After quite some time watching this and prior Trek threads, I’ve decided to push ahead on a hobby project. Spent much of the weekend setting up ships, and also working on some characters. Here are a couple of characters, one of which uses Mylochka’s excellent Orion skin.
Both characters are based on Daz Genesis.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Check the boots - they are a mess (not your fault - autofit doesn’t always work) - I keep them off screen.
Is everybody going to be the exact same height? This is an issue I have noticed - everyone is 5’10” or higher. Genesis allows you to scale folks to different heights - use it. There is quite a bit more diversity in the non-Daz figures as well as the DAZ Gen3 figures, don’t be afraid to use them. In my fan-fic as an example, the CNO of Starfleet is based on the Rikishi figure from ‘rosity. The Miki character gets you a petite (5’3”) Asian, Stephanie gets you an average sized female (5’4”)
What are the age of your characters? Most of the character morphs for Genesis tend to be young people. Ship captains are going to be in their 40’s so be prepared to adjust the body to match the character’s age. Remember, the “supermen” lost the Eugenics Wars, so not everyone is going to be young and beautiful.
Are any of your characters married? Do they have families? Ever notice how in Star Trek almost everyone is single? If you don’t have families, your ship is going to “smell like the 70’s”.
Are there going to be any humans that are NOT Caucasians? In most fan-fic that I have seen, Starfleet only accepts Caucasians from either Western Europe or the United States. At best, there is 1 token minority - Most humans are not Caucasians, so plan accordingly. Also check genders - there are a lot more female options for genesis, so be careful that you don’t overload the ship with 1 gender.
On the Von der Tann for instance, the ship captain is Russian (F) the chief engineer is Egyptian (F), the XO is Andorian (F), the navigator (M) & helmsmen( F) are Chinese & Japanese, the communications officer is Vulcan (M), the science/cartography officer is Orion (M), the electronic warfare officer (M) and the damage control officers (F) are African and the weapons officer is Indian (M) - India Indian, not North American Indian.
Build a cast list. Mine is in an excel spreadsheet, 1 for each ship or facility. My columns consist of the following:
Section Position Rank Name Sex Race Alien? Mesh Morph
Very handy for continuity and it lets you see what you are and are not using.
Re: ships - foundation3d is a great place to get ships. I kit-bash the DMetlesits ships. They are very easy to pull into Hexagon and disassemble into component parts to create new ships, like my Von der Tann or a Federation Survey Cruiser like the Vasco Dos Gama