Post by AtomHeartDragon on Feb 20, 2018 19:02:59 GMT
Allow us an option (an armour toggle, weapon-like spacer, whatever) to retain pointy nose while mounting fixed, forward firing weapons. Guns, of all sorts could have armour ports of just sufficient size open through the tip of the cone itself or, if offset, the slope (I generally avoid using non-offset spinal guns), while bigger stuff, like blast launchers could use blown-off hull panels.
You can reduce flatness with small modules or spacers nudged outwards and then carefully positioned along the axis, but it's hackish and doesn't eliminate flatness completely.
Post by AtomHeartDragon on Mar 8, 2018 18:31:40 GMT
Any gun will cause at least enough flatness to fit the barrel + 2x armour thickness of the ship. Bigger gun = more flatness. More armour = more flatness. Spaced armour = more flatness. More guns = more flatness. Offset guns = more flatness. blast launchers = hideous amount of flatness. All of the above = giant bullseye on the front.
Meanwhile, all I want is to put a nice cone of armour (with openings where necessary) over this crippling bullseye and, yes, I'm willing to pay the mass penalty, just let me.
Post by AtomHeartDragon on Apr 6, 2018 18:50:22 GMT
To anyone wanting pointier nose, I recommend radially offset longtitudinal spacers. It is often possible to poke them beside or between (don't have massive spinal clusters - either offset them radially, or split them into multiple rings with small central group) spinal cannons for a nicer, pointier nose.
At the time of writing it "pointier" generally meant "somewhat rounded", but it turns out the technique can be used for a completely pointy nose a lot of the time - see below.
Kind of a necro, but does this work with weapons that are more than 25% (preferably over 50%!) of the ship's length?
I will need to check, I have a couple of those lying about (long enough to make clustering almost all modules around them the only sensible solution). The main problem might be weapon's thickness as beam deflection is a bitch with very long weapons.
In any case, you should be able to make your nose pointier than the usual flat face.