Babylon 5 – Battle (Part 1)

Along with some smaller ships a «Narn Starcruiser» is passing a jumpgate. This handsome ship is big and cumbersome but it does have some very powerful weapons. It is over 1 km long, 500 m wide but since the ship is so big 'it corners like a slug'. It has at least a thousand crew members and its weaponry is mine-launchers, missile launchers and beam weapons and any and 'all guns the Narns can get their hands on'. It also carries many «Frazi Fighters» on board. The Starcruiser is equipped with a jump-point generator but there is no artificial gravity.

Then suddenly a «Shadow Battleship» is showing up. These resemble huge scary spiders with ten spines protruding from each side. They are as powerful as the «Vorlon Fighters» and can also shoot a deadly slicer beam. They also have something called a «Hyperwave Disrupter» (according to Voltaire). They measure approximately one kilometer from spine tip to spine tip and are extremely maneuverable. They're black of course, not just any old black, but 'deep black'. The pilot is in there 'permanently', I'm not sure if he/she is a volunteer, but they are 'not' Shadows. Like the Vorlon ships, they are made of an organic material. If damaged the ship can act like a wounded animal. To augment the main weapon, there is a complement of grubby little fighters. Instead of relying on jumpgates, Shadow vessels can phase into and out of normal space. The Shadow propulsion system can be detected since it leaves a tell-tale trail of neutrino emissions. This is a really sexy spaceship, a gangly, but very graceful looking and smooth. By the way, if you touch this skin of a Shadow Battlecruiser you will die. Useful for stopping joyriders don't you think?

This first part of the Babylon 5 battle animation was rendered on a 68040/25-PPC603e/166 Amiga A1200 with 'LightWave'.

Artist: © Pápai Lajos, 1999

Dimension: 320 x 240

Colors: 262'144 HAM-8

Frames: 345

Type: ANIM-7

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