Exploring 2

I decided the ship was too dark. So, I went in and changed some material settings. I made the hull a lighter color, though I also increased the reflectivity of it and tweaked a few other settings. Then I increased the light strength and re-rendered the ship. I think this looks a lot better.

Exploring

So, I had this idea to do this image all in one night. Build a ship, make a planet and background and render an image. It went pretty well. The ship took a few hours to do. It’s not necessarily that exciting, but it serves its purpose. The planet took longer than expected. I haven’t made a planet in ages, so it took some time to work some stuff out. Then it took a few hours to render. Anyway, everything was made and rendered in Lightwave 2018. I did some post work in GIMP. but everything else is 100% Lightwave.

USS Sunstreaker WIP, Part 04

It’s not much, but I’ve been playing with a possible way of adding text to the ship using the heat shrink tool in Lightwave. I’ve never used this tool before, but I like it. I may or may not go this route for the final text, but this at least gives me a look at the placement of the text and a visual guide for where it’s going to be when I want to add other details. The only minor drawback to this method is that it “floats” slightly over the hull and casts a shadow, but that’s an easily fixed issue. Other methods include simply texturing it or actually stenciling it onto the hull. Anyway, I did some renders to see how it looks, so I might as well share them.

USS Sunstreaker WIP, Part 02

I got the basics of the bridge module in. It’s similar to ones I’ve done in the past. It channels some Enterprise refit, Excelsior and Voyager love. This also gives the ship a spine.

And, speaking of spines, mine is requesting that I take a break from working on this and watch the latest episode of Picard, and maybe play some Doom 64 on the XBOX One. OK, my spine isn’t really requesting Picard or Doom, but that’s what’s about to happen. 😉

USS Sunstreaker WIP, Part 01

So, I decided to do a new Star Trek ship. It’s totally from the depths of my brain, but I’m of course taking some inspiration from existing designs. The general idea is for it to fit in with the late TNG-era. The general idea an expansion of what was mentioned in more than one episode, which is that the Federation started building more warships with the Borg and Dominion threat. (not to mention that little skirmish with the Klingons) So, this ship is a frigate, which is, by definition, a fast and maneuverable warship. Apart from spending time on the front lines of conflicts, the ship would be very useful for defense, patrolling the Federation borders or defending outposts such as Federation planets and starbases. It’s on the small side, only 200m long, but it’s designed for maximum speed and maneuverability for a ship of its size. It has sparse crew accommodations and little in the way of science capabilities. Instead, most of its power systems are optimized for engines, weapons and defensive systems. The ship isn’t designed to be on its own for more than a few months at a time. Instead, it will usually be attached to a fleet, planet or base.

Anyway, this is what I have so far:

I have the main elements mostly put in, with only the bridge module still to add. Then it’s down to detail work.

The Siege Has Begun

I got a cool backdrop in the mail the other day, so I decided to shoot some pictures of my Siege: War for Cybertron collection. And, I made a slideshow:

My Siege collection is nearly complete. Just a couple more figures to get. Then I’m waiting for the next part of the War for Cybertron Trilogy in 2020, which is called Earthrise. I’ve seen some reviews and the stuff coming up looks great, so I’m excited for it.

Still More Transformers

So, this is where my Transformers Generations collection currently sits, or at least most of them. I have a few that aren’t on this display, but they don’t fit the theme. Most of these are from the Siege line, but some are from Combiner Wars, Power of the Primes and Titans Return. I got the bookcase from my parents, as it was in their basement not being used and it makes a great display. I still have a shelf I can use before I have to expand again.


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More Transformers

Yes, this is a thing now. That’s also why the blog is called my Hobby Den now, as opposed to my old name “Starship Factory.”

So, this is how my War for Cybertron collection is shaping up. First, the Autobots:

Now, the Decepticons:


(yes, there are two Megatrons)

So far, collecting Transformers again after years upon years of not doing so has been fun. What really drew me to this line is the really G1 looking robot modes. And, mostly, the vehicle modes are pretty close too. The Decepticon jets are based on the original Cybertron configurations seen in “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1,” which is greatly appreciated. Red Alert looks like a Cybertronian Lamborghini, as he should. Ratchet also has a nice minivan vibe to him, and Mirage looks a Cybertronian Formula 1 car. Hound looks like a military vehicle, as he always has, and Prowl, Barricade and Bluestreak resemble Cybertronian Datsuns. Laserbeak and Ravage look more or less like cassettes. Megatron’s alt mode looks like a tank, but that’s been a thing since GI Joe VS Transformers, which came out just before the launch of G2. Cobra modified him to resemble a tank. The green and gray Megatron is an unreleased G2 color scheme. Refraktor (formerly Reflector) looks like a spaceship, which is just OK. But, when I get two more, I can make the camera that is accurate for his G1 alt mode. Soundwave is a space ship, rather than a tape recorder. He’s just OK in his alt mode, to be honest. There’s an official alt mode where he’s a lamp post from one scene in “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1” and a fan mod that will make him into a more or less tape deck shape. But, I don’t bother with either of those and usually just leave him in robot mode.

As far as buying them, I’ve gotten some good deals on some, less so on others. Bluestreak I paid too much for. He’s a Walmart exclusive, but we never had him in stock. So, I paid an eBay scalper for him. Then we got a huge display in for the holidays, complete with lots off Bluestreak figures. 🙄 I also had an issue with mine, his crotch piece kept coming off. I didn’t have that issue with Prowl or Barricade, which are the same design. So, I carefully super glued his crotch back together. Ratchet was a similar story as far as price. He’s a Walgreens exclusive. I paid eBay prices only to find out I could have just ordered him from the Walgreens website. But, most of the rest I paid retail or less for. Some I got at Walmart, where I get my employee discount. Others I got at Walmart’s website because they were cheaper than in store prices, plus I got my discount. Some were from Amazon as they were cheaper there. And, that G2 colored Megatron was a steal on eBay, so I bought him there.

So, that’s it for now. I’m having lots of fun with the Transformers. I have more on the way. 😀

I Was Bored….

I don’t really care if anyone else who visits here likes Transformers, I love them. 😀 I’ve been collecting them lately, having a blast doing it too. Here’s some fun I was having with just a couple of my bots from the War for Cybertron: Siege line.

Also, I’ve determined that my iPhone 6S takes way better pictures than my Moto G6. The comparison is shocking. That same photo taken with the G6 was too bright and washed out, plus just generally worse quality. So, even though I have the sim card in the Moto G6 and use it as my daily phone, it’s nice to know that the old iPhone can still serve a purpose.