Some would say he was ‘a madman’, others ‘a visionary’, some would even curse his name for not including their favourite ships. However you view him, Dirk Loechel created what can now be considered one of the most authoritative infographics on the various capital ships across a multitude of Sci-Fi films, TV-shows, Anime and games. These include iconic ships such as the Star Wars universe’s Star Destroyer… A mammoth ship you would think, but how wrong you are! Remember how dwarfed these ships were compared to Darth Vader’s infamous personal command ship, the Super Star Destroyer – Executor, over 19000km in length. Whilst certainly within the top tier of capital ships, its by no means the largest with other non-canon Star Wars ships overshadowing that. These themselves standing side by side the intricate gothic beauty of Warhammer 40k vessels, amid a host of quite literally hundreds of other ships representing a sizeable ensemble of those individual universes ships.
Indeed the chart is so large and the scale so massive that Dirk had to draw a line of anything below 100m ruling out the various starfighters such as X-Wings and Tie Fighters.
To give a sense of scale against mankinds actual accomplishments, Dirk included in a small box to the top of the chart an image of the International Space Station (ISS). At 100m it is but a tiny speck to the colossal imaginings of those universes designers.
In 2015, Dirk seems to have called it a day, though musing on a bucket list of vectoring the text. Having wanted to mount this as a large acrylic on my wall, I decided to add the text as a vector before exporting as a JPEG nearly as big as one of the ships on the chart. I’ve wanted to share some of my efforts so with the image zooming capability of Micrio, I have uploaded and embeded the resulting image below for your viewing pleasure.
(if you’re viewing this in the blog page, click the post title for a larger view)
As the initial upload, there’s bound to be some mistakes I have made in the descriptors of each ship and would appreciate your feedback to perfect what will ultimately grace my wall (much to the lament of my wife!)
As an experiment I also attempted to find a large image of one of the smallest ships which on the original had become a blurry mess due to jpeg compression. Vectoring it as best I could, I then matched it against the original image. You can find this in the bottom left hand corner and I think you will agree, there is potential to make this image even more awesome than it already is. However with a full time job and family, I would advise you not to hold your breath. Finding decent resolution jpegs of the ships alone is time consuming to the point of impracticality.
Well, I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your feedback.
PS. You may be thinking that this whole escapade is an attempt to promote myself as a graphics designer. Due to other commitments, that side of me (which was done more for pleasure than money) is hibernating like an Exogorth.
PPS. If you liked this then I recommend watching this Youtube Infoshowcase of 3D rendered ships. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Loc7qX7FI