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Commissioned: Solar Flare Heavy Cruiser by Colourbrand Commissioned: Solar Flare Heavy Cruiser by Colourbrand
This is another commission for the great :iconshoguneagle: on another of his vessels for his Shootingstar story.

The Solar Flare is described as a heavy cruiser; a monster brisling with weapons with the intent to intimidate. However being an Alliance ship, it had to be something different; the Alliance are humans but have shunned their heritage and thus reflect it in their designs; organic, alien, sleek, unusual.

The easy part was the design – the hard part was the weapon’s layout; she is not a mover like a fighter – she is a battler, and it was hard to locate the weapons for this – but perseverance paid off and the end result is a ship I am very proud of!

For puritans, the hanger for subordinate craft is under the hull and ships are launched and loaded like the shuttles in Star Trek: Enterprise.

The unusual colour scheme is based on nebulas and stellar clouds – and also designed to intimidate foes.

Like to hear your thoughts and to :iconshoguneagle: thank you sir :D

Enjoy!! :)

For you stat hounds – see below her abilities.


Name: Solar Flare-class heavy cruiser
Origin: Allied Star Forces/Space Combat Force
Manufacturer: New Promise Orbital Naval Yards, New Promise (initial construction yard)
Type: Interstellar heavy cruiser
Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations
Length: 782 meters
Width: 210 meters
Main Drive: 2 x 3.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10,000 MW
Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Verniers: 56
Acceleration: 3.3 g/1.5 light years per minute
Onboard Sensors: ECCM, ECM, advanced fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, telescope
Fixed Armament: 36 x PD laser turrets, 6 x long-range anti-ship plasma cannons, 6 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 4 x long-range anti-ship particle cannons
Additional Armament/Compliment: 534 crew, 60 officers; 368 troops, 4 shuttles, 4 transports
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets
Equipment: artificial gravity system, lifeboat escape system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (1 for shuttles/transports), hyperspace generator
Commissioned: 6/31/2887 (AFWS Solar Flare)
Ships of Class: AFWS Solar Flare, AFWS Charger, 112 others in service
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:iconjoulester:
joulester Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Liking this series of ship paintings very much! Personally, when it comes to sci-fi, for me this is a little different from the norm, but that's what makes this immensely interesting, and now my appetite for this style is definitely piqued. I am particularly fond of the common theme where everything is rounded and curved - even the squarer-looking design like this ---> colourbrand.deviantart.com/art… also has some considerable amount of curves. I can tell they all tie in with the same universe, makes the series more credible. I also want to highlight the rounded, bulbous turrets you made; my absolute favourite feature! Dig very much the reasoning behind the bold and organic patterns of the ships - i think they're a genius! Damn bold color combos and I gotta respect that. The cleverly done subtle lighting made it all the more awesome.

I think you;'ve really did :iconshoguneagle: a great service, my friend. :aww: I would be very happy with this work!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!! I am liking this comment sir :D

Well when I started to do work for :iconshoguneagle: he gave me a brief and I am a guy who grew up with "design styles" and stuff like that; classic cases: Star Trek - you can (use to) tell who was Romulan, Klingon, and Federation - same with Babylon Five - you can spot their styles with ease and joy.

Here the brief was "alien but not absurd"; the Alliance are human colonists who have thrown off their heritage in favour of their own style to defy the Terrans. So I went with a "sport's car" feel.

I am a strong believer in form, fit and function; and I am very pleased that you see the same universe in the ships. As you have pointed out, even the squarest ship has that heritage.

The turrets were after a lot of challenge and struggle; :iconshouguneagle: wanted these ships to be leviathans - which means that things like missile tubes per se and fixed weapons would be a pain to such ships - turrets on the other hand saves ships "turning".

All the elements were brainstorms with :iconshoguneagle:

What great words - he's a happy bunny too - and thank you sir.

One more thing; watch this space - more is to come :D
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:iconjoulester:
joulester Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting point of view about the 'sports car' type battleship. Wow, that's fresh, actually! 

I agree with what you say about the classic design styles in Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc. When I was younger I too noticed it, and I was always impressed with the way how the movie visualizers tie everything in, with the same race. I've always thought, "that's so cool, I wanna do things like that too!"

You're very welcome =), and I definitely will stay tuned. Do give us more! =D
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:iconi-plexiglass:
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I was wondering if you'd do another of these! The organic style of the Alliance ships in Shogun's description looks excellent in your style, and I do love seeing what
you can do with their colour schemes! I like the idea of a hull designed after the nebulae and clouds, provides camouflage in a place where such camouflage would be
potentially very hard to find. :)

Heavy is right- the Solar Flare here looks like she can pull a ton of weight in deep space, with or without anybody tailing her. The armour on her hull must be near impossible
to penetrate; it certainly looks that way! I'm liking the blisters on her hull as well, and the turrets to the rear are interesting, too- more aerodynamic, and it seems like their
cockpit and controls would be further inside the ship than one would see in a conventional ship turret. It makes sense, though!

Shading and lighting as usual is marvellous; loving the lights on the bridge at the rear. Keep it up good sir :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually this is the last one of the Alliance (so far) - Shogun is working on one more and my work is having an influence on his, which I am VERY proud of :D

I wanted to aim for a "ferrari looking warship" and I think I pulled it off - Shogun was chuffed with this.

The hardest part was the weapon's arrangement; the ship is no fighter and as you have pointed out, she is a heavy beast to behold, so how does she get the best weapons on target for maximum effect? It took a while but it was worth it :D

The weapons had to be also designed different from the Terran lot, hence the blister like look (some think its a Mon Calamari ship!). I am glad you feel that this beast looks a terror impossible to breach :D!!

Thank you sir for such supportive and great words :D
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:iconi-plexiglass:
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh-- high praise, coming from the requestor himself!! You should be proud of yourself, you've done a fantastic job! That, and you've earned his
respect as a valuable artist to go to- everything works out in a win-win for the both of you! :D

Ha! I'd imagine he'd be; it's quite a beauty if I may say so myself!

Putting weapons onto a ship and making them look functional, logically placed, and sufficient for its general purpose is something I'd imagine would
pose a real challenge for a lot of shipbuilders in general. Either that, or it gets overlooked and looks awkward. Time is everything- it's good that
you can see the weight in patience and a lot of time there. It shows, too. :)

Ahh, yes, I know of the blisters you've given the Terran vessels you've done previously; it's a fitting design! I saw that in your comments' section,
too. I see the resemblance; didn't quite put it together, though! Hoo, boy; if I were a captain facing up against one of those things, I think I'd
just pull out and leave. :lol:

The pleasure is mine!
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Intriguing hull design. At first glance I thought it was a Star Wars Mon Calamari vessel...
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm there is that but it was not my intent to do that; but I see the point there sir. Some things are set in stone :)

Cheers for looking and commenting :D
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You're welcome.

The colour palette really reminds me of some sort of venomous tropical fish - warning pigmentation to tell would-be predators that messing with this fish is a massively bad idea...

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm what a great thought!!

Cheers sir - always count on you to put a clever spin on something :D
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I thank you! I thank you!:D

But seriously... The colour scheme is a refreshing change from all that Star Wars grey-white or super-grimy 'flying oilrig' palette that's so prevalent. Makes me hanker for Babylon 5, which had distinctive colour schemes for Earth, Minbari, Narn ships... and the Shadows, which that crawly-looking 'living black coral' texture...

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmmmmm....one of the reasons I liked that show...

The various differences - not two nacelles here plus some sort of shape YAWN!!!

Must do some more B5 art; thanks for the inspiration :)
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

No problem. Those B5 capital ships were some of my all-time favourites.

 

The Narn cruisers with the splinter camouflage livery... the Centauri ships that were all shabby, overdone opulence... and the clunky-looking Earthforce craft that seemed to have been designed by the lowest bidder (the Omega cruiser with the rotation module).

 

Makes me very sad my old VCR broke down and I lost most of my B5 video collection!

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Think you can get the DVD box set of the series now. With the lot hopefully in HD!

Hmm and again, thanks for wetting the appetite on B5! Your descriptions are spot on; only gripe was that there was a lack of varied ships from each race!!
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:iconduzloo:
Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Now this is a ship with mass and lots of weight. Love the design!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sweetie :D :hug:!!!
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:iconduzloo:
Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
My pleasure! :la:
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, now THAT'S a funky color scheme!! Nice job - fresh n' cool!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks sir - coming from you that means a heck of a lot :D
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:iconecorynv:
EcorynV Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh strange spaceship.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! Has its moments mon cher :hug: thank you as always :D
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:iconecorynv:
EcorynV Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Writer
:iconaawplz:
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: yay!!
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:iconmichel-le-fou:
Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Ingenious truly. I like that it really resembles the form and color of the flare.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really!? WOW!

Cheers sir for that convicting comment :)
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Writer
I really like the design and the specs. Gonna go ask more details Shoguneagle. :)

Your work is kickass, as usual. ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well sir, what would you like to know about the design?

And thanks for the comments :D
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Writer
As muchas I can, actually. This setting seems interesting. Do you know if the guy has something published or if it's still a work in progress?

It's always a pleasure. :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Think its still Work in progress; not to brag but I think my art is helping him shape his ideas :)

Ditto sir :D
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Writer
That's so good to know. :)

Really hope his project moves along and up beyond his wildest dreams. :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hear hear :)
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work. Do like the colors of it as well :) like you write very intimidating :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have my moments sir but thank you for such stirring words :D
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