The End and New Beginnings
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The Miners Coalition have suffered many setbacks in their short time in space and many more in their long history.
During the Coalitions initial foray into the stars they discovered large quantities of usable resources in the abundant asteroid belts surrounding their system.
Groups large and small within the Coalition combined their resources to expand out into neighboring systems in the hope of striking it rich and beat out their rival factions.
The Coalitions people have had to adapt to the new way in a short time. This has caused technology to advance in starts and spurts as new issues have to be worked around.
Even their ships have been adapted to the harsh conditions within the belts from civilian transport and construction vessels.
Eventually, others took notice of the budding Coalition and pirates began to raid and pillage many outposts.
Much of the Miner's territory was lost due to the speed of the expansion only allowing minimal defenses being created and trained.
The various factions within the Coalition soon saw their predicament and confirmed the need to combine all remaining resources.
Soon many of their remaining ships had been retrofitted with weapons and armor plates instead of drills and grabber arms.
Now the people of the Miners Coalition must work together to maintain what territory they still own and hopefully someday retake what they’ve lost.
MC Shepherd Class MineLayer Vessel
Before the pirate raids began, the Shepherd Class Vessel was a buoy tender set to deploy scanning buoys to mark off inhabitable sections within asteroid belts. The vessel soon had its buoy equipment swapped out for racks of various mines. An interdictor generator was also fitted to the Shepherd to pair with its deadly payload to corral enemy fleets. With only a few turret hardpoints the Shepherd needs an escort when used for smaller operations but fills a unique role for the MC fleet in larger operations.
Escape Pod Included
Builder's note: After hearing that mines were going to become the next weapon introduced to Starmade I got to work on concept designs for a Minelayer. The ship's weapons are WIP, there is empty space inside the ship on the sides where I intend to fill in with mine blocks. The ship also still need turrets for its 4 turret hardpoints which I'll also update after the official release on the weapons update. Also included is an escape pod for when you need to abandon ship! The Sheperd is the smallest of my vessels to include an escape pod as larger ships from here on out will include the feature by default. I really like how the ship turned out and looks unique enough to stand apart but still fit very well with the gritty industrial look. Let me know what you guys think and as always I'm open to suggestions for the ship or faction.