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Space 1999 - Santorini Space Probe by Shimmering-Sword Space 1999 - Santorini Space Probe by Shimmering-Sword
Commissioned by :icondimsdale00: Dimsdale00. A painting to go with his kitbash model of the same design.

I was looking forward to working on this piece. While it's not much like my personal design style I've always been interested in retro ships that have the modular feel of our modern space stations.

My process for this piece started with a 3D base model on the ships (as I do with most vehicles) and 2 photos of mars for the planet, tons of paintover and sore fingers following :)
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Ah i thought of one other thing. I wont pretend i work at NASA but i am a certified aircraft structures tech. generally on this sort of craft (especially if its within the next 90 years or so) a ship of this kind would most likely have a slightly larger more dedicated fuel and thruster module. All this being said who knows what might happen in the next 50 to 100 years. That's the best part about science fiction! as for the artwork it is fabulous as always. although i may be bias seeing as you are one of my favorite deviants. if your looking to better your art i have a friend at the University of Victoria that would suggest dabbling a bit with smaller pieces with extreme detail and see what you can do. its so hard to rate this piece for originality because the concept is everywhere but you did make it your own. keep up the good work! =D
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
In canon!!! In other words, I like it!Love Love Love
Almost forgot, was it inspired by the
ultraprobe?
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devEboo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
An artistic 'tour de sci-fi force' for old school TV addicts. Thank you for bringing back old memories. This may date you for most of my pals who grew up with his are late 30's to late 40's. Thanks to the Anderson's for making sci-fi TV attainable. Nod :happybounce: +fav Clap 
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like the ships from Space: 1999 (in particular the Meta Probe)-great work.
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:iconeltf177:
eltf177 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
It looks more like the Ultra Probe to me, but I love them both!
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zxcv1911 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I wonder if guns/turrets could be added onto starships like this when trying to depict a hard Sci-Fi version of space warfare or ship-to-ship combat in space. :)
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Chiletrek Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Hello:
 This is a great design, clearly a homage for Space1999 (at least, I think so :D ).

 I like how you used sections from both the Eagles and hawks and adapted those to this ship... but I specially love those little shuttles.

 Awesome work!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The original model kitbash that I based this on is indeed mostly made of Space 1999 parts.
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:iconchiletrek:
Chiletrek Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Hello:
 That is cool, so this ship would really fit into that series' universe :) .

 I have made some 3d models of Space:1999 serie. Would you mind if I eventually make my own version of the little shuttles?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That should be fine.
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Chiletrek Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Hello:
 Awesome! thank you very much! :la: .
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PloofWooWoo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Very nice. One point - and this feels like nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking, because you're clearly choosing a slightly cartooney look - is that the lighting looks a little too soft. With both the sun and the planet somewhere off to the top-left, it's not clear where the fill-in lighting on the underside is coming from. In a realistic rendering I'd have expected the shadows to be starker.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Soft lighting in space is definitely a style choice, realistic lighting isn't that exciting.
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AirsoftCommissar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I soooooo want to build this in Kerbal Space Program :) Great work
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eamongrey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
All of a sudden I'm hearing the opening strains of 'Space:1999', and I remember the show when it was first on. Yeah, I want to see her on her way to Meta.
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job.. I love the look
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Santorini, Greece :D
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ssolo99 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
i'm probably older than the average person here, but this so reminds me of Space 1999 and one of the deep probe Eagles from that show.  all that is irrelevant though.  great work.  i like it alot!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Quite relevant. It's original model was kitbashed from Space 1999 and various other toy lines. Glad you like it.
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:iconmorbiusx33:
morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Has a "Space 1999" look to it. Nice work!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, it's pretty much fanart.
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:iconscorpyx:
ScorpyX Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Whoa Happy Emote (updated version) 
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:iconmoriturimax:
MorituriMax Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Any Space 1999 inspiration in this?
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, some of it's parts are from the toys.
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:iconi-am-madbat:
I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Love the design, looks practical with a touch of Space 1999.
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Trollius2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I know I'm late to this party, but I just found this pic.

I love the "Space 1999" inspired architecture of this ship. The forward section has got recognizable pieces of the Mark IX Hawk while the mid-section is composed of Eagle Transporter modules and pods.

I also remember the episode "Dragon's Domain" (the 2nd-to-last episode of the 1st season of Space 1999) that featured the Ultra Probe spacecraft. This got me to thinking -If the moon had NOT suffered the nuclear dump disaster that triggered the Moon's breakaway -and the Ultra and Meta Probe missions had been successes, then I could see this ship being constructed a decade or so in the future (with all the advances they would make in that time) for the Santorini Probe mission.

Bravo! I'm a big Gerry Anderson fan and I think this is a fantastic homage to Space 1999.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it, these classic scifi pieces are nice to work on some times.
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DarylLaRocque Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like a pecker so I favorited it to remember I have a nice looking pecker
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mackon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
What are those yellow tipped cylinders just back from the cockpit?
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea :D
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:iconmackon:
mackon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
-shrug- I still love it. Very much the bigger and cooler looking brother to the Ultra Probe from the Space 1999 episode Dragon's Domain. 
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:iconmalletmann:
MalletMann Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I've grown an appreciation for this style recently.
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:iconnorsehound:
Norsehound Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
That space: 1999 flight pod is nearly everywhere!
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:iconpacebreaker23:
PaceBreaker23 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This is something I wouldn't mind trying to replicate in Kerbal Space Program :D
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That'd be quite a bit of parts there.
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:iconpacebreaker23:
PaceBreaker23 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Yeah is have to abuse the heck out of the struts
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:iconcaptain-jed:
Captain-jed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
cool artwork, l have loved spaceships
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Whoa that's freaking awesome!
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:iconlee-at:
lee-at Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Retro, yet believable near future design. Love it, and the heavy use of space 1999 parts.
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MillianaLennie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
aweome spaceship!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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MillianaLennie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME SPACESHIP
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Retro yes!'Lets party like its -[space]-1999'!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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Cromagblack6 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
More Space 1999!!!
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:iconmartinsilen:
martinsilen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
cool one!
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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JTofSD Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Nice work.
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superpic Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Are those cargo modules on the side? Or secretly missle launchers? :?

Awsome piece regardless!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, too much macross and gundam for you :P
Just cargo.
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