Friday, June 13, 2014

New Ship Design: Esquiline Class

Starting concept work on a new spaceship design, the Esquiline class.  If anyone can catch (without Googling it or otherwise looking it up!) where I'm getting all the class names for the Thrassi fleet from, I'd be impressed.  Palatine, Esquiline, Viminal, Aventine.

Here are the three design phases so far, as the ship goes through its conceptual adjustments:

First Day:

Second Day:

Third Day:

On the third day (today), I discovered I really liked the more squashed look of the ship than the very long look of before.  So I squashed it.  I discovered this by accident when I wondered why I liked the orthographic 3/4 view of the front (4th picture from the bottom).

The problem is that it's starting to resemble the Misanthropic Retreat a bit too much.  Granted, there are precedents for cars resembling other designs in real life.  We'll have to see how it turns out.  I'll probably put in additional winglet details around the engines.  This will probably be where the FTL drive winglets are placed and retract.


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