So while playing Star Trek Adventures I started to think about something. The idea came up when working on one of the adventures that the Klingons would still require a merchant fleet. This may not be a commercial one, but even a one dimensional yelling and thumping race needs to stay supplied. No military can outfight its supply line. Ships need resupplying of provisions, spares and things like torpedoes. They have to get there somehow and a frontline ship would not pull back light years to resupply. Doing so could leave the line weakened as well as taking them out of the fight for too long a time and allowing others to gain glory.
Klingons may be angry yelling thumpers but if that is all they were and if they were that stupid they would have lost long ago. The Romulans would have out manoeuvred them long ago. Now maybe Klingons do have a form of plot armour, but they understand warfare. There isn’t a lot of Klingon ships that are not warships shown. Again this could well be in part due to the story. If the story is involving Klingon warships then there would be no need for extra ships to be added. The model budget for Trek never seemed very high. But I did find one I really did like.
This is more like an armed merchant rather than a cargo vessel, but that fits with the Klingon mentality. There is also a history of armed merchant vessels during the First and Second World Wars. German U-Boats did not always attack from below the waves and arming the merchants made life a bit more difficult for the German Submarines.
This ship is a pretty cool design and I liked it upon seeing it. It featured in Star Trek Enterprise. It has an interesting overall shape and I think it is a good addition to the Klingon ships. It does not have a lot of information on it which is a bit unfortunate. It doesn’t have a model designation which is a shame. Rather it is known as Goroth’s Klingon Transport Ship. Goroth though is the name of the Captain and not the design of the vessel.
Armed with Disruptors, a torpedo tube and coming in at 88 meters long. A top speed of warp 6 and a crew of up to 7 makes it a decent light transport. It's not big enough to resupply the big Klingon vessels but I think there would be quite a number of these in the Empire.
The model is really nice. It has good detail, has that great Klingon Green shade of paint and is unusual enough to stand out on the shelf. The only complaint is the unusual design does make it not like the stand in the same way that most of the other models in the range do. So you have to be careful about where you place it as if it gets bumped it will fall off the stand.