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Commissioned: Varg Concept by Colourbrand Commissioned: Varg Concept by Colourbrand
This is another commission for the great creative mind :iconshoguneagle: the Varg Stealth Frigate.

When I started this I had a clear idea where to go. :iconshoguneagle:’s genius is that he limits the technology in his works; as a result it makes one think more how to go about designing and doing any of his ideas. When the notion of stealth comes to us, we always think of cloaking devices. :iconshoguneagle: did not want that. What he wanted was a ship that was Terran in looks but very cutting edged.

I took a risk with the design and showed him what I thought the Varg would be; a true stealthy ship based on the present concepts of detection avoidance; primarily minimal signatures, emissions, and innovations. We decided that the weapons would be hidden in hatches, giving this ship as :iconshoguneagle: quoted “as an ace up the sleeve”. It flowed after that. Engine bafflers, Hyperdrive booster, and hidden hanger. The colour of the windows I based on “starlight” and night vision hazes – they tend to be green.

Making her black was a hard task because space is black (duh!), so we brainstormed more to make the scene expose the design. Like with the Vigilance, I added lights and a powerful backdrop to highlight the designs’ darkness; and it worked.

Needless to say, :iconshoguneagle: was made up – and when that happens, my job is more than done. There is nothing more sating than an artist making someone’s vision come to pass more than they expected :D Damn proud I am :D

Please let me know what you think, and the above people, pop by their pages – they are talents galore :D

Enjoy!!

And the stats for this beast are as below.

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Name: Varg-class stealth frigate
Origin: Terran Federation/Stellar Combat Command
Manufacturer: Stellar Combat Command Fleet Intelligence Engineering Division/Ceres Federal Naval Construction Yard, Ceres L5 orbit (Initial)
Type: Interstellar stealth frigate
Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations
Length: 296 meters
Width: 104 meters
Main Drive: 2 x 2.6 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10000 KW
Main Thrusters: 2 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines w/baffled exhaust system
Verniers: 36
Acceleration: 42 kps (kilometers per second)/1.7 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, advanced fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, telescope
Fixed Armament: 24 x PD laser turrets, 6 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 6 x long-range anti-ship laser cannons, 4 x long-range solid-state anti-ship laser cannons
Additional Armament/Compliment: 240 crew, 22 officers; 50 troops, 2 shuttles, 2 transports
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, active stealth system, baffled engine exhaust system, PD laser turrets
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, escape pod system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (1), hyperspace generator w/booster
Commissioned: 06/15/2888 (TFS Varg)
Ships of Class: TFS Varg, TFS Seawolf, TFS Akula, TFS Shchuka, TFS Lira, TFS Boreas, 14 others in service
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:iconcarrier2:
Carrier2 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
What's the difference between the long-range anti-ship laser cannon and the long-range solid-state anti-ship laser cannon?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No idea sir - am just the artist :)

Please ask :iconshoguneagle: he has the knowledge - and it would make his day :)
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:iconshoguneagle:
Shoguneagle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
The solid-state cannons are multidirectional, embedded within the hull for added protection, and can sustain a longer, more powerful beam.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconlichen93:
Lichen93 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
Building an interstar Fleet is quite hard!
But could be the coolest things ever
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed!

Cheers sir :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now this is really cool. As I was examining the design in the image, looking over the stark black of the hull, I cannot say why but the first thing that popped into my head was "Police Cruiser". Of course this is nonsense! I
had to laugh at myself. It does seem to me, though, something that some powerful stealth or infiltration force similar to the FBI (though probably even more undercover) would use to penetrate the truly troubled regions
of space. From what I know of the Terrans of Shogun's lore, this seems like the perfect tool for that kind of work. :)

I have to start with that I've always loved how you do the Terrans' vehicle design. The style for each kind of Terran ship is cohesive and fitting with a unified sort of blueprint- I adore that sort of congruity- they look imaginative
without losing a scrap of functionality and utilitarianism. It always amazes me what you do with them. :D This one in particular must be one of my favourites so far- It has to be the broad, flat portions spanning the sides of
the hull and thrusters. Again, I cannot exactly pinpoint why, but that is what really clinches it to me. It's not a complicated-looking vessel, and yet it still accomplishes that aspect of "stealth" it is built for!

The structure is made even more impressive with the colour scheme; the blue-green accents on the black look terrific (love that bit of science behind the green, by the way! I never knew that.), and allow the ship to really
pop in the darkness. Good of you to use a nebula to help us see her, too!

This is a really great design- Shogun is a very lucky guy- you've done him proud! :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEHEHEHEE - I can understand the Police Crusier statement - it looks like a patrol wagon :D

Well, when I was designing this, the briefs were simple and straightforward; no magical tech like a cloaking device or chameleon skin. In short we brainstormed for feesability.

On the subject of consistancy with Terran designs, I wanted to keep that; it makes sense - nothing worse than deviating from a standard - its like jets; all have jet engines, fighters are small, cargo carriers are sausage shaped and large and so forth.

This was based on stealth as we know it mixed in with stuff that may yet come to pass; the ship's shape is altered to minimise detection - make it say appear like a courier when in fact its a whopping ship; different colours (:iconshoguneagle: was made up with that), pop-out weaponry to give as :iconshoguneagle: would say, a surprise punch, advanced weaponry in the form of Solid State Lasers, and devices to minimise its workload; bafflers, advanced suppressors - list goes on.

Stealth is hard work despite the piss easy way its depicted in films - and I wanted to show it here. :iconshoguneagle: loved this galore.

I am glad you noted that about the lights - I was going to go for purple or red but Mars uses that, and purple would have turned this into something not right; green works because its established for night ops and stuff.

The Nebulae was the only way to show this ship up; bit of a cheap trick but it worked :D

Thank you again for the great words and kindness my friend :D means a lot :D
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:iconi-plexiglass:
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feasibility is a must, in my opinion- it can look cool, and feasibility usually has that capacity- but it must look like it works. A great choice, sir! I think you bridged the two very well!

I believe I saw Shogun make a reference to it on his page- rather clever of him, no? He makes a good job of putting realism in stealth- you hit that on the nose, it is true, stealth seems to have taken a real nosedive in terms of
difficulty or even a few damns given. It's as if those filmmakers just slap a coat of black-and-camo onto an assassin and call it good- but it's really not that simple! I am so glad he liked it- he's got a good artist on his side!

Green is a favourite colour of mine, and pairing it with black always looks attractive- how could I resist? :D

Heyy- sometimes the easy way is the best way when it comes to making things work! As long as your heart is into it :D

The pleasure is mine, my friend!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed - I find that a minus these days - its all about image not substance, credibility, or sense; if it does not make sense, its rubbish.

Hence this - dunno about you old friend, but back in my day we use to have a thing called an imagination.

Always a joy sir - always :D!!
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spartan2spec Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Nice design
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool. I like how the ship's shape is defined by the nebula. Black warships in space make good sense, even if they aren't flashy.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - and this was hard to do - but somehow...:)
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:icontruenights:
TrueNights Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again, excellent designwork! Add a bit of radiosity and you'll be set!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much sir - that means a lot :D!
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I think this is one of my favorite piece from you.  I like the powerful backdrop, otherwise it's stealthy-ness would have hidden it from us viewers. ;P
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir!!

I agree - and it was a struggle; I was prepared for a grey backdrop but :iconshoguneagle: had more faith in me than me! And this is the result!

Thank you sir for your kind words - most appreciated :D
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:icontonystardreamer:
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, :iconshoguneagle: was right to have faith in you.  A job well done, keep up the great work. ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - especially for these great words :)
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:iconjoulester:
joulester Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Stealth frigate - now that's a serious threat! Just when I thought stealth craft couldn't get any larger than the B-2 Spirit, we see here an entire frigate that's stealth! :O Wouldn't want a pack of those in my solar system - who knows what ordnance they could unleash! 

Again, great work! Nice details, and I particularly enjoy the ship decals and lights.  =D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed - and that is what came to mind when I was commissioned to do this; STEALTH! No fancy pokey cloaking devices here sir - No sirree!

And I am glad you get that sense of mystery about her sir - just what I wanted to entail!

The lights were there to show shape and to show her secrets ;)

Cheers sir - you make me feel good man :D
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
cool
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
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:iconacerr85:
acerr85 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
nice
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers sir :)
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
epic.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Makes me think of Homeworld, what is always a good thing in my book. ^^
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fan are we sir?
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Writer
I can say that Homeworld was on of the most imprtant videogames of my teenage years. Today I still think of it as a near perfect game (the haunting story, the wonderful backgrounds and teh strategical depth). It's one of the universes I hope to be able to emulated one day.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Know what you mean - put some imagination to it - never know what comes to pass :)
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
I do have something in mind, but I need to give a step at a time. My current projects are soaking up all of my time. :P
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Know that my friend :)
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Writer
:)
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Very nice :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers sir :D
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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
And you too
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