Long time no see! I've been away from modeling for a while in order to get into Blender (well, Linux as a whole, and Blender).
Now that I'm at least competent in its use, I wanted to share what I've been working on.
My first full mesh was this, the bridge of the USS Patagonia, an Excelsior Class inspired by the bridges of Star Trek V and VI:
You can see a lot more images at my Art Station page
After finishing that bridge, I started experimenting into what later become a full commission for a deviantART user, modifying the bridge to make it closer to the Enterprise-B design, while keeping the overall shape. This is still a WIP, as the new consoles need new textures, and there's still some modifications to be done to the mesh, including new chairs:
My other WIP is a completely new bridge, for the starship USS Galatea. It's based on the Enterprise-C and the USS Sutherland, for a small mid-24th century ship. It's almost completely finished, except for the textures:
As these are my first meshes with Blender, and I'm still learning how to render properly, I'm more than open to critiques!
By the way, which Linux distribution do you use?
@PixelMagic: Thank you!
@Nell 3D: Gracias!
I've made some more progress on the Nomad (aka Enterprise-B like) bridge, adding some markings above the stations, some lights below the railing, and started with the texturing of the new Helm/Nav consoles.
Here's some further progress on the Nomad. The station chairs are finally done! They aren't perfect, but I'm pretty happy with them.
I've also added further details around the viewscreen; and changed the materials for the floor a bit, making the metal darker and adding a fabric material for the lower level.
Moving on, I've kept working on the Galatea. Modeling was done but the ceiling was too empty for my taste, so I've added some more lights at the center of it as well as some paneling. Other than that, work continued on the interfaces, as well as in some remaining minor details.
Well, the Galatea is done!
Well, here's the exterior of the Galatea, a Leander-Class frigate; one of the many beautiful ships designed by Conner Bentley, aka KillaBC.
The ship exterior reminds me of a smaller Nebula class.
Have you any ideas on what a full Ship Of The Line bridge might look like in that era, like say the bigger Apollo or Ambassador-class? (I like a number of others, tend to reject what we saw onscreen as the "legitimate bridge" for the Enterprise-C, since it appeared more like a battle or auxiliary bridge in comparison to what came before and after...)
Eager to see what you come up with next!
@BlueNeumann: Those back panels are inspired a similar back wall shown on the USS Sutherland bridge on TNG, I like them very much. Also, would you mind showing me those doodles you mention? I'm looking for a next project to do once I'm back on Buenos Aires in a couple of weeks, so I'm more than open to ideas.
@Starscream: I'll probably do a "Ship of the Line" bridge sooner or later, but I think the USS Carina Bridge by Conner Bentley is pretty much spot on for the era.
Here's the concept doodle I did of the super-runabout, for when you need more than a runabout but not a whole starship. Think the Prometheus from Prometheus. It's about three stories tall, uses a little TNG and a little JJ in the design. The stud on the top is the bridge.
That top level on the side is the bridge, that whole slanted wall is meant to be glass. The bridge follows the inside shape there, with a door on the side leading to the antenna room and stairwell.
And I actually have a TON of unusual Trek-related sketches in my thread, but since a lot of the older links seem to bust for some reason, I'll send you to my Tumblr, where I archive a lot of those things.
I like your design, and your Tumblr is full of great drawings!
Well, I've finally went ahead and open a commissions page, for anyone interested in a 3D bridge or interior.
Lot's of modifications still to be done but here's some progress.
And I love that you managed to use the TNG wall thingies in this bridge, too.
The only thing I might recommend changing is to make the wall struts solid, and similarly eliminate the grating/grill effects on the lighting: These always looked more appropriate for older era vessels like the Miranda and Excelsior classes (IMO, at least) to visually indicate their relative age, and looked wildly out of place on newer TNG era designs like the Nebula.
@Starscream: IMO the solid wall struts look older than the open ones, as they were used for the Enterprise-A, Stargazer, Hathaway, and other older ships as well. As for the grills on the ceiling lights, I do plan to change these. In fact I might end up changing the whole ceiling, both to differentiate the bridge and to make it brighter.
Here's some more progress, I've added more stations on the side of the lower level (sorry BlueNeumann ), as well as chairs for all stations.
Ah, you're going from the chronological perspective.
While I realise the open struts appeared first on the Excelsior, I also acknowledged the real-life reason for their presence; ie the production team needed ways to differentiate between that bridge set and the E-A. I (fudge) justify it in-universe by saying Excelsior as a prototype needed internal reinforcement to deal with the structural stresses of testing the Transwarp drive.... (being a more advanced production vessel, the E-B didn't have these same open struts - they've returned to the solid "cosmetic" bulkheads).
Essentially I go from the perspective that aesthetically they appear relatively older in comparison with most TNG ships. For example the struts and grillwork on the USS Brattain bridge, the USS Saratoga, etc etc.
Of course, you didn't mention precisely what class this goes on... Hey, have you considered putting some grill/meshwork inside those struts? :cool:
@Starscream: As for the ship class, I'll be a Leander-Class just like the Galatea.
Well, while looking how to replace the ceiling, I've decided to add some inspirations from the Prometheus bridge, so the struts were replaced alongside the ceiling.
Like the new ceiling! Makes the room brighter and the whites whiter.