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Gemana – new Battlefleet Gothic artwork, more fluff

New week, new artwork and the next passage of the background fluff translated. Todays artwork features some Asteroids and Spaceships. In detail a Lunar-Class cruiser in the foreground and several Dominator class cruisers closer towards Thabun and it’s moon.

1.1.1 Thabun
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Thabun is the cradle of power and very centre of the technocratic dominion. The night skies are illuminated by the glow of the inner plants of the system, which are spheres of molten matter close to the dark twin stars. The planet is very rich on resources, though barren and therefore everything but perfect for human life. Almost the entire food production needed to be imported before the subterranean forcing-houses, each in size of a macropole, got constructed. Since then, population grew to almost 14 billion inhabitants, working, living and dying for the subject of Technocracy. Except for a very few macropolitan peaks, cutting through the harsh and hostile surface of the planets crust, the entire human civilization on Thabun is subterranean.

Around eighty percent of the planet consist of usually rare metals. The remaining twenty percent consist of soil and stone. Material for high technology is therefore everything but rare. In fact they are more waste and side product of continuing urbanization processes. The latter are focussed towards the planets centre. The entire population lives in titanic vault cities, linked between each other in labyrinthian manner.

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GEMANA – BACKGROUND FLUFF TRANSLATED PT. 2

Today I made my first steps into digital art. To try out some blending techniques etc. I decided to create a space scenery out of scratch, in order to avoid photos of foreign sources on my blog in the future. Long story short: After multiple crashes I managed to get to this result, showing how I imagine Bauhaus X would look like, right in front of the Gate of Gemana, guarding the passage to the cradle worlds of Technocracy.

Once I get a bit better, I might add some BFG ships etc. to bring the photo slightly more alive. Here follows the next part of my background fluff:

Bauhaus X

The origins of human colonisation on Bauhaus X date back multiple hundreds of hundreds of years ago, when mankind claimed it’s rightful place in a vast and wild galaxy to rule and succeed for the next millennia. After the Empire was restored and the traitor legions fled into the Eye of Terror, Adeptus Mechanicus and imperial administration found their way back to Gemana. When the warp storms slowly approached, multiple expeditions were sent from Bauhaus X into the eye of the storm, to maintain reign over the cradle worlds. Non of the expeditions ever returned.Years later, the regime of what now is called Technocracy of Thabun, returned out of the Warp storms and took over government on Bauhaus, initiating a phase of heavy fortification. In public the new administration claimed defense of the horrors beyond the Gate of Gemana as reason for the construction of immense military defenses. After decades, official contact to the systems discontinued. Gemana was forgotten for hundreds of years and the Technocracy flourished in prosperity. Seven hundred years after the last contact with the Imperium, a young Inquisitor revealed historical documents about the System and initiates an expedition into the very hart of Gemana. Unfortunately, his journey stopped nearby the orbital bays of Bauhaus X, where his flagship exploded due to malfunction of the main engines – at least this is what the official reports say. The high lords of the Ordo Hereticus received a last transmission, just seconds before the ship blew up in flames. Yet time was given to transfer important data and visual feeds of massive shipyards and orbital defenses surrounding the planet. Never the less, the inquisitors should have been more concerned about what was hiding in the warp storms beyond the Gate of Gemana and it’s eternal guardian.

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Gemana – background fluff translated pt. 1

Hey guys,

the first part of my background fluff translation is done. I am going to add illustrations and more parts in close future. For now, the first part of the background setting for all of my GW-based tabletop games.

“1.1 The System of Gemana

The system contains multiple Planetoids, moons and plenty of asteroid fields. All habitable planets were long since colonized by Technocracy in the early days of conquest. Thabun is the first of those three planets. It’s surface is highly hostile, though it’s surface is almost exclusively made out of usually rare metals, making mining activity almost obsolete. Furthermore it is the cradle of power of the high command of Thabun and bears the highest population, multiple star ports. Grounded in the deepest levels of it’s macropols, the tall towers reach into orbit, connecting with the huge star ports, allowing massive fleets to connect directly with urbanized hubs, making docking actions and cargo transport highly efficient. Sarin is the second habitable planet with a flourishing eco system, making it the technocratic  breadbasket. The last of the three planets is Soman. Lacking rare resources and with everything but optimal environmental parameters, it’s purpose is delivering a vast military playground for weapon development and training facilities.

Being a binary system, the centre of Gemana is formed by a duo of black stars. Adepts of Technocracy commonly believe, to find the reason for warp anomalies in interaction of the two black gods circling around each other for eons. Created by powers beyond understanding of man, time flows faster than usual, merging matter and time into a fast changing anomaly. A galactic standard year equals approximately eighty years inside the anomaly. Last but not least the anomaly is one of the most important sources of power, allowing massive compensation for otherwise relatively small manufacturing capacities.

Aside of habitable planets there are also three planetoids, actually nothing more but glowing metal spheres circling close to the black suns through the vast coldness of space. Aside of the red-purple glow of the warp anomalies around the system, those three glowing spheres are the only sources of light, painting the skies over technocratic cradle worlds in a dark glowing red. Based on asymmetrical orbits, years on each of the planets inside the system may vary massively year by year.

Beyond the three habitable main worlds, a sphere of asteroids surround the whole system alike a soldiers cuirass and marks the border between real space and the surrounding warp storms. The asteroid sphere delivers further resources and plenty of space for star bases and defense batteries against invading fleets. Additionally, hidden from human sight, a web way gate is hidden inside the asteroid sphere, which allowed Cabal of the bleeding sun in M38. to invade the system.

The only safe way for space travel is called the Gate of Gemana, a small passage, connecting the cradle worlds with the so called gatekeeper world of Bauhaus X, home of the fleet supreme command and heavily fortified, as is the whole gate itself. “