The Osiris Chronicles Shuttlecraft

This is another wild week, so my blog plans from last and this week are all in disarrangement!!!!  Ohhhh the madness!  So in lieu of this, here is something I had already scanned and is easy to post.  Right after working on Star Trek Generations, the art Director, Sandy Veneziano, was going on to be the production designer for a Joe Dante Sci Fi TV movie called the Osiris Chronicles…She gave me a go, and I was thrilled to be a part of her team.  I am a huge fan of Joe Dante and was very excited to get a chance to work on one of his films!!  One of the projects to be designed was a small Shuttlecraft that was to be built as a miniature, and for the full size set, an interior was to be built.  Here are the sketches of the principle design and also some images of the Greg Jein master model.  OK, here ya go for now and more later as the day goes on…Enjoy. 


the shuttle 3/4 view

the shuttle 3/4 view

hatch detail

hatch detail




rear view

rear view



and a side

and a side

41 Responses to “The Osiris Chronicles Shuttlecraft”

  1. 1 Freak
    July 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

    That a sweet looking shuttle. Never heard of the show. did it get picked up?

    I notice in the photo that you got the hollowship form Inserection on the sleeping bag.

  2. 4 Richard Knapp
    July 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Nice one John – like those bat wing doors. Thanks!

  3. 5 Don
    July 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Hey! I recognize this baby. The finished model was sold by It’s A Wrap during their Star Trek auctions. They sold a handful of Osiris pieces including the DAEDALUS. Here’s a shot of the painted shuttle model as it was sold:


  4. July 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

    “The Osiris Chronicles,” which I think was aired (or else sold on video) as “Warlord: Battle For The Galaxy” was a wonderful pilot with a few flaws. Great cast headed by John Corbett and Rod Taylor (yep,the Time Traveler), great design – Mike Okuda consulted on the graphics, unless I’m mistaken – and the spaceships were very cool. The “hero” ship, the Osiris, was quite distinctive as well as this shuttle.

    I managed to scrounge up a copy of the show on DVD last year – nothing official, mind you. Took a couple of years of poring through merchandise on Trek convention dealers’ tables and scouring the Internet to come up with it.

  5. 9 DeanneM
    July 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I’ve heard of the Osiris Chronicles, but haven’t seen the movie. Looks like a nice, functional design. Is the model a little worse for wear?

    Don, thanks for that look at the finished model…looks good!

    Freak, I saw the other model, too…the full work up on that Holoship and model was on April 9th (coincidentally John’s birthday). In case anyone missed it…



  6. 10 Scott D
    July 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Interesting design. The shuttle’s hatches remind me of those on Russian attack helicopters.

  7. 11 eric
    July 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Excellent! Thank you John.

  8. 12 Terry
    July 1, 2009 at 9:39 am

    It is the little things that amaze me about your designs John, the little step that comes out of the wings leading edge, just brilliant.


    • 13 johneaves
      July 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      I used to drive a lifted jeep CJ and always needed a step like that so mentally those silly little things are always on my mind. HAA!

      • 14 DeanneM
        July 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

        Did I tell ya that I got a ’77 CJ model to build for my birthday? I’d *always* wanted one (a real one, that is), so Heidi bought me a Jeep! 😀

        Now back to the blog…!

  9. 15 George
    July 1, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I am vaguely reminded of the Delta Flyer.

  10. 16 barriesuddery
    July 1, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Your love of fighter planes clearly coming through here, John.

    And another Greg Jein masterpiece; this blog just keeps getting better!

  11. July 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

    This shuttle reminded me of something but I couldn’t place it. Then it hit me:

    This was out in the early 90’s. Inspiration?

    • 19 johneaves
      July 1, 2009 at 11:19 am

      WOW where is that cool thing from!!!!! it wouldn’t take much to make that into the Osiris ship!!! is it from a show or just a cool toy from a series??

    • 23 JNG
      July 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      I had some of those StarCom toys…in fact, just as I type this, I am only now realizing that it is entirely possible I *still* have them. Hmm.

      Anyway, they were really cool. The bad guys had some especially good land vehicles. The figures were tiny, keeping the emphasis on vehicle design.

  12. July 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Nice job – looks like a fighter!

    Here’s a review for anyone interested on the show –


    Really like that cool padded back drop – looks expensive 😉

  13. July 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Coolness. Kinda like a space version of a crew pick-up truck, eh.

    Nice work bud. Cool buck by Greg Jein, too. 😀


  14. July 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    ah, now we finally know why the modesl from the Osiris Chronicles were sold together with all the Star Trek props and costumes, I was starting to look for appearances of the ships in the far background of some Star Trek episode… 😉

    • 28 johneaves
      July 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

      we did osiris immediately after Generations and both were Paramount films. When First Contact was starting up We brought over all the sets from Osiris and incorporated them into Star Trek I t was an oddity to take elements I had drawn for OC and then redraw them into the TNG world… everything came together well and if you have seen Osiris or (Battle lords) the tub shaped set piece that the Plentum was in became the center piece of the Warp core of the Enterprise E

  15. July 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I remember seeing this on VHS ages ago, there’s some pics of the miniatures over at Bruce MacRae’s site http://www.jetcafe.org/bruce/portfolio/TV_Shows1/FrameSet.htm

  16. July 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I also wondered what this series was when the models popped up on the It’s a Wrap auctions. Never would have guessed who the designer was!

    That’s a really cool looking ship. I can imagine it fitting well into the BSG universe, actually.

  17. July 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    This reminds me of something else: This starship from the series was sold off as well:


    It seems this ship was the inspiration for the CG model of the Akritiri patrol vessel seen in “The chute”. The model was later reused countless times:


    Do you remember, how this ship came to be?

    • 35 johneaves
      July 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

      Wholly cow you have opened the flood gates here!!! Long story to all of this!!! call me and I’ll tell you

      • July 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm

        I’m currently working on an article about the slow introduction of CG effects in Star Trek and I guess this would be an interesting story for this article, as the Akritiri ship was one of the first alien CG vessels created for Star Trek and appeared in an episode that featured both traditional model work (stock footage, though) and CG ships. Looking forward to the things you can share!

  18. July 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    That’s a very cool shuttle! In some ways it reminds me of the Delta Flyer from Voyager.

  19. 38 Matt Boardman
    July 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Nice! I didn’t get to see the Osiris Chronicles as Sci Fi is in the upper range of Comcast’s overpriced digital cable packages in this area. From the looks of the design, it looks like it was interesting!

  20. July 1, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Here are the best shots of the shuttle I could find in the show – and I warn you neither really show it off well:

  21. 40 Jorgasnarova
    July 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “The Osiris Chronicles” was released on VHS in Asia and Europe. I picked up a copy off of eBay a number of years ago. A slightly edited version was aired on UPN in January and December 1998 under the re-title of “The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy.”

    “Osiris,” written by the famed novelist Caleb Carr–his mystery novel “The Alienist” is a superb read–dealt with a motley crew aboard an abandoned warship during a galactic dark age who were trying, for various reasons, to revive the benevolent galactic republic that had fallen. The later unrelated “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda” had a considerable number of parallels to this pilot.

    I always considered Mr. Eaves’ starship designs to be exceptional in this project, and any additional art he could post here would be droolingly appreciated! The Osiris is one of my favorites, resembling a flying fish or a killer whale. This Republic ship-of-the-line was armed with missles and particle beam cannons and equipped with a “hyper-optic” drive that allowed it to travel at faster-than-light speeds by following naturally occurring currents of tachyons in space. The arrays of solar panels on the dorsal supposedly absorbed tachyons.

    Regretfully, “Osiris Chronicles” has one of the saddest pieces of trivia. J. Madison Wright, who played the whiz kid Nova, and who went on to play Tru in NBC’s “Earth 2” had a congenital heart defect and ultimately underwent a heart transplant. After spending her honeymoon in Hawaii, she suffered a fatal heart attack. She was only 21.

  22. July 2, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Did John design the Osiris? Cool!

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