Closer. Dreams of ice and smoke on Enceladus.
Great work. And I like this moon. His cryovolcanos are cool.
Thanks- In the finished one, I hope to get some light in there on them, and visually imply the energy that's in the vapor as it gets ionized.
Isn't there an ocean under Enceladus surface?So,why mining?
These are taking core samples of the crust, looking at both mineral levels and for traces of complex hydrocarbons. These would have been left behind as water ice sublimated off from the surface.
Its great watching with interest as this painting develops and details are added, the drill ship is a great design for a moon miner (or asteroid prospector).
I'm glad you've enjoyed the process. This sort of ship is a bit more of a flying oil rig than something that can extract solid materials in quantity, but it's being used here to take core samples. In more mainstream use, these would be used to tap pockets of liquid hydrocarbons under the surface of the outer moons. While simple hydrocarbons at the bottom of a gravity well would be of marginal use as fuel, they're more useful as precursors to more complex materials. Typically, these would feed into an automated complex that included a cracking tower.
Good to see theres a common sense design process going into the vehicle too, far too often we see designs totally unfit for their intended usage.
Thanks. For the project this and some of the other designs are going for, I'm pretty much obligated to think these through, or at least look like I am. You see, this and many of the others in my gallery will be part of a book I'm working on concerning what the working boats of the outer planets might look like in perhaps 150 years.
Nice as usual, going to assume that this is a mineral prospector?
Yes. Kind of a flying oil rig, but being used here to take core samples of the crust and look for anything interesting in the sublimation of the ice.
That's something I've always loved about your works, the amount of technical detailing that tends to go into them, rather than "look! It's a spaceship with guns on only one side for no reason other than looking like a flying battleship!". Sorry, rambling a bit, but I hope to be able to build models to a similar level that you draw some day.
very nice I really like this scene. it is very atmospheric.