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Grendel Class Assault Cutter by MikeDoscher Grendel Class Assault Cutter by MikeDoscher
This is another spacecraft design for my 'Working Boats of the Outer Planets' book project. Full view should make the text legible.
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My16bitbrain Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   Writer
Fave'd without a moments hesitation!
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matiaspaez Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, this is awesome! Insta' fave'!
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like so much this!
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rawwad Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great looking concept! Love style and design a lot, well done
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Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, mate! I'm going to study this, because there are treasures in every pixel here!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) I'm trying to make sure these have enough interesting details in them that they'll hold up well at 300 dpi in print.
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Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll buy your book, when it comes out..
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marcnail Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice form. I like the tails and "wings" protruding from the ship.
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morgoth390 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist
The design is really kool
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Awesome! It's been awhile since I've seen your work and I'm glad to see more of it, honestly.

This might sound dumb but the pods on the back make it seem much more um ... futuristic? Sounds blunt and obvious knowing what you do with your work ... but I dunno. I don't think I've seen a design you've done before where something like that has been prominent on a vehicle. I like how it looks though - refreshing :aww:.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like it. It's been a trying year, but I have a large backlog of designs I want to finish and share.

I'm glad you like this new silhouette. This design is part of a (hopefully) greater whole, showing the the vessels in service between the years 2150 and 2175. This is one of the newest types introduced in that timeline, so I'm trying for this feeling of going towards more exotic shapes as time passes. By comparison, the design I'm working on right now is one of the oldest.
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Celphirio Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so disappointed they didn't choose you for the EVE design a ship contest. I see your designs, and I want to jump in and ride it around the EVE world.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It really is okay, as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully, I'll be able to present more of these vessels a the world they come from soon, in some sort of package where lots of people can enjoy them and mess around with them.

For that matter, it might be fun to make a shooter with UDK or such someday. Guess I better get to work!
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GunslingerDragon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. Is it an occasional in-atmosphere craft? For a dedicated spacecraft I'd expect the shape to be as spherical or at least cylindrical, taking advantage of the lack of any resisting atmosphere in space, to get the maximum interior space for the least surface area to armor. Of course, a giant tube of armor occasionally dotted with guns or whatnot wouldn't be anywhere near this visually impressive.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Much like a submarine, most of what you see from out here isn't a pressure hull. The actual pressurized sections (top center and lower front) tend to have cross sections that are chamfered trapezoids or triangles. A cylindrical pressurized corridor/structural element connects these two sections, and enables access to the infantry bays. This represents a tradeoff between an ideal shape vis a vis air pressure, the working properties of the materials of the pressure hull, and the most efficient modular shapes in terms of usable volume protected most efficiently from ballistics and radiation.

It's not really designed to work in a thick atmosphere, and the shape is not truly aerodynamic, but it is hardened to be able to aerobrake without too much trouble. Skimming the outer atmosphere is also a useful way to scoop up reaction mass and lose some waste heat as well. The fins that look like control surfaces are actually protective radomes for the comm and ECM antennae from wacky friction heating hijinx in these scenarios.

You do bring up a good point in that these ultimately are all aesthetic decisions, and that we find ourselves trying to both postulate technologies, roles, and materials that don't exist while keeping it visually comprehensible. :)
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Very nice.
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DonMeiklejohn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great stuff...really like the finish you put on your drawings.
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful image, and I especially love the info text you include with them.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful work Mike, the full resolution is gorgeous.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool design!
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome.
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MacArther Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student Writer
Awesome work! I would love to see the book project when it comes out!
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MatsuRD Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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1q2w3e4r5t6y Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it
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Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Interesting design. You seem to have an inconsistency in the dates though. ;)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ach, you're absolutely right. XD Thanks for pointing that out.
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Pretty neat design, looks reasonable. The front of it kind of reminds me of a hammerhead shark, to be honest.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. The hammerhead shark is really neat looking. The ocean is a great source for inspiration, and I defy anyone to come up with something stranger than some of the horrors that live there. :)

There's always this tension when designing a mech or a spaceship: You want it to look like a machine, but you want it look like it has... not quite a 'face' or a personality, but some sense of selective focus. Some parts should be more interesting than others, and draw our eye.
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karanua Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work, the attention to detail is quite spectacular. A hearty congratulations on another suberb design concept :clap: :clap:
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