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Sfika drone fighters by VulnePro
Sfika drone fighters
A bit of a hiatus due to a hospital stay and post recovery by my Father back in February through March/April (he's doing fine, it was a bleeding stomach ulcer) I'll be gradually getting back to the posting.

Here's something I have wanted to revisit for some time now TKP air power, in the form of drones. We have a pair of Sfika drone attack fighters manufactured by Jiendel Gavil that prowl the skies of Polemos utilizing the Icar drive system (TKP's mysterious anti-gravitic drive). These are not manned by a human pilot, thus drones, but they can be manned by a Sendai control consciousness. They are roughly the size of a small modern fighter plane and they are launched from an arm mount from ground bases or even in cities. 

These are a re-visioning of this older design: Sfika fighter cammo by VulnePro  Sfika fighter desert by VulnePro 

Pencil illustrations with digital enhancements, light inking, and color in Photoshop CS3

There a pile of stuff pending, I just have to get to it all. Stay tuned...
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Zbrush TTA Minnow views by VulnePro
Zbrush TTA Minnow views
The ACM 115 B Minnow: Alphan military

Full 2 page spread (pages 26-27) [painting by Colin Hay featured in Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD.

www.terrantradeauthority.com/

Many of us old school artists and sci-fi fans know this book well, even more people, unfortunately, don't. I remember my Father buying this book for me (at an old K-mart I believe) when I was quite young, early teens. I used to get lost in this book, anyone reading that having got a copy back then knows the feeling. It was a book brimming with imagination and adventures in... another, more familiar galaxy not so far away. I was lucky enough to be part of an official revival of TTA, with Stewart Cowley's involvement himself, and I still have a very direct connection to TTA (eventually more on this at a later time I expect): vulnepro.deviantart.com/galler… There will likely be more TTA from me at some point... eventually.

As to this little 3D spacy craft, it was very much something I just thought would be fun to try as I continue to jam the Zbrush virtual book-learnin' into my skull. As I noted in the previous post I didn't go terribly "greeble" crazy with the ship beyond the rear engine "box"-thing (I stuck to Colin's design so, yeah box. I rather dig the shapes myself though). In the painting you really can't tell what, if anything, is actually back there save there's 3 engines with the center one having a larger exhaust so I felt greebles were fitting here. My paints are a variation of Colin's with an ass-load more dirt and grime thrown in. Frankly that added touch of beating the hell outta your fictional spacecraft designs makes ALL the difference as to selling their sense of "history" and reality. That's, one of various reasons, why everyone loves the original Star Wars trilogy and doesn't like the prequels. Nuff said.

This is NOT one of my original designs. This ship is based on the original classic design by Colin Hay from his painting featured in the 1978 publication, 'Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD'.

Build and full paints/weathering Zbrush. Text photoshop CS3

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I also did a version of this ship, in digital paints, which can be seen here: TTA ACM 115 C1 Minnows by VulnePro
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Zbrush TTA Minnow RF bottom by VulnePro
Zbrush TTA Minnow RF bottom
A view of the underside and intake vent. This was a fairly easy thing to build as the original design wasn't terribly complex nor could you really discern too many details in the painting. Being a very old school spacecraft, I kept the ship fairly clean as to detail and just weathered the snot outta it (that bit was fun). I think the Minnow has to be one of my favorite TTA ships, hands down. It's a really weird yet visually appealing (certainly more from side views) design that has the classic sci-fi feel... 'cause it is.

This is NOT one of my original designs. This ship is based on the original classic design by Colin Hay from his painting featured in the 1978 publication, 'Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD'.

Build and full paints/weathering Zbrush. Text photoshop CS3

I also did a version of this ship, in digital paints, which can be seen here: TTA ACM 115 C1 Minnows by VulnePro
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Zbrush TTA Minnow L top by VulnePro
Zbrush TTA Minnow L top
And the Zbrush madness continues...

This one I chalk up to, "you just have to make this" kind of deals. Classic stuff; Terran Trade Authority. Old school ship from an old school kinda guy. A few more quick renders to follow.

This is NOT one of my original designs. This ship is based on the original classic design by Colin Hay from his painting featured in the 1978 publication, 'Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD'.

Build and full paints/weathering Zbrush. Text photoshop CS3

I also did a version of this ship, in digital paints, which can be seen here: TTA ACM 115 C1 Minnows by VulnePro
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Well, that didn't quite go as planned.

  Clearly my intent to return to posting in a reasonable fashion after the last journal entry didn't materialize... it's been quite an exhausting summer. There's no need to go into detail beyond my Father is doing well but otherwise still has memory/dementia issues that can be rather time consuming depending. Unfortunately and most sadly, there was the passing of my Aunt (on my Mom's side) in July as well which really has consumed much of what remained of summer. Since her passing I have been helping my Mom sort out her estate so that has taken quite a lot of time and is still ongoing. As I noted in the previous post, family first the art and work will always be there if I want it to. All said things are going as well as can be expected. Now with a modicum of calm beginning to settle in it's time I can finally get some of that work that's been backing up posted.

How it this will go will be pretty simple; stuff will drop when it drops but expect stuff to show up for sure, there's actually a lot considering how chaotic the last couple years have been (I just have to sort though all of it). I did manage to work when I could make the time because it's always relaxing to just sit down and do what I love to do; create stuff. The Theos project isn't dead, it just had a little break, new work will materialize as I can get to it and all. I did say new stuff would be coming this year it just ended up a bit later than planned.

Apologies, again, for the piles of unanswered comments but I would hope everyone understands I'm not purposefully ignoring anyone. As always I appreciate the comments, favs, watches, and general support from everyone that drops by. We will be seeing you more and more 'round the infobahn here, in fact it seems I'm here right now ;)

Oh look there be things and stuff and junk going up!

Cheers!
  • Listening to: TKP image mix Basilea
  • Reading: Various drafts and such for pending post-a-thon
  • Watching: The Strain
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Drinking: Coffee

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VulnePro
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:iconfugknight:
FugKnight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Hey, do you know Tabnir?
tabnir.deviantart.com/
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VulnePro Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Filmographer
Aye, that I do. I haven't chatted with him in awhile though, it's been a pretty hectic couple of years on my end.
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FugKnight Featured By Owner 1 day ago
ye, I was wondering when he'd get back
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samuraipeter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks buddy!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome Pete! I just happened to catch your post in my feed, pretty cool. I take it you worked on that mobile GoT game?
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samuraipeter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, although a lot of it wasn't used in the game - like this animation, for example. 
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Acerbic450 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch man 
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Filmographer
You're quite welcome! You have a wonderfully distinct and appealing style to your work, great stuff.

Absolute best on your endeavors!
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Acerbic450 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks again man, and the same to you!
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FugKnight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Hey, is your name Theo?
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