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BFG – Rogue Traders vs. Imperial Fleet


Hi guys,

Sorry it has been so long since the last post – I haven’t been gaming much and life has been rather busy to be honest. Still, I am back with a bumper post detailing a game of BFG I recently had with Andy from Miniature Miscellany.He is currently painting down at GW HQ and doing some really nice Age of Sigmar Chaos models, so go have a look.


The game was just a quickie, with small fleets, using the Convoy scenario as that seemed pretty thematic for the fleets we had chosen to play. Andy was using his Imperials, while I had chosen to bring out my Rogue Trader fleet. They are great for small games, with lots of choice, and work thematically for a number of the scenarios.

We set up the board with a scattering of asteroids and a planet (we were only using¬† 4′ x 4′) and we were off.


My fleet consisted of a pair of Dauntless Light Cruisers (both with Lances) and a squadron of Cobra escorts. Along with these I had my convoy, six regular transports and one heavy transport ship. I moved cautiously onto the table, warhips taking the lead.

IMG_2213In response, Andy moved one of his Dauntlesses forward, screened by his own Cobras.

I loosed some shots, successfully blowing a few of Andy’s escorts up, while moving up with the rest of the fleet.


Andy had a much better turn than me. He swung the Dauntless to the side, opening up his broadsides and targetting my Dauntlss. Firing his Cobra’s torpedoes, he struck home on my Cobras, destroying three, and also managed to damage my othr Dauntless.


My return fire bouyed me up a littel – both Dauntlesses fired their lances at the Imperial Navy cruiser, striking home and knocking two DC off it. Lots of blast markes litter the starscape as the convoy surges forward.


Andy responds by flipping over some of his other contact markers, revealing some Firestorm Frigates and another Dauntless which move forward into engagement range.


Andy shifts forward, badly damaging my Dauntless, and closing in on the transport ships.


My fleet gets congested trying to avoid the asteroid field, pincered by Andy’s oncoming fleet, and the perfect target for some torpedoes! Them combined with th fire from the ships knocks out the first transport and puts damage on pretty much every ship I have.


In response, I curl one Dauntless around the back of the Imperial fleet, hoping to chase down the damaged cruiser and bracket the other vessels.

IMG_2231Andy pushes through my fleet, splitting the convoy, and laying down blast markers. His damaged dauntless cannot turn and drifts onwards.


Andy’s damaged Dauntless finally bites the dust, but his Firestorms make short work of some of my transports. I cant turn fast enough to defend them and I can feel the game slipping away from me.


Andy sneaks off a few more transports , and with both my Dauntlesses quite damaged, ekes out a win!

I hope you guys enjoyed that game report. We played another game and I have pics from it, so they should make their way up here eventually.

Thanks guys ūüôā

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BFG – Rogue Trader Fleet Pictures

EyeoftheManHi guys,

Sorry to have left things so long, but I realised a little while back that although I had submitted a picture of my Rogue Trader fleet for Gothicomp (no, I didn’t do well… ) I have never actually gotten around to putting up proper pictures of it here. Bits and pieces of it have previously made an appearance and are findable here, but now is the time to introduce it properly.

Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

The Rogue Trader fleetlist for BFG is found in the 2010FAQ, and is one of my favourite lists to play around with, as it combines a wonderful variety of military, civilian, and suppot vessels. My fleet is led by a Rogue Trader Carnage class cruiser with Targetting Matrix (represented by the GW Rogue Trader model), supported by two normal Rogue Trader Cruisers (the two old Spacefleet models), and an allied Adeptus Mechanicus Dictator class cruiser (the Imperial cruiser model) to provide some kind of fighter / bomber cover!

IMG_1018In addition the fleet has four Dauntless Light Cruisers which are a mainstay of Rogue Traders and two Endeavour class Light Cruisers with Additional Shield (the Spacefleet Thunderbolt models). These are fast and give a good amount of WB fire to the fleet. Then I have two large civilian vessels – a Heavy Transport with Ship Defence Grid (the Galaxy class Troop Transport) and a Repair Tender with Additional Shield (the Goliath class ship).

IMG_1019After all the capital ships, the escorts are vitally important in the Rogue Trader fleet and there is a great variety to choose from! I have chosen a good variety – two xenos escorts pictured above with two rollson the xenos modification chart, eight Spacefleet Cobras, and three escort carries which give a little more AC coverage at a very high cost. Following these are some civilian ships – six transports, 3 armed freighters, 3 fireships, and four system ships.

Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy the pics.

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BFG – Rogue Trader Dauntless Light Cruisers

4 Rogue Trader Dauntless Light Cruisers

4 Rogue Trader Dauntless Light Cruisers

Hi guys,

Just some quick photos of some stuff I have recently been painting, this time some more of the recast Dauntlesses I bought a while ago that are now part of my Rogue Trader fleet. The RT fleet has quite a heavy focus on escorts and light cruisers so the Dauntless works really well in it.





Again the casts are not great with bubbles all over the place and incredibly flimsy flight stems, but compared to trying to hunt down four Dauntlesses on eBay, they have been great. I have recently bought some magnetic lenses for my phone camera, but although the zoom is now better I am not very happy with the fish-eye effect this seems to have caused.

Green and Orange

Green and Orange

Given how much BFG I now have painted, colour schemes are becoming a difficulty! I wanted my Rogue Trader fleet to show off the individuality of the ships differing captains, but still look cohesive and coherent on the tabletop. I went with keeping the bodies of the ships the same colour, though adding a few aerials just to provide difference, while going for different coloured prows for all of the ships. This necessitated a split in trim colours, brass and silver, but I think tying the prow and trim colours together coherently matters quite alot!

I will have some full fleet pics of my Rogue Trader fleet (3,000pts) to come soon.


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BFG – WiP Rogue Trader Cruiser

Rogue Trader Cruiser

Rogue Trader Cruiser

Hi guys,

Another BFG related post, it is my main interest at the moment and I still have alot of ships to paint so you will have to bear with me while I work my way through them. For now I bring you some work-in-progress shots of my GW Rogue Trader Cruiser model, which is now sadly rather difficult to get hold of.


I have gone for the same gray / light gray scheme as the rest of the Rogue Trader fleet, aiming to also do the same Sepia wash over it. This is to tie the ships together – while the fleet differs in highlight colours and prow colours, I am hoping that using the same base colour and wash will style tie them together. While Rogue Traders may be individuals and have different paint schemes I would still like my fleet to look coherent on the table top.


Given this, I am actually planning on repainting the prow colour as I stupidly used it already for a Dauntless that will also be in this fleet. I am thinking of trying out a cream prow, but will have to see how it looks once paint is applied. In the list for which this ship is bound it is representing a Rogue Trader Carnage class – one of the Chaos ships allowed in the fleetlist to represent re-fitted or looted ships – with a Targetting Matrix upgrade and a Veteran Rogue Trader on board.

Kar Duniash pattern prow

Also note the differences between this model and the standard GW Imperial Cruiser it resembles. Fluff wise most Rogue Trader Cruisers, including this one, are supposed to originate around the port of Kar Duniash in the Ultima Segmentum. Aesthetically the prow is very different being smooth and slightly upturned at the bottom. In addition the whole ship has a slightly ‘eastern’ feel about it with cupolas, domes, and arches recurring throughout the design, especially around the flatter but quite prominent bridge section.

I truly love the art that it liberally sprinkled through the BFG rules

I truly love the art that it liberally sprinkled through the BFG rules

For completion I am going to repaint the prow, possibly to cream and fill in the various domes with my usual ice blue colour. I am also planning on adding a number of shortish aerials in the slots on the model (four spaces just behind the bridge and two between the gun batteries) to help the model to stand out and represent the targetting matrix. Possibly a little work on the side fins and an attempt at free hand on the prow if I am feeling adventurous, before a sepia wash to tone the colours down and match with the fleet.

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Looking forward to 2014…

Having gotten the reminiscing out of the way, here is what I plan to get done over the next year:



Blog wise

Finish the EPIC Eldar army pics – 1 more post to go

Do EPIC Imperial Guard army pics

Finish the Lost and the Damned Tactica series – Daemon Engines and Air Support still to go

Get full Army / Fleet pics up for those that do not have them

Do more Daemon World playtesting / battle reports


Time to get painting!

Time to get painting!

Painting wise

Finish painting my EPIC Dark Angels

Finish painting my Necromunda gangs – Delaque, Pit Slaves, Escher, Redemptionist figures

Paint a 40k Army – probably Steel Legion

Finish off my Rogue Trader fleet – its composition has changed significantly since the last time it featured here

Paint up the remaining BFG models to match their fleets – Ork capital ships, Imperial light cruisers etc

Paint BFG Maelstrom and Bastion Fleets


The original Mighty Empires

The original Mighty Empires

Hobby wise

Convert a 1,000pt-ish Dark Eldar and Tyranid fleet for BFG from 40k bits

Organise all the Inquisition models I have into a coherent force

Work out how the original WHFB Mighty Empires works

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BFG – Armed Freighters and Ork Fleet Pic

Apologies for how long it has been since the last post, I have been terribly ill, but I return from oblivion with resin goodness for everyone.

First up are some of the Forge World Armed Freighters I have recently been working on:

Armed Freighter

Armed Freighter

I have gone for a simple dark gray, dark red and cream colour scheme with the odd silver/gold detail picked out. I didn’t want the trasports to be aligned to any particular fleet so tried to go for a restrained general colour, with a little variation of prow colours just to give them a little bit of personality.





I also painted the prows in slightly different chequer-board patterns to try and reinforce this individuality between the ships, without going so far as to have them not fit in together. They are really nice models, although quite expensive at 3 ships for £11 plus P&P, but the casts are excellent.

In other news, I have some pictures of a couple of recent large-ish BFG games to post up recently and have added a fleet picture to the BFG Ork page up above.

Ork Fleet ~1000pts

Ork Fleet ~1000pts

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Looking back on 2012…

The blog has been running for about 10 months now, much longer than I expected it to last! Just wanted to say a big thank you to anyone reading / commenting on it, as blog views are what make my day. Please feel free to share the link around among friends etc.

New BFG Terrain pieces

New BFG Terrain pieces


Hobby wise, I think this year has gone pretty well.

I have managed to finish:


A 2500pt WHFB Empire army (painted in two weeks in January, while my boyfriend was at work)




A 15,000pt EPIC mixed Imperial Guard / Traitor IG / Siegemasters army



Eldar (Wraithships not shown)

A 3,000pt BFG Eldar fleet




A 2,000pt BFG Bakka fleet


Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

A 2,000-ish pt BFG Rogue Trader Fleet


Orkz - without Kroozers

Orkz – without Kroozers

A 1,000-ish pt BFG Ork Fleet


Space Marines - missing one Strike Cruiser

Space Marines – missing one Strike Cruiser

A 1,000pt BFG Space Marine Fleet


Defences - since painted

Defences – since painted

About 700pts worth of BFG Defences


Salvation's Fire

Salvation’s Fire

A Necromunda Redemptionist Gang.


I have also painted, but not blogged about yet:

A 7,500pt EPIC Titan Legion army (quickly painted, still needs a little work)

A 7,000pt EPIC Daemon army

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BFG Rogue Trader Update

Some of you might have noticed me mention to Andy from Miniature Miscellany, in the comments on the last post, that I bought another bundle of Spacefleet miniatures from eBay just after posting up my completed Rogue Trader fleet.

eBay loot

eBay loot

It is true that my Rogue Trader fleet is now no longer complete as I need to paint some ships to bring it up to its new points level, but I got the ships for a good price. The three on the bottom right (SF Emperor, Tyrant and Dominator) are going to from a small 1,000pt Inquisition Fleet Рa Black Ship and 2 Inquisitorial Cruisers. The others (clockwise from bottom left: Gothic, Ironclad, Galaxy Troop Ship, Annihilator, Tunderbolt and unknown possibly non-GW model) are all going into the Rogue Trader fleet and raising it to a full 3,000pts. They will be used as: Gothic РRT Cruiser with Targetting Matrix, Ironclad РRT Murder with Targetting Matrix, Galaxy РGalaxy Class Troop transport (Warprift 31/32 has cross-over rules), Annihilator РDauntless w/Lances, Thunderbolt РDauntless w/Torpedoes, and the unknown ship is going to fill in as a super-heavy transport with advanced sensors.


I am away from the UK from the end of this week so blogging may slow down for a week or so but normal service should be maintained through the christmas holidays.

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BFG – Rogue Trader Fleet

Hi guys,

I have now finished painting up a Rogue Trader fleet for BFG  РI know I blogged about this a while back when the idea was still just germinating in my head here, but the list has changed significantly since then as has the style I went for.

Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

I decided to try and build a Rogue Trader fleet mostly built around the old Spacefleet miniatures as they give a nice pre-heresy / ancient tech feel to the fleet. Also, while they align nicely with the Rogue Trader ships in the 2010 FAQ, there are also rules given for them in Warprift 31 and 32.

Murder Class

Murder Class

Rogue Trader Cruisers

Rogue Trader Cruisers

Rogue Trader Cruisers

Rogue Trader Cruisers

So, the fleet now tops out at about 2000pts with a Spacefleet Ironclad standing in as a Murder Class Cruiser with a Targetting Matrix, 4 Spacefleet Gothics as normal Rogue Trader Cruisers with Targetting Matrices, one Goliath Transport Ship as a Heavy Fuel Transport, 8 Spacefleet Cobra Destroyers to be used as any escorts needed, 6 Xenos escorts as well as nine mixed transport ships. As a fleet I think it will throw out a scary amount of firepower in the 30-45cm range band because of the Targetting Matrices (The vessel counts all targets as closing when using the gunnery table within 30cm and ignores right-shift modifiers for shooting greater than 30cm) but is very weak in lances and completely lacks fighter / bomber wings. Much more of a fun / campaign fleet than a competitive one.

Heavy Fuel Transport - I need to patch up some of the metallic on the top

Heavy Fuel Transport – I need to patch up some of the metallic on the top

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The Merchant Fleets of Mankind – BFG Rogue Traders?

I have always loved the idea of Rogue Traders – those individuals set loose from the strictures of the Imperium to go explore, make money and generally do whatever the hell they like. Eisenhorn and Ravenor just increased this as well as the very nice Rogue Trader Cruiser model from GW.

Rogue Trader Cruiser РYours for £12.30

However since getting into BFG, the cost of all of the transport models from either GW or Forgeworld put me off. Everywhere else I looked also worked out pretty pricey for what I wanted, and I kind of dropped the idea. However¬†a couple of weeks ago I snapped up some em4 spacecraft models from a Buy It Now on Ebay, in the expectation that my ¬£3 would be wasted and they would be horrible (Just like the 100 or so Dwarves I got off them when I was first getting into WHFB…).

em4 Spacecraft

Scale comparison with Imperial Cruiser

To my surprise, when they arrived they were actually decent. A nicely cast, but slightly bendy gray plastic, set of 12 generic spacecraft in the right scale for BFG and with hex flying stands included Рall for only £2.55! This reignited my interest in doing a Rogue Trader fleet for BFG and since then I have been feverishly writing list after list, trying to balance coolness, cost, and playability.

Peasmold Class Recycling Ship from GZG

Buying 2 more packs from em4, the GW Rogue Trader Cruiser, a Dauntless light cruiser gives me a fluffy 1500pt list for less than £30. Not bad! I am also thinking of splashing out £7.50 on the model above from GZG to count as a Heavy Fuel Transport.

The list has ended up being much more fluff than competitive but it should be fun to play against if nothing else:

Veteran Rogue Trader     50

Rogue Trader Cruiser w/ Extra Shield   205

Dauntless Light Cruiser 125

6 x Xenos Escorts         300

6 x Xenos Escorts          300

6 x Armed Freighter     120

6 x Armed Freighter      120

6 x Armed Freighter     120

4 x Cargo Ship                  40

2 x Q-Ship                        120

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