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!
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!
Some while back I was looking into 3d Printing and came across this site Shapeways quite a few creative people on there making and selling things.
One thing in particular caught my eye the LRV- 7 a looky likey ship close enough to be a substitute Liberator! I needed to have some sort of reason to own it……then came upon the idea that I should incorporate the model into a table top wargame…..I purchased some pursuit ships and set about planning the game….of which, more later!
The Model arrived yesterday, and i set to work straight away… it took 2-3 hours to finish it and the pursuit ships.
Now a quick word about the 3d printed ship…..The model itself is strangly porous it soaks up the paint right off the brush…..this is not too much of a problem, but it is different. The other point to note was the models them selves are not smooth, they have a very fine texture, which i believe you can remove completely by selecting a more expensive medium from the list. I knew this in advance of my order and opted for the second cheapest…white strong flexible polished. Have to say it wasn’t as polished as I had hoped, but then it was better than option one i assume and there seemed to be less surface texture than I imagined.
The photo’s are extreme close ups, they kind of over play the texture issue, which has to be said to the naked eye really isn’t a problem. I dry brushed the ship so that may also have added emphasis.
The only other issue was that my Liberator had a damaged antenna/laser? it was missing completely, either it was broken in the packing process or it didn’t get printed. I managed to fashion a replacement part from a celtic spear! and glued it back on….. my super glue didn’t seem to have any effect…but normal model glue (poly cement) worked fine. So no real problems.
I would throughly recommend this model, and I myself will be buying more!
The coin in the picture is a UK penny for scale purposes (model is 50mm long)
With FederationPursuit Ship for scale (fed ship 29mm)