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Starfleet Command: Inerviews: Lord Delekhan
By Captain Starkiller
for BlackOps Station, 2001-02-08
Delekhan's SFC models
(Interview conducted over
You definitely have a unique angle when it comes to making models, can
you describe your "style" and motivation for you ship design?
Well, I can try.. What I do is try to get inside the head of the
race I am doing the design for, kind of like become a Klingon then
design the Klingon ships... that sort of thing...
What do you do to get into each race's character? How do you think like
a Klingon, or Hydran?
Lord Delekhan- Oh well, that is easier for some races, and much harder
for others.. I know the history and personalities of each race,
if you read enough about them you can begin to understand their
mindset.. once you know what goes on in the mind of a Hydran for
example, then you just think that way.. look at what you have,
what you know your enemies have, and try to fill in the noticeable
One thing you do that is truly amazing, imo, is the added effort of
designing specs for each ship also. Why do you do that? What do
you use for spec reference?
I try to keep the ships in line with what the original specs were from
the game for that class.. I also try to keep them in character.. example:
old Rommies have poor power, heavy firepower, and pitiful speed.
Why I do it? Well, anyone can just make a model, I try to make ships,
give them a history, a reason for existing.. why would you make a Novahawk
for example, if you were the Romulans?
How do you feel about "universal" or "community-wide" specs?
I think it's a great idea in principle, I am not sure that it
is something that can easily be accomplished.. there are a lot
of variables that come into play, and eventually individuality overrides
uniformity and there is no longer a standard
I know that you have already partially touched on this, but you have
really got some incredible ship designs, now even more incredible
thanks to the illumination maps, where do get your ideas?
I look at what I have, put myself in the place of say the Praetor, I
know I have this ship, and that ship, and I want to expand...
I know they have ships that will make this a very costly venture
so I try to find a way to overcome this by creating a new ship that
has features that will give me an edge.. I obviously could easily
do this with any given model, so I also mix in the reality of
it all.. the best laid plans as they say.. so inevitably I decide that
this one will have that flaw.. as for the shapes (forms) that
I just try to hold true to what I perceive the races ships to
have in common the trade mark feature of any given race as it were
You recently changed to a new host for your website, Lord Delekhan's
Realm...why? And are you happy with the new hosting?
I moved because the cost of free hosting was just getting to high...
I always wanted to have a registered domain, but was honestly
just to cheap to get it :)
I picked the site I am at now because they had a great price, and offered
what I needed with room to spare.
How often do you play SFC? Do you like the second installment?
SFC I eventually got to a point where I was just testing models, not
really playing.. the new version has much better graphics, and
I love the whole dynaverse concept.. it is not like the first
version where you continually have to do the same thing over and over..
I just wish they had given us more ability to customize it.. I would
have loved to be able to create my own UI graphic, and layout
the hardpoints where they would best fit the hull I designed, not
try to fit my design into their available layouts.. a little adjustability
on the weapons would have been cool too, like add a weapon, redefine
a weapon etc..
How hard is it to make the quality models you are known for, and maintain
it is a lot easier then one might think, first off I am retired so I
have a lot of free time.. (no I am not that old, I just made some
smart investments and can enjoy them now) as for the models, they
don't really take me a lot of time to do.. If I spend more then 5 hours
on a model from concept to completion then I must have been goofing
off.. I have done this sort of thing my whole life (3d modeling
Really? What is your resume in a nutshell?
Well, I am an Architect/Professor of Architecture (retired of course)
I have degrees in Architecture, Engineering, and Mathematics. Over the
years I have designed many things ranging from real world structures
to Sci-Fi sets, ship interiors and exteriors, and even the occasional
space ship. The bulk of these things I have done as a freelance sub
contractor to various industry agencies and companies.
Did you play SFB, or other Board games?
I never even heard of SFB until I got the game, I never heard of FASA
until I got into modeling for the game.
Delekhan, is that Romulan?
No, it is a D&D related name not a Star Trek related name. Delekhan
was the first lord of the Dark Elves (Sylvan elves) of course there
is an interesting parallel between these two though, the Dark Elves
and the Romulan..
Play many "custom" missions?
I have tried a few, they are mostly skirmish things and I do play that
some but I prefer the whole campaign approach over the quickly battle
thing. I do play in a custom universe.
How do you like the way that Taldren has setup the "Dynaverse"? Do you
like the individual designs/weapons load outs for the ships?
The Dynaverse is a fantastic approach, a dynamic interactive universe
filled with individual players all trying to make their mark. It is
at least as powerful a notion as EverQuest, and they choose to make
it free which is all the better. Weapons load outs, hahaha ok... As
I said I play in a custom universe here. In my universe there are no
missles on Federation or Klingon ships, the advent of the Mirak has
brought missles into my universe on none other then pirate ships. Not
all of us come here with a SFB background, some of us come here with
a Star Trek background. I have always loved Star Trek, it was this that
prompted me to try SFC in the first place. I would have played it through
once for each race and then retired it had I not discovered the sfbspc13.txt
file. In terms of weapons systems, load outs, and functionality I actually
prefer KA over SFC. For me the perfect game would incorporate the playability
of SFC2 and the Dynaverse, and the weapons systems and ship specs of
Speaking of Taldren... as a gamer, and a modeler supporting a game and
enhancing the experience for everyone, how do you feel about Taldren?
I think they made some incredible improvement in the overall appearance
of the game, especially the graphics. The ability to add ships, the
fact that the recognized that people wanted to do this and made it easier
to accomplish is a clear indicator that they actually paid attention
to what people wanted in the game, and to that I say Bravo!!! I only
wish they had made it more customizable. As a modeler I already stated
that I wished I could have more control over all the aspects of the
addition of a model. As a player I wish I could create my own weapons.
I would love to be able to have an entire series of disruptors for the
Klingon, a completely different one for the Romulan, and a series of
phasers for the Federation, to be able to define Fusion to work as a
point defense weapon, to make the act of launching a plasma torpedo
mean dropping power to 0 as you vent the plasma conduits.
What do you think of the Forum environments? Do you like them?
I think that they can be very inspirational and cruel all at once. There
have been recently a few modelers that have posted their frustration
over the apparent lack of interest in their work. It is a combination
of things I imagine that are behind the apparent inequity. The problem
as I see it is the inequity. There are a one or two modelers that seem
to get an overwhelming amount of attention which makes it very hard
to convince oneself that it is just that people don't really reply to
release messages. I think that unless people
want to see a lot of modelers stop modeling they need to find a balance
in their show of interest. Unless of course they would be happy with
only these one or two people making models in which case continue to
treat them like stars and the rest of us like supporting cast and extras
and they will eventually get their wish and have only the stars left.
How has the community treated you?
Very manic, I have received a series of emails that were insulting and
offensive, and I have received some recently (after I made it clear
I was virtually done with the whole thing) that were kind and grateful
for the work involved. I never asked, or expected to be praised. I don't
think that my work is like totally sub standard when compared to this
guy or that. I don't think people realize that we have little to judge
by other then their feedback. I am sure that a lot of us feel we can
bow out right now and nobody would notice unless we made a public proclamation
that we were.
Favorite Modeler/Texture artist??
I don't have a favorite, I think everyone that does this does it well.
Each of us brings in something different and you can't really weigh
one vs. the other. If I were to lean in any way at all it would be in
the direction of those that stretch the limits, try to create not duplicate.
People like Lord Bile and Wicked Zombie, they are willing to push the
and not make the cloneish suto-typical we already have 12gazillion of
them kind of thing.
Favorite ship design?
My personal favorite from my own designs is my Tal Shi'ar Shrike Scout
Cruiser. I am not sure that anyone else shares my opinion, but it is
my favorite. My favorite Federation design is the Steamrunner and my
favorite Klingon design has to be the classic D7.
Any good SFC Experiences?
Of course, I have met some fantastic people, and I have enjoyed myself
working away on these ship designs.
Do you play other computer/non computer games?
Oh lord.. heh, I have and play or have played all the Might & Magic
series, all the Wizardry series, BG, BG2, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment,
Wizards & Warriors, KA, Armada, Fallout 1 & 2, Age of Empires
1 & 2, Pools of radiance (can't wait for the new version) the Eye
of the beholder series, Diablo 1 & 2, Vampire the Masquerade Redemption,
Revenant, Birth of the Federation, and Nox on the computer.
I also play D&D, Vampires (pencil and paper), Magic the Gathering,
heh I could keep going but I think you get the point.
Any other cool tidbits of info to share?
There were one or two other things I had thought about mentioning, I
think you know what I mean, but after thinking about it I decided that
some things are best left unsaid. I mean I must try to retain at least
an air of mystery. :)
Thanks man! Appreciate the opportunity!
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my rambling. Hopefully I
have not offended anyone, at least not to much, it was never my intent
Lord Delekhan's website,
Realm, is host to some very excellent models for most of the
Races in Star Fleet Command. In addition to the models, he also
includes the Ship Edit spec files for easy import and consistency.
Be sure to drop by!
Lord Delekhan also has a
site, well worth checking out.