Star Trek: New original translite + decals (new run)


By Aurich

3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

I know I teased this one for a while, sorry it took so long to get it all together finally, it turned into a big project and was a lot of work (but fun!). I'm happy to announce I've got the designs done for my Star Trek alt translite and decal package, I've had test prints done, I'm happy with them, and I'm ready to see what people think of it.

I wanted to lose the actors and just focus on the ship in space. And not some wrong ship from another movie or TV show, or a video game, the Enterprise from the new films that goes with the story. This is a 100% original digital painting, no film stills or movie posters or anything used to create it.

The translite is printed the same way as my Shadow and Helen ones, same quality, lights up beautiful. Hundreds of people on Pinside will vouch for them.

The decals are thicker than what I used for AC/DC, with a lamination layer to help them be more robust and nice and glossy. They give enough to make installing the speaker panel easy, you can peel it back to reposition and smooth out bubbles, but in my tests they stick to the Pro-style wrinkled apron material fine.

My original plan was to just sell the whole thing as a package, keep it easy for me, but I thought maybe LE people might like the decals, or some people might not want them at all, so when you pre-order I'm giving you the option to pick how you want it, and that will give me my printing numbers. I'll probably ship the whole package orders first, and then the people who wanted to break it down afterwards.

As always, pre-order is just your verbal commitment to buy, no money down. Once they're printed based on interest I'll email everyone with payment instructions and then mail them out Two Day Priority or Priority International. I'll keep pre-orders open for a couple weeks or so, and then do the first print run. If there's still interest I can do more runs.

On to the pics!

First up, the translite:

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Then the decal package, which consists of:

- Speaker panel decal
- Apron decals (triangles, middle, and shooter lane)
- Coin door decak
- Coin reject labels (peel decals, stick to paper, and cut out)
- Tournament button plug cover decal (red and blue versions depending on Pro/Premium/LE)
- Spinner decals
- Shooter housing

Click to view high rez image. DMD and speaker grills simulated for effect, actual decal has holes cut out obviously.

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I will also be including instruction cards, I'm still finalizing the designs to reflect the new rules. I'll post updates to them in this thread.

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Order details

The full package (translite + decals + cards) is $175 shipped in the US. Likely $205 international, but I need to weigh things still, I'll make it cheaper if I can. Shipping big boxes is expensive!

Translite + cards w/o decals is $125 shipped in the US. $150 shipped international.

Decals + cards w/o translite: Likely around $50 shipped in the US, will verify and check international prices too. Need to weigh and figure out package size still. Call that ballpark for now. I'll edit with final prices after I figure them out.
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To pre-order fill out the form here (don't PM me! use the form for my sanity): http://www.aurichlawson.com/startrek/pre-order.html

(That form fills out a Google spreadsheet with your pinside name, email, and package. You won't get an email confirmation, but I will email you when your order is ready, have no fear.)

#2 3 years ago

Post updated to include instruction cards, these will be printed as part of the package:

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#3 3 years ago

Looks great Aurich!! Love the colors and the "old skool" feel. You are the man!

#4 3 years ago
Quoted from thedarkknight77:

Looks great Aurich!! Love the colors and the "old skool" feel. You are the man!

Thanks! I didn't want to clutter up the first post, but you totally got what I was going for. I wanted the new ship, modern movies, but with an old school feel, something that fans of the original Star Trek series would dig. Hopefully it bridges the two worlds a little, and makes it a little more classic and less likely to get dated too fast.

There's a movie poster for the first Star Trek movie with a kind of rainbow glow on it that I was thinking of when I did the meteor trails (and some artistic license with how they're almost burning up in space!). That and the color changing LEDs on the playfield, I wanted to capture some of that too. Without obviously going too WOZ "over the rainbow" feeling.

#5 3 years ago

*Almost* makes me wish I had a Pro... ok not really.
Nice work!

#6 3 years ago

Oh, I should probably explain the shooter housing. It goes inside the black metal housing where the shooter rod goes through. You have to remove your rod, slide the decal with a precut hole on, then put the rod back. I haven't seen anyone try that before, but it looks really cool.

I'll be updating with install photos.

#7 3 years ago

Wow, these look great!

#8 3 years ago

damn that looks good.

pre-order form sent.

can't wait to get this!

#9 3 years ago

Looks damn good! Very nice work!

#10 3 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

I'm ready to see what people think of it.

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#11 3 years ago

Nicely done Aurich!

#12 3 years ago

Look nice. Pre-order in.

#13 3 years ago

You're a talented guy, Aurich. Looks great!

#14 3 years ago

Derp, kinda rushed the post slightly when I realized I had to get my girls from school, and I forgot to put the pic of the apron decals in!

Oversight fixed! Triangle, middle, and shooter lane decals added to first post. For the lazy who don't want to scroll up:

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#15 3 years ago

Well done aurich! I'll probably want some of the decals and instruction cards for my LE. No need for the speaker panel I would think, but maybe? I'll talk with ya about it as things move further along.

#16 3 years ago

Nice job , I don't own a ST, just wanted to give you props . It's good to have you in the pinside / pinball community. I hope you never burnout on these projects .

#17 3 years ago
Quoted from moto_cat:

Nice job , I don't own a ST, just wanted to give you props . It's good to have you in the pinside / pinball community. I hope you never burnout on these projects .

Ditto on this! Your work is outstanding and the fact that this is 100% original is mind blowing!

#18 3 years ago

This is badass! Nice work!

#19 3 years ago

Very nice! Wish I had a reason to buy. Oh well, still enjoying the Shadow translite.

#20 3 years ago

Very nice Aurich.

Is it possible to get a LE package? I'd like to get everything from the apron decals on down.

#21 3 years ago
Quoted from Eskaybee:

Well done aurich! I'll probably want some of the decals and instruction cards for my LE. No need for the speaker panel I would think, but maybe? I'll talk with ya about it as things move further along.

Yeah, that's the only downside to this setup, the speaker panel is part of the decal set. I'm using the whole sheet super efficiently, I have decals and instructions nestled in the holes for the speakers and DMD area even.

So LE people kinda get the whole thing as a package, even if they opt to skip the speaker decal. You mirrored backglass Enterprise folk aren't gonna make me feel bad for you though.

#22 3 years ago

Done, can't wait to get these

#23 3 years ago

Preorder in.

Looks great!

#24 3 years ago
Quoted from BillySastard:

Very nice Aurich.
Is it possible to get a LE package? I'd like to get everything from the apron decals on down.

See the post I just made above about how the decals are laid out.

No real way to do a just LE version in a cost effective way I don't think. These decals are expensive to print because they're laminated, so it adds another material layer to the print process. Trying to keep it all in one run.

Maybe if I got a ton of pre-orders for just decals I could look at it, that is assuming no one who's doing that is a Premium or Pro owner who just doesn't want the translite. So it's tricky.

#25 3 years ago
Quoted from moto_cat:

Nice job , I don't own a ST, just wanted to give you props . It's good to have you in the pinside / pinball community. I hope you never burnout on these projects .

Thanks! I appreciate it.

I will admit that handling all the orders and taping up boxes and printing address labels and shipping and all that jazz can get a little into burnout territory sometimes, it can be a second job some nights and weekends.

But the actual art and making people happy and the whole Pinside interaction is great, it's not a burnout deal, more like a creative outlet that I'm always looking for. I'm the kind of person who needs to have a side project of some kind cooking to stay sane, so I'll keep doing these as long as the order part doesn't kill me.

I was waiting to see if Walking Dead would need a comic translite, but I'm kinda thinking no now that the art has been revealed. It was really only a viable option if they did a cheesy actor translite, but Stern zombied it up nicely, I think there's no need.

#26 3 years ago

Curious if this is licensed?

#27 3 years ago
Quoted from iwantansi:

Curious if this is licensed?

Nope, I don't think I could get a license for a little community project like this, it's just a handful of orders on a forum, doubt anyone even wants to talk to me about such a small potatoes deal. I just do them for Pinside, and hopefully no one cares at some big studio. It's original art, so I'm not stealing anything from the movies, but you're right, it is their trademark. I'd respect a C&D if they sent me one of course.

#28 3 years ago

Nicely done.

#29 3 years ago

Awesome work! Pre-order filled out!

#30 3 years ago

Wow! Just...WOW! Very nicely done. The only suggestion I'd make is on the translight. Personally, I'd rather see the whole U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 spelled out, with the asteroid in back. I like the 3 dimensional aspect that it gives being in the front, but my preference would be in back.

I have an LE, and am a bit of a purist when it comes to this stuff, but the fan in me is tempted to order it anyway. well done sir!

#31 3 years ago

If I had a pro, I would be on these. It's great to have people this talented create mods for our machines. Thanks!

#32 3 years ago

Nice job as usual. Looking for a pro right now or a Met pro. If I wind up with a Star Trek this is on my list for sure!

#33 3 years ago

wow..looks amazing..pre order sent..can't wait to get this …you are the best at this

#34 3 years ago

Looks fantastic...can't wait to get rid of the mugshots.

#35 3 years ago

Aurich, that's absolutely stunning. Well done! I'd love to see what you could do with Tron, Metallica, ACDC (unless you already did takes on them).

#36 3 years ago
Quoted from JoelOmatik:

Aurich, that's absolutely stunning. Well done! I'd love to see what you could do with Tron, Metallica, ACDC....

He did AC/DC, His Helen kit is bad ass. I bought one and I dont own an AC/DC yet!

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/acdc-new-original-translite-meet-helen

#37 3 years ago
Quoted from Goonie:

Wow! Just...WOW! Very nicely done. The only suggestion I'd make is on the translight. Personally, I'd rather see the whole U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 spelled out, with the asteroid in back. I like the 3 dimensional aspect that it gives being in the front, but my preference would be in back.

Fair enough! One thing I can say is the 3D effect is much more effective in person. The ship really floats in space when you see the layers of interaction. In fact I'd say that's true with this design in general, people who got a sneak peek at the art early and then were able to see the test print on my Premium lit up have all said it's better in person than what I emailed them.

Maybe it's the scale, the Enterprise just feels better when it's big and in your face instead of on a computer screen.

I'm blessed to have a printer who can make this happen, often the printed product isn't as nice as the on screen pixels, but these RGB photographic translites really capture the color and detail beautifully, I'm super pleased with the end result. He's the man and I tell him so, true partner in making these projects come to life.

#38 3 years ago

Great work Aurich!

#39 3 years ago

Awesome Aurich , much better than the original in my opinion. If I had the Pro I would totally switch out to these.

#40 3 years ago
Quoted from JoelOmatik:

Aurich, that's absolutely stunning. Well done! I'd love to see what you could do with Tron, Metallica, ACDC (unless you already did takes on them).

Metallica I don't think I'll touch. Dirty Donny really did a whole package. I have some issues with his art, but really he did a nice job, it all fits together into a cohesive feel. It wouldn't feel right to break that. Plus the band is involved in pinball and I doubt I could do it under the radar, and getting permission sounds highly unlikely.

My take on AC/DC is here.

Tron ... between the 3D translite and people loving the 'two chicks' one I doubt there's much demand. It might be fun to do a decal package for it. The stock ones are low rez and the speaker panel is boring. Those panels aren't the best for decals though.

That's one thing I really like about Stern's new design, Mustang and Star Trek had zzzzzzz decals on them (at least Star Trek has an option to fix that now!) but they're doing full color art for all the new ones, and that's great. I could still do alternates for them for fun I guess, but it's nice to see more art on pins, they don't need fixing really.

I think I could do Iron Man's speaker decal better maybe, I wish they'd made the panel feel more like his armor. And the apron decals have that big ugly warning, I could replace them with new clean ones and do a coin door sticker etc. You see how my mind is whirring here ... ?

#41 3 years ago

Spot on mate. Absolute winner! And for my money, the biggest and best release on the biggest release day of the year!

#42 3 years ago

Good job, and much better than the original.

#43 3 years ago

By the way, I have a test print speaker decal and translite on my Premium right now, along with some of the others, like the apron and coin door. I've made some little changes to them (reflected in the designs in the first post, those are final) so once I get the new prints with final designs I'll install them and take real world photos with my DSLR so you can see them installed in the real world.

I've already tested peeling my new decals back and reapplying them, so fixing an air bubble is easy. Same with the stock decals, I've taken them off and put them back on, and you can store them on the backs for the new decals, they're all the exact same size.

The Helen apron decals were never designed for aprons, they were a bonus I was able to print with the playfield decal, which needed to be thin and with light adhesive. These new ones should stick better to wrinkled aprons, and they're thicker and stiffer with the lamination, so that will help them not want to curl up in the first place.

#44 3 years ago

Strong work! Looks great!

#45 3 years ago

Hi Great work !!!

any chance that you can get it all on the machine and take some pics of it?

thanks

#46 3 years ago

I was thinking of getting into the alt translite biz, but the market for my chicken scratch stick figures isn't all that great.

I really admire your artistic abilities and hope you keep doing your projects.

#47 3 years ago

At least I was able to preorder one of the awesome things revealed today!

This is beautiful Aurich...absolutely beautiful. I will no longer have Enterprise envy. Outstanding work! I'm really looking forward to seeing it in person!

#48 3 years ago

Wow Aurich, beautiful work!

Makes me want to buy a ST just to put them on.

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#50 3 years ago

LOL just read don't pm you. Ordering as you instruct.

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