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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:57 pm 
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Hmmph, s'pose it's about time I started a thread for my own creations instead of just elbowing into other peoples threads. Feel free to say what you like (subject to forum rules), and modify my stuff for your own ends. Also I do Klingon-English/English-Klingon translations. There is no letter K in the Klingon alphabet. Ironic or what?

First up, my attempt at a shadow vessel (B5)
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As you can see, stretching to excess just doesn't work. Ever. It doesn't show up in SM mode, but when you load the ship in the game, the colour washes right out of the arms. Oh well, back to the drawing board...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:21 pm 
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Hmm not bad as far as overall effect. I think it could benifit from texturing cuz then you wouldn't have to color it as dark. Also I'm sure theres a variety of ship designs, haven't seen that one, but try using something like this to work off of: http://rpggamer.org/uploaded_images/cru ... lecrab.jpg
You can probably even rip the texture off there if you wanted to. As for stretching, ya you should try to avoid it but for some of these ships the overall effect is more important than the section work, and again texturing it will partially negate the effects of stretching. Helps to pick the right sprites though and I've got some that might help so I'll find those and shoot them to you.

*edit* Make that truck you posted in custom ships transform into optimus prime and you will be my hero!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:21 am 
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Thanks for the link dude! Whoa, those things still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Probably the scariest looking ships ever made IMO, especially the way they just shimmer in, blow the crap out of everything, and shimmer back out, all without shouting threats over the com or even stopping for some good old fashioned looting and pillaging. Wasn't OP just a tractor unit? (the front part of an artic.) I won't rule out giving it a go, but it may take a while, since I've got another idea I want to have a go at first.

I've been thinking for some time that it might be nice to have some fanships based on books, ie. there's no pics to work from, just whatever kind of description the author gives (usually pretty general/vague if any), and your own imagination. For my first I'm gonna have a go at Trumpet (Needle Class Gap Scout, Stephen Donaldsons Gap series). If anyone else wants to post this type of ship on this thread, please do. Please include relevant information ie. author/book/series. If you want to post other fanships or custom ships, go ahead, just remember there are already other threads for this which will probably get more views. Happy building!
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And here it is, after a certain amount of rebuilding due to filepath issues...
For some reason the colours towards the back of the ship wash out a little when it renders in sandbox. If anyone knows why, let me know, otherwise I guess I'll just have to over colour it a bit in SM.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:03 am 
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Okay, here's a prototype Optimus Prime. I'll need a fair bit of feedback on this as I have no real idea of what it looks like except in the most general terms. Not even sure about the colour...
In any case this is more just a proof of concept, so I could work out how all the parts need to move. Haven't even finalised the weapons yet, though I think I'll keep the backpack missile launcher :)
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Gaaah, triggers, drivers, it's driving me craaaazy.
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It's almost done... those Dst sprites are guntastic

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:47 pm 
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Optimus Prime

The truck looks good, and the backpack missile launcher is a nice touch. It looks pretty legit in shipmaker. The legs look a little skinny though.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:34 am 
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Note to self: Optimus Prime has thunder thighs... Red and blue colour scheme...
Thanks Aurafire, when I release the final version I'll tweak the proportions a bit, and sort the colours too.
In the meantime...some background noise whilst using SM caused me to make this:
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Nothing is known about this species except that they always have very clean underwear. Aww, their mothers would be so proud
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Here's my first experiment with shields
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The name of the ship is Savra. It's a light missile gunboat, with an experimental beam weapon mounted on the bow.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:17 pm 
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New evidence: rocks are dangerous
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You will find the necessary extra sprites in custom content


Mmm, radomes
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This is the Cobra Mk 10, an armed merchantman. Popular with lone traders because it can be run by one person (having a co-pilot helps a lot however), it's reputation as the fastest, toughest ship in its class is well earned. Mounting twin high accuracy pulse lasers forward, and a single forced overcharge unit aft, plus optional twin ultra long range homing missiles mounted on the cargo struts, any Thargoid stupid enough to attack this vessel will be going home, and every other direction, at the speed of light in the form of highly radioactive charged particles. For your convenience and protection it is also equipped with dual heterocyclic regenerative shields, and an ECM system to deal with those pesky incoming missile warnings. Its cargo carrying capacity is similarly impressive, with maximum ratings of 50 tonnes/40 cubic metres (5 standard cargo containers). A sophisticated autopilot-docking system remains optional for those too incompetent to dock with a Coriolis Station without crashing, burning, and generally exploding.

EDIT: My experimental shields on the Cobra have produced some interesting effects. Firstly, not all shots are stopped by the shield (intended). Secondly, the targeting of some weapons is disrupted to the point they are almost unable to lock on (unintended but way cool), namely the beam weapons on Starstrucks RSPK9. I have figured out why, I'll see about making a gif to demonstrate.

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