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Search and Rescue by RobCaswell Search and Rescue by RobCaswell
Captain’s Log, Stardate:6717.4. The Constitution is in orbit above the ring plane of the gas giant Theta Orionis V , responding to a distress call from the Federation merchant vessel, Feng Bo. As we approached the system we found the U.S.S. Columbia already on the scene in response, but she had so far been unable to locate the vessel. The signal had cut off before either of our ships entered the system, but the final transmissions placed the craft in or near the ring plane with the first officer describing their power-drained ship as being swarmed by what appeared to be ring particles, but moving in a decided non-Newtonian, if not intelligently guided motion.

Most of the gas giant’s ring lies within its tremendous radiation. It makes little sense that a merchant vessel would be navigating this region of the system – yet another piece of the mystery. It also imposes a time imperative for the rescue, as the ships shields may have been non-fuctional. Both Columbia and Constitution’s deflectors are at full power to manage the radiation storm. Our ships occasionally light up like Tellarian funerary yachts as gusts of high energy particles impact our shields, creating ghostly Auroral displays.

We’re continuing the search. At 08:30 we’ll be meeting with the Columbia’s executive crew in our briefing room to review the situation. Commander Ralston has an unusual theory she’d like to explain and have both crews explore. With our total lack of leads as to the Feng’s disposition, even an outlandish theory is worth considering in order to move this search and rescue effort forward.

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In the past I had been a fan of the conformal shield concept, where the shield is like a projected second skin of the ship. But the more I thought about theory and mechanics behind such a technology, the more a symmetrically elliptical field made sense. So that’s what I tried to convey with these two ships’ deflectors displays.

Stunning gas giant and ring background element by WhiplashD [link] Constitution model by Aggi, Destroyer model by Lord Schtupp and reworked by Mr Tricorder. Rendered in DAZ Studio, post via Photoshop CS2.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I miss these excellent excerps you do - a simple story that is so gripping!

YOU should have done Trek - with it it would not have been rebooted!

Excellent detail - especially the close up of the secondary hull and navigation deflector!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Heck, you almost make me want to start writing more!
I do get tempted, from time to time...
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should - its those elements that give extra to your work.
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Night-Forager Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011   General Artist
Fantastic work!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Another point!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
HA! Thanks! My Sunday is now NOT pointless!!! :D
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Oh your so funny!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I can't take all the credit. It's my writers.
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
You should to late night!
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work, I always admire your composition and framing. Everything flows well here. Lovely detail.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! In this case I was really trying to weave a good composition into that preexisting background image, so it was a fun challenge. Good to know that you think it works!
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw the thumbnail I new it was one of yours. Gorgeous, as usual. But I think I notice a little more detail than usual. The humanoids in the window is very cool. And I like the way you kept to the "M&M" shaped shields on the Columbia. The skin-tight shields always bugged me for some reasons - like putting a condom on a starship. Wonderful work!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I think I'm now a lozenge-shield convert. Glad ya like all the little details. It was fun to bring that extra level of "life" to the model.
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh my goodness! There are little people behind the windows! If that's not cool! I almost can't detach my eyes from that detail while I catch myself nearing the monitor, staring at the tiny people to find out what they might do there!
But at least I managed to move them to the nice effects around the little ship and to the "surface" of that ring, which is looking pretty cool!
Great shot.
But these little people, behind the little windows are doing it for me!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
:lol:

I'm glad you liked the figures! Y'know, it's the ones you CAN'T see that you really need to worry about.... ;P

Whiplash's ring detail IS fantastic! It's that art that inspired the whole piece in the first place.
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karanua Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice bit of detailing on the connie there :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
When ya get THAT close with the camera, it's usually wish to give the ole gal a little bit o' makeup :D
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Another masterpiece. I am humbled.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Kon. Honestly, I think Whiplash's background is the show stealer. It's a great hunka digital art.
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kenham1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
You mean "in that sexy tech way", right? ;)
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kenham1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Heheh yes, although I more of a skin-shield fan than the bubble-shields, this looks great. The detailing on the windows is fantastic :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm a convert. But hey... honestly, I can swallow either shield type ;)
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JamieTakahashi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece, but I keep focusing on all the windows haha that's detail, there.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I guess I've got a bit of a window fetish ;)
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JamieTakahashi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha nothing wrong with that. I made sure that when you look through the Avenger's windows, there's something to see. In fact, I set it up so that as you turn the model, the perspective changes as if I modeled an interior.
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mdbruffy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I always thought an elliptical shield more sense. A "Skin-tight" shield brings enemy fire-power- and everything else- too close to the ship.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Uh-huh. Yeah, there seems to be all kinds of engineering considerations that would point to the elliptical arrangement.
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