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Working Boat by MikeDoscher Working Boat by MikeDoscher
In Jovian orbit there exists a gas mining installation of mind boggling scale and complexity. The Acadian Queen is a processing facility the size of a city and extends tendrils of spun nanocarbon and doped ceramic fifteen miles into Jupiter's upper atmosphere. Collected gas passes vast pumps and centrifuges separating out helium-3 in industrially useful quantities. Most of the facility is either fully automated or run via telepresence, but the maintenance needs of an installation this size requires personnel in the high hundreds. With those hundreds come dozens of ships of all sizes, including several like this one- the LM-3200 'Stork'.

Originally a Bayer-Blohm design from late in the last century, it has been built under license by all the major shipyards in a a very wide range of configurations. Here we see a fairly standard layout, consisting of a lifting crane offset to starboard and modular external machinery and equipment lockers fitted to the underside in three locations.

Currently it's sitting on an access elevator in one of the pressurized sections. It's unclear from the image what the nature of repairs being undertaken are. However, lack of protective gear on the worker in foreground suggest simple mechanical failure instead of one of the more insidious metaprion infestations.
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Working Boat is a nice, clean and well composed picture made by *Malaveldt. If you like vehicle designs of all kind you definitely should check out his gallery. ( Featured by taenaron )
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iiiiiivi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
you have a good taste!
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DeriothII Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. You don't have to reply, as I realize you must have thousands of fans already. :)
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WinkGuy1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010   Filmographer
Very nice, congrats on the DD :)
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Origin21 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   Photographer
Congrats on the much deserved DD!
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Vodalok Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
the art it's self is wonderful, the back story make it Frakking Amazing!
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Vodalok Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
the art it's self is wonderful, the back story make it Frakking Amazing!
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Very nice machine. :)
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vbcnxm Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
nice, truly amazing, the picture alone is epic, add an in-depth description and background story and WHAM, epicness x4
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opek-one Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
that be super sick
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JarmenKell Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
pretty. :) reminds me of GDI Kodiak from Second Tiberium War.
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VerySmallIndeed Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
This has a great casual vibe. Good stuff.
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Sub-eli Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Great comments. Casual and well developed.
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gokuyert Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
my favorite part is the description here, it really brings me several layers deeper into this piece of work
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Steamer442 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Very impressive work. It's all airbrush?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh no- it's all digital. Photoshop 7 with a mix of hard and soft brushes.
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Apache111 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
when you say "Jovian" do you mean as in the jovians from EVE online?

either way, its awesome!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
In this context, it means things having to do with the planet Jupiter. 'Jove' being an alternate name for the god Jupiter.
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Apache111 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OHHH!!!!! XD i see. Hmm, i never knew that :3
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nemesis158 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice :D
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic craft and a wonderful description of the industrial complex setting. A picture may be worth a thousand words but a picture and a great description like this are priceless. Thank you for setting the standard :)
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defense2 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
very nice.
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PlutoniumTangent Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is... Epic Win. On every level. The description is epic win too.

I wish I could do stuff like this so I could illustrate my sci-fi stories...
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Twilightwolf4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
I'm reminded of The Chronicles of Riddick for some reason, when you're in that container
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I never played that one, but I really should.
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Twilightwolf4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
If you have a 360, get that version it's got all three games Butcher Bay, Dark Athena and Cold Storage, I think it's called...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'll probably be getting one in the spring- I'd been PC only for a long time, but I really want to play Brutal Legend and the new 360s seem to be a lot more reliable.
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Twilightwolf4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
No kidding
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Wizardinc Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Grats on your DD :devart:
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option-b Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Artist
Amazingly done.
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Giar3579 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
AMAzing work on this.:)
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lioschulze Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Did you make the drawing by hand???, what did you use fot color it?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
This was all actually done in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet, Except for the initial sketch. That I did on a tablet PC during a secession of boring meetings at my last job.
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Guard81 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Excellent backstory and wonderful piece overall.
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Genzeo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
nice
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dragonjaw Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Wow, nice....
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nicolebarker Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Really nice work. I like the perspective on this a lot.
I also like how the yellow-orange ship stands out from the blue-ish tint in the background.
I think it makes it a very balance composition.
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DSil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Student General Artist
Great design, moody atmosphere, and effective lighting.
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shadow2k Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to contradict SirCula, but I dunno, you can get away with it due to the square panel seam just ahead of the landing gear foot which realigns the perspective...at least for me. I could tell it was an angled platform edge.

What I DO want to know is how the landing gear retracts into the fuselage and what it looks like when it is fully stowed...because I'm odd like that. XD
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
I think the platform edge may just need more definition and some additional cues to reinforce the perspective grid. The landing gear doesn't fully retract. The front gear rotates up and lays semi-flush against the bulkhead behind it. The aft gear telescopes somewhat beneath the winglet joints. They retract that much to provide extra clearance and to prevent damage to the hydraulics in flight. Streamlining really wouldn't do much for the shape, as it isn't really any sort of airfoil. While the winglets may appear to be lifting surfaces, they're actually shrouds to protect the communication antennae and grav field generators for accidental damage and micrometeoroid hits.
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derbz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
very good, will you produce a few images of the mining facility in all its glory?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very probably. :)
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NinjASD Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your style and your mind in backgrounds for your works.. :+fav:
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aristarchus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
great image and frankly awesome story. i'm all for the nerdy details.
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redbeardcreator Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love your designs. This is another great one. And your descriptions make it real.
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Vannic-One Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Jovian, heh :D
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Trekkie5000 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. The description is half the piece, too. Very well done. Too often you see pictures with nothing in the description, which is a waste in my opinion.
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
metaprion?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Not real (as far as I know).

Very complex molecules that self-replicate to various degrees, usually at the expense of whatever substrate they're growing on. Not 'alive' in a classical sense, but mimicking it in some key ways.
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just curious as to their appearance and what would happen if an unaware maintenance crew came upon some of these molecules.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Contamination and potential serious danger to both themselves and any environment they might bring to back too. Visually, a metaprion outbreak might not look like much to start with, but if it's very far along a pressure hull or structural element made of spun nanocarbon might look like it's flaking apart of turning slimy. This is because the colony is tearing it up to make more copies of itself. Of course, early detection is far more preferable and all modern industrial and commercial setting have detectors that can register the presence of the metabolic byproducts of these colonies at even the lowest levels.

Human symptoms can be highly variable, but one of the most common is coughing and cyanosis. The is due to the lung damage caused by metaprionic growth at gas exchange sites in the respiratory system.
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