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Tholians are a crystalline species that once ruled the M81 Galaxy. When the Tholian Will was overthrown by the Seltorians, some small groups of Tholians fled to other galaxies. One small group of Tholians reached the Milky Way, where they took over the easternmost part of Klingon space, the part that originally bordered the Romulans. They called this the Tholian Holdfast. The Tholians (who considered carbon-based life to be lower than bacteria) enslaved Klingon colonies in the region and kept the Klingons at bay by their (at the time) superior technology. Their foes, the Seltorians, arrived in the Milky Way Galaxy later.
While the first pinwheel constructed (in the heat of battle) was by patrol corvettes, a pinwheel can be built out of three war cruisers. Because war cruisers are so much bigger than a destroyer or patrol corvette, the tactic of forming a pinwheel assumed an offensive nature rather than being a desperate defensive measure. Three war cruisers (of any type of variant including scout, carrier, commando, or combat types armed with disruptors or photons) could move into a disputed locality and form an “instant base” which would be very difficult for the enemy to remove.
The ship is available in a variety of materials. Ships are unpainted, use standard flight stands available from many sources, and, while designed for gaming, make fine display pieces.