Captain Seafort wrote:
Tiberius wrote:But not easily detected as being your troops. The aim is to disguise them as something. You can disguise them as a giant statue of a horse. You can also disguise them as empty space.
No, a Trojan horse involves disguising your transport as something harmless. Hiding it completely is called camouflage.
Camoflage is not making something appear invisible. Camoflage is making it look like something it is not . Making a group of soldier look like just a horse statue. Making a bird look like a tree branch. Making a starship filled with troops look like empty space.
It's also something cloaks are a bit hit-and-miss at - Toreth reeled off a list of things that could see through them in Face of the Enemy.
It worked well enough to let the warbird that destroyed those vulcan ships remain completely undetected until the moment they decloaked.
Except the Vulcans didn't bring the stolen ships into their space.
A minor detail.
But in any case, the whole tactic used, both in the failed Romulan attempt and the original trojan horse, was "Get your guys into enemy territory by making them look like something the enemy doesn't need to worry about."
And a cloaked warbird can do that much more easily than a few easily-scanned Vulcan ships.