Commission for of the ex-Covenant freighter Parhelia from his fanfic Not All Who Wander (which is off to a really good start, BTW). Formerly owned by a wealthy Sangheili noble, it came into the possession of a Kig-Yar merchant during the fall of High Charity, and is shown here sitting in a civilian spaceport hangar somewhere in the ex-Covenant sphere.
Make sure to check out the full view for all the details. I got a bit carried away with the background, but that's all well and good; I'd almost forgotten how fun it is to just cut loose with detailed environments. Apart from the overall composition, I didn't really have any idea where I'd end up when I started.
This is one of those commissions that are just something totally different from what I usually do, kind of like this one about a year back. While I've dug myself a niche in drawing human stuff, I actually like working with the Covie aesthetic. I've also been wanting to do more Covenant locations for a while now, especially civilian ones where you can really get an idea of the day-to-day life of their civilization. You have the staple tech and aesthetic, but how does it look applied in a non-military setting without strict central regulation? We've seen High Charity, but mostly the fancy districts; this is a more "used" location, of which we've had only hints in the Halo 2 Anniversary terminals. It's a side of the Covenant I really wish we saw more of because it's that kind of places and characters that really make the universe feel more alive.
The ship is nearly 300 meters long, which makes the hangar huge and left me a lot of room to fill in the gaps. Apart from a couple of suggestions by the client, most of the details were improvised by me. I wanted to make the scene more colorful than we're maybe used to with the Covenant to show the variety of equipment and affiliations; the purple, blue and pink are still the dominant colors, but there's a lot outside that as well. I also wanted to show the location as something that's built up layers over decades, perhaps centuries of use, into something very chaotic and interesting. I could label all the little vignettes and easter eggs I've inserted to the scene, but I'll let people figure them out themselves.
I love this illustration. I have always found the Covenant to be a most interesting civilization and am disappointed how little it is explored in books and art-work. Walking through and seeing High Charity remastered was a sight to behold. To see this tickles my imagination.
I look forward to more of this should there be more. Great Stuff!!!
And there will likely be more where this came from. I have some ideas on illustrating both a couple of canon locations as well as some of those from my own fanon.
Also, what are those grunts doing in the bottom-left corner? xD
And you could say those two are putting the "meth" in the "methane".
Also, no problem! x3
I grew up with the Halo series (mine first being Halo 2)...
Then again, I can recall that I was pretty young when I first played Halo...because I used to call Masterchief 'Halo'...I'm not kidding lol xD
I love the use of the Spirit dropship design only upscaled on a grand-scale. I'd love to see the front inner horseshoe to see just what that space is utilized for (the bottom is obviously a loading ramp, but the top is perhaps shielded dropship bays and/or luxury suites?
Also makes me curious what the arms or for since the distance is so vast between them for gravity propulsion.
Nice touch with that Yanme'e on the bottom right.
Like you said, it's basically the Spirit dropship design on a grand scale. At that scale, things don't quite work the same. The field that the arms generate can hold cargo too large to fit in the cargo bay, but it's not very useful for propulsion. Fortunately, each of the arms mounts a long and slender engine with a ridiculous thrust-to-weight ratio. Ships of the Parhelia's class generally sport engines that would be considered overpowered for a ship twice their mass, and the Sangheili who commissioned the Parhelia wanted a little more oomph than that.
As for easter eggs, though I haven't spotted any other RP references, I found a very familiar-looking T'vaoan!