More shots of the Icarus Mining Vessel


With Christmas and the New Year, I haven’t had much time to work on the model of the Icarus. Here are some images of the latest version with more detail added and improved textures. To be honest, it needs someone with decent experience in 3D modelling and rendering to finish off the models, add those fine details and render up some photo-realistic shots that would really show it off to maximum effect, but I just don’t have time to learn those skills too.

Some sneak preview shots of the Icarus

Followers of my blog will know that I am currently writing the first draft of Astronomicon: Icarus. As much of the action takes place on board a mining vessel from which the book takes its name, I decided to model the ship as an aid to writing, and to maintain the best possible consistency for the many scenes on that vessel.


It’s a small, asteroid mining vessel with a strong hull, exterior armour and a very high level of manoeuvrability. With a crew of anything up to ten, living in cramped conditions, it is able to fly from Callisto Orbital station and spend a couple of weeks mining the asteroid clouds found in Jupiter’s orbit.


It’s fairly early days for the model – a lot of detail is missing, but the photos I’ve included below should give you a pretty good idea of where the design is heading.