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First Flight of the Phoenix by ChroniclesofMan First Flight of the Phoenix by ChroniclesofMan
Simple image depicting the launch of a Vanguard-Class battlecruiser from the planet she was built on. Here, heavy lift counter-gravity repulsers push the hull into orbit while a pair of Dagger-Class corvettes stand guard.
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:iconztlawton:
ztlawton Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are a good number of compelling arguments against building spaceships anywhere except space. But if you're gonna build spaceships on a planet anyways, this is the way to get 'em into orbit! Very cool.
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Samuel-Leon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Awesome ship man! I always asked myself how these ships get into orbit or if they are already built there...
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Cornflakes1991 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
i highly doubt that anyone capable of building such ships would build them not in an orbital yard.
but besides that engineering unlogic veeery awsome ship :)
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maurice1997 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
if we had the technology for building these ships then you would be a millionare
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UNSCspartanB416 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Don't know if you have anything against halo but a lot of these ship remind me of the UNSC fleet.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As Halo ships reminded others of ships from Alien and such. This scene I will admit was inspired by Halo: Reach, but my ships are hardly UNSC ships. No more than the Sulaco is a UNSC ship.
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scalpinock Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Very realistic & awesome removable repulsers!!!
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DSP1899 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Ending scene of Halo Reach anyone?
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:icontysho:
Tysho Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I thought that too- the Pillar of Autumn takes off in the same way.

This is really cool- love the crisp lines and strong shapes, man.
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FrodoGoofball Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Love the clip - on gravity thruster idea.

I am always fascinated by the question of how you build SciFi stuff. I can imagine myself as one of the workers on something like this just thinking, "please nothing go wrong with the launch..."
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korblborp Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
yeah, nobody wants a kilometer or two of metal dropping on their head.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Nice.
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Galen82 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
outstanding work dude!!!!
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keiku Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very interesting concept. I like the idea of additional counter gravity repulsers to get the ship in space. Personally I would mix the ground based and space based construction for my ships. Most components manufactured planet-side then combined in space.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not my style or directional choice. We all have our preferences.
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typical-unusual Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Why not an orbital shipyard? an 6+ KM ship launching from the ground is a little absurd.... BTW, great photo as alwayse!
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its not absurd when you A) have the technology to effortlessly launch it from orbit, B) put the construction site near the workforce and fabrication yards and C) Have protection provided by treaties which limit the attacks that can be taken against habitable planets and consequently your shipyards.
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Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Nice. have any of these designs ever been modeled?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no they haven't. one of my friends started but hasnt' finished it.
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
i must say a brilliant idee, so difrant from the standard scifi stuff where all the ships seems to be build
in orbit from a planet.
and this grey tone you use is that gone be the new standard color for the fleet?
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:iconchroniclesofman:
ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, the grey tone is simply because the hull isn't doused in light. In light it is that light grey/white that you know and love.
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
ok thanks
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zsoca-san Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So damn awesome. Those repulsers wall down like on the rockets nowadays or they are demounted and transported back to a planet?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are ejected and collected by tugs before being brought back planet side for use in the next ship launch.
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zsoca-san Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it makes more sense than making them burn in atmosphere after all, dunno why I thought about it. Nowaday auxiliary rockets are cheap, unlike the tech used here XDD
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NPSF3000 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
" while a pair of Dagger-Class corvettes stand guard."

LOL!
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stareagle11 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Look awesome, though one has to wonder what kind of mess you would get of those counter grav units failed. Not sure how explosive the power cores are in your universe, but in most SFI universes it would make a nice bang so to speak.
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SiSiXx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Actually, with access to counter grav technology, it actually might make more sense to do fleet construction on the ground rather than in orbit. Some of the logistics are much simpler, such as enviromental considerations for the construction crew (no spacesuits required) and easier access to manufacturing facilities assuming that they are primarily ground based.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly why I chose it. It makes major construction easier and puts yards near fabrication centers. Furthermore, given treaty conventions regarding the amount of firepower that can be used against a habitable planet, it means your shipyards are actually safer.
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jorangeart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your arguments for planet side construction make sense, except for the treaty argument.

In a serious war, would an enemy care about treaties? Consider that in WW2, cities were carpet bombed as well as destroyed via nuclear bombs.

The only "treaty" or better guide line, which may be adhered to by the combatants is - no indiscriminate planetary bombardment. And that is only because once one side starts it, the other will do it as well, resulting in a bloodbath on an unimaginable scale.

This means that precision strikes on ground based ship yards would be perfectly fine. As such it does not matter, where the shipyards are - in space or on the ground. Once an enemy is in range, both types are dead.

Consequently, the easier construction ground side, is perfectly fine as an explanation. You do not need treaties as an additional argument.

If you want your yards secure, build them in deep space, outside of solar systems, where the enemy cannot find them.
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, I recommend these discussions for the forum. Please direct this topic there. Far more useful than on dev. art.
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
That's a neat explanation for what was going to be my first question too. I enjoy background detail and you keep providing it in spades. Love it.
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MolaritheNarn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
That answers my question before I could even ask it. Never looked at it that way.
Thanks for broadening my horizon. Looks awesome by the way.
I especially like the flags and ribbons.
Great launching ceremony. Wish I could have been there.
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dantrekfan48 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ae those flags and ribbons adorning the bow and stern?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. As with modern ships they are commissioning regalia.
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dragonartistJRR Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Do they also christen the ship with a bottle of champagne, or is that not done for military vessels?

By the way, very well done, as usual!
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dantrekfan48 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, who am I to argue with tradition? :D
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Tounushi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
So is planetary construction standard policy in the fleet?
Is it logistically more effective to build a ship on a planet than in an orbital construction facility?
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Planetary construction is standard policy and yes it is more effective and easier to build ships planet side. There are fewer considerations with regards to moving workforces. Furthermore, because of treaty conventions regarding the amount of firepower that can be used against planetary targets, ground based construction is actually safer during wartime.
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Tounushi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
And I would imagine there would be some kind of analogue to WWII german subpens for these ships (at least while under construction)?
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msgtfrank Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student General Artist
beautiful planetary launch scenario. It just needs a background
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ChroniclesofMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am not putting in a half bit backgrond. I wanted the content to drive it. Clear sky at night, the fade of the sunrise. To me its perfect.
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msgtfrank Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student General Artist
now that i see where you're coming from i agree
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