NORMAN CONQUEST 2066
From the painting by Chris Foss
Cover for the 1977 Corgi paperback by JT McIntosh. One of my first favourite Foss ships. I always loved it's shark-like features; round nose, gaping 'mouth' and fins. The trademark black and yellow stripes and awkward angular shapes are classic Foss.
Photo of replica pasted over a cropped section of the original painting.
Custom made Letraset rub down transfers were used for the hundreds of black and white markings.
Left: Chris Foss original. Right: Betelgeuse replica.
Chris has seen the ship in its pre-weathered state and was very enthusiastic about the results.
Mounted on its display base.
The ship is 42cm long and 25cm high, not including stand.
I had to interpret the domed bridge section and top deck myself as they are not visible in the original.
Chris provided some comments towards the end of the build which helped with some details.
I worked on the assumption the craft is the size of a cargo ship, and weathered it accordingly.
Sepia washes and oil stain weathering paints were streaked in line with rain staining.
There are no visible panel lines over the surface of the original, and almost no detail apart from the hundreds of tiny black squares and markings. In a way this increases the scale of the ship.
The engines were guessed at, and it looks in the painting like either one large exhaust or a cluster.
I opted for both – a main centre engine and three smaller ones.
A bit of fun in Photoshop. Yellow machines against blue skies and seas are another Foss theme.
There are more Foss replicas on the horizon, and possibly some collaborations too.