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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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joulester Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional General 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 --->… 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!
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
joulester Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional General 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
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
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
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!
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...
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
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...

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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