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Starship Polaris – Round Three

Looks like Dennis Bailey and his team are making good progress on set construction for the bridge of the Starship Polaris, as noted in his latest blog entry. In the mean time, I’m continuing to submit ideas for the look of the ship itself. Here is the latest sketch showing several new design elements:  

Configuration Concepts

Configuration Concepts


What happened to the sails? Well, those have been giving me problems for a while now. They look kinda neat from a couple of angles but otherwise they’ve really lost their appeal for me. I have an idea how to include them in this latest design if Dennis really wants to keep them, but I thought I’d leave them off for now to see what everyone thinks.  

I really liked the Y-shaped twin engine assembly I showed in my previous post but they were a bit overpowering and I’ve gone back to just two main engines instead of four. However, the “tail fins” I added to the top and bottom edges of the saucer could house another pair of smaller engines for redundancy and thrust balancing.  

Other additions include the ring at the aft end, an homage to one of Dennis’ and David Nielson’s earlier designs, and what I’m calling “mission module hard points” one on either side of the forward fuselage. I envision these as mounting locations for sensor arrays or other scientific equipment relevant to the ship’s original role as an exploration vessel. When the Polaris was refitted for service in the United Worlds Navy, these hard points served as mounting locations for the ship’s weaponry. I have an idea in mind for a weapons module that combines what they are calling a CANE (Casimir Accelerated Negative Energy) gun, upper and lower missile racks, and a point-defense beam cannon in a single assembly to be mounted on each of those hard points. I’ll see if I can work up some sketches of that in the near future. I also have what I think is a pretty good idea for the lander modules, so keep an eye out for that as well.  

On the artistic side, I’m continuing to refine and–hopefully–improve my technique, both in general and with my Cintiq tablet in particular. These sketches I’m doing are still kind of rough and scribbly as opposed to the very clean line work and careful shading you see from the pros, but part of that is deliberate as I rather like the scribbly look, and the rest is just a matter of continuing to improve.  

Feedback has been pretty slow since I switched the site over to a blog format so feel free to jump right in and let me know what you think. I know Dennis would also appreciate your comments on the Starship Polaris Official Site.  

It’s an exciting project and I’m honored to be a part of it.

3 comments to Starship Polaris – Round Three

  • Vektor, although I’ve been following StarshipPolaris.com fairly regularly, I haven’t visited your site in quite some time. I had no idea that the ship had evolved so much since its last appearance on StarshipPolaris.com. It looks very cool!

  • Thanks, Greg. The Polaris has come quite a long ways and probably has a little ways to go. I hope to have the next iteration up within the next few days.

  • Wow, this was great. Keep writing this kind of stories, you will get a lot of people to this text if you continue working on this.

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