Creating a Starship or Power Armor
This in an ongoing list of resources to help you create an awesome starship, power armor, or similar technology.
| Type || SP || Min Length || Max Length
| Small Escorts || 10 || 30 meters || 100 meters
| Destroyers || 20 || 100 meters || 250 meters
| Cruisers || 30 || 250 meters || 500 meters
| Carriers, Heavy Cruisers || 40 || 500 meters || 1000 meters
| Battleships || 50 || 750 meters || 1500 meters
See also: Starship Size Comparison
What Resources Exist to Help Me?
Artwork is required for starship submissions.
(Free and very easy to use 3D package, similar to lego in feel; the preferred package of our community - beginner)
(Free, Surprisingly powerful and easy to use free-form modelling package - intermediate)
(Free 3D sculpting program for organic forms - similar to handling clay - intermediate)
(Very powerful payware 3D program… Very easy to learn. Poor animation support. - advanced)
(Rich 3D package with excellent animation tools but poor modeling and rendering tools - advanced)
(Free open source image editing program - beginner)
(An impressive and free mspaint alternative, bundled with Windows 7. Download for 2000/XP/Vista - beginner)
(A cheap high end photoshop alternative, extremely popular with Japanese artists - beginner)
(Free open source 2D animation package, great for producing short cartoons - intermediate)
(A cheap freeware alternative to Corel's Painter X, producing highly stylized work - intermediate)
(An expensive professional suite of tools - extremely powerful - advanced)
CG Art Success
(Great video tutorials for digital painting, color and design ideas … great resource)
The psychology of design
The Paradox of choice
(More choice isn't always better… Choice can leave people unsatisfied. Here's why.)
Interview with Syd Mead
(Get into the mind of one of the great designers of the 20th century… Tron, Short Circuit, Flight of the Navigator, Aliens, Gundam, 2010, Startrek, Wing Commander, Yamato 2050… You name it, he's done it.)
Visual references & inspiration
(A breakdown of work by many popular Japanese mecha designers through the ages - Excellent if you're looking to study Japanese styling)
(A good source of both Japanese and western mecha toy reviews, lots of transforming robots… Excellent way to rapidly broaden your frame of design reference for things like proportion, aesthetic and transformation mechanics)
What are the requirements/restrictions?
Ships' “About the [Shipname]” sections should be at least two paragraphs long, with at least three sentences in each paragraph, all of which contribute to the description of what the ship is. The history section should be at least one paragraph. DO NOT post ship designs with just a one-sentence description!
Articles not yet approved MUST be tagged as not approved and should be listed in the WIP Index
Artwork is REQUIRED for starships and spacecraft, and strongly encouraged for all other submissions.
Where do I submit my design?