Developmental drawings suggesting designs for one of the playable races for the upcoming MMORTS game Novus AEterno by Taitále Studios.
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/!\ This is a particularly tricky race to pick a design for, let me explain why. The aceans are the biotechnological race. As such, there is no "standard" acaean shape, they just mix'match genes from here and there to serve specific functions within their society. In theory all five examples here could cohexist in-universe as different types of Aceans.
BUT there are still two things I would like to choose and this would be:
-A standard playable "skin style" for crews and ships and architecture:
1- Insectoid-like.. with lots of articulated parts, carapaces, little spikes and claws.
2- "Gigeresque" biomechanical with lots of tubes and shiny stuff. Expect a good deal of creepy uneasing stuff that reminds us of human anatomy.
3-Animalistic and or chimeric.. I'm not sure this drawing communicates the idea for this. But basically, everything else a space creature could be that has a defined, non-arthropodeal feel. It could be a combination of different aliens and or referencing vertebrate animals, scales, fur, etc.
4-Underwater Etereal. Wow, sounds like the name of some perfume.. anyway, remeber the aliens from the movie "The Abyss"? Well, then google them. This style should reference all those translucent and bioluminicent organism that move about in the sea.
Jelly fishes, sea slugs...
5- Organ-organic. Well this one is odd.. basically it looks like something alive turned inside-out. Crew and ships would be covered in stuff that looks like bone, muscle and.. organs.
Many Zerg structures look like this.
-THEN there is the -avarage structure of the individual-.
This is not so important, but even though there will always be -big- differences from character to character, I would like it to be some kind of tencency or theme within it. How does the avarage drone, or soldier of the aceans move around? What kind of creature would you like your avatar to be?
A- Insectoid. As having several legs arching around a central body.
Remeber this is -not- linked to the options above. That means your insectoid -avarage structure of the individual- could be convined with an animalistic chimeric or organ-organic -skin style-.
B- Humanoid. Again, maybe the avarage drone is a humanoid, in a Gigeresque skin, as pictured here, or maybe it's an insectoid, or underwatwer etereal style?
C- Something else.. probably a quadrupedal, or some other animalistic body structure.
D- What is that thing? I don't know what I'm doing anymore. I don't know.. some flying thing? that would be pretty cool actually.
But no, I think D would be Armonic Xenobiological at it's finest. I would try to design something quite armonious and beautiful that just isn't from this world to be the avarage structure.
E- Shapeless. Blobs and sthings that twist and other weird stuff.