I love good starship renders. This one is really appealing to me. I think primarily because I'm a big fan of Starfire (both the game and the David Webber & Steve White novels that are based on it.)
And since I see this ship in that light, being a battleship is just the right classification for the size it appears to be. I base that on what looks like an assault shuttle leaving a hangar/boat bay in the picture. This is because in Starfire, ship sizes are based on the number of "hull spaces" (volume) that it contains (for adding in drive systems, weapons, defensive systems, crew quarters, hangar bays, cargo holds, etc.) For example, destroyers in SF range between 21 and 30 hull spaces, battleships range between 81 and 100 HS and large carriers range between 101 and 130 HS.
Plus, I can easily imagine the Starfire weapon systems this battleship mounts by the excellent detail in this picture.
Very good work sir. I really hope you do more starships in the future.
Yeah, people assuming everything should fit in the same SF universe is a pet peeve of mine too. Ships from, say, Babylon 5 and ships from Stephen Baxter's novels are very different for a *reason*, people...
And yeah, I found learning texturing to be the most annoying part of my own work. I only know Blender and your work looks like another program, so I can't suggest much there. That said, it wouldn't need much for something like that - it's a very very clean design.
Consider this: A Nimitz class supercarrier is 330 meters long. The USS Iowa was a Battleship, 270m long. This is way bigger than any real battleship. So 400m sounds reasonable, perhaps even a tad too big.
ah man! ur a legend! thanks! i did look up the size of ships etc, and my brother is a massive ship guru (old, new, etc) that's where i based my ideas from, this battleship is a tad big but mainly because it has 4 x 2000mm rail guns in the prow, if it werent for those the ship wouldve been about 80m shorter.
Yes but they are all atmospheric ship based on water. This is a star ship, it has to be able to defend itself, fight in space, travel between worlds and stars and survive atmospheric re-entry. All while being able to deploying troops to a planes surfaces.
this one never does "re-entry", neither does it deploy troops, that's what the cruisers, carriers, etc are for. it is also mainly robotic, thus allowing for a considerably smaller crew than the current battleships. have u ever looked at the schematic of a ship? and seen how much space is taken up by the junk required for humans? as well as fuel, ammo, and those types of "expendable stores". using a fusion reactor for both fuel and weapons, removing humans from the equation, u would end up with a much smaller ship than one would expect. ships in movies are just stupid with all the wasted space, like the massive corridors people walk through, and massive cabins, etc.
It doesn't have to do any of that. A space battleship only has to be able to accurately lead a target, because space battles would take place over enormous distances. A larger ship has more mass, and is thus inherently harder to steer (and also an easier target because it'll have a much larger infrared signature). You also need more radiators, and bigger radiators, etc. Building a bigger ship is not a good idea.
If we were taking in to account the fact the ship had no artificial gravity then I would agree with you on the steering and mass. However for it to act as a battleship it would have to have a powerful generator for artificial gravity, weapons and radiation shields. All of which would be important for a functional war ship in spaces.
you don't need artificial gravity generator if you build your ship as a skyscraper eg all sections build on the vertical plane instead of the horizontal plane as you can use the vessel's own acceleration as a form of gravity, or do like the Babylon5 Omega Class destroyers and have snipping sections using the centrifugal force to create "gravity".
If you are speaking of hard sci-fy terms space battles would be long, boring and at rangers over thousands of kilometers with no stealth. No artificial gravity and the laws of thermodynamics are just as dangerous as the enemy because those ships generate lots and lots of heat with no easy way to deal with it, you need huge radiators (which are inefficient) or heat sinks (which store limited amounts of heat). If you use lasers, gauss and rail guns these create lots and lots of heat along the power plants and the propulsion.
Oh and battle in space would be in a full 3D plan with no up or down a spacecraft could approach another one from any angle imaginable so having your ship to maneuver to bring all your weapons to bear would be essential.
The as mentioned the Nimitz is 330m long with a crew over 2.000 people, even with insane amounts of automation you'd have a crew of that size to feed and provide living conditions, which again take space and create more heat. So having massive Km sized ship isn't much realistic. The Nimitz unlike space ships doesn't have to carry its own reaction mass because it uses the sea for that only the fuel to power (fuel is not the same as reaction mass). You don't have reaction mass in space so you have to carry it with you. The Nimitz have the whole sea friction to break the ship, in space if you want to stop you have to spent as much time decelerating as accelerating (Newton's third law is a bitch in space). In a space born craft you'd focus most of the weight in reaction mass, heat management and power generation, the rest goes to crew support and the little of what is left will go to weapons and countermeasures, and it is important to have more countermeasures than the other guy has weapons.
Science may march on but with the current understanding of physics having Xbox huge ships are unwieldy as fuck.
If you are making soft sci-fy you just throw kilometer long ships with all the technobabble you can add to justify why you're saying fuck you to physics or ignore physics all together.
You can educate yourself in this website if you like hard sci-fy
You don't know that it would have an AG generator - which by the way, violoates the laws of physics. A Nimitz class has 2 powerful nuclear reactors in it, which power the entire thing and then some. I think they rate at 104MW each.