D6 Space Combat Example

I have been working on adapting West End Games Star Wars Revised and Expanded Roleplaying game, along with D6 Space and a few other D6 related materials into a Battlestar Galactica Roleplaying game.

The fan based “Star Wars Revised, Expanded, Updated” project has been very helpful in this as it’s pulled in a lot of the D6 Space and other rules into the Star Wars game already.

One of the areas that I’ve always had a little trouble with is the Space Combat for Star Wars/D6.  It is fairly loosely designed and not really geared towards the use of miniatures or larger combats.  I’ve started work on a few enhancements and clarifications.  It’s definitely a work in progress, but I’ve got it to the point that I was able to run a test combat with a couple of Battlestar Galactica ships.

This is still a draft, I’ve used it primarily to highlight areas where I’m still unclear of the rules, or need to decide on some additional clarifications.  However, I decided to post it anyway in case it might be useful to others and to pick up any suggestions people might have.  I’ll be doing some additional clean up on the post later.

Sample Combat


The combat takes place in clear space, so there are no modifiers for Terrain. Continue reading ‘D6 Space Combat Example’ »

Battlestar Galactica Starfighter Shipyards Miniatures

I recently ordered some very tiny Battlestar Galactica Fighter Minatures from Starfighter Shipyards.

For Vipers I ordered the “TOS Vipers”, “Scorpion Early TOS Viper”, and I also got what looks like the “TOS Cobra Interceptor” although I don’t recall ordering that one and the page didn’t list it as being available at the time.

For Cylons I ordered the “Cylon TOS Raiders” and I also got some “Cylon Razor Raiders” which, again, I don’t think I ordered. But thanks for the extras!

The delivery showed up in a timely manner and was well packed.

The ships themselves had quite a lot of flash on them, but most of it was easy to remove.  There was however one set of Cylons where it was fairly thick and I had to use a modelling knife to get it off.

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It was a little challenging for me to get all the flash off since the ships are very small (the coin in the photo is a quarter) and my hands are very large.  However, after about an hour, I was able to get them cleaned up quite nicely.

Starfigher Shipyards cleaned

They do have small holes on the underside to allow for mounting, which I think would normally be done with thin wire of some sort, but I am going to use either thumb tacks or earring posts.  That way they can either stand alone or get attached to a flight base equipped with a small magnet.

Here’s a “Scorpion Early TOS Viper” with the thumb tack attached, stands on it’s own quite nicely.


It can also sit nicely by itself on a Corsec base with a magnetic top:


Or, if I swap out the magnetic top for a flight stand with a few small Lee Valley adhesive magnets attached, it can sit there with a couple additional fighters as well.


The next challenge will be painting them.  I am going to try priming them with a spray primer first and hope that it doesn’t obscure the details, which are very nice especially considering how small they are.

I also got a set of decals for the Cylons but they are so tiny that I have no idea how I would get them cut out, much less soak them in water then apply them.  Actually, I’m just assuming that’s how they get applied, I didn’t see any instructions.  The whole outside square border in the picture below is 3 cm, just over an inch.


If you need a bunch of small fighters for your Fleet battles, these will do quite nicely and the pricing is very reasonable too, especially when extra ships get thrown in :). The whole set, with the decals cost me $33.00 US.


BSG Miniatures – Cloud Nine

The next miniature up for painting is Cloud Nine, which is from the Re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series.  It is a massive luxury liner that has a huge pressurized dome attached to the main ship.  The dome provides a realistic simulation of a planetary surface including an artificial holographic sky.  It is similar in concept to the Agro Ships from the original Battlestar Galactica.

It eventually gets destroyed when an atomic warhead is set off on the ship. Here’s a couple screenshots from the series:

Cloud Nine

The miniature itself isn’t very large, it’s mid size compared to some of the others, the shot below shows it next to a quarter.

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Here’s what is looks like after the second coat of white paint on the dome and with black applied to the ridges, haven’t attempting the lines between the ridges yet. I also haven’t decided yet if I want to do a very light blue wash on the dome, or if the portions of the grey primer still showing through give enough of the effect I’m looking for.

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Here’s a shot of someone else’s finished miniature that has blue on it, even if I do put some on I think I will go lighter;


Cloud 9 / Dome Ship - Ravenstar Studios

Got the lines put in, a little shaky but reasonably happy with them, only got one extra one in the wrong spot.  I think I will do a light blue wash once the lines are dry, might soften up the line edges a little.



I painted the main body Aluminium, painted the small landing bay white, then did a black wash on the the main body.  I painted the underside of the dome blue, then did a light blue wash on the top of the dome:




BSG Miniatures – Battlestar Columbia

My set of miniatures included two labeled “Columbia Class Battlestar”.  It seems that this is referring to the ship in the BSG – Razor episodes.

The Columbia in that episode is similar to the Galactica but has additional armour plating where the Galactica has ribs. It also has blue strips and markings rather than red, although there is another similar battlestar in the scenes which does have red markings.

This site has a clip of video that shows the scenes with the Battlestar Columbia:  Destruction of Columbia

This shot shows the armor plating and if you look closely you can see the blue markings on the nose

BSG Razor - Battlestar Columbia

In this shot you can see the blue markings on the landing bay:

Battlestar Columbia - Another shot showing the blue marking on the landing bay

And here you can see the blue ring on the dish with no symbol inside, and a couple of the gun turrets behind the ring:

Battlestar Columbia - Columbia's dish - no symbol and blue ring only:

One thing that you don’t see in any of these shots are all the extra gun turrets that have been added to the miniature on the top and the bottom, not sure why they were added:

Columbia 001


Here is a shot of the first finished miniature with the red markings next to the unfinished miniature:



And the second miniature painted with the blue markings, messed up the circle a bit but doesn’t look too bad

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BSG Miniatures – The Galactica (Reimagined)

I’ve now primed my fleet of miniatures and am ready to start painting. I figured I would start with a fairly easy one, and one that I had a good reference to work off of, so I picked the Galactica from the Reimagined series.

It looks like the mold was almost a direct copy of the Hasbro Titanium toys that were produced a few years ago.  Here is a picture with the Titanium toy on the left and my primed but unpainted Ravenstar Studios miniature on the right, first picture is the tops, second picture is the bottoms.

I was doing a bit of experimenting today and used Sharpie pens rather than model paint to put in the reds, yellow, and grey.  It works reasonably well on flat areas but if there is any sort of texture, it’s hard to get good coverage.  I then did a black wash to finish it up, which I may have done a little heavy but I’m happy with the result, I think it compares fairly well to the Titanium version.


Battlestar Galactica Ravenstar Studios Miniatures Fleet

I ordered a bunch of Battlestar Galactica Miniatures from Ravenstar Studios quite some time ago, a couple of Fleet packs and a few individual ships.  I’ve finally sorted them out and matched the miniatures to their names.  Most of them haven’t been touched yet with the exception of one of the new Cylon Baseships and the Raven Battlestar, which have been assembled and primed.  The ships are a combination of ships seen in the original Battlestar Galactica, the re-imagined series and the Blood and Chrome web series.

Today’s project will be to clean the flash off the ones that need assembling and glue them together.  I may create and individual post for each ship type as I go along, but for today, here is a picture of the whole set and a list of which ships they are, as much for my own use in keeping track of them as for anything else.  I’ve also pinned a bunch of photos to Pinterest to help me figure which ships are which and what some of them should look like when assembled and painted.

Battlestar Galactica Fleet

The ships from left to right are:

Cylon Basestar [TOS] [1]
Cylon Tanker [TOS] [3]
Nightstar EBS [1]
Nu Cylon Baseship [2]
Lightray Warcutter [4]
Raven Battlestar [1]
Crow War Tender [2]
Starweaver Tender [2]
Livery Ship / Mining Ship [2]
Astral Queen / Jail Ship [3]
Colonial Mover [3]
Gemini Freighter [5]
Celestra / Research Ship [4]
Rising Star [3]
Scorpia Salvage and Repair / Foundry Ship / Flat top [5]
Botanical Cruiser / Agro Ship [2]
Cloud 9 / Dome Ship [1]
Olympic Carrier [8]
Refueling Ship [4]
Goliath / Refinery Ship [1]
Sparrow Freighter [2]
Ring Ship [1]
Colonial One [2]
Nu Ribbed BSG [1]
Berzerk Gun ships [2]
Valkyrie Battlestar [2]
Osiris ­ Orion class [1]
Loki heavy cruiser [2]
Catamaran class [2]
Columbia class Battlestar [2]
Defender litestar [1]
Eros troop carrier [1]
Hebe support ship [1]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 2014 was a pretty good year for me, although I didn’t do any posting to this blog, maybe I’ll post a few more things in 2015.

The sidebars on what I’m reading and my Fitness goals get more updates than anything else here.  As far as projects I worked on in 2014, it was primarily playing with Realm Works from Lone Wolf Development, and a little bit of work on Hero Lab, also from Lone Wolf Development.  Both of those are related to Roleplaying Games, which would normally get posted on my ICE Webring site, however, I’ve kind of let that site slip too.  ICE hasn’t really put anything new out in a couple years, other than one or two small items.  I’ve seriously considered dropping that site and just moving some of the best material from there over to this site, but to be honest, it would really be more work than I’m willing to put into it at this point.

As for this site and the upcoming year. I don’t have any major plans.  At some point I do want to go through and photograph all my old concert Tee shirts, then I’ll probably post them here and then pin them to a new board on Pinterest.  I may do the same with a bunch of the old cabaret posters I collected back when I was in University.  But, those projects have been on my list for a few years now and I still haven’t started them.

One project that is getting closer to completion is converting/replacing all my old cassette tapes with digital copies.  I was able to update the crappy recordings I created from my tapes with decent copies for a couple tapes I thought I’d never find.  One was for an 80’s Calgary band, The Kids, and another was for a short lived Canadian band called Minutes from Downtown, who had a five song mini album.  I also got a reasonable decent copy of an album by another short lived Canadian group called Men’s Room that I liked, although that one still has room for improvement

MinutesFromDownTown Kids MensRoom