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Commercial Courier by Rob-Caswell Commercial Courier by Rob-Caswell
Well here's something that's as big a surprise to me as to you: a new Traveller starship from me! OK, so it's not REALLY new. The design, that is. I created this back in '89 but it's only been a sketchbook doodle 'til now. I figured I'd do it up proper (read: digitally) and submit it to the Traveller Group's "Old Ship is New" challenge.

I figured that the Traveller universe's megacorps wouldn't let themselves be a slave to speed of the Imperial X-Boat network for informational needs. They'd have their own courier network shuttling news and supplies between their interstellar facilities. And that's how this ship's concept was born.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
I think I SAW this in an old DRAGON magazine someone gave me!  That was YOU?!  You get around, man.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nope, this piece is new and hasn't been published anywhere but DA. But it's possible you saw some of my work in Dragon. I think I did one or two assignments for them, but mostly my work appeared in GDW's Challenge magazine.
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SaltyCowdawg Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually there'd be a plethora of different courier lines aligned along commercial, financial and military lines. Not to mention diplomatic corps and ?????


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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm sure!
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:iconlordpenguin:
LordPenguin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is lovely, clean.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I tend to go for "sleek and simple"... even when I'm trying not to! ;)
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PatronZero Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Nice work, would love to see any deckplans if available.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nope.. never got that far. Sorry.
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Patpahootie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Egad - I have loved your art for years! (I've been an RPG designer and all that).

Great to see you here!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
PAUL! WOW, MAN! Great to see you here, too! It's been a long time since we communicated. I had so much hope for the Albedo RPG :D
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Patpahootie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Hey! Write to me at paul@purehubris.com

Great to see you.
albedo ended up torpedoed due to the comicbook artist going to an odd place. ah well. "Lace and Steel" has just been picked up by a new companuy, though. (and I've written novels for the new Gammaworld release, as well as a ton of D&D stuff).
- I'm still getting games books out. Castles andCrusades is a blast!
I'm still out there, a full time novelist and screenwriter. I have some SF stuff I'd LOVE to involve you with!

Ack - such a blast to find you here! Do drop me an email soon!
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
added to Sketches and concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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:iconlmant:
LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's an elegant design!
smooth and agile.
it looks as if operating it would be sheer fun :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'll pick you up at, say, 8pm tonight?
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:iconlmant:
LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:D
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Love the design, like a futuristic space shuttle.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks.
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:iconvorokoth:
Vorokoth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
So... what are her stats?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Don't think I ever OFFICIALLY worked 'em out.
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:iconquasihedron:
quasihedron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should design for NASA or one of the commercial start-ups now! :clap:
Well done! :D
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... drop my name if you're in their offices!!!! ;)
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only get over there for their tours any more! :rofl:
But, if I ever do, your will be the first to come up! :lol:
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks gorgeous and classic pragmatic Traveller tech.

Is she missing a flightdeck deliberatly?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes. And no. Cockpit windows are largely superfluous as landings are almost always done by instrument - especially on the worlds a ship like this would visit. So she has a flightdeck - it's just all electronic.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thought so :)
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Dimsdale00 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Cool!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, bud! :D
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Rotter12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Grand!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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Rotter12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You're most welcome!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, I dig it!
I used to have some Traveller miniatures back in the day, I misplaced them moving house over the years, now I can't find those little bastards anywhere!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Figures or ships?
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Figures, some sort of space marine types :)
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tazz2060 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Jump-4 like the x-boat? Or faster??
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm thinking the same... but it's a more capable ship, all around.
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artguyjoe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, that looks familiar [link]

:)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... they're both kinda sleek and have two engines?.....
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:iconartguyjoe:
artguyjoe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just saying you were ahead of your time ;)
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Airlock14 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Lovely!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh - thanks! It's been a long time since I did any new 2D Traveller stuff.
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pn655321 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you very much. The art fulfills a desperate need.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yer welcome!
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woohooo :) A new ship to set on my modeling to do list.
Just great!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
HA! That'd be cool to see! :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I haven't seen THIS in awhile! Nicely finished up! I certainly agree with your premise-the megas must have their own proprietary X-Boats, and I'm pretty sure they'd have more capability than the IISS snowcones. I always thought this was a great design, and the illo really emphasizes the her clean lines. Did you ever name the class?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
BTW, unlike an X-Boat this ship can make landfall. I guess it's sorta like a cross between X-Boat and Type-S.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Name it? No.

Do I get to do that!??!?! :squee:
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Yus! You does! :happybounce:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
OK... it's the Philippides class.
(named after the messenger who gave it all on the Marathon to Athens run)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Sweet :D :thumbsup:
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