#64 Chosen Realm, those crazy Triannon ships!!

Enterprise Episode 64 called upon a race of beings called the Triannons, and with this new race came the opportunity to come up with a new ship.  There were a lot of fun ideas that came to be on this one, and there was very little pressure from the top on determining the look, so the wild ideas flowed freely for a couple of days.  Some of these ship ideas follow traditional ST lines, but a couple went pretty far outside the safe zone and really made for lots of doodling fun.  One version even went down the big mouth bass style of architecture, but in the end, the one that I thought for sure would get the boot made it as the chosen idea.   Here are the roughs, and one of the rejects went on to be a ship in another episode down the line.  $5 and a Sioux City Sarsaparilla to whoever can name that ship and episode????  To wrap out the ship of the day, there are some CG model images by the incredible Mr. Pierre!  Have a great Wednesday!!!


4 of the blueline and inked concepts

4 of the blueline and inked concepts


and in living color

and in living color

the big mouthed bass
the big mouthed bass
the mystery ship to be seen in a future episode

the mystery ship to be seen in a future episode


wholly Cow this one made the finals

Holy Cow this one made the finals


this ship was inspired by a ripped off piece of wall paper in the mens room that left a cool looking shape where the paper used to be.

this ship was inspired by a ripped off piece of wall paper in the mens room that left a cool looking shape where the paper used to be.

side view

side view

low 3/4 rear shot

low 3/4 rear shot


thanks Jorg for the grabs!!!!!

thanks Jörg for the grabs!!!!!













32 Responses to “#64 Chosen Realm, those crazy Triannon ships!!”

  1. 1 Richard Knapp
    July 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Those are some really beautiful ships! I really like that big mouthed bass design. I definitely need to get out the DVDs and re-watch some of these. Did you have a lot of fun with this episode?

  2. 3 Freak
    July 8, 2009 at 7:33 am

    This was a fun episode with the ENT being taken over by the religous nuts.
    I also liked the end of the episode as it, becasue it meant this spices most likely die out due to every one being kiiled on there homeworld, which is why we never seen them again.

    As for the ship I love mystery ship very cool. The first post pic B reminds me a little of a Tie Fighter. But saying that it still a very cool ship.

    But I love the version that was used in the episode. I just can’t get over that a peace of ripped of wall paper was the insperation behind it.

  3. 5 Chadwick
    July 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    You just loved to hate D’Jamat. Great example of how Star Trek always relates to the current time and issues, i.e. religious fanatics willing to destroy and kill all in the name of religion. Oh the days when religion no longer exists sadly we will not get to see.

    There are very few alien ship designs I have liked, I guess I have a soft spot only for Federation ships. I wonder what the next generation of ship design would look like post Nemesis/Countdown era. MMMMMM 1701 J..was that a Eaves or Drexler design?

  4. 7 Pacal
    July 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    John thanks for sharing these cool ships. The commentary really helps to know the thinking behind how these ships came about.

  5. 9 Matt Wright
    July 8, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Oh man the ripped off chunk of wallpaper in the men’s room! That is too awesome. That’s exactly the sort of thing that would inspire me too 🙂

    You’d be standing there at the urinal peeing and look around a bit, and notice this cool shape. LOL!

  6. July 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I really love some of those wacky designs you did but your approved design is the best. It’s probably because it’s so far from “normal” Trek. Sometimes I think that the powers-that-be who approve designs on Trek get stuck in a routine of doing similar stuff that it’s nice to see something that pushes the envelope. And Pierre’s model, as usual, rocks. 😀

    • 13 johneaves
      July 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

      It was a shocker that this one made it!!!

      • July 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

        Yeah, kinda. I mean, these aliens were supposed to be from another reality, so it made sense to have their ships look nothing like stuff in the regular Trek reality. It makes some sense to have Klingon, Romulan, Cardassian, Federation, etc. all operate on the same basic principles because of espionage and whatnot but you really expect stuff from far away and other realities to be totally alien. And you definitely gave this one a totally alien look.

  7. 15 DeanneM
    July 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Indeed, the best did get chosen. My eyes went pretty quickly over the other two in the first pics, but found a lot of visual interest in that one.

    The side view looks like it would be able to be changed into a weapon, looking at the basic shape. I like that about it. 🙂

  8. July 8, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Yeah, they were really unique. As far as it concerns non-starfleet wessels for me the ship’s design can’t be wierd enough.
    Especially the vertical alignment along with the two fins (does anybody know “origami” – I guess, this could be a figure, too ;)) makes this ship one of my favorite!!!

    • 18 johneaves
      July 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

      Thanks M Max!!! This quirky lil thing was one of my obscure favs from Enterprise as well!

      • July 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

        So I guess you were happy that this version made it, too?
        How big is your influence? Imagine the case that there would be one design you really love: would you have any means (or tricks) to ensure its appearance on screen?

      • 20 johneaves
        July 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm

        most of the time I failed at convincing my favs to go thru but i did find that subliminal messages worked… 90% of the time,,, When I had a version I liked I wold make it the center piece in the group and make the highlights a touch brighter,,, Once that plot was revealed I started putting a star field in the background and in the stars I would write things like “Mr.Burman loves this one” or This is “Mr. Berman’s favorite” It worked most of the time!!! HAAA I just discovered it during the last season of the show though!!!

  9. 21 eric
    July 8, 2009 at 11:54 am

    The Augments

    Denobulan shuttle?

  10. 23 James_M
    July 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I like the version they chose. They probably made the decision on coolness factor alone. Not saying the other designs aren’t cool, I just think the design they chose is way cooler.

  11. 25 Matt Boardman
    July 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    John, you are a master at taking everyday things and turning them into an awesome design! Who would have thought that a rip in the wallpaper would turn into a ship? I like all the designs, but I concur with the others, the best was chosen for the episode!

    • 26 johneaves
      July 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

      it is a funny on the job learning thing-y that makes you aware that everything around you can be made into something. Never did I see things this way until i started working in the model shop!

  12. 27 Adam
    July 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Ah that was one of my favourite episodes after the Twilight – a lot of action, suspense and really cool FX. I was really happy to see how the NX01 tore down those little enemy ships ! Speaking about “reusing” designs, the “C” labeled one looks like the Sarajevo from “Daedalus” or the first sketch of Orion ship from “Bound” …
    Oh and the ship coming out of a wall !? That’s awesome and hilarious at once ! 😀

  13. 28 L.M. Oliver
    July 9, 2009 at 2:55 am

    A genuflecting jumbo shrimp! Very cool.

  14. 30 Scott D
    July 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Interesting designs, John. I’m curious. Do you look up at the clouds for patterns if you are having drawing block?

  15. 31 Mark A-C
    July 12, 2009 at 7:26 am

    John, each time I look at your designs and illustrations I am So reminded of Ron Cobb’s work and design approach…and I know you won’t take offence. Looking at them as I am now, I am taken back to being 10 and 11 years old, pouring over tiny illustrations of Mr. Cobbs work in sci-fi books, trying to gleen as much detail as possible from these (sometimes) grainy images. Yet here i am at your site, not only seeing more wonderful spacecraft designs, but also in wonderful detail and with the stories about their creation to match, told with great humour and personableness. Mate, thanks again for such terrific posts, and also to Jorg, whose screen shots just round out these pictorial “design progressions” from “Page To Screen”.


  16. 32 FSL
    July 12, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    In retrospect, you must have been really really really, I mean really really really, busy. So many new ships each week.

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