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Old 12-27-2010, 01:44 AM
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Default My first ACTUAL 3D model build...the battlestar Galactica made with Blender

I finally built my first actual CG model...and not just some schlep together in iClone. This time, I used a real modeling app....Blender. Not only is it powerful, it's FREE!!!!
It took me about 5 days to put this together. She ain't photo perfect, and she's far from the quality of a Steve Wilson build (God rest his soul), but I think she turned out purdy durned good.
I took a couple liberties with this design. For one, the recovery arms. It always seemed in the actual model that the recovery bay and the launch tubes were on the same deck. That just never settled well with me. How did one explain the length of the launch tubes? So, I decided to make the launch tubes sit one deck below the recovery bay. I figure (and you have to admit, the Ron Moore show at least got the right idea) that the Vipers land in the recovery bay, get lowered down to the maintenance bay, and then can get rolled out to the launch tubes. To allow more room for the Vipers to land in the rearward maws of the battlestar, I widened the opening from bottom to top on the recovery arm.
This was a fun model to build....and quite a tough one for my first, as battlestars and star destroyers are among the most greebled physical models out there. For reference, I used my 2 inch Konami Galactica and Pegasus miniatures, as well as online photo references.
This version will appear in an animation soon.
I hope you'll like this


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another batch of beauty shots... I'm pretty proud of this being my very first mesh...I picked a mother of a ship to start with too. LOL!


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I like it! Very good work. I may have to try that myself.
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That looks pretty good Martok.

I've never had a preference between the original and the re-imagined BSG Galactica's much, although I do like the leaner look of the 70s version over the chunkier and more solid looking reimagined one but like yourself I liked how the Viper launch system worked on Nu-BSG.

Gotta get a little squadron of Vipers to fly alongside it now!
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:53 AM
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Most kind, my friends, thank you. I'm glad you like it.

The next model I'll work on will either be the Cylon basestar (which ought to be far simpler to assemble), or a more accurized Cylon Centurion. My efforts made in iCLone look more like cartoons or paintings. With Blender, I should be able to make much more convincing avatars and ships.

Essentially, I use Blender as my parts fabrication plant (major components and hull detail sprues). THen I export that stuff into 3DExchange for conversion into iClone usable parts, and then assemble the converted components into the ship you now see. Using iClone, I also created the window lights, the runway landing lights (which are animated, btw), and the name tags for each ship.
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That's great work, Martok! Love the detail.
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Thank you very much, Livingston. Most kind.
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I never saw it, reminds me of a runabout.... so that is what they call a battlestar?
I agree about the details, they look like bump maps at first must have been a lot of work!
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Yep. That is a battlestar as depicted in the original 1978 television series of Battlestar Galactica.

It took some work for sure. This was my first model built with an advanced model making app, so I was still learning a lot of the controls. But now things ought to roll along a lot smoother. I'm working on a Cylon basestar now...and she's coming along beautifully.
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