both have a very 1940s u-boat feel to them..but there is enough difference in shape weapons and style to make them really unique.
I'm guessing the empire vessel makes straight in runs like a torpedo boat or U-boat then gets out of the area quick from the way it's weapons are arranged... the lack of deck guns and turrets make it unlikely it would pull along side and exchange gun fire. most of its weapons seem to be for defense against fighters etc...
the federation vessel looks more like a standard destroyer meant to screen friendly formations intercept lighter vessels attacking the main group, or conduct patrols around friendly bases and fleets..... but that just my guess. I would imagine that Empire vessels would be the primary threat the Federation destroyers are designed to counter ...
Wow very very nice analyzing! I enjoyed reading it and you are almost right! As you are guessing, Federation's ships are designed to intercept and destroy Imperial ships as many as possible, so they have nice guns, structure and hopeless armor due to mass producing. On the other hand, Empire uses ships to invade and rule small local city-states.
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Elementary my dear Waffle...I design a lot of vessels fighters and star ships... So I have gone through the mental design process a few times
I'm happy you put some thought into the ships and didn't go..Hey wouldn't it look cool if...I mean I am a fan of the "because it looks cool" design style but when someone thinks about the function and needs of a vessel it adds to the coolness rating.
I could imagine a wolf pack of those Imperial Ships lurking about until they have a vulnerable target. Then sweeping in surrounded by flak bursts, and defending fighters.
Using their bow guns and torpedo/rockets to cut apart a convoy, or hammering defensive guns while the big boys wait in the rear to drop troops or come in and deal with the now severely weakened defenses of a target.
I like your visual style features that are familiar combined with unique features. and the fact they are not just old naval warships floating in the sky.