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    Forresto reacted to Thalomen in Properly Scaled Rebel Ships?   
    Since this thread, I've kitbashed a 1/7000 scale Allegiance style Star Destroyer and expanded my collection of 1/7000. Much thanks to Tsalt and Mel. 
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    Forresto reacted to Piratical Moustache in Properly Scaled Rebel Ships?   
    Since the Imperial Star Destroyer in Armada is 8" long that would mean the CR90 would be only .75" long. In my opinion unless everything is correctly scaled the corvette would stand out even more, but here's an older thread discussing the merits of 1:7000 scale.
     
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    Forresto got a reaction from Thalomen in Properly Scaled Rebel Ships?   
    Long ago I saw a post on this forum that showed someone who bought third party rebel ships that were closer to the correct scale to the Imperial Star Destroyer.
    I am not a stickler for scale but I’m interested in at least replacing a few of my CR-90s. I feel that the CR90 is the only one that really should be to scale with an ISD. 
    Any help finding the smaller ships would be much appreciated.
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    Forresto got a reaction from Muelmuel in So FFG, may we get some damage deck variants?   
    I would buy every single themed damage deck if they sold them.
    The core set should be meant as an easy way to start collecting the game in an all inclusive package, not as the only method to get a damage deck.
    FFG let us give you more of our money, do alt art themed decks that you SELL, not hoard away as tournament prizes.
    Acrylic defense tokens, acrylic rulers, so many currently cardboard accessories I would gladly upgrade if given the chance. 
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    Forresto reacted to OgRib in So FFG, may we get some damage deck variants?   
    I finally picked up a second damage deck after years of wanting one. This guarantees FFG will be releasing new alt-art damage decks - not only for each faction but for each commander as well.
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    Forresto got a reaction from LennoxPoodle in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    Small Luke tirade before I address the OP.
    “Luke wouldn’t kill his nephew”
    Well he wouldn’t, which is why he didn’t, hence why Kylo Ren is kinda the main antagonist of the sequel trilogy...
    Anyone who disagrees with Luke’s momentary lapse in judgement isn’t putting themselves in his shoes.
    Imagine your Father was an emotionally unstable man who became a Jedi but was ultimately tempted to the dark side. As a result he wiped out the Jedi and installed a regime that would kill billions upon billions. Your Father was a mass murderer beyond the scope of any in actual human history. 
    Consider how much you’ve sacrificed, the countless friends you’ve lost, the innocents killed in a bloody civil war all to tear down your Father’s Empire. 
    Now you’ve rebuilt the Jedi but one of your star pupils, your nephew, who shows the tendencies of your father. You learn a powerful dark sider has already lured him to the dark side. You don’t have much time and everything you’ve sacrificed to gain is now at risk. Billions upon billions of lives hinge on your decision. Yeah killing space Hitler jr is going to be an option that comes to mind, even if fleeting.
    And ultimately Luke would’ve been right to kill Ben.
    We get all hippy dippy about redemption because of Return of the Jedi but preach about the power of atonement to all the people who never got off Aldderan. You can’t because they all got snuffed out of existence. 
    Luke’s weakness dooms the galaxy.
    Everybody likes to think they would stand stalwart against an unfriendly universe even if everything they fought to build smoldered around them, in reality most people would crumple or turn to drink. Luke hiding on an island is one of the most human reactions to failure in Star Wars. 
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    Its pretty much universally agreed the Thrawn Trilogy is one of the best (if not THE best) storylines in the EU. 
    I think part of that is the world building, it’s excellent at introducing new stuff that feels naturally apart of the universe.
    Those books also do an excellent job of creating the illusion that there is a lot more going on in the background then we see directly. Timothy Zahn is great at providing enough examples and information so that our imagination naturally wants to fill in the gaps. For instance we consistantly get glimpses and comments on various battles or logistics that make it feel that these vast military campaigns are actually taking place in the background of our protagonist’s actions. Therefore the stakes feel higher. 
    All that to say I think the ultimate success of the Thrawn Trilogy is that there is a lot of nuance to the writing at every level.
    I don’t hate the Sequel Trilogy. I quite like The Last Jedi and I can tolerate The Force Awakens.
    That being said i’m worried this fleet of Star Destroyers is simply going to be Starkiller Baser 2.0. Some royal flush that’s going to have to be overcome in some ridiculous manner. Ya know, a maguffin esque problem resolved by a similarly simple solution, rather than creating a multilayered problem for our characters that requires a multilayered solution 
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    Forresto got a reaction from LagJanson in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    Thank you to everyone for being so incredibly helpful! 
    I’m really excited now. There’s several viable paths to take and I’m likely going to stitch together a plan from everyone’s suggestions.
    This seems like a great community and I’m glad i’ll be more involved in it! 
    Cheers! 😁
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    Forresto reacted to Red Castle in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    I find it funny how a lot of people are actually taking Ben's point of view from the movie. There is 3 flashback from this scene:
    -First one is Luke telling it as if he was innocent and that Ben suddenly turned on him without any reasons
    -Second one is Ben telling that he woke up only to see his uncle angry about to strike him down and kill me
    -Third is from Luke again where he admits his faults in the story, that for a fleeting moment he thought about killing Ben but came to his senses right away and would never do it... but it was already too late because Ben saw him with his lightsaber ignited. This story shows that in the end, Luke is human like everyone else and can also have moments of weakness.
    Luke was not going in the tent to kill Ben and would never have killed him. Seeing all the violence that his nephew would brought into the galaxy made him instinctivly ignite the lightsaber but as he turned the saber on he came to his senses and realise the error of his toughts. If Ben would not have woken up at this moment, Luke would have walk away. He did have the instinct to ignite his lightsaber and put an end to all this, but he also did resist the temptation. Just like he did resist the temptation to kill his father when he was beaten at his feet. He didn't went into the Death Star to kill his father but, from a moment of weakness, he was about to do it. 
    And yet, a lot of people remembers it like Ben, that Luke went there to kill him and was angrily about to strike. They are taking Ben side of the story as the truth, just like a lot of people seems to think that 'Letting go of the past, killing it if we have to' is the lesson from the movie. Come on guys, he's the villain... Giving up to our anger is also not the lesson from Episode 6...
    Just like a parent goes to 'confront' their kids when they think they did or are about to do something bad... and I don't think it means they are walking into the room with a loaded gun...
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    Forresto reacted to Red Castle in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    Would make perfect sense! And I believe that this massive space glider is the secret weapon the Resistance needs to destroy the First Order and finding it is the plot from Episode 9! Why else do you think they are going back to Endor!?
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    Forresto reacted to Darth Sanguis in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    It's not like this behavior is new. I seem to remember him seeing a vision of the possible future in the OT, over reacting, ignoring two fully trained Jedi masters telling him no, and flying off to get his butt whooped. 

    One of the things I never understood was this deification of Luke. He's always been an imperfect character. It wasn't until the last couple minutes of screen time that he showed any level of control over himself....  

    I mean, even when he "redeemed" Vader he was hulking out on the dude.



    I have a sneaking suspicion that the Legends EU is to blame for all these people who worship Luke.  
     
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    Forresto got a reaction from Frimmel in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    Thank you to everyone for being so incredibly helpful! 
    I’m really excited now. There’s several viable paths to take and I’m likely going to stitch together a plan from everyone’s suggestions.
    This seems like a great community and I’m glad i’ll be more involved in it! 
    Cheers! 😁
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    Forresto got a reaction from Darth Sanguis in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    @Belisarius09 Luke didn’t become a Jedi until he threw his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi.
    The way I have always viewed lightsabers is that the Jedi only have them out of necessity because the Sith had them and unlike the Jedi had no qualms over violent solutions.
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    Forresto got a reaction from CoffeeMinion in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    Thank you to everyone for being so incredibly helpful! 
    I’m really excited now. There’s several viable paths to take and I’m likely going to stitch together a plan from everyone’s suggestions.
    This seems like a great community and I’m glad i’ll be more involved in it! 
    Cheers! 😁
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    Forresto got a reaction from The Jabbawookie in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    Not to butt in but to show you can love something and still find faults in it, and vice versa I will say my least favorite parts of The Last Jedi (as someone who really enjoys TLJ):
    -Phasma doing squat again.
    -Ackbar’s death, moreso we don’t get to see him have an “Oh ****” face” or expression of resignation.
    -The lack of context to the greater galaxy. The crawl indicated FO fleets are siezing critical systems in a coordinated attack but it would’ve been nice to see Snoke viewing a map or something visual we could grasp onto.
    -Not enough R2. 
    -Not enough distinctive side characters, especially on the First Order side. The Imperials got Piett and Ozzell and Veers and Needa. We get Canady on the Dreadnaught and boom he’s dead. 
    -The Hyperspace Ram being as destructive as it was. I don’t think it’s lorebreaking, and it’s visually incredible, but wiping out an additional several Star Destroyers seemed over kill to me. 
    -Finn and Rose’s storyline is the weakest part of the plot but mostly because of setting. Canto Bight is great, im glad it exists, however it inherently feels detached from everything else (although that is thematically the point.). Personally I think it would’ve been far more effective if they had gone somewhere recognizable like Coruscant. Maybe the First Order is occupying as they’re searching for DJ at a casino. You serve the world and plot in multiple ways at once.
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    Forresto got a reaction from JJ48 in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    Not to butt in but to show you can love something and still find faults in it, and vice versa I will say my least favorite parts of The Last Jedi (as someone who really enjoys TLJ):
    -Phasma doing squat again.
    -Ackbar’s death, moreso we don’t get to see him have an “Oh ****” face” or expression of resignation.
    -The lack of context to the greater galaxy. The crawl indicated FO fleets are siezing critical systems in a coordinated attack but it would’ve been nice to see Snoke viewing a map or something visual we could grasp onto.
    -Not enough R2. 
    -Not enough distinctive side characters, especially on the First Order side. The Imperials got Piett and Ozzell and Veers and Needa. We get Canady on the Dreadnaught and boom he’s dead. 
    -The Hyperspace Ram being as destructive as it was. I don’t think it’s lorebreaking, and it’s visually incredible, but wiping out an additional several Star Destroyers seemed over kill to me. 
    -Finn and Rose’s storyline is the weakest part of the plot but mostly because of setting. Canto Bight is great, im glad it exists, however it inherently feels detached from everything else (although that is thematically the point.). Personally I think it would’ve been far more effective if they had gone somewhere recognizable like Coruscant. Maybe the First Order is occupying as they’re searching for DJ at a casino. You serve the world and plot in multiple ways at once.
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    Forresto reacted to ScummyRebel in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    Hate to say it, but strapped for cash, competitive, and Imperial don’t go together. 
    Most of the best lists involve converted content.
    The best 2.0 only ones I can think of are Vader + friends, and tie swarm (6 or 8 tie fighters based on which variant you are flying, I prefer the 6 ties)
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    Forresto reacted to faceyfood in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    If you are on a budget, the last thing you need is the Gozanti. Cool looking ship, but useless in competitive play.
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    Forresto reacted to theBitterFig in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    I'll nitpick this, only because Bombers and Interceptors are only 1e ships, require conversion kit stuff at the moment (and the Bombers aren't even coming soon), and the individual ships might not be easily acquired.  Buying the collection of someone who is getting out of the game, plus a core set, might be a cost-effective way to get a really big collection, but there's a probably a large initial buy-in, and I think there's a decent path to competitive Imperial play through only 2nd Edition releases.
     
    A Striker can probably swap in for the TIE interceptor (coming soon, but not out yet, so certainly not budget friendly right now).  Duchess isn't quite as good as Soontir, but isn't bad.
    The two bombers can be replaced by 2 strikers, or by 3 TIE Fighters.  Vader (with Sense), Soontir, and 3 Academy Pilots is a list which exists, so swapping in Duchess (and maybe Wampa?) would probably be a solid budget list that isn't too far off of a standard one.
    Core Set, basic TIE Fighter, TIE/x1, TIE Striker is a $100 MSRP, and can build some decent lists.  Of course add the TIE Interceptor when it releases, but I wouldn't get 1e and convert it.  Maybe add another Striker.  Decimator is lower priority, but I think it's kind of fun.  The out-soon TIE/v1 are also really fun, but I don't know if they're top-tier competitive. without Jendon, who isn't out in Second Edition yet.
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    For Rebels, harder to say.  Getting one of everything, maybe 2 B-Wings, maybe skipping the large-base ships, probably goes a long way.  However, the best U-Wing Pilots and Crew are conversion-kit only, so kind of a pain.
    My budget path would be Core, X-Wing, 2x B-Wing, Y-Wing (MSRP $80 over the Core Set).  You can fly everything in cheapest configuration, or mix and match higher pilots.
     
    *edit*
    Is it just me, or does this look like a thoroughly reasonable squad?
    Vader (Sense, Fire Control System, Afterburners) 80 Duchess (Predator) 44 Wampa (-) 30 Academy Pilot (-) 23 Academy Pilot (-) 23
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    Forresto reacted to Okapi in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    All the released Empire ships are pretty decent, and all except possibly the Reaper are decently easy to learn how to fly. I think I'd just pick up one of each, in the order you prefer, and try out different combos. Netlisting is nice and all, but you'll learn faster by actually trying things out, and who knows, maybe you'll uncover a combo or a pilot that's been overlooked by the forum and the meta, which, to be honest, is a bit of an echo chamber. You can make lots of interesting lists with 2-3 TIE Fighters, an x1, a v1 and a Striker.
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    Forresto reacted to Frimmel in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    I think that if you're going to end up at the destination of providing both sides for large games and that this "just an Imperial list for now" is denial or to make it palatable to your budget committee you need to examine a big spend upfront for a 1E collection and conversion kits versus adding it up in dribs and drabs. Just make sure you aren't kidding yourself about how much of this stuff you're going to end up wanting and buying. 
    To get going with Imps and an eye toward providing both sides for Imps and Rebels games from only 2E retail product: 2x Core set, 1x TIE Advanced, 1x T-65 X-wing, and the Rebel Falcon. 
    That should get you some fun Imps/Rebels games and be the base of your number 1 and 2 criteria. I'm saying 2x Core since you're going to want the four TIE/ln for your Gozanti, and you'll really want two sets of dice (3 of each attack and defense isn't quite enough) and you'll want the additional templates in such when providing material for two players. That is good value for an Imp player. 
    Then you just need to find yourself a competitive Imp list and add the things you need beyond 4x TIE/ln and 1x TIE Advanced. If you're going with Hyperspace just get any another Imp expansion and make a list and go fly. Playing extended is a little tougher but by the time Wave VI shows up, supposedly by the end of the year, you'll be able to pick from eight imperial expansions and should be fine even without access to the bombers. 
    Go use the squad-builder and make some lists. If you go to the "my collection" tab you can click "more info" on one of the expansions and it will show you what is in it. 
     
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    Forresto reacted to CoffeeMinion in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    If you’re worried about X-Wing bleeding you dry, turn back now—it’s good at that. But that’s because the game is fun, the models look great, and there’s such a huge variety of things to fly that it’s awfully tempting to get just one more ship...
    I don’t actually know much about competitive flying. What I do know, however, is that different kinds of ships lend themselves to different play styles and personal preferences. I’m also loosely aware of the differences between Hyperspace and Extended, in the sense that they might limit your choices.
    Where I’m going with this is that you should probably determine whether your local scene focuses on Hyperspace or Extended before you buy anything beyond the core. If it’s Hyperspace-only, I’d consider buying just enough of a variety of legal ships for the format to start practicing and seeing what you like. (Personal example: I have learned that I dislike and am not good at flying glass aces like Interceptors; I never went deeper than one, and I eventually even got rid of it.)
    If your scene focuses on Extended, though, then I’d plush for a conversion kit and start trawling Amazon & eBay for bargains. Again: you probably don’t know what you’ll enjoy flying yet, and a few games with some diverse ships will start helping that. And while 2.0 is generally less upgrade-dependent than 1.0 was, it’s super nice to just start out in the faction with a load of upgrades at your fingertips.
    Good luck, have fun!
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    Forresto got a reaction from The Jabbawookie in NEW Rise Of Skywalker fotage from D23 LOTS OF ISDs   
    I suppose that makes sense, especially if the Sith are an offshoot of the Jedi? I’m not sure about anient SW history in the current canon (although I assume them copying sabers is  also true in Legends)?
    Yeah I’ve always seen lightsabers as a tool Jedi are intended to use reluctantly. They’re some of the coolest weapons in Sci Fi, saber fights are great, but I almost think the coolness makes people who forget that they’re ideally only meant for when all else fails.
    I would love to see a story where a Jedi only uses their saber once or twice, like at the beginning and end of the story to resolve some unavoidable conflict. 
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    Forresto reacted to JaxonEvans in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    Buying used ships and a conversion kit is a good option. Alternatively, Vader/Soontir/Duches is a pretty solid list, and they are all available in 2.0 releases currently (Tie Advanced, Tie Interceptor, Tie Striker), that said it's a pretty difficult list to play so be ready for a bit of a learning curve. You might still need to buy some upgrade cards online, but you could also proxy them to try it out. 
     
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    Forresto reacted to XPav in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
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    Forresto reacted to Jeff Wilder in New Player - What to buy on a budget?   
    The benefit to conversion kits for Imperials is that two conversion kits will get you pretty much everything it's even possible to build in Imperial.  (There are a couple of weird exceptions.). Then you can buy used models at $5 to $10 each (be sure they include bases and pegs), a damage deck, dice, and templates, and really be set, for either Hyperspace or Extended.
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