Thank you very, very much to everyone who ed this piece!
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Just a random idea with an unknown ship I decided to call U.S.S. Conclusion, NCC-3120. No back story really, just a good old exploration mission in Star Trek's spirit. Experimented with several ideas on this one.
COMPOSITION: Starfield rendered and then composited with my nebula matte painting in Photoshop. Scene setup and render in Lightwave with final composition (including all FX) in Photoshop.
MESHES:Loknar-class Frigate by Lt. Riley (LW conversion by Matt Christou, LW textures & rig by Fabio Passaro; texture modifications by Overseer) & TMP Shuttle by Georg Angelakis (geometry & texture modifications by Overseer)
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This is awesome, in my opinion. I've had many thoughts and conversations with myself on new Trek ships, and never once thought of a double stardrive section.
The scene itself makes this stand out. That's one damn awesome background right there.
The shuttlepod in the corner is a nice touch. From that and the rest of the ship, I assume this is post-Voyager-finale?
On to the ship itself. For some reason I think of the NX-01 Enterprise and Kirk's ship stuck together and built 200 years or so later. I dunno, my brain's weird. Again, loving that double stardrive section.
The detail is great, the lighting is close enough to perfect.
Overall, that's one smexy starship. Gonna grab the wallpaper version.
(As you can probably tell, I'm new to this critique business )
the first thing that hits you about this piece is the redness. it just hits you square in the face and keeps coming, no matter what. But that does not mean it is bad, as it really isn't the central ship takes center stage, dwarfing the almost invisible shuttle beside it. the idea of having twin hulls offsets the twin deflectors well, and the pod below is an amazing idea. what with the movie era nacelles, one hell of a ship design. the contrast between the red and the steel of the ship is amazing.well done in deed. very impressed. reminds me, got a story to write. thanks for sharing, and well done.
That's a grey area I'm afraid. The Reliant is Miranda-class, and that ship class could be anything from science, patrol, escort to a supply ship (later on). The Miranda-class was later replaced by the Nebula-class, and the reason these vessels could either be science or tactical vessels is the pod they had outfitted on the arms moving upward from the warp nacelles, could either be a sensor pod, or a tactical pod containing photon launchers etc. I guess whether you'd call it a frigate or destroyer would depend on the configuration. Several Miranda-class vessels were assisting the attack on the Borg at Wolf 359, but a Miranda-class ship that was encountered by the Enterprise-D (TNG season 2), the U.S.S. Lantree, was a supply ship. So... your guess is as good as mine.
Looking at this from a production perspective, they obviously had a limited amount of models available and built, so they reused them. Picards first command, the Constellation-class Stargazer, was essentially a modified Constitution/Miranda class. The precursor to the Miranda-class was the Soyuz-class which was also encountered by the Enterprise-D. Essentially the same configuration, but more phase cannons (similar to what the U.S.S. Kelvin had in the first of the JJ Trek movies).