scimitar…the last day

I have 5 minutes to get a post in so here it is….  This is day 4 of the design images for the Scimitar from Star Trek Nemesis.  What you have here is the massive scorpion shuttle bay located on the top/forward section of the main hull.  The bay itself is a massive open hanger that houses approx.. 1500 Scorpion fighters. the exterior view undamaged will show the indent for the bay doors, the next image will be the interior of the bay from the back looking towards the bay doors.  The next image is an exterior showing the damage from the head-on with the Enterprise E exposing portions of the launch bay shown in the interior view.  Also called for were Reman service vehicles that would work in the same respect as an aviation ground crew.  OK sorry for the weekday holes in the blog posts  this and last week, and hope you have enjoyed the nuts and bolts of the monster known as the Scimitar.

first pass was rejected for having to high of a ceiling.

first pass was rejected for having to high of a ceiling.

exterior bay door view

exterior bay door view

interior of the bay, from the back looking forward

interior of the bay, from the back looking forward

overview of "E" damage

overview of "E" damage

close up of exposed Launch pad

close up of exposed Launch pad

Reman service vehicles

Reman service vehicles

Some screenshots:

Scimitar shuttlebay, Star Trek Nemesis (1)

Scimitar shuttlebay, Star Trek Nemesis (2)

Scimitar shuttlebay, Star Trek Nemesis (3)


16 Responses to “scimitar…the last day”

  1. 1 DeanneM
    July 21, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Glad you could slip it in!! Let’s just ram them! That’s keep them busy for a while! 🙂

    Thanks for your drawings of the damage. I think that was even more dramatically effective than the self-destruct countdown ploy. The brave, courageous “E” and her crew risking it all to save the Federation (queue fanfare here)!

  2. 3 deg
    July 21, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Did you see the talent this boy has? Do ya? Of course you do, it’s sO obvious, eh. 🙂

    Way-coolness. Thanks, John! 🙂


  3. 4 Matt Boardman
    July 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Nice damage shots and no worries, John! We know you’re a busy guy which in the biz, that’s a good thing! 🙂

    Love the bay design! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this movie. I’m going to need to go back and watch it with these new insights!

  4. 5 Scott D
    July 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    You know, it just occured that both your creations were duking it out. 😀

  5. 6 Mr. Wilde
    July 22, 2009 at 3:27 am

    So much great concept artwork, and so little was seen in the final film. A shame.

  6. 7 Starship freak
    July 22, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I liked the service vehicles, but I´ve seen the film and they are not seen prominently, where they shown at all, even flashing by somewhere in the bay-scene or were they dropped?

  7. July 22, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I don’t think the service craft made it into the film. A shame, but it was still cool to see the bay, especially when it got trashed by the Enterprise’s saucer plowing through. Would’ve been cool if there was an excuse to have a set extension inside the Enterprise’s shuttlebay as well. 🙂

    Keep up the good work, John. Don’t worry about how often you update the blog.

  8. 9 N3RD
    July 22, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Am I the only one who disliked the Scimitar even in the Cinema?
    The Design is great… kind of….
    Ok, to be honest it’s a black Bird of Prey, scaled up und made more aggressive. From the first time we saw it, it screamed “EVIIIIL GUY” loudly.

    Sorry, John, this is no criticism about your Design, you spend a lot of time in the Details and I noticed that on screen. And I liked the Battle-Scenes in the Movie a lot.
    But overall this Ship is as subtle as the Rest of the Film.
    Maybe I am just that harsh about the Ship because I don’t like it’s premise, nor it’s weapons, nor it’s Funtions nor the plot.

    And I think the Narada of the new Star Trek is the only ship ever seen in Star Trek that looked nearly as evil as the Scimitar. Even the Dominion-ships (scaled-up Bird of Preys…gnaaaaah) looked a lot friendlyer.
    I prefer evil ships that don’t look aggressive in the first place, like the Reliant in Star Trek II, the Romulan Bird of Prey in the Tos-Episode “Balance of Terror” or Annorax’ Time-Weapon-ship in Voyager.
    But hey, when the klingon ships were designed the first time, they looked as evil as you can’t imagine. So I think it’s unfair to tell a Designer that his ‘Bad-guy-ship’ looked too aggressive, but hey, this is my opinion.

    Greetings and looking forward in your GREAT blog!

    • 10 Mr. Wilde
      July 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

      I like the Scimitar, but dislike the – what I call – fanboy-isms wrapped around it. When Worf said it had dozens of phaser banks, dozens of torpedo bays, etc… I cringed. The climax to all of it was the final battle, where the ships just throw glowing blurbs at each other with no effect and run out of torpedoes and stuff. That’s how it reads in Trek fanfiction most of the time. Less would have been more here.

  9. 11 Richard Knapp
    July 22, 2009 at 6:04 am

    The Scimitar was such a beautiful, if evil, ship design – you can really see the amount of effort that went in to making things work. Thank you for squeezing in the update!

    Did the Valdore go through a similar number of iterations or was that one simpler because it has no moving parts?

    Best regards

  10. 12 Freak
    July 22, 2009 at 7:07 am

    1500 fighter, man that is a lot of fighters!!
    Loved the secne with the Picard flying one of them, but the Ent ramming into that bay.
    Man that was such a cool shoot. It really blow away then ENT-D saucer crashing into the planet… maybe not but they are both on the same level.

  11. July 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

    in the second pic, it reminds me a little of the old battlestar galactica, something about some of those lines…

  12. 14 JC
    July 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I really did like this movie. The last half of the movie was the kind of action we had been waiting to see from the E since she was introduced. And she did not disappoint. And the Scimitar was the perfect menacing challenge for her. The unstoppable beast. The whole ramming and the Scimitar pulling away from the E were both awesome and painful to watch. It really felt like these ships were ripping each other apart.

    Hmmmm I’m getting tempted to haul out mine again and start rebuilding it. Which will either result in me losing what sanity I have left or a bad take on this awesome ship. Maybe both.

    Getting off subject for a second. Did anyone else here know that the complete score to Wrath Of Khan is available from Film Score Monthly!! When did this happen??? It apparently has 23 tracks with a total time of 76:58!!!

  13. July 23, 2009 at 10:03 am

    The director of Photography for the miniatures portion of this shot was Eric Nash, who was a motion control operator during TNG and first season of DS9.

    Dennis Hoerter was model rigger on this and he was the guy who set up for filming just about every ship model used on TNG DS9 and Voy

    Today the stage area at Digital Domain where this sequence was filmed, along with the Ent-Scimitar crash (and a whole host of other great movies miniatures including Apollo 13 and Titanic), has now been converted to a large room with rows and rows of computers. Model shop, machine shop and cameras, lighting and support equipment has all been discarded too.

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