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There were certain nagging issues that compelled revisitation of this illustration.
While dealing with these, I added more detail overall and tweaked the design a bit, with the ship's speculative specifications requiring some reconsideration as a consequence. A profile view is still in the offing, especially now that I can now confidently extrapolate the volume of certain components — such the odd-shaped nacelles — properly.
The scale of the vessel hit home in the refinement process and certain planned features demanded rethinking.
For example, the phaser strips, typically continuous arcs, are broken up into staggered lines. One might argue that this may reflect matters of energy efficiency or redundancy; but in truth, the long runs simply seemed too stringy and failed to properly convey the sense of scale. Breaking up the strips increases visual interest without resorting to more meaningless greebling, and makes for a visual aesthetic distinct from smaller vessels. Of course, this also means that there are even more phaser strips to bloat the specs numbers.
To further demonstrate scale (and suggest crew concentrations), I decided to add lifeboat hatches to this dorsal view as well. Those shown are the SOVEREIGN type common to many current setting vessels, but in this case, the choice should not be taken as era-pegging detail. I used this type merely because I had a prepared pattern brush to rapidly render them and was disinclined to invent a new lifeboat design at this point.
Presently, I envision that this ship has far fewer windows than has become commonplace for Starfleet vessels. Likewise, certain familiar details, like shield grids, glowing nacelle grills and Bussard collectors, hull registries and markings, would be absent or significantly different, recognizable only by relative location or function. If and when I decide to add such details, the paradigm for this colossus and its contemporaries should be self-evident: this is not Star Trek as we have come to know it.
Among the conceptual details I am considering for this ship class is a centerline, ventral docking bay analogous to the aperture common to Star Wars Star Destroyers. This is not only a nod to the concept's inspirational roots, but also may be a practical feature for the conceived role of this ship as a flotilla command and support vessel, providing an open servicing bay for smaller craft and components.
And yes, this is definitely an admirals' command, so its bridge design would be both far bigger and laid out functionally different than the more familiar deck plans: probably a multilevel, cavernous affair considerably larger than suggested by the small pinnacle dome on this illustration.
I am also considering the operational methodology for this goliath. In addition to being a ship always surrounded by various escort ships and flotilla vessels, it would likely be the center of a swarm of tiny craft: couriers, shuttles, service pods, and fighter screens. This image is one seldom seen in Star Trek and more strongly associated with Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica.
What may be a mad image has also come to mind: the flotilla "locking on" (via tractor- and power-transfer beams) to the command ship in tight formation, the colossus effectively serving as the core drive for maximum quantum slipstream performance. That could be quite a new twist for this or any sci-fi setting.
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"What may be a mad image has also come to mind: the flotilla "locking on" (via tractor- and power-transfer beams) to the command ship in tight formation, the colossus effectively serving as the core drive for maximum quantum slipstream performance. That could be quite a new twist for this or any sci-fi setting."
This would make for a great concept should a new Star Trek series ever make it back on the networks. Get back to an exploration based approach but not with a single vessel but a small flotilla, squadron or task group, which is focused or cored around a single much larger ship that acts as their hub. This vessel should be equipped with some version of Transwarp allowing it to cover much greater distances, with the smaller (nor more normal sized) vessels acting as scouts, defenders, excavators etc. Maybe have the crew(s) as settlers on a colonisation mission, or some kind of mass tour/cruise around Federation and allied space allowing us to see how the Star Trek Universe has progressed since the end of DS9/Voyager/Nemesis.
Looks like a starship and half star base together.
Suggest name: Sapper
Possibe Mission: Covert Ops
I'm thinking...Icarus class.
But I'd say this...I'd like to see this go against the Scimitar in Nemesis...if it was still in one piece.
Awesome piece BTW.
As for versus the Scimitar — since this would be the centerpiece of a good-sized task-force, and its fleet would technically have to travel back in time a least a decade or so for the match-up, I fear the Remans' obsolete supership would fare rather badly.
Also, it may help to show a side profile, to see how many decks "deep" this monster is, also set to scale with the other ships (esp. in relation to the Sovereign, since this design seems to be a Super-Sovereign Destroyer). However, regardless of scale and internals (equipment), the form as you've drawn it looks nice and in fair proportion, if a little long in the nacelles (perhaps scale their length down by 5%).
Why so many fighters and shuttles? Even with the larger size, it doesn't seem to be a fighter-carrier (not that I can discern where the hangars are located); but even so, large size does not indicate lots of small craft. I'd say the flush-docked aux craft may be okay, but fighters and shuttles should come in at 10-20% of what you've listed. Okay, 33% of listed if it's a long-term mission ship away from the starbases & support facilities, but half of those craft would be snugged into storage until brought out as replacements for lost craft.
Now, as to the "buildability" of such a design. My opinion is that the Federation would not build such a huge ship, at least not until the average size of the dreadnoughts and other large starships were increased year after year until it's a natural next step. Does Starfleet ever need to put that many people and resources into one gargantuan hull? Not in anything I've seen in the television or on screen. I'm not so sure they would, any time soon, if at all. But it might be designed but not built, at least not seriously built until the following century or more after the Shinzon Incident. It all depends on "the shape of the galaxy"...
Beyond all that, mate, I wish your designing process keep maturing, and something more of this develops.
And honestly, I really can see little realistic need for such a monster, in any event, either.
Bear in mind this illustration was, at the time, a bit of a joke about ridiculous scale inflation in sci-fi (a still rather relevant bit of humor, too). Whether the general design — which turned out rather nice — can be adapted into something more serious is another matter, and the specs listed here are essentially irrelevant in that regard.
A believable ship of this scope would require very specific circumstances to justify it, no doubt.
As if "Star Trek" were invented just today ..with todays imagery of sci-fi and foreviews of what 23rd-24th century tech might be, not with of the 60's concepts.
That's a "needed" view.
Judgement-class (fits well with the "WTF hammer!" theme)
Kirk-class ("What are they compensating for?!" lol)
Federate-class (to drive home that it's the prize of the Federation)
Quasar-class (an extension of the Galaxy-class)
...cant wait to see more of it. ^^ Awesome job.
My humble suggestion: the Ascendence class.
Additional ships could be named along the lines of the Dominance, Eminence, Supremacy, etc.; or, less directly, the Glory, Sovereignty, etc.
A pity the "Mjolnir" has gotten rather firmly attached to Halo franchise... but that aside, I would rather not name the class after a weapon, emblem of power though Thor's hammer may be. Although it undeniably would be a capable warship in operation, Starfleet would likely try to at least ostensibly make it a ship of peace — or at least diplomacy — and name the class in that manner.
As for the scale of this monster, it is bordering on the ridiculous.... unless one actually decides to conceive a full-scale mobile spacedock, and that would likley abandon the "traditional" starship configuration that this ship barely manages to cling to.
I am already planning to use a different set of conventions for its fleet registry and name prefix (it is rather unrealistic to think that those would go unchanged forever) and pondering a whole different look to the era's uniforms and insignia that harks back to far older real world motif and looks past the current trends.
Cheers and best luck. I will eagerly await updates.
Though I probably would not include a hat of the brimmed variety in any class of uniform, a hat of some sort for dress might still be worth adding.
Some might find fault with how all this would make for a rather martial appearance, but it would underscore the more serious, formal attitude of the times.
Grand ideas usually grow from simple ones... it is just a matter of how close they manage to get before running out of steam.
(And updates will come as I have spare time and energy to complete them — rare enough this season — however long or short that interval may be).