Okay, that is a moon!

•July 1, 2015 • 2 Comments

Final version, really – for sure – um.. yeah. :)

I moved and redesigned my city / starbase illumination map. I felt the size was more appropriate and the location now is in a big impact crater. While the big lava plain was nice I just felt the sprawl design for the city was odd.

I did play with building a real starbase mesh and then just render it from the correct view and then map it. Too much work and not enough time.

I also tweaked the displacement map on more time and then adjusted its strength.

Deep Space Dwarf Planet

Deep Space Dwarf Planet

That’s no moon!

•June 19, 2015 • 2 Comments

Well, maybe it is or maybe it is an asteroid or ‘dwarf’ planet. But it will be a star base when it is used in the next render or two.

I added a slight displacement to it and tweaked the bump mapping. Not entirely sure my displacement map is aligned correctly. Should match the UV map but… The sphere had to be bumped up to about 256 segments to look good. I can go higher but it adds to rendering time. Got the idea from looking at the latest Ceres imagery. Like the 3 mile high ‘pyramid’ they found!

I have applied a first pass attempt at a sprawling surface installation.

Starbase moon

Three Faces Moon Mesh

•June 18, 2015 • 1 Comment

Two publicly available bump maps for a random moon and a very much worked over Australian terrain map I cobbled together from Google Earth. Blended in PS and then output new DIFF and BUMP maps (at 5K).

Applied to basic sphere in 3D-Max.

Will be using in upcoming renders.

3D Max Alien Moon Mesh

Back to Capella – Final

•June 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

I finished the Capella. Everything is done. All textures and final mesh tweaks have been applied. I have, yet, another in my endless bussard texture applications assigned to this model. I noticed in the WIP image below I forgot to ‘unhide’ the bussard spikes. They are copper in color – so imagine if you will. :)

All will be well in the scene render(s).


Star Trek Capella Class
Star Trek Capella Class
Star Trek Capella Class

New Horizons

•June 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

On the heels of the Wanderers post, here is a new video from Erik Wernquist commissioned by the National Space Society. It is a quick exposé of humankind’s journey through the planets of our solar system with the final stop at Pluto. At 1:48 of the video it hits it out of the park for me.

End credits promote the site to stay current on the upcoming fly-by. : www.seeplutonow.com/

So freak’n excited about this.


•June 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Watched a Vimeo video this morning on IO9 and after it played I saw a few ‘related’ videos popup. One was the ‘Wanderers’ by Erik Wernquist which was posted back in 2014. At the time I had thought to share it but did not seem to have done so. It’s only had a paltry 4.7 million views so far.

It’s pretty amazing.

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

When it rains…

•June 8, 2015 • 1 Comment

As somewhat chronicled, I have little time available these days for ‘self indulgence’ of my 3D SciFi modeling habit. I do, however, have about a two hour block Monday through Friday that is my commute. I ride an ‘express’ bus (where did they come up with an hour ride equaling express!) that takes just over an hour each direction. To make the time more pleasant and to provide a way to avoid interaction with fellow riders – I read on the bus.

I generally can read one average length novel each week or, if I nod off on the way home, it may take two. I depend on the public library for the most part to keep me in stock of material. To keep the books flowing I check availability of titles, online, each week and add books to my list. I try to look for things that have varying wait queues. This process keeps me with at least one book on hand each week with a ‘go to’ back up before I have to return to the library for another book. I have also taken to adding forth coming releases (or books the library is getting around to carry). Kindle or old school – does not matter.

So late last week my plan sort of failed. I had loaded my reservation list with a few books that are scheduled to come out in such a way, and given the wait queue, that I would get each one shortly after the previous with ample time to read them. Much to my surprise, here is what was on the hold shelf for me early last week. (I did not take a picture of the stack as the binding and covers have library seals everywhere.)

Reading for  June 2015

Three of the five are ‘in demand’ meaning I cannot renew them. I could be an ass and just hold onto them until I am done but I hate when people do that. Our library has no late penalty. If you go beyond a certain threshold they just don’t let you check anything else out until you cough up the overdue book(s). I get three weeks to get the three limited holds read so I’ll be fine. But geez.

Back to Capella – Pt. 4

•June 5, 2015 • 1 Comment

Closing out the week having done more model work than I thought. Probably won’t do much more, WIP, posting until it’s finished. I’d say ‘stay tuned’ but my track record is really, really bad.

Or maybe I should say [snicker mode] ‘Maintain visual scanning!‘ [snicker mode /]

I did my interiors cheat texture to the viewing ports and textured out a few odd parts including the impulse engine. I also tinkered out the warp inter-cooler by making a TOS style assembly and reduced to two per nacelle from the four from the original design. Need to finish the nacelle pylons, shuttle bay and navigational lights. My specular mapping is not done yet either nor is the arse end of the saucer section properly tectured. One would think that is small stuff and simple which would be true.



Star Trek Capella Class
Star Trek Capella Class


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