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  1. I haven't used a can for decades because of terrible experience with frosting. I have thought about trying them again as it sounds like they've gotten much better over the years but I can't get them here (working in the developing world) due to shipping restrictions, and painting on varnish works just fine for me. I do have an airbrush which I'd love to use, but I'd have to pay at least 100USD in shipping to get a compressor sent here.

  2. 7 hours ago, xmarkusx said:

    Do you thin the varnish or shake it like crazy etc. I’ve experiemented on trying both (and undiluted) but still seem to have same tacky effect. Have tried long drying times etc. Weird.

    I only thin the gloss varnish when I want a subdued sheen, as on stormtrooper armour. The matt vanish I apply as is. As with anything you paint on a mini, you should always shake it for at least twenty seconds before using it.

  3. On 1/26/2020 at 6:28 AM, xmarkusx said:

    Does anyone have a problem with brush on varnish making the surface of miniature little sticky? I’ve used Vallejo brush on matt varnish and Army Painter both with similar effect, sometimes happening and sometimes not, It’s weird.

    Usually i use Citadel’s spray varnish (Munitorium something..) and it’s perfect, but can’t spray when it’s cold outside.

    That's never happened to me. I use Vallejo.

  4. I hand paint on a gloss coat then a matt coat. I find the two coats in combination work the best for preserving all the highlights, and it's much more reliable than a spray can. 

  5. On 8/1/2019 at 3:57 AM, King Somnophore said:

    It looks really cool but I'm in it for playing the game, not the hobby aspect. After seeing all the sprues and all the droid parts, Clone Wars is gonna be a hard pass for me, which makes me really sad because I love the Clone Wars. I just don't have the time or the energy for the work that comes with sprues. The ease of building the miniatures is what drew me to Legion in the first place, the awesome gameplay is why I stick around. I absolutely love the game, it's my favorite and I play at least twice a week.

    However, sprues will end up killing it for me, at least in regards to purchasing new units. It seems like everyone is crazy stoked for the move to sprues. Am I the only person that's feeling super overwhelmed by the shift to sprues?

    Offer someone at your club  a couple or more boxes of models if they'll assemble your's for you. That's fairly commonly done from what I hear.

  6. There actually aren't that many imperial troops in that battle in RoTJ. If you look at the wide shots of them holding the rebels prisoner before the ewoks attack, there looks to be about a platoon's worth, maybe fifty or so. They stupidly run off into dense terrain that favours their opponents. Their defeat is plausible in the film. I've never liked the ewoks, but they're the least of that film's problems.

  7. 4 hours ago, TauntaunScout said:

    I should have specified and almost did “without artillery support” but maybe that’s not even so. 

    Yeah, that British square at Waterloo was destroyed by unsupported cavalry. The reality was, if a cavalry regiment held its morale on the charge, a square had no chance to stop it as the sheer mass and weight of a horse impacting at speed (dead or alive) would tear right through it. Squares relied on the enemy morale breaking enough so that the charge stalled, and that didn't happen nearly as much as the romantic conception of the infantry square would have us believe.

    Kipling's view is sheer romance.

  8. 8 hours ago, TauntaunScout said:

    In 13 March 1884, and again in 17 January, 1885, Hadendowa tribesmen in loincloths with swords and bucklers, disordered a British infantry square, something that neither Napoleon nor England's colonial rivals could accomplish.



    A British square was famously annihilated at Waterloo by Napoleon's troops. Many were disordered through conventional battles in Europe and elsewhere. It's something of a persistent myth that infantry squares were solid defense against cavalry charges. I won't get into the details of that as that's not your point, which is that troops perceived as technologically 'primitive' were capable of beating professional, well-armed soldiers. Of that, like infantry squares being destroyed, there are many historical examples.

    Hopefully, to satisfy those that want them and represent one of the few on-screen battles, ewoks will be released. I won't buy them, but many would.

  9. 7 hours ago, Derrault said:


    If they wanted to create an upgrade that took a unit defense from white surge to red no surge, they could just Depict it on the upgrade card. 

    I'm inclined to agree.

    The one thing this game doesn't need more of is extra components!

  10. The use of White Knight is actually substantially older than 2010. It has a long history in advertising and finance. In finance, it refers to a well-intentioned takeover of one company by another. In advertising, it was the subject of a very successful ad campaign for Ajax from the 1960s (i.e., coming to the rescue of housewives). In recent media sources, it has been used in print to refer to an individual championing a cause. 

    Cross-referencing multiple UK English and US English definitions of the word as in Merriam-Webster and Collins, for example, will show multiple instances of its accepted use outside of the loathsome MRA movement in multiple contexts, including 'one that champions a cause' (Merriam-Webster). Out of curiosity, I checked both online and print versions of these definitions. Anecdotally, I remember it being a long staple of forum arguments to denigrate someone's seemingly fan-motivated defense of a company or product.

    Although I generally agree that one should avoid the use of such phrases which become better known as catch calls of antagonistic or offensive cliques, it is also important to not let such groups claim ownership of perfectly serviceable language.

  11. I've had the opposite impression. Used correctly, they are an incredible unit. I mostly play Imperial but consider pathfinders close to an auto-include when I play Rebel. They are very dependable and take a lot of effort for your enemy to shift. Back them up with a unit of regular troopers and a med-droid and they are first rate. I deploy them in good cover as far up the board as I can get them unless something like Vader is about.

  12. A properly-based model elevates the paint scheme immeasurably and is just as important as the painting of the miniature itself in my opinion. Temperate or arid basing rarely looks out of place but, in truth, the basing scheme of a model not matching the terrain or mat is negligible. Watch a bunch of battle reports and you'll note this pretty quickly. To me, an unbased miniature looks incomplete and, for display purposes, not nearly as interesting.

  13. 6 hours ago, Bhelliom said:

    The loss-leading starter and expensive expansion plan kinda rubs me the wrong way. Feels hard to justify getting a couple boxes of Steel Legion or Marksmen Clones when that's the same price as a whole starter.

    Decent chance I pick up a box though, $68 is pretty nuts.

    From what I understand, the starter kits don't come with the command upgrade sprues, which no doubt helps them to drop those costs, but is a good reason I'll likely get just one starter.

  14. I think there's no good reason to conclude that there wouldn't be captains who didn't hold on to their kama when jumping rank. It's a pretty practical thing to have in a tropical environment. Von Rundstedt still wore his colonel's uniform when he became a general because he felt the general's uniform was pretentious, for example. But I won't paint any captain schemes personally, as it seems odd that you'd need a captain to lead a squad. As for the heavy weapons trooper, it's an invention for the game, so there's nothing to tell you they don't also wear kama. I'll paint mine as a regular trooper who happens to wear one.

  15. One single bottle goes a long way, especially if you are watering paints down on a palette (as you should!). I would only ever double up on white or black (as long as it's pure white or pure black) as you will likely want to mix that more often than not.

    I honestly cannot remember the last time I threw a bottle away. If they are properly stored, they will last years. I did recently replace some Secret Weapon Dark Sepia, but that's because I use it as a wash for the bases, which tends to take a lot.

  16. 2 minutes ago, UnitOmega said:

    Yeah, this game is called "Legion", but a historic roman Legion is 3000-6000 troops. So obviously, we're at a small scale. Even if a planet only rates a Company or Regiment of Shoretroopers, that's still way more men than you can physically put on a Legion board, and I think a min 2:1 ratio with Death Troopers works based on Rogue One. 

    Nah the quad reciprocating heavy will show up in the Republic releases later. FFG knows it exists, it's in one of the RPG books. 

    Lucky for me, I have no interest in Clone Wars!

    But, yeah, your assessment of the game's scale is spot on. Even in RoTJ, where that infamous legion was deployed, maybe 50 of them were in the actual battle. That's still more than Legion would deploy.

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