It is written “Blessed are the peacemakers”, and indeed, many a Federation freighter crew under attack by Blacktron raiders has heaped blessings upon the sudden appearance of one of these Space Police cruisers.
Massing in at over eight times the size of the Blacktron Renegade, the Peacemaker is one of the largest Space Police ship classes, serving as a mobile command ship and special response unit for bringing to justice the most entrenched and powerfully-equipped offenders.
Ten powerful laser cannons constitute the Peacemaker’s main armament, arranged two forward, four in wing mountings and four in twin-mounted dorsal turrets. These laser cannons are not the typical medium-power pulse lasers of typical Federation usage, but larger and more capable beam weapons able to destroy large rogue asteroids and deal with the most heavily-equipped and armoured criminals.
The Peacemaker is fitted with four cylindrical prisoner transport pods for the transfer of prisoners back to Space Police facilities for trial. This is the same number as the Star Ranger-class Patrol Ship (forthcoming build), even though the Peacemaker is a much larger vessel and it might be expected to carry more pods.
The discrepancy is mostly due to the differing roles of the two vessel classes and the resultant differences in how they carry the pods.
The Star Ranger is a standard patrol ship used for general police use in typical enforcement environments – the “squad car” equivalent of Space Police hardware. Its pods are carried exposed in exterior mountings.
The Peacemaker, however, is more like a heavy SWAT vehicle, and its prisoner transport pods are enclosed behind armoured bulkhead doors.
Three powerful engines propel the ship through space. These are powerful enough to require blast deflectors top and bottom, and though the Peacemaker-class is too massive to achieve the same velocities as the Shrike, it can out-accelerate most ships in its mass bracket.
The cockpit area seats a crew of eight: two pilots, and a combination of computer specialists, weapons crew and EVA specialists adding up to six.
Believe it or not, when I started building this it was only going to be about a sixth of the size of what I’ve ended up with. But as I began to build, I discovered that several of my design ideas were mutually incompatible at that scale. So I reached for my normal solution: go larger.
This build incorporates at least four- and probably six-directional SNOT building techniques – sideways, forwards, backwards and down as well as conventional upwards building (which is in the minority and mostly decorative). In particular, the main hull incorporates structural building in four directions, and I’m particularly pleased with the way the forward- and backward-built sections hold together.
There are a lot of personal first-uses here of particular brick types; most notably the ball-and-cup laser cannon mounting elements, but also several of the windshield-type elements and other pieces as well.
To echo the Shrike and provide some sense of design continuity, I adapted the curved wings of that ship for the larger Peacemaker, but there are several changes and they are not entirely the same.
I hope you like this 🙂