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Esperia Vanduul Blade on sale now!

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Ship Details

The Esperia Blade is a Vanduul design produced by Esperia for military use. The Blade will be available as a concept sale from March 18, 2016 to March 21, 2016. Originally designed as an aggressor for Squadron 42, this Blade sale will allow it to be adapted for human flight in Star Citizen! The Blade is the Vanduul armada’s lightest fighter, focusing on maneuverability over shields and weapons. The Blade is the first concept ship of 2016 and the only additional

Vanduul ship currently being adapted for human flight. Watch for more concept ships from familiar manufacturers starting next month!

About the Blade

With over a quarter-millennia of recorded encounters, the Vanduul Blade is both one of the first of the species’ spacecraft encountered by the United Empire of Earth and one of the most common. A dedicated light fighter and skirmisher, earlier models of the Blade took part in the first raids on Human colonies in Orion. Although aspects of the design have been upgraded over the decades (and like all Vanduul ships, vary slightly from clan to clan) the modern variant has retained an extremely similar silhouette with improved control surfaces and more modern weapons attachment points. Tens of thousands of individual Blades have been destroyed over more than two centuries, and countless others have been tracked by Naval intelligence.

While the Blade’s more advanced cousins, the Scythe and its offshoots, have become iconic symbols of present-day Vanduul terror, the light fighter remains a hugely important supporting element of the Vanduul frontline fleet. The most notable feature of the Blade is its shifting wingspan, which ‘cuts’ between a streamlined travel mode and a more expansive battle mode. When in travel mode, the Blade lacks significant offensive punch but improves its direct speed and maneuverability; when in attack mode, the pilot has access to three forward-firing gun positions and a pair of missile racks.

For some decades, United Empire of Earth aggressor squadrons have operated replica Blade fighters produced under exclusive contract by Esperia, Inc. These spacecraft, produced in great quantity, have been used to train generations of fighter pilots for Vanduul engagements. Today, Esperia manufactures Scythe and Glaive clones for training and testing purposes, with most former Blades having been returned to the manufacturer for storage and disassembly. The so-called “Esperia Boneyard” (location classified) contains hundreds upon hundreds of used examples in varying states of disassembly. In the wake of the recent attack on Uriel, many of the Blade trade-ins produced in the past decade are being outfitted for frontier defense use, part of an extremely controversial program aimed at better-arming those threatened by alien attack.

About the Sale

This ship is being offered for the first time as a limited concept sale. This means that the ship design meets our specifications, but it is not yet ready to display in your Hangar or to fly in Star Citizen. The sale includes Lifetime Insurance on the ship hull and a pair of decorative items for your Hangar. A future patch will add a poster and then once the in-game model is finished, you will also be given an in-game scale ship model! In the future, the ship price will increase and the offer will not include Lifetime Insurance or these extras. Until the Blade is available in-game, owners will be granted a Vanduul Scythe loaner ship.

There will also be two Q&A posts next week: one on Wednesday and another on Friday. You can post your questions about the Esperia Vanduul Blade here.

 

The post is pretty awesome and you can check it here

If you want to buy it go here

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I blinked and you beat me lol

you win the F5 war......

Yea, I saw your copy paste in the other thread for a sec and was decided to check up on the reddit xD

So thanks for giving me that nudge =3

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I like the look of the ship but $300 for a light fighter seems like it a trophy ship more than a work horse. 3 size 1 fixed mounts and 1 size 1 shield. 2 size 1 Gimbal lazer repeaters and 1 size 2 fixed cannon. I trust its fast as hell else it will not last very long in the fight.

The most interesting thing I take from the selling page is this little GEM.

Classified as a light combat fighter, Vanduul Blade are thought to exist in great numbers due to their more simplistic design and the more limited weaponry they mount when compared to craft such as the Scythe, Glaive and Void. For further information on the design, please see the series of declassified UEE naval review images attached to this press release.

Do I see a  VOID BOMBER sale coming?

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I hope so. If it really fast I am going to use it for racing.

It has 1 fixed and two gimbals weapons.

The ship page says 3 size 1 fixed mounts but the blue print picture shows. 2 size 1 gimbals lazer repeaters and a fixed size 2 cannon.

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They just changed the Ship stats page just now to indicate that it has 2 size 1 gimbals and 1 size 2 cannon.!!!

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Please let them sell the Void Bomber. I want one so bad.

I can see the plans being right as it closer to what the Gladius has. Gladius: 2 size 2 gimbals, 1 size 1 fixed and 8 size 2 missiles. So it close but not as good. So it can be faster and more agile.

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The ship page says 3 size 1 fixed mounts but the blue print picture shows. 2 size 1 gimbals lazer repeaters and a fixed size 2 cannon.

 

They just changed the Ship stats page just now to indicate that it has 2 size 1 gimbals and 1 size 2 cannon.!!!

Sneaky how they suddenly changed it, but good cause 3 s1 wasn't that interesting. Still won't buy it though, for that price i'd rather buy another Merchantman xD

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I hope so. If it really fast I am going to use it for racing.

It has 1 fixed and two gimbals weapons.

From the ship sale page looks like it is fast and agile. The physics agree also, M50 12,000Kg mass Blade 10,000Kg both have same two TR 2 engines so it will be fast as hell..

 They have also served well as skirmisher units due to their speed allowing them to chase down any ships attempting to flee the area. If engaged, expect the Blade to try to utilize its speed and agility to wear down your defenses.

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All though I cant really justify buying this ship to myself or anyone else for that matter I still went ahead and bought one. Just melted a Redeemer that I was planning to use on my Javelin Destroyer. It was the same price and I can always buy the Redeemer back anytime I keep telling myself :P

 

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All though I cant really justify buying this ship to myself or anyone else for that matter I still went ahead and bought one. Just melted a Redeemer that I was planning to use on my Javelin Destroyer. It was the same price and I can always buy the Redeemer back anytime I keep telling myself :P

 

You can also CCU it for free to a redeemer :P 

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You can also CCU it for free to a redeemer :P 

I hope your right. You can CCU from Redeemer to Blade right now but cant CCU from Blade to anything when i tried to buy a CCU. Not overly worried on that as i have multiple P72 Tokens that i can use to re-buy the Redeemer with if I melt the Blade in the future. I am guessing that they will add CCU from Blades in the store in the next few weeks

Edit 1

OK I just double check and they seem to have a Blade to Warden CCU in the store but that's it for now.

 

Edit 2

OK second thoughts you are right I just went and bought a Blade to warden CCU and a Warden to Redeemer CCU. thanks for making me think a little harder about this LOL

 

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Teller did a preview of this ship back during "the leak". Obviously don't watch if you don't want to see spoilers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VUYc3kzsLE

I had a chat with a couple of people on the CIG web site chat room and a Moderator talked about them doing a complete remodel of the Blade since the leak last summer. But tellers videos are always worth seeing again. 

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