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Hey guys, looking for a little help here

 

 

I'm getting some decals done up for naming my ships. I'm getting a lot done as future proofing but I'm not really clear on the naming conventions of the Dindrenzi and Terrans.

 

Both being human factions pretty much anything will go I suppose, but I'm just just wondering if there are established naming conventions already.

 

From what I can work out Terrans use Mythological and astronomical bodies and Dindrenzi use war related names???

 

Cheers

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It's a big galaxy, call your ships whatever you see fit :)

A theme can bring them together but it's not essential. My RSN dreadnought is called the Sword of Voss because it singlehandedly won me a game to recapture my sides military base at Voss system during a narrative campaign we are playing

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You could use any convention you want, not sure if there is anything official but if it helps I named my Hawker ships after American presidents. Dindrenzi strike me as the "concept" type of naming conventions, for instance the Retribution class dreadnought, maybe name their ships after concepts revolving around combat, vengeance, etc. For Terrans they seem to appear to favor naming their ships after ancient Earth pantheons like the Greek gods. Seems fitting at least. I sometimes refer to my Tyrant as the Zeus and my Titan the Olympus. 

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Based on the ship class names I drew from greek and roman history/mythology to name my Dindrenzi Ships. So far I have the battlecruisers Pandora and Minerva, a carrier named the Orion and a battlestation name Elysium XIII. Hope that is some help to you!

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A lot of names of ships follow the standard of their class name, but not always.  Many nations have their own standards for naming ships as pointed out above.

 

For gits and shiggles, I tracked down the file in Starfleet Command that carries the random ship names for the ships by class.  I was going to name my Directorate ships after how the Orions named theirs.  I may change my mind, as they seem a little too... Vegas for my tastes.

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Pretty much call your ships whatever. The Terrans use the prefix NTSC but the names dont follow any real set.

Some names from the book.

Pluto

Unending vigilance

Radiant beacon

Undeniable justice

Stellar watchmaster

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The Dindrenzi just apparently mash together awesome words, or use planet names and call it a day. For instance, some from the book.

DNS Warlord (Battleship)
DNS Strathclyde (Carrier)
DNS Panther (Battlecruiser)
DNS Tancred (Battlecruiser)
DNS Righteous Fury (Cruiser)
DNS Imperial Destiny (Cruiser)
DNS Anvil Cleaver (Cruiser)
DNS Commodore Linus (Cruiser)

...Anvil Cleaver is just awesome... :P

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I'm playing Terrans mainly, with Hawker auxiliaries. Might later branch out into other minor races, although the first ones will be Syndicate as they're also natural Allies with my Terrans. I'm still building up my names document, but here's an excerpt:

 

 

Capitals

Large

Dreadnoughts
(Titan-class) [Great Admirals]
Yi Sun-sin (Korean - greatest Admiral of the East)
Horatio Nelson (British - greatest Admiral of the West)

Battleships

(Apollo-class) [Prominent Stars or Constellations]
Polaris (Northern Hemisphere - brightest star in sky, points North)
Crux (Southern Hemisphere - constellation containing second brightest star in sky, brightest in Southern sky, points North)

(Tyrant-class) [Explorers]
Marco Polo
Zheng He

Carriers

 

(Ares-class) [Other culture's Gods]

(Solar-class) [Amphibious]
Sidney Smith
Micheal DeRuyter (Last person to beat the RN, inventor of the Marines as an amphibious force in the Modern Era)
Trấn Hưng Đạo

Battle Station
(Palisade-class) [Creators of Navies]
Themistocles (Creator of the first known Navy to be the primary defence of a nation)
Shivaji Maharaj (Father of the Indian Navy)

Robert Blake (father of the Royal Navy)
 

Battlecruiser
(Marshal-class)


Medium

 

Heavy Cruiser
(Hauberk-class)

Assault Cruiser
(Horizon-class)

Cruiser
(Teuton-class)

Shield Cruiser
(Aegis-class) [Physicists]
Feynman

Destroyer
(Artemis-class) [Asteroid impacts]
Tunguska
Chixculub

Torpedo Cruiser
(-class)

Light Cruiser
(-class)

 

I'm trying to give the impression that the Terran Alliance, and therefore the Terran Navy, is more than one nation's legacy, that it is something that all nations on Earth came together to build. I'm trying to get enough names for two of each T1 class, and two squadrons of each T2. T3s I'm still thinking on, but they might just get stuff like 233rd Frigate Squadron - 'Shining Spears', stuff like that, where the squadron as a whole is named.

 

For Hawker I think I'm going to take names from this list: List of ship names of the Royal Navy, with different themes for each class. Don't know what I'm going to do for Syndicate (although I do know one ship would be called the Legitimate Businessman) or Traders (if they ever get models again), yet. If I expand out into other Kurak minor races, I'll have to figure something out, but either Tarakian or Xelocian would probably get names taken from the Culture (Experiencing a Significant Gravitas Shortfall) or the Tausennigan Ob'enn (Sword of Inevitable Justice), while Ryushi would likely get irreverent, whimsical names of one or two words.

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For the Terrans, I went with initially Nordic mythology (the battleships Valkyrie, Huginn and Muninn), animals of some description (the cruisers Falcon, Lynx, Viper, Eagle, Hawk and Owl), and some older Royal Navy ship names (heavy cruisers Wraith, Lion and Emerald), or Skyrim references (the BCs Whiterun and Dawnstar, prior to their re-naming... more on that in a bit...). FF-23 has the distinct honour of being named Brave Sir Robin, who bravely ran away... My Artemis class destroyers got named Dragon, Diamond and Daring, after three of the Type 45 destroyers of the Royal Navy. 

 

Recently, I've been plundering the list of ship names from the Imperial Japanese Navy of WW2. This includes the cruisers Kinu, Natori and Yura, the heavy cruisers Atago, Chokai and Takao, the cruiser escort Maya (Atago, Chokai, Takao and Maya all representing the IJN Takao class heavy cruiser). One of my frigate squadrons is named after Minekaze class destroyers (Minekaze, Hakaze, Yakaze and Okikaze, the only frigate squadron to be all named). Then we have my Battle Cruisers; initially the Kirishima and the Hiei, but Whiterun and Dawnstar ended up getting re-named to Kongo and Haruna (quick historical note, the Kongo class ships were built as battle cruisers, with Kongo herself built in Britain. The ships were heavily refitted prior to WW2 to turn them into fast battleships). Yes, I now have all four Kongo Sisters; gods, what have I done... When/if the hinted at Terran Light Battleships/Battle Carriers come out, I'll probably get at least one, possibly two, and I'm planning on naming those Amagi and Akagi (quick historical note two: the Amagi, Akagi and Kaga were intended to be battle cruisers, but with the Washington Naval Treaty had to be converted to carriers. Amagi was never completed due to damage the hull sustained in the Great Kanto Earthquake. Akagi and Kaga were launched as aircraft carriers before WW2). 

 

The Terran ship name prefix is 'NTSC', and there appears to be no set-in-stone naming convention for the Terran fleet as far as background goes. They were dumb enough to name a Titan dreadnought Prometheus though. I am expecting a battle carrier called Pegasus to be revealed soon (only to be crashed into a Directorate carrier, as a homage to the Battlestar Galactica reboot...). 

 

My Dindrenzi ended up with a somewhat different convention to the Terrans. One of my Secutors is named Riptide, a reference to an overpowered cheese machine in the Tau Army of Battlemallet 40 Warhammers. My two Nausicaa battleships ended up with Bunker Hill and Yorktown. My BCs and another cruiser squadron got named after friends (Liedtke, Hayhurst, Smith, Todd, Payne). My gunships got Valiant, Victory and Vanguard, and none of my Dindrenzi frigates are named, only numbered (they die so often it doesn't matter). 

 

As far as I know, the Dindrenzi ship name prefix is 'DNS'. Again, there appears to be no set-in-stone naming convention. 

 

TL:DR... Go mad, I know I did! 

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The Terran ship name prefix is 'NTSC', and there appears to be no set-in-stone naming convention for the Terran fleet as far as background goes. They were dumb enough to name a Titan dreadnought Prometheus though. I am expecting a battle carrier called Pegasus to be revealed soon (only to be crashed into a Directorate carrier, as a homage to the Battlestar Galactica reboot...). 

Hey, at least they haven't been so foolish as to name anything Icarus, that puts them on top of... like 70% of sci-fi!

 

It's Michiel de Ruyter... ;)

Thanks. I thought I copy-pasted from my source, but I may have just typed it and had my fingers type 'Michael' automatically. I'll make the change to my master document.

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Don't give the NTSC ideas. Seriously, don't. These are the blithering numpties that designated a gunship a 'heavy cruiser' and their battle cruisers are pocket battleships.  ;) Sort of off topic note, there was a blog post on the Spartan website somewhere listing the twelve original Titan class dreadnoughts (I say original because there's bound to be more than twelve now), which I've always assumed to be a secret nod to Battlestar Galactica. 

 

Any ships named Prometheus or Pegasus don't tend to have happy endings. I haven't heard of any ships in Sci-Fi called Icarus ending up in shizz creek with a distinct lack of paddles, but I'm sure there are examples of that happening somewhere... 

 

Edit: I have given names to two more frigate squadrons now, FF-3 are named after Momi class destroyers from the IJN (Momi, Kaya, Kiku and Kuri), and FF-1 ended up named after various singers/musicians. 

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For Hawker I think I'm going to take names from this list: List of ship names of the Royal Navy,

 

Exactly what I did with my own Terran armada. With the help of some random generators and a few choice naming selections of my own, it was the only way to get 200+ ship names without breaking my brain. In addition, I pulled names from multiple navies not of the English language, to help diversify the list. Smalls get 'smaller' names, mediums get the better ones, and most of the larges get picked by me from a list rather than by a number.

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Choosing names for particularly large (or particularly diverse fleets, I have no clue what I'll end up using for my planned allied attachment units from the Tarakians, Aquans and Xelocians...) can be tricky. Luckily, historical ship names can help with the human factions, the alien factions might be more problematic though. 

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I have been playing games like this for many many years, often in campaigns incorporating hundreds of ships, and I never have had any problems naming them.

 

You just pick a theme fitting with the race/faction/whatever and use your imagination.

 

And with the tier 3's you can easily use the excuse that they are to small and numerous to name, and just give them a number instead.

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I have been playing games like this for many many years, often in campaigns incorporating hundreds of ships, and I never have had any problems naming them.

You just pick a theme fitting with the race/faction/whatever and use your imagination.

And with the tier 3's you can easily use the excuse that they are to small and numerous to name, and just give them a number instead.

And if you don't want to give official names, stick to official designations for the small ships, like FF-2267, and leave the nicknames to the "crew". If it does something amazing then the nickname becomes official.

An alternative is codenames like Porpoise Squadron with each ship getting a 1-8 designation, such as Porpoise 1, Porpoise 2, etc. This allows for not having to redo the bases when the name changes. Some sci-fi PC games that involve small ship Squadrons like Free space and X-Wing/Tie Fighter did this.

And the best part is you can combine the concepts.

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I play Tarakians but I borrowed Terrans for a campaign where names were expected for the calculation of losses.

 

I played an extraordinary list with no battlaeships, as I wanted it to be modern navy like. Therefore I used lots of carriers and missile frigates.

 

So assuming the Terra has it´s capitol in Moscow I went for the following names:

 

Ares class carriers NTSC Lermontov, NTSC Marshall Konyev, NTSC Pavlov

Artemis class Destroyers: NTSC Ekaterinburg, Oktyaber, Katarina and for the second squadron: NTSC Petropavlovsk, Anna Alexejevna and Saturnin

T 3s were diing too often to be named

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I just use names of metal bands for my Dindrenzi.

Alrakis, Apollyon, Sarpanitum, Nickelback, etc.

 

Does the vessel "Justin Beaver" die in every battle?

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