View Full Version : Precinct Omega creates... Starships!

10-12-2010, 12:00
As ever, Precinct Omega's new directions are dictated by our clients' imaginations. In this case, I was contacted by someone who wanted me to design, build, cast and paint a fleet of vessels that he could use in a number of different starship game. Whilst Rogue Trader RPG and Battlefleet Gothic were primary in his needs, he was also interested in having ships that could be adapted for use in Firestorm Armada, Full Thrust and even Space Dreadnought 3000.

So my brief was develop a set of designs for ships that would thematically fit into all of the above. Specifically, my client wanted a super-transport, a frigate, an escort and a battleship. Because I was going to cast these models in a commercial endeavour, obviously, they were not to incorporate any production pieces from other manufacturers, but could be designed to incorporate such pieces post-production. With the emphasis, then, being on 40k-themed games, I decided to build the ships to take BFG parts, post-production, with the intent of subsequently creating additional modules to add to the ships that would make them fit better with other games, as required.

This first sketch shows some of my early concept work for the super-transport (top left) and the frigate (top right):


The client had some reservations on the super-transport, but liked the overall profile of the frigate, so I produced a quick concept model:



(Obviously, the BFG cruiser is there for scale)

The client liked the direction, but we both agreed that the design was a bit too wide.

So with a few more helpful conversations under my belt, I bought in a stock of plasticard and set to with a vengeance. These are shots of the in-progress build of the frigate design:




And that's the frigate - a bit more work to do, adding detail and interest, but basically done, with those BFG bits added with sticky tack to show where they fit.


10-12-2010, 12:00
Moving on...

This was the initial concept for the escort/destroyer:


I then mocked up a quick scale model in card and foamcore:


The client liked this, so I added some detail to flesh out the concept (sorry about the dark pic):



fiore hellheart
11-12-2010, 23:01
Wow, looks awesome, i really like the uniqueness of the scratchbuils, dead good :)

12-12-2010, 06:59
Wow, if those end up detailed enough you could have some real masterpieces on your hands!

13-12-2010, 10:47
Here're some WIP shots of the Cruiser, with a variety of BFG modules inserted in the relevant slots:




The front of the ship is supposed to be a fighter launch bay. However, recognizing that BFG includes substantial advantages for having an armoured prow and that this ship currently doesn't bear obvious resemblance yet to the frigate, there is also a WIP removable armoured prow. I've sculpted it from Milliput and will detail it in a similar fashion to the frigate's prow, but at the moment it's a bit of a shapeless lump, so I'll show it to you later.


EDIT - Also, the bridge will be cast as a separate part and can be placed in several different positions, giving slightly different profiles to the ship, overall.

13-12-2010, 13:52
Today's work is done, for now:


Time to concentrate on some other stuff!


15-12-2010, 12:02
Me like, will these be available for a wider audience as well?

15-12-2010, 16:18
The plan is, eventually, to make resin copies of the finished models available for sale on my website. But the client must come first, and his will need to be painted. Plus, my shop is still under construction and the priority will be the 40mm miniatures that are being made for the science/fantasy skirmish game I'll be releasing in the new year.

Short version: yes, but not for a fair while. However, if they prove a success, expect others to follow.


17-12-2010, 13:07
I really dig that cruiser model! Hey, what ever happened to your steam punk rpg thing you posted over at Ordo Illuminatus?

27-12-2010, 09:59
Well, it's neither steampunk nor an RPG, but the first miniatures and the rules will be on sale at Hammerhead (http://www.hammerhead.org.uk/), in Kelham, Nottinghamshire, on 13 Feb 2011.

Seeing as you ask, here are the greens of the minis:


And here's the cover for the book:


Meanwhile, I shall be returning to these starships when the kids are back at school!


27-12-2010, 11:12
Those are some cool minis!

The ships are off to a great start too mate.



10-01-2011, 13:21
Back to the starships!

I've made some additions to the cruiser, but you'll have to wait a few days to see those. This time I'm showing you the initial structural work I've done on the fourth ship type: the super-heavy transport.

This is the size of an Emperor-class at a little over 12cm long. It's HUGE! The idea is that I'll be making block modules to go inside the ship that attach with little magnets to show how much stuff it's carrying. These are then removed from the ship itself in orbit by tugs (I might build the tugs, too, if I have time, as they'll be really really tiny). Anyway, enough talk. Here's the pic:



10-01-2011, 19:13
Fantastic, cant wait to get my hands on it!


11-01-2011, 09:32
The bridge is a separate part, which can be positioned facing in either direction and at any point from the very back to the middle of the ship, giving you room to make individual ships distinct from each other in profile as well as paint scheme.


11-01-2011, 09:51
Looks like there's a real BFG revival going on right now! Excellent!

Can't wait to see more. You've really managed to cram ALOT of detail into these ships...

Ambull Tau
11-01-2011, 12:38
Looks like there's a real BFG revival going on right now! Excellent!

There is. I suspect in part it's due to FF's Rogue Trader game, and BFG being an awesome ruleset.

11-01-2011, 19:32

No, sir. No GW intellectual property here. Just good, honest, generic starships. Yes, sirree.


12-01-2011, 11:40
And here's an update on the super-transport:



This illustrates the removable bridge section which can be positioned in a number of places to create different profiles for the ship.


12-01-2011, 14:04
The master model of the Escort ship shows some progress!


The wings are separate parts so, like the bridges on the capital ship and super-transport, can be put on in a number of configurations to make different ships look a little distinct.


Lost Egg
13-01-2011, 08:18
Looking good, especially the super transport. With the bridge set to the rear it looks like it would make a nice battle ship.


21-01-2011, 14:40
Still trying to come up with a paint scheme for em though. They are going to end up being quite unlike anything else in the RT universe overall, and the standard navy schemes just wouldnt do them much justice I think.


22-01-2011, 02:18
wow...that emissary sculpt is amazing. i really like the slim look to the figs...ships look great also

24-02-2011, 13:53

It's been a while, mainly because I've had my eyes on Skrapyard's launch, but the starship designs are very nearly finished.

Here's the Super Transport:


And again, from a different angle and with the bridge in a different configuration:


There's nothing special about the black bits. It was just that I only had that thickness of plasticard in black. The Super Transport is all finished except for some minor filling details and building the actual transport containers to go inside the super-structure.

And here's the cruiser:


This has even more modularization than the Super Transport, as shown in this image:


Again, you can see that the bridge has been reconfigured (it's a separate part). The armoured prow comes off to reveal a forward launch bay and the side module (which fits on both sides, hence why I only need to cast one!) leaves spaces large enough to fit the weapon modules from another popular spaceship battle game, should you feel inclined.

The wings are also removable, but they're a bit skewed at the moment, so I might rebuild them! There are a few additional details to do to the superstructure and the side module needs its gun ports adding, but this one is nearly done, too.

I've also nearly finished the frigate, but it doesn't look anything like as interesting as these two, yet. I'll post pics when it's all done.


24-02-2011, 14:31
And the frigate, with WIP modules in place:



25-02-2011, 08:40
Very nice. How can you work with those tiny pieces of plasticard? I'm amazed.

28-06-2011, 13:49
So, anyway, I got these guys cast up at last. Sorry about how long this took.

Here's a shot of the super-transports:


I was going to take pics of all of the castings, but I'm loath to do so when they're not really fit for viewing.

The castings are really good, but they show off all of my mistakes! So my plan is to take the bunch that I've got and do a host of conversions fixes and additions to really make them look individual. These will then be painted for the client.

Here's his fleet, awaiting magnetization and basing:


Once this is done, I'll get some fresh castings of everything from my caster and set to with the putty, plastic and other bits. Not only will this make ships worth casting commercially, but will also include all of the sockets and rods needed to make assembly much easier for my customers than it was for me! Getting some of the parts aligned before the superglue set was a nightmare...

Anyway, I'm waiting on delivery of some magnets and stuff, but I'll get back with some fresh updates just as soon as I can.


01-07-2011, 03:02
Those ships look really nice! So these will eventually be up for sale?

01-07-2011, 18:17
That is the plan, but don't hold your breath! I'm very, very busy with painting projects and conceptual/sculpting work for other people and scarcely have time to work on developing Skrapyard, let alone a brand new miniatures line.

Let's just say that, once this commission is finished, I'll be seriously considering the commercial viability of developing and improving these sculpts.


08-07-2011, 07:20
I must admit that I am not a fan of BFG or any other type of "space ship" games. That being said, I really like the look of all the ships that you have created. I would be proud to paint some for display if you do eventually sell the casts. I would be extremely interested in purchasing a few of them if you make them available for the public.

14-07-2011, 08:09
i urge your Precint Omega, to make BFG items for sale... amazing work.

14-07-2011, 17:06

These ships are OK for something hand-built by a comparative beginner. But compared to the stuff coming out of people like Ninja Magic and (even moreso) Spartan Games, these are strictly basic.

When time allows, I'll upgrade the sculpts a bit to re-cast, but I should think it'll be on a strictly limited basis. Eventually, I'd like to re-sculpt them digitally and go the Spartan Games route for 3d rapid prototyping etc.


New Cult King
17-07-2011, 09:15
I love those super transports. I have a picky eye for sci-fi, and those ships are just gorgeous.

22-07-2011, 19:58

These ships are OK for something hand-built by a comparative beginner. But compared to the stuff coming out of people like Ninja Magic and (even moreso) Spartan Games, these are strictly basic.

When time allows, I'll upgrade the sculpts a bit to re-cast, but I should think it'll be on a strictly limited basis. Eventually, I'd like to re-sculpt them digitally and go the Spartan Games route for 3d rapid prototyping etc.


Not so humble, it are good builds.

24-08-2011, 15:28
Well, after a looooong wait, the magnetic base adaptors from NinjaMagic finally arrived from the States and now I'm working to get these all finished by the end of August.

Here's the first batch:


These aren't finished finished. I've done all the magnetizing on the bases and the weapons, so all those weapons modules are interchangeable. I've got 18 more ships to do, but those are mostly the smaller escort and destroyer class vessels which are less work overall, so I hope to have all the magnetizing done this week, God willing.


24-08-2011, 17:08
They look fantastic mate, the casting came out very nicely.



26-08-2011, 13:20
So here're the first four cruisers, finished barring a little gap filling, here and there. Just got one left to do. These illustrate pretty clearly how the ships go together with a selection of custom-built modules and original BFG modules


I've nearly done all of the frigates, too. I'll take some pics in due course. The transports, despite the photo above, actually need quite a lot more work on their (not seen in the photo) starboard flanks as I forgot some stuff on the master models.


Commissar Molotov
26-08-2011, 13:28
These really are fantastic.

31-08-2011, 11:42
OK, here are all the cruisers:


Two of the Cruisers can have their prow armour removed. All of the modules on these ships are removable and interchangeable (magnetized).

These are the Frigates/Escorts:


Again, the modules are all removable and can be swapped out or switched. I'm just missing a few turrets (EDIT - literally, as I typed "turrets", the ones a friend was sending dropped through the door, but I'm not taking the photos again!).

And the Destroyers:


These don't have any swapability, although I had fun making them all distinct.


31-08-2011, 12:42
Wow. All of them look great. I just had the idea to convert Dark Eldary skyboards into Dark Eldar escorts a couple of days ago and I have to say this plog has been a great inspiration in scratch-building ships.

31-08-2011, 15:14
Finished the super-transporters:



31-08-2011, 20:51
I bow before your scratchbuilding skill, the group shots are really good. Making them interchangeable modules is a great touch and I particularly like that 'chin hook' on your cruisers. Sorry, couldn't think of a better description!

The super transports are awesome. I'm sure others will wish to buy some of these if you go into production.

01-09-2011, 19:54
We'll have to see. Just don't hold your breath.

Meanwhile, I should get paid for this lot shortly, so I can start painting them soon!


06-09-2011, 00:22
Paid for, :D.

29-11-2011, 10:47
Right, I'm back!

Finally, I've got started with the painting of this fleet. The client's brief was for an overall theme of dark green, but with a heavily space-worn and battered look as well as plenty of variation between ships to emphasize the fact that they've all been acquired through a variety of means and deals.

So I did a quick demo paintjob to illustrate the direction I plan to take:


This used very simple salt masking over a metallic basecoat before adding the green and then wiping away the salt. I didn't skimp on the salt, as you can see.


01-12-2011, 05:35
Epic! /bows before you in awe

New Cult King
01-12-2011, 05:46
I really, really love those super transporters.

01-12-2011, 19:53
I'm saving painting them until last!

Here're are the frigates, so far:


That's all but one of them, which was hiding when I reached for the airbrush. He'll get done next week...

I've started on the Destroyers, too. Then I'll go back and do some weapon modules before I go on to the Cruisers.


22-12-2011, 13:06
Here are the finished destroyers


Got a good number of these still to do before I'll let myself start on the super-transports, which I'm keeping as a treat. I've started work on one of the cruisers, but it's not looking like much, right now.

Hope to have the modules started by the New Year and the whole lot wrapped up in three weeks or so.


23-12-2011, 19:05
*drool* :chrome:

23-01-2012, 11:29
Right. This week, I will finish this fleet for my wonderful client has waited far, far too long to receive the fruits of his investment and, perhaps more importantly, I need the money. So, here's the first completely finished ship:


EDIT - And here's the first finished Super-Transport:



23-01-2012, 14:16

23-01-2012, 15:09
Very nice!!!! But why do you have copyright 2010?

23-01-2012, 18:00
Because that's when I cast the designs?

EDIT - Oh I see. I put 2011 in the other pics, didn't I? Hm. It's an arguable case. I don't think I'll be taking it to court, though, so no loss.


24-01-2012, 14:47
Child care today has eaten into my painting time, but I got these three finished:


I've got another Escort and a Light/Cruiser nearly done, too.

EDIT - and here they are!



25-01-2012, 14:46
Today's output sees nearly all the Destroyers finished, except for the one that's one from the right, as I realized while editing this that I'd missed painting her prow decoration:



30-01-2012, 10:34
Both the conversions and the paintjobs on these look great! You should be really proud of yourself, and the commissioner is one lucky fella!

31-01-2012, 10:59
Here they come!





And that last one, again, with the prow removed to reveal the for'ard launch bay:


@Satan - I'm glad you think so. I hope he agrees!


31-01-2012, 13:14

01-02-2012, 16:30
Nearly done!

Here are three more; the last two frigates and the penultimate cruiser:



Just got the last cruiser and two super-transports to finish. Oh, and to go back and add detail to all the bases. And to paint up the spare modules. And to photograph the whole fleet and all the modules all together... Ho-hum.


05-02-2012, 17:56
The work never ends, does it?

The frigtae on the left, is it just the photographs or are the batteries farther out on the right-hand side?

06-02-2012, 12:12
@Satan - I think it's just the photo.

Anyway, all done, at last! Here's the fleet in all its glory:





In due course, I'll be returning to these designs to produce something that Precinct Omega can market independently. But don't hold your breath!


06-02-2012, 13:14
Massive and impressive! Fantastic job!

Easy E
07-02-2012, 17:10
Cool looking fleet.