ChrisReid

Super Soaker Collector / Administrator
LOAF and Rattler were having a conversation on Discord recently and stumbled upon an awesome find! Rattler pondered whether the Kilrathi home carrier in Armada, the Shiraak, was inspired by the Privateer iterations of the Kamekh destroyer. Upon closer inspection and a wireframe LOAF dug up, it actually seems like they're even more similar than we realized!

Rattler: Looking at the Kamekh... I'm starting to wonder if that design inspired the Shiraak Carrier.

LOAF: Might be the same central hull model.

Just check out their similar lines: they both share the same fuselage with slightly sloping nose. There are indentations to the forward-middle sides for weapon cutouts. Both have the same double-crescent on the aft dorsal region between the engine nacelles (although it's been modified on the underside between designs). Several changes were made to adjust the scale so each ship appeared plausible in their intended roles at opposite ends of the capital ship spectrum. The cockpit/bridge viewscreen was removed from the Kamekh for scale. Obviously the wings are also absent from the carrier.

But wait, there's more! The Armada carrier was actually borrowed from the Super Wing Commander take on the Snakeir. They're practically the exact same model - with some minor recoloring and maybe smoother engine inlets on the higher res SWC model we have below. Armada was made on a budget and made use of every part of the spaceship animal. It borrowed heavily from all over, and this is just one example, but it's pretty neat to see the lineage side-by-side like this!



Kamekh left, Shiraak right:









And the Super Wing Commander Snakeir:





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Original update published on September 23, 2020
 

Dyret

Super Carrot!
This was pretty standard for that era, wasn't it? I believe the WCA Banshee, SWC Scimitar and the WCA Phantom were all based on the same basic model, for instance.
 

ChrisReid

Super Soaker Collector / Administrator
This was pretty standard for that era, wasn't it? I believe the WCA Banshee, SWC Scimitar and the WCA Phantom were all based on the same basic model, for instance.

Yeah, but those are cases of the identical model being reused or obvious kit bashes where the front half of a ship gets stuck to the back half of another. I don't think I've seen anyone call out the Kamekh->Shiraak similarity before.