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 thank you sir
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
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
Well when I started to do work for 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
What great words - he's a happy bunny too - and thank you sir.
One more thing; watch this space - more is to come
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
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
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 !!
Thank you sir for such supportive and great words
respect as a valuable artist to go to- everything works out in a win-win for the both of you!
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.
The pleasure is mine!
Cheers for looking and commenting
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...
Cheers sir - always count on you to put a clever spin on something
I thank you! I thank you!
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...
The various differences - not two nacelles here plus some sort of shape YAWN!!!
Must do some more B5 art; thanks for the inspiration
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!
Your work is kickass, as usual.
And thanks for the comments
It's always a pleasure.