Okt 14 2014

Traveller – Star Trader (Solo- or Solitaire RPG)

Category: AllgemeinMirco @ 0:23
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Today I grabbed Zozer’s Star Trader from DriveThruRPG.com (at less than 5 bucks a bargain, I’d say). And I plan to play a tiny series of adventure trading using that game. I printed it out in EU A5 size to match the format of the LBBs. I plan to play a potentially unhealthy mix of T5 and Classic Traveller with Book 2+ Rules, some house rules and a bit of handwaveium. What ever I use I will document that ion the project site.

Using this I will try to illustrated some (probably only very few) ships or perhaps even scenes to support my star trader’s diary.

My reference material will be…

  1. Star Trader by Zozer Games
  2. a few 6 sided Traveller dice
  3. travellermap.com
  4. Traveller deckplans from the web
  5. a spreadsheet on my tablet (google tables)
  6. some pregenerated characters (which will be described)
  7. http://eaglestone.pocketempires.com

And last and hopefully not least „imagination“. I want to play a trader on the edge. Maybe a smuggler or a pitential pirate. One who skips maintenance repairs, crew salaries and is otherwise quite nice. He’s not Mal Reynolds but Firefly flaor will certainly touch this solo game.


Okt 11 2014

News – Updated articles of the past…

Category: Allgemein,NewsMirco @ 14:16
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I recently updated the article about my 50ton Modular Cutter setting out a module and ATV. Have a look…

Modular Cutter w ContModule

Patrol Cruiser

  • Cunningham
  • SAR Cutter
  • System Guard
  • Undecorated Model

Modular Cutter

  • SAR Modular Cutter
  • Local Carrier
  • Remote Merchant

Module Setout

  • Landing Cutter
  • Prepare Module
  • Launch Cutter
  • Waiting Module
  • Open Clamshell Doors
  • Rotate Boom
  • Deploy Tracks
  • Relase ATV and drive off

Various Small Craft

  • 20ton Launch
  • 30ton Ship's Boat Combi Configuration
  • 30ton Ships Boat Double Cargo Gate Configuration
  • 30ton Slow Cargo Boat w Container Extension
  • 30ton Slow Cargo Boat w Container Extension (closed)
  • 30ton Slow Cargo Boat Std.

Research Pinnace

  • Combi Carrier
  • Passenger Shuttle
  • Cargo Hauler

More to come…


Okt 11 2014

Small Craft – 20ton Launch

Category: AllgemeinMirco @ 13:32
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Now that I am addressing Classic Traveller small craft again, the 20dt Launch was just begging to be built from the basic ship’s boat frame.

Vol Name TL Free Gs Fuel Duration MCr Computer Notes
20 Launch 9 11 1 0.5t 5 weeks 12.9 Model/1bis C, L0
20ton Launch

20ton Launch

 

The 30ton Ship’s Boat and 20ton Launch share the same diameter hull and front section. As visible at the cockpit window configuration these craft have three windows out front. The 50ton Modular Cutter and the 40ton Research Pinnace however share a 6m diameter hull and the same front section to. These cockpits have four windows out front.


Okt 11 2014

Small Craft – 30ton Ship’s Boat

Category: AllgemeinMirco @ 13:14
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After I made a modular Cutter about two years ago, I planned to do all the standard Small Craft. I sort of relauched that project recently. This is the current State of the Ship’s Boat.

Vol Name TL Free Gs Fuel Duration MCr Computer Notes
30 Ship’s Boat  13+ 16 6 2t 4 weeks 14.8 Model/1bis
30ton Ship's Boat Combi Configuration

30ton Ship’s Boat Combi Configuration

 

I think I will need the finished boat for the 600ton Subsidized Liner, that’s also on my workbench atm. But both vessels are far from complete.

The 30ton Ship’s Boat and 20ton Launch share the same diameter hull and front section. As visible at the cockpit window configuration these craft have three windows out front. The 50ton Modular Cutter and the 40ton Research Pinnace however share a 6m diameter hull and the same front section to. These cockpits have four windows out front.

30ton Ships Boat Double Cargo Gate Configuration

30ton Ships Boat Double Cargo Gate Configuration

The image below shows two updated models above the Slow Boat.

 

CargoBoats


Okt 11 2014

Starship – 600ton Subsidized Liner

Category: Project,StarshipMirco @ 3:31
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The Subsidized Liner comes in several variants. The most common being the standard Stellar-Class and the slightly modified Bastien-Class Liners. There is a supplement by Loren Wiseman on RPGNow detailing the ship in four variants, including Deckplans and Adventure Seeds.

600 Subsidized Liner 12 2 1 3 3 199 one month 134.50 Model/2bis std 5 21 20 s10(s20)

I have a problem with this ship, or – to be precise – with it’s subcraft. According to TNE it sports a 10ton launch (a life boat by CT definition or customs) , CT assigns a 20ton launch

I will likely model the basic liner and at least the Mercenary Cruiser variant (similar to the ship detailed in the MegaTraveller Supplement Assignment: Vigilante available via RPGNow).

 

SubLiner

There are still a few models I am eager to make and the Liner is no exception. It is in the very early stages of blocking out the vessel, but a tiny preview is due taday. See…

Below: an older image now superceeded by the above.

 

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And that’s it for now. Cheers.


Okt 10 2014

40ton Research Pinnace revisited…

Category: Project,Space CraftMirco @ 17:14
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Vol;Name;TL;Free;Gs;Fuel;Duration;MCr;Computer;Notes
40 ;Pinnace ;12+ ;24 ;5 ;2t;4 weeks ;19.4 ;Model/2 ;L2

Tiny update on that craft. I already had the combi-variant with a cargo compartment behind the passenger compartment. But I figured a passenger only „shuttle“ variant and a pure cargo variant would be nice too. So here are all three.

cargo-pinnace

combi-pinnace

passenger-pinnace

The 30ton Ship’s Boat and 20ton Launch share the same diameter hull and front section. As visible at the cockpit window configuration these craft have three windows out front. The 50ton Modular Cutter and the 40ton Research Pinnace however share a 6m diameter hull and the same front section to. These cockpits have four windows out front.


Okt 09 2014

Rolling back to original Traveller Illustrated Theme…

Category: AllgemeinMirco @ 14:03
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Hi everybody. After dabbling around with approximately 15 different themes I liked the old one best and rolled back to that theme. It doesn’t support advanced menus, but this is a much simpler site than e.g. http://riftroamers.net, where my own Sci-Fi RPG resides and probably doesn’t need all that fancy blinky-blink stuff at all.

If you wish to comment on the site-design, please feel free to do so, but I am quite content atm.

Theme variants I recently tried:

 

 

And last but not least the old new scheme…

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I think now I can concentrate on creating illustrations for Traveller again, instead of redesigning the website. Hope you like and agree…

Cheers, Mirco


Mai 21 2014

Judges Guild Starships Facelifting

Category: News,StarshipMirco @ 12:33
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So, long time no posting. That’ll change in the near future. I currently plan to revisit the JG ships and craft. First to give you an idea were I’m heading a scan of the original craft…tmp_Screenshot_2014-05-21-08-35-05-1-1215362326

 

And that same image painted over with the planned facelift…

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I hope to start modelling these during May and will keep you updated here.

 

 


Mrz 27 2014

Traveller Illustrated Re-Launch complete

Category: NewsMirco @ 11:12
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We have successfully completed the technical re-lauch of the site. The new site will be more structured concentrating on Traveller 5 designs. We will have our Work in Progress reports here in the News Section but will move completed works into our Projects area wich will eventually provide data sheets, illustrations and deckplans of various classic Traveller starships, space craft and vehicles ported to Traveller 5.

Have Fun


Sep 13 2013

Community – The official Traveller Calendar 2014

Category: Community,Old NewsMirco @ 14:21
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I have to declare my current system is not capable of rendering the scene prepared for the calendar. Due to memory allocation problems Blender crashes when processing a file with more than 1.4 GB on Win32. That is a limitation of the OS, not Blender.

So to ease my pain the last days have been busy to get a donated HP Proliant DL145 G2 Server up and running. The AMD64 Opteron 285 based machine runs on Debian 7 Wheezy 64 Bit with a MATE desktop environment, 8 GB of RAM and a number of services necessary for remote dealing with the beast. Another 8 GB of Ram went into the machine three days later (the latter being only borrowed form the donator of the machine) and so far she rocks…

Due to it’s age, performance comes at a certain cost: noise. Seven 5cm tubular ventilators sound like one hairdryer each and make an infernalistic noise that just prevents a human being to share the same room with the system at max performance. However it does successfully render the entire scene and is twice as fast as my aging workstation. So that makes the monster a necessity to live with. And never judge a gift horse by it’s teeth…

The inaugural run of the new RenderMachine went interestingly smooth with very nice speed and comfortable remote usage (it’s located in the next room and the noise is bearable with the connecting door closed).

The image below has a memory footprint of 6200+ MB and was rendered in 18 minutes and 30 seconds. My old machine usually made it through half the render process in 20 Minutes and then Blender crashed.

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Final Image: “Meet the Lone Lady“

The image above shows the finished scene. Personally I like the dawn lighting and the washed out colors, als well as the contrast the Aero’s car paint provides. The first scene had Logos of most of the Traveller Megacorps. It looked really great. But I managed to delete all the SVG’s in one go and had to start over. Less is often more, so the Akerut logo boldly overlooks the starport. A tiny Bazar-Sign at the end of the landing field hints toward the existence of a startown. Well the cup of hot brewerage now has a smoke/steam effect too.

That’s about it, I’d say. Cheers.

Il’l keep ya posted!

Edit November 23rd, 2013: It’s done. I’ve submitted my donation to Ian and hope to get through the final descision making process. Thanks for taking a look.

Edit April 2nd, 2014: No calendar published this year. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed. However Ian – the editor and publisher – stated he was short a few images to fill the cal, so I guess we’ll have another chance next year.

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