So, this blog is 11 years old. Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who stops by. I don’t know how I wound up with nearly 200 followers, but you’re all rock stars. And, even if you’re not a follower, you still rock. When I started this blog 11 years ago, I figured I was wasting my time and nobody would care, much less visit and like and comment on my posts. I certainly didn’t think I’d still be doing this in 2020.
Having said all of that, there’s a lot of stuff here. Too much, in fact. I’m running out of space for images. WordPress gives you 3GB free, and I was getting close to that. So, to that end, I’ve started getting rid of some older stuff. A lot of my older stuff just isn’t at all representative of my current work, and a lot of it just needs to go. I’ve deleted all of the posts from 2009 and 2010 already, and I’ve got more to do. I plan to get rid of all of my posts from when I used TrueSpace 3D. That was decent software that I used for over 10 years, but I switched to Lightwave in 2012 and I’ve never looked back. I’ve tried Blender off and on for about 10 years now, but I don’t like it as well as Lightwave. Now, my gallery I’m leaving alone and all of the images in it are being left alone. I accidentally deleted one, but I’m trying to preserve those as they represent some of my best work. I’ll also be getting rid of a lot of WIP posts, as none of that stuff really matters anymore. I’ll especially be getting rid of WIP posts for projects that I never finished and will never finish, even from more recent stuff. This includes my recent attempt to convert my Lightwave TOS Enterprise to Blender, since I’m back to using Lightwave. (I couldn’t find a Linux distribution that didn’t piss me off, so I went back to Windows 10, which only slightly pisses me off) I also got rid of that stupid “Image Rights” page. The older I get, the less shit like that matters to me. I figure, if you really need to take my images, remove the credits and then post them like they’re your own work, then you’re fucking pathetic. That’s all there is to say about that.
Other than that, it’s business as usual. I may change themes, I haven’t decided yet.
Some more work done. I’m pretty close to being done with the top of the saucer section. I just have some details to add to the structure below the bridge, the bridge itself and the impulse/fusion reactor area.
This is sort of a mini update. I got some feedback on the text over at Scifi-Meshes, so I tried out a suggestion and put the NCC-1701 text on the lower part of the saucer:
I wasn’t fond of how that looked, so I took that suggestion and some of the others and blended them together to make some changes and come up with something I like better:
Firstly, all of the text is smaller. The NCC-1701 text is slightly smaller, the USS Enterprise text is significantly smaller. I also changed the font from Airborne II to Airborne Pilot, because I wanted to. 😉 I moved the text closer to the edge of the ridge and moved my phasers from 33.3 degrees to 45 degrees, then re-spaced the text to easily fit between the phasers. I also moved the Enterprise text towards the edge and put it inside the arc of the NCC-1701 text. The other change I made had nothing to do with the text, but I moved the access panels more towards the center of the lower area of the saucer, because I like how that looks. It also helps make that area look less “empty.”
This is all I plan to do for now, as I have a headache and just want to play a game or something until it goes away. I would be installing a new drive for storing games into my PC, but Amazon decided they didn’t want to deliver it today. The whole reason I ordered the drive I did was because it was supposed to be delivered today, and I don’t work Saturday nights. So, to not get it today as planned is irritating, to say the least.
I’ve decided to do this model differently than I do a lot of my models. Usually, I do all of the grid lines first and then windows, because those are both tedious. However, I decided this time to just complete an area and then move on. So, I’m doing the saucer top first. I started with some RCS thrusters, phasers and access panels. I also added the upper registry and a couple other things. I’m trying to keep the details balanced between stuff I like from different sources, including the original Enterprise, the TMP refit and the Kelvin Timeline ships. I also plan to do some stuff that will (hopefully) be unique to me.
For the phasers, I decided to make them turrets, rather than just nubs with holes in them. I think this looks more realistic and less refined than the later era phasers. I could have cut the access panels into the hull, but there would have been little benefit as you won’t be able to tell in most renders. And, of course, the text won’t be visible most of the time either. **shrugs**
Another quick update. I started on the shield grid lines. As always, these aren’t difficult to do, just long and tedious.
I also have a start on the impulse engines. I added some vents to the top of the saucer, to the port and starboard of the impulse reactors. I figure those would be good should it be necessary to purge the deuterium tanks. Of course, if that happened, the ship would be stuck with only warp drive and thrusters, but one would assume it would be an emergency measure and not something you’d do under normal circumstances, much like a warp core ejection.
Just a quick update before I go to work. I’ve redone the whole bridge area. I wasn’t happy with the look I had previously, so I redid the bridge to one inspired by the Phase II model that was being built 42 years ago. I also redid the B deck structure beneath and added a swoopy spoony thing (technical term) that goes back to the impulse area.
So, it’s that time again, time to play around with the TOS Enterprise design. But, rather than just model the ship, (I have one of those) I’m doing a redesign. I’ve done this sort of thing before, but it’s been years and I don’t have those models anymore. Initially, this was going to be a ship in the Kelvin timeline, but as I was working on it, it became more my style than anything else. But, there are some Kelvin inspired bits, such as the saucer section. And, there will be more familiar bits that pop in as I go, since I’m drawing inspiration from a number of sources.
Anyway, everything is pretty preliminary so far, and is subject to change. The main bulk of the saucer, secondary hull and nacelles probably won’t get redone. And, I’ve done the warp pylons twice and am pretty happy with them, so they’re not likely to change. Everything else may get redone, though.
So, don’t ask me why it took me 41 years to get one of these:
For those who haven’t seen these before, Diamond Select Toys makes them. They’ve been making them for years, but the one I got has a 2019 copyright on it. As you can see in the second image, the smaller phaser 1 separates from the phaser 2 pistol, just like on the TV show. The phaser 1 houses most of the electronics. I think the phaser 2 has an LED in it, but that’s about it. When you pull the trigger on the phaser 2, a post goes up and presses the button the phaser 1, making it fire. It’s got, 5 settings: safe, stun, heavy stun, kill and disintegrate, (at least, that’s what I’m guessing they’re supposed to be) each associated by a different pitch sound. (except for safe, obviously) This also causes the light to blink faster or slower, with disintegrate being fastest, and so-on. The dial on the left of the phaser 1 makes the little aiming thingamajig pop up and the dial towards the back of the phaser 2 caused the phaser to overload. which is really cool. The switch towards the front of the phaser 2 swtiches the emitter LED on and off. You can also twist the silver ring around the emitter to make the light more or less intense. Size wise, this is supposedly smaller than the ones on the show, or so some YouTuber said. However, to me, it looks like it’s about the same size, just based on watching episodes where they hold the phasers. The rear of the phaser 2 on the show went just past Leonard Nimoy’s wrist, which is where the toy one goes to on me. So, if it’s smaller, it’s only slightly smaller. Build wise, it feels a little flimsy, but not too bad. Besides, I’m an adult and know how to take care of my stuff. 😉
So, not too bad for $40, with 1 day Amazon Prime shipping. My inner nerd is happy and that’s all that matters. 😀