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Starfury from Babylon 5 : Updating my old model

With my recent return to doing some scifi rendering, namely Babylon 5, I looked at the model I made of the Starfury. I created it back in early 2004, and I found that it contained a healthy number of detached verts, 1 and 2 point polygons, not to mention quit e a lot of co-planars.

I therefore set about tidying up and slightly reworking the model. Below are renders of the original model.

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” title=”Old Starfury Model” height=”150″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/old_2.jpg[/image_frame]

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” title=”Old Starfury Model” height=”150″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/old_1.jpg[/image_frame]

So in tidying it up, the wings have been replaced with better versions that are much tidier, along with new capsule and canopy. I have also reworked the details on the main part (guns etc). It’s not finished, I’m still doing stuff with it.

Below are renders of the current state of the updated model.

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” title=”New Starfury Model” height=”150″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/new_2.jpg[/image_frame]

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” title=”New Starfury Model” height=”150″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/new_1.jpg[/image_frame]

It will also need new UV’s and maps!

Sci-fi, Roots, and Rendering

Like many people in the CGI industry in the cuurent era, their initial forays in to CGI were triggered and inspred by things seen on TV.

Myself? I’m no exception. I entered in to the CG arena totally off the back of Babylon 5, and the work produced for it by Foundation Imaging. Of course Fandation Imaging is long gone, but the ground breaking work of Babylon 5 lives on.

It’s actually a long time since I have done any Babylon 5 related imagery. Back in the dim distant past I started out downloading other peoples models. I would convert them from Lightwave to Imagine format, re-apply the textures, and render them in Imagine. Generally they looked terrible, and eventually I got to grips with Lightwave, still in the early stages creating renders using other peoples models. A community existed where the models were created called The Babylon 5 Modellers Guild.

They ran a contest to design a new Babylon station called Babylon 6 (who’d have guessed), and with the assistance of a guy known as ‘Hadrian’ we came up with an idea for Babylon 6. I set about modelling this station, and that started my career as a modeller.

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” height=”150″ width=”550″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/01.jpg[/image_frame]

Well after creating a good few Babylon 5 models of my own, I gradually drifted away from rendering the subject. Then I came across a Facebook Page that made me dig up my models and make them available for download. This led to me doing a few new renders, which you can see below.

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” height=”150″ width=”550″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/1.jpg[/image_frame]

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” height=”150″ width=”550″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2.jpg[/image_frame]

[image_frame style=”framed” align=”center” height=”150″ width=”550″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/3.jpg[/image_frame]

I started out just rendering a Starfury, before adding a couple of extra ones to fill the frame. Then I added a couple of instances of my Hyperion model and some beam weapons. The last render is the same as the second, but with a slightly more aggressive grade.

Free Downloads from the Past

I have noticed on my webstats that there is a good amount of traffic arriving relating to Bablyon 5 and I-War models created many moons ago and made available for download. I am sure there are several sites around the interweb that have the models hosted for download (which they shouldn’t have had strictly speaking, but it’s hardly worth losing sleep over now is it?).

In view of this traffic, I have uploaded the models for download here. Click the image and copy and paste the URL in the description.


[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Babylon 6 : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/babylon6.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/01.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”EA Breheny : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/breheny.html” height=”100″ width=”600″”]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/02.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Minari Flyer : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/minbari_flyer.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/03.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Minari Nial Heavy Fighter : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/minbari_nial.html” height=”100″ width=”600″”]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/test_render_04.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Narn G’Quan Heavy Cruiser : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/narn_gquan.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/04.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Omega Class Destroyer : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/omega_destroyer.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/06.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Minbari Sharlin Heavy Cruiser : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/minbari_sharlin.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/07.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Earth Alliance Thunderbolt : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/thunderbolt.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/08.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Centauri Vorchan : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/centauri_vorchan.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/09.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”CNV-301 Dreadnaught : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/dreadnaught.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/15.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”CNV-222 Harvard (Unfinished) : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/harvard.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/16.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Patcom (Unfinished) : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/patcom.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/17.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Blade 1 : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/blade_01.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/10.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Blade 2 : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/blade_02.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/11.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Blade 3 : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/blade_03.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/12.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Blade 4 : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/blade_04.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/13.jpg[/image_frame]
[image_frame style=”framed” title=”Blade 5 : http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/downloads/blade_05.html” height=”100″ width=”600″]http://www.scorpiocgi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/14.jpg[/image_frame]