IntroductionAmongst the major races in Star Trek, the Ferengi probably have the least known military capabilities. Indeed, there are almost no canonical named spaceships and only 2 classes of vessel have been commonly mentioned in the shows, as far as I know. One of these is a cruiser and the other is a tiny shuttlecraft, so there's not much data there from which to work out what the Ferengi's military capability!
Design PhilosophyI'm going to have to extrapolate a very long way from the limited amount of canonical data for this fleet. Firstly, I will assume that they do indeed have a fleet, if only so they can protect their trade interests robustly. So, let's see:
- The Ferengi are clever (cunning?) and ruthless merchants. Everyone in their society is always looking for a way to improve their wealth, so there's the first element of my philosophy: all ships will have at least some cargo space. Either this is designed in from the start, or else the captain of each vessel has sacrificed some other system in order to make room for his trade goods.
- In The Next Generation, a Ferengi cruiser is described as a near match in capabilities for the Federation ship Enterprise. I imagine that, through trade or espionage, they have complete access to any of the common technologies present in the Star Trek universe. This includes phasers (beam weapons), disruptors and shields (screens), but not the more exotic stuff such as cloaking devices, plasma torpedoes or fighters.
The ShipsI don't know of any manufacturer who produces a range of Ferengi ships! It's possible to find the D'Kora marauder from some sources, though these tend to be toy manufacturers rather than games companies.
For my Ferengi fleet, I've used Quellaris Federation ships from Kallistra's "Space Dreadnought 3000" range. These have a vaguely "Ferengi" look to them, though note that I've cut off the oversized "cannon" protrusions from the nose and/or wings. They will do fine for my purposes, though this might not suit a purist.
If you are interested, I've made my Ferengi SSDs available to download. The file is in OpenOffice Draw format (.odg).
|Manufacturer's Designation||Picture||Full Thrust SSD|
|Q1 Quellaris Patrol Ship|
|Q2 Quellaris Destroyer|
|Q3 Quellaris Cruiser|
|Q4 Quellaris Battlecruiser|
|Q5 Quellaris Dreadnought|
|Q6 Quellaris Super Dreadnought|