Overview
Welcome all to the first mod attempt of myself and two of my friends. Over the years there have been many mods for the Sins of a Solar Empire series. From Star Trek, all the way to the many factions of Sins of the Fallen. One thing I have not seen yet is something to bring the space combat of the Battletech Universe. That is what we will attempt to do here. The downside? Me and my friends are starting from scratch. We have 1% experience with modelling, textures, or anything else really important. This will be a learning process, so don't expect a quick release. What we are bringing to the table is the desire to see this powerful sci-fi title come to life in a way not yet seen. Discouraging comments will be laughed at, and positive reinforcement and criticism will be accepted happily.

As this mod is for Rebellion, our first goal will be to create a single race simply called Battletech. The loyalist and rebel factions will be split into Clan and Inner Sphere. Over time, we will expand this to make the Inner Sphere and Clans their own race, and have two factions more accustomed to their styles of warfare.

Technology
Battletech does not include shields, so they of course will not be in place for these ships. High Hull point values and armour rating will supplement this.
One thing we still are in discussion about is transportation. While in sins, ships can perform jumps freely, in Battletech, ships need to charge their Kearny-Fuchida Drive (or K-F Drive) by absorbing solar energy through solar sails. Depending on the distance from the star, this recharge rate could range from days to a week. Lithium fusion batteries allow for an extra jump charge. Greater detail on this will be announced once we are all in agreement.
You will also see a great deal more weapons fire from Battletech warships then the Tec, Vasari, or Advent as these vessels are covered in a great deal of turrets and missile launchers. Balance will be something we shoot for -after- we meet our content desires.

Where we are at:
Currently we are deciding on what ships and structures will go where, and we are modeling them. Here is a current list of our progress, which I will update as needed.
Inner Sphere:
= Buildings:
== Logistic Structures: 3/4 Complete

=== Civic Research Station: Alliance Station (Model Complete by Froydoy)
=== Military Research Station: Crucible Station (Model Complete by Froydoy)
=== Frigate/Cruiser Shipyard: TEC Placeholder
=== Capital Shipyard: TEC Placeholder
=== Culture Relay: TEC Placeholder
=== Orbital Refinery: Snowden Station (Model Complete by Froydoy)
=== Tradeport: TEC Placeholder
==== Tradeship: Mule Dropship (Model Complete by Froydoy, still waiting for that email >>)

== Tactical Structures: 3/3 Complete
=== Turret: Battlesat (Model Complete by Crandaddy)
=== Anti-Matter Recharge: Olympus Station (Model Complete by Froydoy)
=== Defense Platform: Drake SDS Control Station (Model Complete by Froydoy)
=== Hangar: TEC Placeholder
=== Titan Shipyard: TEC Placeholder
=== Super Weapon: IT'S A SECRET (Hint: Flashpoint)

= Frigates: 3/6 Complete
== Ship Slot 1: Fortress Dropship, "Colony" (Model complete by Froydoy)
== Ship Slot 2: Vampire Dropship (Model complete by Froydoy)
== Ship Slot 3: Leopard Dropship (Model complete by Doshka but needs work)
== Ship Slot 4: Leopard CV Dropship (Started)
== Ship Slot 5: Union Dropship (Model complete by Doshka)
== Ship Slot 6: Triumph Dropship (Model Complete by Froydoy)
== Ship Slot 7: To be Filled Post-Alpha
== Ship Slot 8: To be Filled Post-Alpha
== Ship Slot 9: To be Filled Post-Alpha

= Cruisers: 1/6 Complete
== Ship Slot 1: Overlord "Pocket Warship" Dropship (Model Complete by Doshka)
== Ship Slot 2: Arondight "Pocket Warship" Dropship (Model Complete by Froydoy)
== Ship Slot 3: Excalibur "Pocket Warship" Dropship (Not started)
== Ship Slot 4: Merchant Jumpship (Not started)
== Ship Slot 5: Star Lord Jumpship (Not started)
== Ship Slot 6: Monolith Jumpship (Model started)
== Ship Slot 7: To be Filled Post-Alpha
== Ship Slot 8: To be Filled Post-Alpha
== Ship Slot 9: To be Filled Post-Alpha

= Capital Ships: 0/6 Complete
== Ship Slot 1: Fox Corvette (Not started)
== Ship Slot 2: Zechetinu Corvette (Not started)
== Ship Slot 3: Du Shi Wang Battleship(Not started)
== Ship Slot 4: Concordat Frigate (Model complete by Froydoy)
== Ship Slot 5: New Syrtis Carrier (In progress)
== Ship Slot 6: Potemkin Troop Cruiser (Not started)

Titan: 0/1 Complete
=Titan Foundry: TEC Placeholder
==Titan: McKenna Battleship (Not started)

= Strikecraft: 1/2 Complete
== Fighter: Cheetah Aerospace Fighter (Not started)
== Bomber: Chippewa Aerospace Fighter (Model complete - Crandaddy)

= Starbase: 0/1 Complete
== Ship: TEC Placeholder
== Base: Bastion (In progress - Crandaddy {He's putting a lot of heart into this one})


Current Goal
Right now, what we want to do is get enough models/textures, etc. finished to get a working alpha. We will test it internally, then release it for people to mess around with to get an idea of where we're heading.

Have any suggestions on what to do and what NOT to do? Email us at sinsoftheinnersphere@gmail.com!

The Team:
Doshka - Project Leader
Froydoy - Project Model Guy
Crandaddy - Project Co-Leader

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0 comments by Doshka17 on Dec 2nd, 2012

Well I told myself that I'd do these once a month, but Halo 4, XCOM, and a bunch of stuff that went for dirt cheap on the steam autumn sale have provided a lot of distractions x3.

Anywho, here's what is up.

about 80% of our sketchup models were successfully converted into something usable by soft image. the rest turned into something really interesting. Seriously if I can recreate what happened to the concordat frigate and screenshot it, I'll put it up. Like if you shoved every carnival ride on a boardwalk together in a furnace. Froydoy is trying to create something that won't disfigure, though I'm thinking maybe it's time we looked into other software for modeling.

In my spare time I did the easy stuff of gathering all the audio effects we will need for weapons fire and whatnot, and I have a neat little script of lines for when you click on ships and whatever. Lotta lines from the novels that I still had laying around with space combat in them. Most of the voicework will prolly be done by us three, but I'd like to get a female voice in there so hopefully I'll find a friend willing.

Guess you could say we're doing all the easy stuff first to make it look like progress is being made. So far, texturing is looking like a very daunting task.

I can't stress enough that this is a learning experience for us. We started off with very little understanding of the work involved in making a mod. As our knowledge and (hopefully) our skill increases, you'll see the mod start to pick up steam. Until then, keep the expectations low for my sake :p

Have a happy holidays all, that about wraps it up.
Oh and go vote for Dawn of the Reapers for mod of the year. Incredibly excited for that myself.

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blood-asp
blood-asp Jul 25 2014, 7:25am says:

Hey i was just wondering if this project was still going and if it wanted any help with the work?

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blood-asp Jul 25 2014, 8:38am replied:

I should say that i have been using 3d moddelling programs for 2 and a half years now and have a little bit of experience texturing, though i too am a highschool student. but i do have lots of free time.

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HellJumper10260 Feb 18 2014, 7:02pm says:

please tell me this mod isnt dead

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Kowalskicore
Kowalskicore Sep 12 2013, 11:47am says:

This project still alive?

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Doshka17
Doshka17 Jun 3 2013, 6:57pm replied:

Still chugging along, but until summer break I'm on my own. Rest of my team is high school peeps.

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Doshka17
Doshka17 Apr 17 2013, 9:04am says:

Just want to let everyone know that we're not dead!
Just until summer vacation kicks off, I'm the only one free to work on the mod ><; the price I pay for being older then my friends.

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Bornsteller Apr 27 2013, 8:12am replied:

Good to know

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