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TTA: KT-01x Beetle by IgnusDei TTA: KT-01x Beetle by IgnusDei
Contract illustration for the new Terran Trade Authority books by Morrigan Press.

This is the "Beetle", an experimental dropship develloped a while before the latter part of Alliance-Proxima War, when it was obvious that the Proximan ground forces would need a much more mobile form of transport than the reliable but slow and outdated KT-00 "Kangaroo". The Beetle featured a spatial distortion field-based sublight propulsion system. It provided acceleration comparable to a heavy fighter as well as 26.54 percent more maneuverability than any other ship of its class. To top it all off, the system completely negated the need for propellant, making it dependent solely on the ship's powerplant. Many agree that this was one of the most advanced craft of its time.

Only 15 Beetles were produced when the Terran-Alphan forces reached the proxima system, and they were made available only to elite troops. Because of their capabilities, the Beetles were prioritized by the allied forces as class A targets and as such none survived the war. The technology behind their propulstion system was effectively gone, and it would take decades before it would reappear again.
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Osakan-One Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Probably one of the most original fighter-like designs I've ever seen. This has a really intense Syd Mead vibe.
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jack07 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
awesome work


nice too see them painted again and not cg like the newer ones
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IgnusDei Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
yeah, they went with the CG all the way, and pretty much left my paintings unused. :/
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jack07 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
yeah i know

i mean sure its decent quality cg but.... it just doesnt seem to be in the TTA spirit almost
the paintings are the way to go really

sort of sad that they did that
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vijil Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Have I told you how stupid it is that the book wasn't released with any of your art? That 3D stuff was utter tripe. Morrigan Press clearly lack artistic taste.
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vijil Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Someone we know should buy the rights.
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IgnusDei Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
haha, yeah, and i was really pissed when they unveiled the cover for the rpg book. none of us 2d artists were consulted for its design (the reason being time and budgetary constraints) and the end result was a mess of purple.
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Yuki117 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Very fluid/organic design, +fav for sure!
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Andirilien Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Photographer
i really like this one , normaly on a draw or a movie i like the ship but just in some parts , or some element of the design that i dont like . In your work i like all of the parts of that ship ehehehe nice work man
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kurisama Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I had seen this pic AGES ago! Never knew the artist or where i found it! But here we are - and now i can tell you how much i love this pic! I love the design of the craft and the speed of the pic! Awesome work man!
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