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Old August 6 2014, 05:22 PM   #91
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Re: CJ1701's Current Project: U.S.S Pike

I really like this. She has a unique configuration, and all though much of her resembles the familiar, she also blends in unique design elements in very well.

And speaking of both ramifications and critique, the Pike currently has no aft phasers and practically no broadside phasers, other than the saucer port and starboards.
I think that Starfleet would give their ships better firing arcs, especially in the category of defensive fire, post Vulcan.

I'm actually not certain that the Ambassador or Galaxy class may or may not exist, it is hard to say, especially considering that the Galaxy class did make it into some sort of production in the Federation-Klingon War timeline, though who is to say that it is not possible that the Galaxy class had been in the conceptual stages before war began?

The Ambassador and Galaxy classes might still make it, but they could look drastically different, they might not even be called the Ambassador or Galaxy class, and they probably be much more heavily armed, armored, and perhaps better shielded and even faster and more maneuverable, so that any attack on one of them would be costly to the attacker(s).
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Old August 8 2014, 12:42 PM   #92
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Just a quick update then back to bed.





Should be finished the nacelles soon.
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Old August 8 2014, 02:10 PM   #93
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Beautiful as always!

Question about the primary hull aztecking - do you plan on curving the texture mapping to follow the curve of the hull or are you keeping it straight-angled? I only ask because it appears to me almost as a spider web pattern with a kind of optical illusion making it look like the aztecking is actually curving inward against the curve of the hull. I know it's really not doing that, but there's definitely a trick of the eye going on there. I would recommend curving it outward to match the hull, but of course it is ultimately your design. Other than that, absolutely love it!
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Old August 8 2014, 06:18 PM   #94
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That's a beautiful ship, one that scotty himself would be proud of
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Old August 9 2014, 07:37 AM   #95
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Got the nacelles textured, just got to tweak everything and do the lighting!










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Old August 9 2014, 08:31 AM   #96
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damn.
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Old August 9 2014, 02:47 PM   #97
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Very cool. I especially like the nacelles, as well as how the connecting struts wrap about the secondary hull. My only quibble is the back of the upper pod, having it blank feels wrong. I think it'd be a good idea to stick some kind of aft weapon there, like a torpedo tube or phaser bank. Maybe both, since there's no aft phasers anywhere else.
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Old August 9 2014, 07:11 PM   #98
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Hot Damn thats a awesome and slick looking space ride
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Old August 9 2014, 07:38 PM   #99
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A variation with the secondary hull hanging from the two nacelles might be worth a sketch or two.
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Old August 10 2014, 04:34 AM   #100
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Doing some lighting on the Saucer...


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Old August 10 2014, 05:59 AM   #101
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looks so realistic
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Old August 10 2014, 08:08 AM   #102
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The only comment I could think of is, the aztecing on the saucer seems very busy. A tad to much maybe.

Other then that, I'm really digging this.
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Old August 12 2014, 12:54 AM   #103
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Looking good.
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Old August 13 2014, 06:33 PM   #104
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The Librarian wrote: View Post
Very cool. I especially like the nacelles, as well as how the connecting struts wrap about the secondary hull. My only quibble is the back of the upper pod, having it blank feels wrong. I think it'd be a good idea to stick some kind of aft weapon there, like a torpedo tube or phaser bank. Maybe both, since there's no aft phasers anywhere else.
Yeah, I've already noted that myself.

Cjohnson1701, unless you intend to address this, the Pike would be open to attacks from the aft. Hell, I don't even see any aft torp launchers!
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Old August 14 2014, 02:39 AM   #105
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Very cool. I especially like the nacelles, as well as how the connecting struts wrap about the secondary hull. My only quibble is the back of the upper pod, having it blank feels wrong. I think it'd be a good idea to stick some kind of aft weapon there, like a torpedo tube or phaser bank. Maybe both, since there's no aft phasers anywhere else.
Yeah, I've already noted that myself.

Cjohnson1701, unless you intend to address this, the Pike would be open to attacks from the aft. Hell, I don't even see any aft torp launchers!
Heya guys, sorry not responding recently. I was SIGGRAPH in Vancouver for the last two days, So the guy who worked on the 2009 USS Enterprise, I can't recall his name atm, from ILM agrees with you JES.

I do intend to fix this little problem, by adding a photon torpedo launcher to the aft portion of the secondary hull. As well fixing the shuttle bay doors, and the hoods that cover the nacells.

I'm also going to be "reshading/texturing" the ship using a new rendering engine I got a hold of...

So, before I head off too do what ever I need to do, I'll leave you guys with some of the screenshots I showed the guys at SIGGRAPH.









Sooo I'll be getting onto the whole restructing nowwww, toodles!
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