strategic Assault Gunship, or URSA GS-I, is an assault craft, slightly larger than the medium class, but not large enough to be of the large class, officially it is designated as a medium sized gunship even though the ship is at least 5 meters wider and 3 meters taller than the average medium sized ship. The ship itself is 10 meters wide, 30 meters in length, and 13 meters in height (not including landing gear or the hull anti-matter canon). The ship consists of three main decks, the Command Deck near the top of the ship, the Crew Berthing deck in the center of the ship, and the Cargo Deck at the bottom of the ship, mostly at the rear. The forward section of the bottom of the ship houses an anti-matter canon that draws directly from the ships excess power supply generated by the ship’s matter-antimatter engine which occupies the rear portion of the Crew and Command decks, located above the cargo-deck.

The URSA GS-I has four adjustable nacelles situated on either side of the ship with extenders. These can be retracted (or extended) to facilitate atmospheric re-entry, or faster than light travel. The forward nacelles are 15 meters from the front of the ship and the aft nacelles are 25 meters from the front of the ship. Each pair of nacelles, forward and aft, have a full 360 degree turn radius and can be used independently or in conjunction. The nacelles have a flattened squarish appearance and are only about 3.5 meters in width, 8 meters in height, and 8 meters in length. At the rear of the ship are three aft thrusters to provide additional forward momentum.

At either side of the cockpit, approximately 5 meters below the Transteel canopy, are dual pulse laser canons with a 180 degree rotation along the ships y-axis, while being able to fan out another 30 degrees on the z-axis. At the aft-top of the ship another pulse laser turret hard-point rests at the center of the top of the ship. This turret has a full 360 degree rotation on the z-axis of the ship and up to a 15 degree upward fan on the y-axis. At the forward prow of the ship the ship is curved like the cockpit of an airplane, however the transparent steel canopy extends from the front of the ship to 5 meters back, revealing the crew stations and captain’s seats on the command deck. In addition to the anti-matter canon and pulse laser turrets, the URSA GS-I is equipped with twenty ship to ship anti-matter warheads.

At the bisecting point of the ship, along the x-axis and along the y-axis, there are wide bands of magnetic strips. These strips are powered by the matter-antimatter engine of the URSA GS-I and facilitate the use of Titanium-Lead Aluminium shield plates. There are a total of eight shield plates that deploy from the port and starboard portions of the ship. On either side of the ship, at the prow and aft portions, these Titanium-Lead Aluminium shield plates are locked into place by the magnetic field generated by the strips at the top and sides of the gunship.

When the plates are deployed they are split into two large pieces for each section forward and aft on either side. The forward plates can be moved to protect the Transteel canopy, the areas around the anti-matter canon, or the sides of the ship. The aft plates can be adjusted to block the port side docking ring, the cargo hold, or the sides of the ship. These quantum locked plates, when not docked to the side of the gunship make no contact with the ship and are held solely in place by the magnetic phenomenon known as quantum locking.

What do you think? Does it paint a picture? I hope it paints a technical schematic in your brain versus a sort of beauty of the craft itself. I think my descriptions in the book are more adequate for the latter, but this more technical definition seemed to be what I thought an artist would need. Let me know, and until next time.



Your friendly neighborhood author,

DJ Morand

3 thoughts on “A picture is worth a 1,000 words …

  1. So overall I think I’m getting the image, however from the description the nacelles positioning is unclear to me. Does the ship have wing like extensions that put them out the distances they are listed from the ship? Or is something else doing on?

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  2. That is a good point. I pictured a sort of extension, not necessarily wings as it really is not designed as an inter-atmospheric craft, it is decidedly a space craft. So I think it would be something like this:

    The URSA GS-I has four adjustable nacelles situated on either side of the ship with extenders. These can be retracted to facilitate atmospheric re-entry, or faster than light travel. The forward nacelles …


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