well, been re-watching old Babylon 5 episodes, and it made me want to model!! (a good thing!)
First off we have the SA-32A Thunderbolt class Starfury.. , and yes i'll get around to the original starfury eventually, felt like starting this baby first..
hoping that this is the first in a string of Babylon 5 related models, with a big push to eventually model the Victory class!! ( a ways off) so in my mind a few small meshes to start off with then a good push on the Victory, with the occasional shuttle or ship to break up the monotony! well thats the plan anyways.. might burn out tomorow for all i know! but really would like to do a Victory Class... something Not Star Trek!!!
so I blocked out most of the ship, and started on detailing the engine naccelles (pods) first.. there pretty much done, now on to the gull wings!!
and oh.. if ya'll happen to have any screenshots or refs of the Excalibur... Please!!
Looks like it's going to be a great model. I started something new to learn the new Blender 2.5 interface before I finish my B5 station.
then to add the grappling arm, and the specs out there on the internets say it has 4 cannons plus the centerline cannon.. though i don't remember watching any scenes with it firing anything other than the centerline cannon... or that i have no idea where the other 4 cannons are.. they should exist.. be kinda dumb to only have 1 cannon .. and no backups!! Thinking of putting the cannons in the engine pods under the reverse thruster.. has a nipple there for something in the refs!! bout the only place for it.. but if anyone has any ideas on that... i'll listen!!
That said, your version is making great strides! The flight deck and canopy look fabulous!
what? its presurized in there!! I'm shooting for a B movie here!!
so now i have to decide on how to do the paneling on this thing.. the B5 random panels.. or some more realistic panels and hatches... or is it bare metal finish?? with the only paint being the nose art?? hmm...
The field of vision is horrible in the cockpit! unless they use some holographics to project whats under them.... coming in from underneath would be a Big flaw if not!! seen some stuff in macross and Gundam to eleviate this.. though they should have just given the darn thing a glass canopy instead of the greenhouse... owell
hehe reckon it could give a Xwing a run for its money....maybe
For what it's worth, I say update/ improve the base model as you see fit. The original model is what? 15 years old? About time for a little face lift.
man.. what a slump I was in.... owell.. thats the past!
So.. to get back in to action, gone back to an old mesh that I didn't finish ( among many I will admit..) and try to finish her.
So, found some better refs, and tiddyed the old mesh up ( I.E. Rebuilt nearly everything except the engine pods) so, looks better, bit more cleaner, and alot more accurate!
Not to to much to go on her, some panel lines, and maybe a cockpit (or lovely near naked model...pit...) interior, simple pilot..
Really want to start on that Excalibur mesh, and do that pole launch sequence Crusade had! ( basically, a gaggle of fighters are lowered on a pole on the underside of the ship, and each fighter rotates on the pole to face all directions, then launch.. wish there was a Youturd vid of it.. aint one!)
so more latter... Out of town next week, Nationals model contest in Orlando!
Worked on the gattling gun abit ( only armament on the thing.. plus read a theory on what kind of armament this thing has, more in the line of an A-10 with a BIG gun in the nose)
detailed out the back of the nacelles, and added the radiators again, rebuilt of course.. LOTS more accurate, and just better all around! ... even though this mesh is only 2 years old... I do things Alot better now.. weird..
So.. more tommorow.. start tackleing panel lines, steps body details etc.
as in giant air flaps/brakes like dive bombers? proabably not
worked on her abit today, getting some panel lines into her top wing... trying to be as thin as I can be since it Is Not a shield grid.. just panel seperations... had a thought of just doing it by texture.. but seemed like a cop-out... ( need to visit a military forum and ask them what they do!!)
so.. more tommorow
threw out a color render of her
not to much work, but atleast going into the right direction
Panel lines are ( atleast should be) done paneled the lower wing, and put in some more detail on the nose 2 light pulse cannons .. just trying out some details, let me know if it works.. some parts of this thing are lightly detailed in the series, but I want just a bit more detail