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Spear by Abiogenisis Spear by Abiogenisis

This image is a part of the Birrin project, the species seen here: abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art…

Born in an age of exceptional technological complexity and profligate resource exploitation, Spear was the first birrin attempt to send a vehicle of any kind to another solar system. Powered by nuclear fusion and cooled by banks of enormous radiators, the intelligent and self-sufficient machine even now represents the most costly and complex undertaking of any birrin age.

The extraordinary expense of the vehicle’s development was shouldered by a multi-national interhouse consortium so extensive that organisations from every continent found themselves contributing. Components were shipped and flown from all over the world to the equator, from where thunderous nuclear rockets catapulted them into orbit.

After half a century Spear, finally complete, undertook a long range shakedown tour of the solar system, flying deep into the realm of the outer planets.

As it slowly returned in-system, however, the scale of the exponentially ascending birrin civilisation began to terminally overtax the planet. Crop failures, famines and coastal flooding lead to regional wars and ethnic cleansing on a scale never before seen, and what little food remained was sequestered by the most able houses.

Meanwhile Spear, all this time arcing closer to home, was supposed to be captured, fueled, and sent on its mission to a nearby star.  As the recovery team prepared to leave orbit, a coalition of minor houses left starving by the major powers launched a salvo of warheads. Bursting into clouds of metal spheres, they tore through the delicate vehicles and their crews at orbital speeds. As Spear fell past uncaptured, the response by the wealthy stakeholders was swift: Invading with full force, the punitive occupation quickly became culling, and birrin society rapidly degenerated into a war so total civilisation would not recover to a semblance of its former complexity for over a thousand years.

Through all this, Spear, pocked by minor impacts and long silent, swung through space in its vast and ever changing ellipse.

Now, with the dawn of a new era of birrin civilisation, Spear is returning once more to the inner system. The powers that be will have decide whether it should be refit and sent on its long delayed mission, or simply stripped for the few valuable parts and cast into the sun.

Seen here is the vehicle undergoing low-orbit trials soon after its completion, pre-fall birrin society still burgeoning beneath.

 

 

 

 

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MarkArandjus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It looks so... so... functional! It's just big and strange enough that I totally buy it visually!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks :)
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TK769 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the engineering idea behind this. Fantastic concept, interesting and unusual. Nice job!

Regards,

M
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Danke :D
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Santos-scribbles Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Id lvoe to know youre process on this! specifically how you maintained such clean shapes.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
I used 3D Studio Max to model the basic structure, then painted over that. Keeps the perspective perfect.
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Santos-scribbles Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
interesting. its really impressive how you kept the shapes on the inside of the sails clean as well. where they also 3d or was that photoshop wizardry on your part?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
When you say sails, do you mean the long curved parts at the front and back? Or the rectangular radiator rows?
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Santos-scribbles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
im interested in both, actually.
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Jevasi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Fantastic work, this really manages to convey a great scale with the vehicle itself however the little touches, such as the two Birrin spacewalking outside of the capsule, help to ground it and make it even more impressive. I find that a lot of times, especially when dealing with spacecraft, the lack of anything comprehensible to compare them to seems to reduce what stature they have. Then again space does a lot of wonky things with perspective.
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