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The York Shipyards by ILJackson The York Shipyards by ILJackson
One of the core worlds of the Terran Protectorate, the planet York is the heart of humanity's starship construction industry. There are more than thiry shipyards in orbit over the planet, a dozen of which are the massive Hampton-Class Type One Anchorages which serve the Stellar Navy. Capable of docking 12 capital ships in their primary docks, and many smaller ships in four massive docking bays, these stations serve as construction facilities, repair docks, and fleet resupply and mustering points.
Needless to say, any enemy attempting to assault the York shipyards would have to do so with an overwhelmingly large fleet and be able to dig in for a long, brutal campaign. While the shipyards above are needed for capital ships, destroyers, frigates and fighters are built in numerous factories on the ground, and York can field a staggering number of starships if attacked.


If you notice, I tend to do space stations and the like from what I consider to be a realistic orbit. In a lot of sci-fi, space stations are so far away you can see the whole planet, or most of it, in the background, which is kind of inefficient, especially if they're receiving supplies from the surface.
The only exceptions are the really, really big stations, like Babylon 5, which you'd probably put at a LaGrange Point.
With the Hampton anchorage here, I wanted to do something that was sort of reminescent of the images we see of the international space station.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think.
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:iconjdsaunders:
Reminiscent of the Scorpia Fleet Shipyards from Battlestar Galactica, Razor. Beautiful work.
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ILJackson Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was actually just watching that the other night and was thinking the same thing. Seeing it made me want to recreate this as a more bustling military yard. Maybe I'll do so soon.
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zaku1986 Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks totally splendid.
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:icontadp0l3:
That space station looks awesome! Wish I could render my own ships and stations myself :/
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:iconfredericjones:
I like the large central ring, good place to put a centrifuge compartment. Which makes for good realistic artificial gravity.

Cheers for Hard SciFi!
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st0rmblade Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think its because i have little experience using a program for art, i could probably try and upload something so you can see what i can do
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ILJackson Jan 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
What programs do you use?
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st0rmblade Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sadly Ive only got photoshop
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ILJackson Jan 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hrmmm...while I do some spacescapes in GIMP (similar to photoshop, but free), my ships and most of my other art is CG. I'd suggest starting like I did, with DOGA-L3 (a japanese "parts" program), Wings and Daz Studio 3. All of them are free. Just google them. I still use DOGA to design the basic structure for most of my ships. Then I import them into other programs and tidy them up, but you can start doing simpler stuff with all of those programs right out of the box.
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st0rmblade Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool thanks, ill give them a try
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