Klingon shuttles volume 2

To finish off yesterday’s post, here are two more ideas for the Klingon shuttle from “Broken Bow”.  The producers saw these concepts and, with some notes added, chose the bottom right concept.  When all was said and done, I don’t recall seeing anything on the screen except maybe a blur of the ship crashing.  The sequence was a bit more elaborate in the script with the ship pile driving across the corn field in a very Superman-esque type of crash.  I believe all of this was eliminated due to time or costs, and a less complicated idea took to the screen instead.

For Episode #51 (the Bounty), the script called for another Klingon ship of different architecture from the big winged ships and had to be a cheap build.  We pitched a redress, revamp, and rescale of the Broken Bow ship because the CG model existed already; so was born this new adaptation of it’s prior concept.  It made for a fun redraw and it looked really nice on the screen!!  Thanks to the Masters at EDEN VFX!!!

pass 4 & 5, 5 being the one that was chosen

pass 3 & 4, 4 being the one that was chosen

the detailed color pass

the detailed color pass

some very quick, very inaccurate orthos

some very quick, very inaccurate orthos

and the revamped version seen in Bounty

and the revamped version seen in Bounty

26 Responses to “Klingon shuttles volume 2”

  1. 1 deg
    September 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Way-coolness. I like it, as it does most-definitely have a very Klingon feel to it, with the sharp and pointed lines. Almost like blades in space, eh.

    I like the revamp as well, if not more actually, due to its higher level of detailing.

    Well done, and thanks, bud! 🙂


  2. 4 Richard Knapp
    September 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    More great stuff my friend! I really liked that Klingon Transport design – its way outside the typical Klingon design paradigm but still very recognizably Klingon. Nice work!

    Loving these updates…

    Thanks for posting and take care,

    • 5 johneaves
      September 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Richard and glad to hear your comments,,, Always wonder if what your working on really fits into such a big world as Trek

  3. September 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Funny that we wondered what it looked like and all along we’d (kind of) seen it. 🙂 It’s a shame the original version didn’t get seen close up, though, considering you went to the trouble of designing it. As deg says, it looks very Klingon, but it still fits the time period just right. I’m sure lots of fans would have appreciated seeing it and knowing the Klingons were still in safe hands. 😉

    • 7 johneaves
      September 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks John and had no idea folks were interested in that blur of a craft,,,, what other mysteries are out there that I might be able to help clear up as far as Enterprise goes

      • September 30, 2009 at 4:11 am

        Hmm, I’m not sure… but I think Bernd and Jorg have a list. 😉 Yeah, it definitely takes our interest when there’s an unidentifiable blob in the background and it’s great to find out there’s a fully designed ship behind it.

        Btw, the first drawing isn’t the original copy, is it? I hope the producers were only doodling over a photocopy?

  4. 9 DeanneM
    September 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I’m still liking the fun little design you posted yesterday best…wee!

    • 10 johneaves
      September 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

      Nice work with the photoshop on Miss Amanda’s dress!!! I’ll use you from now on instead of buying different color pin up outfits!!! and thanks, I liked that ship a lot too!

  5. 11 CarlG
    September 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, after a long drought, an embarrassment of riches! 😀

    The final design is cool, but I’m in love with the “Pass 3” design at the top. It just looks so badass, and adding the lil’ klingon guy checking under the hood is genius!

  6. 14 JNG
    September 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Many years later, the mystery of that ship from the pilot is solved!

    • 15 johneaves
      September 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

      HAAA! What other mysteries do want to know about?????

      • 16 JNG
        September 30, 2009 at 3:34 am

        Off the top of my head, the Etanian Order warship from the Voyager episode “Rise” is pretty mysterious. Also, I’ve always wondered who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong…I figured someone in the Art Department 😀

  7. 17 evil_genius_180
    September 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Yeah, I just pulled out my Season 1 Disc 1 DVD and there’s a quick camera pass over the corn stalks and you see the shuttle very briefly but it’s partially obscured by cornstalks. Too bad they didn’t go with the original idea, that sounds better. But it was also probably longer and more expensive and they had to make cuts.

    And I’ve always liked the ship from Bounty. It’s an unusual design and I like unusual designs. 🙂 It’s really cool that they modified the shuttle for use in that episode, since it was seen so fleetingly in Broken Bow.

  8. 19 Scott D
    September 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Wish we got to see more shuttle action. 😉

  9. September 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the images, John, and for continuing to lift the lid on some of the more obscure vessels from Enterprise. Funnily enough I kind of prefer the original shuttle to the revamp, looks a bit more angular (thought the curves on the transport seemed slightly un-Klingon, though can’t put my finger on why – after all Batleths are curved, as is the Klingon trefoil, and the cowling near the rear is similar to the one on the early Bird of Prey). Speaking of obscure Enterprise vessels, have you come across any sketches or images of the mysterious Sarajevo, from Storm Front Part 2 and Daedalus, in your archives?

    • 21 JNG
      September 30, 2009 at 3:37 am

      Hey, Mark’s right–that’s another interesting little-seen ship: the Sarajevo. Probably the most unusual of all the Earth Starfleet ships that appeared.

  10. 22 Freak
    September 30, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Love the revamp version.

    It really scream Klingon. would have love to see the oringal idea for the openning of Broken bow.

  11. 23 Starship freak
    September 30, 2009 at 3:53 am

    I for one would like to see the broken bow shuttle-cgi, any chance?

  12. 24 Matt Boardman
    September 30, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Man! How did I miss this yesterday??

    While I like the other version that we saw the other day, this one has some definite Eaves flair to it and I really like the revamp for “Bounty.” 🙂

  13. October 1, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Wow. I should have anticipated that after seeing yesterday’s shuttle sketches. The ship from “Bounty” always appeared to be quite un-Klingon to me. But as a Klingon shuttle the general shape makes a lot of sense. Too bad it was visible only as a plume of smoke in “Broken Bow”.

  14. 26 R.J.Minnes
    October 5, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Loving your post and blog in general, John, great show…You and Doug have made a lot of frustrated “behind-the-scenes” lovers very happy campers over the last year…

    Speaking of Doug, want to hijack more renders from his site (LOL), he has this shuttle posted on:


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