Hey, Sean. You said I should go ahead and send you this stuff to think about, so here goes.
First up: The IF-800 Sith Starfighter:
Length: 10.5 meters
Maximum Speed (Atmosphere): 1,250 km/h
- Laser Cannons (2)
- Concussion Missile Tube (1 Launcher with magazine of 6 missiles)
Crew: 1 (Pilot)
Cargo Capacity: 50 kg
Consumables: 1 day
Life Support: Minimal, pilot requires spacesuit
The first IF-800s began seeing usage with the Sith fleets in 2145, coming out of the captured Druckenwell Shipyards. Although Republic raids have occasionally caused breaks in the supply chain, the IF-800s have begun to fill many of the fighter roles throughout the Sith fleets. Armed with both missiles and lasers, as well as being relatively solid of construction, the IF-800 is a versatile fighter.
The IF-800 is the main Sith fighter craft. It’s meant to look mean, but not in a crazy way. As noted, it seats only one in the cockpit, and is armed with a pair of lasers (one to each side of the cockpit), and a single missile launcher, which I’ve assumed is located beneath the cockpit, though that can be negotiable if you think other places would be better. Preferably, while still being just a fighter craft, it should probably not look like it’ll fall apart with the first hit.
Then we have the IN-900 Sith Interceptor:
Length: 6 meters
Maximum Speed (Atmosphere): 1400 km/h
- Laser Cannons (3)
Crew: 1 (Pilot)
Cargo Capacity: 20kg
Consumables: 1 day
Life Support: Minimal, requires spacesuit
The IN-900 is the newest Fast Interceptor vessel to enter usage in the Sith fleets, having only arrived in 2150 ATC. It has thus far proven to be a fast, nimble, incredibly dangerous fighter which, while packing less overall punch than the IF-800, is able to deliver it nearly anywhere on the battlefield in short order.
You may notice, the IN-900 is a significantly smaller class of fighter, designed to be light, fast, and maneuverable above just about all else. It packs three laser cannons, which I thought may be arranged as the two lasers and one missile launcher were on the IF-800, though I don’t have any real opinions about it. I originally thought this might look like a stripped-down version of the IF-800, but it is pretty notably smaller, so I’m not quite sure.
After that is the IA-600 Sith Assault Fighter:
Length: 16 meters
Maximum Speed (Atmosphere): 950 km/h
- Laser Cannons (2)
- Proton Torpedo Launchers (2) [5 torpedoes each]
- Rear-Mounted Twin-Laser Turret (1)
- Bomb Port [loaded with 6 proton bombs or 4 orbital mines]
Crew: 2 (Pilot & Gunner)
Minimum Crew: 1 (Pilot)
Passengers: 1 (if no Gunner)
Cargo Capacity: 100kg
Consumables: 3 days (assuming 2 occupants)
Life Support: Minimal, but does not require spacesuits
The IA-600 is a newer addition to the Sith Navy, having been turned out just recently at the Druckenwell Shipyards. It is a solidly-built craft which is capable of delivering immense damage to enemy frigates and cruisers. While it is capable of defending itself, it is normally fielded with fighter cover, due to its relative lack of speed and maneuverability.
The pilot and gunner are seated back-to-back, with the gunner controlling the rear turret and bomb port. If no gunner is present, these functions can be controlled by the pilot, or the turret may be automated—though its IFF function has a less-than-stellar track record.
Aside from the pilot and gunner being back-to-back, I didn’t have much else planned for this, appearance-wise. It is still a fighter (even if it is halfway to a bomber), and should probably retain a fair bit of that look, although it’s significantly larger and just generally heavier-built than the IF-800. I suppose I expect the lasers to be mounted to either side, with the two torpedo tubes side-by-side under the cockpit, but nearly any arrangement could work.
The last of the fighter-sized craft is the IB-300 Sith Bomber:
Length: 21.5 meters
Maximum Speed (Atmosphere): 800 km/h
- Quad-Laser Turrets (2 – fore and aft)
- Concussion Missile Launchers (2 – fore) [20 missiles each]
- Bomb Ports (2) [loaded with 20 proton bombs or 15 orbital mines each]
Crew: 4 (Pilot, Bombadier, 2 Gunners)
Minimum Crew: 2 (Pilot and Bombadier)
Cargo Capacity: 150kg
Consumables: 1 week
Life Support: Minimal, does not require a spacesuit
The IB-300 was released concurrently with the IF-800, and suffered from many of the same initial problems with the first production runs, as far as reliability. Successive production runs have significantly improved their reliability, and made them very dangerous bombers for the Sith Navy.
With a significant missile load, as well as a large quantity of ordnance to drop on enemy sites, the IB-300 has become indispensable to the Sith war effort in recent years.
This one I’d expect to be fairly different from the others, as it is strictly a bomber. It’s not intended to be agile in any meaningful way, and while it will likely share a number of design traits with the IF-800, I’d expect its overall appearance to be significantly different. The Quad-laser turrets I see primarily as ball-turrets, giving them maximum mobility, as each turret is responsible for covering as much of the ship as possible. In addition, the two missile packs may be bulky enough to stand out (or not, depending what you think is best). Oh, and if you think this would work better as a craft that’s wider than it is long, go for it, and you can ignore the length in that case (I’ll work out something different based on your pic if you go that route).
For reference, have some pictures of other Sith craft. Maybe you can find some design elements you like.
The one other thing is the Cruiser/Carrier that some of those craft may be fielded out of. It’s the Lanvarok-class Cruiser:
Length: 380 meters
Maximum Speed (Atmosphere): 1000 km/h
Hyperdrive Rating: Class 3.5
Navigation System: Advanced Navicomputer
- Heavy Dual Turbolaser Cannons (10)
- Turbolaser Batteries (10)
- Heavy Ion Cannons (8)
- Point-Defense Laser Turrets (20)
- Tractor Beam Projectors (2)
- 2.5 Starfighter Squadrons (30)
- 2 Shuttles
Minimum Crew: 385
Cargo Capacity: 7000 tons
Consumables: 2 years
History: The Lanvarok-class is a recent addition to the Sith fleets, having been in service since only about 2139 ATC. The Lanvarok-class (otherwise known as the IX-8300) was designed to be a stand-alone cruiser. It packs enough punch on its own to trade blows with a Republic battleship, with a spread of lasers to keep fighters off of it. In addition, the Lanvarok-class usually fields two squadrons of Starfighters, and a half squadron of Bombers or Assault Starfighters.
The Lanvarok-class is designed to move swiftly through hyperspace, even by tighter and less-traveled routes, so that it can strike where it is least expected. When a Lanvarok-class arrives, it is swift and destructive, excelling at hit-and-fade strikes, though able to stand up to extended combat with a good commander.
Although it has normally been used as an independent cruiser, the Lanvarok-class also makes a formidable addition to any fleet action, with its strong complement of fighters and powerful array of turbolasers.
Alright. This one, I have a fairly specific idea about what it looks like:
While this is a wrist-mounted device, I hope you can see where I see the Cruiser in it. The right-most section is the engines and the forward-facing hangar. The handle on the left extends down in a solid segment (I’m thinking rounded, with kind of a downward-pointing wedge shape, but I’m not entirely set on anything). Basically, starting from this basic shape, I’m hoping you can work out a cruiser/carrier to strike fear into the heart of the Republic. To give you a (very rough) idea what I’m thinking, one final image:
Note, this is not to exclude the shapes already on the top of the thing. I actually rather like them on the average, and think they fit with the look of a cruiser. It’s just a rough edging of what I was vaguely thinking about; though I don’t much like how the bow of the ship came out.