Sunday, February 19, 2012

Starfleet Wars: Terran Ships, Part 2

This post covers the larger ships and fighters of the Terran Starfleet. Once again these ships were painted by my long time friend, Paul. Originally produced by Superior Models, they are now once again available as the Galactic Knights range. As noted previously, the Terran ships are strongly suggestive of the forces of The Empire, from a certain well known movie that came out around the same time!

This is a pair of Terran Formidable class Galactic Battle Cruiesers (GB). These ships are unique among the Battlecruisers of the five factions in that they carry a substantial number of attack craft (fighters).  The "flight decks" are painted dark grey.

Once again, each ship in the class is distinguished from its sister ships by its "facing color", here red or blue.

Here are the stats for these Formidable class Galactic Battlecruisers (GB):

Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads
    90             8                     8                52%                 15                2                  10

These two Terran GB's are preparing to enter hyperspace momentarily, it looks like!

Next up is this Terran Invincible class Galactic Dreadnought (GD), a powerful ship indeed! As is usual for Terran designs, almost all the turrets face forward.

The ships carries just a small handful of fighters to act as scouts; it's design is mostly aimed at maximizing the power of its beams and shields!

Here are the stats from "Starfleet Wars" for the Terran Invincible class Galactic Dreadnought (GD):

Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads
   240             14                 14                76%                  4                2                  10

A final view of this epitome of Terran Space-Naval might as it patrols the starlanes...

Lately the Terran Star Navy has introduced an upgunned 2-decker Galactic Dreadnought, the Valiant  class GD. It seems like these ships were intermediate between the original GD's and the Super Galactic Dreadnoughts

This model was listed in May, 1982; the ships went out of production for an extended time shortly thereafter, and I am unaware of any official Starfleet War stats for this ship; if anyone has stats for these 2 decker Victory class GD's (and their Carnivoran counterparts), I'd greatly appreciate hearing about it!

The "two decker" design is certainly cool; only the Carnivorans also got a 2-decker model; the Entomalians, Avarians, and Aquarians evidently never did. Here's a speculative proposal for stats for this ship, representing roughly a 25% increase in Power units from its predecessor:
Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads
   300             15                 15                78%                  4                2                  10

Now that's what I call *thrusters*;   does the design suggest a detachable "Battle Bridge" to anyone?

This is a Terran Constellation class Galactic Attack Carrier (GAC). Its design  is optimized for maximum carriage of attack craft (fighters) through space.

Heavy relaince upon fighter tactics, with both the numerous GAC's *and* the GB's being able to launch and recover fighters is the other cornerstone of Terran space naval tactics. 

Here are the stats for this Constellation class Galactic Attack Carrier (GAC):

    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads
   120            4                   7                60%                   40                  2                 6

A final view of this Terran  GAC, showing the "flight deck" in detail. No other faction's Carrier can hold as many attack craft as this one!

Although Paul didn't have any in his collection, there is a Terran Galactic Transport (GTP) in the Starfleet Wars line, the Havoc class. Here are the stats for it:

Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads
   21              1                  1                12%                  none                1                 2

Also missing from Paul's collection is a Terran Super Galactoic Dreadnought, the Victory class SGD. Its stats are as follow:

Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads
   480             21*             21*              100%                30                 6                30
*plus "Additional Offensive Factor" of 7, or "Additional Defensive  Factor" of 7 (see discussion of rules for Super Galactic Dreadnought under the Avarian Starfleet posts. The Chancellor of The Chancellor Campaign is just such a powerhouse ship!

Paul's collection also doesn't include any Terran CAPTACS (Captive Towed Tactical Missiles). Hmm, I may yet have to buy a few ships to bring the Terrans up to speed. Now,  on to the fighters!

These are Terran Meteor light fighters; the resemblance to X-wings seems immediately apparent!

Red and Blue squadrons deployed on the patrol, ready to scout or attack the enemy as needed.

Like all fighters in the Starfleet Wars rules, they can be configured in several different ways depending upon their intended mission.

The squadrons head back to their carrier for resupply following a long and  mission. To paraphase the words of General Lasalle, "A fighter pilot is a poltroon if he isn't dead by 30!"

These are Terran Comet heavy fighters; here Red, Blue, Yellow and Green squadrons prepare their deadly particle weapons for launch.

To me, these attack craft are reminiscent of the Colonial Vipers of the original Battlestar Galatica series. Where are Starbuck and Apollo when you need them?

"Long range sensors detecting Cylons at maximum scanning range; get ready to meet some Tin Cans!"  

By the way, there are Full Thrust conversions for all the ships of the Starfleet Wars factions on Star Ranger's site here, andsome at  Indy's site here

This concludes the posts on the Terran Starfleet from the Starfleet Wars (Galactic Knights) range. The next set of Starfleet Wars posts will cover my large Carnivoran Starfleet.


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