I wasn’t sure I could find decent artwork of the Wizard-class as it’s not one of the ships detailed at Brad Torgersen’s Star Trek Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. I lucked out, though: Neale Davidson did a redraw of the Wizard with far more realistic dimensions (FASA is notorious for getting all their starship dimensions wrong with their cutting and pasting of Constitution refit saucers everywhere) and I DL’ed a copy of it.
I’ve decided to classify the Wizard as a “testbed platform” type of starship since it doesn’t seem to fall under any conventional type of starship…and Memory Beta just says its a “testbed.” Furthermore, while the FASA artwork of the Wizard doesn’t have a photon torpedo launcher, Neale’s artwork does, which makes sense: a testbed ship for new weapons systems would necessarily have to include a torpedo launcher if you’re gonna be testing new torpedo weapons.
There are a few other discrepancies I noticed:
Memory Beta says the Wizard was launched around 2265 or 2266, but the Wizard is equipped with a TMP-era linear nacelle, which weren’t designed until 2268 at the earliest (so far as I’ve been able to determine). This is why I’m re-writing the Wizard’s commission date to 2268; it could very well be that as a testbed, the Wizard was the very first starship to be employed with a linear warp nacelle for the sole purpose of testing it.
Of course, the FASA measurements are way off: Memory Beta says the width of the ship is 35 meters, compared to its height of 22 meters, which would make the saucer section not even twice as wide as the ship is tall. SMH. Needless to say, I’ve revised the Wizard’s dimensions according to Neale’s redraw.
Jay, it’s gonna be a long while before the Wizard-class gets published at CM, if ever, so drop me a PM (does this forum have a system for private messages?) with your email address and I’ll send you a PDF of the Wizard when it’s ready. (I still have to write up its Overview and Capabilities, but judging from the stuff on Memory Beta, I have far more to work with than I did with the Ranger-class scout.) If you can’t PM me, just post your email addy and I’ll get it off to you that way.
EDIT 8:05pm EST on 7/21: Jay, the Wizard-class Testing Platform is just about ready. Let me know how to get this PDF to you. If worse comes to worst, I can just post a link to the Wizard in my GoogleDocs. Just let me know.