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    Earthworm got a reaction from KCDodger in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    Last year, I ran a list including a B-Wing with Tactician.  I decided to make an extended cockpit mod for one of my models, and the rear cockpit windows seemed reminiscent of the A-5 Vigilante naval Strike/Reconnisance plane from the 60's-early 70's:
     
    I've long enjoyed the Gull Grey/White color schemes of naval aircraft from the late 50's through the mid 80's (lots of variety and visual interest, compared to carriers today, where everything is a boring grey Hornet variant)
     
    So I decided to do a late 60's themed US Navy B-Wing/E2:


     
    The Cockpit extension is just plastruct tubing with some small strips along the side to help it blend.  It rotates on an axle running through the hub to the back end of the pod (not an efficient way of doing this, though it's cool to have the front and back pods rotate together.  I've since switched to magnets for rotation)  Ship rotation is through a pair of ring magnets.
     
    The decals are actually from Attack Squadron 35 which operated Intruders off of Nimitz (Carrier Air Wing 8: "AJ") from the mid 70's through mid 80's. Decals from Starfighter Decals, which has a great selection of small-scale decals for your 1/350 aircraft carrier planes, as well as some nice custom decals for Star Fleet Battles minis.  Nice decals, but very shiny- may even need another coat of Dullcote....
     
    Our gaming group meets next to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and we have a bunch of current and former sailors, so it's dedicated to them and their service.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from FlyingAnchors in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    Last year, I ran a list including a B-Wing with Tactician.  I decided to make an extended cockpit mod for one of my models, and the rear cockpit windows seemed reminiscent of the A-5 Vigilante naval Strike/Reconnisance plane from the 60's-early 70's:
     
    I've long enjoyed the Gull Grey/White color schemes of naval aircraft from the late 50's through the mid 80's (lots of variety and visual interest, compared to carriers today, where everything is a boring grey Hornet variant)
     
    So I decided to do a late 60's themed US Navy B-Wing/E2:


     
    The Cockpit extension is just plastruct tubing with some small strips along the side to help it blend.  It rotates on an axle running through the hub to the back end of the pod (not an efficient way of doing this, though it's cool to have the front and back pods rotate together.  I've since switched to magnets for rotation)  Ship rotation is through a pair of ring magnets.
     
    The decals are actually from Attack Squadron 35 which operated Intruders off of Nimitz (Carrier Air Wing 8: "AJ") from the mid 70's through mid 80's. Decals from Starfighter Decals, which has a great selection of small-scale decals for your 1/350 aircraft carrier planes, as well as some nice custom decals for Star Fleet Battles minis.  Nice decals, but very shiny- may even need another coat of Dullcote....
     
    Our gaming group meets next to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and we have a bunch of current and former sailors, so it's dedicated to them and their service.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Odanan in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    I've long been using colored stickers instead of numbers and letters to individualize my tournament ships, dials and TL tokens (I ran BYYZZ for over a year, making distinction important, and those little numbers always annoyed me).  This year I've decided to paint my ships to match their label colors.
     
    I'm part of a group called Silver Squadron (we originally met in Silverdale, WA), so silver trim in addition to colored noses and wingtips seemed appropriate.
     

     
    The irony is that now that I've finally painted them, 4-5 ship Rebel Control is on its way out.  I guess that'll give me  another painting project this summer.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from TasteTheRainbow in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    211 signed up.
    Ten days to go.
    Tell your friends.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Jiwestone in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’ve just concluded Season 1, with 290 players in 32 divisions.  Ready to join in?
     
    ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN UP- INCLUDING THOSE WHO PLAYED IN SEASON ONE
     
    Further details on how to sign up are at our Reddit page.
     
     
    What is this league all about?
     
    This is a multi tiered league for playing X-wing over the VASSAL online client, and is open to players at every level from Paul Heaver (yes, he’s in it) to the newest beginners.
     
    If you join, you’ll be in one of our Unknown Reaches divisions of 9 players from the same time zone. You’ll have just over two months to play each member of your division once. There is no set schedule- you can play your games whenever you and your opponent can find a time. This allows you to go on vacation or otherwise have a life during the season.
     
    If you are one of the top players in your division, you advance to the Outer Rim divisions, where competition is a little tougher, for the next season. The top players from this division advance to the Inner Rim, and then Core Worlds divisions, while the bottom players are relegated back down to the Unknown Reaches divisions. The overall league is a pyramid, with a wide base of players at the bottom advancing upward towards a small number of seats at the top where the world’s best online X-wing players will be.
     
    Prizes are available for division winners at all levels, including tokens and templates from the Scum and Villainy Podcast and our Prize Sponsor, Team Covenant!
     
    Again, for more details on how to sign up, the structure and rules of the league, how to play on Vassal and more, go to our info page at our Reddit page.
     
    Signups close June 30.  Play will begin around the end of the first week in July and will continue through the first week in September.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from VanderLegion in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    Up to 128.
    Last season we broke 300 signups. How far can we go this time (though not so far that we have to completely restructure the league...)
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    Earthworm got a reaction from TasteTheRainbow in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    Up to 128.
    Last season we broke 300 signups. How far can we go this time (though not so far that we have to completely restructure the league...)
  8. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from stmack in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’ve just concluded Season 1, with 290 players in 32 divisions.  Ready to join in?
     
    ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN UP- INCLUDING THOSE WHO PLAYED IN SEASON ONE
     
    Further details on how to sign up are at our Reddit page.
     
     
    What is this league all about?
     
    This is a multi tiered league for playing X-wing over the VASSAL online client, and is open to players at every level from Paul Heaver (yes, he’s in it) to the newest beginners.
     
    If you join, you’ll be in one of our Unknown Reaches divisions of 9 players from the same time zone. You’ll have just over two months to play each member of your division once. There is no set schedule- you can play your games whenever you and your opponent can find a time. This allows you to go on vacation or otherwise have a life during the season.
     
    If you are one of the top players in your division, you advance to the Outer Rim divisions, where competition is a little tougher, for the next season. The top players from this division advance to the Inner Rim, and then Core Worlds divisions, while the bottom players are relegated back down to the Unknown Reaches divisions. The overall league is a pyramid, with a wide base of players at the bottom advancing upward towards a small number of seats at the top where the world’s best online X-wing players will be.
     
    Prizes are available for division winners at all levels, including tokens and templates from the Scum and Villainy Podcast and our Prize Sponsor, Team Covenant!
     
    Again, for more details on how to sign up, the structure and rules of the league, how to play on Vassal and more, go to our info page at our Reddit page.
     
    Signups close June 30.  Play will begin around the end of the first week in July and will continue through the first week in September.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Mu0n729 in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’ve just concluded Season 1, with 290 players in 32 divisions.  Ready to join in?
     
    ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN UP- INCLUDING THOSE WHO PLAYED IN SEASON ONE
     
    Further details on how to sign up are at our Reddit page.
     
     
    What is this league all about?
     
    This is a multi tiered league for playing X-wing over the VASSAL online client, and is open to players at every level from Paul Heaver (yes, he’s in it) to the newest beginners.
     
    If you join, you’ll be in one of our Unknown Reaches divisions of 9 players from the same time zone. You’ll have just over two months to play each member of your division once. There is no set schedule- you can play your games whenever you and your opponent can find a time. This allows you to go on vacation or otherwise have a life during the season.
     
    If you are one of the top players in your division, you advance to the Outer Rim divisions, where competition is a little tougher, for the next season. The top players from this division advance to the Inner Rim, and then Core Worlds divisions, while the bottom players are relegated back down to the Unknown Reaches divisions. The overall league is a pyramid, with a wide base of players at the bottom advancing upward towards a small number of seats at the top where the world’s best online X-wing players will be.
     
    Prizes are available for division winners at all levels, including tokens and templates from the Scum and Villainy Podcast and our Prize Sponsor, Team Covenant!
     
    Again, for more details on how to sign up, the structure and rules of the league, how to play on Vassal and more, go to our info page at our Reddit page.
     
    Signups close June 30.  Play will begin around the end of the first week in July and will continue through the first week in September.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from DR4CO in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’ve just concluded Season 1, with 290 players in 32 divisions.  Ready to join in?
     
    ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN UP- INCLUDING THOSE WHO PLAYED IN SEASON ONE
     
    Further details on how to sign up are at our Reddit page.
     
     
    What is this league all about?
     
    This is a multi tiered league for playing X-wing over the VASSAL online client, and is open to players at every level from Paul Heaver (yes, he’s in it) to the newest beginners.
     
    If you join, you’ll be in one of our Unknown Reaches divisions of 9 players from the same time zone. You’ll have just over two months to play each member of your division once. There is no set schedule- you can play your games whenever you and your opponent can find a time. This allows you to go on vacation or otherwise have a life during the season.
     
    If you are one of the top players in your division, you advance to the Outer Rim divisions, where competition is a little tougher, for the next season. The top players from this division advance to the Inner Rim, and then Core Worlds divisions, while the bottom players are relegated back down to the Unknown Reaches divisions. The overall league is a pyramid, with a wide base of players at the bottom advancing upward towards a small number of seats at the top where the world’s best online X-wing players will be.
     
    Prizes are available for division winners at all levels, including tokens and templates from the Scum and Villainy Podcast and our Prize Sponsor, Team Covenant!
     
    Again, for more details on how to sign up, the structure and rules of the league, how to play on Vassal and more, go to our info page at our Reddit page.
     
    Signups close June 30.  Play will begin around the end of the first week in July and will continue through the first week in September.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from PanchoX1 in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’ve just concluded Season 1, with 290 players in 32 divisions.  Ready to join in?
     
    ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN UP- INCLUDING THOSE WHO PLAYED IN SEASON ONE
     
    Further details on how to sign up are at our Reddit page.
     
     
    What is this league all about?
     
    This is a multi tiered league for playing X-wing over the VASSAL online client, and is open to players at every level from Paul Heaver (yes, he’s in it) to the newest beginners.
     
    If you join, you’ll be in one of our Unknown Reaches divisions of 9 players from the same time zone. You’ll have just over two months to play each member of your division once. There is no set schedule- you can play your games whenever you and your opponent can find a time. This allows you to go on vacation or otherwise have a life during the season.
     
    If you are one of the top players in your division, you advance to the Outer Rim divisions, where competition is a little tougher, for the next season. The top players from this division advance to the Inner Rim, and then Core Worlds divisions, while the bottom players are relegated back down to the Unknown Reaches divisions. The overall league is a pyramid, with a wide base of players at the bottom advancing upward towards a small number of seats at the top where the world’s best online X-wing players will be.
     
    Prizes are available for division winners at all levels, including tokens and templates from the Scum and Villainy Podcast and our Prize Sponsor, Team Covenant!
     
    Again, for more details on how to sign up, the structure and rules of the league, how to play on Vassal and more, go to our info page at our Reddit page.
     
    Signups close June 30.  Play will begin around the end of the first week in July and will continue through the first week in September.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Velvetelvis in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    That is exactly what you should do!
  13. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from VanderLegion in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    A.  We've weeded out a lot of semi committed players
    B.  Most games are played by prior arrangement via Challonge messaging or on your reddit thread.
  14. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from MajorJuggler in Sign up for Season Two of the VASSAL X-Wing League, sponsored by the Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’ve just concluded Season 1, with 290 players in 32 divisions.  Ready to join in?
     
    ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN UP- INCLUDING THOSE WHO PLAYED IN SEASON ONE
     
    Further details on how to sign up are at our Reddit page.
     
     
    What is this league all about?
     
    This is a multi tiered league for playing X-wing over the VASSAL online client, and is open to players at every level from Paul Heaver (yes, he’s in it) to the newest beginners.
     
    If you join, you’ll be in one of our Unknown Reaches divisions of 9 players from the same time zone. You’ll have just over two months to play each member of your division once. There is no set schedule- you can play your games whenever you and your opponent can find a time. This allows you to go on vacation or otherwise have a life during the season.
     
    If you are one of the top players in your division, you advance to the Outer Rim divisions, where competition is a little tougher, for the next season. The top players from this division advance to the Inner Rim, and then Core Worlds divisions, while the bottom players are relegated back down to the Unknown Reaches divisions. The overall league is a pyramid, with a wide base of players at the bottom advancing upward towards a small number of seats at the top where the world’s best online X-wing players will be.
     
    Prizes are available for division winners at all levels, including tokens and templates from the Scum and Villainy Podcast and our Prize Sponsor, Team Covenant!
     
    Again, for more details on how to sign up, the structure and rules of the league, how to play on Vassal and more, go to our info page at our Reddit page.
     
    Signups close June 30.  Play will begin around the end of the first week in July and will continue through the first week in September.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from mtrein in The problem with X-wing on Brazil   
    Hopefully someone from from FFG reads this.  Don't know what else you can do, other than contact them directly.  Maybe their Organized play people could offer other options if the distributor won't.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Tyrichter in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    I've never been entranced with the HWK model.  Whatever game it was featured in came out after i drifted away from computer games.  As others here have noticed that ship is really similar in size and purpose to the Eagle 5 Winnebago from Spaceballs, which is very dear to me heart.
     
    Gosric has a very nice model on Shapeways:

     
    I painted it using Testors paints- the base coat is Modern Desert Sand spray enamel (which they annoyingly do not make in a jar)  The main accent color is Testors Acryl Rust, with other Acryl colors as details.  The stripe and 'W' were masked and then brush painted.  I finished the model with a little Citadel Nuln Oil drybrushing to gently pick out a few more details.

    And here it is in its place as a HWK replacement:

     
    Here's Dutch and Roark approaching their adversaries in my first run out with it yesterday:

    The meta at that tournament turned out to be generally low PS and no Phantoms, so Roark wound up being a poor substitute for the Gold Sqn. he replaced, but I really wanted to use the model, and did manage to come second.
     
    On a whim, I've also made up a modification card to work with the ship in its original flavor:

     
    Painting a Shapeways model wasn't as easy as I expected.  The plastic was kind of gritty and absorbent, which made masking difficult and caused paint to bleed a bit.  The next Shapeways model (probably a gunboat) is going to be Airbrushed
     
  17. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from Danath "ATLAS" in Utah Regionals - Registration INCLUDES Entire Convetion   
    If I'm just coming to watch games in the evenings, can I buy a ticket for the Con at the door?
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Animatic in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    I've long been using colored stickers instead of numbers and letters to individualize my tournament ships, dials and TL tokens (I ran BYYZZ for over a year, making distinction important, and those little numbers always annoyed me).  This year I've decided to paint my ships to match their label colors.
     
    I'm part of a group called Silver Squadron (we originally met in Silverdale, WA), so silver trim in addition to colored noses and wingtips seemed appropriate.
     

     
    The irony is that now that I've finally painted them, 4-5 ship Rebel Control is on its way out.  I guess that'll give me  another painting project this summer.
  19. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from KCDodger in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    I've long been using colored stickers instead of numbers and letters to individualize my tournament ships, dials and TL tokens (I ran BYYZZ for over a year, making distinction important, and those little numbers always annoyed me).  This year I've decided to paint my ships to match their label colors.
     
    I'm part of a group called Silver Squadron (we originally met in Silverdale, WA), so silver trim in addition to colored noses and wingtips seemed appropriate.
     

     
    The irony is that now that I've finally painted them, 4-5 ship Rebel Control is on its way out.  I guess that'll give me  another painting project this summer.
  20. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from GoldLead3r in Seattle/Puget Sound/Western Washington Organized Play Master List   
    I updated the page (Vassal League continues to take up most of my hobby time).  Upcoming events is good through June and there are a few changes/additions to game night info.
  21. Like
    Earthworm reacted to Herowannabe in Challenge Coin Question   
    Bucket list:
    Item #31:
    Derail a thread on a popular online forum into a discussion about pogs.
    CHECK!

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    Earthworm got a reaction from Mu0n729 in So, about the Squadron Benchmark site....   
    Two things I find amusing about this thread-
     
    1. Immediate vassal bashing.
     
    2. Complaints about the AI (especially when it doesn't use card effects)
     
    Number 2 first.  This software is an incredible accomplishment.  It's a free, homemade program that actually runs through all the game mechanics, and also as a bonus has a rudimentary AI.  Most people are just pointing that out, but every time one of these threads comes up, there's always the "The AI is too stupid to do this obvious 3 or 4 card combo, pls fix" comments.  Freeware has spoiled us a little.
     
    As for the comparisons to Vassal, there's a bit of history in order.  Vassal was originally a client for Advanced Squad Leader, and as such excels as stacking virtual counters in hexes.  In the ASL module, the counters are almost all "dumb" i.e. they have no attributes or abilities other than what's on the two sides, and no actions beyond "flip."
     
    The X-wing module has been shoehorned into this framework and every weird thing that the module does or requires stems either from this legacy or from avoiding waking the slumbering giant copyright Mouse (successful after 3 plus years, btw).  The module is at the extreme edge of what Vassal can handle (I 'opened the hood' once to look at building better ways for resolving collisions- it's got so many layers and classes that allow it to do what it does, and work around the platform's limitations).  Nobody claims that the module is perfect, but people who are experienced with it run it just fine.  Mu0n (and the developers before him) have wrung water out of a rock getting the module where it can do what it can.
     
    The Benchmark actually is the game, Vassal is just the pieces, though with a lot of the game baked in, but that's just all semi automatic processes- you still need to know the game, as there is no way that vassal could ever be taught it- it simply doesn't have the capability of 'running' anything.  (An example is collisions- the platform doesn't have a way for counters/tokens to interact with each other, other than for being stacked.) 
     
    The fact that Vassal is free and 'dumb' is what makes it relevant- It's easy to have a universal server to handle all different kinds of games, bringing together a critical mass of numbers to make having a server worthwhile. Anybody can write a module, and anybody can play.  And people do- in the last month there were 23,298 sign-ins to the server and 4,324 game rooms opened, just for X-wing.  The server is what makes online X-wing play as a community endeavor possible- spectating is just as important as playing.  (For this reason, among others, I'm hugely skeptical of Tabletop Simulator as an answer to Vassal.  There's not enough of a player base to justify getting into it.)
     
    The developer of the benchmark software has stated clearly that he does not intend to expand to multiplayer versions, which would require its own server, and again bring in the copyright concerns.  The Vassal Server is agnostic about what game is played, largely immunizing it against legal intervention.  Now if someone were to fork this software and take it online to a server where you could browse games, spectate and play, that might be a thing, but it'd be such a huge undertaking, not to mention a legally risky one.  Until then, there's vassal.
     
    So in the end, this is a fun little piece of software, and while it does some things better than the Vassal platform allows the X-wing module to do, it's a different animal entirely, and provides no excuse for not learning Vassal.
  23. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from Vykk Draygo in Challenge Coin Question   
    Pogs seemed to have been a thing for all of six weeks.  
  24. Like
    Earthworm reacted to Skargoth in Challenge Coin Question   
    Playing pogs was like elementary school gambling. We played for pinks. If you didn't have a hologram slammer with its own carry tube you were such a chump.
  25. Like
    Earthworm reacted to Kelvan in Scum and Villainy Episode 30: What’s all the fuss over Inertial Dampeners?   
    That money was the best use of patreon dollars we've ever spent.
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