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Commissioned: Vela Starliner Concept by Colourbrand Commissioned: Vela Starliner Concept by Colourbrand
Another of :iconshoguneagle:'s concepts; this time the Martian version of a Starliner.

I was inspired by the concepts of :iconhandofmanos:'s depiction of Martian ships for :iconshoguneagle: and went along with that; the hard part was to make it work.

It took time because I wanted to make the design interesting but different from the Cygnus liner I had done earlier. I also wanted it to be striking. In the end, a bit of glare, floods and the setting of the lights made it come to pass; and the logo worked a treat :)

Needless to say, :iconshoguneagle: is a happy bunny!

Well, comments are always welcome.

Enjoy! :)

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Name: Vela-class commercial medium liner
Origin: Civilian
Manufacturer: Phobos shipyards, Phobos orbit, Mars (primary yard)
Type: Interstellar medium luxury liner
Control System: Bridge w/screen control stations
Length: 312 meters
Width: 106 meters
Main Drive: 1x 1.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 7500 KW
Main Thrusters: 2 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Verniers: 24
Acceleration: 28 kps (kilometers per second)/1.0 light year per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: Anti-collision/spatial radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, telescope
Fixed Armament: None
Additional Armament/Compliment: 148 crew (9 flight crew, 12 maintenance crew, 127 cabin crew); 600 passengers, 4 shuttles
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, lifeboat system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (1 for shuttles/transient craft), hyperspace generator, 2 presidential/royal suites, 8 executive suites, 120 luxury cabins, 120 single suites, 175 double suites), amenities (movie theater, 2 pools, zero-g recreation facility, 5 sun rooms, 5 spas, 2 dining rooms, 2 medical bays, etc.)
Commissioned: 03/20/2867 (IS Vera Lynn)
Ships of Class: IS Vera Lynn, IS Bettie Page, IS Mata Hari, IS Marilyn Monroe, IS Audrey Hepburn, IS Rosemary Clooney, IS Judy Garland, 513 others in service
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey bud, sorry I've been SERIOUSLY AWOL from DA. Been crazy-busy with too many other things, but now I have a few minutes to get caught up on comments and looking at art... and you were one of the first stops on that mission! :)  Neat design - I like the big-ass RCS placements. You'd need some biggies with a ship that size, probably. At a quick glance it reminds me of the some of the freighters/liners from The Starfleet Museum. And man... if that's a "medium" liner, the "large" ones must be intimidating! ;)
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHAH Hey thank you sir - its okay, long as you are well and alright, its okay - this is all fluff :)

I appreciate it mind but life is life and its good to have one!!

Well just went with what :iconshoguneagle: wanted and voila - chuffed bunny :D

Thank you sir for taking time to come by and comment - it means a heck of a lot :D
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah- it's interesting to compare the two starliners you have posted recently, this one and the Terran one from previous! Although the general concept is the same, as well as the rough overall shape, there are some
striking notable differences in the styles between the two factions which really put both liners apart; isn't that something? Maybe it's just me, but I really like how you can do so much with the two of them. :)

Martian design lends itself well to starliners, in my opinion- the tapered front of it similar in their other ships is just gorgeous, it gives her a smooth, almost feminine appearance which is a broad disparity to the comparitively
masculine design in the Terran's liner. The gold colour of the windows looks fantastic, and it isn't overdone; rather than being distracting, I find it really completes the ship and gives it a real luxurious feel. That, and the pink
lighting on the far side of the hull is a lovely flourish.

I also couldn't help noticing the way you placed the logo on the hull behind the windows in blue there- it looks great, must have taken forever to do! Props to you sir- makes it feel more realistic :D

This is another of my favourite designs you've made for Shogun's lore!
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow - once again, great words spoken by a great friend :)

I always look forward to your comments - they are deep, insightful, and helpful in ways you cannot believe; they are gold dust sir :D

Anyways, the comments - I was always going to do her like this - Mars has their "style" - Shogun emphasised that the liner has an "old rocket" ship feel; I built upon that.

The windows were a joy to do; varied illuminations give more credibility; look at a tower block; all have the same lights, rooms, and fittings but yet they are not the same brilliance. In addition, I wanted the gold to be a contrast to the blue of the Cygnus.

I love the feminine angle - and I never considered that; especially since Mars is the God of War!

As for their distinctivity - just in my nature when I do this sort of thing; the pink I never even thought about; it was just a light source intersecting with another colour; must admit, yer right - it looks lovely :D!!

The logo was almost easy to do - will try and not bore you but it involves masks, lettering, add and subtract selections yada yada yada. I did this on the Cygnus but it was not good enough; here thankfully it came out a lot better.

Thank you for your kind words and support sir :D Thanks you very much :D
I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do my best, sir- I am so happy they mean so much :D

Aaah- yes, I see what you mean! The tall buildings of the city aren't so straightforward, are they- indeed, you get lights popping up everywhere! Perhaps that's why I've never attempted to do something like that- but man, those windows
are to die for. They add so much to the overall design.

Now I'm the one to be surprised- I completely forgot about the whole God of War thing!

Very cool- such a completely incidental thing, though- it's amazing what really makes a piece :D

Always a pleasure, my friend!
joulester Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
I really love the viewports and I adore the color combinations you use for them. I looks like the galaxy's biggest party is being held on board! It's very well done. I've learnt something from you here, my friend - applying random, varying degrees of brightness on the windows of starships looks really good, and it gives a very natural feel. I often overdo my viewports, using maximum brightness all the way because I always want to show how I arrange them on my ships. I think I will try it your way. 

That subtle solar flare and radial color gradient in the background does wonders to give the image an atmosphere.

Great work here! :w00t:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this comment my friend and I am utterly stunned that I have given you - a vetran - some thought! :O

I was like you too when it came to viewports, windows and such, but (think it may have been either by accident, or a picture reference) then I did windows varied in tone. Somehow it worked. Let me know how you get on - and if you are having a tough time - sent me a note and I will gladly help :)

As for the background - just giving her life :)

A great party eh?? Sounds excellent!

Thank you for this sir - it has made my day :D
Zibblsnrt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I really like the look of the windows (likewise on your other pieces, actually). 
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - that means a lot and thensome :D
beltminer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Beautiful work man
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