X-Wing


Red Leader, Red Leader, 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. 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 i

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #35 (NOVA Open 2019 Recap)

Well this one is going to be a little long since I will be recapping some of the highlights of this past weekends NOVA Open 2019.First off with our standard weekly recap of models completed and games played while at home.....none....OK that was easy, onto the recap of NOVA Open 2019.Thursday 8/29Thursday was suppose to be our travel day and relax when we get onsite, but at the last minute we decided to sign up for the Guild Ball Regional Cup event that started at 12:00 PM, so that meant we would have to leave late Wednesday night in order to arrive in time.  The drive was very uneventful (which is great) and arrived onsite shortly after 10:00 AM.  Once we got situated with valet parking and checked-in with the NOVA Open, I got a text saying that our room was already ready which was great as we were able to drop off a few our items.  Once we did that, we headed downstairs to the ballroom floor and proceeded to the Steamforged Games room and checked in or the event.During the pairings of the Roun

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #34 (Week of NOVA Open 2019)

Post #285 for 2019, what does that mean? In the 10 years I have been writing this blog, 285 posts in one year sets a new record for me (last year was 284, previously it was tough to hit 200).  There may not be that mean blog readers anymore, but for me, the blog keeps me motivated in the hobby and a good diary of the models/games I have completed and played.  With 4 full months left in the year, there is plenty more reading to come.First, lets start off with our quick usual weekly recap, this past week was not the greatest, but at least items did get completed and a game was played.  I managed to complete my Limited Edition 'Shank' and 'Tenderiser' for my Butcher's Guild which can be played for the Cook's Guild, and we did manage to get in a practice game of Guild Ball of Friday night (which I lost to the clock to again).  I was hoping for another practice game yesterday, but that did not happen and I will have to use Thursday at NOVA Open as my practice day.On the drive to DC and back, I

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Even Stephen's

Although I bemoan my lack of wargaming on reflection I do OK, I just would like to do more, I have just been through to Stewart's for some X-Wing action to balance the scales somewhat as he is happy to play historical most of the time here at Casa Anderson. Coming up along with Club nights is a War and Conquest Sunday, it was to be a weekend but I cannot commit next month to two days, so Mark Walker is making the long trip up from Leicester, a keen player considering the state of the roads. I also have Stewart coming over for Chain of Command, so not bad really. My mate Billy in Scotland has built himself the wargaming equivalent of the Wolfschanze in his garden and is open for games, I was hoping to get up this month or next but real life has interfered, however it is always an option, maybe in October.Enough, what about the games, on arriving my grandson James was in the huff as he was not being allowed to play with Dad and Papa, so I offered him a game if he put a smile on his face, no, larger boy. Needles

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #33

Week #33 for the year was a little slow on the painting front (2 models) and average for gaming (2 games).Real work has been busy this month so painting has slowed just a bit, but I still managed to get 2 models completed for Batman Miniature Game, 'The Merciless', and 'The Red Death'.  I think once I get back from NOVA Open in two weeks, I will take a look at what we have fr BMG and work on my Painting Queue for them and prioritize what I want to paint.  I still have a mix of Guild Ball models I would like to get completed so those will be done in between to break up the repetition of painting BMG.For gaming this past week, we got in another practice game of X-Wing to get ready for NOVA Open (and I am STILL undecided on my list that I am playing).  The last 2 lists I tried both netted me a victory.  Now it is a matter do I want to play Rebels or Scum.Yesterday afternoon we also finally gotten in a practice game of Guild Ball, it has been awhile since we last played (early July) and we wer

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Daily Chronicle: 2 Weeks Until "NOVA Open 2019"

NOVA Open 2019 is only 2 weeks away and the only practice we have gotten in recently was for X-Wing, and I am still undecided on my list.  Back when I first announced NOVA Open 2019 in January, our thought was to play Bolt Action and Middle-earth SBG.  We have not played a game of MeSBG since last year and Bolt Action never made their schedule of events.Last year we went and played Warmachine/Hordes all weekend, seeing how we have not played that game much (at all this year), we had signed up for this years NOVA to play Guild Ball and X-Wing.  At least with Guild Ball we started the year off really strong and attended events for the first four months of the year, and now with the recent errata release on Monday, the excitement is coming back.  X-Wing 2.0 came out late last year and we have been occasionally playing that game to keep the rules fresh (nearing on 20 games for the year) so we thought that would be a fun event to play.So our schedule for NOVA Open weekend is:Thursday Evening: S

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #32

So Week #32 was another average week for me regarding painting and gaming.  5 models were completed last week (2 for Guild Ball and 3 for Batman Miniature Game) and I was able to get in 2 more practice games of X-Wing for the upcoming NOVA Open.I played a X-Wing list that was really happy with last night, but I think I have 1 more list that I would like to try out before I make any decisions.  If I do not get a chance tonight (more than likely not with next section of news) then hopefully this Thursday night.That now leaves with the big news coming from Steamforged Games later today regarding the new errata for Guild Ball coming out.  More than likely I will be spending my evening getting all the cards ready for printing, and from the SFG blog post, it sounds like there will be a lot of changes.Once those changes get released, my son and I will need to get a few practice games of GB also before we leave for NOVA, it has been awhile since we last played and need to get refreshed again.I am not s

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #31 (GenCon Recap)

GenCon 2019  has come and gone now, and yesterday was a good time, but before we get more into that, just a quick usual weekly recap.Gaming was pretty decent last week with 3 games of X-Wing played, we are preparing for the NOVA Open Grand Championship at the end of the month, so we are trying different lists until we find one that we like.  There will be a lot more X-Wing the rest of the month as I am still undecided on my list.  BMG games will have to take a back seat until we get back from NOVA, we may and try to squeeze in one though for the month.Painting was also really good last week, I was able to complete another 6 models for Batman Miniature Game, though I do not have any more models currently prepped and ready to go so it may be a bit before I post anymore BMG models, which is OK since I have two Guild Ball Rookie models I need to also get completed or NOVA Open and they will be next in my Queue.Games Played: 3Models Completed: 6So now onto GenCon 2019.The day started pretty early fo

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #30

Week #30 was not a bad week at all, not many games were played, but more painting did continue.  I was able to complete my 2 lists that I want to play at the 250 Rep Friday tournament at Renegade Open, at least my lists for now.  The Renegade Open is still about 4 months away, so ideas my change, new models may entice me to change lists, but if all that fails, I have my backup plans.I was out of town for most of the weekend visiting the Mighty Mac up in Northern Michigan so not much gaming was played this week, but we did manage to get in a game of X-Wing yesterday afternoon.  I was trying a different Rebel Alliance list and my son was trying out the Galactic Republic for the first time.  My Rebels ended up winning 327-73, and I am seriously considering that list for the NOVA Open next month.Might MacSo that brings me to the NOVA Open at the end of next month where my son and I will be playing in the X-Wing Grand Championships on Friday and the Guild Ball Regional Cup tournament on Saturda

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #29

At least this past week I did get in a couple of games compared to 0 the week before, it was not a lot, but a game of X-Wing on Saturday night and a game of Batman Miniatures Game yesterday afternoon.  This coming week is not looking to good for gaming with being out of town this coming weekend, and on my free day Sunday, it may be some chores, but we'll see what happens.Painting last week was great with 9 models posted on this blog and a few more ready to go for this week.The setup for Sunday's BMG game, Joker came home to the circus.Games Played: 2Models Completed: 9

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #28

It has been a pretty busy day today with "real" work that I almost forgot about my Weekly Chronicle.Unfortunately the gaming side of the hobby was at lull last week with 0 games played, we had to spend time outside of the house over the weekend (bug fuming) that it did not leave much time to play.  Hopefully this week we should be able to squeeze in a game, even if it is for X-Wing.The painting side was a really good week.  If you back at my blog posts, you will see 8 models were completed, and they were all for the Batman Miniature Game.This week I have a few more BMG models, then I need to decide what Crew I will be tackling next.Games Played: 0Models Completed: 8

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #27

I would have to say that Week #27 was a pretty decent week for me.  With the 4th of July Holiday on Thursday, it allowed for a couple more games to be played and I was able to get quite a few models completed.First off I finished the last 2 models from the "Bane: Venom Overdrive" Bat-Box with 'Sharp Shooter' and 'Elite Op'.  Once that Bat-Box was completed, it was time to move onto my new "Dark Knight Rises Game Box" and I started on the Brave and the Bold models first, completed all 3 'Agent' cops and 'Alfred Pennyworth'.  This week we will finish the remaining 2 models, 'Catwoman' and 'Batman' and move onto the League of Assassins/Bane models.Onto some gaming, 4 games were played this week, which has been the most in a long time.  On Thursday we played a game of Guild Ball (which I barely squeaked out a victory with a few seconds remaining), followed by a game of X-Wing.  Both of these games we will be playing at the NOVA Open at the end of August, so we need to start and get some m

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EM4 ships and X-Wing

So, I’m picking up the occasional ship for X-Wing still when cheap, with 2nd edition now out it’s easier to get the cards than the models, so a bit of creative licence might be in the offing. So I picked up the spruce of plastic ships from EM4 Miniatures. I’m mainly trying to get a small Scum & Villainy selection, so a bit of a ragtag feel would not go amiss. As you can see, some could work for smaller stuff like the M3-A Interceptor (the pic below is the best comparison I could find online and puts the M3-A at about the length of the Y-Wing engine), or with a bit work a Kihraxz fighter. The more true to scale A-Wing is comparable, and the scaleable Snowspeeder from the Hoth ERTL kits suggest a possible source of Scum speeders for Ground Assault as well. The unpainted X-Wing from the same Hoth kits will eventually make some decent Z-95 Headhunters.

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #26

Well today is July 1st and we are half way through 2019 and the start of the 3rd Quarter for my Painting Queue.  Since keeping track of individual quarters, this past quarter was the most models I have completed in a 3 month span (58 models completed) and that does not count for any of the terrain I had built.  The terrain that was built does count for my Painting Points, and as of now I have already surpassed 2017 and 2018.  I should be able to finish the year with the second most points ever (I think 2010 will be untouchable since I no longer play/collect/paint horde type games/armies).This past week looks like it was an average week for me, 2 models were completed for my "Bane: Venom Overdrive" Bat-Box, leaving just 2 more models to finish the box, and a game of BMG was also played this past Saturday.This week I should be able to complete the Bane Bat-Box and start prepping a few more models, I just have to decide on what is next.Gaming wise, I should also be able to squeeze in a second/thir

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Weekly Chronicle 2019 #25

Week #25 for 2019 was a so-so week for  me.  For painting, I was able to get 4 models posted for the Batman Miniature Game with just a couple ready for this week (I did fall a little behind this week).In gaming news, only one game was played this Friday night, X-Wing (no Battle Report).  I thought since we are playing X-Wing at this years NOVA Open at the end of August, we still need to get a few more games of practice in (so I can work out what list I want to play there).  I am hoping this week for another game of X-Wing, and then maybe Saturday afternoon get in another game of Batman Miniature Game.This week is the last week for the second Quarter of 2019 (and the second Quarter was really good this year), let see how many more models I can squeeze in before the week is over.Boba Fett getting the win in X-Wing for the Scum & VillainyModels Completed: 4Games Played: 1

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