Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Today is a good day to die! FASA Klingon D-22 Cruiser

I recently came across an intriguing link to some 50th anniversary ship files on a forum that I previously wasn't aware of.   Aridas posted a whole group of very nicely done ship designs on that forum in the style of the original Karl Franz Technical Manual art and I knew I had to ask if I could stat them up for FASA.  Luckily for me, aridas sofia was kind enough to let me use the art for my blog and sheets and I am now able to post my first non-Federation design, the D-22 Hidden Dagger light cruiser!

I have a few ground rules that I've generally kept with my ships and they became more important with this Klingon design.  The old FASA Construction Manual has a good amount of backstory detailing the history of individual Federation components but nothing of the sort for the other factions in the game.  In order not to introduce powerful systems like torpedoes or engines too early in the timeline, I personally limit myself by the earliest introduction seen in the appropriate FASA Recognition Guide.  For example, if the KCC cloaking device was first seen in the guide on a ship introduced on 2/12 in the Klingon Guide, I generally wouldn't put it on a ship introduced before that date.  The exception that I allow myself is that I can introduce a single system one year early per ship (so on 2/11 in the example above).   In the case of the D-22, the KCC cloaking device is the ship component I chose to introduce early and reflected that early inclusion in the backstory.  Without further chit-chat, here is my take on the D-22 Klingon Light Cruiser.

Klingon D-22 Light Cruiser pdf

Editor's note:  I initially called this ship class the D-12 as the designation was not taken in the FASAverse but I've been informed by knowledgeable fans that it's taken by no less than Star Trek movie canon for a Next Generation Bird of Prey variant!   With some searching, it looks like D-22 doesn't conflict with either FASA or movie canon so I've switched it to that.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Anton.. I mean Reliant.. No, Miranda Class!

Here is one fan's completely unofficial take on melding the various official canon (both original and earlier retconned) for the Reliant with that of FASA... and a bit of fanfilm and modelling inspiration added to boot!   The history of this class is even more muddy according to the Trekyards episode on it but I've limited myself to the above sources.  I tried making the fan film Miranda class the "missing link" between FASA and current canon in stats to go along with the looks.  Thanks again to Bill Krause for allowing me to use his images for my sheets.  He originally came up with the 3-view image of the Miranda class for fellow model maker Dave Lewis.

I decided to make the ship somewhere between the Anton and the Enterprise in its respective variants in terms of overall power incorporating systems from both.  Without further chitchat, here is my take on the Miranda Class cruiser for the old FASA game.

As always, questions/comments/corrections are welcome.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Malibu Jaguars... with new hat!

Yes, I opened up a blog post with a classic Simpsons reference as it seemed appropriate.  Recently, I sold some Heavy Gear Rafm minis to Ashley over at the Paint it Pink blog and she was kind enough to include a Fire Jaguar head in with the lot so that I'd have matching hats/heads for my Jaguar squad.  When I was assembling my RAFM gears last year, I found out that I had a mispack or missing parts rate of one in three sealed blisters.  As a result of that terrible QA back in the 1990's, my Jaguars all had mismatched heads unfortunately (along with a mispacked Hunter backpack as well).  I did the best that I could in trying to get a cohesive look for the small squad of three gears and ended up press moulding a Fire Jaguar head to match the two that I had.

It's far from the prettiest looking Jaguar head with the extra VR-style visor over the typical optics but I thought it conveyed the advanced targeting on the Jaguar somewhat compared with the typical heads on my Grizzlies and Cheetahs.  I had been on the lookout for a third matching head and Ashley came to the rescue recently!

I added a bit of paperclip to represent an antenna as the model is a "thunder" command variant with the satellite uplink modelled around back on the V-engine.  I don't know when or even if I'll paint these up but Ashley's blog is scratching the RAFM painting itch with frequent updates.  With this squad now officially done and her doing updates as well, I'm a bit motivated to try and do the final Hunter squad for this force.  Initially, I stopped as I noticed a few more Hunter mispacks on top of the issues I was having with the Jaguars but I'll have to re-evaluate the situation with them this upcoming weekend.