Star Ship Polaris

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by aridas sofia, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I love the new detail on the engines. Perfect. Thanks for working so hard on it.

    I'm happy. :)

    That moire on our consoles puzzled me a bit. We were shooting in 1080p; nuBSG used the same material on a lot of their CIC consoles. I think our problem was because, as you say, we had just bright light right over them and it exaggerated the contrast between the grooves and ridges.
     
  2. Vektor

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    And now back to the 3D model...

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  3. Avon

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    golfball dimples!!
     
  4. Vektor

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    All that work and the one thing you notice are "golfball dimples"!!??

    :vulcan:

    And actually, they're not even dimples. They're flat hexagons. ;)
     
  5. RoJoHen

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    They were the first thing I noticed, too.
     
  6. Admiral Buzzkill

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    I love the shielding tiles, and can't wait to see the lander in use.
     
  7. Santaman

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    Looks fine Vek. :cool: the engines, the details, the overal shape, great, TEH AWESOME! WONDERFUL!! BRAVO!

    (better? ):p;)
     
  8. Vektor

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    Yeah, that's more like it. We have standards to uphold here, after all. ;)
     
  9. BK613

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    Well your 2D paint-over images--that we've been looking at for a while-- are so amazing in their execution that I think we mortals can be forgiven for not realizing that none of that detailing had been cut in yet. ;)

    Great job, BTW
     
  10. Savage Dragon

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    Well said!
     
  11. Maurice

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    Hey Vektor. How many landing legs does the lander have?
     
  12. Herkimer Jitty

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    They're probably folded against the side of the body, since they don't seem apparent on the bottom.

    I'd guess 3 or 4, cause those are kinda classic looks.
     
  13. Vektor

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    It has four landing legs surrounding a central hub as shown in some of the earlier design sketches. I just haven't gotten around to adding them to the paintover or the 3D model.

    No progress at all over the last few days, I'm afraid. I've had a bunch of other stuff going on that has kept me away from both my computer and my digital tablet. I have class tomorrow night so don't expect anything new until Thursday at the earliest.
     
  14. sojourner

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    We really need to start a Vektor trust fund so he can quit his day job and make pretty images for us full time.
     
  15. Savage Dragon

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    This.
     
  16. Vektor

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    You guys aren't waiting for me to argue with you, are you? :D
     
  17. Savage Dragon

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    Our people will be in touch. ;)
     
  18. Vektor

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    Okay, I'm putting out a call for creative assistance. I've run into a late-stage design problem on Polaris that I need a solution for and I haven't been able to come up with one on my own that I'm completely satisfied with.

    It occurred to me within the last couple of weeks that I never allowed for any docking ports on Polaris. I do have a set of EVA pod bays on either side of the main fuselage just forward of the lander modules, but those were never intended to be docking ports per se. They wouldn't be ideal locations for them anyway because of the weapons pylons and main engines sticking out so far on both sides. A space station might have extended docking arms they could link up with but another ship wouldn't necessarily. At the very least, Polaris should be able to dock directly with another ship of the same class.

    Ironically, the best locations for the docking ports are probably right where the point defense turrets are located at the tips of the weapons pylons. I'm actually giving serious consideration to the idea of moving the turrets somewhere else and reworking the CANE guns to make room for a connecting passageway. There are equally good reasons for the turrets to remain where they are, however, so I'd like to find some other alternatives.

    It should be noted that neither the point defense turrets nor the docking bays are actually required for the script, but they still need to make logical sense.

    What I'm hoping for is that all you clever and creative artists and designers might be able to help me out and throw some ideas my way. As I said, I already have a few of my own, but none of them have really jumped off the page and declared, "I am the perfect solution!" It may be that there is no perfect solution, but I figure it can't hurt to open this one up to the community at-large just to see what brilliance might appear.

    Don't confine your ideas to conventional concepts, feel free to think outside the box. The docking bays don't necessarily have to be located along the sides of the ship, they could be almost anywhere as long as it makes logical sense and doesn't conflict with some other part of the ship, such as the moveable drive sails. Go crazy and see what you can come up with.

    And thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide.
     
  19. Santaman

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    http://www.baka-rangers.net/images/polaris.jpg

    ^^ I have a possible location, the ship could dock nose first and there are no engines or the like in the way.

    I have no drawing/CGI talent whatsoever so I can't show you a good looking docking port design. ;)
     
  20. Avon

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    how about an inflatable-tentacle-walkway-tube that could be hidden behind a hatch somewhere until needed
     

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