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Old April 27 2011, 11:26 PM   #362
aridas sofia
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Re: Star Ship Polaris

A humble suggestion: the need for detail to establish scale and to fill that area can flesh out function. If that function involves interaction with humans or human scale devices, you help to establish the scale. Little has been done to establish how this ship ferries its stores, or whether in its (prior) research or (current) combat roles it has modular, multimission architecture like, say... a contemporary littoral combat vessel. You could flesh those spokes out as dozens of cargo/mission modules, embedded flush with the hull, each carrying its own colors and labels and functional details, all contrived to help convey the scale of the vessel. Sort of like this view of a cargo ship with its stacked containers, all with labels and latches, etc, has an immediate sense of scale without any obvious ports or hatches:
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