First ship commission by
, highly recommended to me by *Shimmering-Sword
. All credit goes to Ostavia in regards for this beautiful redesign/concept of the airships in my world.
Nation: Republic of Arcadia, Arcadian Republic Ship (ARS)
Role: Flagship, Flying Fortress, Armored Airborne Assault Ship
Unique Features: Multiple gun batteries, multiple heavy turrets (one of the few ships the Republic opts for triple turret), excessively large and armored, airborne assault decks (for boarding)
Currently BrotherOstavia is working and helping get the 'look' and 'feel' of the airships in my world. Pictured above is the Flagship of the Republic of Arcadia, the A.R.S. Red Liberty (Arcadian Republic Ship), the only Dreadnought class warship fielded by the Republic. The mainstay of the Republic Legion fleets are cruisers and battlecruisers, with primary defensive operations or critical offensive missions then being tasked with a battleship as a command and control ship. A Dreadnought however is roughly anyway between 3 to 5 times larger than a battleship, but mounts similar guns (it's essentially an over-sized, heavily armored battleship with just more guns). Most nations only field one or two of them, due to how expensive they are to maintain and their significant crew compliments (as well as there are very few docks in the world that can handle such a behemoth).
The Dreadnought Red Liberty is an ancient warship that has been with the Republic since the discovery of steam power. Upgraded and retrofitted countless times over the course of its varied career, the Red Liberty is primarily tasked with defending the Twin City of Tek'ron, also known as the Citadel of the North Watch and commonly also referred to as the Fortress Monastery. While its sister city Tel'ron is defended by the Harbor fleet and the famed, signature harbor gun towers of the city, Tek'ron is a massive city dug into the side of the Northern Mountains near where the Great River flows from. Tek'ron has the only dock capable of berthing the Dreadnought (though Tel'ron is able to service her in a pinch by sea-centric methods) and thus is the reason this principal ship is always seen patrolling the skies over the single religious institution in the entirety of the Republic.
Important features of the ship include but are not limited to the following:
The famed SPQA Seal, crafted and mounted during the ship's initial christening (Senatus Populusque Arcadia, or the Senate and People of Arcadia) can clearly be seen on the armored bow of the ship.
The massive landing platform (located forward of the ship) doubles as an assault staging area in the event the Dreadnought is actually able to get close to an opponent who survives its withering fire to be boarded by several hundred airborne Legionnaires.
Top deck turrets - Primary long range armament, important to note that the rarely used tri-barrel turrets are employed on the Red Liberty for firepower, as dual-barrel turrets are usually the norm for Arcadian Republic ships.
Anti-air gun racks (secondary guns on top deck, second weapon rack on the lower side of the hull) - Quad mounted heavy machine guns, they serve to protect the ship from enemy fighters and bombers from above or below, and can be used to deadly effect in close-quarters combat with other enemy airships for nasty secondary broadsides.
Secondary gun-mounts (located upper row, side of hull; also chaser guns on bow) - The equivalent of a light cruiser's primary armament, the dual-barreled 5-inch guns provide extremely nasty point blank fire against enemy ships, as well as doubling up as dual-purpose guns to fire flak shells at enemy fighter formations.
'Armored Blimp' and Steam-exhaust pipes - The armored blimp assists the ship in staying afloat besides its powerful engines and other 'steampunk' like technology utilized by the factions of my world. The massive exhaust pipes and smoke stacks can be seen going to work to power this massive monster of a ship. The reference ship in the lower portion of the drawing is indicative of a cruiser (which is roughly half the size of a normal battleship).