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Here is the Manticore, a massive prototype beam weapon that was developed planet-side but realising they needed to test it against real fleets and in space they quickly fitted it on a rig and attached some engines, a rushed job with little to no armour or point defences, its all laser cannon baby.
Its also stupidly powerful, it has multiple fire modes, one a super long range a brutal single shot, being a beam weapon it never misses and usually they are very short range weapons, this prototype however is about 200 times bigger than the standard. Its other firing mode includes an EMP shot and overload function that sends out an EMP burst around the ship giving it at least some defence against fighters and bombers.
This ship should be supported at all times, its lack of armour means its rather weak if engaged, that's if you can get close to it, its quite agile as well for a 1 mile long cannon.

Cue "IMA FIRIN MA LAZAR!!" quotes


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:iconlmonlimecat:
LmonLimeCat Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
IMA FIRIN MA LAZAR!!
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FrAlgan Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I love your art, all of it. Like. Every single piece... I have no words.

I never comment but I do have to ask.. Is there any way I could use your ships designs and even stories - for a roleplaying forum I am working on ?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks I am glad you like my work :ahoy: As for the forum thing I have no problem with you using them so long as credit is given to the original source. i.e me
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sylverphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I've probably mentioned this before, but I really appreciate and enjoy your background stories behind your artwork. It just brings out that extra bit of detail rather than just some sci-fi concept. Keep it up! :)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It helps in creating an image if there is some kind of background to it, helps define the look and feel of the vehicle or illustration :ahoy:
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Zagoalie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
its not a backround story of the artwork its the backround story for this unit in the game it is for Novus Aeterno. many of adams recent uploads includeing this set of 3 capitalship have been for Novus Aeterno.
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crisandm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this will seriously cause some rage moments as it snipes people from way away in space.
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
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Barramundi-Guy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
ITS SO FLUFFY IM GONNA DIE!!
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
No doubt you didn't intend the description to be taken seriously, but excuse me if I take a moment and have some fun with the concepts you've laid out.

It's hard for me to look at this and not laugh. I'm studying Aerospace Engineering and the little sci-fi inaccuracies make the back story all that much more humorous. For example this being a 'rush job' - that would typically mean the scientific systems wouldn't work properly and would malfunction - armor I would imagine to be the most basic of basic systems to get functional - bolt some metal to the side of the craft and call it a day.

~one a super long range a brutal single shot
Beam weapons is space... does this thing have recoil? For every force there is an equal and opposite force, does this device fire beams in both directions at the same time so it doesn't alter its trajectory? Even light carries momentum, it's inescapable that firing a weapon that's destined to do substantial damage would need to alter the spacecraft's trajectory after firing in an unbalanced system.

~sends out an EMP burst around the ship giving it at least some defence against fighters and bombers
And here I would have thought an EMP would be the weapon itself, knocking out all the sensors on whatever craft lies in the way.

I will say to a first-approximation, this does look torque balanced though. If you're exerting a very large force at a particular point on the spacecraft (when the weapon fires), you want that force to be applied in line with the center of mass so that you don't end up torquing the spacecraft and spinning wildly. Here it looks like the structure is cut out of the top (the incomplete ring in the front) to account for the extra mass of the red part of the ship and some added mass in the back.

:) Artistically though, I rather like the glow section near the rear of the craft. It reminds me mildly of the sparks from a metal-working shop. The clouds in the back right make for a nice backdrop. The lights above the spacecraft's name are a nice touch.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have had a few comments in my time on this site that are similar to yours, comments that shout "LOOK AT ME I KNOW STUFF!!" that's great and congratulations on your knowledge but this is an art site and this image in particular is for a game, a science fiction game (emphasis on the word fiction is clearly needed) a form of entertainment so if you were to go around and question the design, back story, and description of every made up sci-fi related ship, weapon, and object you would either be ridiculed, ignored, or hunted down by angry nerds and fired into the sun.

I don't see the point of your comment, well I do but I don't understand why you make it, this is clearly for a game project, a sci-fi game set in space using huge space craft if I could I would write game in huge letters with shiny bits around it so you can notice it more, yes I get that a lot of designs in games do have grounds in reality and certainly our designs do but at the end of the day if reality and real world physics get in your way of creating something cool and enjoyable you ignore it and use artistic license, its called game design, if we all made games and movies that adhered to perfect physics and realistic aesthetics then we wouldn't have movie and game makers we would just hire scientists to make what is essentially a simulation.

If everyone with a shred of knowledge on space, aerospace engineering, physics, astronomy, geology, etc commented on game design like you have just done and in that manner of over thinking and over complicating it then people would give up, you didn't seem to have an issue with the space clouds, should I mention that realistically you cant see nebula in the night sky or when in space unless using different wave lengths, certainly not via visible light alone, but then we would have very dull boring black backgrounds.

Yes you obviously have significant knowledge on aerospace and for someone who is studying it I should hope you do but why do you think its wise to apply said knowledge to a purely fictional object designed for fun to be used in a form of entertainment? Also on another not yes in theory lasers would have recoil but it is minute compared to that of a conventional solid projectile weapon (read for more info [link] )

Many great scientists are also sci-fi fans, its a genera that allows ones mind to wonder and make shit up, maybe even stuff that couldn't possibly exist but that's the whole point of it, and while some topics or elements of past science fiction have since become science fact it doesn't stop the fact that some of it is purely imaginative and some of the stuff sci-fi authors and artists have created have been incredible and breathtaking. I feel sorry for you if this is how you view every single sci-fi related topic, with such closed mindedness and some kind of need to prove that you know something, reading a sci-fi novel must be hell for you? Man I think watching Star Wars must have been pretty hard on you too, yes?

If you find what I have said in the above paragraphs insulting in anyway then I ask you to re-read your own comment and view it with a bit more open mindedness and maybe you will see how insulting it is to myself, also just as a test to see if you have read this comment all the way through if you reply to it start with the word mushroom, after a huge wall-o-text like the one above I find it interesting to see who actually reads all the way through. :ahoy:
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
:roll: Mushroom, I write enough long-winded comments of my own, I feel inclined to read them too

Apologies, I clearly misworded my comment as I did not mean it to upset you. I did not realize your work was a part of a game nor the larger work which I have just insulted. I presumed it was a personal work and meant only to find camaraderie in appraising some of the more fanciful elements of the back story, though in retrospect my words do appear rather boastful.

With that said, I'd normally cut my losses and leave you be, but you've piqued my interest on a few of your points:

~you think its wise to apply said knowledge to a purely fictional object designed for fun to be used in a form of entertainment?
Not wise in the slightest, simply fun to consider the absurdity, and fun is the name of the game in the entertainment industry, yes? You've linked to a solar rifle of sorts; the kinetic energy of the setup they describe is about 300J. If your gun fires the beam for 1 second, that's a 300 Watt light. That's the amount of light that hits the Earth every day in a three square foot area, so this gun might have the power to give someone a warm fuzzy feeling, maybe make their forearm sizzle if you focus it. Scaling that up to a space-craft sized weapon, I presume you'd be able to light the dark side of a plant for a second, which is pretty far from the power of the Death Star. I'm not too certain about the power of a laser beam weapon, so when I first read 'beam weapon', I initially envisioned an ion beam, which would pose a much greater threat (and still sounds cool right?), but would have a more substantial kickback (and thus why it's under development in the modern world for use in propulsion). Just saying, some things are a little absurd to look at in a realistic light, that's all.

~Man I think watching Star Wars must have been pretty hard on you too, yes?
What tom-foolery is this 'Force' you speak of? And those light sabers? Forget about it.

~reading a sci-fi novel must be hell for you?
I like to find ones that favor the middle ground. You kind of mentioned this already, starting with real physics but only breaking the rules when it's absolutely necessary.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A lot of people comment on these images, indeed most of my images and other peoples, without reading the descriptions of said images first and this leads to a lot of awkward comments and conjecture, surely the giant logo and studio name gave something away? I must say though I did not anticipate your reply and to get a well worded reply that explains in a less boastful way what your thoughts are as well as understanding that what you said originally could have been taken in the wrong way is a welcome sight compared to the usually replies of swearing, arguing, or proclaiming that the original comment was in fact written by their little brother/sister who managed to hack their account and comment on said image. So in that case thank you for understanding my side.
You are indeed right about the laser "kickback" the Ion drive has been in development now for over a decade now and there are indeed many other concepts for light based propulsion systems, the solar sail for one is an unusual concept. But at the end of the day we always come up with ways of solving these little issues relating to certain sci-fi elements, there are nerds everywhere (myself included) who feast on the knowledge from these made up universes and would kick up a fuss if any small detail on how a fictional item in said universe would work were to be changed or ignored, reading one of the many Star Wars cross-section books is astounding in terms of how much detail they go into regarding the ships and items of the universe, but you can clearly see that the design came before the function as with most sci-fi things, make it look and sound cool, then we will figure out how it works.

I will wrap this up now by saying thanks for understanding my reply and misgivings about your comment and also thank you for a mature reply :ahoy:
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raziel4273 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Mushroom! Well said, mate. Well said, indeed.
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Zagoalie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Yarrr better not fuck with the Adam he be rumed up!
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Too much rum, why is the rum always gone
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Zagoalie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Not enough rum is why the rum is always gone...
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Weasel102 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Now THAT'S a gun. I like it. :D Looking forward to the game. :D
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WarpTheWorld Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why am I getting a Portal vibe from this...should I seek help? :O
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0Leth0 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Funny...I'm getting a Deadspace vibe from this.

I need help O-o
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If this is anything to do with portal then you would essentially be able to make portals big enough to throw planets through
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WarpTheWorld Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Portal 3 perhaps? :woohoo:
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yus
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
That thing looks fuckin' fun to have in your arsenal.
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Cripto135 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
NICK SUCKS AT NAMING..... this is just a space pistol
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The original sketch looked even more like a space pistol, but space pistol is a crappier name, Manticore at least sounds awesome
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Cripto135 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
it does, but he had us guessing based only on the name. Name is cool it fits, okay but he had us guessing for like 2 days....
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Nick is cruel like that, and to be honest there was no way anyone would have guessed it, some were close though, a few mentioned some kind of EMP based weapon, this does have an EMP ability
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SpectreFaux Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
what do you use to make these?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
All Photoshop, this was done as a rough side on and front view sketch myself and the creative director did, I then did a rough "3D" sketch using a ton of perspective lines then painted on top of the sketch and added textures to that, all 2D, no 3D elements involved
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SpectreFaux Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn. I can draw, but i can't use photoshop for my life. You are one talented person.
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masterofThardus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Very nice. I've always liked the "rushed prototype" background for units like this. It keeps them from being overpowered while providing a perfectly reasonable explanation for it.

...Although I seem to be noticing a trend with the whole "one big***, powerful, but unmovable gun" thing. Will there be a lot of ships like that?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's mainly because 2 out of 3 designs I have done so far have been HUGE GUN type things, to be honest out of the 12 something odd deigns we have so far they are the only 2 that are huge flying guns, I just liked them so did them first haha
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masterofThardus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Well, it's not like I have a problem with BFG ships. :XD: Heck, that's what most of the ships in games like Sins of a Solar Empire are.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Okay, epic laser equals much love. That thing is ridiculously excessive. What are they fighting again? :XD: A giant space Titan that can only be beaten by an uber laser? ;P Nah, this looks great, just like all of your stuff, really.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and yes this laser is basically giant pest repellent
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Draug88 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
But... Why doesn't it have the support structure "ring" in the top quadrant?

You asked for it:

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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It just has a break in that area simple for aesthetic reasons, it looked better without it, more interesting and less like a toilet plunger
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Chizek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait for the pirate skin to be released. =P
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Only on international speak like a pirate day
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Awesome.. just needs more "ship" around it :XD:
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, its a test bed though, was never meant to be armoured, the idea was it sits so far away and blasts them at a distance, sacrificing armour for speed.
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
So more like a special prototype slightly rushed into service? :P
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much, in the description it says it all, it was developed planet-side but they needed to test it in battle so they literally just threw it on a platform and added engines to it, no regards to defence.
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Aha yeah :D

I can't help but wonder what the fully constructed and defended/armoured/etc version would look like!
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
We may make one later down the line as a more expensive and advanced ship, same gun but more armour, maybe a few extras as well, but obviously slower
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Of course :XD: ... and I can't wait to see that :excited:
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is made of win.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:ahoy:
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