Here is an animation I did for my pirate ship Hell’s Bane. This is still a very basic model. More details to come.
The human element in exoplanet mining operations. Some may ask: With the advanced nature of technology, why would you still need a human to operate a mining mech? Couldn’t it be automated?
You could fully automate in many instances. If you are surface mining and have uninterrupted LoS (Line of Sight) then it would make sense. Unless there are other factors like an unstable planetary magnetic field, etc.
The problem arises when you are a kilometer underground , and have trillions of metric tons of metal ores above you. If you lose mech telemetry for even an instant, it could cause a catastrophic mine collapse and that costs time and money.
Also… I can’t tell a story about mining drones. If there’s no human element, there’s no interest.
Apex Industries Mining Mech. Model 200A. For use in gravity ranging from 0.25G to 3.5G. Fusion powerplant. Life support capable of sustaining operator for 21 standard days. A full range of mining implements available.
I’ve been drawing pictures of spaceships and robots since I was four years old, after seeing Star Wars for the first time. (yeah, the original release.) I was always drawing something, up until I joined the U.S. Army at age 19. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t draw much then. Fast forward to almost ten years later. I’m a civilian again. One day I sat down ans started to draw. Wow… I really sucked now.
So, I decided to start 3D modelling. It probably would’ve been quicker for me to just become proficient in drawing again. Now, twelve years after picking it up, here I am.
I wouldn’t say I’m a great modeler. After all, I’m just a hobbyist. But, I think I’m proficient enough to bash out some spaceships and mechs that don’t look too bad.
The program I used to model with is called The Foundry’s Modo . ILM, Pixar, Dreamworks, and many other studios use this same software. I really dig it.
I’m very excited! I just finished the first draft of my science fiction novel We Few, We Happy Few…
Tagline: A Shakespearean actor accused of murder must escape the Capellan Empire’s home world only to end up in hands of a cut throat band of pirates. It will take more than acting skills to survive this.
Of course, like most first drafts. It’s pretty raw. I have a lot of editing and polishing to do before I publish it.
If you are interested in being a Beta Reader. Please contact me using my Contact Page.