The Visual Effects of The Mandalorian

I like these SFX reels which show how series such as The Mandalorian are out together.

Visual effects work on The Mandalorian was completed in all five of ILM’s studios (San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney) as well as a contingent of other vendors under ILM’s supervision. The season’s 8 episodes encompassed nearly 5,000 visual effects shots in addition to all of ILM’s real-time effects work done for use during principal photography. The effects team leveraged virtually every trick in the book, from miniatures and motion control to traditional puppeteering, advanced animatronics, spectacular special effects, and photo-real CG. Here’s a sampling of ILM’s post visual effects work done for the series that garnered ILM 13 Visual Effects Society Award nominations.

It’s quite incredible how far television production has come over the years and how effective the sets and effects are. The cinematic quality of The Mandalorian I think is one of the reasons why it was so popular. Well that and a great story, interesting characters and excellent acting.

Cheaper Second Edition

Just bought Star Wars X-Wing Second Edition on Amazon for just £12.99.

Fantasy Flight Games X-Wing Second Edition

The boxed set includes three models, two TIE Fighters and an X-Wing.

From the skies of scarif in Rogue one to the climactic clash above Endor in return of the Jedi, starfighter have played a pivotal role in almost every defining battle of the galactic civil War. During these confrontations, the brave members of the Rebel Alliance faced seemingly insurmountable odds, squaring off against the merciless forces of the galactic Empire in intense, ship-to-ship space combat. Since its release, x-wing miniatures game has invited you to enter the Star Wars galaxy and play out your own battles with some of the series’ most iconic starfighter. LEADING custom-built squadrons into fast-paced, high-stakes battles, you’ve flown with the galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, and the Scum and villainy of the galaxy in countless battles. You’ve modified your ships for every Scrap of speed, manoeuvrability, and firepower. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in your x-wing journey. X-Wing second edition puts you in command of your own Squadron of advanced starfighters locked in thrilling, tactical space combat. Following in the footsteps of the first edition, the second edition refines the intuitive and exciting core Formula of manoeuvring your ships into position by placing a central focus on the visceral thrill of flying Star ships in the Star Wars galaxy. With three fully assembled and beautifully pre-painted ships, and all the cards, movement tools, tokens, and dice that you need to get flying with the second edition, the x-wing second edition core set is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the new mechanics or experience x-wing for the first time.

In September last year I blogged about getting the first edition for this kind of price using Keepa. I forgot I had set up triggers for the second edition, so it was nice to get the alert to enable me to get it for the cheap price.

Buy it on Amazon.

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.