The HMS Inexorable, flying over a (mostly) rebuilt Manhattan after the Peace.
I’ve picked up a few technical and aesthetic tricks over the past few months, so I may revisit some of my earlier paintings in the ‘Spacecraft of the First World War’ project.
Finally done! A Protectorate pathfinder vehicle done up in a sort of model box style.
Speedpaint. Mostly I just pushed it this far so that I could listen in on the conversation that the two people in the lower right are having. I might finish this someday, and the people might finish their conversation.
For the record, they didn’t know each other, but mistook each other for someone they did, so they do now. Right now they’re sharing memories about the last time they each saw a forest. The figure to the left is Our Man on Titan, who never shares his thoughts unless under orders from the Chief. Not even with me. ESPECIALLY not with me.
This is a somewhat painterly study of the equipment and bearing of a soldier of the Etongi Protectorate, a faction in my ‘Iron Road’ stories.
I’ve been wanting to improve my painting skills for some time, and also explore how to do some kind of techno-barbaric armor that still allows the wearer to get something approximating a cheek weld. I was looking at the character design for Solidus Snake and wondered if it were possible for him ever to shoot a gun accurately. (I know, I know, ‘rule of cool’ and all the other mantras, blah blah blah.) It was just that I was seeing more and more wild helmet designs combined with realistic carbines with reflex sights, and it seemed like that was painting the art into a corner. There’s a big difference between realism and the appearance of realism, but I was wondering if there was a solution I could salt away for later. Eh, maybe this is it and maybe it isn’t…either way it was fun to explore the shabbiness and bric-a-brac of the Etongi.
Maybe it’s, uh, post-post-apocalyptic?
It never rains in Titan City, and the sunset lasts for months.
A view of the Spinward Terminal in pencil, soon to be colored for a book.
DeviantArt gets the normal in-universe background caption, but Tumblr gets me saying that I built some some utilitarian furniture in the garage this weekend.
I guess to keep in the spirit of the present context I should write a shipping fanfic about this hover drone and a pocket calculator.
Sketch of some ships for ‘Spacecraft of the First World War.’ Eventually they’ll be turned into paintings, much like the way cows are turned into hot dogs, or a normal man is turned into the strange and desperate creature I have become.
Here we see the Asterion and the Cerebus, two sky monitors of the Daedalus class engaged in a bombardment against the Martian Remnant. The view is likely from the carrier Inescapable (formerly the MV Acadian Princess) prior to her loss in 1922.
While few were completed in time for the conflict, the class was notable for applying the principles of Martian gravity reversal drives to shock loads as well as suspension and locomotive needs. This enabled the prodigious shell weight of the main battery, which proved so useful in operations against the remaining tunnel complexes at the poles.
This image is entirely digital, and is one of a series of illustrations for my ‘Spacecraft of the First World War’ project.
While not a true artificial intelligence, the Hannex/ASECOR ‘Herakles’ represented a substantial breakthrough in both spacecraft and autonomous control systems design. Introduced into the private security market late in the decade, the Herakles I gave independent and short-haul transport concerns an affordable security solution in the form of a fully palletized short range fighter.
Barely 8 meters in length, the Herakles could be operated from a hangar the size of a standard XSE shipping container and could be carried in external cargo stowage in a number of configurations. By using a control core of picoformed nickel/palladium, the maintenance and survivability problem of organic material was avoided, and shielding mass could be reduced correspondingly. External command input could be minimal for most applications, but lack of sapiency certification prevented legal use within Treaty Sphere space. This was of minimal concern for most operators, as the primary market was operators in the outer system needing cheap and effective escort for cargo ships.
Operating a range of modular beam and missile weapons, the Herakles could be configured to deal with threats from zombie swarms to borgsats. While not a match for the more organized pirate concerns, the system proved effective enough to discourage even these attacks. Later marks introduced switch-on-the-fly weapon pods in addition to the refueling facilities fitted in the hangar module.
Here we see a late Mark I upgraded to Mark II standard. The auxiliary radiators fitted to the heat exchangers are a distinct element of the subtype. It’s been deployed to sweep for mines in the Jupiter Trojans preceding survey work.
The Silent Sea- This is a sort of glorified mood and atmosphere study for the interior of the Titan City aerostat. Originally I had wanted to push this much further, but my tools and techniques have changed so much since I started the piece that I decided to just let it be in the end.
Possibly I should have just discarded it, but I’d grown attached and since the final product will be words rather than images, I decided to indulge myself.
I regret nothing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.