Part 2 of our Design the Next Enterprise Dev Diary Series is brought to you by STO Art Lead, Jeremy Mattson. Follow Jeremy and his team as they outline the process of bringing the next Enterprise from concept to game art.
They messed up the design, the original concept was classic...awesome. But they went in and totally ruined the deflector dish and saucer. The ship has lots its flow now, its become...an overdeveloped Cryptic designed ship. I am almost not looking forward to it anymore if its gonna look like that concept art. Its got that modular look that all those other horrible looking Cryptic SF ships have thanks for the block deflector, the weirdness on top of the saucer.
The saucer should be more round when viewed from above as well, I dont like the oval shape. Well, thats just my thoughts on it...I really wish the deflector was closer to the original design, more rounded on the bottom lip...and without the dumb overbite...but I guess we will see how this pans out. And aside from what ive mentioned, everything else about it is great. Maybe it will grow on me...who knows.
Adams model looks pretty good, but there is some weirdness going on on the tops of the nacelles. I like the open top Sovereign style nacelles that the concept art has. It should be familiar, but not overdone or insane. I also wouldnt mind seeing some variants added for the ship either, nothing wrong having a couple nacelle options in the ship tailor.
This is my own personal opinion but when i see the Thomas Marrone's Paint-Over of the Enterprise F Clay Model image.
I have to say thats the ugliest federation star ship iv ever seen.
Oddly enough, I kinda like it. Not too keen on the secondary hull and deflector, but I like what Thomas Marrone did with the necks. Definitely made a believer in the dual neck policy outta me. Though as stated in the article, there's a little too much of the sovvie in her. Still, Nice work Mr Marrone. Can't wait to see future ships that you develop.
Taking a look at Adam William's render at the end of the article now, I'm loving the return to a curvy secondary hull and deflector when compared to slightly blocky Thomas Marrone version. Of course, that means that the neck has gone back to the slender design also, which is a little irksome, but overall, a neat take on the F, just wish that we had more angles so we could do a proper comparison with Thomas Marrone's.
Fantastic Artcle and it's great to see how this ship is developing, no matter how the ships ends up looking.
I shortened the saucer and shrunk the deflector dish's overbite. The big change I made was with the nacelle pylons, I moved them up so secondary hull could be shown off a bit more, along with making it look larger/longer as well. I also imagined the pylons going upward like on a connie, putting the nacelles up high.'
EDIT: The idea was to make the saucer feel a bit more like the Galaxy, show off the secondary hull more (thinking of that as the "Sovereign" bit), and moving the nacelles to a more Constitution-class layout.