Grand Space Opera 3D Entry: Stephan Theunissen


Thx arturro,

I think it was 3:30 am when I realized the same problem about the moon glow and it took another 10 min. until I realized that I already backed the stars with this bloody glow. Looks
like I got to go one step back :frowning: I also think I will do a little update on the meteor layer lightning. It looks to dark when I turn on the pc and the time it takes before my monitor is on full light power it is almost not there. Nice test on the lightning of once image.

But man really thx for your support. I need it like the air to breeze :slight_smile:


Thanks to all your comments and hints on my image… I reworked the nebula in the background and added another background planet (which I will still tweak a bit)


In a galaxy some time ago but not that far away…

there was a little solar system called “Neville”. It was a quiet little place in this galaxy until
how should it be the “Raiders” stoped by. This epic space adventure takes place between
those two species.

The “Nevillians” a very defensive and peaceful race. They colonized the planets, domiciled
their solar system and made use of their resources without disturbing their natural balance.
The Nevillians do have a great understanding and knowledgement of their environment and
therefore they are able to influence their surrounding to a certain amount.

The Raiders on the other side are a very aggressive and violent race. They travel through
space and occur like a plague. Their whole behavior is chicken-hearted so they started to build weapons capable of steering themselfs.

This war now goes on for a long time, probably several hundred years. The look of the weapons used in those battles transformed over time into some bizarre appearance. The
“Raiders” for example follow up this tactic:

They send a first wave of very destructive M.G.R.P.U.s (Meteor Grabing Robotic Propulsion Units). Thos little fellows basicly consist of a large engine with some additional elements like a CPU, some tentacles for grabing meteors, sensors and atennas for navigation. Once started they fly through space picking up mid sized meteors and deliver their deadly load to a programmed aim. Normally two or three of those M.G.R.P.U.s are enough to get rid
of every creature formerly inhabited the planet. But those M.G.R.P.U.s are not that expensive so the "Raiders" normally launch a whole union of them just to insure themself that nothing will be left which will be able to hold a weapon. The second step than would be to exploit whats left over.

The “Nevillians” regonized the situation and came up with their own answer. Being able to
influence their environment they grew artificial mountains on their home planet and outposts.
They even let them grew through the atmospheres. The next thing to do is to create some
kind of genetic enhanced creature to serve as a early-warning system. The so called
“watchpoints” climb up the mountains and watch out for attackers.

Scene description:

We are in the middle of an attack by the “Raiders”. The first attack wave just started to
approach the “Nevillian” outpost.This is not the home planet and therefore this is the reason
why you don`t see any planetary structures like cities or so. It is also the reason why there
is just one lonelier “watchpoint” sitting in this scene… economy measures!

The two M.G.R.P.U.s in the foreground nearly collided with each other due to a navigation failure in the CPU of the left M.G.R.P.U.. This is a very common failure because travelling a long time through space always causes some damage to the material. But our M.G.R.P.U.s
are lucky they where programmed with some brainpower so they managed to avoid ending up
in a big atmospheric firework.

So now that I build up a whole Galaxy via story and illustration I think there is still enough
potential left here for more CG Contests taking place in the future…

at the end I want to thank all those who supported me with their comments & critiques and
whish all of you to get this contest to a good end… it was real big fun taking place and may
everyone be a winner in here.

Some new friends I found through this challange:

arturro, ereitz, Virtuoso, monsitj, Lelantos, Kragh, ||)|V||^|, yunisirees, adel3d, Divaise,
Gunilla, patina,, Darkone2652, M477, Saschi0815, d-tox, melkao, taavi,
gwhite206, Denman, Eagle_e7, glim, vrhead, Roadrunner4D, JPCohet, mickman…


Hi stephan…Turned out very nice…You have some fine art here,and the efforts have certanly payed off…Well done and all and all a great finish…:buttrock: :arteest:

I also wanted to mention that it’s been a great pleasure in meeting you here,And I sure hope our paths cross again in the future…someday who knows we can work on some extra fun project together…it’s a very small World these days…All the best to you,good luck,and once again a very nice final picture…:cool: :arteest:


Hi there my friend! grea tto see you did it! I like your last additions and final result:) you can calmly wait for the voting! rest and save power for the next challenge:)


Your final turned out really nice! Congrats and see you in next challenge! :thumbsup:


Congratulations! :slight_smile: And Good luck in Voting! :slight_smile:


Hey Stephan, this final image looks the business! Good luck :thumbsup:


splendid final piece, congratulations. best of luck to you:thumbsup:


Hi Stephan, …very creative, interesting and beautifull world youve created. The story is original and credible. And those "watchpoints" and Raiders M.G.R.P.U.s are so cool and nice donne.
As a matter of fact, the entire scene is an eye catching one.
Congratulations Stephan!! :applause: :applause:
And Good Luck in the judging round!! :thumbsup:


Sorry to not had followed your thred (there was so many) but you have my vote for the originality of your idea :thumbsup:


Dude…that story is GRReat !! :bounce: The pic is cool, too.
It’s a nasty idea those cheap , planet destroying , meteor grabbing droids…shudder
that cloud cover looks sweet , the whole pic does :thumbsup:


Excellent! U got my vote :slight_smile: :applause:


Thx guys for your comments,

I really am looking forward to see you all in the next contest in march… I`m so excited what the next theme will be…


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