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Bad news, captain. by lancea Bad news, captain. by lancea
Is it just me, or do the mechanics on every single starship in cinema history say the exact same lines?

"No, we can't accelerate to lightspeed, sir, the Hyperspaceplaxoric turbines are damaged!", "No can do, chief, the superquantumdrive took a beating, the entire ship can explode!", or "Commander, the reactor suffered during the last attack, we can't shift to ubermadeupspeed!", etc. Come on, a little diversity here, they can't all be reusing spare Scotty lines from the old startrek series (you know, the one with Shatner).

And anyways, even though the Hyper-super-whatever-speed simply cannot be initiated, because the Nano-fusion-fuck-me-engine is completely and utterly devastated, at the very last second before the ship's destruction the mechanic curses, hits something with a wrench, the reactor starts up and they escape safely.

I'm watching Farscape earlier today, and they have the exact conversation:

Crichton: "Blah, blah, blah, Pilot, we must starjump!"

Pilot: "We cannot. The ship has informed me that blah, blah, blah"

Crichton: "Blah, blah, either we starjump now, or we're toast, so blah, blah with the blah, blah and blah blah us up!"

Pilot: "The blah, blah cannot endure another blah, blah, blah"

Aeryn: "I've got an idea, we must blah, blah, blah with the blah, blah"

Tall, red guy who's name I can't spell: "We don't have time for your childish peacekeeper blah, blah, blah, this makes me uncharacteristically angry and I feel the need to hit something" *hits something, ship starts working*

Crichton: "Blah, blah, humorous comment, blah, blah" *they escape*

And even though I don't watch Andromeda nor Galactica, I've bumped into the same situations on both.

Sort of makes you believe the only abilities really required to repair virtually every type of spaceship are stubbornness, a foul mouth and the occasional wrench, doesn't it.

(seriously now, are you still reading this? XD)

Anyways. This was in part inspired by [link] although, despite best efforts, I didn't really manage to give the twilek a more rotund figure, as was intended. Years of watching borderline anorexic superheroines seems to have permanently affected my style. Something to work on, I suppose.

Alright, enough already.

peace
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Smuggler007 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
lets see: twi'lek. check. good-looking. check. smart. check. nice outfit. check. Ok shes now part of the smuggler ship Albatross as engineer. (part of a story im working on).
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toxic222 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I think she is really got her attention on to the problem:). Hey by the way may I us her for my story? All I need is her name(make it up if you need to).;)
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peterdevos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
i reallylove it
and your nano fusion fuck me engine as well lol
i laughed my ass off
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korblborp Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
is homage, i beleive.. also, a reference to the fact that hitting things actually seems to work a lot of the time..
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It reminds me a party of Star Wars, the hyperdrive was done! :D
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I realize I'm late to this party but hopefully it would help if I told you I created a mechanic character for a Star Wars RPG that wouldn't do the usual lines.

Captain: We need to jump to lightspeed.
My character: Can't do it.
Captain: Why not? We're in trouble here.
My character: Because you broke the ship is why, gimme a minute and stop rockin the boat.

Yeah, that's the kind of things he'd say. ;)
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Lithaladhwen Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Ha! Love it!
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Mythical-Mommy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008   General Artist
This is such a wonderful idea. Usually when I see a female Twi'lek she's in an action or sexy pose. I love that you've displayed this one differently. She's still great on the eyes and sexy, but you've made her more "human."
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lancea Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Oh, agreed.

I mean, how many twilek dancers can there be? Logically, for every ten entertainers/escorts/strippers/whatever there has to be at least a few of them with occupations that don't have nudity in them, right? :D

Gracias,
peace
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starrypawz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. It's really well drawn, and it's well set up.
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SilSolo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I agree. the setup's very original indeed
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mMathab Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Very original set-up
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Dkelabirath Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes, I loved that image of Aurora's as well. Although it didn't strike me as Toreador I certainly found it beautiful.

I'm glad she inspired you and I have to say the result is definitely a good thing. As for the rotundity of your character, the legs are probably spot-on so no problems there. The arms and neck however still seem fairly thin and so make the figure appear to be slimmer as a whole.

The lighting is also very effective, I think, especially on her leg where the wire creates a nice shadow. Perhaps her left calf is a little too well-lit, but then again I may be being picky.
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grife, the quality of the details is stunning. Looks like a lot of care and attention went into the whole thing. Great work! :D
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Thank you, sir :salute:

peace
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Lovelock Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
I like it how the lights in this one make whole pic more "alive". There are some details that can attract one's eyes.

And yes, the 3D feel of it all is also very strong.
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Gracias; the 3d feel people mention wasn't really intentional, it just... happened, as I was working. And yeah, the lights did wonders.

peace
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panelgutter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Youve lit this very well.The character has a nice 3 dimensional look.
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Adi-Ilythiiri Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Artist
I have always had a slight disagreement with your female profiles, more particularily with the noses, who seem a bit too unpronounced, but this is the only thing that detracts from the picture.
Let's see; It does contain grid floors, dark space, bad lighting, goggles, twi'lek, female mechanic, wrench, cables.

For this to be perfect it actually only needs some pipes and a rather large addition of rust.
Otherwise you've managed to pinpoint a particular variant of my female-mechanic-fetish.
The one that doesn't include short hair.
Great piece.
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Thanks, although - unpronounced noses? Really?

I've never noticed, though only now, writing this, do I realize I don't pay much attention to noses in general, so this may be a perceptual (assuming "perceptual" is a real word) thing. I mean, sure, if someone came up to me with a pinokio piece on their face, I'd *probably* notice. But usually, as long as the proportions are correct... meh, you see where I'm going with this.

And mechanics. Yeah. There is something about the concept.

peace
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Adi-Ilythiiri Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional Artist
Ah, but noses are... so.... delicious!
Ah, to each and every one his own I guess.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lol! yeah it's true!! it's like all the sci-fi shows are done by the same skrip writer or something...
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Damn, maybe that really *is* just one writer? :]

peace
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
or he clone alot of himself.
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robokop Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Oh - fajna Twilunia - dość niespotykany kolor. Ale ktośby mógł pomyśleć, że w "tych" czasach, używa się nieco bardziej zaawansowanych narzędzi! ;) :D :thumbsup:
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
It's the "Emergency Hit-something-wrench" :]

peace
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robokop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Haha - no jeśli tak - to OKAY! :D
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quotidia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adore the 3D elements and depth here, you did really, really well. I especially love her lekku.
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Gracias, they (the lekku) felt a tad bare at first, but then I ended up liking them jut with the goggles.

peace
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
"jut with the goggles" ...sigh. I'd like to buy a consonant, Pat, cuz there's an "S" missing there.
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mistressjera Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Wow, amazing. I love the way you color things, you are my idol, hehe. The lighting is really awesome and I particularly love your attention to detail, that background must have taken forever!

And I think the Twi'lek is quite non-anorexic, with the possible exception of her arms which seem to lack a bit of muscle definition. But you can clearly see that her legs, bottom, and stomach are much more what a 'normal' woman would have. Of course, normal is a relative term, but you get what I mean =P
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Good to hear about the proportions, and the arms, yeah, were intended. Perhaps I've overshaded them a little.

And yes, the background did take forever - I was eight years old when I started it :] Seriously though, it did pretty much rob me of my sunday (as in "whuh, what do you mean it's evening already? I've just bloody begun this shi...).

Gracias,
peace
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Eruantien-Fett Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
I dunno, I've recently gone through all of the Galactica episodes out there, and whenever they 'hit something and it starts working', it always costs them a bit more in the end. Not one of those 'get away free' cards. Andromeda moreso...the show kind of revolves around that.


But nicely done, nonetheless.
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lancea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
To be fair, I don't think I've ever watched an episode of Galactica in it's entirety, so my impression may be skewed, questionable or plain wrong.

peace
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