Thursday, May 29, 2014
The main thing was getting the right angle shot of the Broadsword. I didn't want the camera too high, but still higher slightly than the model. A point light was added to get the lensflare to show more. It may be too bright, because the legs are almost white.
This mash-up happened more likely because I have a ground plane intersecting with a planet sphere. It's all true, the glowing planet is just some spheres inside of spheres with no real atmosphere.
When building a scene to render, I almost always keep everything to scale. The planet is not to scale of course. It is just for looks, and is made small to give the illusion that it is super huge.
Space: 1999 used such shots, and got away with it all the time on television.
By the way, CameraBag 2.0 was used for all the postwork on these renders. It's great for removing most of the CG look from them.