The Postman 12"x12", acrylic on canvas, prints available Wrapped up this painting this morning, happy with the results and how things balanced out. I think this will be the last new painting before the studio tour at the end of October (might be a couple drawings, prep sketches) www.brentschreiber.com [link] firstname.lastname@example.org
The two heaviest hitters in the Terran Protectorate Stellar Navy: The Hastings-Class Battlecarrier and, in the distance, the Damocles-Class Battlecruiser. Both are ideal examples of Terran Protectorate warship design philosophy: decentralized weapons of various types, often turret mounted, and virtually every weapon capable of firing forward: which is almost always the ship's smallest profile. They are also generally heavily armored, utilitarian in design and able to operate as independent vessels without fleet support. Their sublight speeds are only moderate, however, as is their manueverability. This is, in part, due to the heavy reliance on fighters by the Terran Protectorate. Whereas once the fleet relied solely on dedicated carriers for fighters, all of the newer capitol ships carry at least one squadron. In the case of the Hastings, a hybrid of battleship and carrier, it carries an entire wing of 60 fighters. This new philosophy makes it harders for enemies to neutralize the fleets most potent offensive weapons by destroying one or two carriers.
Built by the transhuman Outsiders, Grand Liners are massive interstellar exploration vessels and cityships, capable of transporting thousands of smaller, interplanetary craft within their ample docking bays. They are also heavily armed with weapons powerful enough to crack open small moons and devastate entire settled worlds.
Grand Liners form the very basis of the Outsider society: most Outsiders live their lives almost entirely onboard these ships, only rarely leaving them in order to visit planets or habitats. Essentially, each Grand Liner is a mobile civilization on its own, equipped with everything you might need in the depths of unexplored space. They also carry sophisticated fabricator lines and an army of worker robots capable of constructing what is not instantly available.
Despite their size (the largest are over 10 kilometers in length), Grand Liners have quite small crews - most of the systems are automated, and the rest are tended by androgynous, vat-grown gwailos, an artificial slave race to the Outsiders.
"C.G.2." Acrylic on board. 29 x 22 cm. Painting by Steve Caldwell. www.stevecaldwell.co.uk A portrait of actor,Chris Guard (I,Claudius,Doctor Who). I met Chris last month and he was kind enough to sit for me.He has a great face to paint.