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Aliah Creator
Aliah

Pretty, wish we could have more color or galaxy in the backgrounds, but having good planet eye-candy helps cover that up, at least.

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Unikraken
Unikraken

Apparently color in backgrounds cause us trouble. lol

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Drenghul
Drenghul

That is Mars. There isn't lots of color in the Space surrounding our solar system. The best they could do is put the Milky Way band.

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itsthepopei
itsthepopei

the light coming from a planet would occlude the milky way this is actually more accurate than you think. now if you were to look away from the planet you would see the milky way.

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880Zero Author
880Zero

I don't think the statement was about accuracy but more about wanting more color than just black in the backgrounds ala Homeworld 2 style.

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Aliah Creator
Aliah

Nail on the head.
And if you can see the Milky Way on a clear night just on the planet's surface, you can see it in space, especially when you aren't staring directly at the planet.
Besides, color helps outline and frame the ships and combat, and gives you a better view of what's going on.
Anyway, all my opinion anymore.

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itsthepopei
itsthepopei

think about being in a city at night the light pollution from the city out shines the milky way. In orbit the reflected light from a planet will always out shine the extra solar light sources. its basic optics.

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Nathanius
Nathanius

Nice texture hunting ;-)

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880Zero Author
880Zero

The only problem was that I had to resize from 1024x512 to 2048x1024 and it has a small bit of artifact problems. Is barely noticeable, though. :)

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randomdancing
randomdancing

terraformed hardcore

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880Zero Author
880Zero

500 years in the future you'd think so. :P

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Komrade-Buchino
Komrade-Buchino

Damn, I love tis bit of lore, home of the Halcyon class cruiser.

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Hakazu
Hakazu

One word needed: Nice.

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VWV
VWV

Marathon looks amazing!

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spartan-G257 Creator
spartan-G257

One thing I would do is have the two "moons" become one and then add more mass to it.

The reason I am saying this is the fact that otherwise mars would have wildly fluctuating seasons ranging from extreme heat to extreme cold, meaning it would be unable to hold the caps meaning it would not be able to support life even. When teraformed.

It is a problem for the idea of terraforming and colonising mars today which I would have thought that the unsc would have come up for a solution to at that point in time

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itsthepopei
itsthepopei

that's not entirely accurate mars's axial tilt is fairly stable and has a procession that is actually longer than earths by several thousand earth years. The lack of a strong magnetosphere are the real problems for colonization.

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spartan-G257 Creator
spartan-G257

Really I thought there was also (i note that what you have said is correct) a problem with the axial tilt and how it would affect the colonisation of mars but ok.

I do know that our moon does have some extremely helpful affects on our ecosystem though

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880Zero Author
880Zero

Combining the two moons would probably break them apart, not to mention one's orbit is slowly decaying into Mars' atmosphere.

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spartan-G257 Creator
spartan-G257

True considering when those rocks formed they were pretty much molten.
As for the decay it should be possible to put it onto a stable orbit after a couple of hundred years and we know that mars was colonised long before slipspace technology so that could have been corrected but hey just an idea that I know see was a bad one.
Any other ways to form a good axial tilt among other things without a large object (1 or more)

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spartan-G257 Creator
spartan-G257

Looked it up once again I get the wrong planet (d*** it) I was thinking of Venus not mars again d*** it Sorry about that
I really should research these sort of things before hand.

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zombie-yellow
zombie-yellow

Are planets solid (or non-solid?) objects in the scenery or are just part of the background texture ?

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880Zero Author
880Zero

The object is very much a solid sphere.

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A Home Fleet detachment composed of a single Marathon-class Heavy Cruiser and a flank of Paris-class frigates and Longsword interceptors patrols Mars orbit.

The idea of having a Mars map (my favorite planet btw) has always been an aspiration of mine.

In Halo lore, despite comics depicting it as still being red and dusty, it is actually green and blue just like Earth. Mars is also home to the Reyes-McLees shipyards, where the Halcyon was engineered and built. Mars is also home to two natural satellites: Phobos and Deimos. Whether the moons or the station will be on the map is still up in the air. I just threw this together today while I was working on maps.

Planet surface texture credit goes to some google search. Everything else is pretty much B5 standard planet stuff.

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