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Through Alien Skies by Drell-7 Through Alien Skies by Drell-7
This is a kind of a digital "mood test" work in progress for a more complex final scene. The ship's paint color is based on the "anti- nuclear flash" flat white that most of the British bombers were painted with in the '60s.

Modeled and rendered in Lightwave 10, with post work in Photoshop. Thanks for having a look!
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:iconcolongraphics:
colongraphics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
New look of an old favorite. Thanks for sharing it!
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falloutdoom8 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Love it  I really like how the design is possible in the future
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:iconwannabemachinist1990:
Looks kinda like a continuation of the Dryden Lifting Body program and low hypersonic research.
Guessing this old bird is powered by SLAM-Pluto project Tori class nuclear ramjets?
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somercet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
White was a great idea. Look at those scoops!
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:iconrealtimebrush:
RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Excellent work, I love the design of the ship and lighting in image
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:iconaexlpls:
AexlPls Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks a little like the ship from the original "Planet of the apes".
"Icarus", was named by the fans. I love that starship.
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
That is sleek looking :)
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:icongalacticvikings:
GalacticVikings Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like the early clone wars era Jedi starfighters.
starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Delta-…
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
This one was designed circa 1978, so I think the Jedi starfighters look (vaguely) like the Class S Scout. The Class S is actually much larger than the fighter, having 3 decks and accommodations for six. wiki.travellerrpg.com/Classic_…
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GalacticVikings Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha yes, sorry it's just that with that color scheme they resemble each other.
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Saturnian or Jovian Helium-3 mining, perhaps? :D

Also, the color of the material brings Starlite to mind. Intentional? If you're going to be doing Jovian, or even Saturnian, entries, then Starlite would be an excellent sci-fi material for the job. Such a pity what happened with it. I blame the inventor, though. I think he even got offered a 10% cut once, and still turned it down. We all payed for his greed IMO.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, the scoops ARE for scooping hydrogen, for what the game calls Frontier Refueling. Its a starship, though. Traveller is a space opera setting, although it does try to get a lot of facts right.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Digital Artist
OAO <3
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MorituriMax Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
One quick question, how does it land?  I take it the landing gear isn't wheeled carriage, and am working on a model of this ship, and I always wondered that.  Does it use a combination of grav plate technology and recessed steering thrusters to plop down?  Just wondered and you are "Da Man" as far as I am concerned with Traveller Ship modelling after the praise from Arcas-art.

Thanks for any info, love this color scheme and the subdued detailing.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Actually, pretty conventional tricycle landing gear. You can see the landing gear doors, forward between the fins, port and starboard aft. with the Imperial sunburst overlapping the port one. The Scout lands and takes off on grav modules integrated into the lower hull. Attitude control via thrusters (you can see some of the jets near the bow)
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:iconmoriturimax:
MorituriMax Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Ahhh! grav modules, roger that.. I was in Traveller in-game mode and wondered if grav-modules would work on the OUTSIDE as well as inside.  Thanks for the reply back!
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:iconanzac-a1:
Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Bomber or fighter?
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Exploration and courier duties, mostly.
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FOXNEWS4U Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is the same one that was drawn in ink?
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
The ship was drawn many times for many of the Traveller game books in ink.
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FOXNEWS4U Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh okay
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:iconcobeoe:
cobeoe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
star wars?
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its actually a very small ship, not a star destroyer. From the paper RPG Traveller.
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SpookyChick1013 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MMmmmmmm! So perfect. SO beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.
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Magic666z Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
cool
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:iconcadwaladr:
cadwaladr Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Ahh man the good ol Type-S Scout, and a solmani one to boot. Brings back good memories of playing Traveler, if it wasn't one of these it was the 200T free trader a group hoped for. Happy days
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Hey, awesome drive flames...
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:iconliamkerrington:
LiamKerrington Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Very, very nice, Sir.
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Writer
A beautiful image of a classic ship. Well done :clap:
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:iconurus-28:
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice picture, I like the simple and efficient design of this ship :thumbsup:
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Nice! I want it!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Me too! Especially if it works!
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Do you give out your 3D models?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh. Well, this one is a mess, from any angle except the one you're seeing it from. I'm working on a new model of this design, which hopefully will be much better. I'm really not sure when it will be done, though. That said, I'll keep you in mind for beta-testing!
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Where did you find the plans or blueprints? Or did you just model it from reference.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've drawn the Type S a lot over the years, for Traveller maker GDW, Digest Group, and GURPS: Traveller. In that process, I've thought a lot about the details that would have to be on the Scoutship. So, its been a matter of looking at other people's interpretation, my own thinking based on my visual design skills and studies, and looking at deckplans that have been done over the years. When I modeled it, I did make use of top side and rear views that I had drawn previously in the background of the modeling software.
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Klyde-Ironhoof Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful work!

Add a pair of canard winglets near the nose, and you'd have a ship reminiscent of the Icarus from the original "Planet Of The Apes" movie.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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Gruuumsh Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Looks very similar to the reco drone of Vinea in Yoko Tsuno french comics... Any reason or is it a pure coincidence ?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Not that I'm aware of. This is a pretty vintage design, circa 1985, for a paper role playing game called "Traveller". Of course, its also a very basic shape, so I'm not surprised its been used innumerable times.
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Gruuumsh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I thought also that the basic shape could be the explanation.
I'm amused because 1985 is also the rough date of Yoko Tsuno publications. :)

While simple, these designs are elegant, and I love them. Thank you for this drawing and the nostalgy I felt seeing it.
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garryts Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool ship design... Nice texturing, too - great job, looking forward to the final render :-)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the ship design and the render. Well done!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Mark! That means a lot, coming from an artist who I admire so much!
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PatronZero Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Nicely done, kudos !
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Hopefully I'll have the complete scene done soon. (i'm doing it for next year's Traveller calendar.)
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:iconlosrandir:
Losrandir Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Good ol' Scout bring me a lot of memories about travelling the Spinward Marches
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah. Its interesting, to have nostalgic memories of places that never were. Traveller has given me quite a few of those.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One excellent design. It shows that you dont need all kind of difficult shapes to make something look special. I quite enjoy the textures and the feel of the image
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I couldn't agree more. Sometimes, a design can convey a mood and personality without getting all complex and over-greeblied. I tried to have a light touch with the textures and just treat it realistically.
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