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Post  Wills on Tue May 11, 2010 2:53 pm

Well as i play Battlefleet gothic, and as i am rather bored, i will yet again write out a long article all about BGF models. I have bought two Imperial Navy cruisers, painted them and stuck them together as their respective classes. This particular(as with many of the races) set of models can be customised to create one(or two) of many different classes of ship. I chose two of the same battlecruisers, which hold in launch bays to hold fighters and bombers, it also has a rather large nova cannon and torpedos, and a weak (but still useable) weapons battery on the side, just in case it gets in a sticky situation. When i first bought these, i really had no idea what to expect, i knew BFG models were small, but these cruisers are actually very very decently sized models and extremely detailed, beyond any other models of it's size i've seen. Painting these models look hard, but if you have a set colour scheme in mind, put a bit of thought to it, it is easy. Basically you undercoats EXTREMELY lightly, then cover it in whatever base colour you wish, i chose grey, as i liked the federation starships of the new star trek, i wanted mine to look like that, as they had a formal, orderly look, rather than seperate ballistic look, such as red. I when over averagely with a big brush, to let the small gaps keep their black, and everything in the light, be grey. This is an amazing effect, it shows the detail and shadows of the ship. For my ships, i chose to trim the ship with white, to show that it is more of a pure, righteous vessel, and the prows of each ship is differnet, to create variety, one is blue, one is red. I went over(drybrush) in skull white, to basically highlight exposed areas and that really brought out the grey, so now the ship looks like a ship, rather than a lump of grey.

I'll talk through you models. The Imperial Nazy models, are all very long, thin and one end, a bit more bulky at the other. The prow of an imperial ship is heavily armoured and come to a point, you may all relate this to a Greek trireme or bireme. The main gun is based on the prow, torpedo bays are placed inside the prow armour, the side launch vays and wepaon batteries run along the sides of the thin bulk behind the prow. This elads to the main ship, where wings, engines and a command bridge are all attached. Small turrets are also mounted on top of the vessel.

I'll just note, that their are three types of ship; station, Escort and capital ship. Escorts are things such as frigates and destroyers, which are small, weak, fast gun and runners, but can hold their own if played right. Capital ships are cruisers and battleships. Cruisers are the workhouse of all fleets, they are common and can play most roles(in bed). Ignore that Very Happy. Battleships are the heavy weights, they get the job done, and done well, however extremely large, slow and expensive, they do pay off when you watch one of these vessels slice through enemy lines untouched.
Now, stations are perculiar, as they are immobile, they are also pretty weak, unless it's an eldar haven spire, or blackstone fortress, in which case you may as well pull donw your pants and let them rape you. These two particular stations are bigger than battle ships, and usually hold EMMENSE weaponary and launch bays, also a number of shields and turrets. Smaller stations, such as the Imperial Torpedo station, is good at shooting the crap at long range, but as soon as it's shot, this can too go back to it's cubicle and let the crap flow.

Now, i do not own any other fleets, so i will say my opinion on the other ships, not what they're truly are. Chaos ships are essentially the imperial 'grand cruisers'. They have no relatable appearance, but act like early european ships, with firepower-heavy broadsides and gettign along side enemies. The hull of their ships look very nice, a very ship-like bulk with armour plating covering the top, weapon lance turrets on the sides, makes them look extremely nice, however they have much weaker armour than the imperials, but do pack a punch.
Eldar ships are extremely different to everytihng else. They have their own special wepaons and sheilds. Their ships are extremely low armoured, small, but undenyable fast and agile, they can move twice as much as imperials, and their foward firepower is unmatched. If you get one of these ships on the broadside of an imperial cruiser however, you can be prepared to get screwed, eldar ships have VERY little broadside weaponary, they focus on hit and run tactics and a line of power, constantly flowing.
Tau ships, these are very average. They look extremely elegant and slick, however they have no special 'thing' that other fleets possess. The only thing i can see from the rules is their amount of torpedoes and ion cannons. Their main battleship, the 'Custodian' class battleship, has multiple torpedo bays and ion cannons, looking at the strentgh of them, they will tear through imperial fornt armour without much difficulty. Tau also possess a number of stations, but as far as i can see, none of them has very efficent weaponary, they're simply orbital cities and orbital stations. These do have 8 launch bays... meaning a very large blitz on a battleship = boomboom Nazi bye. I'll also include, the Tau fleet may have Kroot and other alien races as allies, and use their ships, some of which are extremely good.

Other races such as orks, necrons and tyranids, are not worht mentioning, as necrons and tyranids are so small, and orks have so many ships, all look differnemt all act differnet... all as butt-ugly as the next. The tyranids have flesh-ships, 4 different types, which can all do things. Necrons have tombships, they are reasonably good, average... but not suggested to play as they are BORING.


Hopefully this has given you an idea about BGF models, hope it helps. If you want size refferance to the model, then my imperial cruisers are 10cm long and 4cm height(at the highest part) and 4cm wide(at the widest part). Frigates and destroyers i am not sure, but they are less than these. Battleships, i know an Imperial Retribution class battleship is 13cm long, that's all i know. For a space fleet, these models are decently sized.

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Post  firenze on Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:35 am

I am interested in playing, and will once I get my Marines Tourny force done along with my Inquisitorial Stormies. It is very tactical, and quite fustrating when one cruiser shrugs off a barrage from 3 ships... But thats dice for you.
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Post  Wills on Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:26 am

capital ships are designed to take heat, but when cruisers do, they lose their combat effectiveness mostly because they dont have enough Hit points to maintain their maximum capacity.

@Phobios: Did your models come through post? If so, i'll give you a game on friday

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