Fantastic scene and great looking ships! I love the non-streamlined, non-atmospheric look of ships like this. Looks like they were designed for space, not flying through atmosphere. Best of all it engages one's imagination which is the very best kind of artwork. The fusion drive is awesome and it makes me think of another aspect of the vessel. The immediate thought is a colony ship, but some other ship-turned permanent structure variant might work too... a mining ship, a communication relay station etc... In any event, while they're not for atmospheric flight I can see them making planetfall coming down tail first, but when they land the fusion drive burrows into the surface and the ship settles down into the molten cavity with the ring being at ground level. Now the ship is a tower and ready to begin it's purpose and mission on the new world. That's my mind filling in the blanks of course, but regardless it's an awesome scene!
But have you noticed that the habitat section on Jason Tinsley's Helios are just stacked passenger pods from space 1999 eagle transporters? (The ring being the fusion torus for main power) Nice engine effects, really suits the fusion blowtorch thats the ships main thruster.
Yeah, I had noticed a certain similarity--I wonder if the Helios was supposed to be sort of unofficially part of the Space:1999 universe? Thanks for the comment about the engines. They really should be more violet-blue, befitting hot hydrogen, but the yellow and orange just FEELS hotter...
who says he's using hydrogen as a propellant? it could be a fusion powered ion type thruster using a metal such as caesium as a reactant. The engines do make the picture though, in my eyes it reminds me of a 1970s scifi cover, darned if I can remember the book title but there was much the same composition as you have here but it was the engine flares that caught the eye.