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Bayern by Arcas-Art Bayern by Arcas-Art
The Bayern was a research starship from the RPG "Traveller: 2300" (later renamed "2300 A.D."). This image was created for a piece about the ship published in GDW's Challenge magazine, circa '87. Though I wasn't consciously thinking of it at the time, my stylized starfield has since reminded me of van Gogh's "Starry Night" [link] each time I've revisited it.

Pen Ink on i-board.
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:iconvendomarrion:
I agree with all these posts...seeing your art reminds me of the golden age of college gaming in the late 80's!

I am trying to re-live some of that fun with a new campaign, and am going to go into insane detail on the Bayern. In my campaign I always called the ship Orion (The great Hunter was always pursuing the 7 sisters; it seemed appropriate) and the computer Atlas (father of the mythological Pleiades).

With your permission first (I am just doing this for some fun with my old friends, nothing commercial), I would like to scale this great picture to design the ship decks. I know there is a great image of the vessel as if it was a blueprint from Polarstern Architekten, but that vessel is no where near to scale; entirely to large when reverse engineered from the data given in cannon.

Would you have an image of the drawing without the star field? That would enable written details with pointer lines to be easily seen. Thank you.

I wish I had the capital to ask Laurent Esmiol to render this in 3d.

Thanks again Arcas-Art for all your great work!
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Arcas-Art Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Please, feel free to use this drawing as a jumping off point for your own inspiration! I'm delighted that my work can still inspire some fun SF game play even decades after I drew it!!! :squee:
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riftroamer Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my. I want model this vessel. Not good. I'd never make it to the 2300AD Calendar deadline if I'd try. ;)
Great work as usual...
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Arcas-Art Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, there's a lot to model here. Not a good choice for a limited deadline ;)
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:iconghostbirdofprey:
I'm not familiar with traveler, but this has a different sort of look to most spaceships I have seen; seems to sit somewhere between space opera and NASA goes to other planets.
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Arcas-Art Feb 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good to hear - that's just the balance of looks I was shooting for!! :D
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:icondimsdale00:
Never realized this was yours!!!! I have always thought The Bayern and its module were fantastic. I used them over and over again in various settings. The star map was soooo cool too. I would honestly say that they are easily the most worn and used RPG modules I own:)
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Arcas-Art Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, COOL! The module was written by [link] - you knew that, yes?
It's always flattering and rewarding to find out the products we made were so well used!!!! :D
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:iconbpolitte:
That brings back good memories :)
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Arcas-Art Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Happy to be your nostalgia fix!
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