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February 18, 2011
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Second Chance by Shimmering-Sword Second Chance by Shimmering-Sword
Commissioned by :iconmihoshik: *MihoshiK
Exploration ship the Second Chance approaches a mysterious system enclosed in a veil of dark energy.

Haven't really done retro style ship design before so this was something new in that regard. Took about 12 hours to complete, most of that spent on the ship. I always enjoy doing these big pieces.
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Whoa awesome!
AleksanderK-47 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woo! Pandora's Star! This is certainly awesome.
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ArmySGT Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
A really great piece. I love these retro designs that high light Hard science and orient decks to thrust. Have you seen the designs in the 1980's comic book "Albedo"?
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have not.
RurouniJones Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This is from Pandora's star and Judas Unchained novels by Peter F. Hamilton for those that do not know about it. Fantastic Sci-fi books
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like the spaceship design- have you ever noticed that retro ship designs are the most realistic? When we build our first interstellar craft, they will probably be "retro-futuristic" styled by modern SF standards. Big rockets are considered retro, tail-sitting rockets are retro, winged rockets are retro, rotating centrifugal sections for realistic artificial gravity are retro, spacecraft that don't have their decks laid out like an airbus are retro, in fact anything remotely possible is probably considered retro now. Personally, retro style craft are my favorite. :)

Does this ship have some method of FTL travel? I remember Arthur C. Clarke launching into an exploration of hypothetical FTL travel in the book 2001: A Space Odyssey- Astronaut Bowman daydreamed of lines that are straighter than straight as he approached Saturn. The sequence where he travels to meet the monolith aliens is supposed to be a journey through a stargate that leads to the Milky Way's galactic subway system!! He even sees two extraterrestrial craft- one a massive crashed starship, another a sleek gold craft that has no rocket jet. I guess even the biggest adherent to "hard" science still dreams of a dive through a wormhole or a space warp that could carry us across the galaxy...
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, a realistic stellar ship would look very little like our modern scifi that's for sure.
This ship does have FTL, all the equipment for it located in the front I believe.
Jinshin Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to see your version of the Dyson Sphere Prime aliens!
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