Another quick BFG post, this time of two Hawking Class Exploration cruisers.
“The Hawking Class dates from the time of the legendary crusades of Lord Solar Macharius. The original Hawking was a hastily constructed vessel designed to range ahead of Macharius’ main battlefleet and search the Halo Stars for enemy fleets and new worlds to conquer. “
The Hawking Class is an interesting vessel being a long range scout and reconnaissance ship, ranging far ahead of the main fleet in order to locate the enemy or explore unknown space. Very thematic and cool! In game, the Hawking is a light cruiser with quite heavy armament. Although heavy, this armament is rather mixed with weapons batteries, torpedoes, and launch bays.
In addition to its armaments, the Hawking also comes with a number of special rules. It has Improved Thrusters, which adds +1D6cm when the ship is on All-Ahead-Full special orders, Improved Forward Sensors which add +1 to its Leadership rating, and Navigational Shields which mean it does not suffer a speed reduction when moving through celestial phenomenon or blast markers.
For me the Hawking provide a nice narrative addition to some of my Imperial fleets – especially for the Bait scenario – but also for my collection of defences. In this light, I have painted both neutrally, using a light gray / dark green / gold scheme which sits well with any of my Imperial fleets.
These Hawkings are made out of two re-cast Dauntlesses I managed to acquire – you can see the pretty shoddy resin casting on alot of the detail but at the price I paid they were still well worth it. Perhaps being out scouting for so long has caused battle damage! I have adding a number of things to the Dauntless base. First, I chopped up an Imperial launch bay section to make it slightly smaller and fitted it underneath the body of the ship in order to represent the post and starboard launch bays. Secondly, I added a number of aerials to the top of the ship and to the prow of the ship (a modelling drill is invaluable!) to represent the Forward Sensors.