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In Memory Together We Stand

:bulletpurple: This was a request by korax-subspace. :bulletpurple:

:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: Thank you very much to everyone who commented on and :+fav:ed this piece! :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: This image looks OK on my screen, but the color intensity, brightness and overall balance varies somewhat on the screens I have viewed this image on. Please keep that in mind when commenting! :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

This was created for an event and it shows all the "hero" ships from the Star Trek shows and movies since the 1960s; all the ships commanded at one time or another by the five (six, counting Riker) captains:

:bulletblue: Captain Jonathan B. Archer
:bulletblue: Captain James T. Kirk
:bulletblue: Captain Jean-Luc Picard
:bulletblue: Captain Benjamin L. Sisko
:bulletblue: Captain Kathryn Janeway

:bulletyellow: The ships are all to scale, even if in perspective that isn't obvious.
:bulletyellow: The lighting in the scene is more the 'romantic' version than the 'realistic' one, as per request.
:bulletyellow: Custom textures (created by me) were applied to some parts of the ships (e.g. warp nacelles & bussard collectors).
:bulletyellow: Minor distortions are caused by the extreme camera angle.
COMPOSITION: Base nebula rendered in Apophysis. Added matte painting elements in Photoshop. Created textures for planets in Photoshop using base images of my own photography and some public domain images from Mars (final texture resolution 16384x8192). Created base meshes for the planets (two layers, one surface, one atmosphere; didn't bother with clouds on this one). Rendered the main background, including the nebula 'matte painting', setting up material parameters for the surface and the planet's atmospheres in Lightwave. Used the final background render as a backdrop for the scene setup with all the ships which was rendered in Lightwave as well. Final composition, color and contrast balance, plus a some additional background elements, completed in Photoshop.

SCENE STATS: 2,828,130 polygons, 128 light sources ("distant", "spot", "area" lights), 764 surfaces, 40 objects in total.

IMTWS Workflow Composite by overseer

MESHES: Galaxy-class by Prologic 9, Defiant-class by Skye Dodds, Sovereign-class by Ralph Schoberth, Constitution-class & Constitution-class Refit by Dennis Bailey, NX-class by Escelce, Intrepid-class by Sarod, Planets (incl. textures)Nebula by me

My artworks are not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc. or the "Star Trek" franchise. The Star Trek trademarks, logos, and related names are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used under "fair use" guidelines.

Comments and critique welcome. Thank you to TreeClimber for the WIP comments and suggestions.

        More of my works:       
New Heading: Three-Two-Eight-Mark-One-Zero-Five by overseer  The Continuing Voyages by overseer  Favor The Bold by overseer  Aeternus Praetor by overseer  Infinite Terror by overseer

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© 2015 - 2021 overseer
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hanpark765's avatar

All the hero ships


MissDino13a's avatar

Awesome. Glad you included all the ships. You did an outstanding job.

Phenometron's avatar
These ladies have had amazing captains guiding them. ;)
Neldorwen's avatar
i am back from watching Star Trek Beyond for the first time, and I am still so emotional on this day. This piece reflects all the undescribable feelings Star Trek makes me feel.... *instant fav, and happy anniversary*
Kahdrim's avatar
Stunning piece of work
AlleycatCY's avatar
Beautiful image!

How long did it take to render ?
My computer and laptop is okay with handling the typical 1 to 4 light render.  The low end up laptop will not network render (LuxRender) anything bigger than 1000 x 1000 image, its very weird.
overseer's avatar
Thank you!

To be honest, I don't actually recall. But I did render in passes. The planet/moon setup was the initial scene and rendered and then I used the same file, but removed the planets, and added the composited background in. That way I could retain the light sources (pointed at a Null object) and then setup the ships. The planet render, due to 16k textures and quite a few subdivisions.. maybe 2-3 hours on a Core2Quad. The ships didn't take all that long. 50 minutes give or take. Ended up doing that a couple of times though, for fine tuning.
rkraptor70's avatar
This image made me many beautiful memories.....
overseer's avatar
As long as you had 'good tears', I'm OK with that. An emotional response to my artwork is a huge compliment for me. Thank you.
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NeverPoster's avatar
My critiques are useually very simple. For this one .... one of the best homages I have ever seen. Every series on display with a gorgeus back ground. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
overseer's avatar
Thank you very much! And, you know, this quote applies and puts you in good company:

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein

NeverPoster's avatar
I'm going to have to remember that
overseer's avatar
Words to live by!
Evohunter7's avatar
Jaw is on the floor. If I had money I'd buy this and put it on a 6-foot canvas.
overseer's avatar
I wouldn't be able to sell this, since this is not officially licensed work. Thank you though! :)
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dgspirit1991's avatar
This is absolutely fantastic great work :)
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