Since the larger ships such as the Reaper, the collectors or the Destiny Ascension make the other ships rather in the shadows, here again an overview of the mid size ships of the Mass Effect universe.
To a large extent the size are purely estimates, as there are virtually no official data.
I use some of the game models and there ingame model size as well as screenshots from the cinematics to compare the ships. But unfortunately the sizes dont match even in the cinematics. I try to compensate the mix between codex entrys and the sizes from the cinematics.
If you have additions, message me, I dont bite.
Most of the ships are rendered in 3d Max 10
I used some reference pictures from
Reaper Slaughter Ship and Volus Dreadnought by Slaughter Ship retextured by me.
Turian Dreadnought by
Cerberus Dreadnought, Cerberus Frigate, Turian Frigate and Alamo class by Lord Set
Mass Effect is (c) by Bioware & EA
I have made three more Mass Effect Size Comparison charts:
- Capital Starship Side View Comparison: fav.me/d71w1tm
- Capital Starship Top View Comparison: fav.me/d72ok4w
- Station and Big Ships Comparison: fav.me/d75wz9l
More Mass Effect Wallpapers? Watch this:
You kinda hit the nail on the head in your first post "decommissioned" and in military terms that means mothballed for the most part but if they need space for the new equipment they will basically put it up for sale on the surplus market to get rid of it as soon as they are able to.
That's the main reason the Quarian flotilla for example is so huge and varied, it has ships in it that have been deemed obsolete/decommissioned by all the races in the ME Universe and were sold on for space clearing and freeing up maintenance crews, even an obsolete/decommissioned vehicle still needs to have some maintenance done on it so it can be put back into service if the need is great enough to field older stuff and it still needs to be stored away as well.
For the Geth Dreadnought i have three more or less official data.
First the game model. Compared to other ingame models it is 1066 m.
Second, Edis comments about the Dread and the codex says it is 30 precent larger than an Alliance Dread. So, we have at least 2 Dreadnought for the Alliance. The 1 km one and the older 888 m one. Which one is taken now best known for the calculation?
And the third data we can take from the cinematic scene. In there the Dreadnough is realy big. Compared to the Normandy and the Quarian ships it must be around 2 km.
So the size of the GD would be somewhere in the range of 1275-1325 m. (for simple approximation rules sake)
And then there is a third size data. If you compared the quarian cruisers in the battle cinematics against the Geth Dreadnought you see, that the dread must be alot bigger than 1300 m. More around 2 km.
Its a big problem the most ships in Mass Effect have. The data we have from codex and other ingame textes dont fit to the cinematic movies.
I already think about to create a new comparison.
Is it your own assumption or is there a posted database for I never think they ever gave the classes names except for the Dreadnaught of the human and one class of the Turians (Condor). Not even the Normandy ship class is given. Well good job, regradless.