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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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thaumh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
What the ST:TNG Warbird *SHOULDA* looked like!
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Axilovix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Awesome!
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Pandachan2012 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
WOW!
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.
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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.
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