pátek 22. srpna 2014

Battlestar Galactica fighters stats

as my project continue, i reinventing some other ranges to fit my universe for example i always wanted Terminator:Salvation Hunter Killer , but now i would think of it as dedicated cylon stealth carrier used for different kind of actions than basestars. anyway here with some stats for 5150 Fighter Command

Viper Mark II
Old fighter which dates to 1st Cylon war, although defense forces in border world of colonies still use them, as well as some mercenaries who work near and in Zodias Asteroid Field, while not fast and maneovarble as Mark VII, the Mark two can take more punishment, and can be equipped with specialised ordinance.

Viper Mark VII
Current Colonial space supperiority fighter, fast and deadly in hand of skilled fighter, unlike Mark II he rellies on KEW loadout to take out the enemy and thanks to brand new CPN module this task is even easier. However when Cylons used  CPN backdoors to disable Colonial forces most of fleet was rendered useless. But not all Battlestars and Vipers had installed CPN - mostly older Battlestars on patrol duties, and in desperation they were sometimes able to caught Cylons totally offguard

Assault Viper
Assault Vipers has been introduced to give fighters punch to deal with frigates and smaller "star" like vessels
while less maneoverable than standart Mark 7 it can carry more load out making him prefered in attacks.


Raptor is transport/Cap ship attack small vessel employed by Colonial forces, it can be equipped with 2 tactical nukes to deal with Capital ships such as basestar or Hunterstar. Some battlegroups are known to equip them to provide close support (both ground and space) in these variant they are known as Assault Raptors.This small craft can be also loaded by marines to make boarding actions.

Cylon Raider
Cylon Raiders are main attack craft of Cylon forces, it was created for dogfighting and also as transmitter of Cylon virus. Flight abilities is similiar to Colonial Viper Mark VII although raider carries more ordinance. this ships are most encoutered ship by Colonial Forces                                                                                                                       

Heavy Raider
Assault boat of Cylon forces, this craft is similiar to Colonial Viper although equipped with better weapons, on some occassions these crafts are also equipped with nukes and other ordinance to destroy colonial battle ships. like all Cylon vessels raiders are equipped with FTL.

stats for this unit you will find here https://www.facebook.com/download/1498006437103921/Battlestar%20Galactica%20fighters%20BS-Athena.pdf

neděle 17. srpna 2014

5150: Fighter Command where to get fighters, and some capital ships ideas

As i was little sceptic about Two hours wargames 5150: Fighter Command, reading through rules (after some solo playtest i will post review) i am getting more and more excited about it , though my friends are hooked with Xwing maybe i can convice them for some game especially when they see that really big Columbia-Class Battlestar right in the middle of table and them fight off every cylon attack - i think that will be very convincing. Any way as i am big fan of Space Combat sims (shame that genre died with Starlancer - but recently we get fix in form Wing Commander Saga and Diaspora) i will not end with BSG setting. so i wrote this "guide" for everyone intersted.

We will start with fighter/bomber minis and move up to Capship ideas

EM4 Plastics
propably most used set for space dogfighting, EM4 have set of plastic fighters from Metal Express Silent Death game - it contains 12 different space fighters, but for price less than 3 pounds (2.55 is i checked recently) you can have squadrons build up in no time. this is only set i am aware that is sold in hard plastic detailed review you can find here (unfortunately in Czech http://battlefieldpilsen.blogspot.cz/2012/08/em4-spacecraft.html)

Metal Express
Speaking of Silent Death, Metal Express still selling its fighter/gunboat range counting over 140 individual fighters. Alien ships, Human ships you name it while some designs are little retro, there are ships which fits into many settings (WC-like and so on) , and they are planning release more fighters soon.

Company which is know more for their 6mm miniatures but they also selling range of space fighters . but these fighters are little big so you can use them as corvettes or other cap ships .
CinC Fighters in scale with Metal Express ships

Reaper miniatures
Well known miniature maker of Fantasy and Scifi 28mm (his aquatic monsters are known to be fielded as bio ships in Fleet scale games) but also maker of forgoten game CAV which has scale 10mm, this range have few VTOLs which can be used as transports, bombers or even smaller CAPships but maybe even heavy fighters.
Reaper minis/Robot Supply Depot range Baron APC

Hawk Wargames/Dropzone Commander
Also well known 10mm wargame but again suitable for dogfight gaming before ordering you should check diameters of ship for which want to use but big dropships can be used as transports(in case of PHR as cruisers) and smaller ships maybe for fighters
Dropzone Commander PHR Athena Air supperiority Fighter can make very nice Cap Ship

Studio Bergstrom
Best reseller of fighter scale miniatures in my book. miniatures you are getting from this vendor have top notch quality control, almost no mould lines and defects. If you are looking for setting specific fighters this is the place where to come - non-BS G , non-Star War s, and even old Wing Commander machines worth of checking out. but beware the photos on his shop are bad, but in reality his minis are top of the line.
Wing Commander Confederacy Fighters by SB

Brigade Models
Brigade models have their own range of scifi fighters specially designed for their game and world - Squadron Commander the game is free but not my cup of tea. you should also check 6mm rangfe VTOLs , i personaly want to use angelsharks (i own two for my 6mm army) as assault boats/ small transports

Iron Wind/Aerotech
Durning golden ages of FASA and games like Battletech there was supplemental game called Aerotech, which simulated aerial combat in Battletech universe. this miniatures are still sold by Iron Wind, and while most of larger ships are not usable in FC the fighter are top notch. however some larger ships are still usable as transport frigates

Various 6mm Scifi retailers
Most of 6mm scifi retailers will sell VTOLs while not every model is usable most of them are in some way for few examples: Microworld, GZG, Plasmablast games, Dark realms miniatures and so on. DRM for example have very nice range of small and big aircrafts , alien and human alike.

Another great sources is Shapeways,many people established shops there and selling their 3d models as miniatures via shapeways. worth to try if you are looking for something specific however little pricey.

Another good sources of models  fighters are collectible miniatures like Mechwarrior Dark Age, Statrek or Star wars everything from Wizard Of The Coast

Capital ships are different beast, they didnt have dedicated models, there is no reseller of Capship models in fighter scale, so we need look into few sources
1) Collector models like Mass Effect ships, Terminator, Serenity, Star Trek and so on.
good source for these are Ebay or Amazon
2) Scifi Plastic and Resin Models in various scales for Example Battlestar Galactica from Revell,Moebius or Timeslip creatious, or even Japan Anime series ships - Battleship Yamato, Gundam and others. good sources for these models are Hobby Link Japan

3rd Option is scrathbuilding, kitbashing and so on, there is lot of various options here but with Mad mecha containers its fairly easy to build up cargo haulers. here is pic of what of what one member of 5150 FC facebook group build up

Hopefully this guide will be usefull to game in fighter scale and if you are not yet in our 5150 Fighter Command facebook group you can join us here 

úterý 12. srpna 2014

5150 Fighter Command - Battlestar Athena (set in BSG universe)

thank to one of the kind members of Full Thrust Facebook group i was introduced to 5150 Fighter
Command from two hours wargames. normaly i am not big fan of two hours wargames, since their system is bit strange but fluid and give great narrative games/battles - have experience with Nuts! and All things zombies.

Anyway what is 5150:FC about? well about scifi space gaming on fighter squadron scale, everething you ever seen in old scifi space combat sims is here - patrols, cap ship hunting, good ol´ defense, escort missions but players can devise their own scenarios like search and rescue, recon missions and propably more.
unlike many "competive" games i encounter here in Czech THW are different and FC is same.

I will start campaing on my own playing few patrols to learn the rules and then introduce to my friends.
Storywise the campaing will follow the Battlestar Athena which mission last four months was to guard red line so she didnt have CNP module yet installed and can bring everything on Cylons.Unlike Adama and his Battlestar Galactica the Athena will make last stand at Colonies.

I ordered some miniatures from Studio Bergstrom, and now my complement of fighters are ready for battle (have to arrive and paint them thought) but i will got 8 Viper mark VII, 4 Viper Mark 2.5 (this will be proxying Assault Vipers from Diaspora) 2 Raptors, 16 RS Raiders, and 3 Heavy Raiders which gave me enough smaller crafts for start of campaing. The BSG 89 Athena would not be problem too, there is nice Revell Kit of Battlestar Galactica, so i must assume that Athena is Columbia too and as one of the original Battlestar, she represents Libran colony.

While at this point everything is okay but then i started running to the problems, first is Cylon basestar which is currently out of my budget options, but that will sort out and second is colonial civilian ships my Battlestar and her Viper and Raptor pilots will encounter durning their voyage across Colonies. but hopefully i will find some solution soon. (Got some 15mm scalled containers, so if i found some nice cockpit and engines i may create transport ship from it - we will see)

úterý 5. srpna 2014

Ever Evolving Hecates part 1

When i was decided to create alien race to Full Thrust crossed dimensions i was thinking about Freespace Shivan or Master of Orion 2 Antares style race, great destroyers, but when playing some 4X games on my computer i realised, to give them more feel like real, while great destroyers are funny something to create my own race and give them part of me. to give them more background i need to some kind of language and i choose  Kelen on of the artificial languages you can find on net.
while logical it doesnt resemble any type of language on earth break all laws for it.


Jalūta - The Great war
The Hecates are calling them selves Jatāona,  and their race has been among stars for centuries, and on some planets thumans discovered ruins with Hecate symbols thousand years old. Hecates have legend, how their Empire grown and prospered for many years until Masēnre came - The enemy. Great War eruppted and last for thousand years until Hecates were defeated and Masēnre left .Then came decandence Jatāona - Antāra. Durning this age which last today Hecates lost many of their technologies, and their spacefaring  empire are only fraction of what it was before Antāra. 


Unlike humans Jatāona have caste system, every invididual is born with certain predisposition, some have capability to use pheromones, and smarter than rest - making them excelent leaders, commanders. this Jatāonas became part of leading caste -  Makerāon. Most Numerous individuals however are born strong and with excelent space coordination Tāña.  To this caste belong all pilots and marines in their nomadic fleets but concept of them are not warrior but rather defender of fleet. Last great caste is Ankīri there are some hecates born without any "gift", they will not be leaders or defenders, but their work for fleet is more important, to this caste belong scientists, engineers, workers and the rest

The Hecates dont have rulling goverment which will lead all their fleets, but rather every fleet it is self-contained empire. But when crisis raises they work together as one. This race is highly religious beliving in rise of their empire someday and destroying Masēnre so they can live in peace and end their exile.

Every fleet is lead by female Jatāona called Marōāñēl - Oracle, while Commanders and Captains leads their ship- She leads the fleet in terms of civilisation - where the fleet will go and what to do there. Usually when Oracle dies, one of the kēra (term for priest) aquire gifts of Oracle and became the new one.

Myths and legend also speak about great Anīstīli, last planet habitated by Hecate - whatever this is their homeworld is not known, and no Jatāona ever saw this planet. Legends said it is home of  Mārjanen, the Great Oracle. She is now sleeping, but will raise when the time is right, and will lead Jatāona to their destiny

Scout Drone
While according to legends the Jatāona race lost many of their advanced technologies, their still far more advanced than humans. their FTL drives called Anxūri are far more effective than human drives, faster and more precision capable of jumping near planets or stars. Most Hecate ships are also equipped with shields which protect their ships againts beam weapons they are called Anxēxi.  Main weapons of Jatāona ships are Anlūi, meaning sunlight capable of riping through other races with ease.
Hecates are aquatic race, originating from planet they are refering as Anālhāri, which leads human scientists to belief that Anīstīli is the remaing colony of Hecate Empire. But strange is that Hecate ruins found through known space were found on barren or desert planets. Durning boarding actions and ground combat (this happen rarely though Jatāona marines are using exo-suits and drones which enable them fighting in virtually any conditions.


Humans barely understands Jatāona and their psychology. Firstly is the concept of Alliances for Hecates, it is temporaly thing, used only in time of crisis, when crysis is averted, behavior of Jatāona Fleet can and will change, former ally can now found itself in combat with fleet. Also dealing with Oracles are hard job even for most skilled human diplomats, they percieve world so differently that is almost impossible to make any diplomatic progress apart from short-term treaties.

this is all for this post i will continue with more details about Jatāona

sobota 2. srpna 2014

Full thrust AAR,Hecate FT Cz


Few days ago my Hecate fleet meet in battlefield with my Friend T´au fleet (now OOP models from Forge world which is shame, they are really nice models. we both have  Battlecruisers, but T´au have also cruiser, and three destroyers. My Hecate has two heavy and two normal destroyers. maneoering along the planets i quickly engaged Envoy ship (T´au cruiser) and with few salvo missles she went down from my destroyers. T´au Protector (Battlecruiser) and Hecate Aeshma we´re locked in deadly close-range fire which Protector emerged victorious. heavy destroyers exchanged fire with two castellans (T´au heavy destroyers) which again prevail and destroy one of the Hecate H destroyers but suffering lot of damage. destroyers were capable of cripling third escort which to avoid any more damage move out of their range. Destroyers then engaged Protector and dealt heavy damaged, T´au fleet regained iniative and destroy one heavy and one normal destroyer, remaing Hecate ships disengaged, and today T´au fleet was victorious.

Před několika dny se má Flotila rasy Hecate utkala s flotilou T´au (dnes již nevyráběné modely od Forge worldu což je škoda jsou to opravdu pěkné modely. Obě naše flotily obsahovali loď třidy Battlecruiser, T´au také měli k dispozici také Cruiser a tři destroyery. Hecate oproti tomu disponovali dvěma destroyery a dvěma heavy destroyery. Destroyeři Hecate které manévrovali kolem jedné ze dvou planet rychle zaměřili křižník pomocí salvo missles a teměř bez obtíží zničili. Protector(T´auí Battlecruiser) a Aeshma (Hecatský Battlecruiser) s utkali v boji zblízka, a z tohoto souboje vyšel Protector jako vítěz. Těžké destroyery si vyměnovali střelbu z Castelany (Destroyeři T´au) a vzajmně se těžce poškodili ale jeden z těžkých destroyerů Hecate byl zničen. mezitím se destroyeři utkali se třetím Castelanem a poškodili ho, v zajmu zachrány lodě se Castelán odpoutal a snažil se dostat z dosahu , zbraní destroyerů, byl vyřazen můstek ale T´au rychlé systém opravili. Destroyery se poté opřeli do Protectora kterého ještě více poškodili, ale Castelánům se podařilo druhý destroyer vyřadit, Zbylé Hecatské lodě zvolili ústup, a tak se změnila bitva ve vítězství T´au

Prior to Battle i painted GZG Mystery Fleet/Crusties ships for my own universe Hecate ships here are some pics.
Před bitvou jsem nabarvil některé lodě od GZG z řady Mystery/Crusties pro mojí Flotilu Hecate. zde několik fotek

Protože považuji hru Full Thrust za kvalitní a hlavně volně šiřitelnou rozhodl  jsem udělat překlad pravidel Cross Dimensions do češtiny v horizontu několika týdnu by se mohla proto první verze objevit.