IntroductionWhat do Romulans mean to most Star Trek fans? I'd say that for such a large empire, they are little-known and secretive. Their politics, likes & dislikes, aspirations and technologies are clouded in mystery. Intriguing!
Design PhilosophyWarbirds are known for 2 main features in SFB: the cloaking device and the largest possible plasma torpedo which will fit in the hull! There are no existing designs in any of the Full Thrust fleet books that come close to this, so I've had to create my versions from scratch. Indeed, there are no rules for plasma torpedoes in Full Thrust - or at least, not as such. However, the Phalon "plasma bolt" is very close in spirit and so I've pinched this alien technology to fit into an otherwise standard design.
I have to admit to a great degree of trepidation about this fleet. I've never played a game of Full Thrust that involved ships which could cloak, so it might be quite hard to create suitable scenarios with reasonably balanced victory conditions. Truly, we're into the unknown here; this is a new and untested fleet!
The ShipsThere are official ranges of old-style Romulan starships available from Amarillo Design Bureau, but once again I decided to go my own way on this. However, unlike most of my previously-documented fleets, I couldn't find a single manufacturer who made an entire range of such models. Instead, I've chosen a mixture of the ever-reliable Studio Bergstrom for the larger ships and various Shapeways models for the smaller ones. I'm really missing mid-range ships, though!
In The Original Series, Romulan ships had a "bird" pattern painted on the underside. I've taken the liberty of transferring these designs to the top of the ships instead, since I didn't fancy going to the effort of painting a decoration on the models which would hardly be visible!
For those who are interested, I've made the following SSDs available to download. The file is in OpenOffice Draw format (.odg).
|Manufacturer||Picture||Full Thrust SSD|
|Studio Bergstrom: Firebrand ROM Warbird|
|Studio Bergstrom: Firebord ROM Warbird|
|Shapeways: S'ten Vastam|
|Shapeways: Tiberian Pugius destroyer|