Monday, October 5, 2015

Cardassians

Reinforcements have arrived for the Cardiassian Order. Previously, for 1:7000 scale, you only had the Galor and Kheldon from Studio Bergstrom and the Hideki that I produce (the Hideki that Studio Bergstrom are nice, however, I personally feel they are way too large for 1:7000 scale). The ships are (from left to right, front to back) the Sartan and Damar frigates, Kheldon (Studio Bergstrom), Legate and Vasad destroyers, and in back the Bralek DN, Rasilak BC, and Galor (Studio Bergstrom). A better picture to compare sizes is shown below:
Again, in front from left to right are the Hideki, Sartan, Damar, Legate, Vasad. In the back from left to right are the Galor (Bergstrom), Kheldon (Bergstrom), Rasilak, and Bralek. The additonal ships fill out the fleet rather nicely. I'm debating whether to make a Hutet, however, there are enough ship classes to create a reasonable fleet. Please see the gallery for more photos. Ships are available for purchase.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Klingons

Some new ships arrived on my painting table. The Klingons now have some reinforcements to expand their fleet. In Star Trek Canon, the only official ships were the Negh'Var, Vor'cha, K't'inga, and B'rel (I'm ignoring the K'Vort as this is a scaled B'rel). This gives the Klingons a small frigate, an ancient destroyer, a cruiser, and a dreadnought/battleship. Since some of these designs have been in use since the TMP era, I wanted to modernize the Klingon fleet and include ships that could have been built during the TNG era. The results are what you see above. A top view shows the relative size of the ships:

The ships from left to right, front to back are: Kel'Var destroyer, Qa'cheng frigate, B'rel escort (Romando), Riskadh heavy destroyer, Goralis cruiser, Bortas battlecruiser, Negh'Var Battleship, and Keth Ke Se Battlecruiser. I view the ships as 2 generations, the B'rel, K't'inga, Riskadh, Goralis, and Keth Ke Se in the generation just preceding the TNG era and the Qa'cheng, Kel'var, and Bortas are the contemporaries of the Vor'cha and the Negh'Var. All ships (except for the B'rel) are listed on the "Ships for Sale" page. Additional views can be seen in the gallery page.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

More Romulans

Managed to get additional Romulans built and painted. Here they are next to the original Romulans painted in a TNG color scheme. The new Romulans are painted to mimic the painting scheme for Star Fleet Battles Romulan miniatures. Here is a close up of the T'Korex heavy cruiser.

The SFB pained T'Korex has been upgraded to a heavy command cruiser variant. You can see the addition of upper engine pods. the underside has a bridge which is not visible on this view. Here is a picture of the underside:

The bridge is more visible on this view. All the other Romulans have, except for the V'Tir light cruiser have extra components to allow upgrading. Additional pictures can be seen in the Romulan Gallery.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Romulans

Been a while since I had time to post. Had the Romulans on my workbench for a while. Finally found time to post them. These are some early casts of the ships. They were based on designs from the PC game Starfleet Command (at least the larger ones were). From left to right, they are (SFC designations), they are the the T'Korex (Firehawk), Thersus (Skyhawk), Vadak (Seahawk), and V'Tir (Sparrowhawk). A Hallmark D'derix warbird and a Talon/Theta escort are in the shot for size comparison. The grid consists of 1 inch squares.

With the exception of the Sparrowhawk, extra parts are included with the ships to make variants. I'm currently working on them and should have additional photos up soon. Ships are available in the "For Sale" section

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Retro ships

These are some additional ships from Ravenstar's Retro line. Like the Strategic Space Command ships, they are based off of models produced in the 1970's. This time, the ships are based of the Milton Bradley Star Bird line of toys (descriptions can be found here and here). For this line of ships, I decided to depart from the predominately white coloration (I have too many white/off-white fleets) and experiment with a darker orange combination. I view these ships system patrol boats rather than deep space combatants and the the orange coloration may reflect more of a utilitarian feel to the ships. Here is the main Star Bird type ship is shown above. There was a variant of the Star Bird that was called the Intruder. This is my interpretation of the ship:
I'm not sure what the other two ships of this fleet are based on, however, they seem to fit well with this fleet
On the whole, they produce a nice system defense fleet:
The ships can be found on Ravenstar's site under the Retro line.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Strategic Space Command

Been very slow with the posts because of real life. However, still have plenty of ships to show. Most of the information I know about the Strategic Space Command is off of the incredible website maintained by Winchell Chung. According to him, the Strategic Space Command universe was based off the Lief Erickson model kit. If the kit sold well, a series of other ships would be made.Unfortunately, the model didn't sell well and the universe was scrapped. The model itself survived and you can still find kits today (full history here).

Chris over at Ravenstar Studios took a liking to these ships and managed to expand them into a fleet. I managed to grab a bunch of them during a sale and they are wonderfully detailed ships to paint. Here is the Velbor battleship and the Unicorn battlecruiser.


As for the lighter ships, here are the Mallard and Delta destroyers:
 
and the escorts (designation XL-15A):


These ships make for a very nice fleet:


If you are interested in these ships, they are available at Ravenstar Studio under the Retro line.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pirate Fleet

The last major faction in the Space Dreadnought 3000 Universes. Unlike the other factions, their ships are organic. Additionally, they do not  have the full complement of ship classes like the other factions.

Pirate Baseship
These ships were given a dark purple metallic basecoat followed by light purple highlights. The large orbs of the ships were painted black followed by several layers of gold for a smoooth, even finish. the engines were painted boltgun metal followed by a silver drybrush. White was used for engine glow.


Fighters were painted in the same fashion as the capital ships. I used the SD3000 line to experiment a little with metallic paints. Overall, I am happy with the results. The reflection from the metallic paints does tend to brighten the ships somewhat, however, they still kept very good details. The ships themselves were well cast and I received great service from Kallistra for these ships.