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  1. Now that I've seen a few pictures of them, I'm pretty sure I can do better (read: more accurate to the film models, there's nothing wrong with those FFG silveredones). Going to have to pick up a fresh N1 to sacrifice to the attempts.
  2. Interesting, that looks like a different silver to what they've used for the underside of the original models. I've been holding off painting one of mine to see this finish.
  3. Well, everyone definitely won't get at least one. That's the nature of limited edition, and part of the point of this lottery system. As for organisation, I don't know, given they're doing this during the greatest global pandemic crisis of our time, I think they're doing kinda well...
  4. Has anyone got IRL pictures of these? I think I'm just going to mirror chrome my own. Just curious how shiny the new one actually is. Like, is this just the same silver paint from the underside of the existing models, or did they vacuum-metalise it?
  5. I have a theory on how one could "repaint" a ship (and also chrome up those engine nozzles on the regular ones) without actually needing to grab brushes and pots of water. Going to have to test this first so I'm not misleading folks, if people actually care to give it a try.
  6. NakedDex

    Sticker Shock

    Yeah, I still have my Inquisitor model painted in a box somewhere in my parents attic (along with an altogether too large Eldar Epic army, Gorkamorka, and Space Hulk, if we're still talking about the old niche games they made). The thing with GW stuff is they have some really decent IP, but the tabletop game is something of a mess for all but the most avid fans. The video game versions of these games scratched enough of the itch for casual players dipping their toes into their favourite factions without the confines of the tabletop rules or the trouble in organising games. I knew a lot of people that played Blood Bowl back in the day, and almost none of them still do on a table, but most of them still do on the PC. Dawn of War had a similar kick among my group for folks who had neither the time or the desire to engage in the tabletop mess anymore, but still enjoyed playing Marines vs Eldar against each other online of a weekend (and I still think the reason DoW became a more restrictive game with the factions and play style was because GW realised it's success was impacting the tabletop, rather than helping it).
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    Sticker Shock

    Honestly, when I got into X-wing back in 1e wave 1, one of the selling points was that I didn't have to assemble or paint them because I hadn't painted a **** thing for 15 years or so at that stage. In the last couple of years I have, for entirely other reasons, gotten back into painting minis again, and it's still a selling point that I don't have to paint them. I buy them, put them on a table, and don't worry about it. It's still great, despite the fact that they now get unpackaged at my airbrush station.
  8. NakedDex

    Sticker Shock

    This. I stopped playing miniature based tabletop games because I got sick of GW crap. I got back into it because X-wing was affordable by comparison.
  9. NakedDex

    Sticker Shock

    Have you ever considered the wild idea that maybe - just maybe - people aren't basing their choice of hobby on cost alone? Like - and I know this is wild in concept so stay with me here - maybe people who don't consider X-wing to be bad value for money also just, y'know, don't really like GW games... Yes, I know, you're probably screaming "HERETIC" right now, because that's what GWeebs love to do, but get this; Not everyone likes ground combat games. Not everyone likes far future or fantasy games. Not everyone likes persistent stat games. Not everyone likes sports games. Some people may like some, all, or none of these. Some people may just hate painting things, and some folks just really don't like the theme or sculpts for a lot of GW stuff. Guess what, some of the players of this game may just be - MildShock - Star Wars fans specifically. I know! Wild! Maybe stop trying to argue the economics of what people like versus what you like. Let people bloody enjoy what they want to.
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    Tie Bombers?

    My point is that there are better alternatives to Bombers if you're doing any sort of ordnance/payload lists. The fact that 6x Hyenas won isn't an argument against that. Bombers are decent - you're talking to someone who still counts it as one their favourite ships in the game - but being a jack of all trades means being a master of none. Hyenas are a little more flexible than Bombers, and are a better platform for payloads in many cases. Bombers aren't without their tricks, but doing everything decently means something else will always have an edge on the niche you want. Even within Imperial ships, you could argue 5x Strikers with prox mines are more effective than 6x Bombers with same (5x Strikers with prox even gives you room for Bombardiers on each, and bumping one to Vagabond, who is brilliant with them). Gunboats are better ordnance carriers for the system slot and SLAM alone. Sure, both are more expensive, but not by much, but both have more offensive capability outside of their secondary weapons (Strikers are 3Atk and Gunboats get cannon options), and both have movement abilities that can get them potentially out of arc. Like I said, I love TIE Bombers, but I'm just saying a lot of what they can do is covered by other ships too, often more effectively in the current metas.
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    Tie Bombers?

    I have played a *lot* of TIE Bombers, all the way back from 1E. They're among my favourite ships in the game to play. However, in a competitive scene, they get eaten alive. In a non-competitive scene, they still struggle a bit compared to counterparts in the same niche. On paper, their stats are really good for the price. On the table, their 2AGI and no shields means crits land with alarming frequency, and the target lock struggle can be real against ace lists. One or two in a list carrying a bomb of your choice and/or ordnance like Clusters or Plasmas can give your list an edge, and the Scimitars are cheap enough to consider for that in many lists. Bombers en masse, as much as it pains me to admit, are really outclassed by other options. In normal, one-off Extended format games, though, they're a lot of fun. You can use Jendon to augment the target lock issue and spam out a bunch of tooled up Bombers to really shake up those aces. Big fan of throwing Vader on Jendon and running the squad wide to give folks confusion on target priority, and cover the rather wide butts on those Bombers in the process. Jonus also begins to make more sense once there's four on the board, too, albeit in a much tighter formation. Staring longingly at my 11 TIE Bombers We'll find a way...
  12. 7x Binayre Pirates, all with Deadman's Switch, and 5x carrying Concussion Missiles. Alternatively, 8x Binayre Pirates, all with Feedback Array. Worst part about this random traffic thought list is that I have enough to run them, and now I kind of need to.
  13. Destiny was not as big as you may have thought. It had some hotspots, but that was a small game by any metric of FFG's warehouse. I wouldn't be worrying about X-wing for a long time yet.
  14. NakedDex

    Destiny is done

    Legion seems to be what they tried to make competitive IA, which is a shame because the campaign for IA is actually really good, and I feel its overlooked by folks looking at things like Zombicide. I played it in a group for a bit before we sort of migrated into their RPG system (which the game tiles and minis are actually great for, too). It had a nice system, I really must see if I can find a copy to play with some friends after we're finished this Gloomhaven expansion.
  15. NakedDex

    Destiny is done

    I only bought in on the Awakenings stuff, and some 2-player set when it came on sale. There's a few stores with the first trilogy booster boxes on sale for £20 now, and I was honestly tempted until I tried to remember the last time I actually played a game of it. It was fun, but man did it find zero traction in my area. Anyone I demo'd it to enjoyed it, but either didn't want another blind pack card game, or was put off by the cost weighed against other games they already played. It's demise doesnt make me fear for X-wing, but maybe a little bit for Armada.
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