Having some thoughts on how should the Star Wars HWK-290 Light Freighter look inside, and how much room you can actually expect there, and being a big fan of creating floor plans to the ships we use in our campaigns, I’ve decided to try building a model of the ship, as a proof of concept.
I’ve chosen LEGO bricks for the job, for various reasons. First, and foremost, I like LEGO. It is a lot of fun building from physical bricks, but with the advent of modern computing, you can also design in Lego Digital Designer directly on your PC , having access to all the bricks in a world, be able to tear down and rebuild in the matter of minutes (well, ok, it takes some time to get used to the interface, and some time to get a feeling where all those bricks you need are located, but once you are familiar, it gets much more fun). Second, my daughter likes LEGO, too. And she likes Star Wars. A year and a half ago she got the LEGO 75105 Millennium Falcon set, and it is still one of her favourite doll-houses she plays in, so creating a minifig scale ship of my own design, provided it will be accessible and have all those interactive parts inside, looked like something she might be interested in as well.
In my last article, I’ve tried to compare several silhouette 3 starships from the Star Wars universe within Fantasy Flight Games RPG systems that are capable of a longer hyperdrive travel and can accommodate a minimum of two persons on board. One of them was HWK-290 Light Freighter – not the cheapest choice, but my personal favourite. I do not really have a good reason for that, I’ve never played Star Wars: Dark Forces, and this is where it was introduced, so I do not have my sentiments there. I guess I just like the lines of it, and the concept of a very small, yet a bit more elegant craft, that would give you some degree of independence.
The problem with HWK-290, however, is that there are multiple visions of how does it look like inside, how many persons it can accommodate, can you expect cabins, flashy corridors, or maybe it is more like an interior of U-96 submarine.
On the next pages of this entry I will try to dig through the limited official and more frequent not so official materials we have on HWK-290 and figure out, what version would match the FFG specs we have best.
Choosing and tweaking a starship is an important part of every Star Wars RPG campaign. Han Solo had his Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett had Slave I, Luke Skywalker traveled with an X-Wing, and most probably your group of characters will need their signature vehicle, too. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a gap in the area of 1-2 persons crafts that are capable of a longer hyperspace travel in decent conditions. I will try to list and compare the options we have as of December 2018.