Back? Spend lots? Ok, back to me! What got me planning this new project was Whiskey Priest's post in which he came up with the necessary tables to create an Inquisitor warband in an RT/RoC style - it made me want to make one for a Rogue Trader.
The slight problem is that a Rogue Trader is basically an Imperially-funded independent warlord:
Now, that doesn't sound like a small scale skirmish sort of character to me! The first line, though, gave me an idea - "other staff". Your head man is going to need subordinates with small crews, perhaps a single in-system ship and a dozen or so redshirts to make first contact, scout out new places, check he's not being swindled and put the squeeze on local gangsters who are getting too big for their boots. These subordinates, in my mind, would be licensed by the Rogue Trader. Sanctioned, if you like, by letter of marque like British sailors given license to harass the Spaniards and French in years gone by - in a word, PRIVATEERS.
A Sanctioned Privateer would allow me to follow the Rogue Trader, slightly non-conformist, out in the backwoods feel, but at the scale I'm interested in. Result! The only slight problem is that there aren't any rules for Privateers, sanctioned or otherwise, in the RoC books. So I've made it up! Yes, it's based heavily on the approach that Whiskey Priest took over on the Leadpile but that seemed to go down well with his readers and, more importantly, give a good game as well.
Here's my take; what do you think? I haven't got as far as the Rewards Table (Promotion table? Reputation table?) yet, but I have a few ideas of my own to add to those I pinch from RoC (ok, and the Leadpile). All page numbers are from the Rogue Trader rulebook unless otherwise stated.
EDIT - updated 30th April 2014 with a tweaked set of tables