Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Star Trek Sentinel Class Refit (FASA)

      When I posted my first FASA stat sheet, I was asked on another site whether or not there would be a refit variant.  At the time, my answer was no since the designer, Bill Krause, didn't make one up.  Over time, the idea grew on me and I decided to ask him if I could tweak his images to include a refit version of the Sentinel class with a bit more TMP design aesthetics.  He graciously allowed me to do so and even gave me a few pointers when working on the design.  I'm not an artist so this is mainly just a tweak of his existing design mixed with bits from his Shangri-la class.  I was also asked if there was a PDF version and sadly my technical skills are about on the same level as my artistic ones so the answer was no for the moment.  If anyone has ideas on how to convert this kind of stuff (including the frame template) to a PDF using free (windows based) software, feel free to let me know.  In any case, here is the modified (yet again!) Sentinel Class cruiser for the FASA Star Trek Starship Combat game.

For anyone wondering just how big this fast attack/light cruiser is compared with the much more familiar U.S.S. Enterprise variants of the same era, here is a size comparison using the original FASA art that I'm trying to emulate.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Star Trek Hood Class Battlecruiser (FASA)

Well, much to my surprise I'm still on a Star Trek kick at the moment and still working on some FASA Star Trek combat ship stats.  Once I've done a few more, I'll probably add a tab to the right to better organize the articles like I did for my Robotech and Heavy Gear houserules.  This Hood battlecruiser ship design is once again thanks to the talented Bill Krause who came with the Sentinel that hooked me months ago forcing me to make FASA stat sheets for the first time in 20 years.

This one is a warship unlike the previous light cruiser and meant to kick Klingon and Romulan butts while taking their names.  My goal was to make something based on yet significantly more powerful in some ways than the era queen of battle, the Constitution Mk IV, while still markedly inferior to the upcoming Enterprise class.  Since I was working on this, I took a look at the other two designs and made some minor changes as well.  The Bonaventure sheet had some minor typos that I corrected and I tweaked the stats on the original Sentinel sheet to better put Bill's three current TOS ships (the last one being the Repulse class) in a more direct power progression.  Next up will likely be Masao Okazaki's excellent Archer class scout design.  

Thursday, August 11, 2016

FASA Star Trek Bonaventure Class Cruiser Sheet

I'm still on a bit of a Star Trek high at the moment (despite a tempered reaction to Star Trek Beyond) so I decided to work on another set of ship fan rules.  First off, thanks to Mia_36 on the Wolfs Shipyard Forum for graciously allowing me the use of her art for this stat sheet.  She's got multiple versions of the ship from an NX era looking variant to a TOS to a refit design!

The Bonaventure class was introduced in the Ships of the Line Calendar as a single image (not even detailed underneath by the artist since it wouldn't be shown!) and the look definitely intrigued me.  It reminds me of a 1950's style jet fighter ala the F-86 Sabre with the hull incorporated down the midline of the saucer section making it an appropriate predecessor to the 1960's Constitution Class aesthetics.  I took some liberties in the fluff for this ship as there frankly is almost nothing official beyond that it was on the drawing boards during the Enterprise novel era (post Romulan War).  I also decided to go for a more FASA style black and white bold outline image effect as well.  So as not to keep any FASA old fogies like myself waiting (or potentially any Star Fleet Battles old Foleys either!), here is my fan take on the Bonaventure in the FASAverse.  :)