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Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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So I've had some thoughts regarding starships and I want to know what you all think re: starship livery.

First and foremost; is it functional in any way in space? Obviously for the most part you'd be stupid far apart so you'd never see another ship out a window. But with sensors being a thing, would a vessel be able to render a picture of another vessel with such fine granularity to identify things such as color, markings, really much beyond general shape and mass and velocity?

I suppose this could be taken into account with livery choices, for instance a target ship that wants to project a certain "color" would in fact bounce back sensor data the scanning ship would interpret and render as official livery color. The ship needn't even be painted in reality, but painted as a data concept.

So, I dunno, just wondering what you think. Worth painting a starship? Lighting it and sticking big decals and words on the outside? Or an exercise in stellar vanity?

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Brawnfire
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Taintrunner posted:

If you read my post to the end I make a reference to Homeworld vibes in the ship design.


Have you ever heard of morale patches? Or better yet, do you think the pilots and crew inside a B-17 bomber spent a good amount of time poking their head out the window to look at the big tiddy ginger babe on the nose of their murderplane? It's something to give the pilots and crew comfort and a sense of bravado, more than anything.

But I mean, planes operate at a visible distance for the most part. If the pilot can't see it, other pilots probably could especially earlier in aviation history. Plus, numerous visual markings on a plane were for the benefit of identification by other planes, ships, and ground-based spotters.

Starships would very, very rarely be in visible range of another starship and indeed in Star Trek they often scan and hail vessels that would look like a speck of light out of the viewscreen. The magnification on those for "visual range" must be insane.


Bucnasti posted:

Ships gotta stop sometime right? Livery might only be seen in port or while in orbit etc.

I can definitely see allowances for drydock purposes, having a viewport with a vantage point on the logo so you can slap a bottle of champagne up against it.

Brawnfire
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nine-gear crow posted:

That was one of the things that disappointed me when we got to Serenity was that when we see the full Alliance fleet assembled at the end of the movie, it's just a bunch of generic space ships that blend together in boring mass like the end of Rise of Skywalker or Star Trek: Picard. The flying office building at least had some personality to it.

Yeah, shoulda been basically Manhattan coming thru space to gently caress them up

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Taintrunner posted:

I would accept this premise if they attached a couple of arms to a giant floating space Manhattan to fling a smaller, obsolete space city colony at the enemy like it was a loving BeyBlade

Residents of space Bronx look out the window like "you're loving kidding me, they threw us again"

Brawnfire
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1000 Brown M and Ms posted:

Here's another one to add to that:



Just like my LEGO space stations, there's some dude pushing around a dome on a handle.

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Unkempt posted:

Is that a Playskool corn popper?

A toy to train for a futuristic job that never materialized

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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I love laser-lance weapons. Anything that sears through space and just pumps infiniwatts of energy into anything in its path gets me going

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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I like the android on Dark Matter

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Everyone talks about the foreskin when it comes to circumcision, but nobody mentions the ventral spur

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Megillah Gorilla posted:

My only problem with the hammerhead is that the bridge should really be right at the back.

If you're ramming face first into star destroyers, having the bridge be in the part which is rubbing up against them seems unwise.

Maybe they put all the depressed, suicidal rebels on there.

"Sometimes I think about just..." *mimes diving in a fighter, explosion*

"Say, have you ever served on a Corvette?"

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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mind the walrus posted:

It's literally a library

Yeah you could probably land that in water but you'd better hope no waves reach the deck.

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Bottom left I am EXTREMELY about

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twistedmentat posted:

Yea i really like the 4 hangers, means you can launch a lot of fighters at once.


These are

It makes me sad I have zero artistic talent because I have a bunch of ship designs in my head but i have zero ability to draw them without them looking like something I drew in the margin of my notebook in math class.

There's probably talented folk here who could render even your worst attempt at a thumbnail sketch into something awesome. I'd be willing to try, myself, though I'm not claiming to be amazing by any means, just that I'd give it a shot.

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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There is something just off about the angles of the foreground of that second image

Brawnfire
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I liked the shape of this one

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twistedmentat posted:

In class did you ever pretend an eraser with a paperclip stuck in it was a spaceship? Its that.

The twist-off cap of a Squeezit bottle

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Linux Pirate posted:

That's a good shape for a ship. For me it was bic mechanical pencils as long frigates/ battleship Yamoto style with the clip being the bridge. I always put paper towel roll packs on my shoulders pretending they were madcat/timberwolf missile pods when I was a young'n. Coax cable splitters were like short blockade runners. poo poo like that.

Definitely did the long pen ships with clip as elevated bridge. They do the long, slow rumble as they hove into the atmosphere, and fire off searing beams of directed energy.

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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I love any ship where the artist clearly thought "gently caress, this is a penis" and began adding elements to reduce the phallic quality but it keeps getting dickier

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Oh... so this thing hypnotizes you, stabilizes itself, then penetrates you with a ribbed hull, all the while menacing you with a stiletto? Yo keep the Syreen far away from me

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Plus there's an awe to it that beam weapons can't muster. In my real-world experience, nuclear weapons were catastrophic for two entire cities, and have grown exponentially in power ever since. The idea of lobbing those off one after another and having them plink like peas off an enemy's shields is hosed up and balls terrifying

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Jul 13, 2004

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I just remembered my actual favorite ship of all time



The good ol' Starship Titanic. I love any ship with just as much or more going on below the "waterline" as above.

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Well that does something for the sense of scale, wow!

What a stunning ship.

Please, do not prod my Achilles' buttock! It pains me greatly!

Brawnfire
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Arcsquad12 posted:

the vertically oriented ISA cruiser is very pretty and does fit in with the thread.

Though one must scroll a bit

Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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I always sort of wondered why they made up a Voyager 6 instead of using one of the real ones. Was it to suggest a future of fervent space exploration to correlate with Star Trek themes?

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Brawnfire
Jul 13, 2004

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Cross-Section posted:

Probably. There was a TNG episode that had NASA sending manned space missions outside the solar system as early as the 2030s.

Haha I was like "oh hey we have plans for a space probe going into interstellar space--" then I saw "manned" and lmao nahhh

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