Madkoifish’s USS Balmung

Hey all.  As does often happen with me, I have the body/text of Akula done – it’s just a matter of now summoning the will & motivation to finish the rest and call it good.  Hopefully I can get that done and up before I leave Saturday for my annual week-long excursion up north.

I’m kind of burnt out on TOS stuff at the moment though and since I’m heading to a place that has spotty satellite internet (in the middle of a national forest), trying to compile everything would be more hassle than it’d be worth.

So, with that said, I jumped forward a bit to the Lost Era and the Renaissance class.  Now a while back, my usual source for orthos (admiral-horton on DeviantART) did a solid ortho of the USS Balmung by Madkoifish, but in my infinite wisdom, I didn’t bother to save it.  Eventually, he took a lot of his old stuff down to re-do/re-organize.  Now, aside from the artistic renders that are out there, you can’t really find an ortho – the closest I’ve come is this (link).

Anyhow, I checked both of his blogs and on the WIP one, I found that he’s gone back and made substantial revisions to the basic design (which, IMO, move it away from the Ambassador as we know it and mix in some of the aesthetics from Andrew Probert’s ‘Proto-Ambassador’ study model)

Check it out here (scroll down – the posts begin w/the most recent update first).

If I get a start on the Renaissance text, I more than likely won’t release it until I can get some solid pics/orthos.


The Enforcer

Hello again all, am back again.  Have been slightly distracted lately – the battery on my 13″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) is starting to go (get no more than 2hrs of normal use out of it…..).  Running OS X Snow Leopard, this is where all my web/blog stuff is saved & together with MS Office 2011, is what I’ve used to whip up a good majority of my content.  Being that I do a lot of my work away from my desk though, I needed something with great performance and good battery life which is why I added an 11″ MacBook Air (Mid 2013) to my stable a few weeks ago.

My experience with it thus far has been great – didn’t take long at all to get used to the screen/keyboard size, while the impressive response times afforded by the 128GB SSD are a welcome improvement.  The battery life has surpassed my expectations as well – definitely nice to carry this thing around and not have to worry about possibly needing to whip out an AC adapter at the end of the day.  Both this and my main desktop machine (a mid 2011 Mac Mini w/the 2.3GHz i5 & 8GB of aftermarket memory) run OS X Mountain Lion, so the enhanced interoperability is a welcome convenience.  The Air’s small size also makes for a surprisingly good e-reading machine – Adobe’s “Digital Editions” has been my program of choice for viewing ePub files (get it for free at their site), however am looking forward to OS X Mavericks and the addition of iBooks to the OS X stable finally (which among other things, would allow one to start reading on a desktop for instance, then pick up where they left off on another laptop or iDevice).

One the battery on my 13″ is gone altogether, I plan to leave it permanently plugged-in, add an additional external HD and use it as a file/media server.


Enough of all the techno-babble though!  Today’s update concerns another Klingon design gleamed from Demon Renegade Studios.  A perfect Gunboat, the G-8/Enforcer is currently the smallest ship in the KDF inventory.  One that i had spotted when I found the ship that would become my D-20/Korgal, I knew this was one I had to do.

It also made sense from a practical perspective.  What I’ve written concerning the Romulan Imperial Navy and their current inventory has them placing a renewed importance on diversifying the size and type of starships they operate–the introduction and expanded production of smaller classes such as Shrike and Longsword being prime examples.  Add to that the fact that the current state of astro-political affairs (as I’ve interpreted) has shifted back to a ‘cold war’ type of footing, where asymmetrical warfare has become the rule, rather than the exception and the overall utility of bigger, more advanced capital ships becomes diminished.

This will probably be the last Klingon ship I do for a while though.  There are the KDF starfighters (one of which is a solid TOS/TMP design) that I have pending, the Tholian ships that I referred to recently and then some ideas concerning civilian starships I’d like to explore (I’ve recently started reading the Vanguard series again, so go figure….lol), so who knows what will be coming down the pipe next.


G-8/Enforcer class Gunboat

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A Raptor’s Wings…..

Hey all, back again with a Klingon update for you.


What I have here for you is another product of ‘Wicked Zombie’s’ creative mind.  One of only a few noted modelers that has work stretching back to the days of Starfleet Command that is still active relatively, his site, Demon Renegade Studios (link here), has been the source of some great inspiration as of late.  I’ve summed it up quite well in my annotations, but this class is one of two I have pinned as spiritually succeeding the legendary D-11/B’Rel class Scout.  From here, I have at least 1 more Future era Klingon ship to do and then a bit of planning – an ultimate goal of mine is to get a Guide to the Klingon Fleet-type compilation together, bringing together a portion or all (haven’t decided yet) of my Klingon-derived work.  The scope/scale of what I plan to do there will dictate how much editing/revising of existing work I have to do.

Oh yeah, also plan to do something on the Tholians as well one of these days……(see the preceding post) 😉


D-20/Korgal Class Heavy Destroyer

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The Everlasting Klingon Battlecruiser

Am back with yet another Future era Klingon update – going to get back to the TMP era here with my next class, promise!

The D-90 is another creation from modeler/designer ‘Raven Night’.  At first glance, it’s pretty clear what class/classes his ‘E-7′ is trying to emulate/replace and after looking it over and doing a little brainstorming, I decided to whip up a publication around it.  Though classified as a Battlecruiser, it’s actually closer to a Light Cruiser in terms of size/capability – the KDF’s belated answer to Starfleet’s Intrepid class if you will.


D-90 class Battlecruiser




Return of the Birds……

This next update skips forward into the Future era to present a successor to the KDF’s venerable B’Rel class Bird of Prey – from a production standpoint, the MiG-21 of the 23rd/24th Centuries.  I don’t know what really gave me the inspiration for this, as the idea took shape I just rolled with it.  Doing some research and trying to nail down the number of examples active led me to briefly broaden my focus and do the same for the rest of the KDF proper.  Nailing those down and establishing the future classes I wanted to cover formed the basic framework for a ‘State of the Klingon Fleet’ – yet another future project to work on.

Anyhow though, back to the topic at hand.  The Mave’Q class was the brainchild of ‘Raven Night’, a prolific designer/modeler whose work in one form or another, stretches all the way back to the days of the first Starfleet Command PC game.  I have it positioned as a frigate and the larger of two ‘birds’ slated to replace B’Rel (though not nearly as large as K’Vort).  The history is somewhat barebones, describing the impetus behind its conception and what led to its development with a little blurb thrown in about the Federation Alliance’s conflict with the Typhon Pact.  Am also hoping to brainstorm a little more before proceeding further in this direction, but we’ll see what I come up with.

Mave’Q Class Frigate




Typhon Pact Musings…..Again!

Hello all – my usual procrastination here has been exacerbated by the fact I was out of town (in N. Minnesota) all last week for a much needed change of scenery (and some good fishing!).  It wasn’t all unproductive though – I took a notebook and pen with me and managed to really make some headway on my latest project (‘Ships of the Starfleet: 2300 – 2365’).  I still have 2 ships (Cheyenne and Olympic) that I have to do completely from scratch though unfortunately.  Despite RL stuff that continues to press me, am definitely going to try and redouble my efforts here!

The other big project I have going though, is an update to my own Timeline–stretching from the end of the Dominion War in 2376 all the way up to the present day in which this blog is set, 2414.  One big influence on that is TrekLit–it would be virtually impossible (or at least take much, much longer) for me to make substantive progress if I didn’t lean on those works and adapt some of their ideas/facts etc here and there.  Accordingly, while I work on my latest SoTSF project, I wanted to give an update and my thoughts about the latest two novels–Plagues of Night (released 5/29) and Raise the Dawn (released 6/26).

**SPOILER WARNING**  If you haven’t read either of the two books, or do not want to otherwise have their details divulged, stop now!




The cold war between the Federation Alliance (the ‘Khitomer Accords’ or the ‘Khitomer Accord powers’) and the Typhon Pact rages on.  The full impact of Andor’s succession from the UFP (mentioned in Paths of Disharmony) has yet to be felt (though it will play a role in the next Titan novel – Fallen Gods).  Quantum Slipstream, a form of propulsion that will allow ships to reach distant corners of the galaxy once thought to be unreachable, is still viewed with extreme suspicion by the powers of the Pact–who view it not as a tool of exploration, but as a tool of war–a ‘first strike’ weapon.  With the powers of the pact (Tholians/Tzenkethi/Breen/Gorn/Kinshaya) being xenophobic and hostile to the UFP & its allies to some degree or another, their possession of such technology is naturally viewed with great concern in the halls of the Palais de Concorde–something that, for now, cannot be allowed.

Thus, the primary conflict of these two novels is the search for an ‘equalizer’ by the Typhon Pact.  Enter Sela & Tomolak.  Two of the most treacherous Romulans currently living, it is revealed in Plagues of Night, that they & their various lackeys were behind the attack on and theft of technical data from Starfleet’s Utopia Planitia Shipyards (first referenced in Zero Sum Game).  The Breen (I think?) have finally discovered a way to adapt Quantum Slipstream to the various vessels of the pact…….but to do so, they’ll need to make use of Dominion technology.

The UFP decides to extend an olive branch and establish a sort of ‘detente’ and so, among other things, a joint exploratory mission into the Gamma Quadrant is sponsored.  With the Enterprise representing the Federation Alliance and a Romulan Warbird representing the Pact, all seems to go well at first.  The presence of Tomolak though is a clear sign all is not as it seems.  The crew of the warbird deploy a cloaked comm buoy at the Gamma Quadrant terminus of the wormhole, blocking communications, and fake their own destruction, confusing the Enterprise and providing the cover they and the crew of a Breen freighter need, to escape.  Proceeding to a Dominion planet, they raid a factory which had long since been shut down and steal the needed equipment.

Providing insurance are cloaked Tzenkethi & Breen ships not far from Deep Space Nine and the presence of bombs on the station itself–intended to disable them only.  However, the plan goes awry when the Defiant detects the warbird following the freighter exiting the wormhole.    The Tzenkethi & Breen decloak and commence their attack on the station, attempting to help the freighter escape.  The bombs are triggered in the ensuing melee, oblitteratng the station, while the Defiant and the USS Robinson (Sisko’s new Galaxy class command) drive off or otherwise destroy the attackers.  For a short while, Sisko believes his wife and daughter dead–but they and the bulk of DS9’s command staff survive among the wreckage.

The aftermath sees DS9’s crew relocate to Bajor and take over an old subterranean command center as both A) they hunt for the perpetrators responsible and B) a new station is constructed.  This plot thread eventually reveals Section 31 to be involved–though to what extent is never made crystal clear.  For a time, Sarina Douglas is held in connection with the planting of the bombs aboard DS9, but she is later exonerated (presumably) after Dr. Bashir outs disillusioned Andorian crewman Rahendervakell th’Shant.

Another plot thread, predominantly developed in Raise the Dawn, takes place on Romulus and involves the new praetor–politically moderate Gell Kamemor–desperately working to find out who is behind all of this.  Deductive reasoning leads her to Sela and she becomes slowly aware of Tomolak’s complicity.  Enlisting the help of her Navy CO (whom she briefly deposed following the attack at Utopia Planitia), she goes to Earth herself and interrogates Tomolak–tricking him into giving up Sela and divulging the remainder of their plans.  Sela herself is subsequently deposed–rather than face extradition to Earth into the hands of Starfleet, she commits ritual suicide in her cell.

The shadowy terrorists she was using are discovered, their gains nullifiedthough at the cost of the Bajoran Wormhole being permanently closed (at least for the time being) and the death of Kira Nerys.

Sisko meanwhile, gets his life back.  Kira, now ascended to the plane of the prophets(?), informs him that his season as the emissary has come to an end and he can remain with Kassidy (his wife, whom he was going to divorce based on an earlier vision they had given him).

What do I think about all this?  Well the destruction of DS9 is obviously a major issue–without the presence of bombs in the fusion core–the station should’ve been more than capable of taking care of 3-4 ships.  Their presence though, help to highlight the rise of terrorism as a plot device, with the Treishya and the True Way–a similar Cardassian group–being two of the key players.  Going forward, I think terrorism & Section 31 will likely see more attention.  A major war is not something anyone wants and is acknowledged by a few of the characters as being something the Federation and its allies would likely win.

The closure of the wormhole though is a bigger issue.  If it stays closed and doesn’t reopen, then Quantum Slipstream would seem to be the only way for starships to reach the Gamma Quadrant, though as mentioned in Raise the Dawn, it has yet to be widely installed throughout the fleet.  This is something I think will eventually have to be addressed as there is only so much you can do from the larger ‘cold war’, UFP vs. Typhon Pact perspective.

Kira’s death really didn’t hit me as hard as it might have.  She had given up her position on DS9 and became a vedek on Bajor, kind of slipping into obscurity somewhat.  Additionally, both Nog and Miles O’Brien make their return–as part of DS9’s reconstituted engineering staff–so this helps to balance things out.

The drama with Sisko & his wife was handled well–having his family with him aboard the Robinson also presents some interesting (though well-worn) possibilities.


They’re only about 4 years from catching up to the time where Romulus is destroyed (2387) though……