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the battleship from Dawn #39


Here was a very fun alien ship that was drawn for the “Enterprise” episode called Dawn #39.  Enterprise was great at creating new Alien races…almost weekly, and that made for a great time in the Art Department, coming up with new ships.  This was the second ship from the Enterprise series that was loosely based on a camping shovel.  What was fun about this one was that the nose was horizontally based while the engine mass was vertical; this added a very unique profile when seen in the VFX shots and made it stand out amongst all the ships that had come previously. Orthos for Eden FX were becoming less in demand due to the awesome set of modelers working on the show!!  I really liked only giving a view or two and letting the next guy have a go at designing the next phase of the ship!!!

the approved sketch,,, 1 of three choices

the approved sketch...1 of three choices - concept a (b and c in next post)

rough views

rough views


21 Responses to “the battleship from Dawn #39”


  1. 1 Amdguy27
    October 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Cool ship John, where are the warp nacelles?

  2. October 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    It’s an alien ship, so who knows? They may have a completely different technology for warp speed, either way, the warp propulsion is probably somewhere in that rear section, just like Klingon Bird’s of Prey, they have no visable warp nacelles either.

    I ‘really’ like this design btw John, if theres one thing I loved with ENT is was the fact that pretty much all of the Alien of the Week ships looked fantastic, it really is amazing what CGI allows now in Sci-Fi that was simply not possable 10-15 years ago on a TV shows schedule. Love the shading on the coloured version btw, hasa kind of Star Wars/BSG feel to it🙂

  3. 6 Rolando
    October 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Better check with Nacelles Monthly!

  4. 8 Tom Pohl
    October 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    This looks a lot like the Tellarite/Xindi-Arboreal warships we’ve seen in Seasons 3 & 4. Were they money-saving modifications of this original design?

  5. October 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Ah, there’s where my camping shovel went. I was lookun’ for that thing, eh. Can’t leave a fire-pit unburied.😉

    That’s a sweet space-ride. I dig it. (insert rim-shot here)

    Sorry for the camp. (rim-shot)

    So this alien walks into a bar, then another alien does the same… finally the last one has the sense to duck…😀

    Hey. I’m here all week!

    LLP,
    deg

  6. 14 Richard Knapp
    October 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    What a great week – great new ships everyday! Thanks for making time in your busy schedule to keep us supplied with lots of John Eaves coolness!

  7. October 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Very nice. It’s definitely one of the the coolest alien ships from the show, IMO. Don’t get me wrong, I love your Klingon work but it’s really nice when they let you have a go at the previously unseen aliens because you really got to let your imagination take over. Great stuff. 😀

  8. 19 JNG
    October 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    A highly distinctive design. The large thrusters in an unusual arrangement both look cool and suggest an earlier technology than that seen in other eras of Trek.

    The later reuses of the design are a bit hard to rationalize, but if *something* had to get reused to represent Xindi and Tellarite ships, it might as well have been this one.

  9. 20 DeanneM
    October 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    FYI for those who have been here already…the large shots are linked now. 🙂

    That’s one hot shovel ship. Definitely has it’s own place in the Trek universe. It kinda reminds me of a shark, with the flat nose and verticle tale….

  10. October 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Thanks Dea (and John of course)🙂

    I really like the rear section of this one. Looks like it could pump out some serious thrust. Also like that it has some holes (not sure about the technical space engineer term for holes), I didn’t notice those right away.


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