Star Wars Short-film Project Background ships and WIP

Howard Day

New Member
Hey, all! Been working on some custom corellian gunships and a frigate lately, trying to fill out the background of a couple of rebel fleet shots I plan on doing for a short film I have in mind. They're all completely CG, rendered in 3dsmax with VRay Next 1.1 on my GPU.I'm pretty happy with the results so far, I've got 4 type variations of gunship (2,3,4,6 engine configs), a pretty decent GR-75, a Nebulon-B courtesy of Nicholas Sagan, that I significantly up-detailed, a CR90, and I've got solid references to re-model and clean rebuild the Dornean gunship and Hammerhead Corvette.
Anyhow, here's 4K turnaround of some of the ships:
And an alternate version of the Type-B Gunship: XvT_CorGunTurnaround7_4K.mp4
Some 4K shots of the ships:

While I'm building the ships, I'm also doing tests of combat scenes, the big sweeping fleet shots, and in-cockpit shots of the pilots. I'm in the middle of constructing a B-wing cockpit (not something that commonly exists, surprisingly) Anyhow, here are some of the most recent versions of that:
Combat tests:
Fleet shots:
Cockpit Shot:

Anyhow, I'd love any feedback you guys have. I feel pretty excited about how well things are coming together. :D

Richard Baker

Sr Member
I think you ahve some wonderful ship designs- they are not only practical looking but fit very well into what we have seen so far.

The 'TIE Mangler' video is frustrating though- I cannot see the ship very well from the few seconds it is seen flashing by the camera- do you have some stills or orthos of it?

Howard Day

New Member
nikter: Well, it's basically a post-hoth supply raid gone very wrong. Here's the first couple of scenes: XWvsTF_Intro2_CC.mp4
Richard: Oh! Yes, of course. I can't take credit for this particular design, I did the textures, materials, some upgraded geo, and VFX, but the main model was designed by Ansel Hsiao - Fractalsponge. :D Here's a video turnaround, showing the Capital-Ship-Scale turbo-lasers the ship mounts - explaining what happened to that poor freighter. :D
Here's Ansel's original TIE Mangler:
Thanks for the feedback!

Howard Day

New Member
And some late night dialog tests, trying to pace out this thing. Obviously first-pass, will improve it as I go!

And here's the script for what I'm going to be working the next few nights on:
Star Wars Side Project Script Ver 1.1
Strike force hypers in, 3 X-wings, 2 B-wings and a GR-75 Transport. The right-most X-wing is noticeably out of position.
Blue Leader: “Sigh. Blue Rookie, Form up.”
RB: In Rodian (Sorry, Lead)
BL: “You'll learn. Hmmrpgh, all groups, we're approaching the intercept point for the Imperial Freighter.”
DL: "Blue Lead, I've got it on long range."
D2: "It looks...unpowered. No engine signatures."

Howard Day

New Member
Working on the Rook!

Howard Day

New Member
Evening shortfilm work - Makin myself a GR75 Transport pilot - A Duros! With Muttonchops! Also a picture of the Mon Cal with an authoritative mustache. Because 1970s.
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Howard Day

New Member
GR75 cockpit update got the chair base mostly done, need to add the arms.


Also I've been working with Eric Henry on some of this stuff - He took my greeble library that I've slowly been putting together and made this fantastic version of a background ship briefly seen in ROTJ. It looks spectacular! and I love the crap outta it. I did the materials on this version.



And then I'm also rendering updates to the showcase, and have an update to the first line of dialog in the works + finishing up the rodian rookie.


Kievan Mereel

New Member
Love seeing the interior of a GR-75, it will be the first time ever! Closest thing we've had so far is that Tales of the Bounty Hunter anthology story about Toryn Farr escaping Hoth.

All the stills look perfect and very lived-in. I will say that I prefer the first B-Wing combat video, as it had the ship rotating around the cockpit as is canon--always wanted to see that happen more; didn't even happen that way in the B-Wing game.

Also love how you've rendered the BFF-1 Bulk Freighter as a modular container platform with inspiration from the Conveyex in Solo.


Any update on this project? Are there any resources you've based the interior of the GR-75 on? Trying to do some research for a story idea as well.

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