Nike Class Battlecruiser

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Nike Class Battlecruiser

Postby prelude_to_war » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:57 pm

Hi all. With the upcoming release of Armageddon I've been working furiously to develop a scratch-built version of the Nemesis. IMO the new miniatures are lacking inspiration so I thought I'd give this a try.

It's still a work in progress and although I have a ways to go, I thought I'd share what I have to date, and post progress as it becomes available. Click here to see the project from the very beginning. I'll continue to update both sites when progress is made.

Here is the design I've chosen to use as a proxy for the Nemesis:
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This CGI version is called the Orion - which is what I'll christen the prototype ship in homage to the CGI. By the way the original art I'm using for this project was created over at http://foxfire.fatal.ru. Some great work there and a definite source of inspiration for future projects.

Here's what I have so far:

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I'm at the point where I'll be adding the armored plating all around as well as the various turrets and guns. Nova cannons, small EA turrets, Warlock turrets and even some Poseidon turrets will be ordered shortly. Some more details have to be added, then it's on to priming and painting (my favorite part).

Any comments & criticisms are welcomed. If this project turns out good, I'd like to try a Marathon.
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Postby Lord David the Denied » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:59 pm

How'd you build that?

I'm starting to feel inspired to scratch-build/convert my own Liati and Adira...
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Postby usmc8892 » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:59 pm

That looks awesome! Very much earth alliance.
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Postby prelude_to_war » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:00 pm

Plasticard and LOTS of measuring.
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Postby Grey_Ghost » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:10 pm

Um...damn.. nice :shock: That is awesome work with plasticard.... I like that you choose to use the Nike Battle cruiser...
http://efni.org/nike.htm

I have been trying to plan out a Tillman battleship without much success :( .

The Nova II is another good candidate for converstion from the EFNI site
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Postby Chernobyl » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:37 am

good looking mock-up so far, prelude...looking foreward to the rest for sure!

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Postby Estalies » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:39 am

when you decide to make a mold of it, I'll take two.

so much better a design than the neme'shark that mongoose is putting out
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Postby B5freak » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:49 am

Hey prelude,

I really liked that whole line on your web site, with the Orion, the Pegasus, the Minos, the Harpy, and the Boreas. Frankly, a much more inspired set of designs than what we're seeing from Mongoose.
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Postby prelude_to_war » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:00 am

Yeah all of those images are from the same site - he has a lot of cool Shadows and Vorlons too...

Nice link Grey_Ghost - the fluff on these ships is interesting. Looks like the Orion is a Nike with an improved sensor package.

I've applied green stuff to the gaps and will be adding armor plating and the 'wings' hopefully this week.
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Postby Grey_Ghost » Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:05 am

prelude_to_war wrote:Yeah all of those images are from the same site - he has a lot of cool Shadows and Vorlons too...

Nice link Grey_Ghost - the fluff on these ships is interesting. Looks like the Orion is a Nike with an improved sensor package.

I've applied green stuff to the gaps and will be adding armor plating and the 'wings' hopefully this week.
Thanks, can't wait to see the finished ship..

Think you still have the original measurements to make some online templates? :D
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Postby H » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:05 am

excelent work mate, I hope my G'Vrahn looks half as good as your potential final ship should :-)
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Postby Morgoth » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:46 am

really like the sleek lines
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Postby B5freak » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:21 pm

Grey_Ghost,

Is EFNI your web site?
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Postby prelude_to_war » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:30 pm

Grey_Ghost wrote:
Thanks, can't wait to see the finished ship..

Think you still have the original measurements to make some online templates? :D
I sure do - if interested PM and I can send the file to you...
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Postby Nomad » Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:38 pm

Nice work, Prelude, that is one verrry sexy ship...Mongoose and 4G, I hope you're paying attention!
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Postby alien027 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:13 pm

The ship prelude_to_war is making was one of a few ship I see in this Forum. I will love to see when is finish, But after that you will try to do one of the others ships?

Python Battleship
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Atlas Battleship
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Pegasus Frigate
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Boreas Cutter
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Quasar Dreadnought
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Orion Cruiser
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Harpy Heavy Assault Cruiser
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Postby prelude_to_war » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:27 pm

Maybe one more for a Marathon...perhaps the Boreas or Pegasus. We'll see though - just one takes quite a bit of time.
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Postby alien027 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:24 pm

I beleve than the pegasus will be easy. It's a Warlock a little bit short and a few EA cannons. :lol:
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Postby Grey_Ghost » Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:36 am

I would like to see a Python Battleship some time. Thats probably the most complex one out of the lot.
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Postby prelude_to_war » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:26 am

Progress continues. Apparently styrene sheets are available in 'sidewalk' patterns good for hull plating effects. Sadly by the time I found out about them I'd already cut & glued my plates on. Here's the current state of the Orion - plates added and gaps filled.

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Upon close inspection the plates are not completely lined up with eachother. I may have to go back with an X-acto and even things out a bit. I also have to do the bottom half still but you get the idea.

The next big hurdle - which I've been avoiding - is the engines...I can either go with Hyperion style engine nozzels or try and recreate the three cylinder shapes per the CGI...have to think about that one...

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