Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise…

Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise, written and illustrated by Shane Johnson, published by Pocket Books in 1987.

After 23 years, I believe that this is still one of the best Starfleet Reference books ever published. The book focuses on the Refit Constitution Class Federation Starship U.S.S. Enteprise, NCC-1701. It begins with a history of the refit, which includes schematics of the new exterior design as well as “Contractor” sketches of proposed Impulse Engine designs and the rear quarter of the Command deck (they are actually the concept art created during the design of the ship for The Motion Picture).

The next section gives us technical drawings of the uniforms used from the Wrath of Khan era, as well as rank pins, Starfleet fonts and type faces, which are then followed by graphics and door labels. Moving  into the next portion of the book we are treated to  descriptions and overhead plan views going deck by deck from the Bridge all the way down to the Botanical Gardens. In between we get additional equipment from phasers and eningeering suits to Work Bees.

The book is ended with an Appendix that gives a little backstory into the Enterprise-A as introduced at the conclusion of The Voyage Home. This part is fun to read, but doesn’t seem to be in keeping with “Canon”. Apparently the Enterprise-A was originally christened the U.S.S. Ti-Ho, built from the keel up as an “Enterprise Class” starship in keeping with the Refit specifications, but installed with Transwarp Drive. After the “Whalesong” crisis of The Voyage Home, she was rechristened Enterprise and awarded to the newly demoted Captain James T. Kirk and crew.

If you can find this book, get it. It’s definitely worth it.

Star Trek Online Characters…just an idea

So, I have to admit, I am a member of Star Trek Online, and I love the game. I’ve never played an online MMORPG until STO. But I understand the draw of this type of gming experience. Such a simple pleasure it is to design you’re own Captain, and then one-by-one your crew. And to customize and name your own starship, awesome. One the funnest parts is to design your uniform. here are all kinds of presets, and add-ons you can purchase like the uniforms from The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. They have recently posted information on the upcoming Season 3 in which they plan to add uniforms from The Motion Picture, and Enterprise.

Now to the reason for this post. I recently finished a couple of drawings of STO characters while trying to emulate the artistic style of comic book artist Ed McGuinness. For the male character, I used my favorite iteration of the the uniform styles available on STO with my own personal color scheme. When drawing the female, just for fun I decided to draw her as an Andorian (My first drawing of an alien, ever) and with a bit of the Mirror Universe flair.

Art by Collin J Wood

 

Art by Collin J Wood

Starfleet Mk I Phaser concept

As I mentioned in a previous post, Star Trek: Enterprise was and is my favorite of the Star Trek television series. One afternoon, as I was looking over my various Star Trek collection items, I took a good look at my Art Asylum Phase Pistol and began to wonder what it might look like if we tweaked the design a little so that it would resemble more of a Phaser. The drawing came together a bit faster than I thought it might. So, here we have my take on what the Starfleet Mk I Phaser would look like. I envision this being issued during the 5th Season missions we never got to see, along with the NX-01 Refit (which is displayed wonderfully in the Star Trek: Ships of the Line 2011 calendar we recently received).

Art by Collin J Wood

Art by Collin J Wood

Refit Constitution Class Federation Starship – Schematics

Today we bring you the schematics of the Refit Constitution Class Federation Starship – U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC – 1701. This is the beautifully designed starship that carried Kirk and crew through their motion picture adventures. I often wondered why we never saw another ship of this class in any other iteration of Star Trek, especially when you consider how often the Miranda Class was used.

Off-Duty Starfleet Uniform Concept

(this is a repost from my other blog Hero Worship @ www.collinization.wordpress.com)

This concept came up during a whirlwind setching phase where we had numerous Starfleet uniform ideas floating around. The idea behind this is that, for those hardcore Starfleet officers who want to show their affiliation while off duty, they  can wear this Off-Duty uniform variation. Its more relaxed, comfortable. Still displays their departmental colors and bears the Comm-Badge. The female version would have a long sleeve shirt available, and slacks. The male version would also have a short-sleeve variant. I have yet to sketch either of those. Look for them in a future post.

Art by Collin J Wood

Starfleet Uniform Concept – Bravo

(This is a repost from my other blog Hero Worship @ www.collinization.wordpress.com with an addition)

This Starfleet uniform would most obviously fall in the timeline after Star Trek: First Contact. The overall design is very similar, but I wanted to allow more of the department color to be evident. The colors are one of those minor elements that I always thought made Starfleet uniforms stand out from the types of uniforms we see in a lot of science fiction film and television. It was after this that we started looking into designs that allowed the department colors to really stand out…

Art by Collin J Wood

 

Art by Collin J Wood

Constitution Class Federation Starship – The Original

Here is the ship that started it all,the Constitution Class Federation starship U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701. A brilliant design in its time, radically different from the “normal” spaceships seen in science fiction, elegant, and functional. Matt Jeffries hit the mark with this one…