Oh noes, lookit more little trek ships...but this time the good guys.
1/7000 Star Trek Federation
These are the good guys right? I mean this is not Warhammer 40k where everyone is kinda a prick.
Some would say that the true star of DS9 is not the space station but this ship. Supposedly one of the Federation's first ships built purposely for combat (as opposed to exploration and dance parties) it was made to kick ass and chew bubble gum (and it's all out of bubble gum). So naturally it's a really small ship that most of the time seems to need only 8 people to crew it.
|Size Pic; next to a 25mm round.|
Damn small ship.
Here's another Excelsior class starship to join the fleet. In the My Star Trek = Ships of the Line but in SPAAAAAACCCE analogy this class is like the 3rd rates. As such it's just the basic ship and there's not much to say about it.
|Actual size pic: a medium ship.|
APPARENTLY the paint I used on the top of the saucer and neck looks blue in one pic and purple in the next. That's very spacey-agey futuristic and totally done on purpose.
USS Freitag (I checked the spelling TWICE)
I'm pretty sure the whole internet follows the blog written by Jonathan Freitag at Palouse Wargaming Journal (as it should be). So you will recall, back in September last year on his 10 year blogging anniversary, that he sponsored a haiku writing contest about why his blog is so great and he is so handsome. At least I am assuming he is handsome but I've never seen him. But all the other wargame bloggers that I have seen are good looking people and I'm pretty damn attractive so I'm just assuming that the better one is at blogging the more attractive one is.
In all seriousness his blog is a wealth of painted units, battle reports, insights on wargaming, and positivity.
The haiku prize was a gift certificate to your favorite gaming store; drawn form all the entries. I won the contest because I stuffed the box with 5 haikus. Haikus are like the easiest poems to write; they don't even need to rhyme, and kids learn them in grade school when learning how to count syllables (also checked that spelling twice). I opted for a Shapeways gift card and said that I'd buy a space ship and name it after him.
|The gift card was WAY more generous than it ought to have been:|
so he gets a big ship in his honor.
|I haven't put the labels on the bases yet because I'm still figuring out how I want it.|
In Star Trek; all the Federation ships are named USS "something"
|Naturally because it was a gift I wanted to paint it really well,|
so that my online friend wouldn't feel like he wasted his money.
|Sorry I wasted your money.|
This is a Galaxy class ship like the Enterprise D was in TNG.
One of the bigger ships.
Thanks again JF. And congratulations again on 10+ years of wargaming blogging.
Whole Federation Fleet
Let's see how the Federation fleet is shaping up...
|Everyone fly straight|
|Now fly left..|
|Now fly right and ignore the chair in the background|
|I just thought this was a cool picture.|
|This package has potential written all over it|
|Yay! Reinforcements! Just in time in time too.|
The kids will have to wait, because Dads gotta paint.
|And I did.|
|It's pretty hard to make pics of space combat look interesting.|
Stew, another hilarious post! My namesake ship is a beauty. Well done! Hope she fights well.ReplyDelete
Thanks JF. I'm glad you like her. Thanks again for the gift. For SURE she'll be a dangerous ship that will fight well as I'll give her all the best stats. 😁Delete
So far now in my collections i have an ACW Zouave regiment lead by a Col Freitag and now a large space ship. And I've given you NOTHING in return. I'm starting to feel like a freeloader. 😁
Beautiful work which really brings out the detail on those ships. The USS Freitag works well, and for half a second there I was trying to work out which series it appeared in. I think I'd feel much safer on that than the Enterprise which seems to keep getting destroyed.ReplyDelete
Thanks Lawrence. The end of the life of a Starship seems to be either blowing up in a big ball of fire or rotting being dismantled away in obsolesce. 😁Delete
Really great looking ST models Stew....you may not enjoy painting, but you seem to be pretty damn good at it when the muse takes you! Your reinforcement pack still looks to be Klingon heavy?Dont worry too much about the kids, you should be finished painting in time to attend their graduations....ReplyDelete
Thanks Keith. yes I have too many Klingons... for the moment.Delete
Kids: "Dad, you were never there for us growing up"
Me: "yeah, I know, but LOOK at all my painted miniatures!"
Kids: "but you didn't even like painting!"
Me: "I didn't like you much either. At least the miniatures were quiet."
Your posts do make me chuckle Stew:)! The 'Good Guys' ships are always classic designs to my mind and take me back to watching the original series as a kid.ReplyDelete
Thanks Steve. yeah the Federation really went big into saucers and rocket thingys. It's kinda their brand. 😁Delete
Nice job matey. Great looking fleet. Looking forward to the rules exposée - mainly so that I can steal what you’ve done.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jolly. The rules I have went with are Starmada Unity version 2. There WILL be a giant long post about the rules and sharing the ship designs and what not in the future. Steal everything and then make it better and then I can steal it back. 😁Delete
The newest additions to your fleet look great and winning a poetry writing contest is impressive as well. I hope you enjoy painting the latest acquisitions. And to address your theory, its scientifically proven that the better you blog, the more attractive you get :DReplyDelete
Thanks Jeff. I do kinda like painting the ships as they progress quickly.Delete
And I KNEW we were all super attractive! I think I’m pretty good at this blogging thing. Finally time to take advantage of all my blogging groupies. I’m sure they’re around here somewhere…😀
The USS Freitag Is a fine vessel indeed. These posts have remindede me just how rich the ST universe backstory is.ReplyDelete
Thanks Norm. What's more, is that the ST universe is one that almost everyone kinda knows to some extent, so it's easy to engage with off the bat. 😁Delete
Lovely looking space fleet sir!ReplyDelete
thank you Michal. 😁Delete
Really nice paint jobs. The somewhat funky Excelsior breaks up the otherwise all white fleet very well.ReplyDelete
thanks Pascal. yeah the Federation has an uniformity going on but I kinda like that. 😁Delete
Quite a selection of space ships.ReplyDelete
thanks Peter. As long as you like Saucer sections and nacelles then this is the fleet for you.😁Delete
Lovely looking ships 👍 let’s hope the Freitag can fight !ReplyDelete
Thanks Matt. I'll be sure to give the Freitag some good stats so that it can fight well.Delete
Lovely work on the ships, really enjoyed your entry tone . I like the Freitag's look, but shouldn't it have pedals as well as nacelles? The growth of the fleet is impressive . Now paint before the Ides of March arrive.ReplyDelete
Thanks Pan, good one about the pedals! 😁Delete
As "Freitag" means Friday you could of course name all your Federation ships after days of the week in languages other than English......ReplyDelete
Donnerstag, Jueves, Martes, Miercoles, Dimecres Streda the list goes on.....
You could name classes of ship with a particular letter........
Thanks Neil. but Nah, the federation ships are all gonna have cool names that provoke emotional reactions invoke the setting; like "green Skinned belly dancer." 😁Delete
Freitag class…I love it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mark. I know right?! 😀Delete
Lovely models (as I have previously attested), and it was a great game day as well!ReplyDelete
And that looks like a lot of reinforcements for both sides! What is the Vorcha with the "fat" head? Command variant? The Sovereign class ought to be a serious Federation beat stick...
Thanks David. Yeah it’s a command variant. Not sure what I’m gonna do with it actually. I do think the Sov should be dangerous. While I seem to buy lots of small to medium Klingons I tend to go big with the feds. 😀Delete
How are those Cardasians coming along? 😀
I have a small detachment of them now underway, but the plate of the printer broke, so I need to replace it before I can make more. Also, there is no canonical capitol ship for the Cardassians, so the fleet would be comprised of all little guys...Delete
Looks awesome! Do you find the resin stuff from Shapeways to be fragile at all? I've wondered about it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Space. I don’t know if it’s resin or plastic. When I buy the ships they call it plastic. Anyway; it’s like medium strength. It’s not especially fragile but not especially strong either. Kinda a lame answer I know. 😀Delete
Haha no worries, it kinda sorta helpsDelete
Your federation fleet is coming along nicely Stewart, and naming a ship after the person who gave you the prize, is a great mark of respect. The ships look great on the battlefield, and good to hear the rules are working well, and just need some tweaking. The new additions should bolster the fleets, but I'm still waiting to see the big one mentioned in the last posts comments.ReplyDelete
thanks Dave. last post comments? who cares about the last post? ancient history. I'm all about the present baby. LOLDelete
Actually the 'big one' is the USS Freitag. It is big compared to other models, i swear. 😁
Now that's a sexi fleet and what a fitting way to honour Jon's kind reward for awful poetry. ;)ReplyDelete
(No really mate, this is some of your best painting I've seen come off your desk to date, well done!)
Thanks Dai. maybe I finally found something I have a talent for painting. 😁Delete
"APPARENTLY the paint I used on the top of the saucer and neck looks blue in one pic and purple in the next. " Isn't this because the shields are up or down? Very clever 😁ReplyDelete
Great work Stew! I am sure I can see someone waving from the eighth window in the 120 degree section of the USS Freitag - how did you do that!
Thanks Ben. LOL. I did it with skill, determination, patience, a strong magnifying glass, and a teeny tiny brush. 😁Delete
Great looking space fleet , the Freitag is a nice touch, good guys?ReplyDelete
Thanks Iain. I’d say that star fleet are the protagonists in the Star Trek universe.Delete
Awesome looking fleets- I always loved the various permutations of the Enterprise throughout different series .ReplyDelete
Thanks John. I'm glad you liked and appreciate you writing the comment. 😁Delete
A riotous good read with a beautiful, dare I say moving(?) tribute to Jon. Wonderful in both text and execution of the painting of USS Freitag.ReplyDelete
thanks James. I was certainly moved by the amount of the gift card. 😁Delete
Glad you liked it and I'd like it if Jon took it as a form of tribute. This blog is not ALL stupid jokes.
Sorry I have been absent surfing my favorite blogs. Your painting at such a small scale is incredible Stew, I mean sincerely Wow! What you did with the Excelsior made me go "WTH!" And then I got to the USS Freitag, OMG!ReplyDelete
Thanks Vol. As long as I am the most favorite of the favorite blogs than all is cool. 😀Delete
Thanks for the kind words about the painting. It's about the same as painting 1/1200 sailing ships.