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Archangel-Class Supdread WIP 3 by ChroniclesofMan Archangel-Class Supdread WIP 3 by ChroniclesofMan
Another WIP of the Archangel. About 50-60% done I estimate detailing wise. I really recommend downloading this one to appreciate just how much detail is going into this design.

As a note, this ship marks the first time in my CoM designs that I have illustrated every weapon. From the 120-inch turreted main gun to the point defense lasers (the hexagonal red clusters positioned along the length of the ship), they are all there.

Feel free to toss questions at me and I apologize this one is takings so long. Its the bloody detail...
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emepror1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
this is an amazing ship
im guessing the upper 3 rows (atleast) are missile bays? (pretty much a noob to CoM, doing a little research now)

also, you ever read the honor harrington series? there are a couple of similarities in ship design (broadside weapons galore, ship propulsion, basic layout of the ship)
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, the top rows are missiles.

As for honor harrington, the similarities are really just in the fact that both ships use broadsides. How those ships function and even how propulsion works is VERY different from Honorverse. Firstly, ships don't travel near speeds of light around a planet. Also, acceleration is very different. Also, most of the battles in this verse take place over much shorter distances, and there are no lasers or grasers, nor are there flying double ended space dildos (I do lover honor verse but I am not too fond of the ship designs). Ships in this verse instead use kinetic rounds and burst projectiles.
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emepror1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
ok, just wondering thanks for clearing that up

and i agree with the ship design philosophy, it works well for the honorverse (may change with the new spider drives, that was total unseen)but i do like your ship designs much better
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honorverse ship's are fun to read about. They sound epic and I'll admit some of the better renderings of them look good, but I wanted my ships to look like nothing else. So I looked to the long sleek battleships and battlecruisers (as well as cruisers) of world war II and what you get is the above (and the finished image now in my gallery)
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larundel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is amazing...how did you draw it?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey mate. Thanks for the compliment.

Well I use adobe illustrator for my CoM ships and every other pieces I do. Its a great program, but if you are looking for a free version that may be a bit more accessible to try out vector art, I recommend Inkscape. Its a good starter program that has helped a lot of people take off into the realm of vector work (myself included).
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
*Raises hand* The blue thing behind the keel main turret? Windows for something?

Heh, the devil is in the detail, as they say. ;)

You're doing awesome work. :w00t:

Best of wishes for your studies etc. :)

Much cheers to you and yours.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well given its similarity in color with the other blue things... :D

Its a sensor platform component. You'll notice the ship has these arrays spread around its hull.
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Ah! *Nods* Cool.

Yes, highly technical term that "Thingy". Up there with "What's it's" and "Guffin". ;)

Much cheers to you and yours.
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WalpurgisAk Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
this. is. Beautiful.
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keiku Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow. That's interesting. I like a number of the new details. The rear section is quite nice.
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Leovinas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is looking more and more fantastic with each update. :D Bit of an odd question - how much water would one of these ships carry? Just re-watched the early nBSG episodes and it set me to wondering about how your ships' logistics works. :)

Keep up the good work, sir.
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LtCWest Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
!JESUS CHRIST!
This ship becomes more badass with every pic you post, and it's still just 50%?!
I start to think that Coalition Inteligence is gonna shit itself right at the moment when one of these babys flys out of the shipyard.
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Doga-87 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
And just think what a group of them with escorts dropped on their doorstep would do.
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LtCWest Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Peace through superior firepower!
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AlastorZingari Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Hmm the large circular addition about amid ship, what is its purpose? I assume its part of the weapons system from the looks of the detail.
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section31sloan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Thats the laser I believe
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Vernii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Are those sensors that are inset into the hull around the stern nameplate?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are on the bow too but they are actually maneuvering thrusters.
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erikb5 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Okay, I tought it was a Gun turret but on the side of the ship allowing a more 3D coverage.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well those gun turrets also have elevation capability so there is a full 3D coverage you are talking about. But in all reality, a ship is going to turn to face its broadside towards the enemy meaning those guns are already in the perfect spot. Battle's take place at much longer distances in this universe than they do in, lets say star trek. The standard fight starts at a distance equivalent to that of the earth to the moon! So there is plenty of time for starships to maneuver.

Glad to see you enjoying my CoM work and not just my Star Trek work!
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section31sloan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
the laser looks amazing
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Absolutely stupid (in a good sense) scale and detailing.
Am I right to observe that the bridge is deployed ventrally on these vessels? If so, that's a somewhat refreshing change from the usual fare. A rather blatant space-dirigible thing going on.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Command Bridge is on the ventral side. The ship's flag bridge (or the Admiral/fleet CO's) bridge is located dorsally.
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MonCappy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Wouldn't it be better to have the bridge buried deep within the ship?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem doesn't lie with sensors/etc. The fact of the matter is that in the gage of weapons that warships use in my verse, internalizing a bridge doesn't protect it much more than putting it out on the external hull. The primary defense for warships (somewhat like star trek) comes in the form of their gravity shields and the structural integrity offered by armor. In fact, the whole point of armor is to act like a exoskeleton for the ship to provide a great deal of integrity for all the various stresses it undergoes. Furthermore it acts as shielding from radiation, solar wings, micro metors, etc. when the ship is operating with shields down (such as in port operations, etc.)

That being said, actually having the ship's bridge away from the "bulk" of the ship is actually safer. Weapons in this verse "lock" on to the biggest objects and coordinate attacks on the largest target around (the hulk of the ship itself). By placing the bridge off the center-line and away from the bulk of the ship, the crew is in fact safer (and can be further isolated from problems in the interior such as fires/leaks/ etc). Furthermore, bridges like this can and often are further shielding with local gravity walls. This provide a great deal of defensive ability while giving one the ability to visualize the condition of the ship (humans are great at reading sensors/etc but the ability to "view" the condition of a ship is extremely beneficial for a commanding officer).
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section31sloan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
what if the power goes out?
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Doga-87 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
You're already dead.
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section31sloan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I meant a local power failure, if view screens and holoprojectors fail, its nice to have a physical view of the battle
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Doga-87 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Um, a physical view of a battle across hundreds if thousands of miles fought with weapons at and around the speed of light?

If you lucked out and didn't get quarters with a window then you just lucked out.

If your bridge was built so that is suffers brownouts outside of a fight much less during one, if you survive then you need to hunt down and kill the engineer who designed it.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem doesn't lie with sensors/etc. The fact of the matter is that in the gage of weapons that warships use in my verse, internalizing a bridge doesn't protect it much more than putting it out on the external hull. The primary defense for warships (somewhat like star trek) comes in the form of their gravity shields and the structural integrity offered by armor. In fact, the whole point of armor is to act like a exoskeleton for the ship to provide a great deal of integrity for all the various stresses it undergoes. Furthermore it acts as shielding from radiation, solar wings, micro metors, etc. when the ship is operating with shields down (such as in port operations, etc.)

That being said, actually having the ship's bridge away from the "bulk" of the ship is actually safer. Weapons in this verse "lock" on to the biggest objects and coordinate attacks on the largest target around (the hulk of the ship itself). By placing the bridge off the center-line and away from the bulk of the ship, the crew is in fact safer (and can be further isolated from problems in the interior such as fires/leaks/ etc). Furthermore, bridges like this can and often are further shielding with local gravity walls. This provide a great deal of defensive ability while giving one the ability to visualize the condition of the ship (humans are great at reading sensors/etc but the ability to "view" the condition of a ship is extremely beneficial for a commanding officer).
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Now I see the flag bridge. Innovative to have the command ensign displayed right there on the hull.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. The command ensign is actually displayed on a large holoscreen (they are extremely cheap in the future) and can be altered to display the standing flag officer or even the Battle Insignia of the fleet. (there is a tradition to "fly" the battle ensign on return from a deployment much like the United States Navy today).
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msgtfrank Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student General Artist
*whistles* she looks goooooood!!
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