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The standard light bomber of the Earth Alliance, the Aetna, has recently undergone a number of upgrades. It's time to sum up the results.

Posted by Mobius89 on Jan 2nd, 2011

"The Aetna is the EA light bomber, quite similar to the old Athena class. Unlike the heavier EA bombers such as the Peregrine and Leda, the Aetna does not carry bombs but instead carries missiles designed to disarm and disable its target, allowing the bigger bombers a clearer run on their target. They also have a limited dogfighting capability which allows them to act as a heavy fighter when not pursuing a larger vessel."

The EAB Aetna
As smallest bomber in the EA fleet, the Aetna has the role to weaken big ships by destroying their weapons subsystems, thus allowing heavier bombers like the Gagana to finish off the target. If necessary, the Aetna can engage fighters, but it's not the kind of asset supposed to come out victorious from such a scenario.

A time for upgrades
All work had to start from the previous Aetna mesh, which has been in Inferno's modpack for quite a few.

The Aetna

Rampage, who upgraded the mesh, preferred to redo it from scratch instead of editing the old model.

EAB Aetna #Back
EAB Aetna #Front
EAB Aetna #Pers
EAB Aetna #Top

With the modelling partially done, it was FreeSpaceKing's role to work on the textures. Initial results were truly impressive.

At first we thought the upgrade was nearly complete, but FSK amazingly pushed the textures to the limits, effectively leaving the team impressed.

EAB Aetna #4EAB Aetna #5 EAB Aetna #6EAB Aetna #7 EAB Aetna #8

It's impossible not to appreciate what Rampage and FreeSpaceKing have done.

Final touchups
As you have noticed, only the cockpit's missing. It hopefully won't be long before we post pics showing it off, so stay tuned!

17/03/2011 update
There it is, as promised. The Aetna in an even better shape!

EAB Aetna (complete)
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iQew Jan 3 2011, 6:06am says:

Good job!

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tnathan475 Jan 3 2011, 3:46pm says:

Amazing update on the Aetna!

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jjawinte Jan 3 2011, 8:54pm says:

Very sharp piece of work there !

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Sp3ctre_1053 Jan 4 2011, 7:02pm says:

nice texturing! are the authors here on moddb?

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Mobius89 Jan 5 2011, 11:56am replied:

Unfortunately no, but they'll eventually join the site in the future.

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DIEGONV Jan 13 2011, 2:03pm says:

pardon my ignorance: que what program use to draw objects?

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