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Jinxian Lander (Ringworld) by RobCaswell Jinxian Lander (Ringworld) by RobCaswell
This is an old drawing of mine - from about the time I started work in the RPG illustration field. It depicts an interpretation of the Jinxian lander used by Louis Wu and Chmee in the Ringwrold sequel, "Ringworld Engineers". I'm posting this because a few old friends were asking me to. I'll be the first to admit it's got a few accuracy problems - main one being it's too tall and skinny. But it still works as an interesting image, plus it shows a key transition point in my illutsration style, converting many of my mechanical drafting skills into a more stylized approach.

This was pen and ink on nasty (tm) paper.
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:icongalacticrimrunner64:
GalacticRimRunner64 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Good to see some of Niven's work so artfully done.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Did you check out my latest - the REAL Ringworld Engineers lander?
[link]
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I'm almost certain I've seen this in some SF RPG manual or another...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep - GDW decided to buy the piece and have me tweak it for use in 2300 AD.
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Aha! That's it, clearly. Also, I'll use this opportunity to say that I really like the Sung city pic.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! You make me glad I decided to repost it! :D
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Ah! Now I understand what that circle top left is!

D'oh! >_<

Also....what would the internal arraignments be...IF that is a really big rocket nozzle pointing out the side?

Very much cheers to you and yours.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have no recollection of how I envisioned the internal layout.... but I am thinking of trying another pass at an ACCURATE lander.... soon, I hope.
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jughead2345 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
looks great. wish they would make a movie of "Ringworld"
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
They are...[link]
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:iconklausteufel:
KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Oh, the nostalgia!
:D
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
2300? Ringworld? Or both? :)
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:iconklausteufel:
KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Both. :)
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Again a classic piece :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconienkoron:
Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Welcome :D
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Hmm...I remember Louis Wu, Speaker-to-animals, Teela Brown, and the Piersen's Puppeteer, but I don't remember 'Chmee'.
Ah, guess it's time to revisit the Ringworld, then.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
What Nuke Fridge said.... ;)
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chmee was Speaker's earned name, awarded to him after the events of the first book, when they escaped from the Ringworld...
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:iconpheenix42:
Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Wow, it has been a long time then!
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! That's kinda, sort of like I imagined it, too. Love all the little details on the ship's surface.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... it's sorta what it looked like .... but only sorta. ;)
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Regardless of accuracy, it's still an awesome design! :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Glad ya like it :)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Old or not, flawed or not, it's still cool :)

And unlike Ringworld, it's not boring as hell ;)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey now. Be nice or I'll have to mail you a fresh salmon by 4th class freight mail. Guaranteed deliver in three weeks!!! ;)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
;p
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jonsan90040 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
i remember seeing this one too in a traveller or 2300 article or product
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, a modified version later appeared in that product line.
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that's different!
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Different? From?
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Different from my preconceived ideas of landers.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I plan on doing a more accurate Niven lander, soonishly.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I am sure I have seen this in a 2300 AD book or Challenge. Possibly Traveller's Digest.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I think GDW liked it so much that they had me do a version, sans Kzin, and called it a 2300 vehicle. But this is the seminal piece.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Ah, yes, there the Kzin is off to the side. A bit big to call an Aslan and there are no Aslan in 2300 AD anyway.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I dig it!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! A golden oldie :)
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Plus, the motie doesn't have the right number of arms. Sigh.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
;p Don't you have some Star Track episodes you should be watching?
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Gookins Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great design, maybe a tiny bit too pointy at the top, but very nice in general. What size did you work at? Seems to have a lot of fine detail.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
The largest size here displays at about original size. I was detailing with a 000 rapidograph, so yeah... the fine details are fine ;)
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