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First Strike by RobCaswell First Strike by RobCaswell
If it was a fire fight the Gorns were after, the Constitution and Columbia were more than willing to oblige.

I don't do many battle pix, but davemetlesits' ([link]) new photon torpedo graphics resource cried out to me for some experimentation.

Connie by Aggie, Scout/Destroyer by some game I can't ever remember. Rendered in DS3 and finished in Photoshop.
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:iconseanguy4:
Seanguy4 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice under-shot of the action, though it kinda makes me dizzy.
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's GOOD! With no up or down, you should be dizzy!
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InterceptorV Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Great work! Love to old school photon torpedo effect!
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: That's me: old school ;P
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genchang2112 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic shot!  Well done! :)
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I kinda feel like I should do a version 2.0
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:icongenchang2112:
genchang2112 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
By all means.  I'd love to see your new take on this already epic shot. :)
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:iconthespawnof66:
thespawnof66 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Interesting to see the Hermes class scout at work. I never could decide if I liked that design.
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the whole issue of Franz Josef's designs are.... complicated. They're cool/fun, but they did throw a monkey wrench into some of Trek's internal tech logic... plus they set us down this path of mixing and matching saucers and nacelles, which is now a given (unfortunately).
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thespawnof66 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I agree. The simple use of existing components that those designs suggest show a certain lack of either imagination or resources. Shared components would be realistic I suppose. But the designs that Franz Josef came up with seem impractical given their assigned missions. Though the "Saladin" class is better armed than the "Hermes" class, both types in my opinion seem very limited in their scanning capability. Also, their engine placement would seem to make them vulnerable to damage, and make them large targets given their large frontal areas.  
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
My personal take on it is when you're going warp.... anynumber.... the placement of elements and profile of the craft don't really have any bearing. It's gonna take pretty heavy tech just to hit ANY target, let alone being specific about your hit zone.
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thespawnof66 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013

You're probably right.

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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent work. Very cool. Loving the lighting on the Bussard Ramscoops... very "alive".
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
HA! Yet another member of my Trek personal top 10!
Good choice! :D
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconnitegrafix:
nitegrafix Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job!
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!! :)
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:iconfarwanderer:
Farwanderer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Great work as always. Always a joy to see your new works!
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Actually with my current imagination drought I've been submitting some of my older works to newer groups. So this one's from about two years back.
Still - THANKS! :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most welcome :)
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:iconwillcapers:
WillCapers Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Amazing.
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad ya like :D
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:iconmarkwilder:
MarkWilder Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Nice.
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
You're Welcome.
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Jim197 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a fabulous picture. The viewpoint, the sense of action, the cool way the destroyer's bussard is illuminating the underside of its primary module, it's all beautiful.
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
It seems like I used to spend more times getting details like that right. Getting lazy in my old age ;p
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Beautiful!

Thanks for using my photon effect!

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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank YOU for sharing it! Quite a useful resource! :)
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Seaview123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you nailed it with this image. I love the lighting from the weapons fire on the ship hulls, and also that your point of view isn't the stock right side up aspect, because after all, this is space, where up and down don't have the same meaning. Really nice work, this one's definitely a keeper.

Now, about that Dreadnaught...
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL! We'll see ;)
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Whoahhh!!!! Awwwwwesome!!! :) I love the roll manuever you have the destroyer making. Very dramatic!! :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I think this is one of my personal faves, too. I'm not really into your classic images of starship combat (which are usually at too close range to be anywhere near accurate, anyway), but this gets around that by not even showing the foe. And I too like the implied energy of the ships' maneuvers.

Every once in a while, I strike gold ;)
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Ohh...I dunno...it's just my humble opinion...but, I think you strike artistic gold with your images an awful lot!!!! :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:blush: Thanks. Really. I'm often happy enough with my work, but for the real gold lies in rolling it out for others.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I'm glad I and others can at least provide metaphorical gold. Not if we could all be as generous with the real stuff right? ;)
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
If I had "the real stuff", I'd just exchange it for the metaphorical variety. I'm that way ;)
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I hear you and understand. :)
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Night-Forager Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011   General Artist
Great work!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it. I think it's really gown on me over time... which is a nice happenstance :D
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Small-fry ship getting to kick some arse for once! Great render!

Like how the smaller ship is named Columbia, is that in reference to OV-102, the NASA Shuttle Orbiter Columbia?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
The naming of the scout "Columbia" pre-dated the shuttle, but could have been in reference to the Apollo 11 CSM. The scout was first named in Franz Josef's Tech Manual and was later mentioned (in background voiceover) in ST: TMP.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
True, the 'Columbia' name being derived from the Apollo 11 CSM is more fitting. The Shuttle Columbia did not do any such thing as glorious as visit another celestial body and had a more tragic end. *Plays 'Taps' for STS-107 crew*
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Definitely got the fluidity of battle I imagine in Star Trek battles.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
But....but.... they're in deep space?!?! No fluid about at all?!?!! Though that would bring out the high seas romantic adventure aspect... :pirate:
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Pilot desperately trying to control his bladder as he swings the Constitution around an asteroid. "Sir, you won't be saying that in a minute!". ;p
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But what about the Šther?
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
The Šther's either neither?

But what about the children?

WHY won't someone think about the children??!?!?! :o




...

Hm. "Children of the Šther" sounds like a neat title to something!?!
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