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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    This is an idea I've been playing around with for the past few hours. Obviously, there's much to do, but it's a start. I'm designing as I go, so some bits have gone the way of the delete button and had to be rebuilt.

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    Basically, it's a post TNG-era frigate. My original idea was an escort, like the Defiant is, but with more of this type of design. However, I decided to make it a bit bigger (it's still not large by TNG standards) and make it a frigate, as a frigate can have more uses than simply escorting stuff. But, a frigate is still, by definition, a warship. My idea is that this is a defensive ship. It could be assigned to a fleet, a starbase or even a planet for defense. It could potentially perform other assignments, but only in a limited capacity. Most of the ship's resources will be used for the engines, defensive systems and weapons. It's not likely to have much in the way of science labs. Obviously, it could collect scan data and take that back to a starbase for analysis, but it couldn't do the analysis itself. In fact, it can't do much of anything on its own for any length of time, but it's not designed to be on its own. If it were in a situation like what happened with Voyager, it would fare about as well as the Equinox did. My theory is that with the Dominon War, the constant Borg threat and the collapse of the Romulan Star Empire, the call for ships with more firepower would be higher than in the relatively peaceful days of TNG.
    BrandenbergFreakLizzy777
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    Cool. That looks very promising indeed.
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    And I've already changed something. Upon looking at it, I wasn't fond of how I'd done the upper saucer. One of the disadvantages to designing is a you go is that you think it looks OK, until you get a better look at it. Anyway, it's a small change but I like how it flows better.

    Old:

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    New:

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    Sometimes less complex is better. ;)
    ashleytingerBrandenbergLizzy777
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    Looks Good. Is that a straight mesh or subdivision surfaces?
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    The saucer is just modified spheres. The secondary hull and wing/pylon thing are modified a cylinder and cube (respectively) that have been subdivided. I'm trying to stay away from splines and box model everything. Though, obviously, some results are best achieved with subdivision, no matter which method you use.

    Up for today is to (at least) get the bottom of the secondary hull and saucer and the nacelles started. I'll probably also add the bridge. Originally, I'd planned to do a bridge sunken in like the Defiant and Equinox have, but I think I'll do a bridge module instead. After I do all that, it's just detail work left. Since this ship is small and will be seen up close, I'm probably going to do lots of panel and decal style details.
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    edited March 21 #157
    Looking forward to what you do. It’s a nice design.
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Looking forward to what you do. It’s a nice design.

    Thanks a lot. :)

    I got the lower secondary hull and nacelles started. Now it's just a matter of adding the bridge module and then getting into the details.

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    RekkertFreakBrandenbergLizzy777srspicer
  • FreakFreak960 Posts: 4,135Member
    Really nice start Chris.
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Thanks Dean. :)

    I got the basics of the bridge module in. It’s similar to ones I’ve done in the past. It channels some Enterprise refit, Excelsior and Voyager love. This also gives the ship a spine.

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    And, speaking of spines, mine is requesting that I take a break from working on this and watch the latest episode of Picard, and maybe play some Doom 64 on the XBOX One. OK, my spine isn’t really requesting Picard or Doom, but that’s what’s about to happen. 😉
    BrandenbergfurswiftLoopholeLizzy777srspicer
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    I really love the shape of your secondary hull and your future deflector. The front underside shot is epic.
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Thanks bro. :)
  • Vortex5972Vortex5972167 Posts: 1,053Member
    edited March 21 #163
    Looking good dude. Giving me ideas, haha.

    Edit: Forgot to mention, I like the trench. Nice inversion of phaser strips.
    Post edited by Vortex5972 on
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  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    edited March 21 #164
    Thanks bro. :)
    I was wrong. ALL the shots are great, but I do like that hull shape. =)
    Post edited by Brandenberg on
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Thanks a lot, both of you. :)
    Vortex5972 wrote: »
    Edit: Forgot to mention, I like the trench. Nice inversion of phaser strips.

    Phaser strips are coming later. Also, I may partially fill that in. It's rather deep right now.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    I got a bit more done on the ship. I added some panel lines to the upper saucer and some blue stuff to the nacelles.

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  • FreakFreak960 Posts: 4,135Member
    Looking good Chris.
    evil_genius_180
  • RekkertRekkert1654 Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPosts: 1,958Member
    Interesting design, and looking great so far! :)
    evil_genius_180
    For my finished Trek bridges and other works of mine, visit my portfolio
    Feel free to contact me if you're interested in commissions!​
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Thanks a lot, both of you. :)
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    It really is a bonnie ship - Scotty :)
  • Road WarriorRoad Warrior177 Posts: 781Member
    Hello, Chris! How are you buddy?
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    It’s not much, but I’ve been playing with a possible way of adding text to the ship using the heat shrink tool in Lightwave. I’ve never used this tool before, but I like it. I may or may not go this route for the final text, but this at least gives me a look at the placement of the text and a visual guide for where it’s going to be when I want to add other details. The only minor drawback to this method is that it “floats” slightly over the hull and casts a shadow, but that’s an easily fixed issue. Other methods include simply texturing it or actually stenciling it onto the hull. Anyway, I did some renders to see how it looks, so I might as well share them.

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    Hello, Chris! How are you buddy?

    I'm still alive and don't appear to have the COVID-19 virus, so I can't really complain. ;) I'm back to work this week. Since my job is essential, I'm not considered part of the statewide lock down.

    How about you? You been doing OK?
    FreakfurswiftLizzy777
  • scifiericscifieric720 Posts: 1,178Member
    This looks great, Chris!
    evil_genius_180
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Thanks Eric. :)
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    I've gotta say. I'm excited about this ship. Nice work Chris.
    evil_genius_180
  • BrandenbergBrandenberg1399 CaliforniaPosts: 1,749Member
    Oh, forgot to ask. Where is this "Shrink Wrap" function thou speakest of? I have to admit that once I was able to use basics in Lightwave, I haven't progressed in learning it's other (likely very time saving) features.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801697 Posts: 9,837Member
    Shrink Wrap is under the "Modify" tab, "Transform" section.
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