Just for shiggles, I decided to load my old D7 into Lightwave 2018 to see how it looks. It’s OK, but it needs some work. Or I may even rebuild it after I complete the Enterprise and the Romulan ship that I have planned next.
Work continues on the ship. I added the three cylindrical dudes that go behind the navigational deflector. Neither those nor the deflector itself will be getting changes from the canon model. I also added grid lines to the nacelles. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to add any there, but then I realized that the nacelles would stand out if they didn’t have lines. Besides, it helps add some visual appeal to what are basically long tubes without going gung ho and adding a bunch of stuff that doesn’t need to be there.
Anyway, I did some renders to see how it all looks, and because it was time to get something to eat anyway.
It’s interesting how you can look at pictures of something you’ve studied at length and notice new things. For example, I never noticed until a while ago that the round windows on the Enterprise are smaller than the rectangular ones. Obviously, they’re not as long because they’re circles, but they’re not even as tall.
Anywho, work continues on the ship. Grid lines, windows, grills, and other assorted doodads.
Just a quick update, plus I wanted to do some full renders to look at some of the materials, particularly the bussard collector domes. I finished up the main part of the nacelle end caps. People who know the ship will note that I broke from canon here. Don’t worry, there will be other canon breaks because I’m not building the canon ship. I’m also obviously not completely changing the design. I also added some more details to the nacelles, including pendants, which I also did on the secondary hull. It’s necessary to get all these details in there so that I can plot out where the grid lines will go. (yes, you read that correctly) And, I played around with some colors. I don’t remember which kit it was, but I remember one of the Enterprise model kits wanting you to paint the ship gull gray, so that’s what I went with. This will be the base color for the hull of the ship. I did a darker shade for some of the stuff, American Flag red for the pendants and amber for the little boomerang things. The bussard collectors are a color called outrageous orange. And, of course, aluminum for the gill looking things on the nacelles and copper for the deflector housing inside.
I know the subject of Star Trek fan films has been a sore one lately. I find that a lot of people don’t seem to understand what happened, and think CBS is to blame for what went down with Star Trek: Axanar. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Alec Peters, the dude who was running Axanar, was breaking every rule of Star Trek fan films. He was intentionally trying to make money off of Axanar, which was a no-go with fan films from day one. He was giving unlicensed merchandise for donations, essentially selling stuff to make money to do his film. That’s another no-go. He did some other things, including ignore several cease and desist letters from CBS, forcing CBS to sue him. His defense was that there weren’t clear rules for fan films, as CBS mainly ignored fan films so long as they stayed within a few small guidelines, such as not making money and so on. So, in response to his stupidity, CBS wrote a list of official guidelines for fan films. Thus, Alec Peters is to blame for the state of things, not CBS. Though, people still blame CBS.
Anyway, on a random search for “Star Trek” during my bus ride home from work yesterday, I stumbled upon Avalon Universe. Link
This is a group based in Georgia that’s making Star Trek fan films within CBS’s guidelines. Theyr’e not the best scripted, they don’t have the best acting, their uniforms are mostly JJ Trek style, because one of CBS’s guidelines is that, if you buy uniforms, you have to buy officially licensed ones. So, it looks like they bought theirs from the official Star Trek store. Their special effects are quite nice. But, what matters most is that they get the essence of Star Trek. This crew exemplifies what fan films are all about: fans making films. It’s not about making money, it’s not about one upping CBS else by making professional quality content that’s more popular than theirs, it’s about making Star Trek for fans by fans. That’s they way it should be.
Anyway, here’s their first episode. It’s a two parter, to keep within CBS’s guidelines for length:
They released another episode last week, and you can view it by clicking on their YouTube link above. As I said, it’s got its share of issues, but it’s got the heart of Star Trek, and that’s what it’s all about.
Happy New Year, everyone! 😀
Well, 2018 is behind us. I’ve heard/seen some people say it was a bad year. I’m glad nobody told me, because I thought it was a pretty decent year. I don’t frequently talk about my work, but I work at Walmart. I’ve been there since the beginning of October 2015, so just about 3 years, 3 months. For over 2 years, I was a truck unloader and then a supervisor over the unload team. I worked 2 PM to 11 PM, or 14:00 to 23:00, for those who use the 24-hour clock. Truly awful hours. Well, back in February, I stepped down from being a supervisor and went to 3rd shift, working from 10 PM to 7 AM, or 22:00 to 07:00. This move allowed me to work hours I’ve wanted to work since I started there, as I’m a night owl and I love being up all night. I also got to get away from that unloading job, which was extremely physically demanding. Plus, I was supervising a lot of lazy people. Not all of them, but probably about 2/3 of the team I was supervising didn’t seem to care about getting stuff done. Also, several were resentful that I’d been promoted, so I got some blow back from them. Stepping down was one of the best decisions I’ve made since I started with that company, as I’m working better hours, have a hell of a lot less stress, and am working with a lot of people that I like. Also, at the time I decided to step down, they were about to send me somewhere else for training related to my supervisor position. I’d been saving money at that time for the transportation to and from, which I had to pay for (I don’t have a car) and they were going to reimburse me for that. I’d already gone for some training back in December 2017, and it was a giant pain in the ass. So, since I was stepping down, I no longer needed to go to that training, so I had some extra money.
At that time, I went to Microsoft’s website at that time to see about maybe buying some games for my XBOX 360, and saw they were having a deal with free games if you bought an XBOX One from the Microsoft store, so I did that. That was a great deal, and I love that console. I’ve made some other good video game purchases over the year too. One of my favorites was the Hyperkin Retron 77. That’s a clone console that plays Atari 2600 games in glorious HD. I was able to snag one off of Ebay a while back, and I also started up a new collection of Atari cartridges. I grew up with Atari, and I love Atari, so this is great. I’d purchased other recent clone consoles from Hyperkin, so I knew what to expect quality wise. I find they’re very well built and work great. I also got some HD cables for my Playstation 2, so now I can play Playstation and Playstation 2 games in HD, and I’ve been working on collecting more of those games to play, along with working on some of my cartridge collections, such as the Sega Genesis. And, finally on the gaming front, I was able to get a Super NES Classic after they hype died down because we had one in stock at work. I also was able to get a NES Classic, which I couldn’t buy back in 2016 because they were never on the shelf long enough for me to be able to get one. I was looking at electronics one day, it turned out to be the day after those were reissued back in the Summer, so I was able to buy one. 🙂
As for other hobbies, the lightsabers have been going well. I’ve gotten some hilts I’ve wanted for quite some time, as well as some newer releases from Ultrasabers and Sabeforge. I’ve also been collecting more movies and TV series, another great side effect of working at Walmart. I also buy some of that stuff on Amazon, depending on who has better prices. I picked up the first two Captain America movies this morning before leaving work, because Amazon has them for significantly more than Walmart. Another hobby of mine is reading, I love books. I love novels, nonfiction books (on certain subjects) and comics. I went to a giant used book clearance sale back in August and got a bunch of practically brand new paperback novels for 50¢, and Amazon was having a huge comic sale in the Kindle store at the end of the year, so I stocked up on DC and even some Marvel graphic novels. It was a good end to the year.
So, that’s my take on 2018. It was a good year overall. There were some bad things that happened in the world, for sure. But, there are every single year. Until people stop hating each other and learn to live together, there will always be bad things that happen. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future can’t come soon enough. But, I try not to focus on the negative, especially on things that I can’t possibly change, and instead focus on the good things in my life. I hope 2019 is as good for me as 2018 was, and I wish everyone a happy New Year and hope 2019 is good for everyone reading this as well.
So, I all of a sudden got in the mood to do CGI earlier tonight. I decided to do a ship from the Starfleet Museum, the Paris class.
At first, I was just going to do a ship based on the design, so it’s currently called “Pre TOS 02” on my computer, but it’s going to be the Paris class, or at least my version of it. I’m taking a lot of liberties with not only the design but also with what’s done on Star Trek ships. I want to be a Starfleet ship, but I also want it to be unique to me.
Anyway, this is what I have so far:
Anyway, it’s a start.
So, when you start a serious saber hobby, obviously you need to keep it fresh. Or, at least that’s the excuse I use to keep buying this stuff. 😛
So, I ordered an Archon 2.1 hilt from Ultrasabers recently. It’s a really nice Luke Skyalker/Ben Kenobi inspired saber. I’m doing some mods to it, like adding a Graflex clamp to it to make it look more like the ones from the movies:
Anyway, that’s a work in progress.
So, I ordered that saber unassembled. When you do that, Ultrasabers sends you the stuff in a box. I got all the parts for a stunt, but I wanted a saber with sound. So, later, I ordered a Nano Biscotte V4 from The custom Saber shop, intent on building the Archon with that setup. Then they went and released a new Nano setup, with a power extender (for RGB installs) and a battery/speaker holder installed. So, I switched tracks to wanting that for the Archon. That left me with some parts laying around. I had hilts already, so I built two sabers:
Those were both a lot of fun to do, even with the issues I had with the Xiphos. (it happens) To me, this stuff is more fun right now than CGI. It’s hands on and I’m left with some cool stuff to play with when I’m done. Without a 3D printer, there’s nothing physical to be had from CGI. Plus, I took an electrical course in high school in 1994, I might as well put some of the skills from that floating credit to good use. 😉