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Cacique Caribe26 Nov 2017 6:07 a.m. PST

The 1970s or 1980s (Scottish or Irish?) artist I'm thinking of is known for sketching lots of heavy SF "boats" gently defying gravity (floating, flying, hovering on air) … "boats" that look like the one in The Fifth Element, but which could easily inspire SF modelers who are into niches, like Pulp and VSF.

Ring a bell?

PS. Come to think of it, I might have asked that exact same question same before, which could mean that the artist's name might be one what is either too common or perhaps not enough. :)


Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2017 7:24 a.m. PST

Are you thinking of Roger Dean?: link Some well-known flyers here: link

_The Fifth Element_ is of course larely visually influenced by Giraud and Mezieres.

nvdoyle26 Nov 2017 8:42 a.m. PST
nvdoyle26 Nov 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

I'm using his stuff as inspiration for some planned Necromunda builds.

Cacique Caribe26 Nov 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

Ian McQue, that's the one!

Thanks so much, NV.

PS. Moebius' (Jean Giraud) sketches for Fifth Element are also interesting.



nvdoyle26 Nov 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

Always glad to help!

Cacique Caribe26 Nov 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

Hey, check out this diorama here.



War Monkey27 Nov 2017 9:07 p.m. PST

Hmmmm…..? What if you had a world where you had these floating air boats, not like VSF Mars fleet battle stuff.

Where there are some boundaries like not able to go much higher then a couple hundred feet….. much like the diorama up above…..

Okay you all can jump in and help me fill in the blanks

Cacique Caribe27 Nov 2017 9:20 p.m. PST

That would be an incredibly cool world!

Maybe if the surface of the planet had a 100-foot layer of dense but "breathable" gas. And if the ships were made out of some lighter than "air" plastic or wood fiber, instead of all that metal.

PS. Check this out:

Cacique Caribe28 Nov 2017 9:49 p.m. PST

This other modeler makes me wonder if an inexpensive paper mache or foam core could perhaps work for 15mm, as the starting point.

Wow, these guys really have that floating "sampan" (or Chinese junk) look down.



War Monkey28 Nov 2017 10:26 p.m. PST

I think we might be on to something, what heavy gas could be used that one could still breath and yet still float a ship or boat.

Or is it some sort of anti gravity device that only allows these vehicle to float only a few meters above the surface.

Either way it would be a very interesting world and seems something worth doing on the table and could make for some really cool terrain too!

War Monkey29 Nov 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

I had some time to think over night and I have had some thoughts ad out the models of boats/ships and some cool ideas of docking towers!

I mean one could have their living space under the docks multiple stories and catwalks plus other platforms and all the other action top side on the docks!

War Monkey29 Nov 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

Plus! One can have PIRATES! Deck guns and grappling hooks, one can have some kind of organize force as well.

Cacique Caribe29 Nov 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

Got your creative juices going, didn't it? :)

PS. There's some SF comic book series called Drifter, with worlds that have air in definite layers, which would allow some species to "swim" in air:


War Monkey30 Nov 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

So here's my twist on this:

Shortly after the new discovery of a very very cheap and cost effective anti-gravity device that uses very little energy, and the additional energy generated from one device could run a small household for little to nothing, because it was so cheap and very low cost it doesn't lift objects very high into the air now of course the more one put into it the more one could generate more lift, people were placing these things into the cars trucks and vans even into their small boats this new discovery turn the whole world on end.

For this device could be built and run by the average everyday man and the plans were posted to the internet for free by a Hacker group, Mega Corporations, banks and even entire countries that relied on old energies were ruined causing a world economic collapse.

At first little wars broke out that grew into larger ones, every company and country fighting to be the big dog on top until nothing was left, sure a few of each made it through and are mostly centralized in the few large cities that are left, large areas of the world were just left boundary less scrape yard waste lands. Few areas still remain for good farming land but not many and lending themselves to feeding the rest of what's left and food is now the main economic bartering tool.

With roads and highways gone applying this device to boats became the mainstay it became one's main transportation, business and home.

War Monkey01 Dec 2017 10:34 p.m. PST

Oh yeah, I'm totally on board with a P.A. world with floating g air boats.

Cacique Caribe03 Dec 2017 2:34 p.m. PST

Lol. I can see that! :)


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