Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Terran galactic dreadnought

Like its little brother the Samurai-class destroyer leader, the Valiant-class galactic dreadnought didn't make an appearance until some time after the Starfleet Wars rulebook came out. 
Unfortunately, I can't figure out exactly when that was--it's not listed in either SfW Book 2 or the Observer's Directory & Identification Manual.
Again, I refer to the Valiant as a "galactic dreadnought" because that's the designation it received in Galactic Knights (other GK ship classes include the smaller "dreadnought" and the larger "super galactic dreadnought").
Starfleet Wars, however, refers to all dreadnoughts as "galactic dreadnoughts"--just like it refers to "stellar destroyers" and "stellar cruisers" or "galactic battlecruisers" and "galactic attack carriers."  So the SfW Valiant was just another class of dreadnought, and not an entirely new ship type like in GK.
Note that the Val is also a lot taller than other ships in this line of miniatures.  That's because it's one of the few SfW starships that's cast in two pieces, instead of a single piece that's much more flat than this assembly.
In Galactic Knights, the Valiant can launch three missile salvoes at once, but it's weak on point defense against enemy missiles and fighters, so it can't go it alone--it needs escort craft of some sort. 
All in all, this was a fun ship to paint, although it took me awhile!  I can't wait to get it on the table for a game and see what it can do in combat.


The Angry Lurker said...

Its a beautiful and beautifully painted ship.

The Angry Lurker said...


Desert Scribe said...


maxmike said...

The GD2 class came out just as Superior went under. They were designed as a higher
power point version of the old GalDred class, but the only place I ever saw stats for them was on a retailer flyer from Superior--which I lost when a friend borrowed my rulebook and never returned it. There were two types--the Valiant and the Jaguar variant for the Carnivores. The Jag worked out well for me as it was large enough to sub as the Vagyr SDG. In the last few years of Superior, they pretty much redid most of the Carnivores, added a few variants (like the Roach) to the Ents, and tossed in the DL class to compensate.

Desert Scribe said...

Thanks for the info, maxmike. Until you pointed it out, I hadn't realized the Valiant stats weren't in any of the SfW rulebooks.

That explains why there are multiple classes for the same ship type for certain powers. In addition to your examples, there's also the Aquarians' two classes of Attack Carriers.