Runabouts were Starfleets newest self sustaining shuttle-esque craft. So when the Enterprise received a couple of prototypes from SFRD Commander Riker was first on the Enterprise to pilot one. After a few days tests and tweaks made by the engineering team they were declared fit for operational duty. However before they were returned LT/CDR Data effectively challenged CDR Riker for a race on a predetermined course. The circuit involved a hazardous speed run through an asteroid field round the planets moon, back through the field and a dart back to the Enterprise. Needless to say Riker won after pushing the runabout beyond specified safety limits. Much to the dismay of the SFRD team and Data. The Runabout though was repaired and named "Neanderthal" by the SFRD engineers poking fun at Rikers beard.
I absolutely loved working on this piece, it started with me toying with Terragen to make a landscape it then started looking like an asteroid and I plonked it on a star background. Rendered a Planet and Moon and re purposed some asteroid renders to suit the overall theme. Then added the star and the background. Overall on it's own it wasn't a half bad spacescape but me been me had to add some Trek. At first it was Wiley Coyotes Enterprise but I bit the bullet and had a go with Prologics and despite the Laptop about to detonate its self it came out all right. A few colour hue attempts later it came out looking like this.
Models rendered in 3ds Max
Compisition and post effects in Photoshop CS4