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Commissioned: Hellfire Class Medium Carrier by Colourbrand Commissioned: Hellfire Class Medium Carrier by Colourbrand
Apologies that I have not been about peeps – been busy with life, and a few commissions – like this :D

This is one of :iconshoguneagle:’s starship concepts for his Shootingstar story. The specs below gave me direction to what this vessel was to be – also :iconshoguneagle: was specific in its design philosophy; streamline, almost alien physiology; from the get go it was a task; it felt like a monster (despite being medium class) so I try to envision it as one.

Following the concept and plans were a major challenge – especially the notion of “two external mounted rapid deployment launch systems”. For a time I went down the road of a Battlestar style of ship; however I looked around and found an idea and went from there. The launch system is mounted one dorsal, and one ventral.

The large turrets mount plasma weapons that fire from blisters instead of clichéd barrels – an idea :iconshoguneagle: emphasised on. For the missiles, I went double in design – two of the batteries are mounted forward, the remainder are in blister like missile tubes on the outer hull.

The hangers for larger craft were going to follow the path of the launch systems but I felt that there would be no space for cargo, storage, and maintenance – so I made three of the bays visible with the fourth underneath; this also acts as protection to attack.

The Habu fighters designed by :iconbagera3005: I included for scale.

Hope you like - :iconshoguneagle: did :)

Like to hear thoughts, comments and such.

Hellfire specs are below :D




Name: Hellfire-class medium fighter carrier

Origin: Allied Star Forces/Space Combat Force

Manufacturer: Cirris Allied States Military Shipyard, Lagrange Point 5, Cirris orbit (initial construction yard)

Type: Interstellar medium fighter carrier

Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations

Length: 755 meters

Width: 295 meters

Main Drive: 3 x 3.0 GW

Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10,000 KW

Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines

Verniers: 80

Acceleration: 3.8 g (maximum space acceleration)/1.5 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability)

Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, target analyzer, telescope

Fixed Armament: 20 x PD laser turrets, 6 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 8 x long-range anti-ship plasma cannons

Additional Armament/Compliment: 575 crew, 98 officers, 300 troops (includes 204 starfighter pilots), 96 starfighters (4 squadrons), 4
personnel transports/shuttles

Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets

Equipment: 2 x externally-mounted rapid deployment launch systems, artificial gravity system, escape pod system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (4; 4 for starfighters/shuttles/transient craft), hyperspace generator
Commissioned: 07/01/2887 (TFS Hellfire)

Ships of Class: AFWS Hellfire, AFWS Mephistopheles, AFWS Lucifer, AFWS Succubus, AFWS Incubus, AFWS Dis, AFWS Hades, AFWS Styx, AFWS Charon, 19 others in service
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Reminds me a little of the Draconian fighter ships from the Buck Rogers TV show that featured Erin Gray and Gil Gerrard.

 

Great FX models, shame the stories were such 180-pound lumps of stale cheese...:no:

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm there is that - guess its the colour...

I agree - the models were brilliant - the Thunder fighter (Earth's) was designed by the legend that was Ralph McQuarrie; the others were improvs. This site tells great stories of how they did the models - www.universalhartland.com/code…

As for the show - no shit - series one was the worse elements of James Bond in space; the second series tried to be Star Trek...

Dear, dear, dear...
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ah, that explains the odd little niggle I always had regards the Earth starfighters. I was sure I recognised the style of the design, but I was never quite able to nail it down. Of course, Ralph McQuarrie!:salute:

I'd have quite liked the show - if I'd been about age 9 when I saw it originally - but I wasn't. It kind of became a contest between me and my late father to sit and watch it, and see which one of us would wince first.:D

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"my late father to sit and watch it, and see which one of us would wince first!"

Now that is a great way to grow up :)

I have developed the twitching eye long ago...and alas still in use with all the crap I have seen!!!
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biomass Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now this is a wonderful Paint Job!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has its moments sir ;)

Thank you :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Certainly a fairly Travellereque feel, here.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm interesting....never thought of that.

Cheers sir :D
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space-commander Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool :)  Any idea how much one of these carriers would cost compared to one of the fighters?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers sir - no idea on the economic front, best tax (pun intended) :iconshoguneagle: that question LOL!!

Thank you sir :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic and very alien design, I must say you caught that unusual shape nicely! It flows with its design, and looks unique without being awkward.

The blister batteries housing the plasma cannons look excellent! I must admit I hadn't really thought of it before, as everybody draws turrets- but turrets wouldn't have the same effect
that these do. It's a more practical design, too, as there isn't something large and thin jutting out the side of the ship the way turrets do; there seems to be more defence in this rounded
shape. Really liking their placement as well. :D

The four hangars at the front look terrific with the lights and compliment the shape of the ship, and the tail end with the thrusters is awesome! Love the colour scheme too :D

Easily a hit, my good man; I do love your ship commissions.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What great words again from a friend I so admire and respect.

The blister ideas for the Plasma weapons are :iconshoguneagle:'s. He has a specific set up for how he wants his ships to look - an idea I enjoy. With eight such units it was easy to field them in a three dimensional way, the way space warfare is. I am glad that it works for you sir.

Its a task to make the imagination fit the requirements, but that makes us better artists.

Speaking of which, I am seeing you evolve mate!! Your beast designs are sublime and the muscle work is excellent! Carry on and I think I can see a superb beast artist come to pass :D

If ever you want to know how the lights are done - just ask ;)

Thank you again for your stirring words and support :D makes it all worth it :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say his ideas are more sound than many others I have seen; he's really got a good head for ships and ship design on his shoulders!
It's terrific that he's requesting you to design his works; what an honour!

I agree- the opportunity to learn from each task and expand our imaginations that way is also just as precious. :)

Heeyyy, I've got great supporters and motivators on my side; your words are a big part of what drives me to improve, and my gratitude is
immense! Thank you for your kind words- I must say beast art may become my forte!

Always my pleasure, sir; I'm glad we can have such stirring conversations such as these! :D
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EcorynV Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Original and funny colors.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has its moments ;)
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EcorynV Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Nod
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW - The Hope of Dawn is underway :D
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EcorynV Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Writer
OH yeah! Thank my friend!:love:
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BaronKastigrOBeefdip Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's uber sweet!!!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D Means a lot that :D
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Nice :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
You are very welcome :)
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fletcherc Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Wow! That's one hell of a paint job on this one. Nice. Would like to have that for my car :-)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that would be worth seeing :D

:hug: always a joy!
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