So my RP group played Rogue Trader for a while. We had a decent enough time but didnt really get many of the Rogue Trader specific rules, most notably Profit Margin. Basically the main problem is that its nearly impossible to create a some kind of combat situation when the Rogue Trader has a ship with 1000's of crew including plenty of guardsmen to bring along. Why wouldnt a Rogue Trader bring a full complement of Guardsmen with him whenever he left the ship, therefore combat is kind of irrelavent, to be honest why would the Rogue Trader do much of anything for himself.
So after a while we left Rogue Trader and started back up with Fantasy Roleplay. But I was watching Firefly again and imo that is what Rogue Trader should be! A small crew without some thoughts of grandeour taking any job they can to get by. So I set about trying to work out if you could make a similar situation within the Rogue Trader setting. Changing the Profit Margin into simple money would be easy. The biggest sumbling block is that as far as i know in the 40k universe there isnt a warp capable ship that doesnt have 1000's of crew and it would be quite limiting and quite a big step to give them a shuttle that wasnt warp capable.
Any ideas or any information about a small warp capable ship i might not have heard of?