Should have posted this ages ago, but here it is -
Like many gamers, I love Homeworld when it first came out. With designs clearly inspired by two of my favourite SF Illustrators - Peter Elson and Chris Foss, there were clearly a lot of ships which looked cool. I always knew I wanted to scratchbuild one, the problem was which one?
I settled on the Taiidan Interceptor. I like the idea that the ship was designed like an medieval night, lopsided with a big whopping weapon on one side, like a lance. The crazy colour scheme would really stick out nicely too from the drab greys that so many other unimaginative SF subjects seem to stick to.
What I really liked about the Homeworld designs was they had a certain heft and weight to them - they really looked like they could be spaceships, with plenty of room for thrusters, fuel etc. Unlike the dinky little things in, say, Battlestar Galactica, which are designed tiny so the props fit on a shooting sound stage. In a computer game, there's no such restriction.
Anyway, here's the Taiidan Interceptor 'Triikor'. Basically they were the grunts you sent into battle to get massacred.
A big shout out to Jon Aaron Kambeitz & Rob Cunningham who I believe designed this. This is my favourite design from the Homeworld Series. I had hoped to work on Homeworld 2... sadly it all happened a bit too quickly before I could get organised. However I can still get some consolation from building some of the ships to hold in my hands!
So here's my interpretation in styrene, epoxy and polyester putty, with a few bits and pieces from old kits.
Thank for looking, hope you enjoyed the pics, sooner or later I better start posting some of my art here...
Wow man. I absolutely LOVE this. I remember when I was younger, My brother and I would stare at those Foss illustrated books for hours and hours. They really sparked the imagination didn't they? It's so cool to see that come to life. It's obvious you take great pride in your work. You didn't half ass anything. I really like it. Congrats on a job well done. About how many hours did you sink in to the project? Thanks for sharing.
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it" - Groucho Marx
Wow fantastic you must be very pleased with how it turned out, I dont know the the design, but the attention to detail and quality of build is spot on. Congrats
Thats just brilliant. Also, thanks for the WIPs
sketches (not fully realized works here)
Thanks folks. I don't keep logs on how long these builds take. Frankly, it would probably put me off, I would think 'yeah, I should have spent that time doing something to earn money', or some other crazy thoughts! I built it over a period of 2-3 months, mainly weekends. Some weekends I wouldn't touch it due to work/travel/family commitments, other times I might devote a block of a few hours to it.
Forgot to mention it took out first prize in the Starship Modeler 'Star Fighters' scratchbuild competition.
That is amazing work! Great job starting and finishing, I keep starting new projects
Man, I love those illos, too!
Gorgeous model. Thanks for the process shots! Inspirational!
Good god that is beautiful! I loved HW, especially the Taiidan Scouts and Interceptors (and the Kushan Multigun Corvette and Cloaked Fighter, and the Kadeshi ships...bah! Losing focus!)... this is a fantastic model. If you ever do another to cast and sell, I'd be all over that. Great work!
Looks great. Love the paint job. Glad you post the WIP pics too, I wouldn't know where to begin building something like this.
As always, starting is always the hardest part. I find a good set of drawings help. Also, with a build of this nature, if you get bogged down in one area, you leave it and go to another (unless you're working to a deadline of course!).