IntroductionMy previous articles on my "not-Star Trek" Federation, Orion and Klingon fleets have been very popular, so I plan to keep documenting further parts of my collection. Eventually I'll run out of models, of course, but that won't be for a little while yet.
I played a lot of Star Fleet Battles a long time ago and remember it with a lot of fondness, tempered with frustration at the overwhelming complexity of the later versions and supplements. I also didn't like the "official" min-max tactics that were encouraged by articles in Nexus magazine and elsewhere. Still, my memories are positive enough for me to base my "not Trek" model fleets loosely on SFB rather than the images and factions from the later series of the TV show.
This time, it's the turn of the Kzinti, the fierce, clannish and honourable cat-people with a penchant for missiles and starfighters. Their ships are somewhat unusual in the Star Fleet universe because they are heavily dependent on expendable ordnance. The key to victory against Kzinti is to survive the initial storm of firepower; once they're out of missiles then your chances are greatly improved!
Design PhilosophyAs before, I've looked for an existing Full Thrust fleet on which to base my Kzintis, rather than designing all of them from scratch. In this case, the FSE seemed to fit the bill, with their preference for missile salvoes and hybrid battleship-carriers. That's close enough for a starting point, though I'm quite happy to swap out a few systems here and there to make a ship more "Kzinti-like", if needed.
The ShipsMy Kzinti fleet is built entirely out of models from Irregular Miniatures "Confederation" fleet. Now, these miniatures are not too close in appearance to the canon Kzinti ships, but they're good enough for me. The Irregular "Confederation" fleet is fairly generic in appearance; it could also be used to represent SFB Hydrans if desired.
|Irregular Designation||Picture||Full Thrust SSD|
|Not sure. Probably: DYC2: Destroyer, Hussar Class|
|DYC3 - Light Cruiser, Ryder Class|
|DYC4 - Heavy Cruiser, Harrasser [sic] Class|
|DYC5 - Battlecruiser/ Dreadnought, Percheron Class|
|DYC6 - Heavy Carrier, Camelot Class. Note that I've discarded the original angled flight deck from this model and have added landing pads of my own!|