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'Cresting Wave' by Abiogenisis 'Cresting Wave' by Abiogenisis
[A never before released image of a birrin seaplane from 2010! You can check out the process of producing it on my Patreon: www.patreon.com/alexries/]

Built from plans that predate the Fall, the Cresting Wave is a major component in southern logistics and passenger transport on the Birrin world. As a flying boat, it is an ideal vehicle to service the lakebound cities of the floating forest and the numerous towns and settlements that dot the coasts of Tuetalli.

Flying wings, in vogue at the time of the Cresting Wave’s initial design, offer advantages in lift to weight ratio. With two fuselages blended into the wing as sturdy hulls, much of the centre wing section can be loaded with freight. The flight crew is situated in the starboard fuselage and both of these reinforced structures can either house passengers or even more cargo.

To avoid water ingestion the engines are mounted in a tall dorsal nacelle, turbojets stacked vertically and sharing common paired intake slots that can be shuttered during surface operations; retractable propellers in both fuselages then provide slow but quiet and efficient propulsion.

The design has several limitations that have prevent its adoption much beyond the southern cities; several fatal accidents have been attributed to ‘tumbling’ of the high aspect ratio wings, and the relatively small engine nacelle reduces carrying capacity and results in long take-off runs. Additionally, the vehicle sits so low in the water that high seas render lift-off and landing risky endeavours. 

In spite of these issues large numbers of the vehicles remain in operation, in some cases simply out of habit or the inability to now afford something better. With reclamation efforts in the Kiln now increasing on both sides of the ocean, several Cresting Waves have been given larger engines and sent into the burning equatorial coasts to bring valuable pre-Fall salvage (among other things) south.

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ButILikeTauNeutrino Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
I enjoy how you present your vehicle design with both pros and cons. It helps make it seem more real.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it seems that almost every mechanical design in real life has compromises
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ThatRandomNobody Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is incredible! I just found your gallery, and these designs are breathtaking. Been looking at them for a good hour now
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it :)
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RageOla Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
i love art that shows a possibility of a better future where human race could do better  
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
utopian art
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:iconjonhrubesch:
JonHrubesch Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow.  Awesome!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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arshook24 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Your work is just so amazing. I love going through your gallery
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :)
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! I wouldn't be surprised if some operators kept on using these simply out of sentimental reasons. This plane may not be a technological marvel like the Concorde used to be, but even though its purpose and shape are diametrally different, I think it is elegant and beautiful in its own right.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah the operators love the thing even if it is slow and chunky
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:iconpeteridish:
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It sure is a sight to behold when she takes off :D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
and a sound!
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:iconpeteridish:
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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ygrigoriev Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
It would be nice to see this as a prototype in real life %)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
One day I might make an R/C version of it out of foam card or something
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
OHHHH MAN HOW DID I MISS THIS??? :omfg: I really, really love the aircraft designs you come up with for the birrin. They're a perfect blend of function and alien aesthetic; something that would totally work but also something humans have never even considered before.
I'm also seriously diggin' the ever-emerging lore of the birrin themselves, particularly the history surrounding the Fall and the ruins inside the Kiln. Looking forward to the next Chriirah piece, as always! :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I love aviation design so I sneak it in wherever I can :P
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Kaiserkoloss Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
a series of a kind of bio cannons would be just GLORIOUS 
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Obeah Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
I adore the colours in this :) it looks like an awesome day :D
And the flying boat design is cool too :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
Here are some names for Birrin Gods and Godesses that you can use
Bhukhal: God of water
Kilna: Godess of the Kiln
Nuy: God of happiness 
Calj: Godess of Sadness
Devbar: Godess of death
Ries: God of creation
Irifele: Godess of sea life
Sunbra: God of the trees
Zaetuin:God of the sky
Tumad: Godess of lighting
Silpet: Goddess of peace
kilmbre:Godess of Kahirah
Zunneteli:God of Male (Moon)
Corteli:God of the sun
Secbelg:Godess of the clouds
Belstar:God of the mountains
Adslarr: God of the stars
Mazlk:Godess of the afterlife
Nispik:Godess of war
Kiltels: God of blood
Maltelki: God of reincarnation 
Bartolk: Godess of disease and infection
Maediea:Godess of Children
Kolinek:God of land life
Degfiln: God of pain and suffering
Dubarasas: Godess of meat
Silen: Godess of air life
Dilbarlie: God of worship
Sperthuil:Godess of construction
Desbel:God of salt
Serat:God of knowledge 
Meritalsa: Godess of fear
Doneten:God of bravery 
Metoll:Godess of hope
Melbara:God of Chriirah
Shadah:Godof metal
Moratioi:God of the universe
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Nice :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That has to be the most amazing aircraft I have ever seen! The image is so striking!!

Reminds me of the Spruce Goose combined with an Ecranoplan!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Both awesome :PBlinky's Plane: For Lupeth 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Done splendidly by yourself :)
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
What if humans gave the Birrin nukes?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh the birrin already developed those.
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123er33 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017
Wonderful!
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TikiLord Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017
It would be interesting to one day see how a Birrin cockpit layout would look.  
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah have to work my way up to that :P
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Foedawg Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
Coming by your page every few months and carefully analyzing all the intricate details of your works and taking in the immense detail you put into your descriptions of them has become a ritual for me. I love your work. Keep it up, it's fantastic.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Will do :)
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
If the birrin an humans were to go to war, who would win?
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
Is the cresting wave named after the cresting sea
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nah nothing so specific. Just cresting waves generally
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markdebakkerdesign Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
incredible, such a realistic yet alien world
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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TobiIsALollipop Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
A lovely design. I particularly like the use of cockpit windows to give a sense of scale.

As an aero engineer I was glad to see the text mentioning some of the difficulties you would expect using a design like this as a seaplane.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I try to be as aware as I can of real engineering principles... and limitations while I design these things. 
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2017
I notice that you copied and pasted jupiter's moon Europa twice in the background sky.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Actually its a quick painting to look a bit like Europa; the Birrin world now only has one moon, which looks cratered like earths
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
Isn't there an asteroid or something also?  I miner moon.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is an older painting, when I imagined the birrin world having two major moons
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
But is there still a miner moon?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yes a captured asteroid now
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Cool. Does it orbit the moon or the planet?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The captured asteroid is in a close orbit of the moon
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Johnof-1999 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
For a long time I wanted to ask you this question
The Birrin species have races? And if so how are they different?
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