I gathered some reference from the likes of Star Wars and Bungie's work to get some inspiration.
After doing some sketching I realised that without anything populating it, a hangar is a pretty boring interior, so I got busy getting distracted with vehicles, put together a bashkit in 3DS Max and came up with something fairly quickly.
|Initial freehand sketching|
Going back, then, to the hangar idea, I felt it was severely lacking, because hangars are really just giant garages, pretty empty and boring...
So, after a few different ideas I actually decided to do the interior of the chopper. I knew I wanted it to be a troop carrier when I was designing it so that's where I put my focus on for the interiors.
Moodboard and quick idea generation, plan view and interesting/essential props.
I then did a quick blockout in 3D based on the above sketches and did some colour thumbnails based on these moodboards