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Commissioned: Nebulae Class Medium Cruiser by Colourbrand Commissioned: Nebulae Class Medium Cruiser by Colourbrand
Another of :iconshoguneagle:'s great ideas.

I had a struggle with this because I wanted to convey a medium looking hull but with the stylings of the Alliance. I also wanted it to again look like form, fit and function. It was the adding of weapons that made her look more credible and realised I had a good design on my hands.

:iconshoguneagle: commented well on this "a shark in the stars" and yeah! The strange pattern is an improvement of the pigmets used on other ships.

Comments welcome and please check out :iconshoguneagle:'s page. He is a talent :D


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Name: Nebulae-class medium cruiser
Origin: Allied Star Forces/Space Combat Force
Manufacturer: Deep Space Allied Shipyards, B-2 Asteroid Field, Boras system (initial construction yard)
Type: Interstellar medium cruiser
Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations
Length: 392 meters
Width: 100 meters
Main Drive: 2 x 2.6 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 20000 KW
Main Thrusters: 3 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Verniers: 28
Acceleration: 3,200 kps (kilometers per second)/1.5 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detectors, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, target analyzer, telescope
Fixed Armament: 20 x PD laser turrets, 4 x long-range anti-ship particle cannons, 4 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 4 x anti-ship electromagnetic projectile cannons
Additional Armament/Compliment: 364 crew, 30 officers; 50 troops, 3 shuttles, 3 transports
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, hangars (1 for shuttles/transports), interstellar communication system, escape pod system, satellite uplink, hyperspace generator
Commissioned: 07/01/2887 (AFWS Orion)
Ships of Class: AFWS Orion, AFWS Eagle, AFWS Carina, AFWS Tycho, AFWS Omega, AFWS Cat’s Eye, AFWS Horsehead, AFWS Eta Carinae, AFWS Helix, AFWS Lagoon, AFWS Hourglass, 522 others in service
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool. Great "submarine" feel to the design... almost like a Jeffries design.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As in Matt Jeffries? WOW! Thank you if so :D

And thanks for popping by sir :D
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yup - THAT Jeffries.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very cool- I think, of all the ships Shogun commissions you, the Alliance ships bring out the greatest creativity of the both of you, what with their bizarre designs and shapes- they're among my favourites of your ships, and
I love seeing the updates you post! There's something attractive about them to me in their alien design, I guess, but man, what a ship you create! :D Just had to let you know that- your talent really booms here :)

I noticed that this squiggly camouflage pattern on the hull of the Nebula Class is different from that of the Solar Flare Class, and I'm guessing the Flare Class was created before this one. You mentioned something about how its
pigment is an improvement on those used on the other ships- it's definitely apparent to me. Love that jump in technology. The blister turrets, as well, look terrific- I think they really define what makes the Alliance the Alliance, so
to speak- they do make her look more credible! As for form, fit, and function, I think Shogun really got his shark here! :D
The arrangement of the ship and the planet behind her look great, as well- there's a balance there, and the eye moves easily.

The armaments here are terrifying- and 1.5 light-years per minute! It's like a missile, this one, or a hornets' nest travelling at mach 2! With those sensors, she could find you anywhere, and blast you out of the sky- I would not like to be facing a thing like this.

Fantastic work, sir- the challenge was all worth it- you should be proud!
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind words :D

Well to be honest, most of the commissions I have done have been his Alliance ships - I will try and do others from different factions.

As for the painting scheme - I added that because I did not want someone saying "why is so and so this and not that?" without a reasonable explanation. Only fair.

I am very glad you love the turrets - they are rather neat :D!!

Well when Shogun said "sportscar like" I went for sleek and distinctive - Terran ships are pragmatic, Mars ships are sinister - so sleek is next and will admit woohoo!

The backdrop I added to make it look interesting because I think she is rather boring by herself :D Thanks for the praise on the composition.

And thank you sir overall for such encouraging words :D!!
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you mean with that- I guess we don't really have a mind for the more unusual markings a ship can easily have, no? Those kinds of questions get old almost immediately. :)

Who couldn't? They look great on the ship and fit the style while being perfectly functional at the same time!

HUZZAH!! :D Sleek is always the new cool!

You've got it there- backgrounds don't have to be anything too complex- as long as they fit the piece and draw attention to the main focus, I see nothing to scoff at!

The pleasure is mine!
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice piece. I like the shape and smooth styling that you went with.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What was wished sir - something along them lines but still human in origin :)

Cheers sir :)
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries! :)
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