OK!!!  Finally, here are some of those CG model shots from the Fabulous Digital Domain of the Romulan Battleship Valdore!!!!!  This one is one of my all time favs, and the modeling work is beyond incredible!!!  Also in this set of pics is the bridge of the Valdore which is actually a redress of what was left of the Enterprise – E bridge before it was sadly scraped into the trash bin!!!  Lots of fun times on this one and hard to believe it was so long ago!!!  Enjoy the images and more to come!!!

the concept art

the concept art

high 3/4 of the CG model

high 3/4 of the CG model

front view

front view

top view

top view

belly view

belly view

the Valdore-E-E bridge set

the Valdore-E-E bridge set

VFX composite

VFX composite

63 Responses to “valdore-o-rama”

  1. 1 DeanneM
    September 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Hey, who did the CG model?

    That head-on view is slick!! And I lOvE the detail on the top and bottoms views! It’s just a gorgeous design all the way around! I’m not the only one who will be saying “thanks, man, for putting these up!” 🙂

  2. September 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Those are absolutely Valdore-able! “thanks, man, for putting these up!”
    Heh. DeanneM was right.

  3. 5 Pacal
    September 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Woah! Thats the stuff! Thanks John

  4. 7 AnyStar
    September 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    thats purty!!!

    i always liked the green glows of the romulan birds, made the ships even more ominous against the bright blues and yellows of fed lights!

  5. 9 Eric
    September 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for posting these John. Its good to see starship subjects on the site again.

  6. 10 JNG
    September 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Wilmer Valdore-rama

  7. September 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Yeah, that’s a sweet bird design, and a great model of it. I think your wing angle is a bit steeper though than it was modeled. Maybe it’s just the 3/4 artwork. Did DD ask you for orthos to build it?


    • September 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

      What up, bud? No answer fer me too? Waaa…. 😦

      I’ll get ya an extra order of Potato Cakes with Horsey Sauce. 😉


    • 13 johneaves
      September 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

      Yeah!! all those plans I posted long ago were done to aid more the producers at Paramount than be a dead on blue print for DD. As far as the lines go DD copied it very closely but I was glad to see the modeling went beyond the drawn lines and truly made some awesome additions especially around the nose area and the sweet lighting.

  8. September 25, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    i think with the jj abrams film and more to come we have seen the last of the set pieces that have been re-used andredressed. if you look at the valdore bridge, the side consoles are from the bird of prey set. The Valdore is an awesome homage to Proberts warbird john.

  9. 19 Amdguy27
    September 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Great post!, any chance for a side view?

    • 20 johneaves
      September 25, 2009 at 9:13 pm

      I have another Valdore folder I am looking for that has the rear and I believe the side view as well,, I’ll put em up when I gets me hands on em!

  10. 21 CarlG
    September 25, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Love that bottom view. All the intricacies and the texturing really look fantastic.

    Was the Valdore bridge your design, as well?

    • 22 johneaves
      September 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      no the bridge was a quick set designers project headed by Herman Z.

      • 23 CarlG
        September 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm

        Ah, I see. I never would have guessed it was a last-minute kind of thing, it looks outstanding.

        I remember watching the DVD extras for Star Trek V, and there was this bit that showed Mr Zimmerman building the turbolift shaft minature out of a display case for sunglasses… Awesome. 🙂

  11. 24 Matt Boardman
    September 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    For some reason when I saw the title to this post, I pictured Dean Martin singing the 24th version of that Italian classic, “Voldore, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!” 😀

    She really is a beauty! Thanks for the fantastic shots, John! 🙂

  12. 25 George
    September 26, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I’ve noticed those bridge chairs were from Voyager. Must be from the same supplier.

  13. September 26, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Wonderful to see some new views of the Valdore – what a cracking ship she is. Really like the sort of backlit look of the green light between the wings, and nice to finally see the underside. Thanks for posting these!

    The debate over the class name seems to run on. One of the Decipher roleplaying products calls it Norexan-class, while the ongoing Pocket Books novels call it Mogai-class. They’re both good names, but I gather the VFX team only ever called it Valdore?

    Are you planning to post some higher quality versions of the orthographic drawings you did of the ship? Would be great to see them if so – but very grateful for what we’ve got already! 🙂

  14. September 26, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Very cool pictures. Thanks for posting!!

    • 29 johneaves
      September 26, 2009 at 7:04 am

      I was just on your site yesterday!! Haven’t been there in ages and can’t believe all the countless things you have put together!!! Awesome work!

  15. 30 barriesuddery
    September 26, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Awesome design and even better model.

    Thanks for posting this, John.

  16. September 26, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Fantastic to see the underside in such detail, thanks for posting these, John! I can’t believe it’s been so many years since the movie came out and these great CG shots are only now seeing the light of day. Paramount must’ve really underestimated Star Trek fans’ interest in spacecraft to not try to make any money from all this great material they owned.

  17. 33 johneaves
    September 26, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Ron Numora and I used to go to the products division all the time with collectable ideas for Star trek and no one was interested in anything!!!!! There were three guys who I’ll keep nameless that really pushed hard for things but were brutally out numbered!!!! So glad a few of us in the office kept everything we could for showing later!!! HAAA! glad your enjoying this stuff!

  18. 35 the bluesman
    September 26, 2009 at 7:25 am

    The Romulan bird themed ships are always nice to look at. I can see elements of Andrew’s warbird in there too. Okay…now how about some pictures of Dina Myer to go along with the ship?

  19. 36 evil_genius_180
    September 26, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Man, I could stare at this ship all day. Thanks for the model shots, those are fantastic. They really did a great job of creating your awesome concept in 3D. And the textures really finish it quite nicely. Plus, I like how they gave it more of a gray-ish look to it, which is a nice homage to Wah Chang’s original Bird of Prey. That’s a great model of a sweet concept. 😀

    I don’t know how I never realized that the bridge is a redress of the Enterprise bridge, especially since, looking at that picture, it’s pretty obvious.

  20. 37 Scott D
    September 26, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I really love the Valdore’s design. The only thing that annoys me about it is that everyone is inventing new names for the ship’s class.

  21. 38 Tom Pohl
    September 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

    What are the insignias on the front of the consoles on the bridge? Are they the insignia of the Valdore herself?

  22. 39 johneaves
    September 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

    they are Romulan insignias designed to be specifically for the Valdor

  23. 40 Mike
    September 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Great ships but no model kits, no micro machines, no titaniums.

    Just pretty, pretty pictures, which is more than I’ve seen from the new Star Trek movie. I still have not found a good pic of the Klingon ships in the new movie, and it is almost an old movie 😉

  24. 43 Matt Wright
    September 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    While I don’t love Nemesis as a movie, I do love much of the production design, and the Valdore is certainly at the top of the list 🙂

    And boy once you know it, that bridge is pretty plainly the Ent-E’s redressed.

  25. 44 CyberCorn Entropic
    September 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    That’s the first starship I’ve ever seen that actually glowers angrily at its prey.

  26. September 26, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks so much for posting these pics – this is my all-time favorite Romulan ship (aside from the Classic TOS Wah Chang ship). Even though I worked for Digital Domain on Nemesis, I never really got the time to take a good long look at this ship.


    • 46 johneaves
      September 27, 2009 at 9:45 am

      Do you remember who modeled this one!!! I still can’t remember!!

      • September 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

        I do not, but it was a team effort I’m sure. Doubt it was a single modeller.

        BTW, are you going to that Star Trek Art Director’s event at the Egytian tonight?
        I expect to be there and would say hello . .

      • 48 johneaves
        September 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm

        i am going and as far as i remember it was a solo modeler

      • September 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

        Well that person did a great job. We got a wireframe image sequence of it out on the stage to shoot some pyro elements, but that’s all I saw of it. I remember a guy named Howie Muzika who was doing some texturing, but I think he worked on the Ent-E.

        I’ll say hi tonight. Nice to re-introduce.

      • 50 DeanneM
        September 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

        I read about the event at the Egyptian on Mike Okuda’s blog…that sounds like one amazing night of Trek Art goodness!! Enjoy, you lucky dogs who are going! Then tell us all about it! 😉

      • September 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

        Yes. I can’t stay for the movie, but didn’t want to miss the presentation. It’s truly fascinating to me to see the evolution of filmic design, despite being a bit jaded about the industry sometimes, and knowing first-hand some of the internal politics and such that affect such iconic media.

      • September 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

        I’ve been watching some of the making of Bladerunner that came with the new Final cut DVD and it’s truly fascinating to see the genesis and the drama of making a movie.

      • September 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm

        Yeah, I’d like to be there too, eh.

        And indeed, the Bladerunner BTS stuff on the Blu-ray custom collector attaché case 9-disc set is some of the best I have ever seen.


  27. September 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

    The lights on the side of the forward part of the ship seem to make a slanting eye shape, with a gap in the middle for the pupil, then the five triangular lights beneath appear to be teeth! Was this the idea, to mimic the look of WWII fighters as well as a predatory bird?

  28. September 27, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I’ve always loved this ship, although I’ll admit I would of loved to see a Warbird on the big screen, this ship really did look awesome. It was about time the Romulans recieved some love, and boy did they!

    John, one little request, if its not to difficult, is it possable to get a side rendering of the ship? I’m currently working on a Size Comparison chart from every ship in Star trek and I’m trying to use renders of the actual ships where possable for the greatest accuracy for the basis of my drawings:-


    So a side render of the Valdore would be awesome, I’m pretty sure Bernd from Ex Astris Scientia would love a side render as well as he doesn’t actually have any large quality side views of the Valdore either.

  29. 57 Freak
    September 28, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I love the top a bottom view, some really nice details in there.
    I had no idea that the birdge was a redress of the ENT-E. They did a fine job on that one. Normally you can spot it.

    It a shame they never published a “making of” for this film or the current one. I got First Contact and Insurections, as well as your book for Generation & Frist Conrtact.

  30. September 28, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for the model and the bridge.

  31. 59 FSL
    September 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the good look at the Valdore bridge. Thank you, Mr Eaves

  32. September 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Are there any sketches of the Valdore bridge to accompany the photo?

  33. 61 Lou
    September 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Spent the weekend pouring over the Blu-ray box set of tng movies. Or as I call it, “John Eaves…This is Your life!”

    You’re all over that box set, buddy!

    One could even chart your hair styles over the years, If one had a mind to…

    Very Glad to see your work get the acclaim it’s due

  34. 62 Joe Cocolo
    September 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    At Freak: They’re coming out with ART OF STAR TREK, a “making of”-type book later this year for the new movie. And the Haynes tech manual for the new 1701 is supposed to be out next year.

  35. 63 R.J.Minnes
    November 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Dear John,

    Over at Memory Alpha I found this list of CG-modelers credited for Nemesis, any chance the one you’ve been wrecking your memory over is on it ?

    Jay Barton (he’s the one who either remapped the Insurrection E-E, or build it from scratch, I believe)
    Andy McGrath Waisler
    Roger Borelli
    Koji Kuramura
    Errol Lanier
    Simon Maddocks
    Rory McLeish
    Howie Muzika
    Marc Perrera
    Randy Sharp
    Gaku Tada
    Esdras Varagnolo
    Aaron Vest
    Bryan Whitaker
    Andy Wilkoff

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