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Commission: Iwo Jima Class Assault Ship Concept by Colourbrand Commission: Iwo Jima Class Assault Ship Concept by Colourbrand
This is a commission for :iconshoguneagle:’s Iwo Jima Class Assault Ship. Inspired by :iconnorsehound:’s concept of the TFS Challenger - [link] – that also went into designing the Resortation Class.

When I read the specs I had a challenge on my hands and at the same time had an idea how to proceed – I was inspired by the Prometheus from the new BSG, and worked from that.

The hard part was to make the ship look workable; it does not have Star Trek magical technology; so I went into how to make her work. The front areas are mass airlocks for the transfer and retrieval of subordinate craft and under the nose lays the launch rack for fighters, from there it evolved into this, which I am very proud of.

:iconshoguneagle:’s reaction showed I had got what was needed – something intimidating, bulky, strong, powerful and functional – that was great news! BTW check out his page when you can :D - full of good stuff!

Well love to hear your thoughts – and below are the specs of this impressive ship.

Enjoy! :D

Name: Iwo Jima-class heavy assault ship
Origin: Terran Federation/Stellar Combat Command
Manufacturer: L3 Naval Construction Complex, Lagrange Point 3, Earth orbit
Type: Interstellar heavy assault ship/troop carrier
Control System: Bridge w/screen control stations
Length: 620 meters
Width: 212 meters
Main Drive: 4 x 1.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10000 KW
Main Thrusters: 3 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Verniers: 32
Acceleration: 3.2 g/1.5 light years per minute
Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detectors, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, telescope
Fixed Armament: 16 x PD laser turrets, 4 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 4 x long-range anti-ship laser cannons
Additional Armament/Compliment: 540 crew, 70 officers; 5,000 troops (Terrestrial Combat Command forces); 56 starfighter pilots, 76 support craft pilots; 48 tanks, 96 armored vehicles, 236 artillery pieces, 596 powered augmentation armor suits, 24 starfighters, 24 drop-ships, 4 shuttles, 4 transports
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets
Equipment: 1 x launch rack system, 8 x drop-ship deployment racks, artificial gravity system, escape pod system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (4; 2 for drop-ships, 1 for starfighters, 1 for shuttles and transports), hyperspace generator, barracks/amenities for TCC troops
Commissioned: 03/15/2858 (TFS Iwo Jima)
Ships of Class: TFS Iwo Jima, TFS Tarawa, TFS Solomon Islands, TFS New Guinea, TFS Tripoli, TFS Normandy, TFS Saipan, TFS Burma, TFS Borneo, TFS Okinawa, TFS Manchuria, 428 others in service
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:icondershishagott:
DerShishaGott Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Is there any other Defence than the Point defence Lasers? Something like a special Armor.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No idea matey - speak to :iconshoguneagle: on that - possibly chaff pods but only on fighters :)

Cheers anyhoo :)
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:iconi-plexiglass:
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha- as if those little Comet Class Gunships weren't enough to strike fear in the hearts of pirates and other ill-doers- now they have to
deal with the big bugger that carries those guys!! Not a good day for being a bad guy. :D

Must say this is probably my favourite design out of the three you made. It looks big and tough, and very functional by appearance; no magic,
as you said! I guess it's that it's big enough to carry enough payload to inflict a haymaker of damage without actually engaging the enemy,
per se, and it's tough enough to just absorb whatever is put its way. :)

The colour and shape of it really clarify it's concept; everything works!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HURRAY!!! I am not surprised to be honest - I love this too. When I first started it, it was a struggle; the worst part was trying to make it seem both feesable, workable and sticking to :iconshoguneagle:'s requirements.

If one cannot do it right, one might as well not bother.

I am very proud how this came out despite being inspired by the Prometheus from nBSG. It became its own ship, it fufilled :iconshoguneagle:'s requirements and more, and it added more to what he wanted.

We have a saying at where I work - Form, Fit, and Function; and that is what I aimed for here.

I am very glad you get those vibes from this design sir - Thank you :D
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:iconi-plexiglass:
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can imagine; the design of the ship herself looked like it took a fair while, and wasn't an immediately easy start. It can be easy for the viewer
to forget the work that goes into a completed work, because the finished product is right there in front of them! It's an interesting thing. :)

Well that is the overall result you are going for, and the fact that you came there with at his pleasure is a clear indication that you did the right
thing. I feel that a little inspiration is okay if the start is rough, but if you can move ahead from the thing to prevent your work from becoming
an obvious or at least noticeable rip from the original, then something's been done wrong. I detected nothing of that, and the final is very strong.

The three Fs of ship design should be emphasized in schools! And not even just in ships, but in all sorts of things. A building 50 meters tall made
out of printer paper is obviously very flawed. :D

Cheers!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
" A building 50 meters tall made
out of printer paper is obviously very flawed"

Touché!! Cheers sir for your grand positive comments :D
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:iconi-plexiglass:
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha-- I couldn't leave that one out. Cheers!!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Man, them are BIIIIG engine bells! Not sure why but it sorta reminds me of some of the pre-production art from the old Black Hole movie ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I think its the blocky nature and squat look - combined with the spine that gives it that feel; strange I would normally agree on the engine bells but this is a whopper of a ship that needs a whopper of a set of legs :D


The Black Hole - back in the day when movies were movies - and not money-shitter franchises.


Thank you sir for your great words :)

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:iconemigepa:
Emigepa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello friend, as always, a great job.
I am glad to see your great works. inspire me and I love.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

And I am glad to hear that I inspire a great modeller like yourself :)


 


Keep wowing us :D and thank you always for your friendship :)

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:icondcmstarships:
dcmstarships Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work on this one
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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:icontruenights:
TrueNights Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice use of shading on the surface. Has a nice sense of depth as well. Good job.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - one tries :D
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:iconrobbe25:
Robbe25 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Awesome ship, buddy... Although I can't help but feel that it doesn't look very military-y (no offense!).
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ah, that's because I went with the Terran Fleet colour scheme endorsed by :iconnorsehound: and :iconshoguneagle:


Cheers my old friend :D


You are missed!

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:iconrobbe25:
Robbe25 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Well, I didn't exactly mean the colour scheme... just the whole construction. Might be the big hull that makes me think more of a cargo ship than an assault cruiser..

I'll try to be more active ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Well if you look at most assault ships they tend to be modified freighters - its only the colouring that gives it away - and the occasional gun.


 


Hey be available WHEN YOU WISH!!! No rush :D


 


Always a pleasure :)

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:iconrobbe25:
Robbe25 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Thing is: I want to be more active, and I want to create more guns.. However, I have a regular job now (which in itself is a good thing), and when I come home in the evenings it's very hard to muster up the energy or even creativity to do something that requires real input (like PMG or even commenting; let's be realistic, you've got nothing to gain from me just saying "Good job"... not that you don't deserve that either way ;) )
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww the feeling - I get the same when I come home from work too...


But a pat on the back is most welcome :D

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:iconrobbe25:
Robbe25 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I'll see to it that you receive them more often! ;)
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:iconordaka:
Ordaka Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Very nice ... looks like it's bringing a whole lot of trouble down on someone's head :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Glad it gives that feel matey - what I wanted it to feel it do :D


Cheers for taking a peek :D

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:iconnorsehound:
Norsehound Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Looking pretty good! Glad my concept could help pave a direction.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

It did and thanks my freind for looking :D


Be proud you inspired :D

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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Very nice :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
You're welcome :)
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the industrial look of this, reminds me of some Babylon 5 Earth ships which I love. I can also see the BSG Prometheus inspiration but it has been pulled off in such a way that it isn't purely a repaint of that design.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is what I was going for - well seen sir; I wanted it to feel practical and the Prometheus was a perfect design to bounce off.

Thank you sir for these wonderful comments :D
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:iconmajestic-msfc:
Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime, keep up the great creative work. XD
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:iconthecentipede:
TheCentipede Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ehhhhh, obviously not a comment on your work, but (some of) the technology is still magical. It just has a less extrapolative naming convention. ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is that ;)

Cheers sir :D thanks for popping by :)
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:iconthe-colonel-382:
The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
AWESOME!!!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconwisky-08:
Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Nice. :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers :D
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:iconbagera3005:
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
sweet looks bit based off of TFS Barrion SCV-200 love to do blueprint to go with it someday if its ok with you an shogunblade
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I was inspired more by this -[link] - I did see your design...may have had some elements subconcously - no offence meant.

Hey, I am okay with it - go for it :D
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:iconbagera3005:
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
it cool there same fleet there have to look abit alike
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed - hence why I went with :iconnorsehound:'s TFS Challenger - a standard; also it was a factor :iconshoguneagle: wanted to distingush Terran ships from Alliance ones.

Thanks sir :D
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most excellent work sir! I do like these industrial looking designs :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well sir its down to :iconnorsehound: to me he set a standard and I followed it.

And coming from the awesome talent like you - stunning praise :D

Thank you very much sir!! :D
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He does indeed do some inspiring work!
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