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Old September 27 2010, 01:08 PM   #856
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

This is really turning out to be fantastic. I especially like those huge windows to the rear of the bridge.

Can't wait to see it finished...
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Old September 27 2010, 03:42 PM   #857
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Well, as I said, it doesn't look Trekkish, but it does make more sense than throwing a spotlight on paint. I do remember Deg's experiments in this regard, but I don't think they were exhaustive. Futuristic signage might also take the form of simply lighting the area as though it was a display surface. But, again, this moves farther away from a Star Trek look.
I did some experiments of my own along those lines but ultimately came back to the traditional approach. If you wanted to get really futuristic, you would probably just holographically project the signage like glowing neon over the ship's hull, but the original purpose of the self-illumination was not just to light up the name and registry and other markings but also to light the ship itself in the darkness of space. The effect in TMP was very striking and has never been equalled, IMHO.

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Just joshin'. I know the only reason you're not done is because you're always trying to make it better.
Well, that's certainly part of it, but another big factor is that 3D modeling and starship design are really just a hobby that I get relatively little time to indulge. I just happen to be in a mode right now where I am motivated to complete a lot of unfinished projects in various aspects of my life. Hopefully this one is finally in the home stretch.
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Old September 29 2010, 01:26 AM   #858
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I like the light right below the bridge (sensor I presume. ) something similar under a wider Refit hull--just above the lower sensor dome--might be modified to be a nice torp tube, flanked just below two megaphaser turrets in place of the usual phaser banks on the front bottom of the saucer...
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Old September 29 2010, 10:30 PM   #859
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

Everything looks great, but those two wagon-wheel greeblies right behind the dome seem very out of place and distracting.
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Old September 30 2010, 03:57 AM   #860
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^I assume those are supposed to be the tops of the turbolift shafts. Though, yeah, they could maybe be less detailed.
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Old October 1 2010, 08:33 PM   #861
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I'm not usually keen on the Sovvy-style black circuit board stuff, but...

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Old October 1 2010, 10:07 PM   #862
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Everything looks great, but those two wagon-wheel greeblies right behind the dome seem very out of place and distracting.
think green! less "captain's yacht" and more "captain's bicycle".
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Old October 17 2010, 05:26 AM   #863
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Here's a quick update. No time for long-winded explanations right now; these will have to speak for themselves.



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Old October 17 2010, 05:37 AM   #864
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You're not even done yet, but this looks good enough for the silver screen!
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Old October 17 2010, 08:33 PM   #865
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By request of The Commander, a new wallpaper image for your desktp pleasure.



^^Click for full-size version.
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Old October 17 2010, 09:48 PM   #866
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I want the story on that orange spotlight just starboard of the secondary deflector!

I envy your work, really. If I ever win the lottery I am going to hire you as a tutor.
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Old October 17 2010, 11:07 PM   #867
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It's not a spotlight, it's a reflection from a light source in the HDRI map I'm using for the lighting.
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Old October 18 2010, 02:27 AM   #868
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I like the look without the dozens of little windows that most of these ships have. Are you adding those? Because if not, cool.
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Old October 18 2010, 02:47 AM   #869
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It will have windows but more along the lines of the original or refit Enterprise as opposed to something like the Galaxy class.
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Old October 18 2010, 05:23 AM   #870
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Some of you awhile back may have taken the Grandeur Model Poll. That was back when Vektor was no where close to being finished, now things are a bit closer. If you will please take a moment and take the new Grandeur Model Poll, from our website so we can get new updated figures, that would be appreciated.
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