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    borithan got a reaction from RogueLeader42 in SOLO, Confirmation of Imperial Army Units   
    I didn't think the Tatooine troopers were meant to be garrison troops. I had understood they had been landed by the Star Destroyers to search for the droids, and were enacting a very temporary form of occupation. I didn't get the sense that those troops had been based there on an extended basis.
    The Death Star and Jedha, yes, but as someone pointed out earlier these were both key pieces of secret projects... and Jedha was in the grips of an active insurgency by a particularly desperate band of rebels. Somewhere you might reinforce with higher quality troops, and also a relatively small occupation, going by the fact there only seemed to be one major city, so not where you necessarily need a large permanent garrison force. Same applies to Endor, which was again a key part of a major secret project, and the site of a plan to specifically trap and destroy the Rebels.

    Their appearances in the original films is entirely explainable as roles given to an elite force ("Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise"). Their performance maybe less so (mainly the dismal discipline demonstrated at Endor. "Look, cannibal teddy bears! Quick, scatter and chase them into the forest!"), and I agree their portrayal in films and TV series since doesn't really support anything more elite other than "These guys are the Empire's Army."
    I like to think of the Stormtroopers are a bit like the Imperium's Space Marines (though nowhere near as elite, obviously!). A rapid response force, deployed on the ships which can be dropped wherever at short notice. Once something get larger scale or more long term, the less mobile Army forces could be moved in.
     
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    borithan got a reaction from Bdolfos in SOLO, Confirmation of Imperial Army Units   
    I didn't think the Tatooine troopers were meant to be garrison troops. I had understood they had been landed by the Star Destroyers to search for the droids, and were enacting a very temporary form of occupation. I didn't get the sense that those troops had been based there on an extended basis.
    The Death Star and Jedha, yes, but as someone pointed out earlier these were both key pieces of secret projects... and Jedha was in the grips of an active insurgency by a particularly desperate band of rebels. Somewhere you might reinforce with higher quality troops, and also a relatively small occupation, going by the fact there only seemed to be one major city, so not where you necessarily need a large permanent garrison force. Same applies to Endor, which was again a key part of a major secret project, and the site of a plan to specifically trap and destroy the Rebels.

    Their appearances in the original films is entirely explainable as roles given to an elite force ("Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise"). Their performance maybe less so (mainly the dismal discipline demonstrated at Endor. "Look, cannibal teddy bears! Quick, scatter and chase them into the forest!"), and I agree their portrayal in films and TV series since doesn't really support anything more elite other than "These guys are the Empire's Army."
    I like to think of the Stormtroopers are a bit like the Imperium's Space Marines (though nowhere near as elite, obviously!). A rapid response force, deployed on the ships which can be dropped wherever at short notice. Once something get larger scale or more long term, the less mobile Army forces could be moved in.
     
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    borithan got a reaction from Maturin in The Arrestor Cruiser   
    I would guess from the name it is some kind of Interdictor style ship, but smaller. 
     
    It is ugly, but it isn't that bad. Remember this is a setting that has brought us many ugly (and I would argue uglier) ships. Eg:

    OK, I will admit my main objection to this one is the stupid ugly way they carry their fighters... and they claim to call these "Assault Carriers"? What about "Intergalactic clown car"?:

    This one is just... wrong on some level I can't quite identify. It doesn't seem to look that bad, but it just offends me somehow:

    And obviously the king of ugly Star Wars ships, the K-Wing. Jesus who would put together such an ugly pile of wrongness, all at the same time as ignoring all the rules of Star Wars ship design (External missle racks? And what are those other... things? Mini engines? And what poor sucker has to man that hideously exposed turret? And are they stuck there for the entire flight? How do they even get out?:

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    borithan got a reaction from cynanbloodbane in The Arrestor Cruiser   
    The original concept looks weird now, but remember the aesthetic hadn't been established then. Plenty of 60s and 70s era space ship designs in sci fi had odd spindly bits and dishes. Being in a vacuum means you don't need to streamline or anything, and if your protection is based on fantastical energy shielding you don't need to presume slabs of armour to protect you.
    It's not like all the ship designs make sense now anyway. The Star Destroyer, for example, with all it's talk of its dagger shape enabling it to concentrate it's firepower forward... can't do exactly that. Based on performance on screen it seems to favour broadsides (as do most of the large ships, which makes sense, as George Lucas said he wanted to evoke "Age of Sail" naval combat), and the main batteries get in the way of each other if you want to fire straight ahead.
    Now, I have never been a fan of weapons in the shape of dishes (as the original design), so I wouldn't really want to see this do that, but as an update of the design, presuming the dishes are some kind of tractor beam or interdictor array I don't see a major problem with it. That or some kind of comms ship...
    Doesn't stop it being ugly of course, but ugly can have its place.
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    borithan got a reaction from Tiberius the Killer in The Arrestor Cruiser   
    I would guess from the name it is some kind of Interdictor style ship, but smaller. 
     
    It is ugly, but it isn't that bad. Remember this is a setting that has brought us many ugly (and I would argue uglier) ships. Eg:

    OK, I will admit my main objection to this one is the stupid ugly way they carry their fighters... and they claim to call these "Assault Carriers"? What about "Intergalactic clown car"?:

    This one is just... wrong on some level I can't quite identify. It doesn't seem to look that bad, but it just offends me somehow:

    And obviously the king of ugly Star Wars ships, the K-Wing. Jesus who would put together such an ugly pile of wrongness, all at the same time as ignoring all the rules of Star Wars ship design (External missle racks? And what are those other... things? Mini engines? And what poor sucker has to man that hideously exposed turret? And are they stuck there for the entire flight? How do they even get out?:

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    borithan got a reaction from Timinater in Learn to Play Rules and Demo Pictures   
    Or... or... something controversial here... it could just be that FFG have rather vaguely written the rule (particularly seeing as this doesn't appear to be the RRG). I know they have a super solid reputation for writing tight rules, which don't need a FAQ or Errata or anything, and it has never happened before, but there is always a first chance for everything.
    I certainly can see an argument for the way you have read the rule, but I can also see the argument that each model is choosing to use a weapon (adding its dice to the attack), but they are all using the same weapon (adding the keywords only once). This also fits better with 1) the apparent advice given by people who are play testing the same, and 2) the apparent balance of the game, where having stormtrooper units running around with the possibility of Impact 5 on their attack seems not to fit with what we have seen so far.
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    borithan got a reaction from DOMSWAT911 in The Arrestor Cruiser   
    I would guess from the name it is some kind of Interdictor style ship, but smaller. 
     
    It is ugly, but it isn't that bad. Remember this is a setting that has brought us many ugly (and I would argue uglier) ships. Eg:

    OK, I will admit my main objection to this one is the stupid ugly way they carry their fighters... and they claim to call these "Assault Carriers"? What about "Intergalactic clown car"?:

    This one is just... wrong on some level I can't quite identify. It doesn't seem to look that bad, but it just offends me somehow:

    And obviously the king of ugly Star Wars ships, the K-Wing. Jesus who would put together such an ugly pile of wrongness, all at the same time as ignoring all the rules of Star Wars ship design (External missle racks? And what are those other... things? Mini engines? And what poor sucker has to man that hideously exposed turret? And are they stuck there for the entire flight? How do they even get out?:

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    borithan got a reaction from Big Easy in Learn to Play Rules and Demo Pictures   
    Or... or... something controversial here... it could just be that FFG have rather vaguely written the rule (particularly seeing as this doesn't appear to be the RRG). I know they have a super solid reputation for writing tight rules, which don't need a FAQ or Errata or anything, and it has never happened before, but there is always a first chance for everything.
    I certainly can see an argument for the way you have read the rule, but I can also see the argument that each model is choosing to use a weapon (adding its dice to the attack), but they are all using the same weapon (adding the keywords only once). This also fits better with 1) the apparent advice given by people who are play testing the same, and 2) the apparent balance of the game, where having stormtrooper units running around with the possibility of Impact 5 on their attack seems not to fit with what we have seen so far.
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    borithan got a reaction from steveisbig in Learn to Play Rules and Demo Pictures   
    Or... or... something controversial here... it could just be that FFG have rather vaguely written the rule (particularly seeing as this doesn't appear to be the RRG). I know they have a super solid reputation for writing tight rules, which don't need a FAQ or Errata or anything, and it has never happened before, but there is always a first chance for everything.
    I certainly can see an argument for the way you have read the rule, but I can also see the argument that each model is choosing to use a weapon (adding its dice to the attack), but they are all using the same weapon (adding the keywords only once). This also fits better with 1) the apparent advice given by people who are play testing the same, and 2) the apparent balance of the game, where having stormtrooper units running around with the possibility of Impact 5 on their attack seems not to fit with what we have seen so far.
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    borithan got a reaction from Undeadguy in Learn to Play Rules and Demo Pictures   
    Or... or... something controversial here... it could just be that FFG have rather vaguely written the rule (particularly seeing as this doesn't appear to be the RRG). I know they have a super solid reputation for writing tight rules, which don't need a FAQ or Errata or anything, and it has never happened before, but there is always a first chance for everything.
    I certainly can see an argument for the way you have read the rule, but I can also see the argument that each model is choosing to use a weapon (adding its dice to the attack), but they are all using the same weapon (adding the keywords only once). This also fits better with 1) the apparent advice given by people who are play testing the same, and 2) the apparent balance of the game, where having stormtrooper units running around with the possibility of Impact 5 on their attack seems not to fit with what we have seen so far.
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    borithan got a reaction from Bohemian73 in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from costi in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from OMGBRICK in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from srMontresor in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from Ghost Dancer in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from azavander in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from VictoryLeo in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from Caimheul1313 in Finding 800 points to be quite restrictive   
    I always find it a little curious as a criticism. "I can't fit everything I want!" "Yes... so?"
    I think it comes down to expectations.  People want to have a Star Destroyer AND a whole heap of fighters AND escorts to accompany it AND small zippy attack ships. I don't think the names help either. "Armada" when in fact you might be generous calling the collections of ships you use "squadrons" .  And I guess "Star Wars: Legion" sounds cooler than "Star Wars: Reinforced Platoon" 
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    borithan got a reaction from Smoke_Eater in Solo trailer. What did you think?   
    Going to admit this was the one thing I really didn't like in the trailer. Well, at least when it broke into the Star Wars theme towards the end. Just something that didn't gel with me. 
    Well... it was kind of inevitable? They couldn't have Harrison Ford playing him (obviously), so it was going to be someone different, and unless they did a flawless impression of Ford's Han Solo it was going to be different.
    Now, I personally was not looking for this film. I have seen enough of the characters I know. I really liked Rogue One, and would have liked to have more films like that, with new characters we haven't heard mentioned before (and the fact that this next film is a Boba Fett one irritates me... unless they turn him into the hired mercenary thug that even Vader has to tell to "Cool it", rather than the "Villain with a code" that various EU presentations have shown him as). I also have my doubts of the lead, based on some of the comments that have leaked out, and I will admit also his appearance in the trailer... something doesn't quite sit with me as him being Han Solo. A little too generic "roguish action hero". Ok, that is what Han Solo is, but he is also has his unique elements. However, the rest of the trailer... looks good. Genuinely surprised by how much I felt "I now want to see this film."
    Not having politics in movies is a political position. What is defined as "unpolitical" is an act of politics. It states that "This is all normal and how it should be and not examined and questioned." There have always been overtly political films since the days of silent film, but even those that aren't overtly political are a demonstration of the political norm at the time they were made. Note that the only reason it is noticeable that several films have recently been emphasising strong female leads in action roles is because until recently it wasn't common, and it still isn't the norm. I actually look at the current Star Wars films... and don't see much overt politics in the whole thing. It is actually quite subtle, the First Order aside.
    And frankly, if they were having a "strong female lead" to avoid criticism, it seems to me that the criticism of those that have not liked the current direction of Star Wars has been much louder and more likely to hit profits than the criticism you might have got by some feminist academics for not having any strong female characters. OK, and maybe some dissapointed lines in some reviews which would have had no impact on the film's commercial success. Something along the lines of "Yet again we don't have many strong female characters, but the film is entertaining and well paced. Enjoyable entertainment if dissapointingly unadventurous and unwilling to move with the times."
    Well, if Rey is a Mary Sue, Luke is as well.
    Trained by the most powerful Jedi? He gets shown how to use a lightsaber in the briefest period on the Millenium Falcon in a New Hope. Ok, maybe there is some additional training off screen during the earlier flight, or during their travels from his home to Mos Eisley... but nothing else on screen. And in that period he goes from "never handled a lightsaber before" (and we don't exactly have any evidence he is much of a fighter before the film starts) to "I can deflect bolts if a i concentrate very hard" and then (with what amounts to barely any more instruction from Obi Wan than "Do It.") to "I can deflect bolts without even seeing the target". By the time of Empire Strikes Back he pulls telekinesis out of nowhere (no one available to train him). He then gets some training (what, a couple days?) with Yoda, but he doesn't even really get any more abilities. In fact the training seems to be more... spiritual in nature, getting to connect better with himself, lose his limitations that his limited thinking create ("Size matters not!" Though of course Yoda is clearly lying there. Apparently Yoda lies... a lot). Then he comes back in RotJ (not having returned to Yoda for further training), able to use the Jedi Mind Trick (with all the training he received in it being seeing Obi-Wan doing it once back in New Hope), and as a bloody bad *** able to take a whole pirate crew pretty much by himself. He also is able then able to beat Darth Vader in a fight (when Vader had been easily beating aside his attacks in Empire).
    This compares to Rey, who is implied to be a fighter already, though principly with a staff. Ok, she quite quickly learns how to use the "Mind Trick", but no faster than Luke learns how to use a lightsaber. Then she beats Kylo Ren in a fight. Ok, he is meant to be pretty serious foe, but he has been injured twice already (bowcaster, which has been shown to be pretty deadly, and Finn, just before he was knocked out), and Rey has existing skills to fall back on, unlike Luke. Given how much the Force seems to rely on a belief and openess to it, and given Rey's more open and believing nature... it isn't even surprising. As to the Dark Side not tempting her... were you watching a different film from me?
    Ok, yes, this contradicts the prequels quite heavily, with years of training required to become skillful with the Force... but then they already contradicted their own origin material, so which do you go with?
    Anakin is a super flawless character?
    Luke never tried to strike down his own nephew. What horrified him, and so haunted him, was that he even considered doing it. Am I personally convinced by that storytelling decision? Not necessarily, but I am happy that this would shake Luke down to his core? Yes.
    Chewie doesn' tell his friends about Han's death... ok, true. However, I suspect this has more to do with the audience, as 1) Chewie is a secondary character and always has been, so less audience focus and 2) he doesn't talk in English. Yes, they could have had the scene where Chewie barks sorrowfully to his friends, and we only get one half of the conversation. Not the easiest scene to get emotionally invested in.
    Lando doesn't appear... yes? He hasn't appeared in all the new films so far. Why would you expect him to feature in this one?
    Old Veterans die as side notes: You do realise that for most of the audience these characters are side notes? Yes, Akbar is famous for "it's a trap!" but that is pretty much it for the films. You only get them as more significant characters if you started reading the books etc... and most of those aren't even canon anymore. 
    Poe Dameron does indeed make terrible choice after terrible choice. I don't think this was the best handled bit of the film. However, it was in part meant to be a story of him learning what he needed in order to be a proper leader of the resistance, so narratively it makes sense him then becoming the leader... though I will agree it could have been better handled. Particularly amusing seeing as originally the character was going to die in the first film.
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    borithan got a reaction from Shawn_ValJean in If they had offered a 27(32mm) and a 10mm game..   
    The Rebel Alliance was always a guerrilla force, except arguably after RotJ. However that never happens on screen, so for most people that is not what they are going to want to re-create Star Wars battles as they know them. Aside from the space battle (outside the realms of this game) Scarif is also pretty small scale (as small, if not smaller, than Hoth) It starts with... what? About 12 Rebels on the ground, and by the end there may be... another platoon or so? We only see 2 or 3 U-Wings drop off troops, and they don't exactly have a large capacity. Ok, Imperial forces outnumber them, but they are so scattered they can't concentrate much of a serious force at any one place. Again, a perfect scale for Legion (aside from the walkers... but that is a size issue, not a "scale of battle issue). In fact, Scarif is almost entirely playable out of the door (only thing missing is some heroes and Death Troopers).
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    borithan got a reaction from Garhelm in If they had offered a 27(32mm) and a 10mm game..   
    The Rebel Alliance was always a guerrilla force, except arguably after RotJ. However that never happens on screen, so for most people that is not what they are going to want to re-create Star Wars battles as they know them. Aside from the space battle (outside the realms of this game) Scarif is also pretty small scale (as small, if not smaller, than Hoth) It starts with... what? About 12 Rebels on the ground, and by the end there may be... another platoon or so? We only see 2 or 3 U-Wings drop off troops, and they don't exactly have a large capacity. Ok, Imperial forces outnumber them, but they are so scattered they can't concentrate much of a serious force at any one place. Again, a perfect scale for Legion (aside from the walkers... but that is a size issue, not a "scale of battle issue). In fact, Scarif is almost entirely playable out of the door (only thing missing is some heroes and Death Troopers).
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    borithan got a reaction from The Archangel in SW Card Game officially complete   
    Now, while I will admit they must be dull and frustrating from a painting POV, the Imperials... kind of are Stormtroopers. Part of the theme of the Empire is that it is a monolithic organisation that doesn't really show (or allow) variety. Which kind of means aside from certain very specialist cases we are kind of looking at everything being hardshell and white.
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    borithan got a reaction from subtrendy2 in SW Card Game officially complete   
    Now, while I will admit they must be dull and frustrating from a painting POV, the Imperials... kind of are Stormtroopers. Part of the theme of the Empire is that it is a monolithic organisation that doesn't really show (or allow) variety. Which kind of means aside from certain very specialist cases we are kind of looking at everything being hardshell and white.
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    borithan reacted to GreatMazinkaiser in If they had offered a 27(32mm) and a 10mm game..   
    Why do people always seem to think that painting smaller figures is more difficult? The point of larger figures is to have more details to paint; smaller figures are painted for effect. ****, 6mm Stormtroopers (or 10 or 15mm) are more or less just white drybrushed over a black basecoat with the weapons picked out in charcoal.
     
     
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    borithan reacted to VAYASAN in If they had offered a 27(32mm) and a 10mm game..   
    Agreed.
    Smaller can often be much quicker and easier to achieve good results.  I would say you need to be a better painter to paint bigger.
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