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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-11, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Default Battleship/Battle Barge size?

How big are Imperial Navy Battleships and Space Marine Battle Barges supposed to be? I know they are crewed by millions, but what is their actual size.

I've just read a line in Dan Abnett's Legion where two characters are looking out over the fleet and it describes them viewing the Alpha Legion's Battle Barge seven hundred kilometres away.

If it can be seen from that far away, it must be huge, i.e. hundreds of kilometres in length.
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About 3-4km for Capital Ships. Battlebarges could be 6-8km.



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I think hundreds of kilometres is a bit much. They could easily be a few miles long though, which, when seen through the enhanced eyes of a SM in space, which is a lot clearer than in an atmosphere, I think they'd easily be visible.

I think someone in possession of the Battle Fleet Gothic rule book might be your best source though. It might have the fluff on them.
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Starship Dimensions

A Retribution-class Battleship is 7.5km (4.6 miles) in length and I imagine a Battlebarge would be a similar size or smaller.
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wait what about the dawn war 2 game in the ending they describe them pretty big like this
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I don't think even these ships being so long would get across their sheer huge-ality. Can you imagine how wide each ship would be, how deep? How many decks would there be, how many compartments? It would be like uprooting a major city down hundreds of feet below the surface, strapping volcano-esque engines to the back and mounting tunnel sized guns? Then illuminate it all and you might see something like a mobile constellation; one that can kill worlds.

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I don't think even these ships being so long would get across their sheer huge-ality. Can you imagine how wide each ship would be, how deep? How many decks would there be, how many compartments? It would be like uprooting a major city down hundreds of feet below the surface, strapping volcano-esque engines to the back and mounting tunnel sized guns? Then illuminate it all and you might see something like a mobile constellation; one that can kill worlds.
Yeah well, that is how they have been described. Giant cities/cathedrals with engines on the back hurtling through space.


Last I remember, escort class vessels ranged in size from .5 kilometers to 2 kilometers. Cruisers ranged from 3 to 5 kilometers, and battleships are 7 kilometers or greater.


Space marine ships are slightly smaller in size, requiring less crew and space in order to be able to move faster and strike harder. I wouldn't be surprised if strike cruisers were on the low end of the 3-5, and battle barges were 6-7 kilometers in length.

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"Below them, the vast hull of the flagship gleams in the sunlight as it extends away. Macragge’s Honour. Twenty-six kilometres of polished ceramite and steel armour." - Know No Fear, Pg. 42 “Imperial starships hung in the blackness between it and him: some vast, grey and vaulted like cathedrals twenty kilometres long, some bloated like oceanic titans; others long, lean and angular like his own frigate.” - Ghostmaker, Pg. 78 "The battleship Spirit of Konor, seventeen kilometres long..." - Know No Fear, Pg. 144 "The grand cruiser Antrodamicus, twelve kilometres from bow to stern..." - Know No Fear, Pg. 131
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Battlebarges are generally heavy cruiser sized. So I'd imagine somewhere in the realm of 4-5 kilometers long. At least modern, post Codex Astartes. God knows how large they were back in the Great Crusade.
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Figure this; the biggest warship around today is the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz at 400m (.4KM)!!

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