I have been busy over the last couple of weeks working on a merchant fleet for my games of Stars & Lasers!!
I already have a load of merchant ships from several manufacturers but after working on my human fleet I have sort of got the bug!! and I really want to keep producing ships for my game while I can.
First thing I did was work on the main engine section and the bridge of the freighter and then simply added a long thin body section in between.
I wanted to have a basic design for a freighter / cargo ship but have the option of adding different container sections so I could build a good selection of different ships, I can always add different cargo containers at a later date but for now I just wanted four different types.
So then I started designing containers to add to this basic ship, but that didn’t work out as well as I had planned.
After printing out the containers for the ship I started adding them individually, but this seemed a bit fiddly and awkward, also a bit odd, mainly because they had to be glued to the ship one at a time and I had a feeling that they were not going to look very even, well not as even as if they were attached to a real ship all lined up correctly.
And well I wasn’t wrong they looked uneven and horrible!!
I could have stuck the three together on each side first and then stuck them to the ship, but I wanted a little gap between the containers and sticking them together didn’t leave enough of a noticeable gap so that also didn’t look right to me.
So I had another think… and realised that they would be better if they were attached to each other and with a gap of some sort already between the containers.
This would make it simple to stick the containers to the body of the ship and they would be perfectly even and straight.
Then I realised that if I put a thin flat section under them and joined them together with a gap big enough for the freighters body to fit in, it would make things even easier.
So far I have come up with the four “container” sections that I wanted… first a set of boxy containers.
Then a set of spherical tanks that would probably carry some sort of liquid, maybe fuel or water or even Romulan Ale!!
And then more liquid containers this time long rather than spherical.
And next up some weird hexagon shaped containers.
Next I added a smaller ( light ) freighter and then designed two cargo sections for this smaller ship, just the boxes and the tanks this time… although this ship may change as I am not 100% happy with how it looks.
So that is a good start for the freighters / cargo ships, I am very happy with the way most of these look.
The other thing I have been working on is a Civilian Liner and has proved to be a little more of a problem than I thought it would be as I couldn’t seem to get it looking right.
First off it seemed very ‘thin’ so then I had to look at ways of making it not so thin but without just stretching it, I added lots of extra sections to the top areas and built the ship up that way and that again looked wrong, it was very ‘fat’ now.
Then someone said that I should go for a much longer ship, a huge luxury class liner, bigger ( or longer ) than most military ships and well I came up with this…
This thing is 125mm long!!! And I can’t wait to get it fixed to a flight stand and painted…
I then did a smaller passenger liner just so I have some choice.
Next thing on my list was a couple of a simple ‘Tender’ or ‘Repair’ ships and after a little fiddling around with the basic shape I came up with these, one large and one small, both have arms that connect these ships to the damaged vessels.
All these ships will mainly be used in scenarios such as convoys or as space station support so they will be used often.
Now there’s an idea, a space station… well that will have to wait for a while but it may be something that I will attempt.