E-Wing (Series III)

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Jon Allen
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E-Wing (Series III)

Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:52 pm

I had been thinking playing around with starship design lately in my free moments. I asked if we could have an "Engineer Guild forum to post community designs just for fun. I'm not sure that's going to happen, haven't heard anything, so I figured I would post this here. Enjoy.

The art that somewhat served as an original inspiration to the design can be found here. Credit to BrandxO the artist who "reimagined" the E-Wing.

http://www.deviantart.com/art/E-Wing-Es ... -138229616

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Re: E-Wing (Series III)

Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:41 pm

I've seen that image before, it's pretty awesome.

It's interesting, I wouldn't have thought to go with a 2 seater. I don't see anything that makes it specifically unbalanced, although it will be interesting to see a droid, a pilot and an SO sharing the work load. I would just say 'uses astromech droid' since the different models hold different numbers of coordinates.

18 torpedoes? This is one of the things that pisses me off about starwars... The normal X-wing had two launchers that each held 3 torpedoes. The AC4 bumped that up to 4 torpedoes each. I think one of the XJ's added another launcher with 4 more torpedoes. And yet somehow the E-wing has 16 normally. Freaking insane!

But anyway, a bump of 2 torps and some range doesn't seem like a problem either.
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Re: E-Wing (Series III)

Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:47 pm

I didn't mean to bump the warhead complement up, that's a typo, I meant 16, which to my mind is plenty. But yeah I hear the gist of your point.

I got intrigued by the 2 seater roleplaying possibilities. Most 2 seaters in Star Wars are some kind of bomber. I've always liked 2 seater fighters and always thought it would be fun to roleplay in one. Probably goes all the way back to watching Top Gun as a kid. :)

What brought this on was, first the new E-Wing art that I stumbled across online, which just caught my imagination. And then learning via wookiepedia that in canon, we get up to a Series IV E-Wing at some point. But at no point have stats been produced in any game for anything but the original (plus the Type A/B jury rig variant). It just gets ignored and bypassed. So I thought..."what might those stats look like?" Even if you assume that the Series IV is a single seat fighter with a lot in common with the original E-Wing, it doesn't mean there couldn't have been some interim model E-Wing that departed from that in some big way.

Plus I feel like the E-Wing doesn't get appreciated enough (the original canon art didn't do it many favors, nor is it very consistent) but on top of that, its a very misunderstood bird. The more you study the E-Wing, the more you realize its trying really hard to be akin to the real life F/A-18 Hornet, or an F-15E Strike Eagle. Its a great fighter in terms of speed/maneuverability, but also has the warhead complement to be an attack craft, to attack capital ships in space or bomb targets on the ground, it also has the durability (hull) for to survive some hits on the attack run. But that latter function typically gets ignored. It gets depicted as a space superiority fighter in most SW novels, a dogfighter or escort fighter for bombers, like the X-Wing. A lot of people think of it as a competitor to the X-Wing and that's all, cut and dry. So with this variant I really wanted to say, "Look what else it can do" but even really go beyond that.

Anyway, just having fun over here in boring weekend land. :)
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Re: E-Wing (Series III)

Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:06 am

What year was this to have been produced?
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Re: E-Wing (Series III)

Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:38 am

Valid question...maybe about 15 ABY.

The Series IV is supposedly in existence by (canon) 25 ABY according to one notation I found. So some years after the introduction of the original E-Wing, but before the Series IV might have been introduced in SWC. Landing the first production date somewhere in between.
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Re: E-Wing (Series III)

Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:22 pm

I like the versatility of the Series III; it can be a jack-of-all-trades craft with the speed and firepower to keep it competitive with the newer fighters (not unlike the A-Wing Mark III). I'm a fan of the E-Wing anyway, being one of those craft that was unique to the New Republic/EU years, and yet distinctly Star Wars.
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