Not my best work with a brush. I hope the frigging hand cramps stop soon – this took almost two days to paint. This is, believe it or not, the same Klingon ship design as the Q’t’inga in the last post. First I sanded and cut off most of the decorations, then rebuilt the engines. All windows and pennants are freehanded, and the Eagle has some serious resculpt work on her. The (unpainted..) hex bases are for SFB/FASA STSCS gaming; I’ve actually got a flying base mold with a cut-out hex that I can magnetize and mount them on if I need to play ACTA.
Beauty shots. I misaligned the Eagle’s accelerator cannon by about 1mm, which is enormous at this scale ><. I am actually proud of her pennants, but the engines just make me cringe. On the K-7, you can see the phaser cannon mounts at the edge of the primary wings, although the “glow” effect in the main primary-hull tube isn’t visible.
Here’s that engine mod I was talking about. Cut straight in about 1/2mm along the mold line on the engine, then sawed at a very slight angle until the engine rods were the right width. Repeated on all four sides, then carved the rear of the engine into that nifty hexagonal shape.
Kicking that old-school Klink emblem. Note the impulse engines on the K-7’s arse – painting them on looked far too crap.
On the Eagle, the source materiel (the Clans of Andor supplement for Last Unicorn Games-Trek, which is not technically canon but both the book and its author were used heavily by the Enterprise writing staff) states that the ship’s armament was heavily-upgraded at the expense of crew facilities and “luxury” power. I chose to add an accelerator cannon (basically, a warp coil that fires a tac-nuke at about Warp 4) and a neck-mounted torpedo room to foreshadow the Enterprise-class refit; it has twin forward tubes and a single aft one. The warp engine intercoolers are also slightly enlarged. About the only thing that’s canon on her is the registry number..
Next up: a third K7 for the Klingon squadron, a Larson-class destroyer and a Loknar-class light cruiser.
I’ll start in on Romulans sometime next week; I’m gunning for a full squadron of early Warbirds, 2 “Science vessels”, and at least one wing of K-7s plus some classic Birds-of-Prey.