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I have been reading the rules for BFG in the past few days, and now I consider to found my own fleet. However, the CWE fleet needs its trademark vessel; the craftworld! I asked the staff in my local gaming store, but they said that a craft world would be too big to use, even in BFG scale But how big would a craftworld actually be compared to, say, a battle barge? And how do they actually look? And what would a craftworld actually be capable of rules-wise? I really feel like making one myself, it could be so great to have craftworld Sareld-Amd standing on the shelf next to my army, eventhough I doubt that I would be able to field it...
varied form crafworld but Aliatoc is about the size of the moon
Each Craftworld varies in size, but keep in mind that they are not ships, exactly. They can travel between the stars, but they are more like uber-space stations. Also, as far as I know, they aren't meant for war, but are merely settlements for the Eldar. I couldn't really ever see them committing an entire Craftworld to battle...that would be like the US taking New York full of its millions of civilians to war.
I would say that even the smallest Craftworlds are larger than even Fortress Monestaries, so they dwarf Battlebarges. To properly model one for BFG, you'd have to make it at least a couple feet long (!). The larger/main Craftworlds like Ulthwe, Alaitoc, etc. are the size of small moons or planets. Think Death Star size, only without the convenient "one torpedo to the reactor core and it blows up" thing.
As for how they look, imagine floating cities designed in the flowing Eldar wraithbone design. They are probably very organic looking, with lots of smooth curves and few if any hard angles. Check out Eldar ships, 40k tanks, and the Forgeworld Haven Class Spire/space station for inspiration. Also, they are described as being built and added to over many thousands of years, so they would probably be masses of different modules connected by curved support structures. These Craftworlds are habitats, so they would probably have a lot of Eco-domes and things like that. In several instances, it is said that Craftworlds contain a lot of vegetation and are very beautiful inside, almost like paradise. Inside the different modules, there would be cities with streets, open fields to harvest food, and even forests and lakes. The last thing to note is that it is said that every craftworld has a pure Wraithbone core, wherein there is the Avatar's chamber as well as the Craftworld's Infinity Circuit/Matrix. Good luck modeling one, should you choose to undertake it. If you did it right, it would probably take several months at least to do.
Tip, read the "Doom of the Eldar" pdf on battlefleetgothic.com. In that file there is good fluff, about Iyanden and craftworld. I imagine the craftworld as the big space colony Pioneer II in "Phantasy Star Online" (if anyone has played that game...) but of course more eldar-ish. And last think on the scale on the battleship. Remember the craftworld would be able to have at least 10 cruisers on board at the same time, and cruisers are like a kilometer in lenght.
So I think a craftworld is no good for a game, but I would be a cool model...
Edit: GW pic of the Iyaden Craftworld, note the ships around it.
Last edited by Balthazar; April 6th, 2005 at 18:57.
I remember somewhere in the CWE rules they talk about how instead of designating one table edge as the "sunward" side, you designate an edge the "craftward" side. As in, the CW's are big enough that they take up the entire edge of a table.
Thanks guys, IĀ“ll start modeling craftworld Sareld-Amd as soon as I have my 2000 pts army ready.. And get myself a bigger flat. Not that IĀ“ll be using it, but I would love to have it for the geek-rating (Y)
The craftworld in the Warp Storm book (now out of print) had to rest on three 40K flying stands. With just under a foot between each. And about 7-8 inches longer at each end. So you're looking at at least 3-4 feet long. Compared to an Eldar escort which is about 1-2" long, and a cruiser at about 4-5", that's uber-massive. As long a TWO whippy sticks (range rulers). Just mad.