Wax Not Included

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Wax Not Included

Written by Spartan Chris | Tags: ,

The Covenant of Antarctica is led by scholars and scientists, people who are students of history and myth. While the Prometheus Dreadnought is the self-appointed archetype of their philosophy, it is the Daedalus that is, it could be postulated, the truer example of their mission. Named after the mythical father of Icarus, the Daedalus is a war machine born of risk and ingenuity.

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Top)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Top)

Trying to think like a rebellious scientist when coming up with concepts for CoA vehicles is perhaps the trickiest bit of making them. The best way to do it is to avoid general conventions for military vehicles; these are ships and vessels made by men of learning, not men of war. Balancing that with a utilitarian idea of where is the optimal place for features such as bridges and turrets to go (usually where they should normally go!) and it becomes an interesting design to nail. The end result tends to be something of a hybrid between convention and invention, and that is, I believe, what gives the CoA their unique style.

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Top)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Top)

The Daedalus is a prime example of this, several standard conventions are kept to keep the firing arcs as they are intended, but features like the propulsion and levitation systems have in them some more interesting turns. I tried to capture the feel of the Callimachus’ opening mechanism on the side vectoring thrusters, as I love the notion of these massive objects folding back panels to reveal a host of strange and magnificent technologies. All told, the Daedalus is one of my favourite CoA vessels so far and I hope the other Covenant military commanders agree.

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Side)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Side)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Side)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Side)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Underside)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Underside)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Exploded)

Covenant of Antarctica - Daedalus Class Large Flyer (Exploded)