Isolating matters of scale: Nostromo, Anesidora, and Torrens.



I received a hyper-state message from a friend of mine in the Outer Veil, (read: Down Under) about the Anesidora recently, and that got me to thinking…

In ALIEN: Isolation, we have seen some really nice concept artwork for two ships: the Anesidora, and the Torrens. Both vehicles echo the Nostromo’s weary lineage as a well-used tool of the economic interests driving the universe of Alien.

Each time I play the game, I enjoy the scene where the Torrens approaches Sevastopol Station, and we hear these lines ring out (so similar in emotional tone to Ripley’s broadcast to Antarctica Traffic Control in ALIEN.)

“This is Diane Verlaine, captain of the Torrens. We’re carrying three passengers on a Weyland-Yutani bond. You’re holding the Nostromo flight recorder unit. We request immediate permission to transfer the passengers port-side. Over.”


Those lines are just brimming with implications and excitement!

My research into the specifications for these two Isolation ships led me to find a new item for my library: The Art of Alien: Isolation (Limited Edition), which includes a print signed by Brad Wright himself!


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But I digress…


I pulled together a few resources* and created the following illustrations to find out just how big the ships are, in comparison to the Nostromo.

This time around, instead of armed with photocopies of the artwork, an X-Acto knife, art pens, pencils, a roll of Scotch tape, and a bottle of Wite-Out, I used their digital versions! After the figurative dust settled, I was very surprised:

Compared to the might USCSS Nostromo, the Anesidora is a gnat, while the Torrens appears to be a bit longer.


I began with this piece of artwork, using the (blue) human figure next to the gangway lift for scale. I used a standard height of 5 feet 9 inches.


The overall length of the is less than 200 feet, unless my math is wrong (which it could be!)


When I looked up information for the Torrens, I did not find any established specs in The Art of Alien: Isolation. The unattributed length of 984 feet (~300 meters) for the ship at Xenopedia is just a wee bit more than 100 feet different from established Nostromo specs.

I noticed that Torrens’ bridge module looks very much like Nostromo‘s. I re-sized it accordingly and put my work on both ships into this graphic, which shows the comparative sizes of all three ships: NostromoAnesidora, and Torrens.



Perhaps one day we will get to see plans for the Anesidora and Torrens also.


Thanks to muthur9000 for the germ of an idea!

And speaking of Brad Wright’s Torrens, here’s a handful of goodies I found online to share with you:

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*Here is my resource list:

ALIEN Vault, by Ian Nathan. Specifically the reproduction of Graham J. Langridge’s USCSS Nostromo blueprint, which I scanned to produce these illustrations.

Brad Wright’s ArtStation website, containing the “Alien Isolation_Ships&shipinterior” gallery of his work on the ALIEN: Isolation game. There I found the Anesidora concept sheet with five-view and registry number.

Brad Wright’s concept artwork for ALIEN: Isolation, as collected by @PeSalard at his Twitter Page.






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