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Old September 21 2012, 11:23 PM   #16
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Re: Galaxy Class Upgrade...a work in progress

Thanks.

I'm also currently working on developing some visual concepts, 2d & 3d, for an original universe space series, that I would eventually like to post here as well. I'm not sure where where I should start the thread though, given that it's not Trek related.
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Old September 22 2012, 02:32 AM   #17
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^Eh, the fan art forum is pretty tolerant of non trek art. We just like to look at cool stuff.
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Old September 22 2012, 05:11 AM   #18
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Re: Galaxy Class Upgrade...a work in progress

Cool. I didn't want to step out of bounds my first week, so I thought it was worth asking. Anyway, I'll start a new thread soon so I can start spamming...I mean sharing my work. lol
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Old September 25 2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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Re: Galaxy Class Upgrade...a work in progress

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I thought that while waiting for updates on the Venture, some of you might enjoy seeing some of my other recent Trek drawings/schematics.

Here is the Nebula Class Upgrade which Jes was referring to:

There are a few details on their I like that I might include on the Venture.

Next up is the Logbow class Runabout. This is the final product of a design that has been in some form of development since the early 200o's and started off as the Raptor Class Fighter. As you might can tell, it was heavily inspired by Data's Scout from Insurrection.

No side view for this will likely be done, so just a heads up to anyone that might want to ask if one is in the works.

And then we have an Ambassador Class upgrade:

Like everything else, this one isn't finished either. lol

And next to last is a shuttlepod design:

I don't have much to say about it, other than the fact that I consider it done.

And last, and certainly the largest design of the bunch a concept for a new Mushroom type starbase:

It's roughly the same size as the old mushroom style bases, but has much more internal volume.

Enjoy and if you like any of them or have comments or questions, then by all means feel free to speak up.
I've always liked your Nebula refit, with all of the additional phaser arrays.

I've always also liked the idea that the Nebula class can be fitted with a mission pod similar to the standard one, but with some of the sensor pallets replaced by many torpedo launchers, making her a sort of torpedo cruiser, similar to the Akira class, but less agile, but perhaps even more heavily armed.

I've had the idea in my head to design refitted versions of the Galaxy class's other cousins: the New Orleans, Challenger, Entente, and Springfield classes, and maybe even fan designs such as the America class battleship, and my own design, which I have decided to call the Nealson class, but given that I already have multiple incomplete designs as it is, I think I should finish the ones I have already started on. I don't think I want to leave as many designs unfinished as you have.

You're certainly quick, even if most of your designs are unfinished. Wish I was as quick, most of the time, I'm as slow as a snail in Illustrator.

And ah yes, the ever ubiquitous Ambassador class refit. There are quite a few designs for the classes upgrade, but it is still nice to see different takes on the design's refit.

If it were me, I would have given the Exeter the registry NCC-26513, but that is because I like making little references to other fan works. In this case, this registry IIRC, was assigned by The Red Admiral, of the now dead Trekmania.net.

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Thanks.

I'm also currently working on developing some visual concepts, 2d & 3d, for an original universe space series, that I would eventually like to post here as well. I'm not sure where where I should start the thread though, given that it's not Trek related.
By all means, I think you'll find that anything you post on the Subspace Comms will be welcomed here.
Any chance that we might see some of your Trek designs or refits in 3D similar to your New Haven Chronicle designs?
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Old September 25 2012, 06:20 PM   #20
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Re: Galaxy Class Upgrade...a work in progress

I really like the look of the upgraded Nebula as well. I think my old Nebula with the new details I've done for the Venture will look pretty cool, if and when I get around to it.

There are a couple designs that I would love to see done in 3d, but I don't have the knack for it, at least not yet. A lot of the stuff for New Haven is easy to do because it's mostly flat surfaces, lots of flat armored panels. Star Trek designs are much more organic and require skills that I don't have yet. Plus to be honest, I've been moving away from 3d lately. It just takes so long and puts such a strain on my PC. I find that now I'm getting to the point where I'd rather simply draw it in 2d...even if I only draw the side or top views. I often can get much more detail in the drawing than I can in 3d and when I stick to 2d, I end up getting more actual work done.

It seems now though I haven't done all that much new drawing in Trek in a long time. The majority of what I'm working on, is simply redoing old work or making changes to an existing design. I need to get back to some original designs...if I can find some inspiration.

As for New Haven, I'm working on a write up to try and cover some of the background of the series/universe, before I start posting artwork. It's almost down, so maybe another day or two.

And I should have an update for the Venture later tonight or tomorrow. I worked on it some this morning and made a bit of progress on the top view and I've also started the side view...though it's not working out as well as I'd hoped.

I've dug up a few of my older Trek drawing including a few other upgrade/variants that I eventually intend to redo in Inkscape. I'll not post this all at once this time....just to make sure you all keep coming back for more. lol

The Nebula...stripped down.
This concept originated with the idea or rather the rumor, that one possible purpose for the Nebula was to move around Galaxy Class Saucer Sections. Who knows if that's true or not, but I rather like the idea that like the Galaxy Class, the can detach it's saucer. And so if we're removing parts, then why not lose the pod and the pod nacelle as well, which leaves us with the bottom variant. It creates an interesting look in both cases and if nothing else, they're certainly unique. And I think it would be cool to see in the fleet shot, a saucer-less Nebula cruising around.




An older, original design. The Barracuda class Escort. Not much to say about it, except that like the Defiant she's lean, mean, and does one thing very well.

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Old September 27 2012, 01:12 PM   #21
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Re: Galaxy Class Upgrade...a work in progress

Updates on the Venture. Started on the side view. Made some progress on the top view. Still slow going overall.
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...laxyclass3.png
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Old September 27 2012, 04:14 PM   #22
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Looks good so far
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Old September 27 2012, 04:41 PM   #23
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Thanks.
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Old September 27 2012, 06:28 PM   #24
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Is that a Voyager style sensor platform on the bow of the Venture?
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Old September 27 2012, 06:38 PM   #25
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Re: Galaxy Class Upgrade...a work in progress

Indeed it is.
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Old September 27 2012, 06:41 PM   #26
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I really like the look of the upgraded Nebula as well. I think my old Nebula with the new details I've done for the Venture will look pretty cool, if and when I get around to it.

There are a couple designs that I would love to see done in 3d, but I don't have the knack for it, at least not yet. A lot of the stuff for New Haven is easy to do because it's mostly flat surfaces, lots of flat armored panels. Star Trek designs are much more organic and require skills that I don't have yet. Plus to be honest, I've been moving away from 3d lately. It just takes so long and puts such a strain on my PC. I find that now I'm getting to the point where I'd rather simply draw it in 2d...even if I only draw the side or top views. I often can get much more detail in the drawing than I can in 3d and when I stick to 2d, I end up getting more actual work done.

It seems now though I haven't done all that much new drawing in Trek in a long time. The majority of what I'm working on, is simply redoing old work or making changes to an existing design. I need to get back to some original designs...if I can find some inspiration.

As for New Haven, I'm working on a write up to try and cover some of the background of the series/universe, before I start posting artwork. It's almost down, so maybe another day or two.

And I should have an update for the Venture later tonight or tomorrow. I worked on it some this morning and made a bit of progress on the top view and I've also started the side view...though it's not working out as well as I'd hoped.

I've dug up a few of my older Trek drawing including a few other upgrade/variants that I eventually intend to redo in Inkscape. I'll not post this all at once this time....just to make sure you all keep coming back for more. lol

The Nebula...stripped down.
This concept originated with the idea or rather the rumor, that one possible purpose for the Nebula was to move around Galaxy Class Saucer Sections. Who knows if that's true or not, but I rather like the idea that like the Galaxy Class, the can detach it's saucer. And so if we're removing parts, then why not lose the pod and the pod nacelle as well, which leaves us with the bottom variant. It creates an interesting look in both cases and if nothing else, they're certainly unique. And I think it would be cool to see in the fleet shot, a saucer-less Nebula cruising around.




An older, original design. The Barracuda class Escort. Not much to say about it, except that like the Defiant she's lean, mean, and does one thing very well.

Hmmm. The Barracuda Class really speaks to me for some reason...

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Old September 27 2012, 07:02 PM   #27
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I guess it's true, great minds think alike.
That's a really interesting design. It has a sort of speed boat feel, making it look like it's going fast, even sitting still.
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Old September 30 2012, 09:31 PM   #28
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I love the Excalibur on STO art--but its look in the game dissappoints. A study in how the refit turns into the Excalibur might be interesting.
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Old October 4 2012, 04:46 AM   #29
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I'm working on some new updates for the Venture. In the meantime, here's an upgraded Intrepid Class that I started...and would like to finish one day.

The idea was to try and visually balance the appearance of the ship by created a more integrated connection between the engineering hull and the saucer, as well as extending the length of the nacelles. Other upgrades would have likely proceeded along the same lines as the Venture, nothing too extreme, but rather more detail and newer components.
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Old October 4 2012, 01:46 PM   #30
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Looks good aside from the thing sticking out of the deflector and onto the bottom of the saucer. I think something more like the Sovereign class, where there are two pieces on the outer part of the deflector housing that link to the saucer, might work better here.
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