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Minerva: Tentative by sandrum Minerva: Tentative by sandrum
OOOOOkay, I have to go to Tokyo for the week to meet my fiance and after that the real fun begins with marathon training again. So before all that stuff happens I thought that I'd post where I am on the Minerva as of now. So, it's not finished at all, but it's getting close. If I ever come back and it gets done, I'll throw this image into scraps and render up a spankin new one.

Subject Info:
This is the Minerva as featured in Gundam Seed Destiny. It's very much like the Archangel/White Base/Arghama in that it is a mobile suit carrier/battleship, but different in that it is built specifically to function as the mother ship to the Impulse Gundam, as the center catapult below the bridge houses the impulses palette based/modular launch system. It's also capable of sending storable energy via a Deuteron beam to the Impulse (or other suits that have the ability to recharge via that beam). It should be credited as being one of the luckiest ships in Gundam history. I'd personally love to destroy it, but I'll need it for the Freedom vs Impulse animation.


Image Info:
The 3D mesh was made in lightwave but based heavily on the scratch built plastic kit featured in the HOBBY JAPAN magazine (April 2005 ed) with the work done by Junji Funato. His seems to be a little off but it's the best reference that I could find. Also, extra detailed illustrations about the Minerva (specifically the Impulse Gundam's launch decks, the Impulse flyer palettes, Linear Catapult, and proton cannon) are outlined a few pages later in the same magazine. So it's kind of a lucky jackpot. Of course, this image is of the 3D mesh of the Minerva based on the images from the magazine. The scratch built model was done in 1/1200 scale, however, the mesh was created in 1/1 scale, so this model is actually (logically) 350meters long.

Left to be done:
Extra detail in the side linear catapults (not the ones for the Impulse, but the ones for the other mobile suits).
Overall detail on the hull
get rid of crusty bg
Lighting system for the Impulse catapult
complete Impulse's palette system
resolve mysteriously disappearing bump maps
change placeholder textures (makes the ship look too small)


see ya!


Software: Lightwave 8.3 (modelling/ rendering)


Gundam is (c) Sunrise/Bandai/Sotsu Agency
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:iconmasch-art:
MASCH-ART Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work, very Hot
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conquest79 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
nice Mnerva.
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GameoverVergil Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Student Artist
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AAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG!!!!
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InfiniteExistence Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008   Writer
This is brilliant!!
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:iconride-the-lightning10:
You sure know your gundam :D
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:iconprovidence1988:
Providence1988 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Well its not my favorite ship of war, but it still looks great..!!
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not mine either, no worries ;) :bounce:
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MapleRose Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh nice render, I like the textures :)

"It should be credited as being one of the luckiest ships in Gundam history"

I think that should go to the Archangel actually, I mean, so many ZAFT (and EAF) teams have pursued and tried to destroy it and failed, both in SEED and Destiny... and it survived the positron cannon being aimed at it three times (twice thanks to Mwu), and head-to-head combat with the Dominion and the Minerva. So I'd say it's pretty darn lucky :D

Anyway, enough of my rant, I can't wait to see this fully finished and all decked-out :aww:
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sandrum Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, really I was just referring to Minerva as lucky on an Offensive standpoint, being able to hold back hordes of enemies at any time. The archangel is quite lucky too, you're right ;)
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Brimstale29 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Dewd!!! Thats F$%&ing AWESOME!!!!!!
It's Great!!!! Have you got the Archangel!?!!
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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gniew-ko Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
Looks realy awesome_geez:faint:
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! Nice to see you again! :D :wave:
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OGProductions Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
What r u going on about? This is Gundam, not transformers...

This is excelent! coming along nicely
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Talec Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's a pretty ship! Its design reminds me of Star Wars, oddly enough. O_o

Nice render. <3 Have fun in Tokyo~
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Gabosamu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME SHIP!!!!
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MeganeRid Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
wow very nice XD
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :peace:
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mikecharles Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
as always, well done.
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, mc! :bounce:
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:iconmikecharles:
mikecharles Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006
welcome.
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:iconanimboi:
animBoi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
:wow: for a wip, it looks amazing...I like your bg is nice, shows off the model well. Cant wait to see it when its finished.
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Awesome work so far! The textures and the modeling are great... Hope to see it finished someday!

- Jared
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope to see it done someday too n_n. Soon i hope.
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:iconkheng:
kheng Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great model
i was about to say it looks inspired by gundam then i read the description :D
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hunospuno Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
hmm, its just stupid of me if i don't say that you're one big perfectionist.=) then again, in 3D you have to be. if this equals to a sketch, then, damn, can't wait for the full rendered piece.=)
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope to satisfy when it gets done ;)
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Zimduo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME !!!
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Zimduo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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Dekus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Thats an amazing desing!! very cool!
Neat render also...
:thumbsup:
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wish I could take credit for the initial design of the shop. Thanks for the comment on the render though :D
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:iconzenadorion:
zenadorion Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!
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:iconsandrum:
sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Thank you!
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Somvold Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have already done quite a job at this stage and look forward to see what you can come up with the finalised version.
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Gundamforce Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
Aweome ship man. You always do impress.
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Gundamforce Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
Damnit i spelled awesome wrong.
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sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! Np, gf. ;)
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if-i-nvr-knew Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
Looks nice =)

The texturing looks kinda funny though.. I see patches all over.. I think it's a problem with the stretching of the textures.
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sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no texture stretching, just a fractal texture sitting in the diffuse channel that I didn't get rid of before render time. ;) It's not supposed to be there.
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crusher500 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006   Photographer
that is a very nice job.
it looks good.
i like it.
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sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully it'll look better in the future. thanks again, crusher!
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crusher500 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006   Photographer
your welcome
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C4mi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
nice! I want mine with acqua colors please... ;P
cool!! Good luck with your finace!!! XD
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sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;) Hmm aqua textures :D :hug:
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C4mi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
er... now, reading my coment I dont remember if it was to be finance or fiance... sorry for the type error!!! T~T
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oldoneeye Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006   Filmographer
all that reference stuff in 1 place, handy :D
with something like this i've always wondered just what is the degree of acuracy on your technical drawings for the measurements into lightwave?

impressive model, though I kinda wish that (with all the other anime i've been watching) i could realte it to smnt i know, since i've only watched gundam wing. though i suppose its good to see stuff where you don't have much of an idea about it. then you just see it for what it is rather than all the ideas around it. yea i started to ramble again :-O
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sandrum Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ;) Yeah, I wouldn't put much stock into the accuracy of anything that I've made in terms of constructing a replica in real life, but lightwave is capable of pulling out relatively accurate measurements if need be.
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oldoneeye Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006   Filmographer
ooo handy, though i wonder if the ultimate goal of a modeler/animator is to achive a high level of artistic style of a high level of accuracy, i suppose it depends of the requirements.
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
It may just be the general shape of the Minerva, but I always thought the "space-shuttle front-end" was way too big, the ship looked hirrbly overbalanced...or at lest designed to seperate into two ships...ya know, escape ship deal.

looks pretty nice though, whats with the wavy pattern all over it?
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