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Stars in Shadow: Ashdar Doomstar by AriochIV Stars in Shadow: Ashdar Doomstar by AriochIV
That's no moon...

A "doom star" for Sven Olsen's starship combat game project (same as ship designs here). This one doesn't use the same top-down perspective as the other ships and bases, but Sven felt the top-down concept was too flat and wanted more of a 3D feel for this one.
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wingsofwrath Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oddly enough, my first thought when seeing this, was not of Star Wars or Homeworld (although both those influences are readily apparent), but of Dahak, planetoid-sized Utu-class starship of the Fourth Imperium, from David Weber's "Mutineers' Moon".

If you never heard of it, it can be resumed with a single phrase: "Assume that Earth doesn't actually have a Moon, but rather a giant starship disguised as our Moon which has been there for at least 50 or 60,000 years. Where did it come from, why did it come here, and why hasn't it left?"

<SOME (minor) SPOLIERS>

Long story short, humanity is actually much older than we think and part of a distant  multi-star system empire involved into a never-ending war with a race of genocidal aliens that periodically exterminate all intelligent life they can find, Earth itself was re-colonised with the current ecosystem (including humans) after the last time those aliens bombarded it (65 million years ago, wiping most of the dinosaurs in the process), and Earth's moon is actually a giant starship camouflaged as a moon, lying dormant in our orbit for 55,000 years after a failed mutiny sent it's sentient computer into "safe mode" due to conflicting orders and the crew, loyal and mutineer alike, to the planet below where they've been fighting a covert war while trying to both "fit in" with the local population as well as slowly steer them towards their faction's goals...

And now this one random astronaut, while training near the moon's surface, is suddenly sucked into it and finds out that the computer has awoken, needs a new captain, won't take "no" for an answer and it's now HIS job to try and fix things, including the still in-progress mutiny, the fact no-one's heard of the rest of the empire in the last few tens of thousands of years and the fact the alien menace is about to return...

And that's just the first chapter of the first book.

SPOILERS END

It's one of Weber's earlier books and stuff from it ocasionally gets redone better in either Honor Harrington or the Safehold Series, but it's worth a read, especially since the whole trilogy is available for free at the Baen Free Library: www.baen.com/series_list.asp?l… (free to read online, I think it costs something in the region of $5 to actually download it as an e-book - I read it off one of those CDs Baen Editions give out with their books -I really like their business model of giving out older stuff for free, really encourages people to read)
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wingsofwrath Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, sorry 'bout the link to "planetoid", I copy-pasted the name of the ship class from the wiki to make sure I got it right and the link came away with it. Oops.
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:iconwbyrd:
All right please tell me that opening at the top is just a moon roof..If it's a weapon muzzle I am so out of here :D
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:iconkarst45:
well it seem ok for the "ultimate" starship to have more detail... after all do you really want to the captain of that thing that it need to be draw "flat"?


is it me or the top seem to be able to distache. those 2 thing on the left look like strap that hold the top part.
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:icontimberfox15:
that looks cool
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yzkethrag Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat.
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DeepChrome Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nomad Moon much? :D This thing just reeks of Homeworld influence, especially in the paneling and the hull plating. And the blue hangars, and the little orange antennae...

OK. I'm calling Hiigaran-made Nomad Moon parallel for post-HW2 era on this thing. Who's with me? XDDD

Also, really nice design in general. Very easy on the eyes, and has a real sense of toughness, like a Star Destroyer.
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AriochIV Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
You say that almost as if Homeworld influence were a bad thing... :D

Homeworld awakened us to the truths that fighters leave drive trails and hangar bays are blue-lit, and though I think the concept of orange/yellow construction/gantry structures with white stripes predates Homeworld, I am only too happy to conform to that orthodoxy as well.

I must admit that I wasn't thinking specifically of Cataclysm's Nomad Moon, as much from that title was purged from my memory. What I do recall was that the hangars in Cataclysm were green rather than blue.
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DeepChrome Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aahaahaha it's not a bad thing at all, what were you listening to? :D

In the case of this art, it's actually a very nice influence.

Anyways, yeah they were green-lit in Cataclysm. I have no idea why. -_-

Well the Nomad Moons if I remember were the Taiidan Republic's idea of the Death Star... I remember Onslaught, that one "all non-playable ships from Cataclysm" total conversion mod, gave you Nomad Moons in place of the Dreadnaughts. Vast improvement I'd say... So that's where my primary memory of that is from, and why your Doomstar made me think of the Moons right off.

I think some of Cataclysm was good, some of it wasn't, and in general there's stuff I'd just pick up and leave the rest behind of it.

And yes, fighters will always leave trails, hangars will always be blue, sensor antennae will always be orange with white stripes, and there should always be a wired-in woman in charge of your fleet as Command. So say we all.
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