A brief image update today. Here is a preliminary render of the ongoing work on the concept model of the MH12 from my last post. Enjoy!
And another shot showing the degree of articulation available in the control surfaces.
This is an excerpt from the part of the book I'm writing right now, written a few days ago. If it's any indication of the way I'm thinking right now, then, well, there's that. It takes place on Hotblack Desiato as the ship is in a polar orbit over the moon. Enjoy.
Barses sighed. “I'm not under duress. I see what you're driving at. That timing and that process are in our best interests.”
“Can you send me the complete target list in case you have to use it?”
“I can do that.”
“Thank you. I'll speak to you if I need anything further. Good luck.”
In honour of the writing of a scene in which our heroes and heroines are about to do an orbital combat drop in one of these, here is a render of the MH12 model. Enjoy!
A preliminary sketch for a single stage suborbital lifting body capable of a SUSTAIN insertion (in the book called a 'Hot Eagle Profile'). This is for a group of mercenaries tasked, in the late stages of the book, with killing Alton Ely. The craft is intended to take off from a runway and, using hybrid engines like SABRE, skip the atmosphere hypersonically, re-enter, and arrive anywhere in the world in under two hours. This craft in particular seats a maximum of fifteen with all of their equipment, and so you're not going to use it for a huge operation that requires you to bring logistical support, but it's perfect for something like a futuristic special operations insertion, or as the beginning stage of an invasion.
Over the last two days I've spent some spare time (between an exam and a final paper) Banging up a model of the CD-177 from my last post. Enjoy!
Here are some renders of the final concept model of the CD-177 introduced here.
Having completed the geometry and the UV unwrapping, I went on to do a set of weathered textures with markings. The original concept sketch and description of this craft is here.
Short of getting to work on the interior some time, I'm fairly sure this is as far as the MH12 Dropship model is going to get. Geometry, UV unwrapping, texturing done. Here are some pics!
I haven't posted in a while, but rest assured, I have been busy and will post things I've been doing. The novel, A Lion in Heaven is completed to a late 2nd draft, and I'm working on the third and final at this time, having written an additional 4000 words in the last two weeks.
In the meantime, good news! I have a piece of flash fiction on 365 Tomorrows.
The story is a short excerpt of exposition from the beginning of the novel. In my next post, I'll post another, longer piece of exposition here.
Okay, so this is mostly not exposition. It's actually where we introduce Lena, Milos, and Cindy. FYI, this takes place on a Stanford Torus called 'Pedestal'. It's one of the smaller ones, in low Earth orbit, and it's basically a superhotel. Some old conceptual paintings of what these look like.
Pedestal is actually smaller than both of these, and most of its architecture mimics Venice, but engineering-wise, this is the concept. Olympus, mentioned in this excerpt, is much, much bigger than even the one pictured above.