Another old Traveller work. This was actually part of a larger composition, but I hated everything in it but this ship... and it does kind of stand on its own. This is a 400-ton Fat Trader, damaged and drifting.
that's another pretty nice design that should survive, I'd say! and please allow me one (silly) question: That's ink on paper you say, so, ...how did you made the black background? Is that all painted by hand, with leaving the white spots for the stars?
The black starfield was drawn in with black markers. Then the stars were done by taking white gouache, putting it on a toothbrush, then flicking the paint off the bristles by running my finger along the brush. It usually worked like a charm
I always wanted a chance to say something like that in a SF RPG, the closest I got was during a Rolemaster session looking at the DM and saying "Do what you want to the girl...but leave me alone!" broke up the whole table...
"Can we get to the bridge?" "The forward hatches are jammed - and there's no pressure on the other side." "Ok - so where are the vacc suits?" "Guess."
This puts me in mind of the lunar approach scene from 'Apollo 13', with bits and shreds of debris swirling alongside the damaged service-module as the spacecraft transits into the penumbra. Very atmospheric (no pun intended!).
you may hate it, but it was one of your more effective pieces, I thought - being the ship is adrift, the debris field and off center and slightly rotated axis of the ship just sells the idea that's not under control. a great job. I always envied your clean work ^.^
Oh yes. I have been struggling to model the ship for quite some time. Well I made a few attempts a few years back and left the files mostly unattended since then, so struggling might not quite catch the truth
I always liked the Fat Trader. It's nickname in German productions was "Pfeffersack" if I recall correctly, roughly translates into the obvious pepper bag, which was probably meant as a hint towards bagged cargo (or break bulk cargo to put it more generally).
Drell-7's image from the Starship Operators Manual had always been my favourite illustration of this vessel and this one of yours is definitely on the same level of favourism.
Cool angle and... I just love debris fields, so I had to fav it.
As it turns out after a little research, Pfeffersack (Pepper Bag) was also a mocking name for traders of the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages, based on the fact that a lot of those made furtunes in spice trading. Spice in general was commonly known as pepper back then.
Pfeffersack again is sometimes used to describe rich and ruthless traders only looking for profit and might. Shame on me! I didn't know that and I live there
Ignoring the fact that the ship's stats don't prove very economical, I think the name was quite aptly chosen...
One of my favorite of yours from back in the day! I kinda feel like this is ALMOST a design colab--the front of the beast is pretty much my version of the design-and the rear and back are your take. Its a great combo, I think. I, also, have always appreciated the debris scattered about.