The Kzintis are a species of eight-foot-tall felines; the Klingons call them "tigermen." They are adjacent to the Federation (and have fought two major wars with them, losing both) and the Klingons (and have fought several wars with them, winning a few and losing a few). Kzinti ships are armed with disruptors, phasers, and drones. They have more drones on their standard warships than any other empire, and forests of phaser-3s, because their ships are designed to fight each other. (They have had more civil wars than foreign wars.) They are enemies of the Klingons and Lyrans and allies of convenience with the Hydrans and Federation.
This sprue of ships contains a War Destroyer and a Frigate. Frigates are the smallest regular warships in a fleet, and are the ubiquitous small ships for small missions. They escort convoys and major warships, screen flanks, patrol quiet sectors, and run errands. Before the General War, everybody built lots of frigates to improve fleet numbers, then quickly learned that the small frigates (such as this one by the Kzintis) were too small for fleet battles (where a long-range enemy volley by several ships would wreck one frigate) and those posted to picket duty were in danger of being picked off by marauding cruisers. While a natural enemy of the Klingon F5 figate, the Kzinti frigate is not powerful enough to defeat it unless commanded by a superior captain. Hard-pressed by the Coalition invasion (and saddled by an inferior destroyer design), the Kzintis waited too long to replace their frigates with the superior war destroyers. The Kzintis built many variants of this design: escort, scout, commando, transport, etc.
The pressure of constant Klingon attacks during the first five years of the General War forced the Kzintis to produce their diminutive frigate far longer than it could effectively serve in the fleet. Once the Klingons diverted their attention to the Federation, the Kzintis found time to convert shipyards for the frigate to produce to superb war destroyer, which was the equal of the Lyran war destroyer and the superior of the Klingon F5 frigate. The Klingons are thought to have built the F5W war destroyer specifically to match this ship and the Federation war destroyer. The Kzinti War Destroyer became the most-produced ship class of the Kzinti Fleet during the General War, and it was produced in a dozen variants including scouts, escorts, mobile carriers, patrol carriers (with more fighters but fewer weapons than mobile carriers), commando ships, minesweepers, fast cargo transports, small gunboat tenders, drone bombardment and drone combat types, as well as squadron leaders.
This sprue of unpainted ships is designed to fit on a typical 5/8-inch hex map or to allow more room on a larger hex map. (If used for A Call to Arms: Star Fleet, simply change the measurements from inches to centimeters.)