Darkening Skies

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Darkening Skies

Written by Spartan Chris | Tags: ,

The Covenant of Antarctica rebelled from the paths of other nations, striking out to pursue their own destiny through the application of reason and science. In the barren snowfields of Antarctica this fledgling race has built incredible weapons of war which roll forth to wage war. Machines of stunning ingenuity, the coastal waters are filled with vessels whose craftsmanship is only matched by their capacity for destruction.

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Top)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Top)

The skies are blackened by shadows of monstrous size, the shadows of machines that defy gravity and reason with the same indomitable force that brings life to the nation state of Antarctica – Technology.

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Front)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Front)

It is with subtle irony that the Epicurus Class Sky Fortress is named for a man devoted to attaining a state free of fear, in peace and tranquillity, when this monster sows nothing but death and mayhem. In the end that is the purpose of the Covenant, and this vessel, along with all their machines of war, is but a means to that end. The entire vessel, however, is a unique twist on the carrier concept. Instead of an open deck, the Covenant’s unmanned drone fighters are shot, rather than launched into the fray, from the monstrous turret atop this strange ship, with rows upon rows of spare drones ready to be fed into the barrel. But this isn’t merely a launch vessel, its broadsides and turrets will make quick work of the enemy, and in the event that is not enough, there are plenty of spare drones ready for an all too short flight, their propulsion systems and volatile fuel making for an effective warhead.

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Underside)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Underside)

Designing this beast was quite a task, all the other sky fortresses took different directions to what a flying carrier should be, making one for the already radically different Covenant of Antarctica took a special kind of difference. The two flyers the Covenant already have evolved nicely in design going from something more ship shape to something more abstract. The Sky Fortress took a page from the crab walker in style with its main turrets under-slung to give room for the massive lunch turret. It was a lot of fun and a tricky task to make this monster into what it is today but anything that had a turret that shoots fighters was going to be an opportunity to relish.

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Underside)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Underside)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Top)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Top)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Side)

Covenant of Antarctica - Epicurus Class Sky Fortress (Side)