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.


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.

I.S.S. Enterprise

I’ve always liked the Mirror Universe in Star Trek. In fact, Mirror, Mirror is my favorite original series episode. I like some of the follow-ups that have been done, especially in the comics and Diane Duane’s TNG novel, Dark Mirror. I don’t really care for what they did on DS9 with the universe, but I really like the 2-part Enterprise episode that takes place solely in the Mirror Universe. I know a lot of people in fandom have done stuff with it. I love the Star Trek Continues episode Fairest of Them All, which is a direct follow-up to Mirror, Mirror that is set entirely in the Mirror Universe.

One of my favorite Mirror Universe stories is the DC comics mini-series known as The Mirror Universe Saga. It’s set in the movie era and directly follows Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. In fact, in the comic storyline, Kirk and his crew stop an invasion of the Federation from the Terran Empire, which allows Kirk to avoid a court martial for his actions in ST3, keep his rank and get command of the U.S.S. Excelsior. Of course, none of that sits well with Cpt. Stiles, the current captain of the Excelsior. (from ST3) Anyway, it was a fantastic story line that was, of course, retconned after the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. That’s one thing I never liked about the DC story line, they kept up with the movies but also kept making comics between the movies. So, they had to recon most of their “in between” story lines due to conflicts with the movies, of which they did many of the comic adaptations. (Marvel did TMP and there was no ST2 adaptation, since nobody had a comic license at that time)

Anyway, a lot of people like to do the TOS version of the I.S.S. Enterprise. One thing I don’t like about CBS Digital is that they had the opportunity to add Terran Empire logos to their CGI model for that episode, but they never did. A lot of people who build their own I.S.S. Enterprise models do, though. Some even go as far as to add the wing-like yellow markings from the Ent episodes, but I don’t personally like that look on the Constitution-class. So, you see a lot of TOS versions of the ship, but not TMP versions. So, since I love that comics series, I decided to do a TMP version of the I.S.S. Enterprise by modifying my TMP Connie model.

Like CBS Digital would later do, DC didn’t really change the ship much for the comics. It basically looked like the “Prime Universe” version, but with “I.S.S.” instead of “U.S.S.” on its hull. Well, I don’t see it that way. So, I did a total color change of the ship with some new textures. For one thing, I think the pearl white and duck egg blue and other “soft” colors didn’t quite feel right for a militaristic Empire. So, instead, I went with a darker, more militaristic theme. I went with a light slate gray for the hull, with dark slate blue and midnight blue highlights. I also changed a lot of the glow colors to alternatives to what the Prime Universe has, just for fun. And, of course, I added Terran Empire emblems and markings to the ship.

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USS Starfire

I keep forgetting to post these. I did some work on my Constellation-class a while back. It was pretty “clean” before, so I decided to dirty it up some. I added a lot of weathering to the textures, to give the ship a more “used” look. Then I reduced the specular setting to give the ship less of a shiny look. I also redid the warp grills and added the blue glow and some falloff lights. And, just because I could, I gave it a different name and number. 😉



For some reason, I only did two renders of this. Maybe I’ll do some more later.

Admiral, it is the Enterprise…

So, it’s the Enterprise. No, the other one. 😛



This was built as a different ship for a project. It’s now no longer being used as that ship. (they’re killing me) However, that’s not to say it won’t make an appearance in something. It’s really up to me. If you think you know what it is, or you know what it is, knock yourself out as far as comments go, but I’ll not confirm or deny anything. 😛

As usual, I wasn’t going for total accuracy here. I’ve never built this model before and it was a royal pain in the butt, both modeling and texturing, so “close enough” was good enough. Besides, I never copy anything exactly. That’s not my style.

Endeavour Desktops

Here are a few desktop-sized renders of the Endeavour before I move on to something else and forget about it. (If you think I’m kidding about forgetting about it, sadly, I’m not) I didn’t feel like making planets, so I just used some NASA photos. They’re better than anything I can do anyway.

Up first is a redo of this image. I made it with my previous Endeavour model, which was just a kitbash.


Up next is something similar to this image.


And last is something a little bit different. For some reason, I like top-down orbital views of ships. I nearly leapt for joy at the beginning of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith when it opened with a top-down shot of some Venator-class Star Destroyers orbiting Coruscant. (fortunately, I remembered I was in a theater and didn’t literally leap for joy)


Enterprise Orbiting, Take Two

I love football. Just to be clear, that’s what we Americans call football (where you use your hands more than your feet) and not what the rest of the world calls football (where you actually do use your feet.) Thus, I was watching a game on TV earlier and I had my tablet out. I was looking at my green planet renders on there and I noticed that the underside of the Enterprise’s saucer looked too dark, much more so than on my desktop monitor. Now, I’ve known for a long time that I have a bright monitor, but it’s amazing how different it is than the tablet. Both are LCD screens, both made by Samsung and both are running on Nvidia graphics. So, I decided to alter the lighting slightly and render them again. This meant flipping and moving my 2D planet(s) slightly, but that’s not a big deal. I have those saved as GIMP .xcf files, which is a vector graphics file format. So, I made minor alterations and here they are. I’m happier with the lighting on the ship now. 😀



Random Stuff

Truth be told, I forgot about these until just now. I’m sure those of you who follow the Drex Files know that Doug mentioned a while back that there were some “interesting” things being done for the 2013 SOTL calendar. Doug will explain that at the appropriate time. I don’t know exactly what is going on with it, but I have a pretty good idea, but it’s not my place to say.

Anywho, these were some “samplers” I sent to Doug while he was looking for art for the calendar. Obviously, these aren’t stellar art pieces by any means, and they’re all similar. However, the idea was to maybe get a starting point for a more fancy piece to grow from. However, that ship has sailed, none of this shit made it in, I can’t say I’m too broken up over it. I’ll explain why I’ve adopted this particular attitude after Doug explains what’s happening with the 2013 calendar. In the meantime, I might as well post this crap, as it’s not doing anything but sitting on my hard drive.

The phaser beams aren’t that exceptional but, as I said, these weren’t intended to be finished pieces. I’m only posting them because I’ve got nothing else and because I literally just remembered about them. 😉