In addition to working on the series heroes’ starship The Winnipeg and designing the villainous Thunderer for the 2020 SyFy show Vagrant Queen, I was also tasked with designing Xija Station, a major location in the pilot episode.
Vagrant Queen follows the adventures of exiled child queen Elida as she and her crew of scavengers pilot the Winnipeg (or ‘Winnie’, as she is affectionately known) across the galaxy on the run from the law.
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A moodboard I pulled together for Xija Station:
The first round of ‘proper’ concepts covered a wide range of ideas:
This was one of my early favourites:
The producers suggested that perhaps the station was built in a hollowed-out asteroid…
… or clinging like bracket fungi to an ancient rusted-out hulk of a derelict starship.
Eventually, though, a clear frontrunner emerged: