Hey all – just another random post this time. I can only go so long writing, before I need to take a break. When I do, I’ll do any number of things. Today that’s meant picking up “Harbinger” and revisiting the Vanguard saga yet again. Randomly, I decided to do a Google image search for a ‘mancharan starhopper’, that being the personal transport of the irascible Cervantes Quinn.
Not a whole lot came up, but up at the top, the third result was quite compelling, displaying an image of a ‘Valakian Sublight Ship‘. The Valakians were one of many ‘aliens of the week’ from ENT and the ship itself was a reworking of another alien of the week model from VOY. *(as revealed at Ex-Astris-Scientia)
From the description presented in the novel, it seems that the VOY model, as Kes’ Shuttle, is the closest one can come to Quinn’s ship, the Rocinante.
However, the reworked, Valakian version appears to be a bit larger and more streamlined/sophisticated, while still being a viable possibility.
Finally, just because I feel like it, I’ll throw in this model from Demon Renegade Studios. Nicknamed ‘Haze III’, this design is a generic/pirate starfighter. Even though this is the only view available, it still looks rather small to be a tramp freighter, but I suppose using a little imagination and/or some upscaling, it could still work.
Which one will I end up choosing (whenever I finish what I’m currently working on……..) ?? Who knows. All three though work well as civilian vessels for people like Quinn (Trek’s rougher, scruffier version of Han Solo) – much more so than the various FASA or other fan-based designs I’ve stumbled upon……..