The Romulans

The “Vertical” Warbird. Image originally from

Similar to the Klingons, the Romulans are another Star Trek threat species that has changed from its original portrayal. In the days of the Original Series they were honorable warriors willing to fight to the death … but by the time of the Next Generation, they were still willing to fight to the death, but they would spy on you, sabotage your stuff, try and misdirect your righteous anger at another species, then fight to the death.

Today’s starship is an interesting one, as it was the original design by Andrew Probert to be a vertically-oriented starship, something in complete contravention to all other Star Trek ships and their mostly horizontal orientation. I’m not saying it’s pretty, in fact, to me it looks rather odd and vaguely headache-inducing. It is different though. Perhaps the Romulans decided to intentionally create a ship that would induce headaches in humans?Without further ado, you can find the ship below, as well as on my starships page.


4 responses to “The Romulans

  1. Vaguely reminiscent of Boba Fett’s ship, Slave 1. I don’t think it’s so bad. From an engineering standpoint, I question why they’d do it. If *every* ship in Star Trek is horizontal, there must be a technical reason for it. If a vertical ship is introduced, I’d expect some sort of technical explanation for it. It can be complete techno-babble, but there has to be a reason.

    As you say, one thing on which we can all agree: It’s different.

    • Aesthetically, I just don’t like the “nose” of the ship, it looks to me as though it’s got two bug eyes to either side with a gap-toothed grin in between.

      I agree that there’d have to be some in-universe explanation for its vertical arrangement. Perhaps the vertical design allows it more flexibility in performing certain high-warp maneuvers.

      • Funny. I saw the tooth gap as a single eye like a Cylon. Now I see what you’re saying, but that’s not what immediately came to mind.

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