Aaanywho, on to the topic of today's journal, I got something new to play with!
Newly released from Fantasy Flight comes one of the coolest X-Wing Miniatures Game Expansion yet, the Imperial Raider
, ship-junkies and Empire fan-boys/girls rejoice, and marvel at this beautiful monster!
And monster is no joke, this thing is huge, matching the Corellian CR90 Corvette in size, it was designed jointly by Fantasy Flight and Lucas Arts to essentially equal the playing field for Imperial players as until the Raider's release they had no huge ships, and the nearest ships for the role already established in the canon and Legends continuity were still too big by a considerable amount, the Raider and the CR90 both measure at 150 meters in length, which appears to be the maximum for the X-Wing Miniatures, seeing as they're all constructed to the same scale.
For a sense of scale here is the Raider in comparison to CR90, a YT-1300, and an X-Wing & Tie Advanced.
It's no joke as it towers over the competition, and it's not just all looks, this ship is truly devastating, especially against any ship unfortunate enough to land in the sweet spot where it's fore and aft firing arks cross, though honestly I don't really have anyone to play with, so I collect these miniatures purely because I love them, they're so detailed, and the Raider is one of the most badass designs I've seen, it looks solid, and is detailed almost perfectly, my only real criticism is that the inside of the engine lacks detail, which is a little disappointing, but it's just a minor thing.
I'm sure with a little paint it'll be absolutely perfect!
I'm really eager to start including this ship in my AU, as now I finally have a proper reference to work off of, and I'm sure this monster will fit right in with Galgriev
and Black Magic
Oh! Another welcome bonus it that it came with a colour variant of the Tie Advanced, sporting the "Imperial Blue" that Tie-series ships were painted in "Empire Strikes Back" and onward, here it is in comparison to the regular Tie Advanced.
The Left is the original, and the Right is the new variant, I like it. ^w^
Sticking with Fantasy Flight, Wave Seven is due out soon, some folks got early access during conventions over in the States (yes, I'm so jealous! X'D), but the full actual release is coming soon, so expect me to talk about them when they're here. ^_^
Looking ahead though Wave Eight was recently announced, and it looks... Awesome!
Here's the article on Fantasy Flight's website, with pictures of the new models, I'll give my personal thoughts below. www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/…
For the first time X-Wing taps into the potential of the Rebels
series, with the Ghost
expansion pack, as the name suggests it features the Ghost
, which is essentially the Millennium Falcon
of the Rebels
series, and I'm actually pretty stoked to get my hands on it, as I must admit, I loved it's design, it really helped me warm to the Rebels series, as a bonus as well this expansion also features the Phantom
, the Ghost's
little companion fighter.
Next up in the wave, continuing with the Rebels
theme is the Inquisitor's Tie Advanced Prototype, it's another cool ship, though I prefer classic Tie designs it's a fine addition to the collection. ^_^
Next up is a ship for the Scum and Villainy
faction, the Mist Hunter
, a G-1A starfighter used by the Bountyhunter Zuckuss
. Again, another nice addition, I'm not overly excited for it, it's not exactly a design I'm particularly fond of, but it's still pretty good. (C'mon, release a Skipray Blastboat expansion already! >_<)
And lastly in the Wave Eight expansion is probably the ship I'm most looking forward for (alongside the Ghost
), and that's the Punishing One
, the Jumpmaster 5000, piloted by the legendary bountyhunter Dengar
! I must admit I'm very excited for this, Dengar is a pretty cool character, and the Jumpmaster 5000 is one of those ships that looks absurdly awesome, it's such a sleek design, it's more than welcome among the X-Wing miniatures series, and honestly it isn't a surprise to me either as we had Boba Fett's Slave I
, followed later by the IG-2000
, and we've got Bossk's Hound's Tooth
coming out soon, it's only logical that Fantasy Flight would release Punishing One
and Mist Hunter
On a very related note, Fantasy Flight also announced the release of a stand-alone expansion, the Imperial Assault Carrier
A.k.A. the Gozanti-class cruiser
, it's yet another huge ship for the Empire!
Again, here's Fantasy Flight's news article, with pictures, and my thoughts will be below. www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/…
I'm also looking forward to this, as it's another design that I really like, I like the idea behind the Empire's use of it too, a ship modified specifically to transport Tie-Fighters into battle, it's certainly more practical than deploying an Imperial-class Star Destroyer whenever Ties are needed for deployment, since Ties themselves have neither Hyperdrives nor proper life-support (one of the few nitpicks I had with Rebels
...) the Gozanti fills a pretty big niche. What's really cool is that apparently you can actually attach Tie miniatures to it's underside, which can then be deployed on their bases, it'll be interesting to see just how this mechanic works in-game. The Gozanti also comes with two Tie Fighters painted in the "Imperial Blue" variant, much like the Raider's Tie Advanced. ^_^
I'm definitely looking forward to getting it!
Lastly on the subject of X-Wing, there are rumors that Fantasy Flight are making a variant on the Core Set using the new X-Wing and Tie Fighter designs from The Force Awakens
! It's not been confirmed from Fantasy Flight themselves, buuuut I have seen some supposedly leaked images that look genuine (just search google, you should be able to find the images easily enough), though I'm not going to go into details until Fantasy Flight themselves release news verifying this, though if it's anything to go on they DO have the license to produce stuff relating to the new trilogy, so yeah. And I must say, I do hope these rumors are true, the ship designs for Episode VII look pretty tight, given Fantasy Flight's X-Wing catalog they'd look stunning as miniatures! ^_^
Anyhow, that's enough fanboying from me, I'm sorry, but whenever Fantasy Flight release new X-Wing material I just feel like a kid again, I love em'!
Hope ya'll are doing well, and again, if you're interested in a future Q&A (where I give a video response) please let me know!