I had an idea the other day as I was driving in to work, modular ships for MFZ: Intercept Orbit. A set of base "hulls" for Frigates and Carriers/Cruisers that allow you to attach modular sections for Attachments and greebling. Weapons, sensors, defenses, and catapults will all be detachable and interchangeable. Wings, cockpits, engines, etc. will all be detachable and interchangeable.
The core for a Frigate is a stack of paired, alternating (north/south and east/west) 1x2 Technic Bricks. The stack is 9 bricks long to leave room for modules and not break the 12 stud length limit for Frigates.
The core for a Cruiser/Carrier is a stack of paired, alternating (north/south
and east/west) 1x4 Technic Bricks with regular 1x2 Bricks to fill in the gaps. The stack is 12 bricks long to leave
room for modules and not break the 16 stud length limit for Cruisers/Carriers.
These may look a little ugly. Okay, they're a lot ugly. But I'm hoping this design idea will allow new players to quickly build the base hulls to play the game and also allow players to easily remove attachments to reflect battle damage.
Here's a look at both hulls with a few Attachments and greebles.
The Attachments that I added are Turret (2 Red dice at Assault range), Mass Driver (2 Red dice at Support range), Sensor Pod (1 Yellow die). The greebles that I added are the Bridge and the Engines.
I'll show you pictures of the modular plug-ins in my next blog post.