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SMALLJAMMER

A small, very agile and peculiar type of ship
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SMALLJAMMER SOLAR

SMALLJAMMER SOLAR

A Smalljammer sales by a lonely Sun...
Smalljammers are living ships, the young of the city-sized and legendary "Spelljammer" itself
Small file size version -- small image version

SMALLJAMMER PURSUIT
A Neogi Deathspider chases a Smalljammer, but the Smalljammer captain runs for cover in an tight, dangerous asteroid field...
Smalljammer Pursuit, 1024 size
Smalljammer Pursuit, 1680x1050 widescreen
Smalljammer Pursuit Cartoon, widescreen


SMALLJAMMER Model making in Rhino3D
Started 19th April 2008

Finished 301st March 2008

Smalljammers are a special type of fantasy space ship from the "Spelljammer" fantasy space setting for Dungeons & Dragons. They are living, magical ships.

Soon after I started building it, I found the deckplans were totally wrong, lol, no way the ship could have two decks, at it's size ;) So, going with one deck.

Smalljammer #25
Smalljammer #25
Another shot so you can see room layout inside, with Observation Cabin hidden.
Smalljammer #24
Smalljammer #24
Main hull rendered as glass to show internal walls. I think corridor at one side, rooms off it, is effecient :)
Added some "organic shaping" to joint between hull and wings.
Smalljammer #23
Smalljammer #23
Connected tail to main hill using a curve projected to hull, used that to split a copy of the hull surface, then blend surface tail to hull. Then added itnernal walls and booleaned out a doorway, and boolean intersection of hull and door cutting solid, to make the door itself.
Smalljammer #22
Smalljammer #22
Still not happy with eyes, so re-did them again, lol.
Smalljammer #21
Smalljammer #21
Added ribbing to wings to make it look more unusual, and used "cage edit" on the mouthparts to warp into more organic, interesting shape.

Smalljammer #20
Added wire frames for eyes, but, meh don't like them.made using surfaces, sphere and Arrayed planes, curve form intersecction of them and the eye glass, then pipe the curves

Smalljammer #19
Full shot

Smalljammer #18
Wasn't happy with the eyes, looked too bland, so made these ones instead.
Smalljammer #17
Smalljammer #17
Current render, with rough approximation of original colour
Smalljammer #16
Smalljammer #16
Added the "Observation Cabin"
A sortof ovoid for folk to view space from, etc.
Smalljammer #15
Smalljammer #15
Added window "eyes"
Smalljammer #14
Smalljammer #14
used "cage edit" to spread the tail end and flukes out much wider
Smalljammer #13
Smalljammer #13
As #12, but no wires.
Smalljammer #12
Smalljammer #12
Hull split, showing man-figure inside to give scale, and Rhino "curves"
Smalljammer #11
Smalljammer #11
Small render
Smalljammer #10
Smalljammer #10
large render, showing tail and tail fluke.
Smalljammer #9
Smalljammer #9
Split the mouth, then used "Blend surface" to mate it with the body. I made a copy of the body, removed the outer surface, deleted rest, then split with an oval surface. This gave me a proper cut out to blend the mouth to the hull with. Then deleted the spare hull, keeping solid original.

Smalljammer #8
Smalljammer #8
To get mouth to blend in nicely, I bulged it out from the original ovoid (which went inwards at rear, as it's an ovoid), using "cage edit", so it won't leave a dip, before flaring up to meet the hull. Basically I want the mouth to blend in smooth shape, not with a dip or ridge.

Smalljammer #7
Smalljammer #7
Bah, didn't like the bulge in centre of hull, it was causing too many problems, rebuilt hull, again, lol, so it's smoother at front. Re-working mouth too, make it look less like scorpion claw, more like manta-ray mouth.

Smalljammer #6
Smalljammer #6
Added a sort of "mouth", the ship resembles a manta ray. Booleaned out interior of hull to give a soild hull with thickness 5 inches approx (0.4 inches actual), for later work. Cut out hole for "Observation Cabin".
Smalljammer #5
Smalljammer #5
Close up of hull front
Smalljammer #4
Smalljammer #4
Blended wings to hull a bit better.
Smalljammer #3
Smalljammer #3
So I made a totally new central shape. The hull (crew area) is about 20' wide by 40' long. Only big enough for 1 to 3 man ship really.
Smalljammer #2
Smalljammer #2
Made a deck according to the deckplans and...lol, deckplans are totally impossible!!!
No sodding way it could have two decks, the "hull" here is exact scale.
Smalljammer #1
Smalljammer #1
I began with the wings, the main feature.

 

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These images were inspired by the gorgeous Spelljammer Setting for AD&D.
Dungeons & Dragons®, Spelljammer are registered trademarks
owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc
Original ship designs by Jim Holloway and Diesel

I use Vue Infinite for rendering, Rhino3d for model building,
Poser for people, Paint Shop Pro for texturing/post work.
In older work I used Bryce..
3D model for yours renders can be found on this page

Quicktime can be found on www.apple.com if you need it to view panoramas.
DIVX video codec can be found at www.divx.com
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