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Old June 1 2011, 06:03 AM   #376
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Re: Star Ship Polaris

I am truly baffled by your ability to draw regular eclipses in perspective freehand. Is there some mechanical means you're doing that by or are you just really that good?

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Old June 12 2011, 01:34 AM   #377
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I'm short on time for commentary at the moment so I'm just going to post these and I'll explain some of the details later.






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Old June 12 2011, 01:49 AM   #378
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Awesome. You're going to have to give me some feedback on those weapons, Vektor - I have a general idea what's up, but I'll want to know how you see each part of this working.
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Old June 12 2011, 03:47 AM   #379
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Those guns and that hull texture are exquisite.
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Old June 12 2011, 08:10 AM   #380
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Okay, here's the story behind the latest WIP images.

Polaris was originally a civilian exploration vessel before it was volunteered for military service and refitted for combat. It probably had some light weaponry, mostly defensive, to protect itself against whatever threats it might encounter in unexplored space. The turrets mounted at the ends of the pylons are rapid-sequence point-defense batteries primarily used against incoming missiles and were held over from the ship's original armaments.

The big guns are the "CANE" weapons originally proposed by Aridas Sofia, essentially powerful particle beam weapons. Polaris may have had some smaller, less powerful versions originally, but these were replaced and significantly upgraded during the refit. The new ones were so much larger that holes had to be cut in the back of the pylons to properly mount them. They pack a massive punch but are limited by slow recharge times and the fact that they are fixed in place and not aimable.

In addition to the original light armaments, the pylons also housed a wide array of scientific instruments, remote probes and other devices related to Polaris' role as an exploration vessel. Most of these were removed during the refit and replaced with guided missile arrays. These are now the ship's primary offensive weapons.

Or at least that's my thinking on the subject. Dennis may have other ideas and adjustments will be made accordingly.
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Old June 12 2011, 08:26 PM   #381
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The new guns are a huge improvement. Much better integrated into the whole of the design, though with those huge missiles up front the ship feels a bit smaller than I know it is even with that little man on top. Maybe three rows instead of two?

Gotta say I liked the contrast between the grimy metal and 'clay' in your last set of renders showing off the engines, really felt like the shell of a new ship built around an older one. The paneling obviously helps with scale, and I'm assuming you still have some tweaking to do with it, but there you have it.
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Old June 17 2011, 02:18 AM   #382
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I'm still tweaking some texture and material settings. Wanted to make sure they look right under accurate lighting conditions and with a proper background in place. These are still just WIP images, but they're pretty darn nice looking WIPs, if I do say so.


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Old June 17 2011, 02:37 AM   #383
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And you're worried you would have a hard time getting a job to do this professionally...
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Old June 17 2011, 02:22 PM   #384
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And I say again ...

Once again, I have to thank you, sir, for providing me with new desktop wallpaper just when it was time for a change.

WIP or not, these are stunning.
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Old June 17 2011, 02:37 PM   #385
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I'm all out of superlatives. Finding this topic at the top of the forum is like a surprise birthday party every couple of days.
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Old June 17 2011, 03:18 PM   #386
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Gep Malakai wrote: View Post
And you're worried you would have a hard time getting a job to do this professionally...
Well, his bosses might actually expect him to finish his projects.
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Old June 17 2011, 04:55 PM   #387
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Those images are quite stunning. Beautiful work!
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Old June 17 2011, 06:27 PM   #388
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RoJoHen wrote: View Post
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And you're worried you would have a hard time getting a job to do this professionally...
Well, his bosses might actually expect him to finish his projects.
I'm sure if he were paid to do this for 40 hours per week that would not be an issue.
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Old June 17 2011, 06:48 PM   #389
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Yeah, people underestimate the toll that making a living and living a life take on creativity. If we were getting paid for this we'd likely be hard at work on at least the sequel to a Polaris movie that would have been released last year.
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Old June 17 2011, 06:54 PM   #390
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Yeah, people underestimate the toll that making a living and living a life take on creativity. If we were getting paid for this we'd likely be hard at work on at least the sequel to a Polaris movie that would have been released last year.
I would totally see that movie.
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