Monday, January 3, 2011

Firestorm Armada: 1st Relthoza Test Model

I’ve recently finished my 1st model for my Relthoza fleet from Firestorm Armada. I should say this is actually my 2nd test model as I didn’t like how it was initially coming out, so I stripped it and restarted. The Relthoza are a technological advanced arachnid race, and are the only race in the game that has ships utilizing “cloaking” technology. With that in mind, I had a firm idea of what I wanted it to look like. But 1st, here’s how the Relthoza Battleship turned out:

There were several things that went into my initial. First of all, the whole “cloaking Arachnid ships” instantly reminded me of the “Shadows” from Babylon 5, so I knew I wanted to capture the “Black/Grey mottled” look of the Shadows from B5. The next issue was how to simulate the cloaking ability. The glowing blue lines were my attempt to show that there may be something more to the ship than initially meets the eye. (Although I would love to get my hands on some ships cast in clear resin to be used when the cloaking shields are turned on) I also didn’t like how small the engines were for such a large ship, so I painted up a few more sections on the rear of the ship to represent additional means of propulsion. I’m also happy with how the green afterglow really pops against the darker ship as well as the blue “cloaking” glowing lines.

All in all, I’m happy with how the battleship turned out. I’ve got a smaller cruiser on the desk at the moment as well, and so far I think the above technique will work just as well. I’ll post pictures of the cruiser as soon as I get it finished.

- EBC -

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