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Commissioned: Cygnus Liner Concept by Colourbrand Commissioned: Cygnus Liner Concept by Colourbrand
First commission of the new year, and for the great scribe :iconshoguneagle:

This is one of the few non-combat vessels in his Shootingstar Universe, and despite its role, this was very hard to do because not only had I had guidelines to follow, I also needed to make the vessel meet Terran styling but at the same time look like a luxury liner.

The solution came to me in the form of the Arks in the film 2012. They to me looked like spaceships and the idea flourished from there. Another hard part was coming up with a colour scheme. This however was inspired by :iconshoguneagle: ideas; we brainstormed to come up with this.

As always, please check out his page - its a wonderful world full of rich ideas :D

Like to hear your thought and for you spec hounds, the Cygnus' details are below.

Enjoy :)


Name: Cygnus-class commercial luxury liner
Origin: Civilian
Manufacturer: Terran Interstellar Shipwrights Consortium, Lagrange Point 1, Earth orbit
Type: Interstellar commercial luxury liner
Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations
Length: 675 meters
Width: 204 meters
Main Drive: 2 x 1.5 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 10,000 KW
Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Verniers: 48
Acceleration: 25 kps (kilometers per second)/1.0 light year per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: Anti-collision/spatial radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, telescope
Fixed Armament: None
Additional Armament/Compliment: 296 crew (12 flight crew, 24 maintenance crew, 260 cabin crew); 1,240 passengers, 8 shuttles
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, lifeboat system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (1 for shuttles/transient craft), hyperspace generator, 2 presidential/royal suites, 18 executive suites, 120 luxury cabins, 300 single suites, 400 double suites), various amenities (ball room, movie theaters, casino, pools, etc.)
Commissioned: 05/24/2869 (IS Queen Victoria)
Ships of Class: IS Queen Victoria, IS Marie Antoinette, IS Queen Anne, IS Anastasia Nikolaevna, IS Diana of Wales, IS Catherine the Great, 46 others in service.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has its moments ;)

Cheers sir :D
Ruusuvuori Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I saw this vessel in a closed-eye vision about a week ago while listening to fractal based music. Though the image was more like an Australian aboriginal dot painting.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, cheers :)
Ruusuvuori Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I believe this was the sound:…
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ta muchly!
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is a big beastie of a ship! She is big, and very pretty; I can see why those Arks inspired you. Hopefully, the ship you have designed here probably won't be its passengers' last resort ;) (All right, bad pun.)
Good to see that Shogun is still commissioning you! That story he's building must be just fantastic; it'd be amazing to get a glimpse into his mind.

It's amazing what you have done with this design, considering the guidelines you had to follow! Terran design doesn't lend itself to luxury liners. For one, the design, though mentioned before, is just stunning and 
well-suited to its purpose as a luxury liner. The sleek, smooth hull at the front tapers to the nose and transitions easily into the rest of the ship. That, and I've always been impressed by the detail of the lighting you
can pull off with many small, well-placed windows- these here are a terrific example. :)

The colours all work well with one another, too! The grey of the hull provides a fitting backdrop to the bright blues and subtle reds going on which tie the piece together.

I think you've made Shogun proud, sir! :D
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Last resort - LOL!! Very bad - but a hoot :D

Well when I went looking for inspiration that also followed Shogun's philosophies; simple, non-outlandish, practical, and restricting. Most starliner ideas were either ridiculous, themed, over the top, ultra-advanced, or very alien to Shogun's ideologies.

When I saw them ships, I thought "perfect - look futuristic but not absurd - just add engines".

The logo I thought may not have worked but a number of people have picked up on it, including yourself, so I am a happy bunny for that.

Thank you again sir for your wonderful comments and generous support :D
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a shame how easy it is to divert from practicality or even physical feasibility in ship concepts such as starliners and similar kinds of huge star cruisers! It's as though the more commercial they get, the less important a realism
becomes. That's tough- it really surprises me, though, the wealth of knowledge you have you can use to find suitable references out of the internet where so many lie. It just takes looking- it's good that you've found a design
that works!

I would imagine that in just the way they were made, the arks' designs transposed fairly easily to the Terran style. How convenient!

It's fun to have little details noticed by the public :D makes it totally worthwhile.

Always a pleasure sir!
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice. It reminds me quite a lot of the warp-driven liner that Sternbach came up with for the Trek Spaceflight Chronology. Of course both just capitalize on the image of the ocean liner and update it.
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