Concept Design: Ranger Part 1
This is the Pathfinder and it has been built for a project I was working on with Dan Baran or Fretslayer who sadly passed away some time ago so this project is for sometime going to stay on the shelf, but I will share the designs we where working on over a year and a half period.
The story we where working on was a mix of 2 concepts, first was mine, called Lightspeed as a working title and Dan’s was called Legacy and both stories would have tied in together to make a greater and more complex story.
Below are the images of the concept design of the ship called the Pathfinder and the bridge
My original plan for the design
Early bridge concept layout, looking forward
Early bridge concept layout
Bridge side stations
Looking forward with steps to help fill the set
working out the forward section
Not there yet
getting closer again
Looking to a corridor beyond the bridge
Where to go next
Amazing I forgot to post my completed model of the Nautilus here (minus textures). I hope you like the result.
Inspired by Jules Verne and the vision of Harper Goff
Working on the hull plates and a basic texture look.. which will need more work.
Next will be the nuts and bolts
A change of direction in the colour scheme.
With the Hull Plates closed over the Lounge window with the sliding hatches slid back to reveal the lounge porthole.
Side view with characters there to help illustrate the scale, if your wondering why some guys looking like they are taking it easy, They represent the location of the dingy that can if my memory serves hold a dozen crew.
Some new images, the hull plating is modelled and I will look at textures soon.I retained the Disney Nautilus look around the helm control area. I just did not want to use a box shape that’s implied in the book.
I have also added the lounge windows with sliding panels that move to the side to reveal.
Some new images, slightly longer than 70 meters as I planed to model and wider. almost ready to detail the model. I am happy with the progress of the design and perhaps even Jules Verne would think it OK
Its been a while since I posted anything of interest, my interests have diverted from Star Trek and modern Sci-fi to the older era, The Jules Verne stories in particular, specifically in this case 20000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Nautilus, as a child I first discovered the story in Disney´s excellent and entertaining film in the 1954 film of the same name.
If you have not seen or read it, I highly recommend it.
Mobilis in mobili is the motto used to describe the Nautilus by Captain Nemo (or Prince Dakkar) as he reveals himself to be in a follow-up book by Jules Verne called “The Mysterious Island”.
Its described as been 70 meter long and 8 meters wide and I am been building the model to that scale or as close as I can get….. no height is given so I have a free had there…. The Nautilus is also meant to have Hydroplanes to the side somewhere to rise and lower the sub as needed like modern subs.
It’s hard to move away from the fantastic design used in the Disney film, designed by Harper Goff who was inspired by the Shark and Crocodile for his approach and very Victorian in feel, I think it works very, very well.
Non the less, This is my design so far. where my only real Harper Goff ref is the curved spar used to ram any ships, serving the need to protect the control room from directly hitting the bottom of a ship’s keel. I also built a small platform which i slightly curved and in the centre of that a small boat position. my problem is making a simple cylinder interesting ….. not that easy …..
Millennium Falcon Concept
Had minor PC trouble the a few days ago and my modelling time was greatly reduce, and I had to restart this model from scratch.
I have used his other early falcon images to help me add features to this design, the most notable is the rear landing gear
I have scale this access corridor from the main hull to the cockpit to around 8 & half feet tall. so Chewbacca, should have some head room.
Here is a 6ft crewman in the image to help with the scale.
I think this is working a little better now.
Ralph McQuarrie Star War Millennium Falcon
Apart from building Ralph McQuarrie Galactica concept design I also having a go at building the Falcon.
Ralph McQuarrie Falcon
Based on this image.
No Copyright infringement is intended by displaying Ralph McQuarrie work here or any copyright material owned by Lucas Film.
This is for me a celebration of Mr McQuarrie´s work and contribution and vision for Star Wars.
This is close to the design we all love, but I do have a few problems with it, the cockpit area,,,, I think its to small and how do they access it, I looked at other images Mr McQuarrie created for George Lucas and Star Wars and found a few possible solutions.
This is my progress so far with the falcon, you can see I have added a narrow octagon shape going from the cockpit to the main hull.
This I built in a few hours and I have scaled it to around 112 ft long or 34 + meters, I sourced that information from starwars.wikia.com if you like to check it any other data about the ship`or riddles as one fan called it years ago.
Not sure how far I will go or how long this will take with my other projects queuing up demanding to be done.
The thing I like about this design is that its not going to be too heavy detail wise, or for 3d modellers it will be low poly and that means faster renders or animations.