I’ve desperately been digging through my sketches in order to find a few presentable ones to show you. The down side with the strip is that I cannot of afford to spend hours making full colour and detailed renderings of concepts, environments and other world building elements. I think I’ve said this before but I thought I’d give it to you plain and square.
I wanted to give a bit more insight into the design of the truck the Nameless Robot is driving. To compensate for the lack of elaborate renderings, I’ve made a second process video with two sketches that depict the electric motors and batteries layout as well as what the truck likes when it isn’t hooked up to a trailer.
Let’s focus on the truck itself first. The two large wheels are static and turning is achieved by having them operating at different speeds, or sometimes, in the case of tight manoeuvring, driving in opposite direction. When not pulling a trailer, two smaller independently powered wheels fold out from under the body to provide support to the vehicle and allow it to be driven without the support of a cargo unit. Although the front wheels are equipped with gyroscopic technology, the sheer weight of the truck would prove too straining without the support of the – often nicknamed – trainer wheels. The vehicle can also adopt a more aerodynamically prone stance when operated in 4-wheel mode.
As you can see, the trailer unit is also equipped with a power train and a large battery unit. P57-Exodus being a dry planet with strong winds, the engineers added a wind turbine on the roof to provide additional charging power to the cargo unit as well as to the truck that is pulling it. The higher portion of the trailer’s body is covered with a synthetic material that absorbs heat from the sun and converts it to electrical power. It operates in the same way as solar panels do, but can be moulded into any shape and colour.
Despite packing a lot of tech, the OWoCarVeC (Off World Cargo Vehicle Company) DustStar 9000 still requires to be operated by either a properly trained driver or a properly programmed automated sentient unit.
Different subject: remember the Mindstones short story collaboration I did with Marooned’s Tom Dell’Aringa? I just got my copy of Marooned from Tom’s Kickstarter last week. I also got the extra book ‘Spare Parts’ which contains all the Marooned guest comics and collaborations that were made over the last 5 years. It’s very humbling for me to see my work in print alongside the works of lots of very talented artists. Here’s a photo: