Stargrave Crew: The Reclaimers

I just finished painting my Stargrave Crew! Let me show you.


In a galaxy torn apart by the Last War, vast pirate fleets roam from system to system, robbing, extorting, and enslaving. Amidst this chaos, thousands of independent operators – smugglers, relic hunters, freedom fighters, and mercenaries – roam the dead stars in small ships, scratching out a living any way they can.

Stargrave: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy

Stargrave is a narrative tabletop skirmish wargame, the sci fi successor to the popular game Frostgrave, written by Joe McCullough and published by Osprey Games. To play I needed a crew consisting of a Captain, First Mate, and up to eight crewmates.

Varga Driima, Captain of the Errant Wanderer

Varga Driima, second from left, and his assembly of skilled retainers

The Last War ruined Varga Driima’s interstellar trade empire, but his nose for opportunity never faltered. He escaped the collapse of his homeworld on the Errant Wanderer, a nimble cutter that keeps him one step ahead of trouble. Now he plies his extensive former trade network to find and gather valuable goods, information, and loyalties. He also picked up a thing or two about fighting dirty.

Delsom Lang, First Mate, pirate deserter

Delsom Lang, second from right, and his squad.

Delsom fought in the Last War and, like everyone else, he lost. After six grueling months stranded on the fallen planet Demeter III, he surrendered the remains of his squad to Wyatt Galven’s pirate fleet. Disciplined, coordinated, and professional, Delsom and his team were natural fits for Galven’s armada. They quickly found their place as a raiding party, but just as quickly found they had no stomach for Wyatt Galven’s atrocities. When circumstance and Varga Driima offered them an alternative, they took it.

The Reclaimers

A bond forged in adversity.

Since joining forces, Varga and Delsom have formed a close bond of friendship. The crew works together like they’ve trusted each other for years. With a little luck, perhaps they’ll carve out a sliver of peace together in the Ravaged Galaxy.

The Reclaimers

These ideas grew together in spurts over the course of a couple months. I’m thinking of doing a follow-up post about it. Would you be interested in reading more about the creative cycle I undertook to develop this crew? Please say so in the comments.






8 responses to “Stargrave Crew: The Reclaimers”

  1. Comradepatrick Avatar

    Extraordinary write-up! The milieu you’re creating is inspiring and infectious! I’ll have to noodle on my crew a little bit and come up with some backstory.

    1. BartyB Avatar

      We’re going to have fun pretending they are shooting at each other.

      1. Comradepatrick Avatar

        I foresee many “pew pew pew” moments ahead.

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  3. Tavendale Avatar

    These are lovely. Where are the minis (and bases!) from?

    1. BartyB Avatar

      Thank you! The captain is a 40k Genestealer Cults kellermorph, and the rest of them come from Anvil Digital Forge. I 3d printed bits from various of their monthly releases.

      1. BartyB Avatar

        (Including the bases, which came with their gothic void troopers release.)

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