View Full Version : Random Vessel Deckplans

10-16-2012, 06:22 PM
I've been practicing various sketch-like plans of all kinds of things and I decided to try a few sci-fi ones too.

I envisaged this as some kind of tug, transport or some such. It'd pull something modular behind it. I didn't plan it at all and it was mostly for practice. The design assumes some kind of gravity system to generate an earth-like environment.

I think I'll contain any future ones I do to this thread too. They are done on a grid but I have turned off the grid for this first one.

10-16-2012, 06:36 PM
Well done. I like non-symmetrical ships a la Millienium Falcon

10-31-2012, 05:02 PM
That is a really nice sketch. I like the layout of this ship. Waiting for more. :)

10-31-2012, 08:21 PM
That really looks great. I also like the "non standard" shaped ships. A few "decorations" and this would be great for a game :)

11-07-2012, 09:57 PM
Lookscomic-y, I like it. Is that made with a vector program?

11-08-2012, 06:54 AM
This is cool, can you make an image of the outer shell?

11-08-2012, 04:35 PM
No vector program, just quickly hand-drawn in SAI. Drawing waystations and inns can get tedious so I like to do a little modern or sci-fi to break things up.

I might make an outer image of it in the future but it depends on if I get around to doing so. I am a bit busy with NaNoWriMo this month.

01-03-2013, 02:44 AM
Very good work, I like the ship!

Freehand 5.5
01-09-2013, 10:30 AM
Nonsymmetrical ship designs like the Falcon are cool, but this one would fly in circles only.

01-09-2013, 10:37 AM
Nonsymmetrical ship designs like the Falcon are cool, but this one would fly in circles only.

Why is that? There is no drag in space since it's vacuum. It might not move real quick in atmosphere but that would be a small part of it's life and only if it doesn't just dock at space stations or whatever. At least that's my impression.

01-09-2013, 12:31 PM
I always assumed it would just go in the direction of the engines because of the vacuum too. I'm no engineer though.

This wasn't designed or planned though. I just opened up SAI and started sketching quick plans of taverns, inns, spacecraft, etc. I was just sketching features and shapes that were interesting to draw. This was one of the results.

01-09-2013, 05:44 PM
Larb my first quick view at the thumbnail and I thought this was a vertical section not a plan view LOL then I saw the interior layout!! Interesting design. What is SAI?

01-09-2013, 08:36 PM
Paint Tool SAI is a lightweight tablet-focused sketching program. It is very good.

I wonder if we should have a thread on the CG that lists various types of software, what they do, how they relate to stuff on here, if they are free/paid for, etc.

Freehand 5.5
01-09-2013, 09:34 PM
Jaxilon, a force or combined force (e.g. the double engine) must be directed at the center of mass, or the object gets an angular momentum (spin).

But that is only important if you want to create a realistic ship. Fantasy is not subject to physics. ;)

03-02-2013, 07:09 PM
My thought when the drive system is off-center is that the same field used to create a sense of gravity for the occupants and cargo can re-focus mass and transfer of energy to prevent the spin. That's my contribution to fantasy space-flight.

When will we see the next ship?

03-02-2013, 07:14 PM
I actually did some reading following the posts here and basically the drive for a space craft has to be positioned according to the centre of mass. This doesn't mean you can't have weird shaped asymmetrical designs, it just means you have to keep in mind where the overall centre of mass is and place drives accordingly. Although I like the "high sci-fi" approach (is that even a term?), I also like some plausibility.

I've been working on so many other things lately, mostly character art, but I might do another deckplan sketch tomorrow or something. It'll be something random and unplanned but I promise the drive(s) will be appropriately positioned!

04-30-2013, 11:11 PM
Maybe the drives themselves are super dense, or else the water storage tank is on that side of the ship. Would the offcentre drives work then? I really like this map, I hope you send up some more!


05-01-2013, 08:27 PM
Only the right-hand engine fires during normal operation. The left-hand engine only fires when the ship wants to turn. Due to the maneuvering limitations imposed by this situation, the ship is known as a Zoolander.

02-02-2014, 02:01 PM
Different. Are you going to detail it further?