Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TNS Foreven News (Historical Archive)  225-0930
   Iazplrabr (0720 Foreven) continues to suffer under the effects of the disease known locally as dranzhtlas (the sun death).  The colony here, established by the Zhodani corporation ladria Vlovl to support shipping to Obledliej (0422 Foreven), first reported this disease five months ago.  Dranzhtlas manifests as photodermatitis, making victims extremely sensitive to UV radiation, with chills, fever, nausea, and rapid darkening of exposed skin.  Prolonged exposure can lead to death.  The causes of this disease are unknown, but thought to possibly be a reaction with something in the atmosphere.  ladria Vlovl representatives assure the public that a team of experts have been called in, and are expected to arrive within the next month.

As I add more to the Bastards of Foreven, I'll be posting more Traveller News Service snippets as I go.  They'll either be current news (roughly 1105 Imperial) or historical notes from before that period.  These will be cross posted to my Patreon activity feed and my DSL Ironworks facebook page.  Created modules will be posted to the Patreon activity feed as soon as they are completed, and will be released as products down the road a bit.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Just finished up the Chatl-class (pics, deckplans, stats, and writeup) and posted it to my Patreon account.  Should come out in the next book, but patrons supporting me on Patreon can get it NOW.  You can find my Patreon page here - http://www.patreon.com/dslironworks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Patreon page is up!

Greetings, friends, Travellers, and gamers!

I want to take a moment to let you know I have set up an account on Patreon, where you can support me as I detail the Bastards of Foreven setting and get yourself some great gaming material and other rewards in the process.  For those of you who might not know about Patreon, it's a new way to crowd-fund content creators, sort of like Kickstarter with a couple of twists.  Rather than fund one specific project for a defined period, Patreon allows you to support your favorite artists over the long term.  It's simple to use, customizable to your budget, and allows you to get material on an ongoing basis.  Here's how it works.

1. Head over to my Patreon page here: http://www.patreon.com/dslironworks.  Check out my goals and the various reward tiers.  If one catches your eye, then ...
2. Click on "Become a Patron".  Create an account with the information requested.
3. If you'd like a sample of what kind of content I'll be releasing, click on the "Activity" tab above the Bastards of Foreven logo.  There will be a couple of articles posted there.  The first is a "TNS Foreven" update, detailing an event similar to the old Traveller News Service for the Foreven Sector.  The other is a sample of the content I'll be releasing (typically 3-5 per month), in this case the Vendian Sky class yacht.

As a patron, when I finish a module (which can include a subsector, planet, ship, vehicle, location, organization, NPC, alien, animal, or adventure), it will be posted in the Patreon feed for you to download immediately - no waiting for me to release another product!  In addition, TNS updates and flavor text will be released in the activity feed, even if you're not a patron.  You can get in on this for $1.00 per month, for 3-5 releases.  Higher support levels add rewards - chat sessions on Google Hangout, copies of the finished PDF release when it's done, discounts on printed products, and even copies of the 3d meshes I use to create the Bastards of Foreven!

Thank you so much for supporting me in this endeavor!  I can't wait to start showing you around!  Coming soon for my patrons - the Zhodani Chatl-class Leader Scout ship, the PDF map of the Foreven sector (24"x36", with interactive layers), similar 8.5"x11" maps and details for each of the 16 subsectors, and more.

Thanks again!

Donavan Lambertus

The Zhodani are coming - Chatl-class Scout Leader

Dug into a new ship yesterday, and it came together faster than I thought it would.  Modeled in one day, textured today.  All that remains are some minor detail work and texture tweaks.  More to come - I'm in a Zho groove.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


...And sometimes, you manage to get dug in, get a good flow going, and actually make some progress.  Still lots of little detail work to do, but definitely coming along quicker than I thought.  I'm also going to sit down and play with some different materials and rendering styles to see if I can shake out something new.  More to come!

Time filler - A Beowulf of my own.

I've been doing ship models for quite a while now, and have generally steered away from the 'classic' ships, mostly because I have designs of my own I want to get done.  Decided last night I would take a crack at a Beowulf, and it seems to be coming along nicely.  I'm also still tinkering with the Tiaflfiet model, but I haven't had a chance to sit down and just dig on it yet.  Lot's of other irons in the fire (one of which will be coming up very shortly).  So this is, for the moment, my "15 minutes to doodle' model while between other things.  More WIP shots to come.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fired up the software and started playing with ideas for my calendar picture.  Rough block workup of one idea.  Anybody recognize it?  Yes, I'm just blocking it out with the deckplans to see how screwed up they are.  And yes, there are issues aplenty - the picture and the deckplans barely agree at all, so some liberties are going to have to be taken.  Especially with the boat dock under the neck.