Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Homemade Rocket Ship Designs for Cosmic Patrol!

I was bored at work, need I say more? Ok, I will. I've been working on a bit of short fiction for the new pulp space game, Cosmic Patrol from Catalyst Games. In my little epic space battle, a tiny force of four Patrol rocket ships have to fight a hopeless battle against an impossibly-huge invading armada. So, back to me being bored at work. I am no artist, not even by any ridiculous stretching of an imagination would I ever claim to be someone who can depict a concept in visual form. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, I decided to draw up what I view my collection of misfit ships to look like in my mind. I didn't really succeed, but since I haven't seen a single picture or drawing of a rocket ship for the game, I thought it might be worth a shot to throw something together. Check 'em out, and be kind! On a side note, these are all a heads-down schematic looking at them just on the top, in case you can't tell.

This clunker is The Heart of the Galaxy. The crew of The Heart most closely-resembles the family relationships found in Firefly and Serenity. The crew has been together for a long time, and their ship's only got half its original parts due to years of service.

This funny little ship is The Fifth Gun. The Gun is the newest ship off the production lines and the first - and only of its kind. Command wanted to see if a pure warship was feasible, so they packed as much speed, armor, and firepower into the thing they that they could and still keep it small with only a three man crew.

The Red Son is the only non-tramp (tramps are universal ships designed to do it all) and is designed specifically to carry a teams of Martian Amazons and Commandos. The front is designed to ram ships, and the triangular points are motorized to tear into enemy ships and allow the Amazons and Commandos quick entry to board. The two side pods are the alternative forms of exiting the ship which quickly launches teams of Martians within atmosphere. It's hull has been built up with additional armor plating allowing The Son to enter extremely hot battlefields and deliver their payload of the deadliest troopers the Patrol has to offer.

Dream's End (which, for some reason insists on showing up upside down - not that it matters for this particular ship) is one of the most unusual designs in the Patrol. The four nacelle-looking things forming a square around the ship have rockets at both ends allowing The End to have a surprising amount of maneuverability for being essentially a big flying saucer. The design is one of the infamous Venusian scientist Doctor Burline's better working prototypes. Serving primarily as a mobile lab for the good Doctor, it carries the unproven Zeno Device which may just offer the small task force an opportunity to save the day.


  1. Interesting. Prototype models needed?

  2. Funny I just finished reading Cosmic Patrol and intend on entering the art contest. I was fishing around (Google>Images) for inspiration when I saw your sketches. I thought to myself, "looks like a gamer's work". When I saw the words Cosmic Patrol I had to laugh!

    Nice work for quick sketches.


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