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Somtaaw Frigate Lineup by Norsehound Somtaaw Frigate Lineup by Norsehound
For Cataclysm 2nd.

I was never satisfied with the Frigate selection in the Cataclysm game. Lacking at best, insulting at worst, the frigates for the Somtaaw side were made of pure gimmick and no substance. I absolutely hated the voice acting for the multibeam frigate, also.

Replacing them would be these frigates. Not all the conceptual designs are shown.

Top to bottom:
Assault frigate
Torpedo Frigate
Ion Cannon Frigate
Laser Frigate
Command Frigate

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LoneSamuraiFox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
After your projects I seem to finaly find down a good base for ships for my universe. I like that shape - the last one seems most 'human'.

I wish for a mod for H2, based on these ideas.
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I didn't care much for Foss color schemes when I was younger, but I've warmed to them with age :) Of course sitting onto of your neat designs is a plus too!!! :thumbsup:
Norsehound Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Foss was one of the inspirations for Homeworld, which in turn inspires me.
HuxtableK Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
While I agree the selection in ships for the Somtaaw wasn't very good, I have to admit the Hive Frigate was one of the better ones I've seen. Better than some of the ones in the original. But to each his own. I like your ideas, though. What's the Command Frigate do? I see the point in the others, but...what about the last one? Curiosity abound.
Norsehound Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
The Command frigate was to be used for command + Control and airwatch functions. Basically it would be the eyes and ears for a resource harvesting operation when a carrier or the mothership couldn't be in the area. It would also be the place where the officer in charge of the defenders would be to issue orders to fighters and other assets.

Gameplay-wise, it would probably have a very large sensor radius and a discount on accuracy to all friendly weapons being fired within it.
HuxtableK Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
And here I was doubting I'd get a response. You just made my day, honestly, because that is the best thing I've heard so far today. Maybe it's the fact I'm tired, but I'll give this another read when I'm more awake, and we'll see how much better it gets, eh?

Anyway, you did good on the ships, no doubt. But why stop at the frigates? Why not go up to either the capital-class ships, or down to the corvettes and fighters where the fun really is? :P
Norsehound Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
There are other examples of these 'Taiidan Somtaaw' in my gallery. They are the product of a sort of art project to create an alternative vision of Homeworld: Cataclysm.

In accordance with that vision I avoided giving the Somtaaw very large ship chassis because I felt, as a fringe Kiith without access to heavy industry, they would not be producing such hulls. The largest combat craft they would ever field would be a destroyer.
Outcast111 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These all look just... AWESOME!!! Really! Blew my mind!

Just one thing: The Somtaaw are a mining kiith. Not only that but they barely have any influence in the hiigaran politics (specialy in before fighting the Beast, and even after that they weren't very well rewarded or given any real important position in Hiigara...) so much that kiith Nabaal wanted to assimilate them, and so much tht they barely were able to build two capital ships (The Kuun-Lan and The Fal-Corum (Correct me, if mistaken, not sure!)) so:

Why would they have Assault frigates and command ships Prepared for full-out war. That's why they look so weak in-game: thir mining ships whoe designs were retrofited to support weapons: They are not warships.

But these Are Really cool, and don't take me wrong... I was just saying...

Will be watching your works!...
Norsehound Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
For a mere mining Kiith, their super capital design easily beats those in national fleets with supposedly greater funding. At least my rendition puts the realistic cap of "Light cruiser"on how high the Somtaaw fleet would go. No Mary-suing here.
Outcast111 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or is this part of your HW canon universe?
Cus' I just noticed you also left out the hive frigate...

Again, don't take this the wrong way... It just seems weird to imagine somtaaw buildind warships...
Norsehound Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
You mean it wasn't obvious?
Outcast111 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In a world were there are 30+ mods for HW2, you tend to lose perception between fan art and canon...

besides I only realized it was a canon, hours after the first comment...
ThirtyOn3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
HW:C was very good, like this artworks - very good.
strafefire Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I liked the multibeam frigate......excellent designs nevertheless :D

I loved the destroyer design, not sure why, it was just so...ace in game
JonasBR Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Great work NorseHound, Can´t wait for the Dreadnought!

(sorry for my bad english)
McCoyPauley Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Wow, love it!
I'd preferred long antennas for the Command Frigate, but well, it makes it look more "retro" and gruffy, just like mining clan ships should. And the engine section does it's part to that, too. Very cool.
BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
I pretty much hate all cataclysm :XD:
Or rather - i have mixed feelings. The story and atmoshpere is great, and the gameplay is fine, but all those technical changes, the voice acting and the overall Somtaaw we-could-make-better-ships-but-we-just-dont-care thing is horrible (although i can forgive the crapiness of the ships, after all - Kith Somtaaw was a minning division, and nothing more) for the image itself.
I love them :) With the exception of the Command Frigate. No offence, but those dishes make it look like Mikey Mouse 3000
I could kill to see that ion cannon and assault frigate in Taiidani colors :P
xveers Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Damn... I've been a fan of your work for some time, and somehow you manage to make something just a bit more beautiful each time...
skywalkerpl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008 amazing work! :D looks lovely!
my fav is Assault frigate ^_^ great painting of it!
outcastvalkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
alright, f you know anyone with good modding skillz, and manage to mod cataclysm I'd soo play it!
'cause your stuff all looks really cool.

(as a side note, Cataclysm is the only homeworld game i haven't beaten, because I didn't like it that much) ;) :P
Zartes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Dude! WOnderful homenworldness incarnate! I'm in awe.
jack07 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
the designs are beautiful and seem to suite the concept you have very well

i wish i could think of something more to say
scrooge0 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet lineup!
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