I.C.A. Panther, the lead ship of her class (prior to the Battle of Storm Pike).
Commission illustration by :devlorddoomhammer.
Nation: The Imperial Central Authority of Man, Reichland origin
Class: Heavy Cruiser
Role: Anti-ship, heavy escort
Unique Features: Forward-mounted primary weapons
Illustrated above is the ubiquitous Panther-class heavy cruiser. Originating from the Reichland region of the Imperial Central Authority, this ship was crafted as a 'pursuit' ship to chase after fleeing pirates and rebels that should threaten their trade routes. This ship is based off the Tone-class Japanse cruisers of WW2.
Her most unique (and visually distinguishing) feature is that all her heavy guns are located on the bow of the ship, serving as a 'chaser' or a battle engagement initiator - being able to fire her full complement of guns without having to go broadside. Unlike armored cruisers, heavy cruisers are equipped with an adequate anti-air capabilities suite. While not as impressive as a dedicated light cruiser, heavy cruisers serve as the perfect all-round mainstay ship of any taskforce or fleet.
The Panther-class is armed with twelve triple 8-inch guns (forward), four twin 5-inch gun turrets in shielded mountings (2 per side, center), and twelve MG3 machine guns (6 per side).