You may have noticed, but I find mythology a fascinating source of names for my various LEGO spaceships and mechs and rovers and whatnot. And this small starship is no different, being named the Gyges-class cruiser.
The Ring of Gyges was a magical artifact from Greek mythology, mentioned by Plato in his Republic. Purportedly owned by King Gyges of Lydia, a Greek colonial province in what is now mainland Turkey, the ring granted the power of invisibility, much like Tolkien’s One Ring did.
Given its ring-shaped drive section, it almost had to be named after some kind of mythological or fictional ring or other. Nazgul-class would work for a Blacktron vessel, but this one is in Classic Space colours, and it just doesn’t work. It was almost Nibelung-class, or Avebury-class after the British stone circle that was constructed contemporary with the Great Pyramid. I suppose the main hull of the ship is even somewhat menhir-shaped, so that would have worked quite well.
However, I seem to have formed a connection in my mind between Classic Space designs and Greco-Roman mythological names; somehow they just seem right, you know? Ergo, Gyges.
I confess to being a bit of a sucker for both ring-shaped drive sections and for vertically-oriented ships, and this is both. The Vulcan cruisers from Star Trek: Enterprise were some of the most stunningly unique vessels produced by that entire franchise, and I loved them, especially the ring-shaped warp drive unit. It made me wonder why humans had kept on producing ships with nacelle designs, if the Vulcan ring drives were capable of such superior performance. Still, this being Trek it would have been the height of weirdness if the archetypal Federation saucer-and-nacelles design were Vulcan in origin and the humans produced very different-looking ships…
The oval ring section rather reminds me of the Odyssey, heroic starship of the awesome 1980s Greek-mythology-in-space cartoon TV series Ulysses 31, except turned on its side. The rest of the ship is very different, though; more like Star Wars’ Jedi Starfighters with their hyperdrive rings. If there are other ring-shaped starships or starships with ring-shaped drive sections out there, I’d be interested to see them. Like I said, I’m a sucker for their implicit coolness.
Gyges is probably about the same length as a World War 2 cruiser or battleship if it were Real Life, with the trans red studs all around the ring representing the stardrive. I’m suspecting it uses something like a point-to-point artificial wormhole generator or similar; mostly because most of the sci-fi I’m familiar with uses something else: Star Trek has its warp drive; Star Wars and Babylon 5 utilise hyperspace; Stargate SG-1 used point-to-point gates, and Halo has some kind of foldspace, if I recall correctly. Using wormholes as stardrives sounds both plausible and uncommon, so it’s recommended on at least two counts.
I have no idea whether it’s even armed. The only obvious weapon candidates are the bar projections on the ring section and the twin cannonlike attachments on the sides of the main hull, but I’m thinking the bar projections around the ring are concerned with the wormhole drive’s functionality, and the “cannons” on the main hull just seem more like some sort of sensors or probe launcher. Probably it has at least defensive lasers, but I expect they’re too small to see at this scale.