Collins on TMP made a wise observation - in miniature modeling, having the numbers for a military unit, especially an alien one, is often more important than having the script (only I will be regretting these words when I finish up my Aslan AFVs...)
A few years ago, I was working on a 1st Imperium army, and needed Vilani numbers. At the time, there were no images, so I cribbed the numbers from Traveller Adventure 1 - Annic Nova and planned to use them for decals on my Imperial Armour.
Looking at the Vilani Font, one will immediately see a similarity, suggesting that these numbers, if not Vilani, are at least Vilani-inspired.
Traveller pedants insist that the two *cannot* be related, as the Vilani, as core members of the Third Imperium, would hardly be unknown to player characters. Others counter that a similar reaction might be had if your average salvage driver saw the Greek alphabet. I think that the Vilani came later in the minds of the Traveller creators, and they adopted a neat numeric style to fit them.
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