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Kazeite
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This is something I've been working since I drew that bridge - isometric view of USS Excalibur a'la Fact Files [Smile]

This is the "original" bridge, just like it looked when Excalibur was commisioned:

http://flareupload.pleh.net/uploads/970/Excalibur-bridge1.jpg

And this is refitted bridge, just like it looked like in the "New Frontier novels:

http://flareupload.pleh.net/uploads/970/Excalibur-bridge2.jpg

So, what do you think? [Smile]

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B.J.
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Very nice! I love seeing isometric drawings like this. Did you draw it all from scratch, or did you manipulate some Fact Files scans? Just from the clean look, I'd say from scratch, but it's nice to hear it from the horse's mouth.

Oh, and what program do you use again? (It's hard to keep track of what everyone uses!)

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Aban Rune
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That's gotta be from scratch... the lights coming from the console podiums were never that defined in the Fact Files drawings, IIRC.

Very nice.

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Mark Nguyen
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I'm guessing it was also traced or interpolated from the sketch of the NF version seen in that comic book... Fantastic job, though!

Mark

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Nice! Any plans to do other views?
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Jason Abbadon
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Bueatiful work, but it looks far too cramped to me.

I'd probably give it at least another three feet clearance (about a meter) tactical rail and the backs of the chairs at the aft of the bridge.

It's pretty cramped and Kebron is a biiig guy- currently, anyone working tactical would have to move aside whenever someone needed to sit at the aft stations.

While I'm sure you've captured the look of the NF bridge perfectly, I've always thought the idea of two chairs side-by-side was dumb: the ship's captain should be easily identifiable to anyone from the viewscreen, and the look of "co-captains" makes me ill. [Wink]

Any idea what the far forward station is supposed to be for? It's pretty useless.

Again, it's a bueatiful illustration- as good as anything I've seen in Fact Files. [Smile]

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Aban Rune
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Same thing the one on the Enterprise C was for [Smile]

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Kazeite
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[Big Grin]

Yeah, it was done tracing NF sketch and using Enterprise C, D and E bridges as a coloring reference.

I drew that using CorelDraw, so, except for bitmap LCARS, I could make some extreme closeups if I wanted to [Smile]

But yeah, Jason, you're probably right in everything you've said. [Smile]

And... yes, I intend to make another bridge, this time from scratch. Which one? It's a secret [Cool]

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B.J.
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CorelDraw, huh? You must be using a later version than I am (version 8), because the antialiasing I get on thin lines is not very good. Other than that, I love the program!

But just for kicks, could you tell me what export options you use? That might make a difference.

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Kazeite
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Well, I simply export drawing twice the size I want, and then I shrink it in Photo-Paint to desired size [Smile]

And yeah, I use later version: 12, to be exact [Smile]

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The forward console in the New Frontier comic is actually way smaller than that - in a frame where Soleta is briefing Calhoun and standing next to it, it's about knee high, and barely the size of the Ops or Conn pulpits. Also, the main viewer is significantly larger, covering the whole forward wall (the two smaller screens to port and starboard on the wall are omitted to provide the space).

All this certainly improves the ability of Ops, Conn, CO and XO to see the viewer even when somebody is toying with the forward console. If there's somebody there, he, she, s/he or it must be crouching pretty deep. [Smile]

Admittedly, it looks a tad silly - but it's something quite unique to and characteristic of the refitted Excalibur, and as such might be featured in your design.

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B.J.
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Okay, you use the same cheat I do when exporting. [Smile] Your lines still look better, though. I'm certain that's been one of the improvements over the years.

Planning on doing any other bridges or rooms?

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Kazeite, great bridge, as expected. I look forward to your surprise bridge.

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Kazeite
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Timo, I know all that. As far as I can tell, comic bridge actually has different shape. Besides, it has different colors.

So, basically, I was keeping true to the sketch, not the comic.

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Mark Nguyen
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Few Trek comics have any sort of consistency in visual design. "Double Time" (right?) is an anomaly in this respect, as most of the starship exteriors are generally accurate. The interiors certainly did not show the same sort of continuity.

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