Sunday, December 14, 2014

Narrative Full Thrust Battle Report

I played a little mixed-fleet game of Full Thrust yesterday.

In Fleet A, we had an Omega-class Destroyer, a Battlestar (original series), and my Railgun Gunstar.

The Omega has Beam batteries and Grasers.  The Battlestar has Grasers, Pulse torpedoes, and Beam batteries.  The Railgun Gunstar has, you guessed it, a massive class-6 kinetic gun, and some beam batteries on the side.

In Fleet B, we had two Vorchans, a Berzerk Gunstar, a Battlestar (new series), and my own creation, a Pulsar Heavy Cruiser.

The Vorchan is equipped with Pulse torpedoes and beam batteries.  The Berzerk has salvo missiles and beam batteries.  The Battlestar features a lot of beam batteries and point defense.  The Pulsar is outfitte with 4 wide-arc Grasers, two kinetic guns, and a needle beam.

The game was played with vector movement rules and no terrain.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

(Unpainted) Battlestar Galactica Fleet!

Presenting my unpainted Battlestar Galactica fleet!  These are small resin miniatures from Ravenstar Studios.  For scale, the key ring to the left of the image is around the size of a US Quarter.  The ships run from 3 to 4 inches in length.

From left to right we have: Gunstar Berzerk, Battlestar Galactica, and an unknown Berzerk variant.  Ravenstar was kind enough to send me that ship free of charge - I'm the first person to get the model, and there isn't even a name for it yet!  (I'm thinking the Rapier Class Gunstar) Instead of the Berzerk's central flight pod, it has a large railgun running under the belly.  I also have 4 squadrons of Mk II Vipers (well, 1 of those 24 fighters is a Mk VII.  I guess that's the ace squadron.)  And, in the back, is of course the classic Galactica from the original show.

So, that's it, short post for now.  I'll probably make another post to show them off once things are painted and on flight stands.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Star Trek - The Tabletop Game

With the large numbers of Star Trek models we've accrued, I really wanted a tabletop miniatures game in which to utilize them.  There are plenty around, but none that really clicked with me.  I set out to make my own!  It is in the testing stages right now, but I will soon be making it public on this blog.  Early feedback is very positive, and I'm finding it fun, tactical, and fairly smooth to play.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sci-Fi Models - Part 2!

Painted! Warlock Destroyer and Starfuries

Presenting my (mostly) painted Warlock and Starfury fighters.  Note the painted sensor boom, darker grey highlights on the gun and missile barrels, and the lighted windows painted to the sides.  On the Starfuries, the main detail I've added lately is the canopy lines.  All that's left is to paint the base and stand pegs block on the Warlock!

Painted! Omega Destroyer

I'm pretty proud of this one.  My Omega class destroyer is fully painted and detailed.  Note the black hanger and red-tipped sensor boom on the bow, the red missile doors going down the sides, and the black/red engines to the stern.  Bases are fully painted black and it's ready for duty.


This is the full collection of sci-fi models between me and my office-mate at work.  Most of the ships are mine.  Ships that are notably NOT mine include the massive awesome-looking hand-painted USS Defiant on the far right, the Babylon 5 station on the left, and the very well-painted Sharlin Warcruiser near the center.

Front of this table is our Babylon 5 fleets.  My Earthforce ships to the left, followed by Minbari and Interstellar Alliance ships in the middle, then a Narn G'Quan and a Centauri fleet after that to the right.

Behind that is a line of every Enterprise from Star Trek, from original series, the refit Enterprise A, all the way to E.  In addition, we've got a Klingon Bird of Prey, and a few other assorted Federation ships.  I can take zero credit for painting any of these, they're all pre-painted miniatures.

To the right, we have a few Battlestar Galactica ships.  My office-mate has a well-painted Battlestar Pegasus at his home, missing from this picture.

Finally, on the back-left, is my beautiful NSEA Protector from Galaxy Quest.  I can't take credit for painting it, but it's a big model and a real beauty!

My future modeling goals will be to paint my Excalibur model and my Galactica model.  I may buy some more ships next month, as well, and I'm open to suggestions :D

Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Babylon 5 Models!

Just a quick post today, I've got two models I wanted to show off to the internet:  My two favorite ships from one of my favorite shows, Babylon 5.

First up: The Excalibur
 (I just got this one tonight!!) One of only two Victory Class Destroyers ever made by the Insterstellar Alliance, the Excalibur is the largest and most powerful warship ever made by the young races.  It has artificial gravity, full gravitic propulsion, vorlon beam turrets, and a massively destructive Lightning Cannon capable of destroying nearly any target in a single shot.  This model measures roughly 6 inches long and 4 inches tall, including the stand (the real ship would measure 2,012 meters in length, making this roughly 1:13,000 scale).  It took maybe 3 hours of work to assemble, and it is not painted yet.  It is made of solid pewter and is quite hefty.  You can purchase this model right HERE!  I hope to use it in a game of The Babylon Project quite soon!

Next: The Warlock Class Destroyer
The Warlock Class destroyer is the most advanced warship developed by the Earth Alliance, and the first with artificial gravity along with a hybrid gravitiy propulsion system.  Rarely ever seen on Babylon 5 or Crusade, this design is still a fan-favorite because of its sleek, menacing, yet utilitarian look.  There are rumors of shadow technology hidden in some of the computer systems...  The real ship measures about 1900 meters in length.  You can buy this model HERE!  With missiles and strong beam weapons, I've used this model in The Babylon Project already, and it's a great ship.  I have since painted it, and I'll share some pictures of my painted models soon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Babylon Project

The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace . . . .  It failed.

Warfare is a constant in the Babylon 5 universe, as much as cutthroat diplomats and neutral space stations try to avoid it.  And what greater way to simulate the epic and realistic space battles of Babylon 5 than with scale miniatures and dice!  The Babylon Project just happens to be the name of a tabletop game I've been enjoying a lot lately, one which strikes a great balance between simplicity and simulation.