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Color Me TRAVELLER! by Rob-Caswell Color Me TRAVELLER! by Rob-Caswell
Back in the olden days, when Mac displays were in B&W and Usenet forums were all the rage on college campuses, me and my buddy Tom (Drell-7 [link] ) were starving SF artists trying to put food on the table by making art for RPGs. Chief among those was Traveller.

Our biggest joy was always craft design. After we both saw the cool illustrative work in the Japanese version of Traveller, we decided to refine/define one of the game's core adventuring ships - the Type A2 Far Trader - by tweaking it with anime-inspired sensibility. The sketch above is the result of that collaboration.

This image is an un-inked pencil image, but is what we both consider the definitive image for the ship. I've published it elsewhere ([link]) but we offer it up here in higher res for those interested in taking it into a paint program and colorizing the image with your own custom schemes. All we ask is that you drop us a note when you post the results so we can get to see what you did with it.

I hope you'll indulge! Have fun, Travellers! :D
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docallard Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
It's interesting, the stock images of this ship make it look like an elongated brick, with the addition of the "spoiler" you actually made an ugly design look cool.
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well this is THE definitive (read: the first ever) image of the revised Marava, so if later ones made it seem more brick like it's due to artists interpreting our design poorly. We both felt this was a much more attractive take on the ship than the original Bill Keith version. I like Bill's work a lot, but when it came to the Marava details... well, it's not his best ;)
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
The Far Trader keeps looking better and better all the time.  I've always liked your's and Drell-7's pencils for Traveller.  Adding the wing on the back gives it that "aerodynamically plausible" feel verse some other sketches of her that I've seen.  She's not overly sleek, nor "Star Wars-ified" with a lot of blisters to rough up her surface in attempt to make her look "used" or "utilitarian", but she looks and feels functional now.  Nice touch with the antennas and attitudinal thrusters too.

A much improved rendition over Keith's old cover art from the Megatraveller module for this ship; the one that had the "Millenium Falcon" cockpit thing going on.

I also like the like logo there in the lower corner too.

Great work.
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
We fully admit to stealing the "flying bridge" element from Trek's Reliant.
Glad you like our version. I'm reluctant to call it an "update" as I had most of it designed before we ever saw Bill Keith take on the subject. I based the design on the data given in Traders and Gunboats.
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Oh really, I stand corrected then.   Sorry about that.  Great work!  :)
theblackscorpio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
You are also great with pencils, I se =)
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
:lol: I get by.
tazz2060 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I always loved your version of the Far Trader. It looked really cool and very original. It did not look like a knock off of the Milenium Falcon, like the original design did.
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Much as I admire Bill Keith's illustrations and designs, he did do a lot of "component swipes" from Star Wars and Galactica ;)
I actually designed this from the far trader blueprints that were released a year or so before we ever saw Bill Keith's drawing. Then I further refined it with Tom Peters after we both oogled the japanese release of Traveller.
jonsan90040 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
i did like this one when i first saw it!
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