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Old December 3 2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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I forgot how to spell it!
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Old December 3 2012, 06:47 PM   #17
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Excellent calendar as always! And it looks like yours is going to be the only game in town next year, as 2013 will be the last SOTL calendar, apparently.
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Old December 3 2012, 06:58 PM   #18
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Really? That's sad!
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Old December 3 2012, 07:58 PM   #19
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Very sad, yes. It was mentioned in another post here, where apparently Doug Drexler said on his FaceBook page that 2013 would be the last SOTL calendar. End of an era, it is...
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Old December 4 2012, 02:28 AM   #20
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The last SOTL calendar I bought, was, IIRC 2007...? I would have loved to have the rest, but NO stores around here were ever carrying them! Believe me, I looked! And I'm too untrusting of the Internet to buy stuff on-line...

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Old December 4 2012, 02:23 PM   #21
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I kinda stopped buying them after a while anyway. Did they ever stop doing backlit dramatic pictures that were so backlit you couldn't make out any detail?

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Old December 4 2012, 03:11 PM   #22
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Some pictures still have a bright background light source. This month's is a good example, with the 1701 and the Botany Bay along side, deep in shadow, with what looks like a brightly lit Mutara Nebula behind it. So yes, several pics still maintain that kind of dramatic "flare". However, most pics (at least in the past couple of years) seem to be pretty evenly lit on its subject matter.

My biggest gripe, actually, is the use of a grain filter to make the picture look like it was a frame of film. I suppose some do that for artistic license, or to make it look less like a digital render and more like a feature film clip, but I think many others use it to obscure jaggy meshes and other imperfections in their models. My minor gripe is that it's actually useless (to me) as a calendar. The months are not ever spread out in 7-day columns and are nigh-impossible to be used to determine an accurate date at a quick glance. Then again, I never bought them to be used as a calendar, but as a monthly rotating gallery.

Either way, I personally think the quality is generally quite good and has held up pretty well in recent years. I am very sad to see it go - it was always a Christmas present staple for the longest time. I got bored with the generic calendars, but it looks like that's what I'll have to settle with from now on.
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Old December 18 2012, 03:14 PM   #23
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Bumpity. Want everyone to have a chance.
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Old December 18 2012, 04:32 PM   #24
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So, is there a template or something you use to make the actual calendar part of the calendar? I had an idea for making a Star Trek Fan Art based calendar too, and I'm sure a template would save me some time and trouble...

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Old December 19 2012, 02:50 PM   #25
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Sort of. I usually modify the previous year's calendar, so I guess you could call that a template. I drew it from scratch originally. I use CorelDRAW, though.
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Have you ever considered breaking your ships up into parts libraries like Vance did a while back?
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Old December 20 2012, 04:16 PM   #27
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137th Gebirg wrote: View Post
Have you ever considered breaking your ships up into parts libraries like Vance did a while back?
Well I sure don't have as much material as Vance! The man's a whirlwind!
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Old December 20 2012, 05:14 PM   #28
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True that...
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