What on Earth are the Space Ninjas?
I've been asked that question a few times across various websites and the simple answer is... I don't know. I made up the name about a week ago (late November 2011) as a catch all, power ranger like, super robot team. My original plan was for a team of robots that combine to form a bigger robot, but the mechanics at this scale are HARD! So I compromised with this Mega Zord inspired micro mecha concept.
I've since been toying with some story ideas for the Space Ninjas, many of which are blatant Power Ranger inspired fan fictions. But to date this is the gist:
2,000 years ago the combined ninja clans of Earth banished a great and powerful evil into the abyss, from which it was prophesied that it one day it would eventually escape. Fast forward to the future, approximately 500 years from now. To prepare for the return of the great evil, the ninjas infiltrated various facets of human culture, arranging for the construction of a colony/training academy to be built in secret on a newly colonised Asteroid beyond Saturn. There they have devised an entire fleet of craft capable of assuming super robot forms. Piloted by ninjas, these robots are like a scalpel cutting away evil from the galaxy, where as the regular military are more like a bazooka.
But the prophecy is about to be fulfilled and the great evil has chosen the BioBeasts of Glorm as his instruments. When they recapture the abyss, he will rise again! Edit: To make the descriptions easier to write and understand as the various variants are now numbering in double figures (see various combinations below) I'm going to short hand the names.
Space Ninja = SN:
Stealth Shadow = SH:
Super Robot (5 piece robot any team) = SR
Ultra Robot (6 or 8 piece robot any team) = UR
Space Ninja Red Bomber = R1
Space ninja Blue Fighter = B1
Space ninja white fighter = W1
Space ninja yellow fighter = Y1
Space ninja green fighter = G1
Gold Fighter / Combat shuttle = G2
Golf Support fighters = G3 & G4
Stealth Shadow Cruiser = S1
Stealth Shadow Interceptors = S2 & S3
Stealth Shadow scouts = S4 & S5
shown below is another alternative which is semi-official
SN:UR = R1+B1+W1+Y1+G1+G2
A slightly more lazy presentation here, I may go through later and tidy it up a little. I've noticed that a couple of pictures I took are missing? not sure what happened there.
Space Ninja Stealth Shadow Fleet.
Following the return to the Space Ninja Fleet of the Stealth Shadow Cruiser and its renegade pilot, the Space Ninjas begin in earnest the construction of the Stealth Shadow Fleet. Now when the Space Ninja Fleet and the Gold Fleet, are not enough for the task, these fast and almost unnoticed interceptors and scouts head behind enemy lines; taking out evil with silent precision.
ok there are a lot of pictures here showing various versions of the super and ultra robot forms, and size comparisons between the various incarnations. Officially the mix and match element wouldn't work like this as seriously you would not have two versions of the same fleet deployed at once.
to date I envisage the following:
Space Ninja Super Robot = red bomber, white fighter, blue fighter, green fighter, yellow fighter
Space Ninja Ultra Robot = Space ninja Super Robot + Gold Fleet
Space Ninja Stealth Shadow Super Robot = Stealth Shadow Cruiser, Stealth Shadow Interceptors, Stealth Shadow Scouts
Space Ninja Stealth Shadow Ultra Robot = Space Ninja Stealth Shadow Super Robot + Gold Fleet
Variations obviously exist, the SN:SS:Super Robot, could be made up of any 4 limbs attached to the Stealth Shadow Cruiser. The SN:Super Robot, could be made up of any 4 limbs combined with the Red Bomber. The same is true of the various Ultra forms.
I'll add some pictures of a few variants later.
I didn't make a distinction between the two scouts or two interceptors. This was due to the Stealth aspect and wanting them to appear dark and shadowy. I did think about adding an accent colour to each (red, white, green, yellow and blue). Looking at the 4 limb components, it is difficult to make out some of the detail due to the dark colour scheme, so maybe I will add some slight detailing in another (brighter) colour for each.