About halfblog.net

Warning: Contains half-baked ideas and half-formed thoughts.

This is my primary blog, but it’s unclear to me what that really means. I’ll write about anything that interests me and which I believe should be of some interest to others. In general that means I’ll blog about design, photography, technology, the internet and local issues.

About the author

I’m a self-taught internet enthusiast based in Brighton & Hove, UK. I have one good eye for design and another good photographer’s eye combined with social media savvy and antisocial tendencies. I speak HTML and CSS to a pretty high standard and can cut and paste pretty fast. I give good Photoshop and know a wide repertoire of other software tricks. Read more at Geoff.at

Note: This blog used to be hosted at Posterous, and I am still in the process of migrating over selected content.

Recent Posts

USS Pioneer: These are the voyages of a LightWave starship model I released…

In 2007 I made my own Star Trek starship in LightWave 3D. I’d made a few others before, but this one became a labour of love. The USS Pioneer had a lot of little details, some subtle textures and a fairly elaborate lighting rig designed to make renders look good. The ship was intended to be an earlier-era version of the Constellation class starship.

When it was finished I released it1 for others to use. Then I forgot about it! This is my own rendering of the ship from that time:

USS Pioneer

I also made a video rendering2 showing off the animated textures and shuttlebay doors (the model includes a shuttlebay interior).

Seven years later…

Last night I was Googling my username, as you do, and I saw an image I hadn’t seen before:

A Light in the Darkness by Rob Caswell (April 2012)

A Light in the Darkness by RobCaswell

Someone liked my ship enough to make a nice rendering of it! The comments are amusing too. Not all are complementary as the 4-nacelle configuration divides opinion amongst Treknologists, and as someone put it: “My, what big nacelles she has!”. Later still Rob quips “When you turn the speed dial all the way, it goes to ‘Warp 11′.”

The big engines were quite deliberate. I imagined this ship as a fast response vessel of some kind, but looking at it again I would probably make them a bit smaller. But for every person who didn’t like the concept for its imagined technical rule breaking, there is someone who likes the design. In fact, there seems to be a few big fans of it.

Then I carried on looking to see if there were any more images of my ship out there. Turns out that Rob Caswell had made quite a few…

See more cool USS Pioneer renderings →

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