Well well well, so Battle Fleet Gothic (Henceforth referred to as BFG) is a specialty game from the people at Games-Workshop
It involves ships in space ranging from small scale scout skirmishes to large scale all out fleet wars.But What does that mean?
The official website
has this to say about BFG.
Battlefleet Gothic is the game of spaceship combat set during the Gothic War in the 41st millennium - a grim time when the Imperium of Mankind battles for survival in a hostile galaxy. Battlefleet Gothic allows you to command fleets of warships in deadly conflict among the stars, through whether as Mankind's saviour or its destroyer remains to be seen.
In other words, BFG is a ship to ship combat tabletop game based around the races of the Warhammer 40k universe.Races, you mean there are more than Space Marines!?
However, its more accurate to say Fleets, as humanity has several different fleetsThe Imperial Fleet
The Space Marine Fleet
The Imperium of Mankind is the binding force which keeps the mass of humanity tied together across the vast space of the galaxy in the 41st millenniium. The Imperial Navy consists of mighty Battleships, powerful Capital Ships and sleek Escorts which can be rushed to any areas of conflict should the threat of alien incursion or insurrection arise.
The Chaos Fleet
The fleets of the Adeptus Astartes excel at rapid assault and planetary invasion. Space Marines are among the most feared fighting forces in the galaxy. Their fleets are designed to transport these deadly warriors into the depths of battle. The massive Battle Barges can deploy up to three companies of Space Marines at once while decimating the opposition with their terrifying bombardment cannons.
The Ork Fleet
"Like the great storm of the Heresy, the forces of the True Gods will descend upon the False Emperor's minions. The stars will tremble at their passage, the mighty armadas of the Warmasters will bring annihilation to a hundred worlds. Great shall be the slaughter, most pleasing shall be the flow of blood. The fools who follow the Usurper Emperor will be brought low, forced to their knees amidst the corpses of their families and friends. The thrice-cursed one shall become as a living god, the power to destroy the Weakling Emperor shall be within his grasp. Know this, for these things will come to pass and the galaxy itself will be the spoils of victory." - Constanze the Prophetess, burned as a Heretic 6875356.M38.
The Eldar Fleet
Orks are not the greatest space-faring race in the galaxy. Their ships are often ill-kempt, unreliable rust buckets kept in operation only by the constant efforts of Ork Mekboyz and their Gretchin slaves. They make great use of salvaged hulks and their largest vessels are often refitted space hulks that providentially drift out of the warp near one of their worlds. Ork pirate attacks are brutally direct, with their ships rushing headlong towards their target, guns firing wildly as they come. Unfortunately Ork ships are exceedingly heavily armed for their size, so this tactic is harder to defeat than might be imagined.
The Craftworld Eldar Fleet
The Eldar race is an ancient one and their ships are amongst the most sophisticated in the galaxy. In addition, the captains and crews of the ships are arguably the best trained and most naturally able spacefarers of any race. Eldar ships move by capturing stellar energy through their sails and using this to power their movement... their ships are graceful and extremely maneuverable, allowing them to dart in an launch an attack and then pull back before their slower moving enemies have a chance to react. Eldar ships are protected by holofields which distort targeting sensors and make them very hard to hit, rather than offering any physical protection. However, attacks that do strike home tend to cause considerable damage to their sophisticated but fragile vessels.
The Dark Eldar Fleet
...They are not even akin to vast cities, as some of the large star forts of the Imperium are considered, but rather are immense spacefaring worlds accompanied by vast armadas, the likes of which might otherwise be set aside to defend an entire system. Whole battlefleets cluster around key points on the thousands of miles of the craftworld's exterior as smaller, nimbler craft rush across its surface in a constant shimmering patrol.
The Tau Fleet
...Of particular concern were the so-called Dark Eldar Raiders lead by the murderous fiend, Dread Archon Karkass Raquib. The speed and firepower of the raiders was incredible but even more so, their ability to sneak up on even the most heavily escorted convoys and cut out a prize or destroy an escort before any surveyor had detected a threat.
The Tyranid Fleet
The Tau Empire has only expanded into space during the last thousand years. Despite this they have made remarkable progress in developing both civilian and military starships, and have now reached a level where their ships can be compared to Imperial design.
The Necron Fleet
The Tyranids are a race of super-predators. These intergalactic organisms are united by a controlling hive mind that directs the actions of every Tyranid creature. The Tyranids do not build starships like other races. Instead, they travel between stars in massive living vessels that are easily a match for any artificial fleet.
and the newest addition to the fight,The Adeptus Mechanicus Fleet
...reports were made of strange space craft encountered on the edge of newly discovered systems, which appeared derelict at first but when approached became active. More often than not all that remained of the Imperial craft which encountered these strange ships was the scattered wreckage of the destroyed ships, and the only clues to the nature of the enemy were garbled distress messages speaking of alien ships using weapons of quite terrifying effectiveness. Whenever such incidents were investigated, nothing could be found of the perpetuators...
Great! But what types of ships can you get?
...the Adeptus Mechanicus have at their disposal a large fleet of starships. Because the Quest for Knowledge can involve long, ardurous forays into unexplored space, it is important that they be heavily armed and armored. This is not only for their own protection from thise who covet their technology but to engage in combat when necessary to secure vital data or artefacts that may prove cruical to the Quest.
Lets start off from the bottom and work our way up!Escorts
Escorts are the most common warships in any fleet. They are fast, lightly armed and capable of running rings around heavier ships, which they accompany to protect them against torpedo attacks and to fight off enemy escorts. They are also used for independent actions such as scouting, raiding, low-level patrols, protecting convoys and chasing pirates.Cruisers
Cruisers are the workhorses of any fleet. They are manoeuvrable, well-armed ships, capable of operating away from a base for extended periods. This means that cruisers are used to extended patrols, blockades and raiding deep into enemy held space. In a major battle, cruisers screen the approach of the fleet in support of the escorts and form the gun line once battle begins.
and finally the 5 ton gorillas of the battle fleetBattleships
Battleships arethe largest fighting ships in space. They can absorb a tremendous amount of damage and mount weapons batteries capable of laying waste to entire continents. These vessels are so huge that they are comparatively slow and ponderous to manoeuvre, so they need support from other vessels to bring the enemy to battle.What about the Rules Wulf? Do I have to buy a whole bunch of books for this?
Hell no you don't! Games-Workshop put all the rules and errata and fiddly-bits online in PDF form just for people like you and I. You can get them all from here!
All of these ships are available from the links that are sported in their names should you want to join in on the fleet action! While it is true that I just recently got into the game myself, I have seen several other folks talking about their fleets and figured, hey why not!