A joint-effort project, developed by “Quint” and Frank V Bonura. This project is based on the original “Shadows of the Empire” novel by Steve Perry published by Bantam Books. The Exterior of the ship is also based mainly on the drawings, and schematics by Doug Chiang and Troy Vigil from “Star Wars® - The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels” published by Del Rey Books.
Capsule: An elegant Surronian ship, the Conqueror-class is a less well-known but highly efficient warship. The ship has recently come into vogue among certain high-ranking officials of the Empire as a ship with sleek lines and sufficient firepower.— “Pirates & Privateers”, p. 75
Conqueror Assault Ship
— “Pirates & Privateers”, pp. 75-76
- Craft: Surronian Conqueror-class Assault Ship
- Type: Assault ship
- Scale: Starfighter
- Length: 28 meters
- Crew Skill: Space transports: Conqueror-classa assault ship
- Crew: 2, gunners: 2b, skeleton 1/+5
- Crew Skill: Varies, typically 3D-5D
- Passengers: 1
- Cargo Capacity: 25 metric tons
- Consumables: 1 month
- Cost: Not available for sale, 146,528 (new)1
- Hyperdrive Multiplier: x1.5c
- Hyperdrive Backup: x10
- Nav Computer: Yes
- Maneuverability: 2D
- Space: 7
- Atmosphere: 350; 1,000 kmh
- Hull: 4D
- Shields: 1D+2d
- Passive: 20/1D
- Scan: 35/1D+1
- Search: 80/2D+1
- Focus: 2/3D
- 2 Ion Cannons (fire-linked)
- Fire Arc:Front
- Skill: Starship gunnery
- Fire Control: 3D
- Space Range: 1-3/7/36
- Atmosphere Range: 100-300/700/3.6 km
- Damage: 4D
- Two Double Laser Cannons (fire separately)
- Fire Arc:Turret
- Crew: 1 (or from the cockpit)b
- Skill: Starship gunnery
- Fire Control: 2D (0D if fired from cockpit)
- Space Range: 1-3/12/25
- Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
- Damage: 5D
Skill: Space transports: Conqueror assault shipwas listed incorrectly on page 74 of “Pirates & Privateers”. The stat should read
Skill: Space transports: Conqueror-class assault ship.
Crew: 2, skeleton 1/+5was listed incorrectly on page 74 of “Pirates & Privateers”. The stats for the ship's two double laser cannons lists a stat for
Crew: 1 (or from the cockpit)for each cannon. Thus there is a need for two additional gunners in addition to the 2 crew members who pilot the ship. This added crew capacity has been integrated into our deckplan design.
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x1had the same hyperdrive speed as listed on the Stinger's game stats so being that the stock model's game stats came after the stats for the modified Stinger we realized the stock model was in error and we lowered the hyperdrive performance on our stats to reflect this.
Shields: 2Dhad the same shield rating listed on the Stinger's game stats so being that the stock model's game stats came after the stats for the modified Stinger we realized the stock model was in error and we lowered the performance of the shields on our stats to reflect this.
After being first mentioned on the pages of the novel, this ship made its first appearance in 1996 in “Star Wars® - The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels”. The drawing and schematic from that publication formed the basis of the 3D model we created for this project. The 3D model allowed us to align details of the hull that did not line up between the top and side views and allowed us to produce exterior views of the complex curves accurate to the pixel.
We realized these two images were the primary evidence of what this ship looked like so we carefully used elements of both, in our model, blending the influences of both Doug Chiang and Troy Vigil. This was one of the very rare instances where “The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels” served as a primary influence in one of our projects. Due to the fact the original schematic drawings were produced with 2D drawing methods, some of the exterior details had to be adjusted to produce the 3D model. These changes were kept to a minimum whenever possible.
We also studied other sources of artwork that came after the originals to see if we could fill in any details in areas the originals failed to address. Sources like the “Shadows of the Empire” collectable cards drawn by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt and the “Star Wars ® Collectable Card Game” published by Decipher. Whenever conflicting details that did not agree with the original artwork were encountered on these newer sources, they were ignored or modified in favor of the original artwork. Details that expanded on our project from these newer sources were incorporated into our design.
Our last step was to remove the subtle traces of modifications to produce the production model of this ship used in the roleplaying game. The Stock model also has a second turreted laser cannon and we decided to install this cannon on the ships underside opposite the turret on top. We followed the example of Han Solo's Millennium Falcon in the placement of the second turret. The stock model was also significantly slower than the Stinger so when we modeled the ship, we developed smaller engines for this model to reflect this. The smaller engines required additional sculpting of the hull to make them fit in a similar fashion to the Stinger.