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TNS_Tigershark
Post subject: AdvicePosted: April 21st, 2014, 6:40 pm
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I want to begin making a different fleet of ships from a different world. Does anyone have advice on how to design them, whether on paper or MS Paint? Thanks. :?

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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 21st, 2014, 7:07 pm
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Do it in MS paint, rubbing out don't leave a mess on the paper mate. 8-)


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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 21st, 2014, 7:20 pm
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And get a program that supports layers like Paint.NET

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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 21st, 2014, 7:39 pm
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In other words some kind of AU? There are plenty here on the board if you want inspiration.
The first thing you should decide upon is which time era you want to work in. Then you should look into ships of that time era. Then decide on what ships you want your navy to consist of.
And then... well, start designing. One of the best things to do is read through different threads in the beginner subforum here on the 'bucket. That way you'll learn what mistakes not to make, since they'll be demonstrated, noted, and rectified(I include my own works in this ;) ).
If you want to make calculations for a design, I'd suggest you get Springsharp.
And yes, using paint is probably the easiest.


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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 21st, 2014, 8:36 pm
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The best advice I can give is draw a real life ship first and when you have learnt to draw a bit then do your AU. The hardest things to do is design your own ships, and you have to learn to walk before you can run.The other thing that looks easy but is a nightmare to get right is kitbashing which is a lot harder than it looks. Look forward to your drawings. :P


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TNS_Tigershark
Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 22nd, 2014, 1:10 am
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Thanks. I plan on beginning with USS Samuel B. Roberts, DE-413 and then branching off from there.

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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 22nd, 2014, 2:36 am
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If you want to design ships from the pre-dreadnought era to the end of WW2, look up Springsharp. It helps a lot. I can't tell you how many wacky ideas I've had that never got drawn because Springsharp pointed out the flaws.

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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 22nd, 2014, 2:39 am
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TNS_Tigershark wrote:
I want to begin making a different fleet of ships from a different world.
This is code for giving yourself carte blanche to do whatever you feel like, so why are you asking for advice in the first place?


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TNS_Tigershark
Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 22nd, 2014, 9:38 pm
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What other programs/websites are okay to draw in? Any you would recommend?

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Post subject: Re: AdvicePosted: April 22nd, 2014, 9:44 pm
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we all use a program called Paint/msPaint. it's a program every windows computer have. and it is very easy to use. some members have over time changed to other programs like Photoshop, Gimp, PaintNET, etc.but as a beginner I would recomend to use Paint, since it's a very simple software and easy to use. after you have get the felling of doing pixel art and starting to know what you are doing. then you can start to looking to other programs.


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