Modiphius.com  |  Modiphius Shop

Movie-era play, anyone tried it?

For 2270s to 2290s, I fall back on FASA for the visuals of the Romulan ships, and I’d add the Bird of Prey refit we saw in Picard, kind of the Romulan balance to the Constitution refit and the K’t’inga evolution of the D7.

For stats/space frame details, some of the Romulans of that era would be equipped with photons instead of plasma if one follows FASA’s design notes. Somewhere on these boards i remember seeing some write-ups for these ships. (If you look up the Z-1 Nova battleship, it does kind of hint toward the D’deridex.

Personal head canon says at that era, the Romulans are still using matter/antimatter like the Klingon ships they were influenced by, with the singularity cores coming online sometime between the Tomed Incident and TNG.

1 Like

I don’t play STO, but I cheerfully raid it for visuals, and there are some Romulan designs there that can fill in the 2270s-2300s decades. Start with their Thrai-class warbird, which has a very TOS aesthetic but also hints at the D’deridex’s split hull:

The Malem class is supposed to be a 24th-century ship, but I think it can work as a movie-era bird-of-prey, maybe a little later than the PIC bird-of-prey redesign:

I love FASA’s Winged Defender to death, and it suits the movie-era aesthetic perfectly, but I have a harder time tying it into the longer continuity. But I might use it anyway because it’s so…cool.

2 Likes

Take a look at Nero’s Scimitar. Maybe that movie actually is good for something. :wink:

1 Like

This is where I have to come out as “pretty lukewarm on John Eaves’ design work.”

I have been using my FASA Ship Recognition Manual books quite a bit as I much prefer their designs and ideas to a lot of what Paramount and/or CBS have come up with.

1 Like

Incidentally, I’m working with Mephit James of Continuing Mission to publish 18 FASA ships with my conversion to STA stats. The classes of ships are as follows:

Andor-class Missile Cruiser (an Andorian “Blue Fleet” ship)
Anton-class science cruiser (the TOS precursor to the Oberth-class, essentially)
Baker-class destroyer
Charger-class destroyer (an upgraded Remora-class escort with better engines and weapons)
Kiev-class fast-response frigate (a failed precursor to the Northampton and Chandley class frigates)
Larson-class destroyer
Loknar-class frigate (an Andorian “Blue Fleet” ship)
Northampton-class fast-response frigate
Remora-class escort
Thufir-class destroyer (an Andorian “Blue Fleet” ship)
Ticonderoga-class light cruiser (a Starfleet anti-piracy vessel)
Wilkerson-class destroyer (a TMP era Saladin/Hermes with 2 nacelles in an up-down configuration)
Klingon D-10 Riskadh-class assault cruiser
Romulan V-7 “Whitewind”
Romulan V-11 “Stormbird”
Romulan V-30 “Winged Defender”
Romulan V-33 “Thunderbird” (a fanship from Brad Torgersen’s Star Trek Starship Tactical Combat Simulator)
Romulan Z-1 “Nova” battleship

The Federation ships will be published soon in installments at Continuing Mission in a few weeks; the Klingon D-10 and the Romulan ships will follow soon after.

7 Likes

Where will the conversions be available ?

Probably at Continuing Missions? :wink:

Yeah, they’ll be published in 4 installments of 4 to 5 ships over the next few weeks at Continuing Mission (see the link in my above post). Here’s the groupings:

Group 1: 1) Andor, 2) Thufir, 3) Loknar, 4) Ticonderoga, 5) Wilkerson

Group 2: 1) Remora, 2) Charger, 3) Northampton, 4) Kiev

Group 3: 1) Baker, 2) Anton, 3) Larson, 4) Klingon D-10 Riskadh

Group 4: 1) Romulan V-7 “Whitewind”, 2) Romulan V-11 “Stormbird”, 3) Romulan V-30 “Winged Defender”, 4) Romulan V-33 “Thunderbird”, 5) Romulan Z-1 “Nova”

As for when each of these installments will be published at CM, that’s up to Mephit James, the guy who runs the CM website. Hopefully, it won’t be longer than a few weeks. The good news is, I just submitted the final drafts of all 18 PDFs to MJ just last night after working on them for the past couple of months. I researched each starship from their respective FASA ship recognition manuals as well as researching them at Memory Beta.

I like to think that I came up with compelling backstories for each class even if they don’t exactly mesh with their original FASA write-ups. But then again, all those FASA write-ups were rendered non-canon by TNG. I gave each ship a backstory that (I like to think) is at least “canon-adjacent,” by which I mean their stories could be plausible enough to not directly violate canon.

And just so you guys know, for my more favorite ships in this list, I included variants that were brought out of mothballs and refitted in 2374 to fight in the Dominion War so you can use these ships in a “modern day” campaign. I’m especially proud of the Shran-class, which is an Andor-class missile cruiser with 8 torpedo launchers that were all modified to fire quantum torpedoes. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Founders!

I’ll post again here when the first Continuing Mission FASA Fleet article is up. Hopefully it won’t be more than a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

1 Like

point taken, some time I do miss the blindingly obvious

First Group of FASA ships have been published at Continuing Mission!

Group 1: 1) Andor, 2) Thufir, 3) Loknar, 4) Ticonderoga, and 5) Wilkerson can be found for download here!

Group 2 should be up in a few days!

EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention: I’ve added a couple more FASA Klingon ships in addition to the D-10. I’ve just added the L-24 “Ever Victorious” battleship and the D-18 “Gull” destroyer. Both of those will be in Group Three (while the Anton-class science cruiser has been moved to Group Two).

3 Likes

Well done on those conversions. I have a few of those FASA manuals and had considered doing exactly what you did…now I don’t have to. Thanks!

For further updates on my FASA conversions, head to this thread. Group Three consisting of the Anton science cruiser, the Baker destroyer, the Larson destroyer and Ranger scout ship is going to be published at Continuing Mission on Monday, July 26 (if nothing unforseen happens). Follow the above link for further updates. Group 2 was published a few days ago and you can find the link for it at that thread as well.

Group 4, consisting of the Klingon ships D-10 Riskadh assault cruiser, D-18 Gull destroyer and L-24 Ever Victorius battleship, should be up at CM in a couple of weeks.

LeonardMcCoy, I know you’ll be interested to hear this: the five FASA Romulan ships I converted (V-7 Whitewind, V-11 Stormbird, V-30 Winged Defender, V-33 Thunderbird [non-canon fanship], and Z-1 Nova) will be in Group Five, which should be published at Continuing Mission in a few weeks.

1 Like

Fantastic–the Anton and Larson were two of my favorite FASA classes.

Very cool–I’ll have to check that out. Been busy for a few months so I’m way out of date.

The beauty of ST:A! The person playing the Captain can let his XO (Number One, First Officer, whatever) run the show for a change and play an NPC. I think that mechanic is absolutely brilliant! That way the Captain doesn’t get to dominate the entire game.

1 Like

On this subject, can someone tell me why there is not one piece of art from the movie era in any of the STA books? This sort of complete omission usually points to a rights issue, but I was wondering if anyone knew the definitive reason.

As far as I know, Modiphius does have the license for the movie era. Regarding artwork, I heard @Modiphius-Jim talking about sharing with other licensees. So maybe the issue is that the other companies Modiphius is working with don’t do the movie era themselves.

Yet, this is all speculation. But the aforementioned benevolent line manager has offered the occasional Q&A video and this is a question that sounds just right for that category. If you won’t find an answer in this thread, maybe try out the form you’ll find behind the link. :slight_smile:

Besides: Welcome to the forums! :slight_smile:

Away from my books right now…but there’s quite a bit of movie-era art in there, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about…

1 Like

You might want to look again. There are a number of movie-era art pieces scattered through the various products.

1 Like