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Tantalus arrives by Drell-7 Tantalus arrives by Drell-7
The Nuclear-pulse powered starship Tantalus has settled into orbit around one of the large gas giants orbiting HV2887. The human crew has revived, and are preparing to begin processing one of the smaller moons for raw materials. The mined ores and volitiles will be used to assemble the architecture necessary to lay down the first colony on the Earth-like world orbiting farther out from the sun.

Done in Lightwave 10, with additional work in Photoshop, Illustrator and Vue Studio. Thanks for looking!
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work :3

Is it a two-stage ship, akin to Daedalus? It does look like it from those cylindrical "pylons" extending from the circular plate.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is a 2 stage design, but this is the upper stage and payload--the first stage was expended getting it up to cruise speed. Those big cylinders are consumables storage.
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, thanks for the reply :3
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Cyborg0013 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What program did you use to make this?
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Cyborg0013 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, Just saw it at the bottom.
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MilaySVK Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
nice work :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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ironscythe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
If you ask me, mineral extraction and fabrication should begin well in advance of the arrival (or revival) of human crews. In fact, I wouldn't want people spending any significant amount of time near a gas giant, considering what we know about our own system's gas giants. In fact, the moons of a gas giant are the WORST place to be, since they absorb the lion's share of energetic particles from the magnetosphere of the planet. Just look at Io. It absorbs 36 Sieverts a DAY. 
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Callisto is the third-largest moon in the solar system, and about 99% the diameter of the planet Mercury, and the second largest in the Jovian system (after Ganymede), and has an orbital radius of about 1,168,177.8 miles – well outside Jupiter’s lethal radiation belt.

So the validity of concern rather depends on which moon you chose to focus on as a warning example, I would think.

It’s far more likely that a potential terrestrial-like world would be closer to the diameter of Mercury than the diameter of Io, at least in my considered opinion, planetary mass being a major consideration (among other factors) in terms of a planets potential to retain an atmosphere. 
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ironscythe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Good point.

Not sure why you're talking about planet size. I was talking about the moon in the illustration described as being mined for resources, not the terrestrial planet. 
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree wholeheartedly! You make great points. I must admit, when I was thinking about the scene, I was mostly thinking visually. I had thought that the crew would supervise the set-up of operations on the moon, then go under again until the bulk of the work was done, but that really doesn't deal with the principal problem you point out--radiation. I suppose I could invoke some hand waving about "electro-magnetic shielding", but, in truth, you wouldn't want to be in the vicinity of any gas giant as we know them in this solar system. Perhaps it would work if this were a totally robotic part of the mission, with the humans safely distant. Still, I can't help but think machinery of any complex nature would remain healthy long in such an environment. Thanks for your insights.
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome Daedalus varient!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir! That means a lot, coming from you--I love your design work.
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job! :D (Big Grin) 
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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garryts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice - love the ship design! :-D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Well, most of it is dictated by the nuclear-pulse propulsion system, but I'm glad you like the habitat and other components.
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Padawanmage Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Beautiful! Any way you could make a widescreen version?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I can do that! It may take some time, as I have some other renders going now, but stay tuned.
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LatinVimes Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! This is great!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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NyrathWiz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another triumph, Drell-7! A stunning Daedalus-esque starship.
Love the swirly cloud shadows along the terminus.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir! :D
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Writer
Tom, please stop being so awesome. It's bad for my morale.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir! Knowing I have blighted your psyche really energizes me! :D
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That... was supposed to link to this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Le…
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Treveli Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I loved playing that game when I was a kid. That and the original Outpost and Master of Orion. Need someone to make quality remakes of them all.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow. I was totally unaware of this game! Tantalus, of course, was a demi-god responsible for gathering metals from the mountains and giving them to his people.
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alien Legacy was actually pretty good (its lead, Ybarra, was also responsible for Starflight and there's certainly some thematic similarities). Tantalus is mostly remembered for his punishment, which why it's such a suggestive name in the game. ;)

It's a nifty coincidence. :D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah, his punishment is kinda....legendary. And mythic. Its a pretty interesting coincidence. I wonder if I worked with any of the guys who did it, while I was in the industry? I'll have to do a little research!
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The use of an STL colony ship and the name Tantalus reminded me of something.
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