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#1 of 117 Ric Easton

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Posted April 17 2004 - 09:39 AM

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Just a little something I was playing around with. I'll probably pursue it in a week or so. They are made to fit around a 6 disc alpha case.

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#2 of 117 Darren Haycock

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Posted April 17 2004 - 12:28 PM

Wow, that looks really nice! Well done...
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#3 of 117 Kevin Grey

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Posted April 17 2004 - 03:15 PM

Ric, that looks really, really great...

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Posted April 17 2004 - 04:58 PM

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#5 of 117 PhilipG

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Posted April 17 2004 - 06:27 PM

Looks superb so far. Posted Image What's going on with the spine transition from season 1-2 though? The blue background nebula doesn't seem to match.

#6 of 117 GarySchrock

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Posted April 17 2004 - 06:29 PM

I like them, but I just can't justify taking up the extra shelf space to go with anything other than the slim 6's. I'd considered putting something together, but my artistic skill is no match for Ric's. I do know that I'm not leaving them in the original cases though, too dangerous Posted Image.

Hmm, what ships are those on the season 1 mockup?

But man Ric, the covers you put together are sick, just plain sick.

#7 of 117 Frank Anderson

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Posted April 17 2004 - 11:43 PM

truly incredible work.

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#8 of 117 Ric Easton

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Posted April 18 2004 - 01:41 AM

Thanks guys. It's still a work in progress, so some changes and refinements will no doubt occur.

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What's going on with the spine transition from season 1-2 though? The blue background nebula doesn't seem to match.


I think that may just be an optical illusion, because it was the same picture!

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what ships are those on the season 1 mockup?


If you're talking about the spine, it's a couple of Starfuries. If you mean the ships on the front... I dunno!
The front shots were taken from the actual releases, I just changed them from the monotone colors (I wasn't too fond of the all blue, green and purple seasons).

The spine image is suppose to give it an epic type panoramic widescreen image. I may try to fit in The Whitestar, but I don't want it to become too crowded.

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I just can't justify taking up the extra shelf space to go with anything other than the slim 6's.

After this is finished, I may try something for "slim sixes". My only problem with them is that they come in two sizes: an inch wide spine and on that is 15/16" wide. When doing a continuing shot that 1/16th inch of a difference is going to cause some havok.

Anyway, a friend at DVD Cover Art (Jupiter Prime) designed a really nice B5 set. He's generously allowing me to use his back designs and his 3d ship meshes for my design.
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Those Starfuries on the spine are also his. The bottom bar will be for the legal stuff and logos. I also may drop the credits down there. For the most part, I think its a pretty good fit. I'll have to see how the other backs work out. Anyway, there's still plenty to work out and I have some other projects that I've beed ignoring, so I'll get back to these in a bit.

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#9 of 117 Bill>Moore

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Posted April 18 2004 - 06:32 AM

As usual, those are some excellent covers, Ric. I have only used the TOS ones myself, but I might have to use these for my B5 collection, too.

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Posted April 18 2004 - 01:23 PM

Ric, those look really great! Too bad the studios can't put as much thought and effort into their packaging.

About the nebula/Star Fury, I think it is an optical illusion. That part of the nebula sort of falls behind the Star Fury, and looks like glowing exhaust. When the cases are viewed full-size, it should be a little more obvious that the nebula falls behind the Star Fury. If anything, it's a composition fault on the original piece of artwork, and the topmost Star Fury probably should've been moved up a bit more so it didn't blend in with the nebula.

And those ships on the Season One set are, I think, Vorlon "heavy cruisers."

#11 of 117 Frank Anderson

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Posted April 18 2004 - 11:19 PM

As usual... I'll take a spine download as soon as you have one.

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#12 of 117 Dave Scarpa

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Posted April 19 2004 - 01:12 AM

Hey Ric where are you getting your 6 Disk cases from now. I used to get them at Inetdvd but they don't carry them anymore. Tape and Media.com my other retailer only really has the slim4's.
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#13 of 117 Greg S

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Posted April 19 2004 - 02:08 AM

Ric,

AWESOME!! That's beautiful stuff there!! As you well know though, I'll be waiting for the "redesigned slim 6 version" Posted Image !! Looks great though!!

Dave,

Email me if you want some 6 disc alphas. I have a bunch of them here that I don't have a need for since I have completely switched to slim 6s. I am willing to let you have them for shipping cost + a few dollars.

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Posted April 19 2004 - 02:12 AM

Ric, you're a god as usual. I LOVED your Trek cases, and the TNG ones look great on my shelf. I have to start buying the B5 sets. I still have Season 7 of DS9 to get then B5 is next.

#15 of 117 Tony Whalen

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Posted April 19 2004 - 03:09 AM

Stupendous as usual Ric!!! Posted Image

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Posted April 19 2004 - 04:44 AM

Ric, that is stunning, gorgeous and incredibly better than what Warner Bros. came up with. The "mosaic pic of the station continued across all five boxes" is so obviously right that I can't believe Warner Bros. didn't go for it. What you've done is very much what I envisioned when I first started dreaming of a B5 DVD release in 1997 - only better.

I'll have to check out these sites for buying other case styles and then get ready to download the finished artwork when you're done. With your permission I'd like to post a link to this thread over at wwww.b5tv.com. I'm sure a lot of the fans there would be interested in the new art, and in the idea of replacing the problematic WB case with their tendency to induce "floating" discs with something a bit sturdier.

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#17 of 117 Ric Easton

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Posted April 19 2004 - 05:14 AM

Thanks guys! I'm still tweaking the design a bit. That nebula is the same one I used for a ST: TOS set, so I may be replacing it with somehting a little different.

Frank, I don't think you'll need to download just the spine as I expect to have all these done by this weekend

As far as I know, InetDVD still has the cases available right here. You can also get them for a btter price at US Plastic.

After I finish with these I'll design another one for the slimmer cases. Unfortunately there are two versions and the spines vary by a 16th of an inch, so I may have to do two versions of that as well. It may not be such a panoramic pic and may just eature the Station, I'll have to play around with it to see what works best. My preference is for the bigger pic!

Joe, I wouldn't mind at all you telling the B5 community about these, but I would ask you to wait until they're finished and perhaps point them to my website where they will be able to be downloaded.

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#18 of 117 Mike Broadman

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Posted April 19 2004 - 06:26 AM

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Hmm, what ships are those on the season 1 mockup?


The ships on the front cover of season 1 are Vorlon.

The design is real nice.Posted Image

#19 of 117 Andrea W

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Posted April 19 2004 - 07:32 AM

FYI, Jupiter from DVDCA has his B5 cover art sized for slim 6 cases (the ones that are 15/16" wide at the spine). You can download and preview them here:

http://mycovers.dynd...erart/b5covers/

(Click the covers for the large previews.)

#20 of 117 Andrea W

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Posted April 19 2004 - 07:36 AM

BTW, Ric, can't wait to see your continuing spine shot for the slim cases, whenever you get to it. And as soon as I get my hands on some slim 7 disc cases, I'll be sending some your way so you can do a slim version of STTNG!


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