As the title implies, the ships are an integral part of the Starship Troopers universe. Likewise, political commentary was a key element of both the original Heinlein novel and the original Starship Troopers movies we all know and love. The starship name Rodger Young, used in both the novel and the movie, is homage to a WWII Medal of Honor recipient. Fittingly, the creative wizards of the first movie designed a ship that is so badass that she is still praised and referenced by sci-fi fans.
For the new movie, we wanted to focus on a pair of ships that have broken off from the main fleet: a big starship called John A. Warden, and a small fast-attack ship called Alesia. Alesia’s name is derived from the Battle of Alesia in Eastern France where Vercingetorix surrendered to Julius Caesar. The Starship Alesia is home to the Roughnecks Alpha Team and is tasked with escorting the John A. Warden from Fort Casey back to Earth. We also gave other ships historical names like “Sheridan” (Civil War) and “Franklin” (as in Benjamin).
The design process started with the original designs from the previous movies. We decided to keep the overall sleek and stylish designs and revamped them with updated guns and cannons as well as containers and cranes. Check out the conceptual design/sketch of Alesia and the work-in-progress below.
That’s all for 2011. Will come back early 2012 with new updates, including more about the John A. Warden. Until then, Best Wishes!