Friday, 11 August 2017

The Force Is Strong With This One


It's been a while since we last posted here at The Game Cupboard. In truth, we have been really busy painting the house throughout (in preparation for putting it on the market next year), but also we have been busy having fun and enjoying ourselves playing lots of games, and painting oodles and oodles of figures for the games we have been playing over and over.

Weeeell, it's so easy to sit and talk, and browse endlessly on line, and buy stuff, and paint, and start projects, and.......yet....... never see anything actually get finished! Threads of ideas: dozens of half started plans, units of undercoated little men (and monsters)... some finished, others half done, many just primed in their stark white or grey/black undercoat, even more just shining up at us from the huge pile of unpainted lead.  Same with rules... endless rule books in all their shiny glory, read through a couple of times as bedtime reading, but all that initial enthusiasm we felt at first, all gone.... all used up, the rules probably untried, unloved, unused.

Weeeeeeell, aware how easy it is to be just that way ourselves (we are human, after all, and the reason we can see mistakes and problems is because we have made most of them ourselves over the years), Hillers and I decided, with Tar` gone off to enjoy a wonderful new career, making new friends and visiting amazing and wonderful places. Our own kids in various places throughout the globe, all of them equally busy getting on with their lives; Hils and I thought we would take the opportunity to batten down the hatches a bit and spend a while just immersing in one another, our hobbies, and our home.

So we dug out some of our old games. Top of the list of game things we have been enjoying has been our interest in Star Wars. Hils always intended to return to it at some point, but this time round, she`s dragged me into it as well.... and you know what, I`m LOVING IT!


What IS it about Star Wars. We rarely get excited about it anymore, and yet it's almost an intrinsic part of our joint psyche.  Is there a person in the western hemisphere doesn't immediately understand  and smile when they hear: "These aren`t the droids you`re looking for" or "Luke, I AM your Father!" or the immortal classic: "May the Force be with you." Maybe we don't get excited like the children we once were when this franchise hit the big screens back in 1977... forty years ago - this year, as is:  but Star Wars is so ingrained in us at this stage, that it`s never far away, and we all share a joint understanding of its laws and its strange, intimately familiar, but never-the-less, weird and wonderful alien ways. 


1977, Wow. The world was a different place back then. But forty years later in a new world no one from back then would recognise today at all, and Star Wars still exists for a new generation of fans: and of course us old folk still love it too.

It has endured, it thrives, it continues to grow, with new films planned and just around the corner, including several cool spin offs (some even written and actors cast): and then we have the five hundred plus Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, and dozens and dozens of graphic novels, audio stories, and.... there's even Star Wars Lego World. Plates, mugs, t-shirts, posters, badges, toys, and of course, whole ranges of amazing computer games, war-game and rpg miniatures, board games, and even a Star Wars Monopoly family game haha. 

When Hils dug out our old Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Skirmish Miniatures, maps and rules, we started having a blast.. re-playing our favourite classic scenes from the movies and (and some of the cooler books like Alan Dean Foster`s "Splinter in the Mind's Eye" and "Han`s Gambit").
Mos-eisley


And so it was that, because Star Wars doesn't make massively big waves and lots of noise anymore, it just gracefully... is, like time itself. Thus, we failed even to notice when Fantasy Flight Games bought out "Imperial Assault" back in 2015. Playing with our old Star Wars miniatures is, in fact, what alerted us to this games existence.  Hils was noticing we had some horrible gaps in our collection and started to look about on eBay and places, hoping to replace the elusive but much desired pieces. "Bugger that for a game of soldiers!" she announced, when she realised these` choice` pieces sold for anything between, five quid per miniature, and upwards.... a tenner, fifteen pounds. IG-88 £30 plus £14:50p postage: and the legendary Boba Fett is a staggering £77 for A 28mm piece of pre-painted plastic - WOW!  So a little disillusioned for her, I started to widen the field a bit and started to search outside replacing the bits we needed from within the old 2004 WotC Star Wars miniatures range itself. 

A Twi`lek Dark Sider {Star Wars babes. good and bad, really are rather tasty, aren't they}. Twi-leks are a bit like Teiflings in D&D I always think, only perhaps even more sensually mysterious. 


And THATS what eventually led me to Fantasy Flight Games "Imperial Assault" and all its various expansions. The moment I read the first review on the big box base set, I said to myself: "Hello.. hello, I recognise YOU chaps." as I poured over the loads of unpainted miniatures which come with the game. The miniatures which Fantasy Flight use for this game are EXACTLY the same ones Wizards were using in their old "Rebel Storm" (and its subsequent expansions) way back in time. They must have sold the rights, and presumably the moulds to Fantasy Flight, and now... here were the old miniatures we loved so much being sold again, but by a different company. The original ones were all pre-painted, where as these are all unpainted plastic. A bonus to some, a crying shame to others, but the point is, HERE were singles being sold which included IG-88: here was Obi-Wan Kenobi, here was Boba Fett, here were ALL the miniatures we needed to complete our Star Wars wish list we so badly needed. And all at reasonable prices. FAR better to spend six quid on a Fantasy Flight Games Obi-Wan (all singles packs comes with lots of extra stuff too, new maps, cards, etc) than spending £24 plus postage for a Wampa from eBay or Troll and Toad. 

Diala Passil... Jedi Knight.

But what really caught my eye was the sheer amount of goodies that came in the big box sets. And so I splashed out and bought our very first base big set box set of Imperial Assault. This comes with 36 miniatures and a TON of cool full colour interlocking game play tiles.

The Legendary Boba Fett

"Hmmm these will be useful, anyway" I thought to myself. But you see, I had absolutely no intention of playing the game out of the box,  just wanted some of the amazingly cool components. The bulk of the miniatures alone worked out at about £1.40p a piece and there are a few AWESOMELY inspiring big models included as well, which you would easily pay £40+ pounds for from Games Workshop, and this made all those cool game tiles a lovely free bonus.


But then something amazing happened.


When the game arrived in the post and we opened it up, the whole thing looked so very attractive and playable, we decided to give the game a go. Wow what can I say, except.....


ITS   SO   so   so   sooooooo   FANTASTIC!!!!


Didn't take us long before we picked off the first small expansion set. But then the next amazing thing happened.

A big, big... I mean BIG parcel arrived in the post. No outward sign of who it was from at all. The box contained just about ALL the Imperial Assault expansion boxes and singles sets. Still no accompanying note inside (obviously had simply been paid for and shipped giving our home address as a final destination drop off point). We STILL don't know who it was that sent it, but we have a darn fair idea who it was grrrrrrrrrr, you bad bad girl you. >>>>Big, big, big, biggest hug in the world<<<<

Now THAT`S a really bad girl - Asajj Ventress

Yep, that`s open eyed shock on mi` ugly ol` mug.

The proud Father.

An Endless variety of suitably thematic Star Wars Tiles.


So our Star Wars collection is now.. well... vast... quite frankly. And our immense respect for Imperial Assault the game is immeasurable. It plays wayyyy better than FFG`s Descent (which it is heavily based off), better than any other game in our collection, and it has to be said, is beyond any shadow of a doubt, THE best, most thematically perfect rendering of a Star Wars table top wargame / rpg experience, to date... anywhere else in existence.

            Vampire Sith are as terrifying as they are beautiful in a Star Wars universe.

The scale match is perfect for our old existing WotC Skirmish miniatures (which is where this whole venture started in the first place, when Hils dug the old collection from the box and dusted it down) and we can add in lots of these to the game: and we even get the pleasure of painting all the new Imperial Assault stuff ourselves (as opposed to the old WotC pre-painted ones), which we have begun doing like crazy. 


We paint pretty fast so, will probably have everything done before too long... although Hils has a good point, and suggests we don`t worry about busting a gut over feeling the need to plaint everything at once: and enjoy mix and matching the painted with unpainted in our home games (if 9 out of 10 YouTubers can enjoy playing with unpainted, so can we... I hate painting snobbery intensely). Mind you, the speed we are getting through them, I think all 300 odd will be finished by the end of September - at the latest.


Best of all, not only are we now enjoying Imperial Assault straight out of the box, but with such a complete combined collection now in our hands, we are able simultaneously to continue using the minis to double up alongside our existing official WotC ones AND add in our own Clix, and Crooked Dice, and Blakes 7, and Planet of the Apes, Warlord Games  Doctor Who, and even our cool rapidly growing JD collection as well. Making the collection of Star Wars up to a good few thousand minis.

                            

Effectively meaning we can make the sci fi universe of our dreams.... while still enjoying THE best board game we have ever played, all at the same time. It`s a true win/win situation all round.

`Luminara Unduli` and her apprentice `Barriss Offee,` two of my favourite Clone War/New Hope cross over era characters of all time. Were on my wish list for a long time before I finally got lucky with a cool eBay purchase.



A few people may know, we had intended to make Doctor Who our main central theme to our future campaigns, and smoothly mix in (like making a light fluffy cake) elements from Gotham, JD, and Marvel/DC as well, in a sort of seamless cauldron of limitless ideas. But somehow, with everyone posting about Doctor Who at the moment, we didn't feel we were covering any new ground: and then the endless controversy *gasp, shock horror* over a new female Doctor hit the media, this just ruined it all for us. Our fault, we allowed ourselves to read lots and lots of articles on various blogs out there, and we watched lots of you tube opinions about it, and even listened to people`s opinions about it on the TV news and chat shows, and in the end, it all just turned us off the whole subject entirely. 





A Dark Sider Sith Apprentice.

Fan costume dress up is still massive for amateur and pro cosplay artists today. Proving yet again... that Star Wars babes ROCK!

Steampunk Star Wars


We STILL love Doctor Who and enjoyed catching up on it all so we were no longer just DW noobies... by watching all the DVD`s from the 9th Doctor all the Way to the 12th (including all the special episodes), despite all the spoilers which hit us left right and centre, which failed to ruin it for us, regardless lol, but we have decided, at the end, simply to put Doctor Who and all the companions and all the aliens within our own games, rather than play in a pure strain DW world. A bit like putting monsters in a game of D&D. We will put Who-verse into our games in the same way a D&D player might come across... let's say... Orcs in a fantasy world (Orcs of course, being an invention of Tolkien and originate in the lands of Middle Earth): i.e. Doctor Who won`t DOMINATE our games, but he will appear in them. Same for MC1`s J Dredd, DC`s Gotham Bat, Marvel`s S.H.I.E.L.D. and Dark Horse`s Hellboy, etc etc etc.

While not necessary to play with painted minis, it is of course really nice. Like many others, I do prefer to play with painted stuff. But I am never slow to remind myself that I enjoyed playing with unpainted toys as a kid, so why the hell not now too, if I feel like it.

I suppose for us, we`ve lived with Star Wars all our lives. Let`s see, I was about 14 (Hils would have been 10) when the film first hit the big screen and I can still remember, like it were only yesterday, the mile long queues to get in.. and people sleeping on pavements all night, hoping to get into a viewing the following day. For us Star Wars is as alive and vibrant as Cursed Earth or Doctor Who is for others, and is very, very current for the happy hobbyist gamer, what with games like Imperial Assault, X Wing, and Rebellion currently in print for the enthusiast to pursue.

What started as an on line search to flesh out our existing collection of Star Wars miniatures for our old game of "Rebel Storm" from nearly decade and a half ago; soon turned into a full on project, as we discovered far more than we were looking for, ending up with us seeing the barb... jumping happily onto the worm, and biting down hard on the hook: whilst we allowed ourselves to be {willingly} well and truly reeled in.


The rest is history *wink*



 Article by Steve


82 comments:

  1. Rather glad you posted this one, as I was starting to feel all alone and out on a limb. Having promised myself, wife, and club friends, I wasnt going to get into anything new the rest of this year, I found myself a bit of liar when I accidentally walked in on a shop club game where "Imperial Assault" was being played. Of course, I fell for it with miserable lack of conviction to hold to my word. And with an appalling lack of inner strength found myself walking away with the base game and the first expansion tucked under my arm at the end of the night. The only thing I can say in my defence is that I have never regretted it, and have played endless games of it by myself at home in my hobby crypt. I havent found anyone else who is into it, and had resigned myself to being the only one in the area. But suddenly I have "A New Hope" haha.

    Nice post Steve, part true blog (like of old) and part chat, it doesnt try to be a review, but hints of more to come, maybe? Hoping this is so, as you, I think this game his tons of scope and potential.

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    1. OOooh I didnt know you had this game Dave, You kept as quiet about it as we did lol. The moment Dave Stone told us privately (when we asked) that the miniatures were indeed compatible size to the old WotC ones, that was it, we simply LEAPT onto that proverbial hook.

      We WILL be writing much much more on this topic, so stay tuned mate.

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    2. any future AAR`s to look forward to?

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    3. Lots of discussions about the game, potential directions FFG may take things in the future, custom rules, forthcoming releases, reviews of singles packs, painting showcases, and yes mate, probably a full blown "Imperial Assault" campaign before too long ^^

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  2. You`re not alone with this one Dave, like you, we`ve been sitting at home playing this game endlessly, sometimes back.. to back.. to back: then still inspired, have sat for hours painting the minis and enjoying every moment. Learning the rules was a pain as they are rather *uhuum* complex. But worth every moment of effort. Stevie sat up literally all night the first day we got it, and learned the game - in both modes, campaign and skirmish, by the morning. Mind you he was good for nothing and slept ALL next day hehe.


    It lends itself ideally to solitaire style Dave, doesnt it, despite being sold and promoted as a 2 to 5 player game. I think that`s mainly down to the fact that majority of the hobby simply doesnt know how to play solo properly (only thinks it does and if a box says SOLO PLAY oh it, Doh! lol) so wouldnt ever consider or have a clue how to go about it.

    And yes, we plan to be writing about Star Wars a lot from now on. Whether that be Imperial Assault, Rebel Storm, our own D-I-Y RPG campaign, or a mix of the lot.

    Nice article Stevie. And Tar..... grrrr bad girl **hugs you to death**

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    1. hehehehe - grins - and waves

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    2. Tarrrrr` come `ere you, lemme hug you so tight, before I spank ya for spending money on us.

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    3. >>> It lends itself ideally to solitaire style Dave, doesnt it, despite being sold and promoted as a 2 to 5 player game. <<<

      You`re not wrong there Hils. I notice the game has so much potential for full solo immersion (especially in campaign mode of play), and is the closest to a proper single player rpg I have ever seen in over forty years of the hobby (Ken St Andre`s "Tunnels and Trolls" being the only other one to come even close to it). Also lots of room to customise the experience. allowing us to play about (in solo mode), customising to our hearts content.

      It an amazing game experience, and I still dont think the general public are aware what they even have here.

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    4. {{I still dont think the general public are aware what they even have here.}}

      I think that`s a pretty fair and accurate assessment you make there Dave. This IS a majorly important game and a real mile stone, and I think there are still many hobbyists out there are crying out for this (without even realising it), and dont even know its there.

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  3. Smiles happily. and blows a single kiss her way.

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  4. Great article Steve, as you know I succumbed to this game a while back and really enjoy all I've done so far with it. Have plans to make a full 6' x 4' mos eisley town when I have more time but won't be for a while. What a wonderful gift Tarot got you, what a diamond.

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  5. Hiiii Dave. Glad you liked it. yes, yes, it completely blew us away: what an amazing parting gift, but she always was that way. We shall miss her terribly, little rascal (and bundle of energy) that she is.

    OOoooh keep me well and truly posted on your mos eisley project, in fact any project you might do (make and sell) for usable components with Imperial Assault *>> coughs... 3D crates and computer terminals <<*

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    1. Will do mate, and will look at the accessory pieces. Be on the lookout for some of the Revell model kits as they work perfectly for imperial assault, have already picked up a snowspeeder and tie interceptor might get the u Wing next unless I can get hold of a at at

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    2. Cooooool Dave, so cool :-)))

      Ooooh thanks for the heads up on the Revell kits. I always liked those in any case. Havent had one though, not in yeaaaarrrrrs. last one was The Golden Hind galleon when I was about 20 years old.

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    3. Oh GOSH what I wouldn't do to get my hands on a 28mm AT AT.

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    4. That was my thoughts exactly Hils ! Look for the 1/50 scale kits there the closest the snowspeeder was only £6

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  6. Being exceptionally good at keeping secrets, whilst I did know of your impending surprise (AND not being one to intentionally provide "spoilers"), I kept very, very quiet. 😉

    *waves happily at Tarot*

    Having only recently watched 'Rogue One', this reminded me why Star Wars is so cool, so I shall be watching with interest as you develop your own unique take on this universe.

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    1. >> Being exceptionally good at keeping secrets, whilst I did know of your impending surprise <<

      grins at ya* you`re a bad, bad man :)

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    2. Now, where have I heard that before...? Lol

      Surely it would have been worse to betray the secret entrusted to me? Besides, as you know from personal experience, it's kind of difficult to dissuade Tar when she has her mind set on something...

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    3. hahhaha, oh yes. I know that one well lol. rock and a hard place mate, rock and a ruddy great bolder :-))

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  7. OOoooh Rogue One is so RIGHT. It got slammed over here *by critics barely old enough to remember the original runs of X Files* But to the likes of you and me who where THERE in 77, my GOD they managed to capture the atmosphere so absolutely true to the New Hope classic, while maintaining state of the art modern effects.

    I think you`ll enjoy where we go with this one on the table top mate. maybe you`ll join us for the ride too?

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    1. Too true - Rogue One got it exactly right. I have to admit not having seen 'The Force Awakens' yet, but the bits I've seen seem to suggest it corrects some of errors made during Episodes 1-3.

      As for Imperial Assault, it is tempting (always liked the variations on the Imperial uniforms), but as Hils is aware, other plans are in motion... 😉

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    2. If you enjoyed Rogue One I dont think you`ll be disappointed by 'The Force Awakens' which is much higher budget, but easily as sympathetic and as thematically conscientious as R One. Again it feels like a totally natural (almost organic) continuation of Return of the Jedi.

      I would say Imperial Assault is a masterly game and I would encourage and advise anyone with a soft spot for Star Wars to buy for themselves (its a perfect game even for someone with no knowledge of the films.. its THAT good a game in its ow right), but if you have a project all ready up your sleeve, I wont try and persuade you *grins wickedly*

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  8. I`ll confirm that, Rogue One is a truly excellent top hole film all round. Makes me feel confidently happy for the future of Star Wars: its spin offs, two main features still to come, AND the proposed new tv show.

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    1. Dont forget the massively cool anime series "Star wars Rebels".

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  9. What a glorious start to my day as whilst a little younger (not much, I hasn't to add) 1977 was the year my imagination really took hold and transported me to a galaxy far, far away! Just the other day I was wandering through the Lanes in Brighton and found myself in a comic shop that was selling Rouge One action figures and I was instantly transported back to that small boy trying to decide between Walrus Man or Hammerhead and having to put one of them back on the shelf until I had enough pocket money. (Both are still with me in the loft of Awdry Towers.) Now of course they sell for £10 each and seem destined for big kids, never to be played with - such a shame. Back to Imperial Assault and this is a game that has caught my eye on more than one occasion if, for nothing else, than just having the chance to paint a Bantha! A blogging chum in Germany has been enjoying painting the miniatures and is looking forward to introducing his young family to the Star Wars universe through the game, I am just a smidge envious! Several times my finger has hovered over the 'add to basket' button, but each time I have resisted, quite rightly reminding myself that the last thing I need was more plastic miniatures. That said, for all the reasons that you have identified, Star Wars still has a pull on me and I can't help think that I should just cave in, like the ice tunnels on Hoth, and buy the game! Perhaps one sticking point is that you need two or more players to play and being, primarily, a solo gamer I worry that I simply just wouldn't do justice to it. Of course the best news would be if you said, but Michael don't worry the game mechanic can simply be adapted for solo play - I live in hope. :)

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    1. Hi Michael, wow I love reading such deep and heartfelt comments like this, they always make me smile nostalgically, as the stirrings of playful youth surface with such intense reminiscence and passion. Ah me, such choices... Walrus Man or Hammerhead, I wouldn`t have liked to have chosen between the twain. There are some things a bloke just shouldn`t have to do... like decide between Purdy or Diana Rigg in The Avengers.

      But oh Michael, I think I am about to make your day. First, look above at the comments on solo play, especially those written between Dave G and Hils. This will wet your appetite and pick up your ears with interest. To this I add, despite the game being advertised as a 2 to5 player game, it works amazingly well as a two player game in campaign mode, and incredibly easily as a one player wargame when played in skirmish mode. But as a solo gamer myself... well.... you know yourself Michael, any game that sells itself as being playable as a 2 player game, usually converts really well when done solo as well.

      In this case, never a truer word was said. Imperial Assault is a fully immersive and thematic experience when played solo.... perhaps the game is even more thematic when played by the soloist, because all those little nuances of tone, atmosphere and ethos just oozes from the game pages and cards like strawberry jam out of a freshly baked sugar doughnut. They say the game plays best with three or four players and a DM playing the Imperials: but they say that about Zombicide too: "oh the game works best when there`s lots of "craic" around the table" but hmmmm, I dispute this. Most people aren't hard core solitaire gamers, so don`t know what we do. In Zombicide, the solo player just runs with a bunch of survivors which he manages single handed, and bingo! away you go, super-duper fun.

      Well it's the same with Imperial Assault (only easier, as Star Wars simply overflows with theme, which is what the solo gamer wants more than anything else). Playing solo you`d set up the campaign to run like a two player game... i.e. one player playing 2 heroes and the other playing the Imps, except you`ll be running those too. There`s chances along the way as the campaign unfolds through the cards, and story chapter points along the way, that additional characters may even join your party of 2, but you just never know (no two campaigns ever run the same way twice) Might even be someone big like Luke or Obi-Wan.

      As for playing the Imps with some random reactions and movements, I`m already working on a simple system for playing the game with a random element added in, just for the solo player. But in all honesty, even though the rough draft of these rules is written out already, I`ve never used it when playing solitaire. The game is thematically intuitive enough without needing an artificial I.A. built in: but it is there if you need it anyway (or will be once I post it in the blog).

      If you DO click that itchy trigger finger, and find yourself having pressed "BUY" , I will GLADLY help guide you through your tender tentative days with the game, as the addiction slowly sinks in, and you start asking those inevitable questions: "Oh my goodness, there`s so many expansions, so much.... what do I need next.... what order do they go in, do I need them all, some of them maybe.... which first?" and so it will start hehe. Its big, its daunting, its DEEPLY immersive (especially if taking the solo gamer route), but like many things, with someone to help guide you, it becomes fairly easy,... fairly quickly. I can help teach you the rules even, if you get stuck.

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    2. How I love our cosy corner of the Blog-o-sphere! Thank you so much Steve, I couldn't have wished for a more perfect reply. Not only have you given me 'New Hope', but what a generous offer with regards to the rules. The expansions have already caught my eye too and just for the moment I feel like that small boy standing in the local toy shop trying to decide which one to choose. :) Thank you so very much!

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    3. yeeeeey, if you do I dont think you`ll look back with any regret.e... if you`re sure?

      Contact me on my addy any time and as much and as lot as you like, I will always reply will and really help you get the most out of this cool experience: Addy is...

      gypsy__dance@hotmail.com <-- dhouble underscore between gypsy and dance

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    4. hahaha, looks like some of your letters got jumbled up there Steve, happens to me all the time too.

      Michael, you`re in good hands. These guy always follow through with what they say, and if they`ve offered to help you with Imp Assault, I`d take them up on it if I were you. They will literally flood you with enough private mail to keep you on the right track, and guide you smoothly through the SW Imp Assault hobby and safely out the other side - faster than you can say Kessel Run.

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    5. This really is splendid news on all fronts! :)

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  10. What a somewhat bittersweet posting, Steve. All that enthusiasm for “Doctor Who” which we discussed over the phone seems to have been sadly subdued by the rather heated (and oft-times unpleasant) debate over the casting of the Thirteenth Doctor… and then, phoenix-like, you start energetically talking about a game I’ve desperately tried to keep in the loft this past year, ever since I started painted up my “Imperial Assault” miniatures and realised the sheer scope of the project – and time it would require.

    I totally get how all the ‘poor press’ and ‘spoilers’ could have impaired your enjoyment of “Doctor Who”, and how the outrageous pricing of the “Star Wars” Miniatures Game would have put you off collecting those missing minis. So it’s great to hear all that ferocious focus is now been tunnelled into “Imperial Assault”, and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what you do with the game :-)

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    1. Hiiii Simon, yes I know :( there IS a bitterness to it. I SO wanted to get into DW, and deeply so, we both did. But there is one thing has always made us shy away (walk away) from a hobby subject, and that is if there are silly rumblings of dispute and divide within the subject itself. Nu Who, old Who, female Doctor or Male Doctor, oh man! we`re all on the same side, its meant to be fun, not a game of football with Manchaster United on one side, and Liverpool on the other: next they`ll be hitting each other over the head with bar stools lol. But as for the issue of sexual orientation, female...male... hell, does it matter, its a fun tv show, surely? GOD knows what everyone would have done if the next Doctor was a gay black man hahaha. uuugh!! its crazy and it made us walk away.

      But as for Imperial Assault, oh man, we can really rally behind this and do it justice I think. And dont be surprised if you see the odd cameo with the Doctor, Daleks and Cybermen, making guest appearances now and then *wink*

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  11. Star Wars...where do I start 77' was the year when it became cool to go to the pictures for your birthday rather than have a party, I would have been eight at the time and must have seen that film six or seven times for various friends birthday's, never got tired of seeing it, I can vividly remember coming out of the cinema and thinking "That's it they will never make a better film than that!!" (not sure they have either). It's hard to convey to anyone who was that age at that time just how HUGE and important Star Wars was to us, it was everything, in as much as every game we played either with toys or just charging around the playground at school was related to Star Wars in one way or another, I know Action Man, Lego, Green plastic soldiers.. whatever were roped into fighting the Empire in one form or another. People laughed about Jedi being put down as a religion by some on the last census, but to this eight year old in Wirral (and I imagine vast quantities of kids around the globe), this WAS much more of a religious experience than anything spouted at us in assembly at school, to this day I still jokingly say every time I herar the expression "The greatest story ever told!"..."What Star Wars?". Anyway enough rambling, the very best of luck with this project, I'm sure you'll have the best of fun with it and even though my own "dabbles" into the Star Wars gaming universe only extend as far as "X wing" I too know how "warm and fuzzy" the Star Wars universe is, its a bit like your Grandparent when you are young, something that's sort of in the background but safe and warm that you can't help but love.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Unless you lived through it and can remember, it’s kind of hard for modern audiences to understand just how different the world was, in 1977 - just prior to the release of Star Wars. It sounds like a cliché, but the world really WAS a very different place back then. Not only the look, but it even smelt different then as well... sounds crazy I know.

      I had seen the trailers on TV and in the theatre, months earlier. They didn’t give much away. However, what little they showed had already triggered my imagination, which was further fuelled by the novelization of the movie, which came out a few months before the film.

      I was NOT going to miss this movie even if I had to miss homework to do it!

      “My local was Norwich (at the time) had all three screen showing the feature. I was 14 and had a close friend and we did everything together... including going to this film (driven by my friend`s Dad, who just happened to be Brian Daly: actually the writer and musician who wrote "Postman Pat" and "Gran").

      The queues were horrendous, but being with a friend`s Dad who was a minor celeb, really helped. Don`t know WHAT he had done, but we marched right up to the front and the Dad had a word with someone, and we were escorted to the private box of the big screen 1, woohooo!!!

      From the weird (but cool) sloping opening credits: the euphoric battle aboard the space ship and the first appearance of Darth Vader: across the dust bowl of Tatooine with C3PO and R2D2, to the first Tuskan Raider, I dont think I even blinked, or looked away once; and the film just got better and better. And of course the big 40 minutes long battle at the end, as Luke delivered his single torpedo to the Death Star.... this would stay with me a lifetime. "Use the Force, Luke."

      Ahhhh me, it brings tears to my eyes just remembering it. It WAS a religion to me, to us all. I sooo wanted to be a Jedi. I NEEDED Jedi to be real. The real world seemed so empty and ordinary after having had my eyes opened by that wonderful Galaxy oh so far.. far away.

      ALL my Action Men were Jedi after seeing this film, and my cool import GI Joe, and my Lego men heroes too.

      I read Roger`s words and I found myself nodding, smiling and nodding some more, yep, he knows e-x-a-c-t-l-y how it was.. he was there man, he was THERE.

      I think the nostalgia for this epic and monumental reshaping of how the entire sci-fi genre was perceived, changed forever on that fateful day in 1977. And the world would never quite be the same again. How could it be, not after that.

      When a game, like Imperial Assault, actually captures that memory... that feel... and makes it come alive all over again. You just know you have a winning game on your hands.

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    2. It's rather sad to say, but in a way Star Wars was very much one of those "Kennedy was shot" moments..."You always remember where you were when...", can't think of another movie quite like that.

      Rogue one was excellent too, in may way I think it's the best Star Wars movie to date.

      Cheers Roger.

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  12. You`re right Roger, so very right.

    Pull up a chair, give yourself a few hours, pour a coffee, and enjoy the following link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_8PHaogXMg

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    1. Is it Roger or is it Dick? Maybe its like "roger roger" droid talk like in Phantom Menace hehe, and your name is really Dick. I`ve often been curious but have never asked before **blush**

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    2. It is Roger (Named after Mr Moore, as my mum was a huge fan of his), Dick Garrison is the name of the hero from my mow defunct miniatures line, but I use it as my "on line" name some of the time. hope this clears that up. thanks for the links Steve, I'll check that out when I get time.

      Cheers Roger (who is sometimes a bit of a Dick).

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  13. Ooooooh thanks for that `Dick` *winks* hehe makes total sense now :)

    Cool character name Dack Garrison. AND you had a miniatures line too, I`d love to have seen these. But so sorry to hear they are no longer around. Thanks for explaining Roger.

    Hils xx

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  14. Frankly Hils I'll answer to anything!

    You can see some of my old rang here...

    http://www.collecting-miniatures.com/olley/index.php/Wargames_Supply_Dump

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Oh GOD I love these so much, ESPECIALLY Robot with tracked leg post and Felicity Goodbody. But they`re aaaaall simply amazing.

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    2. Thanks Hil's they were something I'd always wanted to do, and being able to get Bob Olley to sculpt much of the range was amazing. Some people get inspired by Flash Gordon to make their own range of wargames figures and others go off and make Star Wars (I think one of these made slightly more money for it's creator though ;-D ).

      Steve, many thanks for that link I have now watched it, very interesting, I've seen many documentaries about Star Wars over the years but I don't think I've seen that one before, if you have Netflix there are a couple of good ones on there, that are a little different, "I am your father" is the story of Dave Prowse's involvement and how he was "shut out" later by George Lucas, and "Elstree 77", is interviews with some of the "bit part" players and their take the making of Star Wars.

      Cheers Roger.

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  15. Love Flash Gordon too, and could easily include it into our 7TV2e mix hehe.

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  16. Really glad you enjoyed it Roger, the one you just watched is only (about) half of a far larger documentary which came with an Anniversary edition DVD box set I have, but was happily surprised to see the main bulk of it up for free on you tube. I have seen so many over the years and many are up on you tube, but I will look for the Dave Prowse one you advise for definite. I have heard many horror stories about Lucas (all of which I have no doubt are true) I`m sure.

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    1. It is really interesting, they re-film the last Darth scene when he takes his helmet off, with David, but are not allowed to show it in the Documentary due to legal reasons (Shame). Elstree && is also well worth a watch, I believe they are making a second one now as the first has been so popular.

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    2. we massively enjoy documentaries in this house and I would guess (of a staggering collection of around 3000 DVDs) probably a third of these would be historical documentaries. But, interesting to note, if we were to watch a non historical documentary it would most likely be about Star Wars, Tolkien or D&D. So I guess that tells you the priority and high regard we hold for the SW subject hehe.

      Check back here in a few days Roger, our next article might (we hope) be of personal interest to you hehe.

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    3. Cheers Hil's will do (would of anyway though).

      Roger.

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  17. So many souvenirs...and this game sounds GREAT! With painted minis, of course, much better. Splendid terrain figures, what's to ask more? May be a real Dark Sider Sith Apprentice which would come to life before our stupefied eyes? Could be even better...May the pleasure of playing be with us ... long time still!

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  18. hahaha, well said Phil. Lovely comments from you my friend. It is indeed a truly great game, even if you are (like me and like you) primarily and foremost a historical wargamer: a little bit of tastefully done fantasy of sci-fi fiction often makes a nice change of pace... this game certainly delivers in that regard, especially if looking for that solitaire fix.

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  19. Just seen FFG are planning a full wargame as well with troopers on jet bikes, exciting times ahead and some more rebels models and models from rogue one would be great

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    1. I`d also like to see the crew of Ghost, and all the heroes from "Star Wars Rebels." Imp Assault already does the Hera Syndulla and C1-10P (Chopper) Ally Pack, but I`d love to see the rest of the crew fleshed out a bit more.

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  20. OOo Ooo OOoooo whats the new game called, I missed this one? Mind you, we have settled well and truly on the one we have now, so (except to torture us with things we cannot have.. but still want lol) we will be sticking to Imperial Assault for ever more, from now on. Its just so good, with potential for years, and more coming out or it just around the corner.

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    1. Star Wars legion, if nothing else it will hopefully mean more models we can use in imperial assault

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    2. Looks great doesn't it Dave. Were thinking the same thought, I think - MORE Star Wars minis mmmmmmmmm.

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  21. Ah yes I see it, Star Wars Legion. I just checked their site. Yes it does look amazing. That`s the problem isnt it. Every few months (every few weeks it feels like at times) something new hits the shelves, where do we stop? Do we just keep buying for ever, until we have.. what, ten games, twenty games, thirty, forty, fifty... even more? If we never go "enough, I have enough now" (which should really be WELL before we get to a dozen BIG games and all the expansions lol), we run the danger of having so much, none of it ever gets used, as we just wait endlessly for the next thing to be released, as released it will be, and the next, and the next, it will never stop.

    Less is more I think. Have too much, and we really appreciate and don`t enjoy any of it, its just hording . Enjoy a few great games, and you will have a rich and rewarding life, and a hobby to be proud of. This new Star Wars, I`m sure it will be brilliant. But we HAVE a full collection of minis for it, we HAVE a great wargame set of rules (Imperial Assault skirmish), and we have everything to make our own games great. If we need more speeder bikes (we have four), surely better to buy a few more, on eBay, and curb the `itch` that way rather than just buy yet ANOTHER game hehehe.

    Never forget, the games we (as hobbysts) already own in our respective collections, are amazing: buy more just cos we can, and we become somehow, very lost I think.

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    1. I totally know you are right, in all you say. Hell, I`d be the first to stand up and give that lecture. But, it looks so good, and its so TEMPTING Hils :(

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    2. Its called marketing dear *grins*

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  22. LOL I may well be Dave hun, but I happen to know you saw Imperial Assault being played at the club, and have recently gone and bought the core box set, and all four big box expansions, AND about 20 (both alliance and imp) single mini boxes, AND all six skirmish cigar roll up game maps (lovely luxury items those maps mmmm), so all told, what`s that £400, or near enough? And there`s more being released for Imperial Assault just around the corner. Do you REALLY want to buy a new Star Wars game as well? hehehe.

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    1. >>> slaps hand to front of head <<<

      oh wow, you`re so right. DUuh! I just literally woke up and realised what I was doing. What was I thinking of. That`s why we wuvs ya auntie Hillers, our protective voice of reason for all of us at the Fellowship club. I feel like Frodo having just resisted the temptation and allure of the one ring, phewwww!! What was I thinking, I love Imp Assault, why would I want to buy into another game just like it, especially as I only just GOT this one.

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    2. Valid points all round Dave and Hils, I'm selective on my purchases for imperial assault, not just buying all of them. The new game for me will be looking at individual pieces that I want to fill out the scenario I want to be able to play

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  23. {{{ The new game for me will be looking at individual pieces that I want to fill out the scenario I want to be able to play }}}

    THAT`S the way to do it. selective cherry picking to expand an existing game. Our only problem is in creating the hero stat cards for Imperial Assault, we just dont have photoshop pro skills enough to make them look good, so our home made custom jobs always tend to look a bit shabby :( However, they play just fine, which is the main thing.

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    1. ... actually ALL the stat and deployment cards. It should be possible to make our own cards that look just like the proper ones. But using paintshop pro to that standard is a skill we simply dont have *sobs*

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  24. uuugh looks like the minis are going to be a little bit smaller. See link below, live from Gen Con.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgIk-JS7tk

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  25. Now that's a pain, ah well will have to hope they bring out the bits I want in imperial assault, if not I'll have to sculpt the bits I want

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  26. Uuugh it posted before I was ready.

    I would think you could sculpt some amazing pieces Dave, as the Star Wars universe is crammed full of weird and wonderful `things` to invent, like walking carpet hoovers, walking household appliances in general, robots, droids, computer terminals, vehicles, and goodness knows what else. Oooo what about a recreation of the interior of the Mos Eisley Cantina?

    Interestingly, I was going to write about adding things (or not adding things) to Imperial Assault in our next post, but we have a new topic ready in its place now (looks at Roger), so I will write that the following week, on maybe even do a double article: it's been a while since we did one of those: and as Stevie is kind of busy for the next few weeks, I have time on my hands covering for him.

    Originally, we just looked into Imperial Assault as a way to flesh out our SW miniatures collection, but as soon as we got the base game we realised we had something rather special here and have stuck with it ever since. But the initial intention was STILL always to use our own existing stuff alongside the components of that game, in a giant amalgamation of parts. However, as we started to play Imperial Assault more and more, it soon became clear that this game in its utter pure state simply didn't really NEED anything of our own adding to it.

    We had thought "why buy the IG88 singles pack: why buy Han and Chewie, C3PO and R2D2, Bossk, Lando, spare Rebel Troopers, etc etc, when we can simply use the same scale miniatures from our existing WotC 2014 skirmish game collection." But there IS a very good reason to buy the official Fantasy Flight Games singles packs (or double packs or sets of three minis): its simply that if you play the game.. especially the campaign game, these FFG mini packs contain special cards (relevant to those miniatures) and perhaps even more importantly, each pack contains a complete side mission AND its corresponding map; effectively making the campaign grow a little bigger and thematically fuller with each addition. Making the campaign world more enjoyable with each purchase. I know the rules actually say the campaign deck is meant to have a finite number of mission cards - 12 actually (and any additions added to the game from expansions etc, should be added in after a current campaign is finished.. but a solo campaign an last a very long time), but this is really a caveat for competitive play with friends or in a tournament. No, for us, we just add in new elements to the game as we buy them, just like you would if you bought a new supplement book to add to an existing D&D campaign. is it cheating.. no! its using freedom of choice to customise/homebrew the game a little bit.

    In addition, each new singles pack contains a new skirmish map, and relevant cards for skirmish mode of play. So all in all, if you plan to play Imperial Assault a lot, there actually are some fairly good reasons for buying the official add on minis to go with the game. You dont need to of course, but the option is there. There`s something rather nice about playing a campaign with jo-blogs and his band of heroes, and playing through the adventure and then randomly playing a mission where you run across Luke Skywalker, Dengar, or even the dreaded and deadly Darth Vader (and having the mini and stat card option to include them).

    Or how about a mission where the heroes might get to steal (and use) an AT ST walker hehe.

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    1. uuugh!! I`m still half asleep. The WotC skirmish miniatures game came out in 2004, not in 2014 lol.

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  27. Yes the additional cards maps certainly add to the game, some of the bits I would like them to bring out will probably never happen as they wouldn't add anything gaming wise and I would like them almost as NPC's to have on the gaming board so will probably have to build them. First up will be Sy Snootles and the Max Reebo band to add to Jabba's palace then the other denizens of his realm. Then onto more Tatoine denizens

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  28. oh yes yes yessss, Sy Snootles and the Max Reebo band is an essential must, even if they never have stats made for them. I think I will get to work on sculpting a Sy Snootles myself, great idea that.

    Oh the fun we will have with Star Wars Dave hehe.

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    1. Indeed Hils, it's like recreating a piece of our childhood. Will you be adding the extended version band members ?

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  29. I wish I could Dave, but I doubt my skills are anywhere near sufficient to be able to make them all. I think I can do Sy as she`s so .. lumpy and misshaped hehe, she`s fairly easy for me to `botch` lol.

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  30. I doubt you'll botch them Hils, we'll have to compare notes as we build them

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  31. UPDATE: Done, and painted, just need to create and paint a suitable base. So sometime later today. I`ll make sure there`s a photo of it in the article I`m writing later today as well.

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  32. Wow I haven't even made a frame yet ! Pesky customer orders getting in the way. Right tonight I'm starting mine, I hope ! Lol

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  33. hehe. DOnt worry I got nthing but te on my hands, and with himself away a few days I can really focus on things like this.Besides, I find it a lot easier to work in Polymer Clay and as you know, this is a pretty fast and easy medium to use. I don`t know why, but the moment you said Sy Snootles it just woke an urge to create the piece as a walk on walk off npc for Imp Assault. Similarly as I was making her, I got to thinking how cool it would be for us* to create all those beautifully rendered 2D images on the FFG Imp Assault game tiles.. but to do them in 3D (i.e. place objects on top of the tiles) and build up our aesthetic `look` value that way.

    {{* us as in, you`re the excellent pro at this, and me.. I just puddle along and have fun hehe}}

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    1. WHAT is up with my typing this week.

      I meant: "Dont worry I got nothing but time on my hands"

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  34. Don't talk to me about typing errors ! With regards to scenery making I still consider myself just a hobbyist that some people like what I build, and I always enjoy seeing what others create

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  35. you are very modest, which is why we all wuvs ya.

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