IntroductionAs many of my loyal readers will already know from my Full Thrust battle reports, I have a moderate collection of "not-Star Trek" spaceships. My "not-Federation" fleet comes mostly from the old but still useful Irregular Miniatures "Imperials" range. Since the Irregular website doesn't provide many details about their spaceship models, I thought it would be worthwhile to document my collection here!
The CatalogueIrregular Miniatures' "New Spaceship Range" contains a number of useful fleets for Star Trek gamers. They produce the "not-Federation" (Imperial), "not-Orion" (Dysonian) and "not-Hydran?" (Confederation) fleets and also make a couple of quite similar Raiders that can stand in for Klingons. However, the listings are buried and hard to find in their online catalogue. From the main website, you need to choose the "6mm" on the bottom bar (cunningly drawn in red on a purple background to make it difficult to see). The spaceships are about 80% of the way down the "Science Fiction and Space Ships" page, almost added as an afterthought. Note that you can go straight to the "Science Fiction &c" page, but this is an inner frame and you won't have any of the site's navigation links.
For my purposes today, here's a short extract from the Irregular Miniatures catalogue:
|DYE1||Corvette (Police Ship), Sheriff Class|
|DYE2||Frigate, Perry Class|
|DYE3||Destroyer, Oberon Class|
|DYE4||Light Cruiser, Natori Class|
|DYE5||Heavy Cruiser (uses drive units from Carrier Model), County Class|
|DYE6||Battlecruiser, Gorshkov Class|
|DYE7||Dreadnought (Battlecruiser model with 3rd engine), Mushashi Class|
|DYE8||Light Carrier (Light Cruiser with 2 hanger bay modules), Hosho Class|
|DYE9||Heavy Carrier, Nimitz Class|
|DYE10||Tug, Kitakami Class|
|DYE11||Revised Perry Class Frigate|
Full Thrust AdaptationsWhen collecting my Federation and other ships, I didn't want to design a whole fleet from first principles, possibly with house rules for invented technology. Instead, I felt that the existing Full Thrust rules pretty much covered everything I would need (OK, I'm still looking for ideas for the Tholian Web, but that's another matter...).
So, I looked through the various existing collections of ships for something on which to base the Federation fleet. I chose the NAC designs because of the doctrine given in Fleet Book 1. Roughly speaking, NAC ships are "multi-role, decently protected with screens and reasonably fast". Sounds pretty much like the Star Trek Federation to me! However, rather than make a straight copy of the NAC designs, I've swapped a few systems here and there. Primarily this was needed to replace missiles with torpedos.
Irregular's ShipsIn the table below are pictures of almost all of Irregular's "Imperial" fleet, along with the Ship System Display that I use for that class. My apologies for the quality of some of the photographs; there are 2 reasons why they aren't as clear as I would like:
- I painted most of this fleet a long time ago, before I'd evolved any more elaborate detailing techniques. Consequently, many of the ships are a fairly plain flat white in colour.
- My camera (or maybe it's me?) has difficulty in getting the contrast right when photographing while models against a black background. So many of the images lack definition that is present in the real-life models.
Other ShipsThose of you who've been paying attention will notice that I haven't any models with the DYE8 or DYE9 codes. This is because DYE8 is almost the same as DYE4 and because I didn't much like the DYE9 heavy carrier's large angled flight deck. The fleet pack I bought (many years ago) did contain 1 of each ship. However, I dropped the hangar bays from the light carrier to end up with my second light cruiser and I rebuilt the heavy carrier completely. So, here are some extra ships in my Federation fleet; these are not simple Irregular models:
|Description||Picture||Full Thrust SSD|
|DYE9 - Heavy Carrier, Nimitz Class heavily converted and rebuilt|
|Shapeways "Bellerophon"-class cruiser (a very recent addition to the fleet)|