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This giant flying cannon is called the Basilisk, its a Human Capital ship from the game Novus Aeterno. The Basilisk is a long range heavy weapons platform, its slow as hell but has thick armour and can only shoot forwards using either its giant main cannon which spans the length of the ship, you can actually see the ammo chambers that stick out of the sides at the back of the ship, or using its 3 smaller cannons.

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ManganMan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Yay, star howitzer! :D
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NoiseTheory Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Can you do some concept art of Sins of a Solar Empire or EVE Online.
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Neveras333 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is great. Do you maybe plan to do more? If you are still into space ship drawings, please contact me!
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djones20 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
If that big thing in front of the ship is its main gun...I'd steer clear of its stern if I was anyone smart o.o
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ZeroAplha Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
3 smaller cannons?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, well smaller than the huge cannon at the front. They can be seen just bellow the giant cannon opening
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masterofThardus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Reminds me a bit of the Marza Dreadnought...minus the missile launchers and whatnot on the sides. :XD: This thing looks like a giant space rifle.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :ahoy:
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slipzen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Awesome. Great work :)

What's the crew compliment?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, its crew compliment is probably pretty high :ahoy:
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igarcia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey! Pick me up!
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's just sweet.
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wassap34 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
thats awesome, but does it have point defense, or rely on the rest of the fleet
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It will rely on mostly the fleet for protection from lighter craft, like all capitol ships they are the head of a fleet which works to protect each part of the fleet, even a well armed ship of the line class capital ship would get owned by an enemy fleet if its not properly supported
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Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Nice. :)
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SpectreFaux Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this is funny, I made a ship in my story called the basilisk
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Its a good name for a ship, especially long ones that have plenty of bite
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SpectreFaux Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yeh my ship's cockpit is situated in the "mouth" of the ship.
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eXecutex Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah ! That's what I was talking about ! Big res EPIC ship, just for BG :P
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xxmoneyisxx Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
first thought after reading "Long Range Heavy Weapons Platform"
-"How long?" lol

anyways, nice design. are does...gill looking things reverse engines, or other long range shit that blow other shit up?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They are vents, when it fires ionised gasses are vented through them to cool down the weapon
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xxmoneyisxx Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ahhh, like gills :)
if i had one i would name it Finding Nemo.
so would it be called "Human Capital Ship Class-Basilisk "Finding Nemo""
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, it would be a very misleading name, "We have a ship on long range sensors... the Finding Nemo? Ha sound puny"... "OW GOD ITS DESTROYING EVERYTHING!!!"
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xxmoneyisxx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
tee hee. and the captain's name is Cap. Grace "Cuddly" Short. and hses such an adorable character :D
im needa make a character of her now...
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe
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Chizek Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The grey gradient is clearly a tactic used to allow the text in the bottom left to be visible. Crafty British pirates! ]=<
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Also it looks better than a solid space background
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NaygonElvanleii Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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Sw1tchbl4de Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
umm it doesnt seem like a very tactically useful ship, is it made for planet bombardment?, cause otherwise all one would need do is flank it or smth
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Its a sniper class ship, long range, it sits miles away from your target and engages them at range, if your stupid enough to send it alone into battle without support then yeah it wont last 3 seconds but used in a well formed fleet and kept away from the main engagement and supported with other smaller craft it will give the user a huge advantage, its main cannon can gut a ship in a single shot.
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Kexito Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Writer
Awsome!
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Barramundi-Guy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
i love how the background changes from left to right it looks as if the ship is coming into an atmosphere and the detail on the bridge is amazing, the only thing i dont like is what if someone attacks the ship from above? being a captial ship im assuming it has slow turning speeds so an attacked can just stay in its blind spot and slowly kill it, still an awesome ship though :)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
in the game its mostly on a 2D plane but with slight up and down movement as its less complicated when dealing with thousands of players, but these capitol ships, like real world versions, aren't lone wolves they are there to support your fleet and increase its effectiveness, so you should have lighter craft supporting it and stopping such devastating attacks from occurring. Also this is just one of the capitol ships, some others are more ship of the line type ships and are meant for combat, this is a long range sniper
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Barramundi-Guy Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
oh cool sorry for the late reply i cant wait for the game to come out i will definitely be playing :)
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Zagoalie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
i think thats kinda the point, forceing players to protect it well.
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dragonjml Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
hmmm only one direction better place it well ;) but still a very sweet ship
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TheOracleDragon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool and great detail ^^
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool design. The reflection on the hull is very well done.
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StargateMaster Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
DONT SHOOT AT THE GUY WITH THE BIGGER GUN HAHAHA
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terricon4 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
So, its a spaceship with a giant gun, that would theoretically tear the ship to pieces if it fired? Interesting idea but at that scale its impractical, can't think of a good reason to not just use a missile for ordinance of that size, cool looking though :)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The weapon is a coil gun (a kind of rail gun) so it has minimal recoil, also its speed and range would far exceed a missile also its damage would be huge as the projectile would be travelling at roughly Mach 18-20. Missiles are slow and can be shot down, this thing is huge and cant be stopped. :ahoy:
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tuszek Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Coil guns do recoil about the same energy as chemical guns (only it is less sharp because it propels the projectile with controlled force). This is because in space if you throw something in one direction, you will go in the other, it does not matter if you throw it with muscle power or electro magnetically.

But the important thing is, you did an awesome work, and i totally salute you for that.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is right, and an electromagnetic weapon propels the projectile gradually rather than a single massive kick like chemical weapons, Our thinking is that it has large shock absorbers and inertial dampeners (a sci-fi favourite)that combined with its engines that would work in unison to keep the still as it fired would result in minimal recoil. Also if we kept this game grounded in reality it would get pretty boring haha
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tuszek Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I'd argue about that.
( I dig sci-fi that has strong "sci"- roots. :D )
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Zagoalie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
it would if it was a normal cannon, but its a coil gun, meaning the recoil would be minimum and it would be highly practical as missiles can be shot down.
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terricon4 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I still think firing nukes from a railgun, say... five turrets each shooting one tsar bomb every 15 or so seconds, depending on the technology, would still be better. But at more extreme ranges in space, a missile can reach the same speeds as any chemical projectile, if not faster. Sigh, this is one of those things where there are so many ifs and buts depending on what technology is available, as well as the infrastructure and resources that would be needed to manufacture ships utilizing certain weapons systems.
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HzrdXero Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing!! When are we gonna see concepts for the other races?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Not for a while yet, we have a few rough concepts of all the races but in terms of development its a lot easier to work solidly on one race at a time in order to get them perfect, or else you end up with 5 mediocre races. First is the Human race as they are a more well rounded race and easy to get to grips with, the others are something entirely different.
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HzrdXero Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohh makes sense. I love getting updates from everything about this game and you are a 2D Sci-fi god. I bet its a year or so down the road?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Game has been in development for around 4 years now, starting off very small and slow and its gradually sped up, in September was when we officially announced the project.
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