Category Archives: Blake’s 7

Additional Fleet Scale Terran Federation


My Terran Federation fleet is quite limited, lack of suitable models is one of the main reasons…when they go head to head with other races like say Romulans or Klingons I don’t really think they have the technology or power to take them on with anything like equal footing……it’s a problem i need to look at!

However Their Fleet has had a bit of a boost with the addition of a full fighter wing (from Brigade) of 24 fighters (This was the number agreed upon as a minimum fighter force for all races….most have 24 some have more…but all have fighters now!)

It wasn’t just fighters that have been added…..I ws able to convert another E4m plastic ship, and Scouls502 produces a lovely little ship called the “Starburst” which is quite a good proxy for a Pursuit ship, beautifully detailed for something so small…slightly smaller than my Shapeways version…so it slots in as some other class yet to be decided upon!…but I have 4….and may get more!

Terran FleetTerran Fleet

Terran fighters

Terran fighters ( from Brigade)

Terran federation starburst class

Starburst

federation pursuit ships

Pursuit ship Right
Starburst Left

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Fleet Scale Ships/Starship Combat News


Late last year I joined an excellent forum called Starship Combat News

Lots of very interesting stuff for anyone who likes Sci fi ships. ….there is also a trading post/orbital shipyards section where you can get in touch with people who make their own ships to sell, one such person is Scouls502 you’ll need to join the forum to speak to him and all the other guys who make stuff.

I was able to pick up quite a few ships to fill the holes in my space fleets, Scouls502 also very kindly made me a little proxy for Starbug……pictures will follow!

Amazing detail on all his ships, and a nice guy to boot….highly recommended!

 


Battlemat And Table Come Out!


The other week I decided to get out my table and battlemat and place all the ships on it…..the main reason being, my brother was visiting and we were going to chat about the rules and see what we could come up with.

The rule writing went very well, although we did not complete this!

We did however get a chance to test our ship to ship combat, movement and boarding party  rules. It did take a few simulations to get this workable.

Still quite a bit to work on including. mining operations/resource gathering, Empire building, colonisation  etc. We have Playable races and ones managed largely by the drawing of a card! Rules on diplomacy and making alliances are also under consideration…this is going to be epic.

at the moment work is being done on tokens, stats cards for each ship and i intend to put some decals on the bases with basic ship info.

Not sure how soon the game will be playable but…..we are getting closer to that day!

Hotz mat


Terran Federation Heavy Cruisers


One of the first Fleets I started collecting was The Terran Federation from the TV series Blake’s 7.  The only available ship at the time was “The Pursuit Ship”.  On the show these travelled about in threes and seemed to be a minor threat to the Liberator.

However, in my game universe the other Fleets are equipped with ships vastly superior to the Federations Pursuit Ships which are basically Frigates. The best I could do at the time was to give Servelan a couple of Escort ships, but these again were no better than Frigates. Later I managed to find something suitable in the Destroyer size vessel but, like the escorts not cannon. As my other fleets grew it became apparent that the Terran Federation Fleet was going to struggle.

Hours and hours of searching for something suitably bigger drew a blank. Then it came to me, why not just buy a couple of upscaled Federation Pursuit ships and call them something else!!! They clearly looked the part and their obvious size would enable them to be something more powerful. So I went back to shapeways and purchased the large version of the Pursuit ship.

They are now the right size to be Heavy Cruisers….so that Fleet is up gunned a bit……still nothing in the battleship class!

For the time being at least this fleet is now complete!

Blakes 7 Terran Federation

A Pair of modifidied Shapeways Pursuit ships…Now Heavy Cruisers!

Blakes 7 Terran Federation

Blakes 7 Terran Federation

Cruiser along side Pursuit Ship

Blakes 7 Terran Federation

Heavy cruiser with the Liberator

Blakes 7 Terran Federation

Full Fleet


Terran Federation Destroyers, Bulking out the Fleet


Given that The Terran Federation seem to be limited to Pursuit Ships in the TV series (although they mention other types) I decided that I needed to bulk out their Fleet if they were to stand any chance in battle against anyone other than the Liberator!

I didn’t want 40 of the same ship so decided to see if there was anything out there that might fit the bill. One of My friends who is a regular contributor on here and Warlord games Forum (where i occassionally hang out) Where he is known as BigAl, suggested several sites one of which was GZG Having had a long browse the Islamic Federation Fleet looked a possibility…so when a set of 4 Destroyers came up on ebay I jumped at the chance to pick up some ships for a bargain price!

The only problem I had was mixing the right shade of “Panzer Primer” to match the Pursuit ships….I think i got away with it.

They certainly don’t look out of place amongst The Pursuit ships. There is a kind of basic design that is common to both, so it isn’t a great leap of faith to think that the destroyers are part of the Fleet……But if they are painted the same and hang out with Servalan, then hey…..they are federation!!!!

Federation Destroyer

Federation Destroyer

Terran Federation Fleet

 


Servelan’s ‘Pursuit 4’ Command Ship


Servalan……………Mmmmmmm…………….

Right that’s enough of that!………….. She was the Evil leader of the Terran Federation.  Realizing that She had her own ship meant another visit to Shapeways…… So when I purchased the Scorpio I also picked up an additional Pursuit ship to paint up as her vessel.

Now seeing as normally Pursuit ships are a rusty brown colour I would assume that The Federation Ship yards gave them a lick of a Panzer like Primer and sent them on their merry way (In reality there is no corrosion or dirt or weathering in space…..apparently!) For reasons unknown Servalan’s Ship got a top coat of White paint….maybe being leader that is a perk of the job, either way it made my job a bit easier….. I didn’t do any conversions just painted it, once I get the episode on DVD I will use it as a reference source and see if the ship is modified in any way.

Servalan's pursuit 4


Blake’s 7 ……..Scorpio Rising!


Something Terrible, traumatic and frankly suicidal for ratings was the decision to destroy the Liberator. Given that even Blake himself was not in the series, losing such an Iconic Ship wasn’t great from a viewer perspective, it rocked my adolescent world.

Despite My issues at the time (!) I took it upon myself to purchase the said villian of the peace…..the dire space hulk that is, was the Scorpio………….I’ll probably use it as a cargo vessel to deliver the weekly Internet Tesco’s  Shop to Tatooine!!!!

It could never replace the Liberator, but it isn’t too bad a design, it’s likeness is styled by Admiral Duck Sauce on shapeways

Scorpio Blake's 7

Scorpio Blake's 7