(take this with a grain of salt; it's not official)
CRUISERION, ? (2) ?
MISSILE, Large (6): 60 damage ea.
ENERGY, Medium (4): 40 damage ea.
Special: Repulse Weapon
Maneuverability: very low
Max. Velocity: 280 m/s
Special Action: Repulse
Desperate wars require desperate
measures, and the development of the Archangel class dreadnought was no
exception. Even though Kiith Somtaaw was struggling valiantly, it
eventually became clear that the fleet had no answer to the Beast
version of the Taiidan Heavy Cruiser. And, while it would obviously take
another full cycle for Somtaaw to research and develop the technologies
needed to build the Hiigaran Avatar Heavy Cruiser, it was equally
obvious that there would be nothing left of Kiith Somtaaw by the time a
cycle of research could be completed!
Taking deep penetration scans of
Bentusi tradeships, Somtaaw engineers tried to duplicate the radial
binding design that give Bentusi ships their incredible durability and
energy control. The experiments were less than successful, and dozens of
engineers died as experimental alloys gave out under the incredible
pressure to which they were subjected. Finally, as losses were
threatening to push the Hiigaran fleet back into their home system,
Somtaaw engineers were able to produce a hybrid design that had some of
the durability and power of a Bentusi craft and was still manageable
with Hiigaran crews and technology.
The Archangel combines the best
attributes of the Avatar Heavy Cruiser and the Taiidani Missile
Destroyer, and shields it all in a hull of curved, bonded armor plate
that deflects more damage than it absorbs. With 4 heavy turrets backed
by 2 full missile banks, the Archangel initially had a powerful
offensive punch, but was still vulnerable to flanking maneuvers that
brought enemy fire in from the rear, where the heavy mass drivers
couldn't reach. This problem was solved rather dramatically with the
addition of two heavy ion turrets, which covered the top fore and bottom
aft firing hemispheres. Once released into active service, the Archangel
has proved devastating to Beast and Imperial forces alike, despite the
fact it takes a crack crew to keep her power systems under control.
ADVANCED ION CANNON
ARMOR LEVEL 2
"Dreadnoughts: these battleships have a repulse
cannon that makes it possible to push back units or to destroy them." - Ouare
Games review (translated, badly).
"The HW:C equivalent of the Heavy
Cruiser will have 3 different types of weapons once fully upgraded. This moving weapons
platform will be a potent ship in any battle. I can't get into any more detail at the
moment." - Mike Gyori, Barking Dog
"The HW:C answer to a hvy cruiser is
the Dreadnought. The Dreadnought has a compliment of missiles as well as cannons, though I
won't go into numbers here. It also has a third, defensive function it can upgrade to with
proper research." - Chris Stewart, Barking Dog
"This seems like a melding of the missile frigate
and the heavy cruiser from Homeworld. This behemoth carries 48 missiles in
addition to its main beam weapon, and it has a lot of hit points to spare.
Basically, this is the ship you send in to put the hurt on your main targets,
while the rest of your fleet backs this guy up or prevents anyone from killing
him." - Thierry Nguyen, Gamespot
The Repulse Weapon
creates a continuous repulse wave around the Dreadnought itself; during
the time that it is active, no ship can approach it. The weapon has a
limited charge; one it is exhausted, it takes a significant amount of
time to recharge.
(click to view the source image)