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2300AD SSTO by Rob-Caswell 2300AD SSTO by Rob-Caswell
Wow, how's that for a cryptic title for the masses?! ;) This was a piece done for the 2300 AD RPG, illustrating a single-stage-to-orbit craft in a rather stylized form. If I were to do this one today I would not have made it a vertical lifter, but.... heh... it's still decent eye candy.

Ink and tone film.
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Are there deck plans for it?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nope, sorry.
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:iconblue-jedi:
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Darn.  I'd pay for some.
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garryts Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the stylised deign - particularly the thruster flare... Very, very cool!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Some folks dig a minimal stylization effect, others don't. Glad it clicks with ya!
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Oooh, I'd love that as a model kit! :D
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)  Now that'd be novel!
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:iconcelticarchie:
celticarchie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
That too! :D
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Steffworthington Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hi, I'm not sure if you're a member yet...
If you don't mind, I'm going to re-post your appeal for Bryan Gibson's family on the page too.. 
www.facebook.com/groups/2300AD…
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dru-mcd Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Wow, I remember this from way back in the day with Traveller 2300. I had no idea that this was your work! OMG you've had a fan for *decades*. lol
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D Well I'm glad that you found me again! Thanks for the positive words!
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
What's wrong with a vertical ascender? The Delta Clipper was one such thing.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, as was the Venture Star!
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Indeed.

So many replacements they could've been developing all these years, and when push comes to shove they want to take a step backwards to expendable rockets. :iconfacepalmplz:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, It is kinda sad that we seem to reset with every new administration. I'm hoping that the emphasis on commercial alternatives may help break that cycle. Time will tell.
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theblackscorpio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Lovely, clean work. Awesome use of tone film, a tool that I have never understood correctly.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well it's a rather archaic medium, now, but it's fun to revisit this older stuff :)
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:icontimtheenchanted:
timtheenchanted Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
The German Udet class fighter craft, as depicted in a different pose by the esteemed Mr Peters on page 22 of Ships of the French Arm?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep, I think they're one in the same. He had my sketches to work from.
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Losrandir Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Writer
Don't worry about your 2300 AD art. It still rocks! ;)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D Good to hear!!!
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:iconzhaanman:
Zhaanman Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the look but I see what you mean by going at it from a different angle but still its a beauty!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I don't imagine the concepts will change all that much, Vertical is easier to lift and keep in one piece. I'd more expect to see something like this over a star trek style shuttle.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
But an air-launched booster is equally as viable, like White Knight 1 & 2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceShi...
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Or those, yes. I Don't imagine them launching anything more than an orbital vehicle that way though. 
Physics is not just a suggestion...it's the law!
I'll Catch You 
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jonsan90040 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
everyone knows what that means ...really cool game :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
;)
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:iconjonsan90040:
jonsan90040 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
and i love the shuttle!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
3, 2, 1... Wahooo... We're in orbit :)
A scifi quickie.
Very cool.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... not as quick as it looks ;)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work, the top half of the background is very mesmerizing :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
That bold ziptone pattern does carry something almost... "mod" with it ;)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was staring at it for ages, granted I'm only just out of bed and not yet halfway through my first coffee, but my eyes were glued to it :)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Writer
:clap:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Writer
But...it's going up...doesn't thank kinda make it a "vertical lifter" by definition. I mean, a "horizontal lifter" is a truck.

BTW - I remember trying to rip off your style so many times and totally failing. This is one of the images that most inspired me toward Ronwannabe status.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think I've gotten pretty good at copying my style through the years. Now I'm almost indistinguishable from myself!!
;)
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
WOW!! lov it man,
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, LT!
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RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It strikes me you should make a set of Tarot cards in this style.

Major Arcana all famous spacecraft.

I'd break my wrist getting my wallet out to buy that. :D
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seconded!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! What a wacky-cool idea!!! :D
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