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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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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
AresXVIII Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Fire the Transform guns.... Great piece of work here!
stratomunchkin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Friggin' awesome. And the Posbis were always the trumpcard of the universe. Need a reliable ally? Posbis. Need nearly unlimited firepower and construction speed? Posbis. Need comic relief? Posbis (well, Matten-Willys).

And commenting on what "anniqw" said earlier, the powerlevels of the Rhodanverse is so absurdly high. Example? How about a hyperspace shield encompassing all of the Sol System that even a fleet of a hundred thousand dreadnoughts throwing Rhodanverse firepower couldn't crack under continuous weeklong fire. Extra kicker? The whole shield constantly places the whole solar system 2 seconds in the future.

And that was more than a thousand years in-series before I stopped reading fifteen years ago. By now the writers have had to artificially reset the rules of the universe (probably some Cosmocrat shenanigans, I'm really no longer up to date^^) to rein in on the power creep.
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