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some thoughts about spaceship designs,and how we plan on developing the production of plenty of spaceships with a small team.

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For those who started to follow us, you might have noticed that the specific designs of TannhauserGates spaceships have a heavy LEGO influence.
Part of it must come from my own childhood obviously.
Another reason is that there is some beauty about the minimalism and constraints of those small plastic boxes.
But the main reason remains the practicality behind the Lego way of thinking.
I tried to mimic the Lego philosophy by minimizing the number of "blocks" I wanted to use, going back and forth for a while to find the best looking ones, the more useful ones too.

Then started to design spaceships using those constraints.
I do believe that constraints helps to create better designs.
Limitations forced me to be creative about the look . All ships in TannHauserGates tend to follow those rules:

Use of basic shapes put together to create a more complex one.
Repetitivity in the elements: patterns helps to understand more complex shapes.
Reusability of elements from one ship to another allows to decline the ships for multiple usage while keeping a sense of uniformity in the design and scale.

For now the ships showcased are all coming from one of the races you'll encounter in TannHauser Gates.This is the Uman fleet, closer to our design standards.Later new blocks will be used for another race, creating a new silhouette display that will be instantly recognizable. Cant wait to get started on this!

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