Back after a slow blogging period with some Demiurg ships for BFG. Demiurge are a bit of a weird one, in that they only appear in BFG as allies / mercenaries in the Tau Empire list. This hasn’t stopped them being labelled as the Squats by everyone, but I am not sure what they really share beyond being technologically advanced miners. There is one concept sketch supposedly by Jes Goodwin which shows them as short and fat, but it does seem a little bit of a stretch…
The ships are really nice with lots of detail which makes them perfect for drybrushing. I decided, after asking for inspiration on the BFG Facebook Group, to take a rather different to normal scheme and go for a cream shceme in contrast to the more established metallics. In addition to the cream (undercoat pale gray, heavy drybrush white, drybrush cream) I added some Green and Orange as contrast colours which I think has worked very well. They look really rather nice next to the brighter colours of some of my other fleets.
In game the Bastion Class is the smaller of the two available Demiurg ships, being roughly analogous in size to an Imperial Cruiser but much more heavily armed. It has the standard 8DC, 2 Shields, 6+ prow 5+ sides, 2 turrents, and 20cm speed like an Imperial cruiser but is armed with a wide variety of armaments – FP6 30cm Weapons Batteries on either side, FP2 60cm Lances on either side, FP8 45cm Weapons Batteries on the Prow. In addition to this, which is already quite fearsome (It is like a Lunar with longer ranged lances and an extra FP8 to the front…), it also has two unique weapons systems. It can launch either four torpedoes to the front or two squadrons of fighters / bombers / assault boats in each turn and also has a prow mounted cutting beam. This hoovers up blast markers that the ship moves over and turns each one into a 15cm Lance shot.
I am not sure how often the cutting beam will prove useful or get to fire given how short the range is, but each ship can more than handle itself in a fight. The weapons are a little bit too diverse to be truly fearsome though – different ranges and facings make bringing all of them together rather tricky.
These two ships form the core of my Demiurg fleet, along with two Stronghold Class ships that will make an appearance soon. I hope everyone is having a great hobby-tastic time!