2 new renders with my new machine, the first background is by Ali Ries and the second is by GrehamTG
This design based on Ian Kennedy artwork is now finished, meaning I not going any further with it, I could but that’s always the problem with CGI, you always feel you can do more or need too.
First up is my finished renders, I will share specs later and I will update this thread, I have far to many threads for the same projects on this blog.
I am moving on to another design from another DC Thomson Starblazer comic, issue 103 ROBOTS OF DEATH Cover Artist: Keith Robson but its the internal art where the designs are found credited to Carlos Pino.
Of course I am taking a few liberties with the design going from the drawn to 3D,and I am not sure about the aft stabilizer but in the comic they do land on the surface.
A little information about this design and the characters that inhabit it.
Starhawk originated in The Crunch comic published by Scotland’s D.C. Thompson in the city of Dundee before transferring to another comic title better to known to my generation as Hotspur, and later appeared in Starblazer, Victor, Spike and (as ‘Young Starhawk’) Buddy, as well as three Hotspur annuals.
Sol Rynn, alias Starhawk, was a roving lawman who brought justice to the scattered worlds of the slowly disintegrating Terran Empire in the 26th century AD, along with his trusty robot sidekick, Droid. They rode in a ship called the Space Rider ^ and answered SOS calls sent out using special SOS cards of Rynn’s own design, how those cards get around I don’t know if it was ever explained.
I read the Space Rider was design by Ian Kennedy who did many of DC Thomson titles.
As with all my designs now, I tweak the design, setting scale and having a little modelling fun, and I have given up modelling Star Trek designs for the foreseeable future
Time to dust off my Robert McCall inspried CGI model and rendered a few scenes, first two features a concept art by NASA JPL Caltech Tim Pyle for Kepler16, I love it so I had to make use of it again, fits the McCall design far better, and also Ringed planet art by Graham Gazzard aka GrahamTG on deviantart.
My final work on Blakes Liberator and Federation Civil Administration Prison Ship London, I think so anyway.
The final scales I think works based on my own scale testing, not only using images from each episode of the ship, but also based on set and character situations, by no means definitive but a workable guide, I got a lot of help with Simon Atkinson recent restoration of the original model who also built it for the show.
The background image is by artist Tim Pyle, who creates many awesome images depicting NASA/JPL/Caltech discovery’s or conjectures
Ending of 2015
Nearing the end of this build before I can texture, which due to time constraints and impending days of big meals over the holiday period I am going to leave that until the new year, if Christmas is something you celebrate I say Happy Christmas, of not, Happy Holidays, or just “don’t work to hard”.
I hope that those of you who make repeat visits to my corner of the web, I thank you, and I hope to see your visits continue in 2016.
I do have a large number of projects to do in the new year ahead, some involving Star Trek as it is its the series 50th anniversary, a return to the original Enterprise, perhaps even a tutorial but in video.. but not a 100% sure, time being a factor.
I also have planed a few more original designs in line with the work I am doing at present, I hope there is more interest in Sci-fi/fantasy beyond our beloved Star Trek and Star Wars.. there has to be,, yes ?
My latest project based on a Robert McCall painting (Robert McCall who did many paintings for NASA and thus inspired me to do this, also my attempt to do a design not based on Star Trek, Star Wars or anything else from the wide world of TV Sci-fi, this is fun as I have something of a free hand.
While I have worked out a scale to suit myself, I have no idea what Mr McCall had in mind so, here is my scale so far using a deck height of 9 ft.
Its only a model
I have being working a little more on the London’s internal layout, and for the most part I think I have it more or less worked out to my satisfaction, the only area that I cannot match up to the screen shots is the Airlock, it look like this section is placed on the wrong side of the London, where the London Airlock is on the Port-side
Commander Leylan enters the Airlock section, I am assuming he is entering from the forward section which places the hatch on the Starboard side of the ship, where as the model has it placed on the Port-side aft.. so I am using creative licence and making this change.
None the less for viewers who have never seen Blake’s 7 this means absolutely nothing 🙂 perhaps its over thinking on my half but given that Star Trek and other shows get a lot of attention, this is refreshing and open area to explore. Its not a big deal, viewers back in the day did not look this closely at TV shows, its a more recent interest I think sparked of by Star Trek technical manuals and the desire to know how things work. but only my opinion
Its all a matter of Scale
Recently I have returned to an old design favourite, the Liberator DSV or Deep Space Vessel design from the classic BBC TV series Blake’s 7 from 1978. There is, like most TV shows that features space-ships designs, there is a question of scale.
The early guess work and fan imaginations was that the Liberator would be between 300 meters or 1000 meters long, I liked it at the lower end more around 300 meters.
So I set the scale of the Liberator too 300 meters first and was happy with the result, (ignore the windows scale on the Liberator, they were added by me in an attempt to update the look of the design) but as someone pointed out, the Prison-Ship London should be taken into account.
How big is the London, well after a time a friend had converted Cyberia23 Model of the Civil Administration ship London by Cyberia23 to Lightwave3d and seeing what I was doing, sent me the file too help, saving me the trouble of converting it myself.
This is the results I got, it is much larger than I expected. but its is conjecture and could be off by quite a lot.
Currently I am rebuilding the Liberator, a welcome break after the Nautilus, London Mesh build credit to Cyberia23