Category Archives: Starships

SOTL Competition 2016: Entry #1

Along with the winning entry, I also entered a few others – here was the first:

uss_carolina_mark_kingsnorth_50The background was the start of some nebula-like experiments I’ve been doing using Blender’s volumetrics and noise textures, which I’ll post about later.  Here’s a taster of one of the latest effects:

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Ships of the Line 2016: Winning Entry

sotl.2016.insigniaI thought it safe to wait until it was announced elsewhere, but I’m happy to report my entry for the Ships of the Line design contest last year made the winning list for the 2016 calendar.

Along with my winning entry, I also entered some others; I’ll start posting those on the website soon.

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Dedication Class Starship mesh available for download

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally zipped up the mesh and textures for Chris Madden’s Dedication Class. You’ll find it in the Downloads section.

I’m afraid it is only available in 3DS Max 2014 format, as I ran into all sorts of issues converting it into a more exportable .obj format. If anyone has more luck, let me know and I’ll put it up for download.

The mesh is given out with the permission of Chris, so please credit him with the design and me with the mesh if you use it! I’m always interested to hear when others make use of the meshes I put up for download, so let me know if you do.

Once more, apologies to the number of people who contact me with requests where I never have chance to reply. Unfortunately, the work on this blog ends up being a hobby that I have very little time spare to devote to. I have now put up an FAQ that answers some common enquiries.

I have been busy toying with certain effects, however – the above image actually has a 3D panoramic nebula background that was mainly produced with Blender. I am continually chasing a Mutara Nebula type effect in CGI. I have been mainly toying with Blender’s volumetric capability to try various effects…but nothing good yet. The above image doesn’t use volumetrics but does make use of Blender’s impressive node texturing system.

Anyhow, here is a brief slideshow of some development shots of the Dedication Class (it may take a while to load):

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Dedication Class completion

Dedication Class in 3D - final render

After a good deal of time away, I have finally found the chance to put the Dedication Class 3D model to bed. Above is the first proper render, just to make sure the model reflected the concept art. I plan on doing some more original renders soon. I’ll also post the model up for download.

Thank you for all the great comments and emails I’ve had that I haven’t had time to respond to. I hope to rectify this in the coming weeks.

I get many requests for permission to use my models and art for fan sites or related work. I never get chance to respond to all of you. As a general rule, you are all very welcome to use my work as long as my name is mentioned somewhere nearby.

Anyway, back to work…

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Developing Chris Madden’s Enterprise F Concept

Apologies for my absence – as you can see by my previous post I have been happily busy with some news my wife and I had :)

I have also been busy in the background with the development of Chris Madden’s “Dedication class” Enterprise F concept (pictured above) for the Star Trek: Online competition which was held a while back.  I have been posting on the scifi-meshes forum here:

http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/showthread.php?77955-Chris-Madden-s-Dedication-Class

The amount of time I can devote to this is a little sporadic, but I would encourage you to check back there for updates.  I also haven’t forgotten about the fact that the Eaves Class still needs finishing off.

I’ll continue to post anything worthwhile up here.

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Starships for download

I’ve added some other starship models for download tonight – the Hawking and Ascension Class starships. The Ascension is probably most famous for being the main ship of Star Trek: Phoenix, but now you can make it your own!

All are either in 3DS Max 2010 or .Obj format.  I’ve also added a better .obj version of the Insignia Class mesh.

Let me know if you have any problems with them….

Hawking Class Starship.zip (3D Studio Max 2010)
Hawking Class Starship Obj.zip (.obj format)

Ascension Class Starship.zip (3D Studio Max 2010)
Ascension Class Starship Obj.zip (.obj format)

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Insignia Class Master Systems Display

Alexander Richardson has done an amazing job rendering my Insignia Class as a LCARs system display. I supplied him some high resolution profile views of my 3D mesh which he worked from. He was generous enough to give me first sight of the 10000×4039 pixel masterpiece here.

There are lots of little nuggets in the detail. It seems that the Weyland Yutani corporation had a hand in the construction. Not sure how I feel about that… 😉

Alex’s blog, which includes lots of other displays from Star Trek and beyond, is here.

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Remote Control Starships

I’ve been extremely busy lately with work, and haven’t had much time to devote to personal projects lately. In the meantime, here is a great video sent to me by Omar El Reyes. He’s made a remote control model of my Insignia Class starship! I would love to see her in action.

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Eaves class, with further improvements

After last week’s comments I’ve added some improvements to the mesh, namely:

  • Better hull detailing
  • Thrusters!
  • Thickened the phaser strips – they were there all along but I had made them a little too thin for people to recognise easily.
  • Redone the bussard collectors so you can see “inside” them.
  • Added some detailing around the deflector, although I haven’t added to the deflector as I simply liked the effect.
  • Added bridge detailing.

Thoughts?

P.S. The “Falcon” namesake is – what else? – a Star Wars reference

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Eaves Class, pretty much done…

Some renders of the finished* ship:A rough shot of saucer seperation

What do people think?

* Things like this are never finished…

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