This book would not have been possible without all of the writers, producers, production designers, concept artists and modelers (both traditional and CG) who have worked on STAR TREK over the years.
In particular we’d like to acknowledge the work of Foundation Imaging, Digital Muse, Eden FX and Pixomondo who created many of the CG models that fill the pages of this book. Before that Greg Jein, Bill George, and Tony Meininger’s Brazil Fabrications were responsible for many of the physical models, which were recreated by our own talented CG modellers Fabio Passaro and Ed Giddings.
We’d especially like to acknowledge the work of the modellers at the CG companies. Sadly we don’t always know the names of everyone involved, but we know that particular thanks are due to Pierre Drolet, Brandon MacDougall and Koji Kuramura. We’d also like to thank Rob Bonchune and Adam ‘Mojo’ Lebowitz, who not only introduced us to Ed and Fabio, but also created many of the renders you will find inside this book.
We’d like to thank all the VFX supervisors and producers whose role in creating the final ships is often overlooked. William Budge provided invaluable assistance when it came to establishing the lengths of the Klingon ships from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.When it came to tracking down the appearances of different classes of ship, the website Ex Astris Scientia was an invaluable resource.
We’d like to thank our friends at CBS Consumer Products: Risa Kessler, Marian Cordry and John Van Citters.
More than anyone, we’d like to thank Gene Roddenberry and Matt Jefferies for laying the foundations for everything that followed. More recently Michael Piller, Ron D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr have played important roles in guiding the Klingons into the 24th century, and Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller gave them new life in the 23rd. FOREWORD
Having produced two volumes that deal with Stafleet ships, we’ve turned our attention to the most significant ‘alien’ race in STAR TREK: the Klingons.
Our mission is to produce a detailed and comprehensive guide to STAR TREK’s ships. This volume covers the ships used by the Klingon Empire, from their debut in the original STAR TREK to their latest appearances in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.
As before there are rules. The ships in these books are all canon ships that have appeared in one of the STAR TREK TV series or movies, and in the pages that follow you will find detailed plan views of every ship, with profiles that provide the most important information we have about them. These ships are all from the Prime timeline and don’t take account of the vessels that can be found in the movies that have been made since 2009. Nor do we include ships that have only appeared in books, games, calendars or the animated STAR TREK series from the 1970s.
The history of Klingon ships is a complex and fascinating subject that poses the STAR TREK historian with some continuity problems. In particular the Klingon bird-of-prey is a thorny topic. In the original script for STAR TREK III, it was a Romulan ship, which explains how the Klingons acquired the name and cloaking technology. Over the years it has changed size wildly, from as little as 50m long to as much as 600m. This is clearly the result of STAR TREK being a TV show rather a parallel reality, but we have done what we can to rationalise it.
More recently, people have been surprised by the variety of Klingon ships that have appeared in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. It makes sense to us that a vast empire made up of warring houses would operate dozens of different types of ship. In fact, we look forward to seeing many more Klingon ships and hope to have the opportunity to return to update this volume in the future.
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