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  1. Rather than limited ammo - Item Quality: Prepare (x). I'd probably stick to x=1 or maybe 2
  2. just_chris

    The Expanse

    I second the suggestion of reading the books. I've Audible'd the whole series about 5 times. But yeah the TV show is pretty damned faithful. I'm happy to overlook the Belter morphology issue though as it would probably double the cost per episode to CGI their bodies to fit the books descriptions.
  3. Good stuff! I especially like the last segment, giving examples of Advantage and Threat - as a noob to the system it's good to see it in action to get ideas. P.S. Another Aussie here, but I found it on iTunes about 12 hours ago using Store Search function. I don't have an iTunes account, I only use it coz it (sorta) plays nice with my iPod.
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  5. Another great episode mate. I'm really enjoying the 'cast so far, keep it up. P.S. youse are flamin' galahs :-P
  6. Swivel, I was mulling over this very notion in the car today :-) My initial thought were around giving each of the nine Spheres a 'force power talent tree' like FaD uses.
  7. Both those Neb-Bs are amazing! I've done a bit of kitbashing for BFG and 40k, but never a scratch-build like that. It's inspiring!
  8. I'll echo the recommendation to buy the X-Wing and TIE Fighter expansions - the extra pilots and upgrades will give even your existing ships extra versatility. On the other hand, unless you're playing Tournaments, you could just do like me and buy whatever you like the look of
  9. More lovely work continuing in this thread - keep 'em coming! Hah! Good idea! I've got a few dozen spare turrets from various kits including BFG cruisers - I'll have to try that on my Y's as well. I reckon they'd be about the right scale. Harleigh, PM me if you want a couple of them, I can probably spare a few.
  10. I agree with everything oneway has said. I've been painting minis (badly) for decades, so I learned the hard way (trial/error, books, friends), but I hear this YouTubes thing is pretty good for such things. One point that bears repeating though - buy good brushes! Then look after them! And be willing to mess up minis and destroy a few brushes during the learning process.
  11. I'm really inspired by this set OP! I'm planning a repaint of all my Rebs, but didn't want them looking like a military unit. Your clever use of colour to unify the fleet while keeping individuality on each ship is really cool. Once I get Emerald Squadron underway, I'll post some pix in the repaints thread.
  12. Rob Jedi - great work man, love the engine glow on the GR-75!
  13. I just heard about these on the Order 66. I can't believe this news slipped under the radar. Can't wait, this'll be a great prep tool!
  14. I read a few EU books when I was a youngster and quite enjoyed them. I also liked the Drizzt books at that time, so you can be sure I had no taste back then. Salvatore is a hack, Kevin J. Anderson is dreadful, and after revisiting the Thrawn Trilogy last year I'm most unimpressed with Zahn as a writer too** I think they were important books in their time, keeping the Star Wars universe alive during the dark times, but they don't stand up to scrutiny after decades reading the ramblings of real writers. Someone mentioned a crap-ton of other sci-fi/space opera you could be reading and I agree that if you want the good stuff you're better off going outside the franchise. Stay away from Philip K. D.i.c.k.# though, unless you like it weird and paranoid and speed-fuelled. Some stuff I've been consuming over the last few years: The Honor Harrington books - writing isn't fabulous, late novels get stupidly convoluted and wordy, but his world-building is just great! And the early novels in particular are great fun space operatic military sci-fi. The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. Oh. My. Gods. So good! Really well-written, fairly hard sci-fi but with a grand space opera feel. TV adaptation is coming next year, but do yourself a favour and read them! Dune. Read, don't watch. It's a classic, it's well written, and such a grand scale too. I'd love to hear any recommendations from other avid readers too, for good quality sci-fi. Sorry to OP for the hijack **Note - I haven't read anything these writers have done in the last 20 years or so, so perhaps they've learned to write since then. But I'm personally not prepared to risk it.
  15. You probably haven't heard of him, but this bloke called George something...Lucas, yeah that's it! He wrote this amazing Expanded Universe story called Attack Of The Clones, the romance sub-plot was a real tear-jerker - he really understands the human heart and has a knack for genuine dialogue. Of course, now the Disney has shelved the EU to the Legends category, it's no longer Canon. But worth a look anyway.
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