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Old June 12 2009, 03:24 AM   #736
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

He apperently hasn't seen the movie, he came premature
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Old June 12 2009, 05:05 AM   #737
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That happens to the best of us, sometimes.
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Old July 27 2009, 06:44 AM   #738
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Well, it may not seem like much considering how long it's been since my last update, but here's a little something to prove this project is still alive and kicking.






This is probably pretty close to final for the bussard collectors., though there are a few details yet to add along the remaining length of the nacelle.

Texturing is technically still temporary, though everything you see in these renderings was made specifically for this project. The rim around the bussard collectors is not modeled, it's a combination of bump and reflectivity maps applied with some fairly meticulous UV mapping. The same is true of the phaser strips.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the actual bussard collectors are semi-transparent lenses with a diffuse Arch & Design material applied that blurs some simple, coil-like geometry behind them. Intense spot lights are aimed at the internal geometry and set to include only those objects in illumination and shadow casting. The result is fairly realistic, if I do say so, and should show well when animated with a changing perspective.

More to come in the not-too-distant future, I hope.
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Old July 27 2009, 07:03 AM   #739
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

I need paper towels.

There is drool on my keyboard.
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Old July 27 2009, 07:52 AM   #740
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At least i hope that's drool.
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Old July 27 2009, 09:06 AM   #741
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The rim around the bussard collectors is not modeled, it's a combination of bump and reflectivity maps applied with some fairly meticulous UV mapping. The same is true of the phaser strips.
Unfortunately, it is a little bit visible. Much less so with the phaser strips.

But overall, it still looks quite outstanding. Very beautiful.
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Old July 27 2009, 02:06 PM   #742
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A perfect melding of the E-refit and E-E nacelles.
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Old July 27 2009, 03:27 PM   #743
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DiSiLLUSiON wrote: View Post
Unfortunately, it is a little bit visible. Much less so with the phaser strips.
Kinda depends on the viewing angle. I might go back and model those details at some point but I'm pretty happy with how they look for the moment.

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A perfect melding of the E-refit and E-E nacelles.
Well, I'll cop to the refit influences for the nacelles but otherwise I was trying to do something fairly original. I am taking some inspiration from the E-E here and there but not so much on the nacelles.
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Old July 27 2009, 03:46 PM   #744
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Ooooh, this is looking very nice. And thank you for posting an actual update to this thread... I was afraid this was another necropost. (I'm looking at you, Praetor! )
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Old July 27 2009, 05:23 PM   #745
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Those are some nice looking nacelles you got on that ship Vektor.
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Old July 27 2009, 07:16 PM   #746
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Been getting some requests to see what blue bussard collectors would look like.



I myself have complained about the garish red/blue color scheme of TNG-era starships making them look like space-going neon bar signs. That's why I've designed the Grandeur's nacelles to be a bit more understated, minimizing the amount of glow visible from any one direction.

I just don't care for the blue version. Might be able to improve it with a lighter, more cyan hue, but I'd still prefer the red:



Much better.
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Old July 27 2009, 07:41 PM   #747
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Hmm... Okay, I have to admit this ain't half bad:




This is an Avalon class starship, and blue is one of the colors of royalty, after all. Definitely something to think about.

Let's see what The Commander and the rest of the "crew" have to say.
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Old July 27 2009, 07:52 PM   #748
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I like it
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Old July 27 2009, 07:57 PM   #749
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Personally, I'm not too hot on the blue bussards. The red seems to pop a little more - draws attention to the lines of the bussards (to my eye anyways) and it defies the recent scifi design convention of everything in space glows blue.

Perhaps you could try a soft amber shade similar to the TOS nacelle caps?
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Old July 27 2009, 08:12 PM   #750
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Personally, I'm not too hot on the blue bussards. The red seems to pop a little more - draws attention to the lines of the bussards (to my eye anyways) and it defies the recent scifi design convention of everything in space glows blue.
This.

Also, sexxxxxy.
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