Aotrs Shipyards models are designed primarily for miniature wargames.
All of the models large enough to physically accomodate it have a 3.4mm diameter hole, which is sufficient to fit in a typical plastic flying base/flight stand. Models too small for this have instead a flattened area, suitable for gluing to a stand, if necessary (e.g. particularly in the case of the Stone Portal Fleet).
On some smaller vessels, the model will be available as a single ship or in a pack of 3-4 models. These packs are optimised for Strong White Flexible and to reduce the cost per ship where you are likely to want to have multiple ships. The single models are there just in case you only want to fill out the odd ship in your fleet! Note that on very small models (like corvettes or scoupships), it sometimes isn't worth doing this as you only start to save any costs for 10-12 models per pack (e.g. Stone Portal Corvettes), which is a bit too many.
MATERIALS: UPDATE 29/01/2010
The models, many of which are on the minimum wall thickness, are restricted to either Strong White Flexible (and it's coloured permutations) or detail. Models printable in detial can be printed in SWF, but models that are designated as SWF are generally not suited to detail material. I've put the hard-coded restrictions in, because I don't at this point, have the money to prototype everything and I'd rather restrict the material than have people try and print things things that won't work. (As has happened once already.) If in doubt, I've erred on the side of caution.
The model will have a materials section in the description section that gives the suggested (or only) material, which is what the prototypes have been printed in (optimised for lowest cost, as we Aotrs are a tight crowd...!) This will be either Strong White Flexible or [x] detail. The designs will be optimised for these materials.
Strong White Flexible is self-explanatory.
[x] detail refers to any of the detail materials (White, Black or Transparent). Transparent is recommended, since the models are designed to be painted. (We have found a cheap acrylic spray primer and then standard acrylic model paints produces pefectly good results.)
RANGES: All ships of the same fleet in a range (or design company) are prefixed with a code to allow easy searching when organised by title. In addition, each fleet range has it's own shop section.Current fleet ranges:
Aotrs: Army Of The Red Spear vessels. Primarily supplementary vessels for the existing (mainly-scratch built) Aotrs fleet.
ASF: Alpha Strike Force. A high tech fleet.
(Many of whom's ship designs have been lurking around for decades!)
BDSC: BD Starship Corporation. A small starship manufacturer.
GDH: General Designs Hulls. The most prevalent starship manufacturer in the galaxy, GDH starships are available on the open market and are frequently refitted by the end user. They have several series of ships, based on similar hull shapes.
GDAC: General Designs Auxillary Craft. A subsidiary of GDH who manufacture ancillary craft like shuttles and fighters.
SP: Stone Portal Fleet. A race of mysterious ancient beings whose vessels derive their power from superspace portals. They are generally slow but tough.
SSA: Saturn Syndicate Ascendancy. A breakaway human faction that evolved from a series of megacorporations. (The SSA is an attempt to capture a more "atomic sci-fi" feel, akin to that in the works of Stewart Cowley's TTA series of books in particular.)
VA: Vivrathk Aggression. A race of highly vicious combatants.
XGA: Extra-Galactic Aliens: Little is known of these aliens, except that they come from a galactic cluster almost the opposite side of the universe.
MG: Manouvre Group models: Armoured combat vehicles range in 1/72 and 1/144 20th century (plus), featuring sci-fi and models otherwise difficult to obtain in other forms (e.g. the dirtbikes).
From the tireless, Lich-filled shipyards of the Army Of The Red Spear comes a range of starship miniatures, designed for tabletop gaming.