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Weird stuff you buy/do for X-Wing... (or) X-Wing Hax

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- Sharpie paint pens (black, red, lime, aqua, etc.) to paint the edges of the tokens, including painting matching blue/red target locks the same color

I tried this...but it seems the oil based paint gets soaked into the cardboard. Did you give it more than one coat? And/or use something as a sealer before painting the edges?

Two coats.

Also, I highly recommend doing some pairs of target locks in the same color, but different from other target lock pairs. A-B target locks with green edge, C-D with Blue edge, etc.

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With all this talk about Imperial Aces, Rebel transport, Tantive IV, Wave 4, or Rebel Aces, I am curious what you guys have done/plan to customize your current fleet. 

 

Are you perfectly content with the ships they way they come out of the box?

Maybe just a repaint? 

Or did you order a bunch of stuff from Shapeways just for your scenarios? 

What have you done, and why?

 

For me:

- Repainted a few ships, and touched up a few more.

- Sharpied all the edges of every token, maneuver template, and ship base. Really takes away the cardboard feel. (green tokens get green Sharpie, red get red, blue get blue, and everything else gets black)

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- Brushed on a bit of rubber cement on the bottom of the stands to help them stick to the table better. (also, it can easily rub off if I ever decide on a different approach)

- Sprayed all of my maneuver dials with varnish. 3 times. Also cut out tiny circles out of card stock to put between the parts of the dial. (Protects them all really well. I don't have to worry about myself or friends wearing the dials down by not using an 'Oreo' motion.)

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- Being a cheap bastard, bought a yard of fabric from Walmart to act as a 'Star field.'

- Plano case to hold everything.

- Deck Box + card protecters.

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So what about you guys?

What have you done?  :lol:

 

 

 
On those token edges, did you use the water-based paint Sharpie or the oil-based paint version for them?
 
Great tip, thanks!

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  • Colour coded the ships to their manouver disk: on the ties painted the top hatch different colours - purple, gold, black, grey  and the centre pin of the disks to match. Rebel ships got a full paint job to colour match.
  • Painted engine glow.
  • Custom asteroid field out of volcanic pebbles from a local beach, mounted on acrylic rod and bases.
  • Custom card playmat made from 2 sheets of A1 black cardstock paper from HobbyCraft; airbrushed with some stars and planets.
  • Fishing tackle bag with boxes cut to fit the ships and cards.

 

Not much in the grand scheme of things really. :(

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Maybe I'll pull some pictures together tonight... but

 

1) Husky toolbox for all of my stuff 

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Top of the box

 

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Bottom of the Box.

2) 3 stacks of pluck foam for the ships

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3) card box for all the pilots

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4) sleeves for all of the pilot + rule cards 

5) side loading card binder for upgrade cards

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Easy to add or remove since they're side loaded.

 

6) sleeves for all upgrade cards

7) slightly oversized sleeves for damage deck (this way I know it's my damage card because no one else has them in this size sleeve)

8) Custom made (out of poster) boxes for dials + ship inserts

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9) Clear coat on dials (just used krylon clear spray)

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10) plastic washer between dials

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11) repainted x wing (x3)

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Wedge's X Wing

 

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"Stealth X"

 

12) repainted y wing (x1)

13) repainted a wing (x2)

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Prototype inspired.  I liked the red/black cannons more than the original art.  I did this like 2 days before rebel aces were announced.

 

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Green Squad repaint

 

14) repainted b wing (x2)

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Blue/Orange repaint

 

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Red/Yellow repaint

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Yellow is basically only seen from the bottom by design.

15) lighted up the engine of a YT (still WIP, but has kinda hit the back shelf)

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Still a WIP, I should get around to finishing it at some point.

 

16) installed magnets on B wing to allow to rotate (x2... the repainted ones)

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17) top 8 in 2013 regionals to get acrylic focuses

19) won s2 to get acrylic shields (twice)

20) won s3 to get acrylic stress

21) won store champ to get acrylic ruler (twice but sold the second one)

22) won store champ to get card box (twice) - used currently for LCG, but in my XWM box

23) Traded 1st box to get acrylic TL from S1 kit

24) painted said acrylic TL so you could read them

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25) used mini hair rubber bands to keep my TL & number tokens together (works great btw)

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Front.

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Back.

 

26) made attack/agility decks to replace dice rolls because my girlfriend complained the dice hated her (used them exactly once before she decided to never play again... but they're still sitting with my stuff)

 

 

Still to do

Finish painting my rebel ships (2 X wing, all 4 Ys (I want to repaint the one I did originally), 2 A wings, 2 B wings, at least 1 of the HWKs, and both YTs...)

Paint of the bases (this might be the next thing I do)

Weigh the bases (Unsure if I'm going to do this or not)

Paint both FS (thinking one as Jango one as Krassis)

Paint /in & /sa in gray (don't really like the blue... sadly this means every time I buy an imp ship I'll have to paint it)

Top 4 2014 regional to get all of the goodies!

New pluck foam for rebels to include W4 ships

Some sort of external carrying device for transports + corvette

The girlfriend is going to make me a strap for my playmat out of some star wars material she found (it was my valentines present!)

 

 

 

I might spend more time messing with my stuff than I do playing  :(... I definitely spend more time on the forums than I do playing.

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On those token edges, did you use the water-based paint Sharpie or the oil-based paint version for them? Great tip, thanks!

I actually just used regular colored Sharpies. I couldn't find the paint ones where I am, and I like the darker colors instead of brighter colors.

Also, Khyros, you make me want to cut out the ship-shapes of the foam I bought...

:D

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I've done the same thing with my Target Lock tokens and Number Tokens, but since I have a full set of target lock letters from A to X, I painted the back side of each set black, so there's no confusing a token that happens to be wrong side up.

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I wanted a more compressed and less cumbersome storage solution, as I'm mainly mucking about on my bike.

Also, it had to be low cost, because I'm such a cheapskate.

 

Bought a $35 alu case, a $20 mattress, and started cutting.

The foam area is 41 x 29 cm. Top layer depth is 5 cm and bottom layer is 3 cm.

This case should last me good a while.

 

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I also needed a solution for transporting the game mat.

Having it in one hand while biking was getting troublesome.

 

Bought a $1 pack of velcro tape and $2 worth of beaver nylon.

Cut and sewed this water resistant tube, with materials to spare.

 

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Nice to see another sporting a Specialized. Own a Sirrus myself, and I love it!

I wanted a more compressed and less cumbersome storage solution, as I'm mainly mucking about on my bike.

Also, it had to be low cost, because I'm such a cheapskate.

 

Bought a $35 alu case, a $20 mattress, and started cutting.

The foam area is 41 x 29 cm. Top layer depth is 5 cm and bottom layer is 3 cm.

This case should last me good a while.

 

dvJc39K.jpg

 

wGL4XIo.jpg

 

 

 

I also needed a solution for transporting the game mat.

Having it in one hand while biking was getting troublesome.

 

Bought a $1 pack of velcro tape and $2 worth of beaver nylon.

Cut and sewed this water resistant tube, with materials to spare.

 

Ea1xMHn.jpg

 

R07UIGl.jpg

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Nice to see another sporting a Specialized. Own a Sirrus myself, and I love it!

 

I'm really digging Specialized since I bought my first one, a MTB, a few years back.

Good pricing of the overall fair quality components, considering they're both just entry level bikes.

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Good pricing of the overall fair quality components, considering they're both just entry level bikes.

 

You are doing the full distance. That bike needs a Star Wars repaint too! :)

PS: Seeing a bike-portable X-Wing system my first thought was Denmark or the Netherlands - and it wasn't far off.

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is there any 'stickiness' to the dials with the clear coat on them?

 

did you clear coat both sides?  and both top and bottom discs?

 

does the washer make them easier to rotate or is it just to keep them from rubbing?

 

sorry for all the questions.

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Once the gloss coat has dried, there is no stickiness at all, at least with the brand I've been using (Rustoleum 2x Coverage). It leaves a nice shiny coat that almost looks like plastic.

 

Yes, I coat both sides of everything. Make sure to let the first side dry completely before flipping them, or they can stick to the surface you paint them on and peel the paper off a bit. Placing them on wax paper should help with that.

 

The nylon washer does make them easier to rotate, and if they get too free you can squeeze the plastic center piece together to tighten it up a bit. I've had several people comment on how much easier my dials are to rotate (that didn't sound quite the way I intended ...)

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