While searching for a solar sail texture, to make the sail on my spaceship look more technological, I found this blog by an artist doing something similar. He has come up with a beautiful concept. His sails are much more robust, and his spaceship more ‘hard science’ but quite similar in a lot of ways.
I went looking for a sail texture because the sails were looking a little smooth. A quick way to take the smoothness out is to add an image in the texture slot for the solar sail material. I found this circular graph paper sort of thing at this fascinating looking website. And it fit the bill perfectly. The site’s called TeXample.net, and it is dedicated to the wonderful world of TeX and friends.
I figured that projecting it onto the sail would add some detail and, like I said, it worked perfectly, though I had to distort it quite a bit, mostly by turning the size of the projection way down. (Or up. I’m not sure which, but the cuts in the surface got denser.)
Next on the agenda is to create some cables, so it looks like the spaceship is actually attached to the sail. These ones below are way too thick.
When it’s complete, the new spaceship will be the star of the latest spaceship supplement from Starbright, like this one at RPGDriveThru.