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09-05-2010, 11:44 PM
Hello Everyone!
This is my first post on the Forum...and my first map done on the computer. I did this deckplan using Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 With an older model Wacom tablet. It was good enough, though! The longest part of the process was making all of the map elements...every peice of the deckplan was custom. Please let me know what you think!
The deckplan is for a spaceplane I'm working on for an open d6 hard sf setting I'm developing. That being said, the deckplan can be used for a shuttle in Traveller...
Anyway, hope you all enjoy!


09-06-2010, 12:04 AM
Nice! Love the NASA-style repair arm thingie and the robot in the closet.

Have some rep for posting a map on your first post. We need some more sci-fi stuff around here so I look forward to seeing more from your setting. BTW, nice to see someone from home. I went to high school in Guntersville and college in Huntsville. Wee bit north of you, but...close enough.

09-06-2010, 12:11 AM
Awesome man, like it very much. the fact that it's sci-fi is a plus in my opinion! have some rep as well. Even though it means nothing from me just yet.

09-06-2010, 02:56 AM
Very nice indeed! Are there going to be other decks? It might be fun having 'non-deck' bits in silhouette so the viewer gets an idea of what the whole ship looks like in plan view.

Steel General
09-06-2010, 09:28 AM
Neat stuff.. thx for posting.

09-06-2010, 02:07 PM
Thanks for all the enthusiastic support folks! I appreciate The rep as well... :)
I am currently working on a plan veiw of the space plane's exterior... my next map post will include both the plan view and a top cut away view of the interior in its proper place. With luck, I should have that finished today!
Thanks again for the support guys.

09-06-2010, 02:25 PM
For Mearrin69:
Whoooo! Alabama!
BTW, If you zoom in on the robotic arm, you can see the same logo that the Space Shuttle's Canadarm 1 sports. A little easter egg :)

09-06-2010, 02:31 PM
Heh. I did notice that. :) I was, once upon a time, planning to become an aerospace engineer (went to UAH) but I went crazy and dropped out of school.

09-06-2010, 08:14 PM
Aaaaaaaaaaand here we are! The final graphics of my map for the BOV-31 (Buisness Orbital Vehicle) Paladin are finished! I am stoked! This turned out better than I had ever hoped for a first attempt at Computer mapping. Enjoy, Forum!

Question: Can I also Post this Map in the Finished Maps Threads? After I add the ledgend, that is...

09-06-2010, 08:28 PM
very nice, you might make the blue print a little less contrasty, but overall a very nice piece of work.

09-07-2010, 11:05 AM
Dude, that looks great! I'd agreed with DevinNight until I looked at the full-sized image. It's a very "comic book" blue but sort of goes with the style of the ship itself. If I altered it, it would be to take it into that dark blue territory you see on blueprints...I'm not sure I'd cut the saturation/vibrance much.

You can post your stuff in Finished Maps whenever you think it's done. Many of the maps I've posted there are awaiting real-world finalization before they get full legends, labeling, etc. though the maps themselves are mostly done. As long as you don't post something doodled on the back of a napkin I doubt anyone would take issue at all...not even then if it was a *good* doodle.

09-07-2010, 11:14 AM
yep, this is cool. I agree the blue is a bit much but if you can capture that blueprint type of look and feel I think you will have a really great looking thing here.

09-07-2010, 04:47 PM
Thanks for all the advice, guys.
I went back into photoshop and adjusted the blue to a darker hue and agree it looks much better. I've also gone ahead and added the text and numbered the map, so...I suppose this one's finished.
Hope you enjoy!

09-08-2010, 06:23 PM
I do indeed enjoy! Nice. You know, it makes a lot more sense with the body on it. When I was looking at the original map I was think that blue plate in the rear must have been some sort of reactionless drive 'plate' or something. They described something like that in some of the later Traveller ship books. Seeing the shuttle-like wings and engines clears it all up for me.

09-09-2010, 09:12 AM
Tremendous work, a really beautiful plan you've got there. Well done.

09-09-2010, 10:07 AM
Excellent ship plan, the sci-fi world needs more of such things!