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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.
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:iconrob-caswell:
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 ;)
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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.
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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.
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Oh really, I stand corrected then.   Sorry about that.  Great work!  :)
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:icontheblackscorpio:
theblackscorpio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
You are also great with pencils, I se =)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
:lol: I get by.
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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.
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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.
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jonsan90040 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
i did like this one when i first saw it!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Was that in the DGP adventure.... whose name is escaping me now? ;p
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:iconbosda:
Bosda Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Ahh...the Freedonian Aeronautics And Space Administration.
Rufus T. Firefly, Dircetor.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Exactly! :groucho:
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Traveller-A good Deck plan is agood game!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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ssgbryan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
You should submit this to Marc. The artwork is has for T5 looks pretty shabby compared to this.

Traveller5 will be published this December. He ran a Kickstarter in June. He was hoping to raise $24,000, ended up raising $295,000, so T5 is coming to a game store near you.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sure Marc saw this, long ago ;)
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:iconblacktemplar33:
Blacktemplar33 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Love the Traveller stuff...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) It's always nice to run into Traveller fans!!
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are more of us than you think out here!
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PatronZero Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Nicely done, kudos !
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was nice to blow the cobwebs off this piece and get it out in the public eye.
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Cursed1976 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the drawing... Colored it..

Here's the link
[link]

Thanks, it was interesting to get it all colored and look like i wanted it to look...
:)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks - wow, what colors!!! Hope it was a fun project?
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Cursed1976 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was fun.. Took a couple of day off and on working on it, did get a bit tiring at the end trying to make sure I had everything the way I liked it, Don't know if you can see it but used texture on most of it as to try and give it a bit or a woren out look...

Thanks for the use of you drawing..:)
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Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm experimenting but.. due to the absence of tones of grey in the largest part of the surface, I suppose this ship is probably white.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's white until you color it! ;)
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:iconlosrandir:
Losrandir Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Traveller FTW!!!!! Nice ship, man!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
HA - thanks! I think this version was grudgingly accepted next to Bill Keith's version... but we both thought this was way cooler ;)
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This version is much better - for me, it has to be the practical 'collar' on the port/starboard cargo hatches, and the pure style of the roll-bar spoiler. Touches of USS Reliant there!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, me n' Tom were big Reliant junkies back then :)
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Dimsdale00 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
So cool! Thank you for sharing.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, my pleasure! I forget... did you play the game?
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Dimsdale00 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
tons!! I remember the week that the first little black books came out at the local hobby shop. Played it non-stop for months. thanks again for sharing your art. I'm going to try my hand at coloring this far trader in a few weeks.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, that'll be really cool! I look forward to the results!!!
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ephebox Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Amazing job!I love the details!The concept for back zone looks pretty cool!:typerhappy:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
It was a fun one to design. I think we were both pretty pleased with the end result. Strange that I never got to ink it, though. Maybe I should "digitally ink" it?
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ephebox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Personally I think that the pencil image looks amazing without inking!It's a great concept and it doesn't need more details!Inking it and shading you'll get more depth, but I think that isn't necesary!Great work!Keep going! :squee: :bye:
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mporsche Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like the flying cars in Mass Effect! only a little enhanced
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like most of the design I've seen come out of the Mass Effect designers. I betcha a good number of 'em are ex-Traveller players! ;)
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Oh gawd, nostalgia overload immanent!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL!
*dives behind blast shield*
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:iconbartlebooth:
Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have hardly seen one of your drawings NOT worth publishing!
I so wish I was good enough with PS to try colorizing it.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, use it for practice. If you like the results, publish 'em. If not... well, it was a good exercise.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Your vehicle images for Traveller have always been my favorite. Are you aware that Marc has a Kickstarter going for publishing Traveller 5?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, Drell-7's been giving me the updates on that. Too bad most of my second rights on art got gobbled up by Steve Jackson Games....
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cadwaladr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Ahh man the old workhorse. I love Traveler, I got so much wrong learning the rules but back then I was rather young and it was my first RPG. It did manage teach me to count in Hex. though :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
And counting in hex sure wows 'em at the cocktail parties!!! ;)
Happy to bring back the memories.
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cadwaladr Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Heh probably not, but it was useful when I started learning programing and suddenly found out that Id learned hex by default because of Traveler and its stat system.
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kenham1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's a game I've not heard in a long time.... :D

Good one !
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