May the Fourth be with you….

Today of course is Star Wars Day, it’s 4th May, as in May the Fourth be with you….

You can now buy the complete Star Wars Saga in UHD 4K as well as Blu-Ray and DVD.

I have a few sections and pages on the website for those who are interested in Star Wars.

We have a section on Star Wars: X-Wing.

X-Wing Boxed Set

X-Wing is a miniatures game from Fantasy Flight games that recreates the dogfights in the Star Wars universe between X-Wing fighters of the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial TIE Fighters.

Here are some blog posts about X-Wing.

Rebel Scum

Red Leader, Red Leader, Cheaper Leader

Red Leader, Red Leader, Still Cheaper Leader

Transports away…

I also have a section on Star Wars: Legion.

Star Wars Legion Boxed Set

Star Wars: Legion invites you to join the unsung battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army filled with troopers, powerful ground or repulsor vehicles, and iconic characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. While innovative mechanics simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the unpainted, easily assembled miniatures give you a canvas to create the Star Wars army you’ve always wanted to lead into battle—whether you fight for the monolithic, oppressive Galactic Empire or the ragtag Rebel Alliance.

The boxed set contains thirty-three sculpted, easily assembled figures (including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rebel Troopers, Stormtroopers, an AT-RT, and 74-Z Speeder Bikes).

Star Wars Legion Workbench

First game of Star Wars: Legion

Battle of Scarif

First game of Star Wars: Legion

Played our first game of Star Wars: Legion.

Star Wars Legion Boxed Set

To be honest it was quite confusing, and I think I need to sit down for a long time and read the rules. I thought it might be like X-Wing, it is, but more complex. I really didn’t understand how all the dice worked and I don’t think we had enough dice…

This is the AT-RT which comes in the boxed set. Yes I realised that these models are not painted, they’re not even undercoated, but that day will come, one day….

Darth Vader was in the mix and to be honest he was rather nasty. Why would we expect anything less.

I did have a couple of scenic items that I got. These are the Gale Force Nine Galactic Warzones Defense Turrets. They certainly made the table look the part, though we used them just as scenery. As I said in a previous blog post I am looking to create a Scarif style scenery for my games.

You get two different types  of turret in the boxed set and they are very Star Wars in their appearance.

I might get another box in the future to complement the set I already have. I like the fact they are pre-painted as well.

There are other models in the range which I might get later:

I am though quite liking the Desert Buildings…

These red based Rebel Troopers are skulking behind the armoured barricades that come with the game.

Get Star Wars: Legion from Amazon.

Darth Vader

Something I have been thinking about getting for a while now was the Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion boxed core set. So I was well pleased to get it for Christmas.

There are thirty-three easily assembled figures in the boxed set including Darth Vader.

Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Emperor for decades, enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was still good in him…

Darth Vader has three components, his body, arm and light sabre and his head with a cape.

The model goes together very easily.

Due the nature of the plastic used for the model the light sabre is a little bendy and doesn’t sit straight. I am wondering if I should replace it with some plastic (or even metal) rod.

I used superglue to stick the model together and to it’s base.

Star Wars Legion Boxed Set

Something I have been thinking about getting for a while now was the Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion boxed core set. So I was well pleased to get it for Christmas.

Star Wars Legion Boxed Set

Epic warfare is an inescapable part of the Star Wars™ universe, and you can lead your troops to victory with Star Wars: Legion™, a two-player miniatures game of thrilling infantry battles in the Star Wars universe!

As a miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion invites you to enter the ground battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army filled with troopers, powerful vehicles, and iconic characters. While innovative mechanics for command and control simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the game’s unpainted, easily assembled figures give you a canvas to create any Star Wars army you can imagine.

This set contains thirty-three beautifully sculpted, easily assembled figures (including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rebel  Troopers, Stormtroopers, an AT-RT, and 74-Z Speeder Bikes) which invite you to play as the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance.

The miniatures are lovely, but I was expecting them to be a slightly harder plastic than they were, the light sabres were a little bendy for my liking… I was slightly disappointed that they weren’t ready painted (as the X-Wing models are), but not too surprised. They are. nice scale as well, not too tall.

Doing some Google searching I have found some lovely terrain, alas in the US, but also a Revell AT-AT Walker at 1/53rd scale is probably just about right for the game.

Revell AT-AT Walker

I was thinking of more for scenery than an actual fighting machine.

There are plenty of options open for playing games in terms of terrain, from the snow of Hoth, to the forest moon of Endor. As I really like the Rogue One film, I am thinking of doing in the first instance the tropical beaches of Scarif.

I have been reading the rules, but only really skimming them for the moment. I really like the X-Wing rules from FFG so am expecting something along those lines. I might though adapt something like Dead Man’s Hand or even my own skirmish rules, which I wrote for a couple of magazine articles back in the 1990s.

Transports away…

Rebel Transport

I really like X-Wing for recreating the star fighter conflicts from the Star Wars universe. It’s a fun game and one that can be played with a few ships or a fair few.

In a previous blog posts I talked about how I used the Keepa service to find price reductions on the X-Wing Starter Set on Amazon and the C-ROC crusier.

Using Keepa I have managed to find the X-Wing starter boxed set on Amazon for just £8.99, the list price is £36.99. Using the same service I was able to find the C-ROC Cruiser for just £16.99 which has a list price of £55.98.

One model I wanted for a long time for X-Wing was the Rebel Transport.

Rebel Transport

I managed to get it for just £16.92 which is an amazing deal for a model which has a list price of £54.99 and includes an X-Wing fighter which is usually about £15 anyhow.

Star Wars X-Wing Rebel Transport Expansion Pack , FFGSWX11

I was well pleased.

Of course with Keepa, you ca keep track of prices of the Rebel Transport on Amazon. This is useful if you want to see the history of prices for the miniature. You can then trigger an e-mail alert when the price reaches a particular level.

The Rise of Skywalker

The final trailer is here….

Wow!

Quite a few scenes caught my eye, here are a few screenshots.

This fleet of rebel ships looks very impressive, with the Millennium Falcon at the centre.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I loved the shot of the Corellian Corvette or Rebel Blockade Runner flying low over the forest.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Finally what on earth…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

There are these horse style things charging across a Star Destroyer… What’s happening there?

Red Leader, Red Leader, Still Cheaper Leader

I really like X-Wing for recreating the star fighter conflicts from the Star Wars universe. It’s a fun game and one that can be played with a few ships or a fair few.

In a previous blog post

Red Leader, Red Leader, Cheaper Leader

I talked about how I used the Keepa service to find price reductions on the X-Wing Starter Set on Amazon.

Using Keepa I have managed to find the starter boxed set on Amazon for just £8.99, the list price is £36.99.

Using the service I was able to find the C-ROC Cruiser for just £16.99 which has a list price of £55.98.

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack - First Edition

The C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack contains one C-ROC Cruiser miniature, one M3-A Interceptor miniature with an alternate paint scheme, seven ship cards, thirty upgrade cards, and all the manoeuvre dials, damage decks, tokens, and game pieces that you need to fly your C-ROC Cruiser and its escort to battle.

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: C-ROC Cruiser

C-ROCs first appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.

The C-ROC Gozanti-class cruiser was a shipyard custom configuration for the Gozanti-class cruiser, manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation.

C-ROC Gozanti-class cruiser

Initially offered to the Imperial Navy as an armed long-range transport, the Navy rejected the configuration as inappropriate to the order of battle, instead choosing the Imperial freighter configuration of Gozanti. Despite this setback, the C-ROC became popular with both legitimate cargo operations and criminal operations, becoming especially popular on the Outer Rim due to its combination of hauling capacity, rugged construction, and heavy armament.

So for roughly the price of a M3-A Interceptor miniature, I got that model and the huge C-ROC Cruiser miniature.

At the time of writing the model is £19.95 + £4.62 delivery which is still pretty good discount on the list price.

Of course with Keepa, you can keep track of prices of the C-ROC on Amazon. This is useful if you want to see the history of prices for the miniature. You can then trigger an e-mail alert when the price reaches a particular level.

Red Leader, Red Leader, Cheaper Leader

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game

I really like X-Wing for recreating the star fighter conflicts from the Star Wars universe. It’s a fun game and one that can be played with a few ships or a fair few. I am sticking with the original rules, despite the fact that there is a new edition out now. The original boxed set comes with three models.

I wanted to get some reinforcements for both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, but wanted to get some of the standard models, having already got specialist models such as the Millennium Falcon, B-Wings, A-Wings and fair few of the TIE specialist fighters.

So first on my list was the X-Wing. With a list price of £15, I have managed to get one on Amazon for £8.79, which I thought then was a bargain.

I had noticed that the original boxed set on Amazon was sometimes sold at a discount, but I don’t have the time to continually check Amazon for those price fluctuations.

Well just because you don’t have the time, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I now use a service called Keepa which has an extension that can be installed on the Chrome browser. What Keepa does is keep track of prices of products on Amazon. This is useful if you want to see the history of prices for the product.. Has it been cheaper or expensive.

You can then trigger an e-mail alert when the price reaches a particular level.

Using Keepa I have managed to find the starter boxed set on Amazon for just £8.99, the list price is £36.99.

As the set contains an X-Wing fighter and two TIE fighters, that (for me) was amazing value. I also get an additional set of movement templates, counters and dice. So for the same price as a single model, I get three!

At the time of writing the price is £23.13, but it does go up and down.