Krystovian Task Force 02

Following on from last time’s small Ice Planet battle fleet, I present further expansions to the Krystovian Naval Command.

The extensions to the Krystovian space fleet

I reworked KNS Nordica into a second Jotun-class vessel, just to have at least a couple of ships beyond really tiny ones that are ostensibly in the same class. That necessitated a reworking of the frigate Snowbird, but I think I prefer this version. There’s a new destroyer-sized vessel, the battle transport Kodiak, and I added a couple of cruiser-sized vessels midway between KNS Sword of Winter and the destroyers.

Finally, I built a trio of corvettes on a different design to the Mammal-class.

Ready? Here goes…


KNS Nanuk

Lyran Corax-class cruiser

With the expansion of the Vertex shipyards at Zycon-IV, the Stellar Republic of Krysto intends to gradually phase out its foreign-built cruisers and battlecruisers as the new Frostblade-class battlecruisers and Valhalla-class cruisers finish construction.

For the moment, however, the KNC’s cruiser complement is filled by a mix of Federation, Blacktron and other designs, such as KNS Nanuk, an ex-Lyran design produced by one of the largest of the several buffer states. The Corax-class may be based on a modified copy of the Blacktron Reiver-class, though the Lyran government deny this.

KNS Ilmarinen

Refitted Federation Apollo-class cruiser

After the controversial Apollo-class were withdrawn from Federation service, all six ships were acquired by the Stellar Republic of Krysto.

Refitted in the Vertex shipyards, the vessels were renamed after Finnish mythological characters and entered service with the KNC.

Though weak in terms of primary armament by the standnrds of modern warships, the Apollos have extensive secondary armaments and point defence grids, making them superb fighter- and missile-defence ships.

KNS Aegir

Jotun-class destroyer

Another of the Jotun-class, KNS Aegir follows the same design as the more famous KNS Ymir.

KNS Kodiak

Kodiak-class battle transport

With the increasingly proactive and internationally-engaged posture of the Krystovian government in recent years, a need was felt for a planetary assault vessel of a sort.

Both Federation and Blacktron ships were looked at, but both the Federation’s Myrmidon-class and the Blacktron Alliance’s Genghis-class are large, battlecruiser-sized vessels designed to transport huge numbers of troops at once; too large and expensive for the KNC to operate on an ongoing basis.

The solution was the destroyer-sized Kodiak-class of pocket planetary assault ships, or “battle transports”, as they are designated.

KNS Aurora

Icefire-class frigate

The first flight of the Icefire-class are generally considered handsomer vessels than their second-flight counterparts like KNS Snowbird, but the second-flight ships have slightly greater available volume for ship’s systems and supplies. KNS Aurora was the second ship of the class built after KNS Icefire herself.

KNS Laptev

Kara-class frigate

The older Kara-class frigates were the main domestically-built frigate class before the introduction of the Icefires, and many of the class are still in service.

Sleeker and faster than the newer class but far less capable otherwise, the Karas are generally used as scoutships and fast patrol vessels.

KNS Gaspar

KNS Balthazar

KNS Melchior

Blacktron Tribal-class corvettes

The three Tribal-class corvettes here were acquired together from the Blacktron Alliance when the Alliance withdrew the last of its corvettes from service.

They are typically used as customs patrol vessels and couriers.


The entire Krystovian fleet as built at present.

9 thoughts on “Krystovian Task Force 02

  1. Luke Skytrekker

    Wow, this fleet is really coming together! You’ve got quite the horde of ships, now, and they’re all looking fantastic. I really like the modifications you made to the Snowbird to make the Icefire class—the new design looks a lot nicer and sleeker. I’m also a big fan of the KNS Ilmarinen, and the Nanuk looks pretty awesome, too.
    Also, if I may ask, who are the Lyrans?

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    1. geoffhorswood Post author

      The Lyrans?
      Well, I decided there were probably more smallish buffer states between the Federation and the Blacktron than just the Ice Planet people. I couldn’t think up a decent explanation for the M:Tron crew being an interstellar nation of this kind, I didn’t want to get into alien races like the UFO aliens or the Insectoids, and neither the Exploriens nor Unitron seemed like they’d produce something like Nanuk. So I invented the Lyran Hegemony.

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      1. Luke Skytrekker

        Sounds awesome to me! Personally, I always envisioned the M:Tron as an interstellar trading guild, with big freighter fleets and so forth, but even then I’m not sure if they’d have actual battle cruisers like the Nanuk. It is fascinating to invent new factions for the Neoclassic Space universe: I’m actually incorporating some Neoclassic elements into a sci-fi Lego serial I’m planning, though currently only on the scale of cameos and references.
        Also, what would you call the people of the Ice Planet faction? Ice Planeteers? Ice Planeters? Icers?

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