Blood Fire and Smart Dust
Eos was the first modernisation of colours, textures and themes across the races. It felt like, Kacylis was naturally an orange, or sand coloured faction with ships that had materials ranging between copper and gold, down to ICE and Ceramic.
Arkaedian ships on the other hand either had dark blue painted hulls, or a tarnished chrome like material with blue and purple highlights.
So team Red vs team Blue? Well, yes, kinda. It’s a simplification that may help people get into the universe without having to understand which 3 of the 6 manufactures work for who.
Markers of domain
“This miraculous amalgamation of silica and titanium, shepherd to five dozen vessels that each posses the power of suns, is Asgard.
It is the personification of your will, markers of your domain, with all that lie within it’s shadow defering to your control. – Anon”
Asgard, another capital ship ear marked for a full retrofit. I never quite nailed the rear and the textures on this one. As you can see, this vessel went through a huge number of iterations before I settled on something I felt fit the name
Heavily homeworld inspired.
“The Ashcen was the ceremony that celebrated a Kushauwan Pilot’s the 10th Magniacapra engagement.
The event was the acquisition of “war paint” via the low altitude gravitational assist of Ganarhun I in the Ganarhun system.
Ganarhun I was a Metallic Hypergiant who’s close proximity to it’s star caused it’s surface in daylight, to evaporate prior to being blown by the solar wind into interstellar space. As pilots undergoing the Ashcen transgress through the planets ;bleeding’ atmosphere, metallic vapour condenses and scars hull plating providing the vessel with unique patterns that distingish the pilot amoungst it’s peers.”
Synax444’s work provided most of the inspiration for this piece.
Magnetar Proving Facilities provide the ultimate testing environments for new technology and tactics due to the extrodinarily tough conditions found within these particular stellar atmospheres.
Like with all stars, magnetic field’s excite and bake stellar atmosphere and the solar wind to millions of degrees hotter than the stars core.
This Magnetar (SGR 1900+14) although less than 20 killometers in diameter weighs in at over 5 solar masses and resides in a photosphere several billion degrees kelvin. It’s in these extremes, ship defences and weapons systems are assessed by some of the most competent test pilots in the industry.
Asgards in transit towards a Magnetar Facility.
Running off the success of Varuna, I wanted to design a ship similar in style and nature, but a size class larger and perhaps a little more aggressive.
I’ll be redesigning this vessel in future so stay tuned.
These are from way back in 2009. Varuna was the first photo-realistic concept, Heavily inspired by star wars and various bits of throw back sci fi. This instantly became one of my most popular works, teaching my the value of making things shiny.