|ORION PIRATE RAIDER
Being a loose confederacy of thieves and pirates, The Orion Syndicate has been the scourge of the Alpha quadrant for nearly two centuries. One of the most threatening vessels in the ranks of the Syndicate is the massive Raider. Armed to the teeth, this ship is designed for ambush and attack of freighters and cargo ships and offensive strikes into Federation shipyards. Capable of taking on most other ships even when outnumbered, the Raider a true threat to Federation commerce.
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This Raider is one of my favorite kinds of bashes; a ship made out of tons of tough-to-use, garbage box materials. Three main sections of the Star Wars Federation Tanks, modified to remove the weapons turrets and blend the joints of the three identical sections, are assembled in triangular formation. A triangular, thick piece of styrene acts as a center support to hold the three arm/blocks in place and form a floor for the core column to attach to. Miscellaneous greeblies and cannon parts were used to create the transitional spaces between the three arm/blocks, creating the matter collectors and weapons. Each of the arm tips was modified to created the cargo door arch, and to add weapons and a weapon armor shield. Inside of the arms, in the triangular center of the trio, a large greeblie piece from a Star Wars kit blends the block in to the center core. Sets of three identical greeblies for vents and other details ring the central floor. The central column is from the B5 kit, greebled with tons of extra parts. It's attached to the scratchbuilt Command Spearhead and has three struts from a "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" Flying Sub, stabilizing it. The dome base is from a Perry Rhodan Space Ship Sol kit. The cone is scratchbuilt from flexed styrene, about .30 thick, with greebles for the B5 kit and ribbed styrene that forms the shield emitters. Three of the vent tubes that come with the SW Tank form the triad of deflectors at the tip. The deflector crystals are rhinestones from some other project (the starfield wall treatment in my studio).
The paint scheme started with basecoating the ship a sand- colored paint, then a Metallic Burgundy. A slightly redder shade was used for the aztecing, and a flat rust was used as an accent color. Metallic Jet Exhaust was used for the ribbed and gridded shield emitters, with Steel for the grid lines. The engine plasma bubbles are Metallic Stoplight Yellow, layered on over and over again,( with seven layers of glittering orange paint) creating really nice life and depth. Gunship Grey was used for the Cargo Arm armatures, and flat black was used as an accent, and to age the ship...with exhaust markings around vents, and weapons damage on the outer surface of the ship. It was sealed with a semigloss...and hangs so that one arm is at the top, in classic Raiding posture. A great result from a box of leftovers.
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