Hello Everybody, wow I swear this year is disappearing fast – we are already nearly halfway through November! Maybe it’s because a lot of things have been happening for me recently. I bought a new lightsaber, I won an online draw and received a Babu Frik plush talking toy….and I may have another exciting bit of news I’ll let you in on at the end of this post…in the meantime I’d like to reveal a new starship I have built! This time I modelled the vessel in Blender 3D and not in LEGO and I kinda like this new ship in a hulking sort of way! Here are a few images of what I built….this is FT’s Traveller….
This is my new workhorse vehicle for wandering the galaxy and obtaining parts for my saber building exploits. It is nothing fancy but was once a bulk transport ship that has had “a few modifications” installed by it’s previous owners. They were involved in the Slave trade and used the ship to transport their unwilling passengers to various planets. I was sent by the Jedi Council to investigate and ended up liberating the slaves and the ship. As the ship was large and could carry my usual ship, my Jedi Interceptor, onboard the grateful and now free citizens bestowed the ship to me to use. And it is quite nice now I have cleaned it out and made it comfortable. It has a Hyperdrive, automatic navigation and piloting systems so I can fly single handed….and it has workspaces and storage for my saber building. Everything I could need….oh and a few laser cannons on the dorsal roof section – just enough for line defence.
Well that’s the backstory/history I am giving to this ship. In reality I modelled this in Blender 3D using an Add-On plug-in created by Michael Davies (find a link here: https://www.blendernation.com/2016/06/23/spaceship-generator/ ) that allows users to create randomly generated ship hulls. You can specify options such as making sections symmetrical or not, the number of sections used and the dimensions (how many sections in length, width and height). The Add-On then generates a ship from a library of “blocks” unique to your numbers. This ship appeared from the values I put in and the only “tweak” I made was to rotate the forward fuselage cube with the “flight deck” windows by 90 degrees so the windows were horizontally aligned. I think it turned out quite nice and looks useable for the story I have given it. I may flip the two forward swept protrusions near the engines so they sweep backwards later but it is on a mission at the moment in America. Anyhoo the images in space are always a little hard to see so I visited Portland Oregon to test out their landing pad! Here are a few more in-atmosphere daytime pictures…onto Gallery Two….
I think the scale is a little off but it is difficult to work with the background images within Blender. The image is pasted “inside” of a virtual globe and wraps 360degrees around so the model sits in the center surrounded by the picture. When you look through the camera viewport you can see the “environment” but if you try to scale the environment image it warps out of shape! But I think you get an impression of what my new ship looks like. And it is carrying a package for me….I have another new toy coming! I am currently checking my ship’s Tracking and it has just departed Miami Florida with a new saber. It should reach me within the next week hopefully….I may have to wait for the local parcel delivery company to bring it to my door when it enters the UK. But I should have an unboxing to show you soon.
On this exciting news I will bring this post to a close, I hope you liked my new ship, I will try my hand at making a few more and will post them in future articles. I sincerely hope you will call back to see those and the new lightsaber designs I am working on, the LEGO building fun I’m having and just maybe some more cosplay stuff. Thank you so much for your visit to FTSabersite today and supporting me, it is much appreciated and keeps me inspired to design. So till next time…..
“FT’s Traveller Trading Ship” is a For Tyeth Editions Shipyard design, built and rendered in Blender 3D, It is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. The “Spaceship Generator Script” was created by Michael Davies for Blender 3D and is Copyright to him.