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Commission - Perry Rhodan by Shimmering-Sword Commission - Perry Rhodan by Shimmering-Sword
Another commission for :iconmihoshik: *MihoshiK over at the SpaceBattles forum. This time a space combat scene from the Perry Rhodan universe.

Firstly, InB4 "dat borg ships" :noes: Cube and sphere ships are very common in retro and even some modern art. Make all the fun you want, but you can't argue that spheres and cubes are probably the most efficient shapes you can use for varying reasons.

There is one error in my scene though as I was only enlightened about this tactic after I was far into the process. I have the cubes flying face forward, but they are meant to fly corner forward. With decent firing arcs on the ships innumerable weapons (something like 100 emplacements per face) it can fire 50% of all it's weaponry at a single target at any time, not just 16%. That said even one face is going to give you a bad day.

The ships make heavy use of hyperspace technology. Their shield are blankets of hyperspace, sending incoming fire to another dimension in a crack of lightning, making small openings for their own fire.
There is also heavy use of hyperspace weapons to teleport nuclear weapons onto the enemy. The "airbursts" are similar enemy nukes.
Then there's the hyperspace shunt field weapon, which projects a spherical rift onto an enemy ship, sending that portion into hyperspace.
Of course you also have to deal with the standard fare of disintegrators, plasma beams, shockwave cannons, you know, the usual :D
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Quitschi Featured By Owner Edited Dec 3, 2014
The cube ships are kind of Posbis ships. While technically they are QUASAR-class battleships from the League of Free Terrans, they were build by the posbis. This explains why they don't have the fragment design typical to the posbis.  

The conglomerate of cubes in the bottom left seem to be the leftovers of the PRAETORIA flagship. Considering the heavyily damaged state of said flagship I conclude this is picture shows a scene from the battle where the terrans attacked the solar system on May 27. 1333 NGZ (=A.D. 4920) with about 60000 ships to retake it from Gon-Orbhon and the Kybb-Titans.
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So, this is an Posbis ship? 
For your struggle for correctness - the Posbis battleships have a describtion what in modern times would sound like "quite brainfucking". So they are called cube ships(or more correct: fragmented spaceships), but in real they are everything but cubic. More like a flying scrapyard, cause the robot race doesn´t have a sense for symetry(you don´t want to see the drawing at the last page of the book). And the hull isen´t nessecary for them through ther total trust in ther shield technology. 
An interesting thematic is the perfect hull constructions you mentioned. But spheres and cubes are not very good chooses. Cubes have a strongly limited fire arc, as well as a problem if kinetic energy hits the hull. The energy would damage the whole hull intigrity, longe and spread designs could take a pircing shoot and good. And spheres have a quite limited engine efficiency, whatever the tech level may be, its as good as every form, or disadvantaged. Cubes have similar problems, like the spheres atmospheric flights are a question of shields. But beneth all this - this ship constructions are perfect for the most stupid commander, cause ther direction has no tactical benefits or disvantages. But all commanders over all times always want to make an difference in the balance of combat through ther tactical skills. An attack running ship(the best expectable position to the enemy) has to have a small shape, as well as most of ther weapons fire ready. For speed beeing another big point, the acceleratable object should perfectly have a long form(a spear is better to accelerat than a bouwling ball(mass/kinetic)). So a lot of constructions make sense, but not these. 
But to not blame PR - it´s, like you sayed, a very tradtional form of the space ships ideas of that age. 
SeDevri Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Anyone know where you might be able to find the English translation of the series?  this sounds really interesting.
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea if it even exists, or where it could be found if it was. My understanding is that it's a very extensive set of books ( magazine release style), so a pretty daunting task for anyone to translate.
MihoshiK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I'm afraid that there really isn't one: A few attempts were made, but all petered out after a few numbers. And frankly the old stories are reflections of their time, and don't allways hold up well nowadays.
SeDevri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
well that's unfortunate but thanks for the heads up.
IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Modular ships-cool.Perry rhodan?A British Sci fi comic series from the 1960s or 70s?
MolaritheNarn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
A german novel series with a weekly outlet. It started around 1961 and is still ongoing somewehere around issue 2700+. The current year in the series is the year 5050.
IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Ahh-cool.[Those would make quick to build card kits!Haha
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The final battle between the Cubes and the Spheres. :D
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