So Many Ships!
We have a lot of starships and fighter models that have been built or are in development for Takamo Universe massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. A quick mental count has over 150 produced and another 50+ in various stages of design. The video clips above shows off two of ten different versions of a cargo ship class that was inspired by a pen and ink illustration from the Takamo Rulebook (1982).
Our first try at building one was in 2013-14 when a contract artist came up with a model for our Kickstarter. At the time, we thought it was great because it was the first 3D model of a Takamo starship. Fortunately, we became much more sophisticated in our model making.
Our next rendition was the ship below. It was far more to our liking and could be rendered in several color schemes. This color happens to be the favorite of the model maker, Dmitri. He's Russian, and it has a very tough Russian military feel to the texture and color.
We weren't finished. I thought it would be a good design for a series of cargo transports, both liquid, and containers. I also envisioned different cargo capacities. I asked Demi (Dmitri) to come up with some variants and boy, did he! We now have ships with 2,4,6,8, and 10 containers, both liquid (round tanks) and solid (square tanks.)
There's no end!
I suppose at some point I should cap off variants of commercial and military ships but where's the fun in that? In fact, as I sit here typing away, I can think of several useful variants that involve switching out cargo containers, modifying the bridge, a side-load feature, maybe a gun or two...
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Artwork by Dmitri Borodin
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