Helloooo! Long time, no see and all that! Well... let's get into it, shall we?
About a month ago I got the urge to try the Star Wars: Imperial Assault skirmish game. I've had the core box of SWIA for more than a year but had only got to play it with my nieces which was fun, but didn't really provide the full experience. I don't exactly remember why the inclination to try the skirmish popped into my head (had I watched Episode VII again perhaps?) but there it was so I took the big box and trotted over to Anders.
|In this game we learned that Vader is just as much of a badass as you think he should be!|
|What IG-88 brought with him to deal with those pesky rebels.|
So, lots of fun! Both of us were all fired up to play more - both skirmish and campaign. I was excited enough to immediately go home and start painting and Anders was excited enough to run out and buy some Rebel Troopers and last week even investing in the Bespin expansion where he will be the Imperial player in the mini campaign. Awesome!
|Jyn, Gideon, Diala and Fenn.|
If you are worried about Imperial Assault spoilers you might want to skip down a bit as I'll be talking a little about the first four missions we played. Not in detail, but still.
Even though I put up stiff resistance and swarmed the terminals with Stormtroopers they still managed to win Aftermath. It was a close fight though and I managed to wound two of them and they only destroyed the last terminal on the final turn. A good sign!
|Yeah, that's right! I painted the real heroes before the rebel scum!|
That was our first session and for the second I kept painting and we were able to play with all painted miniatures but for two exceptions: General Weiss and Vader.
|Fenn ran off while the others kicked probe droid ass!|
|A Nexu ended up biting Jynn's face off, while General Weiss tried to stomp on Gideon.|
|Even with ther Trooper allies the heroes couldn't prevail agains the Empire.|
As I mentioned I've been a very (unusually!) disciplined while painting, usually putting in a couple of hours every evening at least. Right now there are only three minis left in the first wave to finish - Weiss, Chewbacca and the Royal Guard Champion. Then I have the new Heavy Stormtroopers and Tuskens from Twin Shadows to paint as well as a couple of Hired Guns that will fit right into the current campaign. I also have Boba Fett, R2 and 3PO and Leia, but as they won't be appearing in this campaign they're further down the line.
|I wanted to weather it a fair bit, but still not too much. It's more or less clean above the chin.|
|I used some extra weathering powders for the back machine panel. Just felt right to have it gunky.|
Anyway, here are the rest of the miniatures painted so far. Oh, and about the bases - right now they're all a beige grey and I haven't quite decided what to do with them. At first I wanted to try acrylic bases, but that might get tricky when you want to tell different units apart. I'm now leaning to regular scenic bases with sand and grass.
|You can see that I don't really bother with mold lines or filling in gaps. This is a board game after all.|
|Vader was easy and fun to paint. And just adding those small dabs of red here and there really sell the light saber!|
|Hoping for a proper rematch for these two!|
That's it for now! I'll put up another report after our next session.