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Project Ark: Earth Colonies Defence Ship (ECDF)

I have been modelling bits and peaces for this project for while now.
They have been done so I can use them in other builds.
I will continue to do this as the need arises for other parts.

Anyway not long ago I finished modelling the Solar Sail that would go on a Colonist/ military ships. This ship will be modular. It has been done for one reason.
Having a modular design make it easier to add modules or remove them as needed and to change the configuration, giving the chance to give desgins yet the same linage.

The ship I am currently building is an early Earth Colonies Defence Ship.

Here is a bit of background on it.
As colonies start to build up and send ores and things that are lacking on Earth, either due to low supplies (like cured oil is starting to be.) back to Earth.
Pirates start to operate steeling these resources. The Earth Defence Force (EDF) set up a new branch of the armed forces. The Earth Colonies Defence Force (ECDF), the EDF did not have ships that where capable of travelling to these Colonies to help protect them or patrol the shipping lanes, as they had been geared up for only work within the Sol System. The ECDF bought 12 colony ships that could be quickly converted to a military ship. This took months rather than years to build a new ship for this purpose.

These new ships where used to set up military outpost on the colonises and to patrol the space lanes until a ship built for this role could be put into service.

After a few years for Political reasons some of the colonises tried to break away from Earth governing, this leads to the Colony Wars. At this point the ECDF still don’t have proper wars ship deployed, as ship built for perpose where still a few years away from complation. This meant that the refitted Colony ships the ECDF bought where still being used. Over half of them move over to the colonist side during the war.

The ship I am currently building will be on the Earth side. It will appear briefly in the animation. But I plan to get very close it so it needs to be a high details ship.
It will also be a dead ship, so I will also be adding battle damage to it.

Here is where it stands at the moment.
• Housing for the solar sails boxed out.
• Walkway between modules getting details
• Container holding being detailed.
• Containers, Solar Sail and sat dish are just place holder for the moment.

The Containers are ones a built a few years ago.

Project Ark: Satellite Dish

I have not been doing much of anything latery due to real world stuff getting in the way.
However I have been working away on ship that is old and long dead.
Our Heroes have been tasked to find this ship.
As I have been working on it I have found that I have there are bits and peaces that need to be modelled that could also be used for other ships.

So here is the fist peace. Nothing more than a Satellite Dish, this was inspired by XFozzboute on & SFM.

Attack the Block Film Review.

Attack the Block is on one hand a gritty British Urban Drama, on the other hand it is a science fiction / horror movies in the style of the classic film Alien.
This is Joe Cornish debut film who also wrote the script. He has woven the two different genres together to create a modern classic that will no doubt go onto cult status.

The story is set on November 5th a night the British people commemorate the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605. This is done by having firework displays across the country.

A group of youth’s mug a Sam (played by Jodie Whittaker) young woman returning home from work. While they are mugging her an object crashes into a car near by. The young woman gets away while the leader of the gang, (Moses played by John Boyega) climbs into the car to see if he can get any valuables. While in the car Moses is attacked by small little “hairless aple”. Moses is able to defended himself and along with the rest of the gang give chase to it to the local park where they attack and kill the creature.
The Gang figure it some sort of Alien and think it might be worth some sort of money. They decide to take it to Ron (Played by Nick Frost) who lives in the “Penthouse” in their tower block, as he has a “Weed Room” which is the safest place to keep it.
While at Ron’s the gang sees more meteors fall among the firework displays.
The meteors fall all over the estate, the gang figure it most be more of the alien they have killed, so head to their own flats and gear up form battle.
The gang have no idea what they are getting themselves into have the meteorites contain something bigger; ink-black, with glow-in-the-dark teeth and a very bad attitude.

If you go into Attack the Block expecting laughs, you may be disappointed. Though the film does has it moments. There is also strong influenced by films from Alien to Gremlins.

Attack The Block has a lot of plot on its plate in 88 minutes, but it never gets condescending towards its south Londoners: jokes come from within the gang rather than at their expense; when two nine-year-olds try to generate their own street names as “Mayhem” and “Probs”, they are gently ridiculed by the rest of the block.

Budget limitations are probably the reason for the unfussy look of the monsters, who blend in the shadows and generate a reasonable amount of menace.
Attack the Block is action packed from start to finished and keeps the tension level high, this makes the film rip along with attacks and counter-attacks that are well staged and resourceful.

Cornish doesn’t labour the point about the gangs upbringing, but when Sam visits Moses’ home and is startled by its bleakness, the restraint with which the director treats this moment makes it more effective. Attack The Block is a modest gem of tight plotting, rascally attitude and gung-ho action.

I give this film a 4 out of 5.

Ron: Even if it is an alien invasion, they’re four foot high, blind and got kicked to death by a bunch of kids. We got nothing to worry about.

Project: Ark – Magnetic Mines

When I first started posting about this project. One of the first things I posted was the Magnetic mines.
I have added textuers to the old and new miltary mine so far, I just need to do the heroes version.

These are very simple but they have have been UV mapped on. Frist time I have done that without following a tutorial and I am very happy with the way it turned out.
The Mines have a shine/ mirrior look to them as I wanted a look of just coming off the projection line.
As these two mines are unlikey to be used except for details on sihps. This was another reason for the simple texuters.
The Heroes home made mines will be used up close, so this one will need more details added to it.
I will be starting work on that this week.

Once the mines textuers are complated. I plan to start work on the airlocks.

Trying something a little different.

Most of the time all I model is Sci-fi stuff, with the exception of tutorials that I follow.
So I thought I would try my hand at modelling an everyday object.

With my recent complation of ‘The Arch Bridge’, someone mentioned that I did not have a driver in the car. This was ture becasue I don’t have a model to go in. But that got me thinking, what cars do not need a driver?
The only answer I could come up with is KITT, though I love the oringal serise of Knightrider I don’t really want to model the old Trans-Am. (maybe another time.)
However there was the 2009 Show with the Shelby Mustang GT500KR. So I though it would be a good idea to model this as I like the car.

Here is what I have so far, it still needs a lot of work.

Updates maybe a bit slow.

Porject: Ark – News

I have not been able to do much over the last two weeks as work and family life has been a bit hecktick.
However I will be getting back to this. but before I start modelling anything else I will textuer want I have already done.

So Keep watching this space.