Greetings Everyone, For this Straight from Development we are featuring the development process for ships, in particular, the Mercury Light Cruiser. The Mercury Light Cruiser is a very distinctive and recognizable ship in Space Wars. It has a sleek flat profile with fins like a GT car and a conning tower in the aft section. Then there is the most distinctive feature of its bulbus hammerhead shaped forward hull. So, how did this ship come into existence? The Mercury like any military hardware came into existence from a utilitarian approach. It was designed around the technical requirements instead of being designed with a specific look in mind: Engine: SIWIHD-3x2 Weapons: SIWPB-3Ax4 SIWPW-2A With just this information Liquin_3rd was given free artistic reign to come up with ship concepts. In this early stage of concept design the artist made several rough sketches that were then given to the designer, Vesuvius_SWIE. With these sketches in hand, Vesuvius_SWIE decided which one best fit the intent of the ship and provided feedback on areas that needed revision. The artist then takes the feedback from the designer and creates a detailed concept drawing of the ship. This detailed concept drawing gives more accurate dimensions of the ship and is used as the template for sculpting the base polygonal model. With the model made it is once again shipped off to the designer for review and comments. Revisions are then made to the model and in this case it is handed off to Tricky115 to texture. The back and forth between Art and design continues until we get the final asset of the Mercury. Questions about the Mercury are welcomed and make sure to support the Space Wars Kickstarter which just launched.