I guess what I really was asking is: Did you use rendered models or did you take pictures found online or scanned from magazines or screenshots from any of the shows to make this picture? Sorry for confusion and yes, always as compliment! As Bob Ross would say, worst case scenario "happy little accidents, no mistakes!"
well, 99% was two of the warbirds were old renders i made of a model in Lightwave. I couldn't find a decent Galor class model, so i just had to use some photos and screen caps. The planet was another old render, just a stock model that I edited and used.
Thank you! The lasers arent to hard, Star Trek phasers and distruptors have kind of a unique texture [link]
so to make that i just made a white line that grew with perspective of the view, added a ripple to make parts of the edges become wider/thinner, then added a motion blur along the lenght of it to make it look like it was streaming... then it was just playing around with layer styles to get the color/glow right.