Right.. First you get the firey explosions, then the main explosion with a firey shockwave, that might be doable with a 3D explosion animation, maybe, then the energy shockwave a second later from the complete breakdown of the energy core.. No need to explain further, I think everyone gets it.
As for another color, I suggest an amber yellow, or perhaps a white that is mixed with whatever other ambient light is present, if that's even possible.
(Doh, slow posting.. lol) Well, whatever's do-able. This is awesome as it is. But perhaps the firey shockwave could be more sphere-like, instead of circle? Has anyone tried that?
Oh, and by the way, I got a 256MB DDR Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600.. lol..
And I think small red, firey, spherical shockwaves added to the explosions would make torp explosions look insanely cool...