|(Image: Title page of Taylor Hord's webcomic)|
I got into Star Fleet Battles (SFB) right when it was first published in "pocket games." I moved on to Federation Commander a few years ago, but still have a lot of SFB stuff, along with other Amarillo Design Bureau (ADB) material.
Like movies, TV shows, books, graphic novels and webcomics, like Star Trek Beta Fleet; game designers utilize tropes--storytelling shorthand--when whipping-up Fluff.
The good folks at ADB have made a great use of such tropes for SFB throughout the years, primarily Space Is An Ocean, to give players a plethora of Standard Sci-Fi Fleets.
Despite being a long running tabletop game, the one thing I never bought all these years were ship miniatures, for my own Standard Sci-Fi Fleet.
So when my friend Dan was preparing to move, he offered to sell me his starship collection, I found it impossible to say "no."
Every figure pictured below was painted by Dan.
My contribution to this photo-op was providing the star field mat from Monday Knight Productions.
The United Federation of Planets (the Trope Codifier for--well--The Federation)
|(One of the most recognizable starships in sci-fi)|
|(Image: A Federation dreadnought escorted by cruisers, a frigate and scout/destroyer)|
The Romulan Star Empire (a.k.a Space Romans)
|(An uncloaked Warbird/War Eagle)|
|(The "problem" with this figure is--all the great detail is underneath)|
|(Another shot of Dan's great detail work)|
|(A Sparrowhawk modular cruiser)|
The Klingon Empire (a.k.a. Proud Warrior Race)
|(A dreadnought escorted by a battlecruiser, destroyer and frigate/escort)|
|(A battlecruiser on patrol)|
The Gorn Hegemony (a.k.a. the Reptilians)
|(A cruiser on patrol)|
The Orion Syndicate (a.k.a. Space Pirates and The Syndicate)
|(A Salvage Cruiser trailing two Slavers)|
|(Two small freighters--or maybe even Q-ships)|
The Interstellar Concordium (a.k.a. Well Intentioned Extremists)
|(A cruiser on a peace |
The Hydran Kingdom (a.k.a. Starfish Aliens)
|(A Ranger Cruiser protecting the Kingdom)|
The Andromedan Invaders (a.k.a. The Greys? Or maybe Little Green Men on steroids? Who knows?)
|(A Mothership and her Satellite Ships)|
I'm not sure what this ship is, but it was in Dan's collection...
The Lyran Empire (a.k.a. Cat Folk)
|(A Tiger-class cruiser escorted by two frigates/destroyers)|
|(A close up of Dan's detail work--this time on top of the ships)|
The Kzinti Hegemony (a.k.a. another breed of Cat Folk)
|(Cruisers, destroyers and a frigate escort a tactical tug)|
|(An CVE--escort carrier being escorted by cruisers, destroyers and a frigate)|
|(A BCH--heavy battlecruiser, or CVS--strike carrier under escort)|
|(A CVA--attack carrier, or SCS--space control ship under escort)|
|(A strike force launches all its attack shuttles)|
|(A true cat fight--not the titillating kind--is about to ensue)|
The only vessels I don't have, for now, are Tholians (Insectoid-like Aliens) in which to ensnare trespassers...
|(Image from: Memory Beta--The Tholian Web)|