Friday, May 23, 2014

Entomalian Fleet, Part 4: Galactic Dreadnoughts

Next addition for the Entomalains is a pair of Mantis class Galactic Dreadnoughts. In the original Starfleet Wars background material, the Entomalians were by far the most numerous of the five fleets, but their ships were decidedly inferior, being especially weak in fighter support and defense.

Original stats, Mantis class Galactic Dreadnought:

Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads

  208           10               10               50%                  6                    2               10

"New Mantis" GD stats:

Power    Max Beam    Max Shield   CIDS Factor    Attack Craft    PW Factor  PW reloads

  235           11                 13             55%                   6                 2                 10

The original versions were so under gunned, that the slightly improved ratings above were issued subsequently. While still inferior to the Dreadnoughts of the other fleets, they were now at least superior to even the best of the Battlecrusiers. 

This picture shows the highly detailed undersides that these ship models are justly known for. I have used "magic wash" to further bring out some of the details. 

In the background accompanying the newer Galactic Knights rules, the Entomalians use bio/tech hybrid ships with extra tough armor. Their crews will lack initiative, but the individual ships won't otherwise be much inferior to those of the other fleets, if at all. 

Here's the listing for my Starship games from the Historicon PEL:

Thursday, 2PM  T-166   and    Saturday, 7PM S-169 

Galactic Kampaigns - Missions to Accomplish
SciFi; Length: 3 hrs; Hosted by: Peter Anderson; Scale: Other;
Rules: Galactic Knights by Monday Knight productions; No. of Players: 8.
Tasks Forces from four of the Galactic Knights (ex Superior
Starfleet Wars) races (Terran, Avarian, Entomalian and
Carnivoran ) face off in short mini-campaigns, trying to carry out
(or thwart!) their assigned missions, which include Attacking
or Defending a Planet/Space Station, escorting a Convoy, or
Patrolling to repulse enemy raiders. Each fleet has unique
strengths and weaknesses. Kids age 14 and above welcome.


  1. You are really cranking out the space craft! Hosting a game is a great painting motivator, isn't it?

    1. Yes, Jon, hosting a game is a BIG motiovator tomadd troops. Once I get most of the ships done, I have decided to add some more Old Guard Infantry, Artillery, and some Gendarmes d' Elite to my collection specifically for my Montmirail game, so I expect to start painting them circa June 1st! Fortuntaely, all the Egyptians I need for the Historiocon games are now complete.

    2. Peter, I nominated you for a Liebster Award

  2. I was pleasantly surprised to see events for Historicon using the old Starfleet Wars ships. I just happen to be bringing my entire fleet to sell at the Flea Market Friday afternoon. I have all five races (although not too many Aquarians) Mostly Dreadnaughts, Battle Cruisers, Cruisers, Lt. Cruisers, Destroyers and fighters. I have some Star Fighters and Star Bombers, transports and two Super Dreadnoughts. If you would like to have an enourmous reinforcement or just buy one racial group, I can take pictures for you and hold them for pickup. If you aren't interested in buying any more ships, please let your friends know a fleet is for sale.Best of luck with your events.

    1. Hi Bob,

      I should have more than enough ships now, but I can pass the info along to attendees and few others who might be interested.

  3. Thanks for passing on my advert. Either your friends or others helped me clean out my entire collection. I was selling the whole shebang for $400 including a felt star map, original and new rules and ships galore. As it turned out no one made an offer. However three guys separately bought parts of my fleet for $100, $120, and $180, so all's well that ends well. I looked at my closet and sadly looked at the empty spot. Good luck to you and who ever bought my old fleets. They have my lead, but not my memories. :-)

    1. Glad you were able to sell them all to new homes, Robert!