Fallout Archaeology: Robert Nesler's concept art (Van Buren)

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Tagaziel, May 24, 2012.

  1. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    It seems that even after several years, something new can be found Robert Nesler, former art director of Interplay Productions, has made available three pieces of concept art directly linked to Fallout 3 (Van Buren).

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    Spotted by veryblackraven, who also obtained the following explanation about the concept art from Robert Nesler himself:<blockquote>I developed these concepts with Chris Avellone sometime in 2001 or 2002--very early in F3 development. So the ideas may not fit the later design and story. But if I remember correctly:
    The Fallout Female was simply a concept for a generic female vault dweller with some science/tech skills that you may have encountered or played. I made her more shapely because I felt that the female body of the previous Fallout games was unattractive.

    The Hoover Dam concept existed before Chris had written much about it, so I was allowed to come up with a town that had been built on top of and down the face of the dam. I don't believe this idea found it's way into the final documents. I think my scale was a little off, as well.

    The Shuttle was idea that Chris had that was intended to support the notion of an orbital space station that survived and had recent inhabitants (I suspect this became the "Ballistic Orbital Missile Base") I used design cues from a B29 blended with a more current space shuttle, as well as some excessive rocket engine placements to develop the notion of a 50's era space shuttle. This is a very rough and unfinished concept.</blockquote>We thank you, dark man-bird man.
  2. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    I LURVE the shuttle concept art.
  3. Beelzebud

    Beelzebud A Smooth-Skin

    Mar 6, 2008
    That first one looks like a logically planned out Megaton.
  4. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Looks like a first draft of the Hoover Dam city. It feels a little bit too alien to me, especially compared to the map layout from the released design document.
  5. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    I hadn't even realized this art was from Van Buren when I first saw it. I don't like the Vault Girl one, but the Hoover Dam and Shuttle pieces are good. And yeah, the first one definitely gives a Megaton vibe, and also reminds me of the recent Krater.
  6. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
    Isn't a bit dangerous to build a city on a damaged dam? :S
  7. Alvarez

    Alvarez It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 5, 2009
    Isn't it also dangerous to build a city around a unexploded atom bomb?

    AFAIK i remember, in developer documents of Van Buren was an option to blow it up with a dynamite, while the guards will go and try to defuse it with own lives.
  8. AelpirT

    AelpirT First time out of the vault

    Feb 24, 2012
    Isn't it dangerous to build a city in a floodplain that's below sea level...?

    I think I can forgive a city on a dam (or even around an active nuke) in a game world.
  9. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
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    Apr 24, 2005
    You could place explosives, but it would kill you too and the game ends.
  10. veryblackraven

    veryblackraven The Vault overseer

    Jan 11, 2011
  11. PainlessDocM

    PainlessDocM Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 5, 2010

    Hello new desktop background.

  12. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Level 27 Wizard Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    I always enjoy stuff like this. Saved to hard drive.
  13. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    Looking good. Well done, Tagaziel/veryblackraven
  14. dev

    dev Still Mildly Glowing

    Sep 25, 2004
  15. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Btw, he's an art director at Obsidian now. He was previously at inXile.
  16. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I like that Hoover Dam town concept, Maybe it's because I love the idea of a settlement that expands vertically.
  17. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    Dat ship. :V
  18. K.C. Cool

    K.C. Cool It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 4, 2005
    Fuck, I LOVE that spaceship. The perspective on the dam is a little wonky, but feels a lot like Megaton like others have said.
  19. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    Hoover Dam sketch looks awesome.
  20. Muro

    Muro First time out of the vault

    Nov 26, 2008
    I like how the Vault jumpsuit on the girl is a reasonable compromise between the spandex tight suits of the older Fallouts and the baggy versions from the newer ones.