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Stars in Shadow: Ashdar Ships (Revised) by AriochIV Stars in Shadow: Ashdar Ships (Revised) by AriochIV
A unified collection of Ashdar ship assets from Stars in Shadow, a space 4X strategy game currently under development. This ship set is used by both of the Ashdar factions (pictured is the Colonial/Teros color scheme). These are updated versions of the assets with new weapon mounts and cleaned up artwork; you can see the original versions here.


The Ashdar are a reptiloid race composed of at least two sub-species: the plucky Teros and the taller, more somber Haduir. In the golden age before the coming of darkness and the collapse of the warp lanes, the Ashdar forbears commanded a galaxy-spanning empire and advanced technologies that are now only the stuff of legend. As the galaxy wakes from its long sleep, the Ashdar find themselves as isolated factions stranded amongst the remains of a lost empire.

The Colonial faction, led by Teros Praetor Yunki, has established a new capital on the garden world of Rastaban II in what was the ancient frontier, and is intent on reestablishing the Ashdar as a galactic power. The Imperial Remnant faction still clings to the ruins of the ancient capital on Ashdar Prime, once a planet-sized city, but now a crumbling graveyard. Haduir Emperor Heiropolin XXIV, who claims descent from the Ashdar emperors of old, rules the Remnant from this ancient throne, and also retains ambitions of empire.

The Ashdar are superb pilots and have an affinity for carrier warfare. Despite their pretensions of elder empire, individual Asdhar are good-natured and relate well with other species. Both the Colonial and Remnant factions each have both Teros and Haduir populations, and both use similar ship designs derived from ancient examples. The Colonials have the benefit of frontier experience and trade, while the Remnant have access to Ashdar Prime's technology crypts and the ancient secrets they still contain.

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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait a second.

Your Ashdar logo - was that an intentional homage to the Angel Moon Logo? :D I get a sense of a faction that operates from three key worlds - the old homeworld, the garden planet, and one more?
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Now you're reaching a bit. :D
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh well. :D
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool backstory. I can see quite a bit of both the Roman and Homeworld influences with your story there. :)

And these ships look great, especially in that blue-and-gold color scheme. I get a sense of a "Good-guy imperialist race" just from those colors and shapes - a protagonist race that was a descendant of an old and relatively noble (if at least nobly-intentioned) empire.

So I think you've managed to put the feel of the Ashdar's backstory into these ships. And I can't imagine that being an easy thing to do. Nice job. :D
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jonberry Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I really do like those Carriers.  Are those cross-deck hatches on the large one in the middle?
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes, if you mean what I think you mean.
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jonberry Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I mean entrances to the flight deck that are perpendicular, but on the same 'level' as the primary flight deck.  The ones just below the top turret.
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Those are meant to be sort of "bathtub" openings to the hangar that's below the main flight deck.
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jonberry Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Ah, close enough for my purposes.  I still like the design!
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Yahtzeemaybe Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What happened to Hawkfleet?
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