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I always thought spaceships with huge rotating sections were awesome. Since they're semi-plausible also, it means ships of this kind are sorta closer to reality than most of the static starships in most science fiction.

I originally just wanted to polish up the exile Taiidan Heavy Cruiser, but then I decided to draw the Omega and the Leonov to show where the inspiration came from.

I also drew them to ward off comments of "Hey, a Taiidan-Omega Hybrid!" See for yourself, the only things they have in common are the rotating section and not much else.

Earth Alliance Omega Destroyer = Babylon 5
Alexei Leonov = 2010 (movie version)
Exile Taiidan Heavy Cruiser = Homeworld (alternate)
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MetalGear65 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Lets see the Omega is about 1600 meters long I would say from scale that the Heavy Crusiser is about half that
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Katamariguy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
The Venture Star from Avatar had a nice rotating crew module.
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TerraxLorche Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Homeworld was always one of my favorite games, wish they'd make a new game...
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Weldit Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
the Discovery you show also rotated, but the mechanism was inside the ship
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
This I knew already, but the point of the illustration was to compare ships with obvious rotating sections.
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ANDY1701A Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic chief. Love the Taiidan-Omega Hybrid.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
It's not a...! *sigh*
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Evilkritter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Nice work.
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GundamMeister Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Something not many people tend to realize with designs like these is that in space if you only have one rotating-section, then the rotating-section and the cabin that is not meant to rotate will both rotate.

If you want a design that has sections with gravity and sections without, you need to have two rotating-sections (rotating in opposing directions) and the regular flight-cabin/engines-module.

Nice work on the designs from 2010 and the others that I don't recognize.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
I always presumed there would be counter-rotating weights within the axis of whatever rotating section there was.
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GundamMeister Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
That would work, but it seems like it would be more trouble than it is worth with designs like these. It would be easier if the rotating section was perfectly circular (but that removes the industrial aesthetic you've established here).

These designs are still really nice. Damned science. :shakefist:
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Aran-Munich Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice job
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Powered-Combat-Vest Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
O'Neil theroy. It makes damn good looking ships
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TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
This is not Alexei Leonov, but Discovery.

Could you correct it please? ^^
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Weldit Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
the Leonov is underneath the Omega
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TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Anyway, it looks like more like hybrid of Homeworld and Nexus' Stilleto XD
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Titane27 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Cool man Cool love the new Taiidan Heavy Cruiser
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sirwanqutbi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Dont know what this is about but, its very architectural.
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Caraig Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Nice! Always did like rotational sections. I was never a fan of the Taiidani heavy cruiser... but if I had this, it would make me a convert! I like it at lot!
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myname1z4xs Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
The game Nexus the Jupiter has several 'rotators' in the early stage, but soon swich to the static. Its a good game but less popular.
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LeperKahnStev Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Awesome picture. Homeworld and Babylon 5 rock!
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outcastvalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
I loves it!
Homeworld and B5 are both amazing. And this is just a seamless blend of it, that fits beautifully into the HW universe. I must admit, though, i did think of the omega-class when i saw the centrifuge, but i knew that most of its the Taiidanii bruiser.

Sorry i didn't post anything when i Faved it.

I must ask, though, if the centrifuge would provide gravity for the entire vessel, though, or only that section. Because, if it only gives that one section grav, then i don't see much of a point of it.

Then again, I should probably just go watch B5 again. It might answer these questions :P
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steelkitsune Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
Wow, a tie to both Homeworld 1 and Babylon 5 in the same image. I salute you.

The detail is fantastic, especially given it's hand-drawn style (well, maybe you actually hand-drew it. It's still a style ^_^)

I think it's great to incorporate the rotators into the ship design to make it look streamlined. Because, after all, the centrifuge sectors will probably be our source of gravity for a long time on starships.
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Eterno-Huevon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
This ship's detail is only seconded to the 40k cathedrals of doom XD

Title says you used wacom, but I like that you drew all lines by hand.
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SilverXenomorph Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
The detail you've put into all of those ships is extraordinary!
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JavKiller Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
Amazing work with this. I always loved that part of the Babylon 5 spaceships.

You could also consider the Bebop, since it had a smallish rotating platform which supposedly held together it's artificial gravity pull.
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frazamm Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
Takes after my own heart. Been working on something similar myself, though it's all still up in the air for now. I like realistic starships more now that I know about them. Realistic battles next--how would you draw beyond visual range engagements?
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeehhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa

i love your taiidan ships, and i hope, that someone will build them into hw2
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solios Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
The Leonov is so teeny! :giggle:
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
Somewhere out there is a site called "Starship Dimensions" or somesuch- and has many spaceships compared together by their dimensions.

According to that site, the Discovery should be able to fit inside the docking bay of an Omega Destroyer no problem.

I assume the guy did his homework so I don't take serious objection to it... but that means the Leonov is tiny compared to the behemoth of the Omega.

Now, imagine how big Babylon 5 is compared to these ships :D
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Yes it would, and heavier when further from the centrifuge.

That's why supplies and storage would be stowed 'down there', unless you wanted some kind of workout. Hospitals and such might be moved closer to the center since the absence of gravity might do something for operations *shrug*

I haven't seen 2010 in a while either. I loved the Leonov though, despite the fact that it's totally against what the book prescribed :)
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solios Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Indeed, B5 would be superhuge.

While I like the Leonov aesthetic, the interior never seemed to "fit" for scale in my head - it seems like it's bigger on the inside, as it were (thinking about this has caused me to plug in the movie, which I haven't seen in awhile!). Kind of a bummer that microgravity is so hard to simulate or fake with special effects - there's all kinds of neat gravitational effects from print sci-fi that could be played out on screen. :heart: One of the points I haven't seen brought up - wouldn't gravity be lighter closer to the center of the centrifuge?
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