Adding detail

Hey guys, I’m just starting off in the world of 3D. And I’m modelling a ship-

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1702/shipwipme3.jpg

Right now I think I should add more detail on the wings and such. I’ve heard of greebles. Does anyone know of a way I could make greebles my self? Maybe I should make a random design and just keep duplicating it?

~T-Filmer

Hm, Greebling refers to the tiny-winy details that make stuff look technical…there are a few possibilities how to actually do it.

First, the automatic way using a script (the original script called Greeble was for 3DSM, as far as I know). In Blender you have the Discombombulator script which provides nice results but is somewhat limited.
The, in my opinion, far better way to achieve really good looking results is to do it manually. Of course, this also takes a lot of time but it is worth it. Look at reference pictures (especially from Star Wars) and tutorials to see how you can do it; some places to start might be these ones:
http://www.ap3d.com/betterspace/
http://web.archive.org/web/20060214091217/http://battletech-movie.com/html/tutorials/comments_about_greebling.php

Personally, I always loved to do that kind of stuff ;D