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Romulan Warbird by Norsehound Romulan Warbird by Norsehound
Another product of the RelicForums redesign thread- a re-take on the Romulan Bird of Prey.

Now, some things to note:

*Most Federation starships follow the consistant pattern of nacelles-saucer-hull. The same with most Klingon ships, as evidenced in the D-7, K'tinga, and Vor'cha. Since this was projected as a D'deridex redesign, I decided to ditch that double-hulled monstrosity and return to what the Bird of Prey really is.

*A dropped line from Commander Hansen of one of the Earth outposts suggests the Romulans may have stolen designs and plans from the Federation. So, while the propulsion drives were stolen (warp engines), the main reactors were not. Thus, Scotty could read the warbird as having nuclear engines, but not M/AM drives. Warp drive was faster than their previous FTL drives, so was maintained through the centuries by using and updating (slightly) the same propulsion mechanism that powers the "TOS" Enterprise.

*TNG has the distasteful tendency to color most hostile aliens in the same color of green (Klingons, Romulans, and later the Borg). I dispensed with this here, giving the Romulans Brown and orange as the color of their main ships. Special vessels would be green and blue.

*TNG also threw away some of the most iconic things about the Romulans in their debut- specifically the massive plasma torpedo. Here, they've retained it, and use phasers as their 'main' weapons (since I envisioned phasers being as common as water pistols).
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
That looks kinda nice!
thaumh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
What the ST:TNG Warbird *SHOULDA* looked like!
dief25 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
It's funny, I just searched "Romulan" on here hoping someone had come up with pretty much exactly this design. I agree with almost everything you've done here. The only exception being the colour. As I see it, the Romulans make the most sense to have green ships, since for them, that's like having your warship painted with blood. Intimidating as hell. 
hgfggg Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Actually, I think the brown works for that "painted with blood" thing- only it's a bit old, so it's dried a bit.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
But corny as hell too. Plus I wanted to avoid green almost entirely for enemy ships when I was doing these, because it's been overdone.
BenRG Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
They really should have kept the 'bird of prey' hull art and the plasma accelerator in TNG. I also agree that I don't get why they decided to recolour the Romulan ships green (which was established as a Klingon colour by this point).

I wonder how late in the game they dropped the plasma weapon because, when you look at the front of the D'deridex warbird, there is a huge circular plate that could be a firing array for it.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Well to be fair to the original artists, their concepts did include swooping birds and wings, so it's not as if they've totally abandoned avian philosophy. I just liked the look of the original Bird of Prey over the D'Deridex.

That huge circular plate was supposed to be a navigational deflector. The Cardassian cruisers had one also. Both were turned into weapons by the VFX department. So I don't think the plasma torpedo was even a consideration when designing the D'Deridex.

I can't account for the green either, other than maybe they decided to re-add that detail when the Movie Klink BOP was green and it was intended to be a romulan feature.

My other big beef is how every hostile alien in the universe uses disruptors, but that's another argument entirely.
BenRG Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Fun fact: In ST-III, the BoP was originally going to be a Romulan ship that Kruge stole to sneak into Federation space (originally, the Cloak was exclusively a Rommie toy).

To me 'disruptors' and 'phasers' are basically the same thing - rapid nadion reaction beam weapons. The major difference with disruptors is, instead of neatly disintegrating its target, they cause the atoms to explosively decouple, basically creating miniature (sub-kilotonne) nuclear blasts at every at every impact point.
dantrekfan48 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the most badass redesign I've seen so far. Real intimidating.
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Pandachan2012 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I love this design! I wish it could have been used in Canon Trek. When the Romulans showed up in TNG I wondered where the Plasma Torpedo went. (I also wondered why the need for Nieanderthal brow ridges...)

This looks like a Romulan ship to me.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
The brow ridges were supposedly to tell Vulcans and Romulans apart to the "Casual viewer". I can't see how this was really important since they didn't have Vulcans in the main cast.
SandoRavor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Awesome! I love the talons on the tips of the nacelles.
Strideo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Wow. It would have been awesome if they had used a design like this in TNG. I agree the design they went with was . . . not so great.
Anariel-Erestor Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very nice!!! Excellent job!
Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
The original D'Deridex is one of my favourite designs, but I like this one as well. It almost looks like an intermediate step between the old bird of prey and the TNG era warbird.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
It's supposed to replace that horrid TNG era warbird with something conventionally Romulan.
Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Some say Tamato . . .

I personally find Probert's Warbird to be awesome. Of course, it worries me that TNG, DS9 and Voyager did not bother to show anything else besides the D'Deridex. You would think that such large ships would not be as common as they are, when really the 24th century equivalent of the bird of prey should be the fleet workhorse.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Perhaps I'm just bitter. TNG overrode a lot of things I found interesting in TNG and the movies. The warbird looked big and excessive... and was painted in that atrocious 'enemy green' that came to be associated with the Klingons and Romulans. *shrug*
Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Heh, well I am biased since my first introduction to Trek as a kid was TNG, but I was quickly introduced to the original series as well and watched both. Green is also my favorite color so... :D

Still I know what you mean, I personally wished Klingon vessels kept a grey tone rather than green, but I guess that the designers over at Paramount saw the Klingon BOP as green and so followed suit, ignoring the grey-brownish red color of the D7/Ktinga class ships. As for the Romulans... I am not sure why they chose green but maybe it was a homage to the Klingon BOP that was supposed to be a Romulan vessel.

Either way, later TNG and DS9 used a darker green for the Klingon ships and a brighter green for the Romulans, not to mention red nacelles for the Kligons and green for the Romulans to change it up.
OatmealCookies Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
thats a very nice design,very avian.very romulan.
Forever-Confused Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Nice, looks like it could be in the up coming movie even. Good Job!
jack07 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
ah finally
one ofmy favorite ships re-worked into such a beautiful design
i lvoe it, it looks so cannon

and the torpedo...excilent!
and it keeps with the original bird of prey colors and the bird on the bottom

amazing work
i love the romulans and i love this
VincentGordon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
nice design!
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