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Jun
13

U.S.S. Hobb Creek pt. 4

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Gonna call her done, for now. Decals are on, a layer of flat clear has been applied, and the last few details have been painted on. All the windows have been hand painted in either flat white, or gloss black, depending on whether they lit, or not. Aztec panels were painted on in gloss, to provide an effect like the refit Enterprise filming model had, instead of the mottled diseased look that most newer Trek ships have. The decals have been done to reflect late 24th century practices, so the side markings are similar to Voyager’s with the larger lettering and registry instead of the sip’s name. I also left the red outline off the ship’s name on the saucer, for the same reason. The escape pods are similar to what’s on the Nova class, just because I like their look. The decals were made at 1200DPI, which nearly choked Paint Shop Pro 9. It doesn’t like doing vectors that large, and all the text was done as vectors. Other graphics were scraped from various corners of the web, and modified as needed.

 

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The aztecing, being done in clear, is subtle enough that it doesn’t show up well in pictures.  That last picture was taken specifically to show it off. It’s most visible on the saucer, but it is everywhere on the ship. The only parts of the hull I didn’t paint it on, are the colored sections on the engineering hull. Those are decals made from graphics I found a while back on the Starship Modeller website. I gray scaled them, so that my base colors would show through. The patterns are surprisingly crisp, but subtle, and hard to capture on camera. Or, I’m just horrible at taking pictures. I suspect it’s that last one.

 

The background image in the picture at the top of this entry is from http://hameed.deviantart.com/art/Deep-Space-Nebula-152575344

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