Tag Archives: Space Fleet

Skeleton Crew

Halloween or Día de los Muertos would probably be a more appropriate season for this one than the time around Thanksgiving, but as someone who builds Ice Planet battle fleets at the height of a Texas summer I seem to have a bit of a thing for unseasonal building.

Yes, it’s a skeletal space fleet. I told you everything’s cooler in space.

I’m not sure whether these ships are crewed by the undead or just an interplanetary tribe with a strong skull-and-bones fetish, but if you’re dealing with zero-gravity and vacuum then it really doesn’t matter what your ships look like. After a certain technological point it becomes “why not?”

So, a skeletal fleet.

I built the large ship first and then scaled down, with the tiny vessel next and then the intermediate one that looks like it’s got some Klingon in its ancestry. It’s sort of bizarre how much I want to build with white exactly when my daughter is using most of our stocks of that colour, but bloodymindedness is something of a personal trait, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Still, it’s a little frustrating. Maybe she’ll let me break up her model soon, and then I can go back to wanting to use grey and blue. Or green; I haven’t used green as a major colour in a build for what feels like ages.

Anyway, enough of my random musings on colour choices! I built a skeletal starship, then turned it into a small fleet. The big ship is called the Orcus, after the Roman god of death; the smaller ships are the Vulture and the Scarab. Don’t ask me to make any more, because I really am out of white now.

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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…

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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.

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The entire Krystovian fleet as built at present.