Niðavellir Shipyard

The Nidavellir Shipyard is a large UCM Shipyard hidden far away from any planetary system.
After the scattering of humans after the first Scourge attack many ships used their ftl drives and made an random Foldspace jump just to get away. Many of this ships found themselves alone in the dark, to close to a star or a black hole and perished but some made it to an empty place in space. And that’s how the Nidavellir belt was discovered. A collection of large rocks, asteroids in different sizes and collection of dust and sand. Exactly how this place come to be, far from any sun, placed in between systems is not known. It is believed it was created after an extremely unlikely collision of two larger celestial body, with no stronger gravity pull in the vicinity this collection of minerals and rocks have held together by their own combined pull of each other. The scatter of large rocks and the natural background radioactivity have created a hiding place. After the survivors made contact with the now formed UCM the area have been put to good use.

Named after the Norse mythology Nidavellir, the world of the dwarves, for its rich mineral and metal resources. Perfectly for foundries and a large shipyard complex.

This is the place to produce ships...

Monday, 20 July 2020

UCM Centurion class Grand Cruiser

Here we have a freshly refitted or rather repainted Centurion for my UCM collection. She has seen action on the table before but that was before I had finished the painting.
She has just left the starbase and is ready to face the enemy again.

The Centurion is an older Grand Cruiser class design heralding its construction from before the loss of Earth from the Scourge. The UCM have refitted some older ships in this design and pressed into service yet again.
With a ship design name of Centurion I thought It would be really fitting to give her a hand painted Roman Imperial Eagle motif on the smooth nose armour. You can see close up pictures of it in pictures down under here.

I wanted to have lots of smaller chippings and paint damages on the smooth armour design of the Centurion and I think I somewhat managed to capture what I was after. To show all debris having made small damage on the outer hull.

The turretgun is magnetised so I can turn it around.

I know that you shouldn't really do this but here you get some extreme close ups on the Centurion, showing all the gritty mistakes but atleast some highlights to.

Really showing the Roman Imperial Eagle motif in this picture.

The Centurion can here be seen with an escort of other UCM ships.

Here under follows some pictures taken under an UV lamp to show of the Flourecent colours from Vallejo.

And some more pictures here under bad lights, just for fun..

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Sven Hedin - Explorer Ship

The explorer ship Sven Hedin departed human space before the invasion from the Scourge.
To boldly go where humans had not set its foot before, to explore the many anomalies of space.

Named after the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin

The Explorer ship Sven Hedin is in the roughly size of an Heavy Cruiser, over-equipped to fulfil a multiples of tasks.
Sven Hedin is armed with an single XN-31 Mass driver turret, priced for its accuracy. Mostly for an deterrent for hostile forces but able to pick out threatening incoming comets or asteroids at large range.
For close action Sven Hedin is also equipped with NC-3 missiles.

For added power or rather to help in the exploration Sven Hedin has also been equipped with fighter and bomber bays as well as bulk landers and drop ships.

But where Sven Hedin really shines is in its multiple Scanner Arrays and Sensor Domes as well as the scientific study abilities.

The solar panels were added as an additional secondary power source, when starlight is abundant it is able to fully power the ship. Other times is able to power some of the functions of the ship taking some of the weight from the main power source. It was added in the design so the explorer ship would be able to sustain it self almost indifferently, at least as long as it is maintained.

At the time of construction Sven Hedin must have costed a small fortune, sparing no cost. Equipped with the best of the best. That is one of the reasons that the construction time of the ship could keep its deadline and the final departure was postponed several times.
But it is a testimony of human engineering.

The UCM have managed to make contact with this pre-invasion one of a kind ship and with generations later still in great condition. 
The UCM has of yet not been able to understand all of the finer engineering details that was put into this ship or extract all of the data from all these years of studying the anomalies of space.
But tales of its many missions and adventures are being told in the mess halls and drinking halls of the UCM navy.
The crew of the explorer ship Sven Hedin has performed beyond all expectation.

And just for fun I have added some lighted details with florescent colours from Vallejo to make them shine under UV light.

Rulewise I havnt really decided yet.
Im thinking on using the stats of a Remnant Heavy Cruiser, with a XN-31 Mass driver turret, fighter and bomber bays, bulklander bays, and maybe with double Scanner arrays or with one scanner array and one detector dome ( i know this is not correct rule wise or effective gamewise but it makes sense fluffwise).

The bits is mostly from the Resistance starter box, the solar panels is from the starbase kit.