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Well, with the newest bunch of construction I thought it would be better to create a separate thread on nanoblock ships. So far I've been posting in kuhrusty's thread about pimping the game, but I don't want to hijack it with detail discussions.

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/23228484#23228484

So this is based on my basic assumptions for ship designs and their size shown in that thread - I'm just repeating the photo of the base ship constructions that I'm currently using for reference. One nice aspect is that if the ships are done in a particular player's colour, the thruster can be in neutral colour, and that means I only need one exemplar of each thruster for the game, since only one player (in fact only one stack) will be using that card at any point in the game.



Below is a complete set of preliminary designs for all the thrusters in the basic game (white cards and black cards), which could be stuck onto these or similar ships (just as the ESA ship in the photo above is clearly using a Photon Heliogyro). Now, these are obviously in no way authoritative - they partly look this way because of the pieces I had available. (For example, many of the black card thrusters use dark gray pieces rather than black ones because I had more of those than I had black pieces.) People who have other pieces available will likely come up with other shapes and I hope some will post them here.

I'm showing front and rear view so it's clear how they are put together. White cards first (I've also added a possible "buggy" construct on the side that could be stuck to the ships that have buggy robonauts):





And here are the black cards:





I've still tried to make them as distinct as possible while sticking with the minimal dimensions that fit on the basic board. As a reminder, the ships' body cross sections vary between 2x2 and 2x4, and so do the drive front plates.

The choices of nozzle on the thrusters (1x1 or 2x2 or bigger assemblies) are roughly based on the card's scale illustrations. The size of the assembly is partly based on mass - for example I gave the De Laval Nozzle an extra 2x2 piece compared to the Cermet Nerva because it's heavier. I've tried to give thrusters with external 'combustion' an explicit external exhaust flare - blue if nuclear, yellow if chemical or laser-based heating.

Might make one change based on that. The Pulsed Plasmoid, because it's an externa plasma generation based on a laser beam, should have a clear yellow 2x2 round piece at the bottom to represent the plasma.

Another modification that could be made would be to vary the number of nozzles, so making all thrusters unique - for example the Metastable Helium thruster could get a higher number of the 1x1 nozzles because it has higher thrust than the VASIMR.
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So, sorry, but never heard of nano blocks. Look to be miniature legos? Quick search reveals lots of people selling kits that use these blocks to build certain structures, like a model kit, is there a more general set of building blocks? What did you use?
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Yes, nanoblocks are sort of like smaller Lego blocks - about half the size along one axis. Have been around since 2008. Yes, model kits are good comparison. My impression was they were from the start done to do "souvenir 3D puzzles" - specific real world objects or fantasy characters, but due to the smaller size use much fewer specialised bricks. There are 11 basic blocks.

There are generic kits as you mention, but they contain a lot of the larger blocks which due to the size constraints wouldn't be very useful here. So I chose a few specific kits to start from that looked good from shapes and had colours useful for HF.

Lunar Landing (sloped blocks, light orange blocks for the lander)
Burj Khalifa (lots of round blocks, 1x1 and 2x2)
Changi Airport Tower (this is made by Brixies, a separate line - for the blue and green blocks)

I'm still low on red blocks for PRC ships. I think there's a red Electric Guitar kit that looks good.
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