Sunday, 10 December 2017

Battlefleet Carthage

The culmination of over a year's work, I present Battlefleet Carthage in all its glory - featuring an extra handful of ships since the last posting of a fleet shot in October. Following the fleet shots, a picture of each squadron in turn, and some action shots. I do not intend to paint anything more for them until the Destroyers, Dreadnoughts and Monitors are released!

Now I have the UCM at a comfortable size (!!!), have a good number of Space Stations, civilian ships and 3-D debris fields done, I have no excuse not to start my Scourge fleet. I have more than enough ships for the Scourge fleet in the wake of the Kickstarter and the purchasing of a resin Battlecruiser, now I just need to work out a scheme I am happy with! First of all, however, I will be playing a few games and concentrating my painting efforts on Necromunda.

Of course, as far as the UCM are concerned, no project is truly ever finished, merely awaiting future avenues of expansion...
Mustered for the defence of the Colonies following the horrific Scourge counter-attack at Ferrum, Wolfrum and Aluminia, Battlefleet Carthage has been assembled from various scattered squadrons and the defence fleet of the New Carthage system, a minor shipyard and weapons testing facility within the Colonies

The majority of the crews of Battlefleet Carthage are unblooded, though some of their Captains have experience against Shaltari pirates and the dread Post-Human Republic, who no doubt seek to interfere with the development of new weapons and technologies at New Carthage

Troop transports move together

New Orleans-class Strike Carriers, the workhorses of the Reconquest
Four Poole-class Light Carriers, configured for the fast insertion of troops on the ground, alongside a Seattle-class Fleet Carrier
Armed freighters, repurposed transport vessels used in escort duty and point defence

The knife-fighters - Taipei-class Missile Frigates

Toulon-class Frigates

Awaiting assignment as escorts for the larger capital ships, four Jakarta-class Aegis Frigates

As befitting the well-equipped nature of the Carthage shipyards, four Lima-class Detector Frigates currently operate within the fleet. They are rarely deployed together

Cadiz-class Orbital Interceptors, incredibly fast vessels equipped to engage the enemy in low orbit and atmosphere

Santiago-class Corvettes

A full squadron of New Cairo-class Light Cruisers

Three Osaka-class Light Cruisers

Armed with a pair of UF-6400 Mass Drivers, the Rio-class Cruiser brings traditional firepower to the fleet

Two Berlin-class Cruisers, with the deadly Cobra Heavy Lasers

Two Madrid-class Cruisers prepare to bombard the city below

The Cölln-class Cruiser, experimental vessel used as a test-bed for the development of a smaller, Cruiser-portable Cobra Heavy Laser. This vessel was the first attempt to reduce the size and demands of laser-armament without sacrificing power, and eventually lead to the development of the Berlin-class Cruiser and New Cairo-class Light Cruiser. Officially retired, the Cölln was brought back into service during the desperate fighting around Carthage when every void-capable vessel was demanded

 Three San Francisco-class Bulk Landers move a huge number of UCM personnel into reconquered territory

The state of the Reconquest is reaching a point where it is safer to sally out, though the Scourge counter-attack threatens everything they have achieved
Carrier Group - three Seattle-class Carriers

The UCMS Razorback, Moscow-class Heavy Cruiser modified with experimental vanes for heightened maneuverability in low orbit

UCMS Demands With Menaces, Moscow-class Heavy Cruiser

UCMS Abrupt Resolution, St Petersburg-class Heavy Cruiser 

Like its sister ships Demands With Menaces, Abrupt Resolution is fitted with experimental vanes to allow for greater speed and maneuverability. Their efficacy is yet to be proven

The Carthage weapon-testing facility and shipyards were one of the leading proponents of the Avalon-class Battlecruiser, and had commissioned a number of them before they were outmoded and superseded by the Perth-class Battlecruiser. Several of these half-finished vessels languished in the shipyards, until the demands of the Reconquest and subsequent counter-attack by the Scourge gave the opportunity for their completion to be authorised 

UCNS Rocinante is one of the most highly decorated vessels of Battlefleet Carthage, operating as the flagship for Director Oram, acting fleet commander for the Battlefleet, in a number of major engagements

UCMS Dulcinea entered service relatively late in the war, seen here accompanied by two tenders

The Atlantis-class Battlecruiser is another outdated and unpopular design, overtaken by the Johannesburg-class. Nonetheless, two of these vessels were hastily completed and entered service following the invasion of Ferrum

UCMS Black Philip has a tarnished history, suffering catastrophic damage in its first shakedown cruise and never truly recovering

UCMS Scopuli has a cleaner reputation

UCMS Fevre Dream, Johannesburg-class Battlecruiser

UCMS Sixth Hammer, Perth-class Battlecruiser

Three Saratoga-class Light Cruisers, the latest in cruiser design for the United Colonies of Mankind

A pair of Athens-class Light Cruisers, another rare sight afforded to Battlefleet Carthage by their links with the New Carthage shipyards and weapon testing facilities

UCMS Last Shadow, Tokyo-class Battleship

Three tenders run alongside this vessel, offering protection while it bombards the planet below

New York-class Fleet Carrier UCMS Harman Dae-Jung

Niihama-class Heavy Battleship UCMS Titus Alone, Pride of New Carthage

This immense vessel serves as the Flagship for the hastily assembled Battlefleet, though in smaller engagements the flag is transferred to the UCMS Rocinante

A pair of tenders escort the immense vessel

The Prime Recovery Cruiser wrenches a Toulon-class Frigate from the clutches of the gravity well below

The immense Rescue Cruiser searches for lifeboats and saviour pods in the wake of the battle, equipped with several immense docking bays for deploying saviour drones and hosting survivors

The Rescue Cruiser is accompanied by a tender for defence

The Secondary Recovery/Repair Cruiser, equipped for follow-up repairs and refits on the move rather than mid-battle recovery of damaged vessels

This vessel is currently locked onto a damaged New Orleans-class Strike Carrier, working on hasty repairs that cannot wait for a dry dock

Emergency Recovery Frigates launch into action

A ruined Princess Luxury Liner is recovered

This New Orleans-class Strike Carrier has taken several brutal shots, but the crew and materials can still be saved

Wings up, this vessel searched for a target

The Emergency Recovery Frigates prepare to swoop into the middle of battle and save ships and lives

Perth-class Battlecruiser and escort moves past the Fuel Depot

The Rescue Cruiser moves amid the ruin of a recent engagement

UCMS Scopuli deploys launch assets

Cadiz-class Fast Interceptors and the UCMS Abrupt Resolution negotiate the debris

Recovery vessels go to work

The Repair Station is overwhelmed following a recent battle

Flagships survey the carnage

UCMS Rocinante sails past two orbital platforms

Non-combatants and auxiliaries for the fleet

The spectacle of Battlefleet Carthage arrayed for battle

Dozens of ships and varied squadrons, from old warhorses to ships fresh out of the shipyard ready to face the enemies of Humanity

Battlefleet Carthage
Thanks for reading, 



  1. Damn that is impressive...

    Big thanks for posting this. Its so full of inspiration.

  2. Incredible collection, great to see them all together!

  3. I keep coming back to this as inspiration for my fleets. What did you make your 3d debris fields out of? I see some dropfleet models, but also various other stuff?

  4. Ha - I just found this post ( and it explains the debris fields nicely. Thanks for this content, it's great reference material and inspiration for the community!