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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SeDevri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
well that's unfortunate but thanks for the heads up.
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Modular ships-cool.Perry rhodan?A British Sci fi comic series from the 1960s or 70s?
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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.
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Ahh-cool.[Those would make quick to build card kits!Haha
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The final battle between the Cubes and the Spheres. :D
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AresXVIII Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Fire the Transform guns.... Great piece of work here!
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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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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Judging by the stats I read while doing this commission I got that impression. Everyone has world ending power, yet everyone also has impenetrable defense. An ultimate escalation of forces for no gain.
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MolaritheNarn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
The gain is easy. Its creation versus entrophy in a battle over billions of years and with the existence of entire universes in the balance.In the end neither force can win or loose. The Cosmocrats would choke creation with ever bursting live while the Chaotarchs would like for everything to run down like a clock unwinding until it stops, turning into nothingness were they exists.
Oh and wait till you see the Cosmic Factorys and their Chaos opponents. They don`t even have "weapons" in the common sense, manipulating the laws of nature instead. :)

The overall complexity of the story allows no further information. Sorry. :(
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stratomunchkin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The series even started out that way. While anti-ship weaponry was strangely conventional (impuls cannons - which are basically plasma lasers - and desintegrators) the Arkonids (first alien species humankind meets) already possessed something called the "Arkon Bomb": a handgrenade-sized weapon that can cause an unstoppable fusion reaction on a planet...
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Colossu3s Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
It's like gambling but your destined to lose on the roll of the dice
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SneedVonThay Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very good. well done.
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
:iconborgplz::iconsays3plz:"I am Locutus of Borg. I approve of this design."
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but when you go headlong into battle you always seem to charge face first instead of corner first. At least from what I've seen.
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, ha, Awesome. :XD:

I wonder why the borg never flew their cubes corner first?
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
:iconlocutusplz::iconsays3plz:"There was no specific need for diagonal propulsion. We rotated instead."
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but when you go headlong into battle you always seem to charge face first instead of corner first. At least from what I've seen.
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
:iconborgplz::iconsays3plz: "Your information is incorrect."

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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I said Corner first I meant Vertex first.
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, there you have it. :) I loved that two-partner.
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
:iconlocutusplz::iconsays3plz:"...It is inevitable, that one would experience love when watching this episode."
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep :altermind:
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Boomerang098 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
GIANT CUBES!!!
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anniqw Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Greetings from Germany
nice pictures. And itīs nice too see that some people reading Perry Rhodan.
Itīs funny, the borg cube are Pospis ships.
Pospis are robots with biological parts so they could handel out of there program.
The technical difference too other series is high.
Old man could defeat the whole empire from Star Wars.
If in german forums the standard diskusion Star Wars vs. Star Treck is coming up some people writing that Marko Polo could destroy the deathstar with some single blast.
But the technology is over 60000 years old and some are older. Here a link to the germean wiki . If you look there around you will find some technicle pictures from the ships. There are a lot of them.
[link]
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't actually read any of it myself, but I did my best to be familiar with these ships for this commission. Was fun to work on something in this style.
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KnytGrey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This is where the good stuff was.
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Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
And just then the triangleiods showed up in thier pyramid ships to declare war on the cubes and shperes because of thier inability to see that pythagoras theorem is the one true geometrical theorems that governs life, the universe and everything. For they must punish the unbelievers for thier geometrical heresy ....

Long live the triangle's
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Alpha1ance Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
It seems you do not know the power of the hexagon!! haha
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Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Heresy, the holy trinity os Scalene, Isoscleles and Equilateral are the only ture parf to geometrical enlightenment.

These are the true pennants of the Triangle

•Scalene triangle: A triangle with no congruent sides
•Isosceles triangle: A triangle with at least two congruent sides
•Equilateral triangle: A triangle with three congruent sides

through these three turths all the universe can be explained
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomw, just awesome. :XD:
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Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
yes the Holy path of the triangel is the only true path to enlightenment
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What about the squared Cube?
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Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
their star ships are sinful apperision's of their Heresy and unwillingness to accept the Triangle as the one geometric truth
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you blabbering about dear fellow? I speak of the Great squared, squared square. The Ships of the Fourth Dimension. Whose ships are as tiny as a elephants yet as large as suns inside.
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But they have the powerful Squaring technology. They have the ability to travel to the 1st, and to the 2nd dimension and back to the third, and even to the fourth.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
yes lol
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Their Chief, lord SohCahToa, commanded this war.
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Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Has he accepted the true Path of the Triangel and the laws of accepted the as the only truths in the universe
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RazgrizBSG-27 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Do you know if there is an English translation for these novels?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No idea.
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ranmalovescats Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Even if I wasn't a long-time reader of Perry Rhodan I would still love this!
Whether the space travel and battle make 'actual' sense - economically speaking, or from an engineering poin of view - it simply 'looks' a lot different from most big name sci-fi, space opera stories. But since the main medium has always been text rather than TV or cinema you don't actually get to see the designs in action. What you mostly get is cover artwork (of varying quality, some of it is quite good); and a huge library of cross-sections of and data-files on the technology and spaceships. Again, the quality varies but there is a lot of stuff and the series has been producing these cross-sections regularly from decades before the big guys like Star Trek or Star Wars started publishing stuff like that. (if your interested take a look at rz-journal.de)
So its really, really cool to get to see such a beautiful and well thought-out depiction of all that. Many thanks!

On the (make-believe) technical side: the shields don't get weaker over time but they can be over-loaded eventually and are susceptible to fire concentration in one spot. That being said, there are different types of shields in Perry Rhodan, different working principles at different technological levels. With more than 50 years of weekly installments and more than 3000 years of internal story continuity there is an absolutely overwhelming amount of pseudo-technological concepts and a wealth of details in that sucker. For that alone the series should be considered every sci-fi nerds wet dream!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah when I was working on this I knew there was a lot of detail I could never pick up due to information overload.
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Kantorock Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Strangely enough, I enjoyed your description of this piece more than the artwork itself. Good job.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol, thanks.
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