Category Archives: Art

Walter Mitty Syndrome

I play plenty of video games, watch movies, read books, and world-build pretty compulsively. All these things are acts of mental escapism, something all humans do to some degree, but even I found the degree of Walter Mitty-ism present (and tacitly endorsed) in this Play Station commercial disturbing:

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Inquisitorial Blackship “Anatolia”

My fiancée and I have been working for some time on a novel set in the Warhammer 40K universe, specifically about an Imperial inquisitor named Alexandra North. Last night I had a sketchbook handy and decided to freehand a drawing of her ship, a Firestorm-class frigate named Anatolia after the birthplace of the Emperor.

Anatolia

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The Anatolia is broadly similar to the standard Firestorm frigates serving in the navy: loaded mass of 64.4 megatons, maximum acceleration of 0.2 g, mass ratio of 1.55, delta-V of ~130 km/s. She differs in having a larger reactor and a much larger bow lance (soft X-ray laser), on par with those carried by battleships. The lance has a very low rate of fire, around one shot every 10 minutes, due to Anatolia’s limited capacity to eliminate the waste heat of the titanic weapon. It does, however, allow her to open an engagement with a shot capable of punching through the shields of opponents double her mass.

Despite some slight perspective distortions due to being a freehand drawing with minimal construction lines, I’m pretty happy. I haven’t sketched more than a quick landscape (usually for RPGs) in years. I’m also pleased with the fact that there is not a single piece of “greeble” on the entire ship. Everything from the big hexagonal phased-array radar panels to the anti-ordnance turrets to the statues of the Primarchs and Emperor has a purpose, functional or symbolic.

Memorial Day

Our story begins with a citizens militia standing their ground at Lexington and Concord in 1775.

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The Weird and Surreal Art of Zdzislaw Beksinski

This gallery contains 47 photos.

I thought I’d share a few works of my favorite fantastical artist, Zdzislaw Beksinski.