The Culture: Battling Rapid Offensive Unit

These pictures will be used as a packshot for the 3D printable model of this ship that I designed. You can buy it from the artsation store here: https://www.artstation.com/a/19850364

This time I wanted to depict a battle scene involving a Rapid Offensive Unit of the Thug class during the Idiran-Culture war. We won't see his Idiran opponent, although it is an interesting design challenge, maybe another time. The story is basically this:

1 The ROU Rules Of Engagement? take on the fight against an Idiran warship, popping out from behind an asteroid. The red field effect at the front is his effector, his main weapon.

2 He dodged the first blow from the Idiran warship, narrowly but he won his first move, thanks to its protective fields. The asteroid behind is blown.

3 It gives the ROU the time to position himself for a shooting angle while its effector is now fully loaded.

4 He engaged the Idiran warship with a direct hit while dodging easily a second blow. (this picture being the packshot).

I could have made several versions of it, explore the visual aspect of effectors, lefters and myriads of nanomissiles, all those Culture futuristic technologies that capture the imagination under the pen of Iain M. Banks.
This all turned out to be very time consuming! I hope to finish the last two images soon.

Preview 1: (from screen capture)

Preview 1: (from screen capture)

Preview 2

Preview 2

Preview 3

Preview 3

Preview 4

Preview 4

Roughs

Roughs