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Sargasso by MikeDoscher Sargasso by MikeDoscher
Silent and dusty, the looted hulk of a freighter looms up out of the darkness. Such relics abound in the outer solar system- some victims of chance, some of greed, and some of war.

The 'Arla King', though eighty years overdue, will finally make port.
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing more beautiful than space wrecks :) Me likes!
Hareeg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Great work...
Reminds me of the ISV from Avatar. But it is shorter and with less modules.
BlkDragon96 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
What jailgurdnegative said. Although the think the lighting in space would be much higher contrast than you've given it here.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I'm sure you're right about the lighting- I'm just pretending that there's something behind the viewer with a ridiculously high albedo. XD
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome. I like how that smaller ship is outside the panel.
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work I do love the realistic feel to design and the damage you have given her.
SpaceEmpire91 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the 3-D work.
:sun: :earth:
ChaosFay Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Well done, Mike.
MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome stuff, great atmosphere!!!
AriochIV Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Excellent work!

I don't think that the detached portions would still be floating just a few meters away after 80 years... but I'm being suuuper nitpicky there. :D
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I kind of pictured the separated container and debris field as being attached to the wreck, but with unsecured cargo and the damaged containers being slowly pulled away by tidal forces. This pattern may be improbable- I really need to learn more about physics and orbital mechanics. There is also the dimension of the wreck being a trap, thought I might change the 'Erla King' name to something that references the Erlking legend less obviously. :)
ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
A truncated triangular prism (or truncated triangle extrusion) as a standard freighter container! Very nice. Very, very nice. Makes me want to avoid he outer system.

By coincidence I've just had a commission done where the central object is a standard freighter container, set in a very dark background.


Radically different style from yours.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. :)

Your design is very evocative.
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice spaceship concept!! Did this spaceship fall victim to the dreaded Space Pirates?? Never forget to bring your trusty ray-gun when you head out to the outer solar system- you never know when you might encounter trouble....

I like the removable cargo pods. This ship reminds me of DY-100 class interplanetary sleeper ship from Star Trek- it too had removable cargo pods clustered around its hull. The DY-100 did not look much like this ship, though, unless you discount the submarine like conning tower. I always thought such a design would be very efficient- you could easily attach different containers and release them at their destination without much trouble. You could even equip cargo pods with reentry rockets, parachutes, and gas bags for a cargo drop from orbit- useful for planets with few orbital and ground based space facilities.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Possibly- They sure weren't pros, though. They pumped so much juice into the main hull that they destroyed most of the cargo. The upper container ruptured from the thermal expansion and combustion of the cargo. Not much left to steal, and most of the interior fittings (and crew) would have been incinerated. This leaves three possibilities: Botch job done by amateurs (possibly with a mining laser), insurance fraud, or destroying the evidence after the fact. The latter would be most likely if the ship was carrying something portable and valuable that wasn't declared on the manifest. It's also an outside possibility that the wreck is not what it seems, being either a trap or an unmanned Q-Ship.

That shape pod seems like a tolerable idea for how containerization might work in that environment at that tech level: Basically a triangular grid with the points chamfered for a standard set of connections. Put together a mass of containers and fit basic guidance and engine packages and you have a ship, if not a fancy one.
FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Very nice illustration.
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