Having completed colonization efforts on a class M planet, a fleet of Starfleet vessels is leaving the system, to return to the nearest starbase.
Not any particular reason why I chose these ships, just that they're some of my more favorite classes. And well, you do need an escort like a Defiant class in any case.
If anyone's wondering; the registry number on the Galaxy class belongs to the U.S.S. Venture which made appearances in a few of DS9's Dominion battle episodes, but as far as I know is still in service. So, why not?
COMPOSITION: Starfield was rendered, the remaining background elements were composited/digitally painted from scratch in Photoshop by me. The setup of the ships with lighting rig and subsequent render was done in Lightwave. I've also retextured Prologic9's Galaxy class in the process for more details. The remaining post work was done in PS.
MESHES:Galaxy class by Prologic9 (retextured my me), Defiant class by Skye Dodds, Danube class Runabouts by Thomas Slanitz & Raven class by Nick Bacon (LW conversion by Infinityloop).
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ORIGINAL SIZE: 3200x1320, 125 layers.
Comments and critique welcome.
Thank you to *TreeClimber for her usual valuable suggestions during WIP!
Never ceasing to amaze, overseer delivers another brilliant render. It is a simple one, but sometimes that's all what's needed to achieve perfection. It has all of the aspects that are frequently missing from other multi-ship shots we see - constant quality. Brilliant lighting is a big part of that, because all of the ships and planets are lit up perfectly in regards to the light sources - not only the sun, but also the blue planet. Galaxy class casting lights onto its own surface is also a nice touch. This work probably has the best background that I have ever seen - it's sharp and actually feels like a real alien world without being too forced. Normally I would complain about lack of bloom, light streaks or other camera vfx but here they would not change anything - this image is perfect as it is. Brilliant work overall, from which many should take inspiration and advice !
I'm always surprised how people can make such beatiful pictures, play with all those colors, make such awesome detail. I especially like the moon, the change of colors, one going to another. Ship designs are pretty much purrfect. Though i'm not sure if during drawing the shuttles there was some laziness,because of shadows hiding all of them. Especially considering how the Enterprise-class ship is visible from this angle and shuttles aren't. And while the closest planet is quite nice, i think it would need a little more focus. It just lacks marvelous details the rest of the picture has. In the end, it's a very nice picture and i'm glad i saw it. Keep up the great work.
I like how you kinda/sorta duplicated the Final Scene From Star Trek Generations but with different ships, also if you plan on remaking this you'll need to remap the Venture's Ventral Saucer because her name was shown underneath the Registry number, something that was carried over to other galaxy classes like the "VOY: Timeless" USS Challenger
Thanks. Actually "Generations" wasn't part of it while I was creating that. I was painting the background and just though of an arrangement that would fit the scale; but, I guess, it works, too! As for the registry numbers, I used some references, but I don't actually have to remap the ship. I can add the name via Photoshop easily. Thank you for pointing it out.
The ship at the bottom right (from viewer's point) is a Raven-class vessel. You were able to see it in a couple of Seven of Nine related STVOY episodes. The two shuttles are Danube-class Runabouts which were frequently shown in STDS9. The Runabouts are one of my most favorite ship designs ever; a versatile, multipurpose warp shuttle!
WOW! I love every inch of this pic, great job I have one minor issue though, you have a Warship/escort vessel and a long range exploratory vessel in a colonization role witch would usually be handled by colony ships although these do seem like they are defending the planet instead, a better suited role for these ships. Sorry to nit pick, love the painting either way
And... no problem at all, however; Galaxy class ships have been used for colonization efforts which was also mentioned in the show on several occasions. You are right of course, there are vessels specifically designed to carry colonists, but other ships are being used for supply roles (e.g. the Enterprise-D dropped Runabouts off at DS9) and if you look at TNG's season 1, in the episode "Justice", it is mentioned that the Enterprise-D just completed colonization efforts, causing some grievance towards the Edo's "god". There are other examples, but this one just came to mind...
As for an escort vessel, it goes without saying why that is needed. I also think that with the Dominion war just over and the comissioning of the new Luna class starships, the long-range exploration is not just the sole mission of Galaxy class ships anymore.
Either way, I rarely conjure up a back story about my pieces, so anything's possible. Thank you again though for the comment! I appreciate it.
Great piece, wish it came in a higher rezzie! The Venture...was she one the Galaxy Class shoving those Galor Cardi ships outta the way in the opening battle of "Sacrifice the Angels"? The best backgrounds are hand made, I used to plop stuff in too but making/modifying it yourself adds that extra level of self-satisfaction. My main critique of most 3d scifi stuff is the lack of competent starfield/planets in their backgrounds, but you nailed it here.
Yes, the Venture was one of the Galaxy class starships involved in the Dominion wars and I believe also in that particular battle. In fact, I'm currently working on a piece based on that (or the previous) episode.
And I agree with you on your points. However, it all depends on how, well.. obsessive you are. I would consider myself pretty detail obsessed, even if that can sometimes mean that I work a lot longer on a single piece, but hey, that's how it goes.
I rather take my time these days to do something in a way that I'm happy with rather than uploading two pieces a day like some people that could achieve a much better quality if they just spent a little more time on their stuff. But... oh well.
Guess so, focus is a relative thing in this hyper-distraction sensory/content overload age we live in, haha. I'm the same way, a detail fiend, I don't share something unless it's been refined and worked to a great degree, there-in lies the weakness too, lack of output and tendency to tweak add infinitum. It's cool though, I enjoy upping the detail bar & pushing my limits to get better...
Absolutely. I don't have fun unless learning is involved (in whatever way).
I never understand people that post something with the note, "I'm not happy with this, but whatever..." - or along those lines. Fine if you want criticism, but usually those people aren't happy with that either. The only WIP I ever posted was an animation; simply because it takes a long time to composit them together, not because it was graphically subpar to what I wanted.
I'm lucky in that my wife is an artist, too (albeit traditional), but I get good input! It helps. And yes, sometimes you have to force yourself to just leave it; keeping in mind that little, irritating details we artists notice on our pieces, no one else will see. Ever!
I love the Galaxy class, myself. It has few, if any, bad angles, and when it's angled upward with that huge saucer pointing up, it really looks regal and elegant, and very fitting of the class name. Andy Probert did a fantastic job designing her.
Yes he did. If it wasn't too cheesy (and if 'Galaxy' wasn't more fitting), they could've just as well named it 'Majestic' class. Would've also been a nice pun on the (supposed) Majestic 12 committee. I think now there is some Trek fan RPG that has such a class name, but I'm not really concerned with non-canon stuff. So...
Indeed. Galaxy is really much more fitting. It speaks of not only the mission of the Federation, but the size of the ship. The Sovereign may be a hundred meters longer, but there's none that can match the Galaxy for sheer volume short of the star bases. Plus, if you've ever looked at pictures of galaxies, it's clear that something that invokes as much majesty and power as the shape of the Galaxy class deserves that name.
Yup, absolutely. It's such a shame that we never got to see the more impressive areas of the ship in the show, like that huge windowed observation deck that rounds the saucer, or the more impressive labs. I think that was the original idea for "Star Trek: Online" as well, that you could actually explore the entire Galaxy class vessel. Shame they axed it.