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Carrier Battle Cruiser by Shimmering-Sword Carrier Battle Cruiser by Shimmering-Sword
Another fleet painting, this time of an invasion capable Battle Cruiser.

From the same specialized shipworks that created the colossal protectorate flagship, this ship is designed to command and deliver serious firepower deep into enemy space, with or without an accompanying fleet.
Three main forward cannons handle long range engagements, 12 turrets house secondary gun pairs that provide closing range firepower. Various other points give protection against smaller threats. Onboard is carried a compliment of fighters and gunships, along with the capability to carry and launch a strike battalion via dropships.
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Hey Shimmering Sword,

Your work is spectacular, your paintings spur the imagination, and provide tonnes of storyline in them as well, for instance this piece of work, you could write a whole novel based simply upon the life onboard the cruiser, or following one minor crewman, or even a sci fi epic based on a galactic civil war.

This piece here is reminiscent of Homeworld art, gaming and concept art, which is by no means bad, it's one of my all time favourite universes, you paint in the same mannerisms, scale (of epicness) and allow the viewer to fully comprehend the magnitude of the scene.

I could immerse myself in this painting, build some intricate plot just by sitting there and daydreaming with this infront of me, and I think it is mostly because of the background scene, the cruiser, albeit being an awesome structure, lacks the detail which would make it majestic, or menacing. It's awesome, but I believe a tad bit more work on the cruiser and this will find itself on my wall

Keep up the good work dude, cheers for sharing your talent
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This picture is simply amazing.I mean how often do you see a spaceship in that type of way before.I'm loving this picture,you've done an amazing job on the picture.

Let me example why is that.Number one reason is that the way you draw out the background is very impressive,even myself couldn't do something like that in my life.Another reason would be the clouds around the ship contain stars in them,and to make it better you include the clouds in a purple color to look like the ship is in outer space.Last and finally reason would be the ship itself,in my life I've never seen a ship like this before so points go to that,well done.All in all you put a lot work into this art piece,and it looks like a lot of people enjoy it as well as I.Your an amazing artist keep that up.

Thakn you,and remember to keep drawing.
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Nice work.
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Krcmar Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Badass, especially liking the portside batteries, not to mention the hangars
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Nice ship. :)
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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Epic!!!
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AURA116 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is the main cannon of sorts a projectile launcher, like a gauss cannon, or projected energy based ,like plasma?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Physical projectiles, which can include missiles.
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
*See's this* o__o *___* !!!

*Plays Star Fox Corneria Theme* :D xD [link]



By the Way, awesome Pic :D
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude.
Those colors are awesome, the scenery is awe-inspiring. I stared at this for like 5 minutes trying to determine how big this ship was exactly, just to put it into some kind of perspective. Very engaging work, excellent job!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a pretty big ship, not many bigger until you get into rare flagships and fortresses :)
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
pictures like this make me think about hameworld 2
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fantomethehedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
looks more like a fliying super canon to me but stil it looks cool like somthing off halo only cooler
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well it does have a huge main gun down it's center :)
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fantomethehedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
really well than i wasnt too far off
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JBJHJM Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
hell that's some threatening fat ship!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks.
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armoredlightdragon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow nice man i need to do pic of my space ships

faved
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Do eeet.
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armoredlightdragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ok
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist
OMG- is that... the SDF-2 Megaroad!? :wow:

Nice painting.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol, I still don't see how people find sdf ships in this one. It doesn't have arms.
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist
The Megaroad didn't transform like its predecessor, the Macross did. She was being built as a larger version of the SDF-1, but when Space War 1 ended, she was heavily modified into a colonization ship and lost the ability to transform.

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Actually, now that I think about it, this picture more resembles the Macross before she crashed on Earth in 2009, when she was just another Supervision Army gunboat.
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PICS117 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
looks like it could pass for a spatial rift after the ship has made a "jump"
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The dust cloud edges? Would be a huge rift :D
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HamishMacTavish Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Is she travelling through a nebula or is the carrier in a planetary atmosphere?
I'm a writer myself, and don't have the faintest idea on the techniques used; however, I can safely say that this is a fantastic piece of artwork. I've seen your other stuff, and think this has a particularly good application of colour. The star in the background is somewhat imposing and sombre, and really projects the mood of the painting. From the description of the armaments I can ascertain that the warfare practised is that of conventional twentieth-century sea combat, albeit in space. I find closing range firepower hard to visualise in the vastness of space, but at the end of the day it doesn't exactly annihilate my willing suspension of disbelief. Really good work!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This one's out in space. While I definitely don't plan on starwars esque up close space combat, I don't see super long range as possible aside from laser strikes. So the idea is, the closer one side chooses to close the gap, the higher the chance to hit rises for both sides.
The main guns of a ship will do most of the engaging as such, usually with neither party wanting to commit to such a swift close battle. Fighters/bombers then come into play, in which case during long ranged battle all secondary guns will fire anti-fighter munitions, like flack and such.
Even at long range the secondary guns can again be used to fill space for higher hit potentials. Any damage to any enemy ship will cause them major problems, taking a lot of time and money to repair such damage, so attrition is very useful in space combat.

Anyways, just some blurting of my naval warfare ideas :P Glad you like my work.
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HamishMacTavish Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I find consolation in the fact you thought out the tactics. I spend some of my spare time reading up on military tactics, (I'm not obsessed about war, in fact I find it rather unavailing, I merely enjoy tactical and strategic exercises such as chess and other board games, so I just read up on the actual application of strategy in warfare) so I can see where you are coming from. I tend to study ground warfare (I much prefer manoeuvre warfare to attrition), but in a space naval-esque application of technology, I would use some kind of long-range homing missile, so that accuracy can be achieved at long range. At the end of the day, I'm not going to prate about the applied tactics in a piece of art, as aesthetic is primarily king. I apologise for my sesquipedalian tendencies.
Anyhow, keep up the good work. I don't suppose you'd be interested in the literature I shall soon be posting.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, guided munitions always pass my mind. I will have them in there to a degree at least.
At the same time, if one pursues creating a perfectly realistic and logical system of war, you should likely end up with one side swiftly dominating, or in a cold war situation. Which is why we have "rule of cool" :)
If I had the time I would be reading everyones lit that I can, but things don't work that way, so no reading from my end.
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HamishMacTavish Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Okay, cool. I was referring to the literature I'll post instead of conventional art; I'm a writer, not an artist. I haven't actually posted anything yet, so there's nothing for anyone to read.
I'll stop messaging you now, for you must be a busy person.
P.S., did I just perceive a Trope? If you're not aware of what I'm on about, you should visit TvTropes. I find it very useful considering I write for a hobby.
Anyhow, I've been looking at your art, and it's really good stuff. :worship:
Once again, it's good you reply to my messages, and keep fabricating that terrific art! :flaguk:
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BlitZWTF Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Somewhat reminds me of Zero wing, though the ships barely look alike, however i love the sun, the fighters, the clouds of dust and the stars, it goes together beautifully, Well done indeed.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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gummy-gundam Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
this is an impressive ship sir!
soldier the battle and the war for that fact will not be won by this impressive ship nor any other expensive toy we can manufacture...it will be won by the common grunt

you have a cool design here the dark background and dark camo mesure for space lends it some credibility now I love the sci-fi versus modern design conversation but from an artistic standpoint I wish she had more detail the sun in the background is a nice touch I love the fighters in the three man configurations

now this is JUST ME I would love to see detailed schematics but then I just love ships
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol, ship schematics, one of the most time consuming looking types of art I know. Go get your fix from a Star Wars cutaway book instead :P
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gummy-gundam Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
LOL you got it! or perhaps I will just sneak abord one and see her for myself ;)
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
reminds me of the SDF-1 from Robotech......

Well Done.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ya, except it doesn't transform into a huge mech of lulz :D
Thanks for the huge amount of faves too man.
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
:D
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Love your ship designs and gallery in general. Great stuff! :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Gald you like em :) And thanks for watching.
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Hey well it doesn't help that you make very good pieces :) And I look forward to more of your work. Btw, is there a back story to your work?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
There is, it's just scattered around everywhere right now. Some day it will come together.
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Ah... well the designs have the hallmark of something quite epic. I look forward to hearing/reading it in the future :)
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thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
the mere detailing of the ship and placing it in the endless void of space is genius!your battle cruiser is a behemoth which is truly something to behold.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, deep space paintings are fun and a nice view :)
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thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
i deeply admire your ship designs.what inspires you?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mostly star wars I guess, but I keep an eye out for all space design.
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angry-green-toast Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
love the colors! and the shapes.
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super-illustrator0 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'd suggest softer lines for your colors. Also, since I'm a guy, I'd also recommend a bigger tailflame. Perhaps a perspective change would be appropriate, too; side views are... flat.

Good work on the "aura" around the clouds. I still can't do that.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good points for crits, I'll keep it in mind.
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Chizek Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
awesome, looks like a supper rigged up Vaygr Battle Cruiser. well the nose at least =P
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hiigaran hull, Vaygr nose, destroyer broadsides :)
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