New Orleans Class

The New Orleans class is the kind of ship you'd expect Starfleet to have in spades, not for exploration, but for defense. For every lofty id...

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The New Orleans class is the kind of ship you'd expect Starfleet to have in spades, not for exploration, but for defense. For every lofty ideal embodied in the Ambassador class or the Galaxy class, there's an equal need for a "workhorse" design, beyond the tried-and-true Miranda class and the more advanced "mustang" ships such as the Akira class. In other words, the New Orleans class fills a gap that, for some reason, the DS9 producers preferred to give to the Miranda class. (Which actually makes sense if you think about it-- concentrated wings of exclusively New Orleans class ships would probably have made these 'tough little ships' prime targets for the Dominion.)

At any rate, our very own Cyberash has put together a very well done model of the New Orleans class starship for your use in Armada II. While some details (such as the forward-facing-only torpedo launchers) aren't echoed in other models, others (like the lighting, especially on the lower saucer-- some fine work there) actually give this class a more stately bearing and a finer appearance than one might think it worth. However, if you want the "continuing mission", the price is eternal vigilance. And Ash's New Orleans class model looks more than capable in that regard.

The only disappointment to be had here is that the .ODF and .SOD files, along with the textures, are all that's included. It's unfortunate that, in a ship with so many of the fine details included, the mod doesn't follow suit. You'll need to find your own build button, wireframe and admiral's log pic for this one, unfortunately. Of course, the other side of it is that you've probably already got this ship in your game (I know I do-- lots of fun to use in attack walls), but if you don't, you have some digging into other mods to do in order to find those important components.

Love this class or hate it but download this model of it and enjoy.

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Federation New Orleans Class Frigate
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Original Model Concept: Ed Miarecki

Oriignal Mesh Creation: Red Dragon
Original Mesh Textures: Red Dragon

Conversion of Mesh: Tycoon (this would be me)
- restructure of mesh groups (mesh groups were out of alignment)
- Poly Reduction of Mesh
- converted from .3DS to .SOD 

Texture Modifications: Tycoon (this would be me)
- reduced texture sets (combined original texture sets for A2 friendly use)
- recreation of hull texture (original was low resolution, I remade it at a higher resolution)
- reworked lightmaps

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Files Included:
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.TXT File(s) x1
.JPG File(s) x3
.ODF File(s) x1
.SOD File(s) x1
.TGA File(s) x4

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Authors Notes:
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* The poly count for this model stands at 2504.
* There are four 512x512 texture sets for use with this model.

* Users of this file / ship will have to add it into the game themselves.
* This file is without the game essentials. Build Buttons, Wireframes, Admirals Log Image are not included.
* sprites and tech tree allocations have not been done either. Users will have to complete this themselves. 

* Ask if you'd like to use this in a project. I'd rather people not assume they can do as they please.

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Contact Details:
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Name: Ashley "Tycoon" Stephens
E-mail: ash87uk@hotmail.com

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