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Current ship lineup for a universe I am working on. Sizes are aproximately to scale. The cruiser is about 1.5 km in length. All three are still works in progress.

If I ever end up finishing this project, there will be an epic battle between the empire and the union. I'm trying to create a style of capital ship combat that has yet to be seen in movies or games.
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Djones90125 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2014
They look very good! The dreadnaught and the cruiser remind me of Homeworld 2 ships!
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Anessuno Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
compliments, the program is used Rhino 3D? (sorry my English, but i am Italian)
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   General Artist
hmmm. I wonder if both sides have tanks and exosuits for their ground forces.
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Asgard-Studios Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice! Can't wait to see future installments.
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JacobFlowers Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I'm interested to know what differentiation you are attempting to go for with capital ship engagement. I really do love "big ship" battles. The bigger the better!
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oulyt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
awesome modeling!
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Mobius89 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
What's the universe you're working on for? Are you planning in-game usage of your ships? It shouldn't be that hard to import all these ships in FreeSpace 2 SCP.
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Ralokone Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
i wish i had spaceship designs
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MasterOfGrey Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I am both impressed and intrigued..

What program did you use to model them?
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madfox43 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Aha, Trajan Pro. Good typeface for ship rosters.
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DrMan Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I have grown quite fond of that font. (pun intended)
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Ovni-the-UFO Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
as far as what HASN"T been done yet, that's tough. The basic style of space combat movement, in many differant styles, akin to naval engagements or aerial dogfighting. The most you can do is either A, invent a new weapon type that revolutionizes warefare, or B, invent a new environment to fight in (say, fighting in a asteroid field or upper atmosphere of a planet would be differant than normal space fighting), or C, invent a group-specific style (does it favor defensive maneuvering, offensive maneuvering, ramming, etc.)
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DrMan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav :)


I was actually thinking of setting the battle in low orbit around jupiter, and having ships go into and out of the atmosphere. I was also going to reveal a new technology at the beginning of the fight, which would be a pretty big part of the plot leading up to it. I don't exactly want to say what it is I have in mind just yet. I'll be making a bunch of test animations this summer, so my exact thought process will make more sense then.
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Lewis12 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
I'm going to be starting 3D modeling and animation soon and I'm wondering, how long did it take you to get to this level of ability?
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DrMan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well I've been using 3d Studio for about a year now, and I had been using Truespace before that for a few years. I will be taking my first formal 3D modeling and animation class next year in college, so up to now I've just learned the apps through exploring them, trial and error, and many tutorials.

So far, I feel I'm pretty familiar with modeling, texturing, rendering, and basic animation, so I plan to learn about complex character animation in class.
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Lewis12 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Awesome, thats what I keep hearing that you can learn a lot through trial and error
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet designs - nice clean lines :D
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DrMan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :D
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J-Jammer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
I like the concept of trying to create something no one has seen...or rarely has seen (one should say....because that just make people look for when it was done before and go LOOKIE! :P).

I think they look good thus far. I just like looking at them and the shadow and such...never seen this program before so I'm easily fascinated.
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DrMan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) This was done with 3d studio, with mental ray sun and sky lights. I'm screwing around with different lighting and rendering techniques, to see what works best with differing compositions and moods (although this image doesn't have much of either since I just threw the ships in, to get an idea of what they look like relative to each other :D)
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J-Jammer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
ah alright---cool. Welcome.
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ikarus-tm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
great render
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DrMan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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RQAlucard Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008   Photographer
sounds interesting, and i'm curious to see what you'll do with them
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DrMan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm thinking the ships will take full advantage of 3d movement in space, as well as using the gravitational fields of planets and moons to their advantage when maneuvering. They will all also have gravitational reactors, which can give the ships a burst of momentum in any direction, so it would look like the ship is throwing it self in what ever direction it needs to move. I'm still working this out, and looking to see if something like this had been done before.

I also want to take advantage of the environment where the battle takes place. I have thought about setting it in orbit around jupiter so the ships may end up falling, and flying through its atmosphere, while fighting.
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RQAlucard Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008   Photographer
you mean newtonian physics ^^

i love that kind of movement
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DrMan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yeah pretty much. I'm also trying to think of other elements to make it more unique.
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RQAlucard Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008   Photographer
curving beams perhaps?
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DrMan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, I had a similar idea, with very high velocity missiles fired out of the broadside tubes on the imperial ships, which would leave a trail that looked somewhat like a curved beam, as they tracked their targets.
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RQAlucard Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008   Photographer
ah yes, missiles twisting and turning every direction, that's always fun ^^ (ever seen heavy gear?)
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DrMan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nope
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, really? I thought everything had been done already, but good luck! I like the ships.
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DrMan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) I shall see what works out best. My biggest issue now is not even the movie or the ships, but whether I'll have enough time to finish it, or get a considerable portion done. Hopefully the next year of college won't be as bad as my first foundation year.
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that depends. College tends to be very easy at first then it only gets harder! If you were just getting used to it at first though it might seem easier for you. I'm curious what your style idea was though.
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DrMan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The idea I had was using newtonian physics for the huge ships, as well as small fighters/bombers (If I even include any. I'm thinking dogfighting would be obsolete at that point in this particular universe). The ships would also have gravitational reactors, so when they used that to move, it would seem as if they were throwing themselves, as well as possibly having a visual effect which seems somewhat like a ripple, as it distorts space for a second.

I also plan to have no turrets on the Imperial ships, which instead use lasers which have a full firing arc around the ship for defence. As far as offence, I am putting broadside and forward pointing projectile tubes which can fire a variety of ammunition, as well as serve as docking tubes. The primary offencive ammo type would be very fast moving missiles, with anti matter warheads, which would leave trails similar to the engine trails in Homeworld, so it may be an interesting visual as an Imperial ship suddenly sprouts glowing" arms" from its sides, looking vaguely like a squid.

As far as visual style, I want to go for something on the very realistic side, but not completely documentary style like in Battlestar Galactica. I'll have muted sound fx in space, no visible laser beams, and no firey explosions. The trick is to make it look good with these limitations, so I'll see how that turns out. I will probably do a few animation tests with the weapons, when I have the time, so it may make much more sense when I put those up.


As far as college goes, I've been told by alot of people that foundation year here is much tougher than when you get into your major. The first year I didn't have much of a choice with my schedule, plus I had to take a bunch of traditional art courses, the only one which I found useful being Drawing. I feel it was more of a waste than anything helpful. But just one more month, and summer break, so I can't wait to get out of here :D
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djomally Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
looks like you've got a great idea on how you want your ship-to-ship engagements to look like, you said no fiery explosions right. well fire can exist in space for about a split second granted but it can exist, i myself would put a quick burst of fire(that would slightly look like liquid)and then have it look as though atmosphere is venting at extreme amounts depending on the size of the breach, if you would like to talk more about this then message me bro, im not trying to tell you how to do it but if you want i have some ideas you might find interesting
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DrMan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I've been contemplating these types of things for quite awhile now, and I'm starting to get a style set down. Any input is more than welcome :D


As far as explosions go, I recently read an article about what an explosion might look like in a vacuum. I don't remember the URL, but according to the author it would just be a very brief flash of light. Now I'm not going to go that far, as far as realism is concerned, and the author also didn't talk about the leaking of gases which you pointed out. I will definately have some form of flame effect, and huge amounts of debris. At this time frame in my universe, however, the crew aboard these ships is very small compared to other sci-fi ships, and real life ships, because of heavy automation inside the ship. I thought about this, and decided that most of the ship would probably not be pressurized, except for the command room, crew quarters, and emergency access tunnels (Or it could be compartmentalized, where sections can be filled with air, if someone needed to enter them).
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djomally Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
also you might want to consider that with the decompression of certain areas of the ship, it might look as though its collapsing in on itself due to the effect the the escaping atmosphere will have, but alot of the gases that would escape would freeze almost the second it leaves the ship so you would not only have wreckage from the ship but also a good amount of frozen fuels and water , along with coolant liquids and such.and yes i believe i've read the same article, it did have a great view of what a massive explosion like that would look like
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DrMan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, if a massive explosion isn't realistic in space, large amounts of flying debris, and escaping gas cetaintly is, and should look just as cool, if done right :D
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djomally Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
BTW the Union flagship looks very impressive man
i surely wouldn't want to face off with that behemoth with nothing short of the same class warship,
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DrMan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, just wait till I unveil the Imperial Command Ship.
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djomally Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
OMG sounds like a beast of a ship man
can't wiat to see it
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, interesting ideas. You've got my attention so we'll see how it turns out. College was pretty easy for me but a lot of classes weren't too interesting or useful...that's all normal, don't worry.
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