Custom Star Vessel Hull Creation

Sorting over voidships from Battlefleet Gothic can be a great way to get a group excited over having a unique vessel. As always, the following tables in this chapter allow a GM and Players to port over their favorite unstatted vehicles from the Battlefleet Gothic Tabletop to the RPG. By following the tables that guide you through each component of a Voidship (speed, armor, hull integrity, etc), you will be able to create your own voidships within the rough frame the developers of the game have provided.
Since in BFG there is only Escorts, Cruisers, and higher, there will not be examples listed. Instead, the RPG system of Raider, Frigate, Lt. Cruiser, etc will be used when appropriate.

SPEED
A Voidship’s speed determines how fast it can go in Starship Combat. The smaller a voidship class is, the faster the class can go.

BFG Class — RPG Speed — Margin
Transport — 3 — 1
Raider — 10 — 1
Frigate — 8 — 1
Lt. Cruiser — 6 — 1
Cruiser — 5 — 1
Battlecruiser — 5 — 1
Grand Cruiser — 4 — 1
Battleship — 4 — 1

MANEUVER
The Maneuver score of a voidship measures how agile the vessel is, and the ease of performing maneuver actions. The smaller a vessel is, the easier it is to maneuver.

BFG Class — RPG Mnvr. — Margin
Transport — 10 — 10
Raider — 25 — 5
Frigate — 17 — 3
Lt. Cruiser — 12 — 3
Cruiser — 10 — 3
Battlecruiser — 10 — 2
Grand Cruiser — 6 — 2
Battleship — 2 — 2

DETECTION
The base detection for a vessel determines initiative and ability to perform augur arrays.

BFG Class — RPG Det. — Margin
Transport — 7 — 3
Raider — 15 — 5
Frigate — 12 — 3
Lt. Cruiser — 15 — 5
Cruiser — 10 — 5
Battlecruiser — 10 — 2
Grand Cruiser — 10 — 1
Battleship — 10 — 1

HULL INTEGRITY
Hull integrity is how much punishment a vessel can withstand before becoming a lifeless hulk. The larger a ship, the more hull it can afford to lose before bad things happen.

BFG Class — RPG Hull — Margin
Transport — 40 — 10
Raider — 30 — 5
Frigate — 35 — 5
Lt. Cruiser — 60 — 5
Cruiser — 65 — 5
Battlecruiser — 70 — 5
Grand Cruiser — 85 — 5
Battleship — 100 — 5

ARMOR
Larger classes of ships can mount greater armor. In Battlefleet Gothic, armor was simply a d6 roll, and a large majority of ships had 6+ armor (you were damaged on a 6+), which was the best you could get. The RPG goes into slightly more detail.

BFG Class — RPG Armor — Margin
Transport — 13 — 2
Raider — 15 — 1
Frigate — 18 — 1
Lt. Cruiser — 20 — 1
Cruiser — 20 — 4
Battlecruiser — 20 — 1
Grand Cruiser — 20 — 1
Battleship — 24 — 4

TURRET RATING
Turret Rating is a measure of how many defensive turrets a ship has, for defending against strike craft, torpedoes, and boarding.

BFG Class — RPG Turrets — Margin
Transport — 1 — 1
Raider — 1 — 1
Frigate — 1 — 1
Lt. Cruiser — 2 — 1
Cruiser — 2 — 1
Battlecruiser — 2 — 1
Grand Cruiser — 3 — 1
Battleship 4 1

SPACE
How much garbage you can stick into a vessel before even it begins to strain. As always, the larger a vessel is, the more space it has for components.

BFG Class — RPG Space — Margin
Transport — 40 — 5
Raider — 35 — 5
Frigate — 40 — 5
Lt. Cruiser — 60 — 5
Cruiser — 70 — 7
Battlecruiser — 75 — 5
Grand Cruiser — 90 — 10
Battleship — 100 — 10

SPEED
Speed shows, in VU, how fast the voidship may travel in Starship Combat. Smaller vessels can go faster than larger ones.

BFG Class — RPG Speed — Margin
Transport — 3 — 1
Raider — 10 — 1
Frigate — 8 — 1
Lt. Cruiser — 6 — 1
Cruiser — 5 — 1
Battlecruiser — 5 — 1
Grand Cruiser — 4 — 1
Battleship — 3 — 1

WEAPON CAPACITY
Weapon Capacity is somewhat hard to detail. There is no real standardization that can fit in a table. The best option is to consult Battlefleet Gothic and map the appropriate weapon slots to your new voidship.
As a rule of thumb, however, consider the following:

Transports, Raiders, Frigates usually have 2 weapon slots between Prow and Dorsal.
Light Cruisers usually have 3-4 weapon slots, between 1+ Prow, 1+ Dorsal, and max 1 Port and
Starboard.
Cruisers and Battlecruisers usually have 5 weapon slots, between 1+ Prow, 1+ Dorsal, and max 2 Port
and Starboard.
Grand Cruisers usually have 6 weapon slots, between 1+ Prow, 1+ Dorsal, and max 3 Port and Starboard.
Battleships usually have 8 weapon slots, between 2+ Prow, 2+ Dorsal, and max 3 Port and Starboard.

When converting from BFG to the RPG, roughly every 5 points of Weapons Battery Strength or 2
points of Lance strength corresponds to one Weapon Slot. Torpedoes, Landing Bays, Nova Cannons, and other weapons take up a slot by themselves.

SPECIAL QUALITIES
Voidships may have special qualities that set them apart, such as the agility and dearth of crew of Eldar voidships, or the ability to generate Ork upgrades on the Ork Voidship and Capital Upgrades of Battlefleet Koronus. Voidships are usually improved by some flavorful special qualities, but try not to go overboard!

EXAMPLE
Rockfist Fearengine, former Squat Engineer’s Guildmaster, sits in his chair, musing over the forging of the Squat SecondGeneration Forge Dreadnought, the Iron Spire.
The Iron Spire was primarily designed as a factory ship, so uses the Transport category for most stats. It’s slow, like most squats, so its Speed is only 2. It was not designed as a battleship, and its maneuver suffers at -10. Squat Augurs are only average, and so the vessel has a Detection score of +7. Where the vessel shines, however, is in its legendary Squat fortitude. The Iron Spire packs an improved 50 Hull Integrity and 15 Armor, the upper limits of the categories, as well as a Turret Rating of 2. The Squats carefully organized the interior, granting it 45 Space for gear and components. If caught out, it can defend itself with its Port and Starboard Macrocannons and Dorsal Mining Laser, an augmented Lance weapon used for mining duty.
As a Factory Ship, some of its internal power is drawn off towards the ever-burning forges (-5 Power Generation), but the forges within can be used to produce much of the Squat armory and weaponry at a paltry cost.
Rockfist regards it as his second finest work, before returning to the paperwork on his FIRST finest work, the restoration of the Exelion-class Space Battleship looming outside…

Source: Fringe is Yours