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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 19 May 2017 at 6:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just got back from the Motor City Comic-Con. As usual, it was sensory overload! I noted that Vic Mignogna (of STAR TREK CONTINUES) was there, although I didn't get around to chatting with him. Also got myself a big stack of AVENGERS (vol. 1) comics for $2 a pop.


Anyway, what's relevant to this thread? In some $6 trade paperback bins, I managed to snag NEW VISIONS Vol. 3 and 4 for myself, and NEW VISIONS Vol. 1 for a friend who had to attend a funeral instead of going to Comic-Con.

For another friend who was unable to attend, I bought NEW VISIONS Vol. 1 and the STAR TREK: THE JOHN BYRNE COLLECTION (which contains all of the non-photonovel miniseries--a $35 value for $6!!!!). This friend of mine has been slowly watching TOS for the first time, and is really enjoying it (just as I've been slowly reading the LORD OF THE RINGS books--we're engaging in a "Nerd Cultural Exchange Program"), and I figured he'd get a kick out of these books. Unfortunately, he'll have to wait until he gets through TOS to read them and grasp the proper context, especially when it comes to ASSIGNMENT: EARTH.

Mind you, my choice of NEW VISIONS Vol. 1 may be slightly self-serving, since it contains my namesake, the U.S.S. Gregory. Gotta win friends and impress the babes with that nerd street cred, y'know? Of course, I'm also happy to spread the word on this series!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 21 May 2017 at 8:22am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Tinker, tinker...

As some of you may recall, the shuttlecraft was a bit of a TARDIS, being larger inside than out. Saving money on the full sized exterior model? Anyway, this presents me with a question as to how to scale my model compared to any figures that might be in the shot. I really am tempted to make it bigger than it was, so that the interior proportions make more sense.

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Paul Newland
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Posted: 21 May 2017 at 9:30am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Go for it.  Nothing you come up with can be as bad as the JJprise. 
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John Byrne

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Posted: 25 May 2017 at 7:16am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"Sketching" in the modeler yesterday, I found not only an image, but a story forming. This morning I set up a panel, even tho that story is not fully formed. Also seen here another in my constant experiments to find different ways to show the crew beaming down.

By the time I have finished shaping the story, it may have nothing like its present form, so this shot may not even appear! Several issues away, in any case!

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Aleksandar Petrovic
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Posted: 25 May 2017 at 9:30am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I like the environment, whatever it represents - very nice
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Tim O'Neill
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Posted: 25 May 2017 at 9:47am | IP Logged | 6 post reply



Fantastic!  Your designs for this series have been a big part of the fun.  I really like the use of panels for beaming down - very cool.



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John Byrne

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Posted: 26 May 2017 at 7:26am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It seems I will never learn, tho. Building that model employs a lot of glass, chrome and lightbulbs. All of which add enormously to the rendering time.

One of these days I will set my story in a coal mine at midnight!!

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John Byrne

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Posted: 28 May 2017 at 8:10pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

For funzies, here's a shot of my MasterReplicas Enterprise to be featured on an upcoming cover (minus the background!).

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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 28 May 2017 at 8:47pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Showing her dominance over the Millennium Falcon, I see.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 29 May 2017 at 7:58am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Showing her dominance over the Millennium Falcon, I see.

They co-exist without too much trouble!!

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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 29 May 2017 at 8:05am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

But the way, Bandai recently released a small Falcon model kit in the same scale (1/350) as the Master Replicas Enterprise. It's barely 4" long, whereas the Enterprise is 34" long. Not exactly a fair fight, if the two went up against each other!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 29 May 2017 at 9:04am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

To the right side of the picture above you can see the tail end of a diecast Fireball XL5 I picked up a few years ago, and decided to display alonside the Enterprise when I realized they were very nearly the same scale.

That corner of the room is becoming a real nexus of nostalgia. A surprising number of my favorite space ships have become available over the years, and are accumulated there. The Enterprise and the Millenium Falcon, obviously. Fireball. And not visible the Protector from GALAXY QUEST, and, recently added, a carved mahogany model of Dan Dare's Anastasia.

That last has a special significance all its own, given the number of times I tried to sculpt it out of plasticine when I was a kid!

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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 29 May 2017 at 3:03pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

 Love that Master Replicas Enterprise.

You should do an entire issue from the ships point of view.
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Francesco Consoli
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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 May 2017 at 6:33am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

That's the issue I just finished last week. Good to see it will be coming out in late August. With three additional issues in the works, I am slowly getting back on my preferred schedule.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 31 May 2017 at 5:35pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Can't help but think the titles wreck that cover. Totally obliterates the head. Hmmm.
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John Byrne

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Can't help but think the titles wreck that cover. Totally obliterates the head. Hmmm.

Hmmm. That was intentional.

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Marten van Wier
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Posted: 31 May 2017 at 11:22pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Hmm, Spock looks rather corpse like.
He is not a zombie now, is he?
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John Byrne

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Posted: 01 June 2017 at 6:45am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

You'll find out in August!
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 01 June 2017 at 4:29pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Hmmm. That was intentional.
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Oh, that's OK then
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John Byrne

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A brief return this morning to tinkering with my "40 Acres" model. Still not sure how accurate I want to be, in terms of the placement of the buildings. That way might lie madness, I suspect. Anyway, here's a peek:

The buildings at left and right are mirror images of each other. Their roofs are not yet mapped.

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Tim O'Neill
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Posted: 05 June 2017 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 22 post reply



Very cool! I really like the stable.




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John Byrne

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Last night, channel surfing, I caught a brief glimpse of an interesting architectural structure, and trotted down to the Studio to see if I could model it, before it slipped out of my brain. Some NEW VISIONS potential, I thought.

Modeling the basic form turned out to be easier than I'd expected, and as I tinkered I decided to set the structure -- by this time, multiple iterations -- on pylons over ocean water. Then I set about giving each building a private dock. I decided at least one of them should have a futuristic water craft moored, so I checked thru the items that come bundled with the modeler, and found something which, half submerged, looked just right.

I ran the first test rendering and discovered the "boat" I'd picked out had its name emblazoned on the bow -- "Triton".

Religions have been built on less!

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John Byrne

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Posted: 06 June 2017 at 9:56am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Something amusing I have noticed working on the 40 Acres model -- about every third building appears to be a hotel!
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Anthony J Lombardi
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Posted: 06 June 2017 at 10:32am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Something amusing I have noticed working on the 40 Acres model -- about every third building appears to be a hotel!
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I'm reminded of the old cost cutting method of looping the background scenes. That had be done so often in films and on tv. 

I had the amusing thought of you purposely doing that with your backgrounds. In keeping with those old cost cutting methods.


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