Saturday, 22 July 2017

Loads of Discovery concept art, costumes, and props to ogle!

There's been lots of Discovery goodness coming out of the San Diego Comic Con, but the richest vein is surely the Discovery exhibition, which features oodles of artwork, costumes, and props, given us our best look yet at them all! There's lots to look at, so continue below for a look at everything that could be seen (images via StarTrek.com, /Film, io9, TrekMovie, and TrekCore).

First up, ships! There was lots of concept art on display, including multiple views of the USS Discovery, giving us our best view yet of the final form of the ship:





The other major Federation ship of the series, the USS Shenzhou is also in the spotlight:



I belive this the Shenzhou facing off a huge Klingon fleet:


And a different view of the transporter room we have already seen a glimpse of:


And then we have the Klingons. This "raider" appears to be a small fighter:


A mysterious "obelisk":


And the "sarcophocus", which we also see inside of; this seems to be the main Klingon setting of at least the first episode:




Another ship, not quite so sure what this is:


And a desert scene, a little more colourful than the desert shots we've so far seen in the trailer.


This creature we have also seen in the trailer:


Lets move on to a better known alien: The Klingons. They have a big roll to play in the series, and there was lots of Klingon stuff on display. First up we have a Klingon helmet and collar:
Built by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page's Alchemy Studios in Los Angeles, this is an example of a high-ranking officer's personalized helmet and collar. Each warrior's battle armor bears a unique signature look as a matter of honor. The full body armor suit and helmet can fully retract and extend from the collar itself by combining physical elements and VFX compositing in post-production.


This similar helmet is described as a "Periscopic Klingon Bridge Officer Helmet"
Built by Alchemy Studios, the periscopic helment is worn by Klingon pilots to provide a Heads Up Display of weapons systems, three-dimensional star system charts and other critical tactical information essential to controlling the ship’s navigational and weapons systems. It was entirely 3D printed and painted using complex airbrush techniques that employ a combination of proprietary automotive paints, acrylics, and weathering layers.

T'Kumva's golden armour is the most ornate of the Klingons:
T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) seeks to unite the 24 great Klingon houses to halt the encroachment of others. His elaborate clothing honors ancient Klingon ways and the path of honor set forth by Kahless the Unforgettable. Designed by Gersha Philips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb, this ornate costume is comprised of two prime layers: a tunic and a chest plate. The tunic is made up of three types of leather and molded with task and hydraulic tubing to form panels into a skirt. The intricate chest plate is made up of 3D printed beads with a magnetic back closure that creates a seamless appearance, claw-like Swarovski crystals, and vintage lace around the collar.


The other Klingon costumes are no less impressive however, and took a lot to create!
This House of T’Kuvma female Klingon uniform is representation of the style worn by the members and follows of the House. The warrior uniforms are painstakingly built piece-by-piece with hand-pressed leathers that are individually stained, painted, and molded for texture. This ornate costume is designed by Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb and takes a team of 10 costumers an estimated 110 hours to create.


This House of T’Kuvma gray Klingon uniform is representative of this style worn by members and follows of the House. These more ancient Klingon designs pay tribute to Klingon ancestors and the path of honor walked by Kahless the Unforgettable. The warrior uniforms are painstakingly built piece-by-piece with hand-pressed leathers that are individually stained, painted and molded for texture. This ornate costume is designed by Gersha Phillips and Suttirat Anne Larlarb and takes a team of 10 costumers an estimated 110 hours to create.


And then we have the Torchbearer, seen here at full size (rather than the mini version on display elsewhere at Comic Con):
Built by Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios, this sophisticated suit serves as both an EV space suit and battle armor for Klingon warriors. Although similar to Klingon armor, this version is worn only by a warrior chosen through a sacred ritual to serve as Torchbearer, enabling him to sound The Call for all the houses to unite by activating a ceremonial obelisk.

Cutting edge 3D printing techniques were employed in the creation of the suits and Alchemy worked with 3D Systems and used 3D printing techniques to create a hundred individual components from Neville Page’s digital designs to achieve the look.


He is armed with an equally ornate D’k tahg:
Built by Alchemy Studios, the ceremonial blades location on the boots of the Torchbearer’s suit are ornate, reimagined versions of the classic and beloved Klingon weapons from Star Trek: The Next Generation and other Star Trek films and shows. The daggers, helmets, and full suits have embraced and augmented the cultural notes from Star Trek: The Original Series Klingons, employing a mixture of Middle Eastern, Mongolian, and Byzantine influences to achieve the Klingon aesthetic.

Other weapons on display included mek’leth:
A ceremonial bladed weapon of Klingon warriors that is used in close quarters combat. Traditional mek’leths are often individualized to both the Klingon warrior and their house. This mek’leth was made in Toronto from hand sculpted high-density foam. That sculpt was then turned into a 3D model and milled out of aluminum. The surface of the blade is hand carved from a poured resin and the handle is also hand carved from foam and then cast in rubber.

And of course a bat’leth
The preferred weapon of the Klingon warrior, the bat’leth was made in Toronto. It was originally hand sculpted out of a high-density foam. The sculpt was then turned into a 3D model and milled out of aluminum. The surface of the blade is hand carved from a poured resin and the handle is also hand carved from foam and then cast in rubber.

Finally from the armoury, a couple of Klingon disruptors, taking a a completely new direction for this sort of weapon, and adding in a load of blades of both designs!
Used by Klingon warriors when a bat’leth won’t do, the rifle was inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation disruptor and made to look as nasty as possible. The rifle is 3D printed with an aluminum center hollowed out to house electronics and batteries.


Away from the empire, we have Sarek's attractive costume:
The father of Spock, husband to Amanda Grayson, and mentor to Michael Burnham, Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) is a Vulcan diplomat held in extremely high esteem. His traditional robes reflect the Vulcan culture and its devotion to a life of pure logic, serious intellectual pursuits and spiritual contemplation. Sarek’s costume is designed by Gersha Phillips and built in Toronto by the costume department.

And an IDIC:
The IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) pendant is worn by Vulcan Science Academy graduates as well as professors and high scholars. The pendant was 3D printed and hand painted in Toronto.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd is rather more roguish, while still suitably dashing:
This charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) returns to Star Trek: Discovery. Mudd has the distinction of being the only guest character on the original Star Trek to be featured in two episodes. Designed by Gersha Philips and built by the costume team, Mudd’s costume is primarily leather and inspired by Adam Ant.


Moving on to Starfleet, the new EV suit, a "Long Haul Space Suit"is most impressive:
The Starfleet Long Haul EV suit was built in the UK. It was milled from high-density foam as one unit and then draped in fiberglass. The suit was then sectioned into pieces that fit as a clamshell over the actor’s body. The optically clear lens of extruded plastic were made from a 3D scan of the helmet and had to be perfect to fit the suit’s frame. This is the suit that we see Sonequa Martin-Green wearing in space from the Star Trek: Discovery trailer.



Another new look comes from the tactical uniform:
Starfleet officers engaged in combat situations or potentially hazardous away missions are issued an armored tactical vest and distinctive version of the duty uniform, trading metallic accents for a low-profile navy compression panel. Laser flashlights are installed in the shoulders of the vests for guidance. Vests also contain additional functional elements for attaching specialized mission gear.

And then we have the regular uniforms, with distinctive new ways to tell apart ranks and rolls on the ship.


This two-piece Starfleet captains uniform is worn by Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) of the USS Shenzhou. The gold side compression panels and delta shield pattern signifies an officer in the command division of Starfleet. The additional gold detailing on the shoulder epaulets is what signifies the rank of Captain.


This two-piece Starfleet duty uniform is worn by First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) aboard the USS Shenzhou. The gold side compression panels and delta shield pattern signifies an officer in Starfleet’s command division, as does the command star insignia on the Starfleet badge.


This is a standard Starfleet duty uniform typical of those worn by Lieutenant Commander Saru (Doug Jones) on the USS Shenzhou and Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) aboard the USS Discovery. The silver side compression panes and delta shield pattern signifies an officer in Starfleet’s sciences division.

This is a variant duty uniform worn by Starfleet officers that features elbow-length sleeves and alternate detailing. The copper side compression panels and delta shield pattern signifies an officer in Starfleet’s operations division, which encapsulates ship operations, security, and engineering functions. The fabric for the Starfleet duty uniforms is dyed a custom navy blue in Switzerland, then cut and built in Toronto by the costume team under the direction of costume designer Gersha Phillips.


Medical officers wear hospital white variants of Starfleet science division uniforms. The silver side compression panels and delta shield pattern signifies medical’s place within the science division, but are marked by a distinctive badge insignia.



Then we have equipment, which as we've already seen strongly echos previous TOS designs:
The Starfleet insignia badges were made to match the trim of the uniforms and are matched to Starfleet divisions: command (gold), sciences and medical (silver), and operations (copper). The gold, copper, and silver badges were made in Toronto by making wax models from 3D prints, then creating plaster molds for silicon bronze to be poured into. The bronze badges are then polished and plated by a jeweler to create the custom colors for Discovery.
The tricorder is for scanning and recording data on away missions. It was built and painted in Los Angeles and its screen employs the use of a smart phone with video looping images and includes a removable hand-held scanner. It was made entirely with a 3D printer.

Standard issue by Starfleet Command for away missions, the communicator design is heavily influenced by the communications from the original Star Trek and is made from milled aluminum.

Standard issue by Starfleet Command, the pulse rifle is inspired by the Pup rifle designs of today. The pulse rifle has one nod to the Star Trek: The Original Series phaser rifle that observant fans will notice and that is the orange foil chamber within the barrel. The pulse rifle was built in Los Angeles and is almost entirely 3D printed.
The hand phaser is reminiscent of the original series phaser, but the design was given a tougher look to indicate more militaristic functionality. The phaser was built and painted in Los Angeles and is 3D printed with removable magazine that houses the batteries and electronics.



You can see many more views and details in the galleries of the sources of the images above at StarTrek.com/Filmio9, TrekMovie (art, Klingon, Starfleet), and TrekCore (art, Klingon, Starfleet). CBS also has a nice gallery giving a broader overview of the exhibition.

Star Trek: Discovery is due to start this September, and it will be distributed almost everywhere in the world on Netflix, except for the US where is will be available on CBS All Access, and Canada where it will be on Bell Media channels and services. To keep track of all the latest details from the new show, visit my Star Trek: Discovery guide page.




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