The first step in creating any design is to have an idea. If you prefer, you can roughly sketch out your design first on a plain sheet of paper. Alternatively, you can experiment by importing suitable 3D models and arrange them in various ways. This simple method can often fire your imagination and help you produce some interesting designs through trial and error.
In this tutorial I have imported the X-wing model from the Spacejetters 3D model collection along with a simple building structure. The building was then copied and pasted twice and moved into different positions in the background using the ‘re-position tool’ in the edit palette. This gives the image more depth as each building appears to be receeding into the distance. A quick render (see fig.1) gave me some idea of how the basic composition looks at this stage.