Archive for the ‘Star Trek’ Category

Klingon Frigates

January 24, 2018

These are Amarillo Design Bureau Starline 2500 series ‘Klingon E4 Light Frigates‘ cast in metal several years ago. At 36 mm in length, they are much larger than my old escorts. They will be used for a class intermediate in size between my F5s and D7s. The E4s and F5s will thus be reversed by size, but that avoids re-labeling all the old models.

Decals on new ships are from Mark’s Models and Toys.

HeroClix Klingon Battlecruisers

January 7, 2018

These are Star Trek HeroClix I.K.S. Amar models (from the Tactics IV set), after painting and rebasing. Compared to the normal HeroClix Klingon battlecruisers, they have extra bits sticking out from the front of the wings and from the neck, as well as other differences in detail. In most Star Trek lore the Amar is the quintessential K’t’inga class. The card that came with these models mentions the Kelvin Timeline, so that may explain the differences.

Edit: A photo of an unpainted Amar is added.

Klingon Dreadnought Model Comparison

November 9, 2017

Amarillo Design Bureau is selling versions of their Star Trek miniatures via Shapeways. Two 1:3788 Scale Klingon C8B Dreadnoughts made with the cheapest and the most expensive available material are shown in these photos.

Cheapest: White Strong & Flexible Polished
Most expensive: Black Hi-Def Acrylate

Two early ADB models are shown for comparison. One is copyright 1979, the other is earlier, but the last date digit is not legible (c197?).

Many layers of paint and clear coat were applied to the White Strong & Flexible Polished model, and sanding was tried. The result was still not smooth, so decals were not attempted. Decals on the Black Hi-Def Acrylate are from Mark’s Models and Toys.


It appears that Hi-Def Acrylate is no longer an option for Amarillo Design Bureau models.

Star Fleet Battles – Federation vs Klingon

October 21, 2017

Members of the local miniatures group got together this Friday afternoon for an impromptu game of Star Fleet Battles. A Federation heavy cruiser and frigate faced a Klingon battlecruiser and two frigates.

The Klingons crippled the Federation heavy cruiser, the Federation destroyed one Klingon frigate and crippled the other. Both sides disengaged, calling it a marginal Federation victory.

Star Fleet Battles – Gorn vs ISC

October 15, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Star Fleet Battles game. An ISC cruiser and light cruiser are tasked with destroying a mining station defended by a Gorn cruiser and heavy destroyer. The map has many asteroid fields and the station is located in one. The station can only be attacked from the Gorn side of the map.

The ISC plasmas are weakened going through the asteroids, but still retain enough power to destroy the station.


Star Fleet Battles – Hydrans vs Lyrans

August 13, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Star Fleet Battles game.

The scenario is set in Year 170F. The Lyrans and Klingons have just captured the Hydran Capital. The surviving Hydran forces are in a disorganized retreat to the Old Colonies but secondary Lyran forces are in position to attack the retreating forces.
The Hydrans start with a Large Freighter at 0303 trying to cross the map to exit between 4201-4210. 
The Hydran guard force of a Traveller Light Cruiser, a Knight Destroyer and a Hunter Frigate can set up anywhere within 4 hexes of the freighter.  The guard force has already seen combat and the cruiser and destroyer start with 12 random damage each. The guard force has already lost all of its fighters and has not been resupplied. The guard force only has half of its transporter bombs.
A Hydran police ship Gendame has been following and reporting the location of the Lyran force and arrives as reinforcement Turn 2 near 1532 and at least 10 hexes from any Lyran ships. The Gendame does have its fighters.
The Lyran force  of a Light Cruiser, a War Destroyer, a Destroyer and a Frigate starts within 3 hexes of the 0132 corner. Being a secondary force it only has half of its transporter bombs. 
Victory conditions are standard (but the freighter is worth twice its economic value)

After two turns, the Lyrans have achieved victory by preventing the escape of the freighter.

Star Trek – Fleet Battle Game Play-test III

January 18, 2013

Another play-test of the Star Trek fleet battle rules. The rules have been revised based on the observations made during play:

  • The extra hits for Federation DNs and CAs (representing overloaded photon torpedoes) should not occur at medium game ranges, since the table size dictates that most of the game will be played at those ranges. The extra hits now only happen at ranges of 6 or less.
  • The random squadron activation can result in one side firing most or all ships first. This can be a decisive advantage. Other activation schemes are included and need to be tested.
  • The firing from crippled ships, particularly when several are close together, needs to be reduced. For simplicity, this revision eliminates such fire entirely.
  • The Klingon C7 Light Dreadnought now has an extra hit on a roll of ‘6’ up to 6 hexes range, and no longer has a weak rear shield.
  • No more than 3 ships are allowed to fire on a single target in an activation.

Revised rules (ST Fleet Battle Rules 12-23-2015).


More Klingon Battlecruisers

December 22, 2012

Six more Klingon battlecruisers using rescued HeroClix models (#11 I.K.S. Klothos). I found that the HeroClix bases easily popped apart and I glued the upright portions to 1.5 inch diameter wooden disks. The overall length of this model is about 64mm.


Federation Destroyers and Tug

September 28, 2012

New ships for Star Trek games. Four Federation destroyers and a tug from Lou Zocchi Gamescience kits:

Federation Dreadnoughts

August 30, 2012

Two new Federation dreadnoughts from Lou Zocchi Gamescience kits: