Texture Inspiration

I was reading about the Royal Navy’s latest fleet addition, a new Astute class submarine, and reminded myself that these ‘wessels‘ are the best inspiration for texture applications for star ships. Forgive the obvious but; they are the perfect analog to deep space ships we have.

They protect against a deadly environment and have to be maintained (primarily) from the inside. The hulls have to be designed to not only keep out the sea but at incredible pressures while maintaining silence. Yet, they have some incredible detail on their outer surfaces. The Astute class, for example, have hundreds of acoustic tiles to help deaden noise (or for me they are ablative star ship armor plates).

The news article had a great picture of the ship, named Artful, being readied for launch at it’s assembly yard. Completely out of water, new and dry – lots of detail to be seen. Incredible real life resource IMHO.

Here she is (courtesy livescience.com)

Artful submarine rollout

Here is another great, underway pic, of a Vanguard class SSBN at sea (courtesy navalresearch.blogspot.com).

HMS Vigilant at sea

Here is one of my favorite looking subs, an Acula class, on lease to the Indian navy (INS Chakra, ex-K-152 Nerpa).

Chakra off Viskhapatnam

There are numerous images out there but no so many that show detail like this. I am amazed at the detail you can see like access ports, hatches and seams. Really great inspiration.


~ by cp40guy on May 23, 2014.

3 Responses to “Texture Inspiration”

  1. I like real world examples like this too. As you say, these vessels are designed to do much of what a starship would be required to do: be pressurized, exist and fight in a hostile environment. The way the rust is building up around the ports on that Akula-class is a great example of how space crap would impact and cause weathering on similar features of starships.

    I agree, the Akula-class is a sweet looking sub. Though, I’m not that knowledgeable about sub classes, so I can’t say it’s my favorite. 😉

  2. An issues I see with using a sub, or plane for a starship is they are thin skinned craft. The thin skin in some cases means the underlying structure might show through each panel, and in the case of subs, the outer skin isn’t the pressure vessel. Same goes for modern ships, which aren’t armored except internally against spalling.

    It might be more relevant to look at battleships or cruisers from WWII to earlier, or at least very huge ships. Although, I realize their hulls aren’t as interesting as that of a sub or plane, and interest is the whole point of something like this.

    • I agree. I selected the sub hulls as the best, to me, represent as true a self contained vessel that is analogous to a spaceship (not the first by any stretch to suggest that). I like that you see details even though you would expect a homogenous surface. But WWII battleships are very similar but it’s hard to find large, hi-res, images 🙂 !

      Thanks for the comment!

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