The only place I've seen them is in Star Wars Galaxies. I don't like them either, I'm used to the blocky Z-95 models from TIE Fighter with the shark teeth modeled on.
I wish FFG was a little more permissive in allowing model modifications, then I'd have no hesitance about clipping them off and pen-drawing in chutes on the nose.
No sane person is going to kick you from a tournament for clipping the pods. If they did, thats a tournament you don't want to play in anyway, because "Fly Casual".
Yeah that's what I was thinking.
Besides, you could always just say that it accidentally broke.
"The size and shape of a ship model cannot be modified in any way." Wouldn't the pods be considered be part of the shape? So by standards you could be kicked from event / play if you didn't have a replacement.
As for pods, I probably wouldn't have realized them myself, but definitely not original design, only supported by SWG concepts.
Yeah, that used to be the rule. That exact line is no longer in the tournament rules. It currently says:
"Players are welcome and encouraged to personalize their squads according to
the following rules. The TO is the final authority on any component’s eligibility
in the tournament. If a component is ruled ineligible and the player does not
have a replacement for it, that player is disqualified from the tournament.
Ship models may be painted as desired as long as the alterations are not
offensive and do not adversely affect another player’s experience."
Hence my comment that "No Sane Person" would kick you out of the tournament. Taking off the pods does nothing to change the game experience and if my opponent wants to "win" like that and the TO backs him up then I made a mistake coming to this tournament. I guess if you are SO competitive that you want to win the game for a minor cosmetic change to a ship, then I didn't want to play with you anyway. Keep it casual, guys.
Edited by Tervlon, 14 May 2014 - 10:37 AM.