I also like to imagine these kinds of vessels, despite having a strong military feel, being of smart, ergonomic, and self-sufficient design, as opposed to the "sweating" look of ship interiors in Aliens and whatnot. I like to think of these ships having oxygen "gardens", for instance, where genetically engineered plants are contained in self-contained modules for easy swap-out, which generate all the oxygen (and food) you need. They would be green, cool, wet areas of the ship where the crew would go to relax, to remind themselves of more than just metal and plastic. Why not have a clean and green military starship?
"also like to imagine these kinds of vessels, despite having a strong military feel, "
this looks civilian to me as is, if there are strong arms on this thing or its designed for heavy combat I don't see it. Perhaps you can explain how the weapons systems on this operates or, what the weapons details you intend to add would be.
"being of smart, ergonomic, and self-sufficient design, as opposed to the "sweating" look of ship interiors in Aliens and whatnot. I like to think of these ships having oxygen "gardens", for instance, where genetically engineered plants are contained in self-contained modules for easy swap-out, which generate all the oxygen (and food) you need. "
there is a breathe of realism for you, we shouldn't "like to think" thats one actual design criteria demand for a real world starship.
"They would be green, cool, wet areas of the ship where the crew would go to relax, to remind themselves of more than just metal and plastic. Why not have a clean and green military starship?"
I agree, there isn't any reason to intentionally claustrophia-ize things when more materials costs means we can simply create larger spaces. In space the virtual real estate goes on forever and is free, So the strong tendency
will be to very large and roomy interiors even for small ships like this one.
I'm looking for some good peeps to start taking things up notch and make it more real than it has been. I see a good nose cone there and then what looks like it could be the flush valve or intake system for a thrust system on the side. If its not an intake system, its too frigging un aero dynamic.
I'd nose cone what am calling your wing. Space isn't empty, and in fact aero dynamics matters more there than it does here because it makes the difference between a bounce impact and a HIT, when you are traveling fast enough to make dust ball hits equal to grenade or missile hits, that matters, and so your wings there are facing some pretty steep odds. Whats going on for shielding, and is there a forward plasma cannon to push the medium forward before falling back?
I really really like your ship and yet liking something in this condition is wondering what it is and imagining how i'd continue to detail it.
Genetically-engineered plants for food and oxygen? That's logical. Surely in the future, there will be engineered plants and fungus that taste exactly like beef. Meat without all the messy raising and butchering of livestock.
I actually like the internal assembly system as for a ship of this size it would need something to help maintain it.
May I see the source that you are getting your information from? You again say it is difficult for ships to distribute heat, but I just gave you a source that shows that our current technology has several effective methods of shedding heat. Considering that this ship is presumably set in the future I'm sure they would have even more effective ways to release heat. Also, I do not consider infrared to be "light" as it is not visible to the human eye. If you want to go into stealth ships, the game Mass Effect has a great solution to this by having heat exchangers (a fully realized current technology) move all outside thermal energy towards a center heat sink, where all heat is stored until a safe place to dissipate it is found (I understand it is a game, but it uses sound logic). I am very much enjoying this discussion, but I don't think we should continue on this artist's comments section, would you mind continuing (sp?) this in a private message?
I agree with usere35 about the BSG, but there also seems to be a hint of USS Defiant in the front half.
This is usually the texture i use for my hulls [link]
incredible design, I adore it!
I love the fact that you do put some interesting facts in the comment, it brings much more life to the piece. Do you have any other stats to share, like speed, displacement, defenses etc., it would be fun!
the top has some nice curves to it, but the sides are very angular and sharp by comparison. even so, nicely done.
The mass alone would restrict this thing to in-system, planetary defense, and that's best left to a fighter base on a moon...
check this out: [link]
Granted, these are old ideas, from the 50's mostly, but still solid engineering.
I'd like to see what you can come up with playing by the rules