Last week I posted about my involvement with Brave Halfling Publishing on the upcoming X-Plorers’ box set by providing a few maps/designs of space ships for use with the game. Shortly after I had finished the first map and John contacted me, mentioning he has an idea for another map, from his email I got the impression it was a smaller, more exploration sort of craft. This, of course, got my mind reeling with ideas, images and thoughts on what a small craft might look like.
I grabbed my iPad and went to work, I had a quick shot of inspiration and it needed to be freed from the confines of my brain! I hashed out the design below in about five minutes on my iPad using ArtStudio.
I imported this to my laptop and opened it up in Fireworks and went to work. First I redrew the ship using simple vectors, I really wish I could get a powerful and easy to use iPad vector art App, because I wanted it to be clear and fit the right style for the map. Plus I wanted to use the same design for the mini and macro view of the ship. When I had shown the previous ship map to a few friends, one of them mentioned that he wondered what the outside of the craft looked like, so this time I wanted to not only have something usable as a map, but also as a play-aid by showing what it looked like on the outside. Players like that.
Next, I started fleshing out the interior of the ship, providing an area for quartering (up to six personnel), the mandatory engineering section, a mess section, along with some instrument panel which I assume are used to make communication checks with family, surf the mega-speed outernet for the latest space porn, and the nav/life support area. Up a slight ramp (I dropped the side view, just couldn’t make it fit on the piece) brings you to the cockpit where the pilot and co-pilot can view the expanse of space through a massive viewport.
I am very happy with how this turned out and can see a group of brave X-Plorers out seeking fame, fortune, and adventure in the Serrano!
I included a few easter eggs in this for friends of mine, see if you can find them all!