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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Bakura83 in Let’s talk about the SSD since FFG won’t.   
    I'm thinking of a Sloane list. Lots of squadron support. Stick on Brunson, Tua+Advanced Projectors?, Gunnery Team/Flight Commander(?), Flight Controllers, All fighters Follow Me!, Boosted Comms(?). Stick in a Boosted Comms Gozanti and we've got room for ~100 points of squadrons. Idea being that the squadrons take away defense tokens and then the SSD can just swat things. Not really that excited for Epic. I've been playing some CC, and that goes up to 500 points, and has an "epic" (possible) conclusion, but it seems to just end up taking more time to set up and more time to play, without that much benefit. If I don't order it I hope the "good" unique cards from it appear in tournament kits over the next year. Another Darth Vader? We already have 3 versions of him... is there no room for some other people? Hmm... Don't think so. A huge ship should be huge. It should take up nearly all your list. Not yet, but I got paid this week so increasingly tempted to pre-order after checking if it's in any sales. Dropping it down the stairs while trying to carry it places? Need a decent storage/transport solution. Maybe 10 December; an article about desiging the SSD model. 4 January for the full ship article. Not at the same price, but a Raddus at maybe 75% the price. Would be smaller - maybe about the size of the Huge Ship base. Technically it is Civil War era. [Although they'd have to be careful about giving it the Raddus title, due to the rules on Unique things.] Also this forum has built-in lists... solves the problem with those 8s.
    I'm also hoping for a Title that lets you shoot obstacles out the way (maybe letting you do damage to nearby squadrons and call it Iron Fist, but probably not for canon reasons. We're probably stuck with a combination of Executor, Annihilator, Arbitrator, Eclipse, Ravager).
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    Grumbleduke reacted to chr335 in Dodonna Bombers   
    As always with Dodonna you want to maximize face up crits.  That means trc90s, ordnance slots with ATP, Dodonna's pride on a cr90 and other such things.  I also don't see enough bombers.
    See if you can find points for Luke his ability works well with Dodonna
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in Glimpse of an Upgraded Nebulon B? Probably a Nebulon K!   
    Disclaimer: IANAL, but I did used to be a copyright lobbyist and researcher, and did go through law school.
    The comic is almost certainly infringing the artist's copyright (at least in my jurisdiction). The test for copyright infringement is if you copied a substantial part of the original work. Here, going with the original images uploaded (or maybe the model), there's a pretty good case for copying, and pretty much all aspects of the image were copied.
    Sure, the artist might be infringing trade marks (although probably not) and maybe infringing copyrights in other Star Wars stuff (but again, probably not given how transformative it is - at least with this design), but two wrongs rarely make a right in law.
    Of course, all of this is legal theory. Enforcing copyrights and trade marks and so on (particularly involving big media companies and the Internet) rarely comes down to what the law is, and is more about agreements between companies and whatever people can get away with.
    In this case, though, probably worth sending a polite email to them (they even include a "write to us" email address in the comics), pointing out that they seem to have borrowed the image, and maybe someone needs to have a chat about that.
    The ship design is pretty neat. Engines are slightly jarring, but definitely shiny overall.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from The Jabbawookie in Glimpse of an Upgraded Nebulon B? Probably a Nebulon K!   
    Disclaimer: IANAL, but I did used to be a copyright lobbyist and researcher, and did go through law school.
    The comic is almost certainly infringing the artist's copyright (at least in my jurisdiction). The test for copyright infringement is if you copied a substantial part of the original work. Here, going with the original images uploaded (or maybe the model), there's a pretty good case for copying, and pretty much all aspects of the image were copied.
    Sure, the artist might be infringing trade marks (although probably not) and maybe infringing copyrights in other Star Wars stuff (but again, probably not given how transformative it is - at least with this design), but two wrongs rarely make a right in law.
    Of course, all of this is legal theory. Enforcing copyrights and trade marks and so on (particularly involving big media companies and the Internet) rarely comes down to what the law is, and is more about agreements between companies and whatever people can get away with.
    In this case, though, probably worth sending a polite email to them (they even include a "write to us" email address in the comics), pointing out that they seem to have borrowed the image, and maybe someone needs to have a chat about that.
    The ship design is pretty neat. Engines are slightly jarring, but definitely shiny overall.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Mad Cat in Compendium of UK Armada Events - *** 2019 ***   
    Dark Sphere's placeholder Facebook event is up as well: Armarda Regionals Placeholder
    It's moved to 5 January (from November 2018) and is at their new store in Shepherd's Bush.
    [And that spelling is theirs, not mine...]
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Nostromoid in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    No. I'm saying that all we know at the moment is that the boundary between a Large ship and a Huge ship is somewhere between the ISD and the SSD.
    The MC85 is double the size of an ISD. So it would be larger than the ISD but smaller than the SSD. Making it work as either a Large or Huge ship.
    Generally ships don't hang over the edge of their base too much. At each size class, the smallest ships tend to be a lot smaller than the base, the biggest ships a bit larger. The ISD is quite a bit bigger than its base; the SSD is a lot bigger than its base. To me that suggests the ISD should be about as large as a Large ship should get (before they become too unwieldy) and the SSD about as big as a Huge ship should get. To me it seems reasonable to make the MC85 a Huge ship, then. It would be to the Huge base(s) as the MC80 is to the Large base - or maybe as the CR90 is to the Small base. Physically.
    In universe it makes sense as well; the MC85 is meant to be quite a big step up on the MC80. In game, it would be nice to have a Rebel Huge ship, and there aren't many alternatives.
    That said, I'd be fine with it being a Large ship - I just think it would look, feel and work better as a Huge one.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from fistfulofforce in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from BlueSquadronPilot in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    In the interests of Science, I just measured all my Armada models, and compared them with the Wookieepedia-given lengths.
    It's actually a pretty good linear correlation (coefficient of 0.98, or 0.99 with the outlier "fixed"), something like:
    [model length in cm] = 0.01 x [Ship length in m] + 4 The worst fits are the Gozanti (about 21% too short - but the Canon length given is quite a bit longer than the Legends value), Hammerhead (26% too short, but only 13% if I measured it incorrectly) and the Quasar (19% too long - but the Quasar has no Canon length listed, only a Legends one, and they scaled it up a bit for Rebels).
    Of course, if we apply the same formula to the MC85 we get a model that's 42cm long - over double the length of the ISD. The SSD comes in at an epic 213cm. So that doesn't work.
    The squadrons are also at a different scale. But I'm not getting them out of their boxes to measure them.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from thestag in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    In the interests of Science, I just measured all my Armada models, and compared them with the Wookieepedia-given lengths.
    It's actually a pretty good linear correlation (coefficient of 0.98, or 0.99 with the outlier "fixed"), something like:
    [model length in cm] = 0.01 x [Ship length in m] + 4 The worst fits are the Gozanti (about 21% too short - but the Canon length given is quite a bit longer than the Legends value), Hammerhead (26% too short, but only 13% if I measured it incorrectly) and the Quasar (19% too long - but the Quasar has no Canon length listed, only a Legends one, and they scaled it up a bit for Rebels).
    Of course, if we apply the same formula to the MC85 we get a model that's 42cm long - over double the length of the ISD. The SSD comes in at an epic 213cm. So that doesn't work.
    The squadrons are also at a different scale. But I'm not getting them out of their boxes to measure them.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DOMSWAT911 in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from cynanbloodbane in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    And Aramadia-class thrustships to go with them?
    Also, how about some proper stations? Golans, or XQs. Something to add a bit of variety - maybe for campaign only. Acting like ships for hull zones and overlapping, but not moving.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DarthVerkir in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    And Aramadia-class thrustships to go with them?
    Also, how about some proper stations? Golans, or XQs. Something to add a bit of variety - maybe for campaign only. Acting like ships for hull zones and overlapping, but not moving.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from jbc98k in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from idiewell in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Stasy in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Piratical Moustache in What Ship Do You Want Most Of All?   
    Ooh, where to begin? Obviously things like the Venator (large/medium ship with carrier and blue-dice variants), Dreadnought (medium-sized, blue-dice focused ship), and the usual stuff. Otherwise, most of the Rebellion/Supremacy ships would be nice: [Edited - because of course Mel's Miniatures has versions of all of these]
    The Bulk Cruiser (medium sized, Rebel ship - slow but durable?) Link

    The DP20, now that it is canon - although not sure where it would fit in with the Rebel line-up - they already have a couple of small corvettes. Link

    The CC-7700 Frigate is also canon now (thank you, Tarkin), and giving the Rebels a small ship with Experimental Retrofit would be interesting: Link - why does everyone have to make this so bumpy; I like the clean surfaces.

    The Liberator-class cruiser was included in one of FFG's other games, and could make another nice medium-sized assault carrier for the Rebels: Link - I can see what they tried to do here, but the underneath looks a bit weird.

    For the Empire you have the (canonical) Lancer-class frigate, although that's mostly replaced by the Raider: Link - not sure about that one.

    And the Strike-class medium cruiser, a medium-sized ship for the Empire that isn't a triangle. Link

    If we're going into post-RotJ era stuff, I'd love to see things like the Endurance-class fleet carrier and Nebula-class Star Destroyer - they look shiny and different. Link - Nebula-class only.

    So many pretty starships.
     
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Mad Cat in Compendium of UK Armada Events 2018   
    According to Facebook UK Nationals have sold 52 tickets (out if 80) so there are plenty left on the door if anyone still isn't decided.
    At the moment Armada is beating A Game of Thrones and crushing Imperial Assault, Runewars and Legion, but behind L5R. X-Wing has more tickets sold for Friday alone than Armada... Still, at the moment that means everyone gets a Jerjerrod.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Admiral Calkins in More 'huge' ships confirmed - so what's the next one?   
    Keep in mind that it's been 2 years since we've had any non-Disney-canon units (Squadron IIs), and 3 years since a non-Disney-canon ship (the Raider/MC30).
    Getting any of the old EU ships seems a bit unlikely.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from solaria in Executor arrives   
    Good spot! Which would mean the SSD isn't a ship without new rules. Unless we take the two bases to also count as a single base - but that wouldn't mean it can't be a Large ship, as the only requirement for it to be a large ship is that it uses the large base.
    Of course it is. But we don't have any rules to define it yet. Until we do, we can only speculate about what those rules are. And that includes speculating, rather than stating definitively, how size class-restricted upgrades work with huge ships.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from solaria in Executor arrives   
    Huge may be not Large. We don't know until we see the rules. In the same way that "flotillas" can be "small."
    It almost certainly will be a new size class. But until we see the rules all we can do is guess as to how it will work and what restrictions it will come with.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from emsgoof in Executor arrives   
    If we're going to be really pedantic we don't actually know anything about the "size class" of the SSD. We have no rules discussing it.
    We do have some quotes from the article that mention the ship being a new "class", but it says nothing about it being a new "size class." And articles aren't rules anyway.
    From the article it seems likely that the SSD will come with new rules about "Huge ships." This may involve defining a new Huge "size class" - and if so, we can only speculate as to what that definition will be. So far we have no size class specific rules, so we have absolutely nothing to go on. FFG gets to make up the rules and they can put whatever they like in there.
    To be really, really pedantic, without new rules the SSD is a "Large" ship. To quote the FAQ'd rules:
    So without new rules the ship has to be either small, medium or large. It can't be a small or medium ship as it doesn't use those bases (although it does use the 77.5mm x 129mm base), so it must be a large ship by exhaustion.
    So maybe let's ease off on deciding how the SSD must work with existing size class rules until we actually get to see the rules?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from LordCola in Executor arrives   
    ... unless the rules that come with the SSD say "Huge ships count as a Large ships [in some circumstances]" or "Huge ships can equip upgrades that can go on Large ships." No need for an errata - built into the new rules for Huge ships.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from LordCola in Executor arrives   
    I'm hoping that if any of these new Commander or Officer commands become popular they get included in tournament kits next year - it seems only fair.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from ta5erface in Vader and EWS   
    EWS has its effect at the start of the ship phase. So following how this sort of thing works for other upgrade cards, if the card is destroyed, that doesn't undo its effect for that round.
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