So I finally picked up Blackstone Fortress. I had no idea it incorporated ships- sure, they're only cards, but that's enough to inspire a guy.
The Clarion- the ship that carries Taddeus and Pious to Precipice doesn't look hard to scratch build. Interior LED's would make the stained glass fabulous.
So my question is one of scale. The books describe the ships as being small; Draik's ship is referred to as a shuttle, and the sizes are comparable. I have a skull shaped vodka bottle that's about 7 cm tall, not including the stem. Scaling the ship based on that skull, the hull of the ship (excluding the skull) would be about 25 cm tall and 60 cm long; probably about 20 cm wide, excluding the wings.
Does that sound reasonable?
What are the dimensions of a thunderhawk, as a basis for comparison?
I could, of course, find a bigger skull and resize accordingly; even as a "small" ship, I'm not sure that 25 x 60 still feels a bit small. The board from Kill Team: Rogue Trader is another guideline, but I haven't managed to buy that box yet.
The intent is to design it with a playable interior, so that ship could be a board itself, but it would also be usable as scenery on a 40k table. Right now, my 40k table is only 4 x 4, so it has to be small enough to fit on that, though I don't mind if it takes up most of the table.
This project is a long way off- probably a good year out, so there's a lot of design time.