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Old 10-02-2016, 07:52 AM   #1
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So I picked up this game recently, largely because the store near me overstocked on several big capital ship models and they're discounted (which I've been told is nearly unheard of for this game and its higher price tag).

I only bought the ships I cared about, meaning the Imperial Star Destroyer, the Victory Star Destroyer, and the Interdictor Cruiser for the Imperials, and the Nebulon-B Frigate, Corellian Corvette, and two Mon Calamari Cruisers for the Rebels. I also sprang for the expansion starfighter pack for both sides.

There are some really ugly ships that are specific to this line: an assault frigate for the Rebels which looks like Apple designed it (all curves and compactness), as well as two chimera star destroyers for the Empire (one that has two prows, the Gladiator, and one whose name I have forgotten which has two TIE Interceptor panels on the side). I can't see myself ever paying money for those, although I've been told they fulfill a coincidentally "invaluable" and "useful" tactical function in the game, so unsurprisingly anybody actually playing the game competitively would have to buy them.

I'm a bit sad that the TIE Advanced is the model from A New Hope rather than the sleek dagger-panel model from TIE Fighter though.
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:08 PM   #2
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The rule that requires carrier support for rebel fighters is weird.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:03 AM   #3
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A very late bump.

I've played the base game a few times, and the game design is nice. I am not even attempting to get into the meta, though, because I don't want to buy up all the cards and ugly extra ships. If I continue playing it with my friends, I may mod some custom 3D printed things.

I did buy some TIE Avenger (aka TIE Advanced) and Assault Gunboat models from Shapeways. URL: https://www.shapeways.com/product/QV...li=marketplace

They are very nicely made and serve as a good reminder of happier days with the TIE Fighter video game from 1994.

All my cards are sleeved, so I may be able to just color-print off some modded cards.
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:29 AM   #4
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I agree. TIE Fighter was amazing. The good old days, man. You just sent me on a nostalgia trip with this thread, SolemnGolem. lol
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:23 AM   #5
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Another irregular bump.

The TIE Fighter video game is actually purchasable from GOG.com (link).

Shapeways does some very nice pieces from the TIE Fighter series. I picked up five Modified Nebulon B Frigates (link) for the Imperial side (as all normal Frigates in-game appear to be Rebel). I'm toying with the idea of getting some Strike Cruisers as well, although their whole "lumpy cucumber" aesthetic I think fits a little better with the Rebels than the Empire.

Anybody who's been following Armada at all knows that the seemingly impossible has happened, and they've announced the release of a Super Star Destroyer model (initially scheduled for Q1 2019, it appears this has slipped to Q2 at earliest). One of the biggest problems was of scale, which they appear to have addressed by applying a somewhat flexible interpretation - just as the Corellian Corvette in-game is way too big to fit into the ISD's hangar bay as per A New Hope, the Super Star Destroyer is "only" 2-3 times the length of the Imperial Star Destroyer.

It still makes for a miniature that measures about 2 feet end to end, which strains both the scale and mechanics of the game, as well as the definition of "miniature" perhaps. It's likely to retail for around US$200 on release - some (very patient) preorders were discounted to US$160.

I think once I pick up the Super Star Destroyer, my investment in this line of ships will be complete and I'll have my coffee table "pew!pew!pew!" fleet done. FFG has announced that the SSD is the lead of a new class of ships (being the "Huge" class, spanning two bases of the Large class ships), but I can't easily imagine what other ships would be listed in that class, or whether I'd be interested in buying them.

I do need to figure out the painting of my 3D printed models though. They would likely need some surface coat of a binding as well, since the models tend to powder easily if they're brushed roughly (one of my Mod-Nebs partially eroded when somebody put a towel over it by accident).

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Old 03-28-2019, 01:26 PM   #6
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If you don't have a tinkercad account, you should go make one. It's free and, if you're a maker, it's easier to use than blender or any of the other Light-CAD software I've ever tried to make things with to print.
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