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U.S.S. Recalcitrant by supersampled U.S.S. Recalcitrant by supersampled
Pike Class
Deep Space Patrol Escort
Length (approx) 400m
Crew 200

In the wake of the solanae dyson sphere's discovery and the likelihood of forgotten Iconian relics left scattered throughout space, a joint project between Vulcan and Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards set out to produce one of the most advanced Federation Escorts of it's age. The USS Recalcitrant, a Deep Space Patrol Escort was designed to operate alone, seeking out and securing Iconian gateways, installations and technology scattered throughout the distant, dark corners of gamma and delta quadrant. 


So this was the end result of my 3DS MAX to C4D modeling conversion session. 1 week turned into 3, things were learnt, remembered, reconfigured. Although I haven't (and probably won't) texture this thing, I've fixtured out UV Unwrapping too... As always, when I try to figure things out, I usually set out on a personal project - in this case, I wanted to make a starship for Star Trek Online, a Federation ship that meshed with my own quirky design sensibilities...

With the goal established,  then I ask for help, suggestions, spend a lot of time on youtube, pull my hair out, and try again.... as you can see here:
I may texture it some day - but I have to move on to a personal project I've been working on, thinking on, dreaming on, for far too long. ;)

Thanks for your time.

I'm answering questions/comments for a few hours if any of you are still watching. :)
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Fastmax Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
The U.S.S. Recalcitrant: what a thoroughly refactory nomenclature. ;)

The design is bizarre, original and delicious. The accompanying text reads rather more  like an appealing show pitch than a mere description of a series of CG constructs.
A provocative and successful project.
Orca19904 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I hope she has some sort of cloaking technology, seeing as she may have to penetrate lightyears of hostile space controlled by factions such as the Borg, Dominion, Voth, Kazon, Vidiians, and who knows how many other aggressive races, to say nothing of the Iconians themselves.
kaasjager Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hewhogroks Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is some splendid work, kudos!
Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Absolutely georgeous!!  One of the sweetest designs I've seen in quite some time.
Iron-Wok Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those curves... Great design
usstodd Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014


I really like the nacelle pylon structure.

JakubWieczorek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Digital Artist
I love that :D
WideFoot Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So, this is amazing work.  The ship is well-balanced and graceful and you have a good balance of organic and sharp-edged components.  Your nacelles are unique and interesting.  I like the way that the bussard collectors curve around the hull and the way you pull what's almost a rectangular prism out of that organic shape to form the area for the coils.  I also like like the nod you give to the Vulcan annular warp drive with the pylons that are almost a ring.  

If any of the Star Trek series reboots get off of the ground, I hope this ship is a regular player.  
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