Xindi friday!

Well, busy as predicted so here is a quick post featuring a couple of Xindi ships.  The first shot is of the massive Xindi crash site from “Hatchery”, episode #69 from Star Trek Enterprise.  This was used as a CG reference shot for the Eden VFX boys to have fun modeling.  Next are some Xindi Fighter concepts, also from episode #69, and in conclusion, two variations for the insectoid ship that later would be Degra’s Shuttle.  The version with the angry facetted dorsal blade was the first pass and later modified for the final with a bizarre articulated nodule for space flight.  This ship had to also take advantage of use of the PHX nose piece from ST First Contact, and that is where the design basis had to start from.  OK on the run, so enjoy the spectacular Xindi Friday!


the big crash, note the little shuttle craft in the forground

the big crash, note the little shuttlepod in the foreground



version one


version one
and the final

and the final

12 Responses to “Xindi friday!”

  1. August 14, 2009 at 10:25 am

    No idea you had used the Phoenix nose piece. Nice design considering!

  2. 2 DeanneM
    August 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I had no idea what you where talking about in the first pic with the shuttle comment. When I clicked it and was looking at the details, I finally saw the itty bitty shuttle!! It is much smaller than I expected amid the debris.

    I like the third pic for the Reptilians, but the final really looks Insectoid! In those fighters, I see some of those that would make some great hand weapons…my favorite kind of alien ship. 🙂

    Have fun with the fair, ya farmer!

  3. 3 Richard Knapp
    August 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

    That crash picture is just beautiful. Thank you for the Friday Xindi fix!

    Have a great weekend,

  4. August 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I love your paintings! I’m very fond of your sketches and technical pictures as well, but to see the vehicles in their final surrounding area shows the spectrum of your abilities!
    Btw: “Hatchery”! May I ask? Could you also post pics of the “four-leg-version” of the insectoid-fleet? That would be wonderful!!!

  5. 5 the bluesman
    August 14, 2009 at 11:48 am


    Are you sure that first comp isn’t the batplane?

    Nice use of the Phoenix/Inspection pod nose cone on the shuttle.

  6. 6 Josh Spooner
    August 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    crash site looks great!

  7. August 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    They certainly got their money’s worth with that cockpit set, eh? 🙂 Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

  8. 8 JNG
    August 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    When the ship starts doing stuff and a weird spike comes out, you KNOW they’re bad guys.

  9. 9 evil_genius_180
    August 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I’m not that fond of the episode “Hatchery,” I feel it’s an obvious attempt to stretch out the season before finding the big weapon (plus, the plot sucks.) However, your designs are the bright spots in the episode. I really love the Insectoid ships and Degra’s shuttle is da bomb. 🙂

  10. 10 Tom Pohl
    August 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I just watched that episode Thursday night! Nice artwork John. Is the fighter concept D in the second image the basis of the insect head looking ship that attacked NX-01 in orbit during that same episode? I would love to see some artwork of that cool ship!

  11. 11 Freak
    August 17, 2009 at 2:47 am

    I am with EG not one of the best ep for that season, does not really fit in with the rest.

    But I love what you did with it. I am loving those fighter very cool stuff.

    I never notice the PHX was part of Degra ship, I’ll have to have a better look next time.

  12. 12 Matt Boardman
    August 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    This episode was defintiely one of the more strange of the series and not one of my favorites, but the designs are fantastic! 🙂 I always really like Degra’s ship!

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