Alternatives for Battlefleet Gothic Imperial Fleets

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Alternatives for Battlefleet Gothic Imperial Fleets
Battlefleet Gothic allows you to battle for supremacy of the stars. (space seas image by Rikmo from

Battlefleet Gothic is a tabletop starship wargame set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Imperial fleet is one of the most common fleets among players, and can become repetitive to see on the tabletop. While Warhammer 40,000, the wargame of ground combat, features dozens of Imperial Guard regiments, Imperial fleets all look very similar. However, with some modelling and painting techniques, as well as a unified concept, an Imperial fleet can be remade into a unique and characterful force.

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Rogue Trader

The forces of a powerful Rogue Trader can be a fleet in and of itself. While Rogue Trader vessels are available, and entire fleet based off the Imperial Fleet can be made. The Rogue Trader Cruiser, Escorts and Monitor ships are the most obvious components, while additional Imperial ships, such as light cruisers, frigates, escorts and fighters, could reasonably have come under the control of a Rogue Trader. Mercenary forces from Ork or Kroot might also be utilised, probably under counts-as rules.

Adeptus Mechanicus

Adeptus Mechanicus ships are also available as part of a standard Imperial fleet but could also be expanded into a fleet of their own. Mechanicus Explorator fleets are dispatched across the galaxy and could form the basis for a tabletop fleet. Any Imperial ship could be used, with suitable modelling and painting, such as Mechanicus cog icons and red and black paint schemes. Ancient or alien technology can be represented by using parts from practically any other alien ship miniature.


Though Eldar corsairs are the most famous, human pirates do exist in the Warhammer 40K universe. Jury-rigged pirate vessels made from various components of Imperial ships are a modelling challenge that can result in a distinctive fleet on the tabletop. Such a fleet can also include scavenged ships from other races, sometimes in a haphazard fashion.

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