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  1. I’d be interested in an Armada-scale Rodger Young from Starship Troopers. Great ship design from a classic movie.
  2. The settings you made that allow for custom factions are incredible. Very well done, the results already surpass my expectations.
  3. Core Set Corellian Conflict Rebel Squadrons (2x) [Plus I bought six Y-wings that were parted out] Imperial Squadrons (3x) Gladiator Nebulon-B Expansion Rogues & VIllains ISD Expansion Home One MC30C Imperial Assault Cruisers Rebel Transports (2x) Interdictor Hammerhead Corvettes Chimaera Profundity I also bought extra dice, extra maneuver tool, some alt-arts off eBay, and of course the storage **** (Click n Connect, sleeves, binder). All told there are 10 ship expansions which I have not purchased. Aside from the Arquitens and more squadron packs I don't really feel the burning urge to buy more, though I'm sure I'll cave and buy the SSD.
  4. Guardtower is best tower. I really liked that we had a good mix of experience levels. A number of people who don’t usually do store championships came out and had fun blowing up ships. The Armada crew here is seriously great, playing on Mondays is always one of the highlights of my week.
  5. Actually what I want most is an alternate (read: better) sculpt of the T-65 X-Wing squadron. Mel’s T-70s (https://www.shapeways.com/product/AXFDUEHW6/armada-12x-t-70-x-wing?optionId=63721830) look light years better than the FFG X-Wing squadrons. I am tempted to buy enough to replace my current X-Wings even though they are from the wrong era. If he had alt versions of the old school X-Wing then it would be a no brainer.
  6. I am pining for some Expanse models at X-Wing but especially Armada scale. I would love to fly the MCRN Donnager against a UNN ship or have the Canterbury as a neutral objective. I’m sure Mel has more potential customers than just me on this one.
  7. Sweet. The font is insanely huge. Sure would be fun if there was a way to change that ? Edit: found it! should be easier on the eyes now
  8. Here is a group shot showing off the front, side, and rear of my TIEs.
  9. Ever since I got Armada I knew I would have to paint my squadrons. The underwhelming monochrome plastic of the squadrons just looks out of place next to the showstopping big ships. Now I'm finally dipping my toes into the world of mini-painting after months of lurking, reading, and watching tutorials. Big shout-out to Drasnighta btw - his squadron painting tutorials are a life-saver. After I explain what I did, I'd ask that you please share any critiques or tips that you might have. Keep in mind I'm entirely new to mini-painting so I have a very shallow pool of knowledge to draw from. Any help is appreciated! I'll begin with the TIE fighters from the Core set (as well as those found in Imps Squadrons I). Pics will follow in the comments. Supplies Brush: Winston & Newton University series sizes 0, 1, and 2. I picked these out at a local art supply store after eyeballing them only. They seemed like the right size for painting squadrons. Palette: I used a wet palette that consisted of tupperware with wet paper towels and parchment paper Paints: Since the local stores near me stock Citadel that's what I went with. It also helps that Citadel has very accessible youtube tutorials and an app. TIE Fighter miniature Chaos Black spray primer Equal parts Thunderhawk Blue and Russ Grey for the TIE body (I wanted a more blue-ish hull à la Empire Strikes Back) Abaddon Black for the wings & cockpit 'Ardcoat for the cockpit glass Moot Green for the laser ports Mephiston Red for the namesake twin ion engines (also for decorative flourishes on my aces) Squadron Stand Chaos black spray primer Moot green applied on the damage indicator arrow Technique Step Zero was to remove mold lines from my TIE squadrons using a hobby knife. While I managed to get most of the lines from the inside of the TIE fighter panels, I missed some mold lines on my interceptor panels that caused me grief later on. I then soaked the minis in soapy water and did my best to swirl them around and clean any mold release agents off them. Then I submerged those TIEs with especially out of shape wings into hot water in an attempt to re-shape them. I eliminated the most egregiously mis-formed wings but I still could've done a better job at this step. Next, I began cutting the ends off of hollow plastic q-tips and inserting the TIEs into them individually. This allowed me to paint the ships without fear of smearing paint on their stand. To ensure my squadrons wouldn't fly away while spraying them, I used painters tape to adhere each q-tip base to an empty egg carton. I then held the far end of the carton, and sprayed my TIEs with Chaos Black primer (outside of course). I reapplied from other angles to ensure I didn't miss any obvious spots. Once the primer dried (~20 minutes) I removed the q-tips from the egg carton and inserted them into a block of styrafoam. This was my painting staging area. The first actual painting involved me mixing Russ Grey and Thunderhawk Blue together, thinning it down, and then fully painting the TIEs. In retrospect, I probably didn't need to paint the interior of the wings since they ended up black anyways. Oh well. Next I used Abaddon Black and very carefully applied the black paint to the wings. As I painted more I managed to control where the paint was going a little better. I made lots of little messes and didn't stay inside all the lines. As a result I then went back for a round of touch-ups where I used my blue body mix to paint over errant black spots. After my blue touch-ups i needed to apply even more black paint since i could still see blue coming up beneath the black paneling. I suspect I internalized the “Thin Your Paints” mantra a little too much since I needed to apply black nearly four times in some cases. With the body and panels mostly done, I applied small amounts of black paint to the cockpit. Once dry, I used small amounts of 'Ardcoat to provide a lil gloss on the cockpit class. Blue body was then used in small, controlled brushtrokes to ensure the spokes encasing the cockpit glass matched the rest of the body. Nearing the end, I used tiny dabs of Moot Green to paint the laser nubbins underneath the cockpit. I then used similarly tiny dabs of Mephiston Red for the engine glow. For both the lasers and engines I only used one dab of paint (I was afraid multiple applications wouldn't end up in the same spot). Whenever I made a mistake I simply waited for the area to dry before re-touching it up with either black or blue. Squadron bases were easy. I simply applied Chaos Black spray and then painted on several thin coats of Moot Green on the damage indicator. Takeaways 1) This is fun! Painting away for hours at a time is relaxing. It is extremely satisfying to see your progress right before your eyes since each mini gets more "complete" every time you pick it up. Every Armada player should try it! 2) You can thin your paints too much and it is a pain to keep filling in black panels over and over and over and over... 3) One handy thing about painting oodles of TIEs at one time: at the end of it all you can identify your worst three models and group them together. This a) makes any TIEs squadrons you field in the game look that much better since the worst are culled out and and b) gives you a handy test-group that you can experiment on Questions How would you handle any varnish/lacquer? I really really don't want to ruin these guys by using the wrong product in the wrong way with the wrong technique. How would you approach the dials and activation switches? I'd like to eliminate the visible cardboad but I'm unsure of how best to approach this. I'm considering painting the edges of the ship dials with the same blue as the TIE body. That way there is a little bit of visual interest beyond "all black everything." Has anyone tried painting the activation switch anything other than black, such as red or blue? How have those turned out? Has anyone found a way to consistently paint the interior of the TIE wings? Every time I free-handed it the results were sub-par at best so I painted over all of them
  10. That makes sense, he was portraying the character Han Solo rather than doing an imitation of the actor. I think he did a good job with the part ultimately. Portraying such an iconic character with a hard to please fanbase is an unenviable position to be in (money, fame, and lucrative opportunities aside) but he really made the most of it. Mad props to him.
  11. I really enjoyed the movie. Absolutely did not expect to. For context my pre-release excitement level was a 3/10 and if not for my friend scoring free tickets I had no plans to watch it opening weekend. The story had me grinning from start to finish. There were a handful of things I would’ve done differently - opening seen with Lady Proxima, a few of L3’s jokes, origin of his last name - but that list is close to exhaustive. Alden’s Harrison Ford impersonation wasn’t convincing but his portrayal of the character still captured the roguish charm and improvisational craziness that accompanies him. Him meeting Chewie in the pit was great - watching him then speak Wookie was a good touch. I loved that the train robbery was front loaded. Since it was heavily featured in the movie I assumed it was the finale. I definitely wondered where the film would go after that. Lando was perfect - I would love a stand-alone movie featuring him with a Han and Chewie cameo. Khaleesi was good. Woody Harrelson was great. Paul Bettany was fantastic as the villain. Near the end the sheer volume of double crosses started to veer towards the absurd but it didn’t go too far. For my money this movie is the best of the Disney era films. Also Gonk Droid Battlebots was awesome.
  12. How can I add a spoiler tag? I want to make sure I don’t ruin the movie for anyone
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