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?
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...
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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
Mass isn't really a problem in space. It's getting it UP there that's the problem, which is why a ship of this size would be built in orbit anyways.