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Common Craft

The V’lar are a race of jellyfish-like aliens who typically travel about attached to a humanoid host whom they puppet via filaments insinuated into the host’s nervous system. Their ships are a hybrid design utilizing common technological elements (such as engines and weapons) built into an organically grown hull.

It is expected that the V’lar will be replaced by whatever alien races inhabit your particular game setting and that the ships will be used for fully biological, plant, or even undead craft in addition to hybrid designs. The PDF documents include renderings and orthographic views to support these alternate themes.

Three common V’lar ship types are included in this product. First up is the Coleoptera-class cargo ship, commonly called the “Beetle” due to its shape. It features a huge cargo hold, carries a crew of 14, and is lightly armed. Next is the Pestilence-class, or “Manta”, bomber. This combat ship carries an impressive amount of ordnance - either bombs and bioweapons for planetary assault, or ship-to-ship missiles for space combat. The Manta is also equipped with several automated plasma arc turrets and a breaching bore for boarding actions. It requires a crew of four and has eighteen additional pods for soldiers. Lastly, the Bucrania-class heavy fighter is presented. Originally dubbed the “Ox Skull”, it is now usually just called a “Skull Fighter”. With a crew of two, this craft is equipped for dogfights as well as either bombing runs or missile attacks.


The V’lar Common Craft package contains five highly detailed, layered PDF files:

• Main Book
     - 33 page PDF file detailing the ships and interior areas.
     - Contains 3D rendered scenes as well as orthographic views of the ships in various themes (undead, plant, etc.)
     - Background, art, and text are on different layers for custom display and printing.

• Map Pages
    - 29 page PDF file containing complete interior maps at 1 inch = 5 ft scale.
    - Divided into pages for easy printing in full color or printer-friendly black and white.
    - Selectable layers include a 1-inch grid, black & white version, and optional cargo.

• Uncut Map Images
    - Three layered PDF files containing large, uncut images of the deckplans.
    - Includes 32x44, 53x53, and 7x9 inches of the Beetle, Manta, and Skull. 
    - Text-free jpeg images, grid-aligned, on a dark background are provided for VTT use.

• Starfinder Statistics
    - Starfinder stat sheets are provided:
    - Skull:   a tier  6, tiny- sized fighter
    - Beetle: a tier 10, large-sized cargo hauler
    - Manta: a tier 13, large-sized bomber

Sample documents and art, as well as poster maps and matching miniatures, are available at

This is the first issue in the “Aliens” series of Armada Codex. As with all issues of the Codex, this product is designed to give you a ready-made ship to drop into your setting and rules of choice - lending depth and detail to your campaign. When it’s time to play, zero hour is ready!

Note: A PDF reader capable of displaying layers is required in order to fully use these documents. The Adobe Reader is a good, free, option.


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