Rainbow Squadron

A-wings are one of my favorite ships from Star Wars.  In the X-wing Miniatures game, there are two paint schemes for the A-wing: red and blue.  A while back I painted up a green-themed A-wing.  Last week I finished up a yellow-themed one. I really weathered this one up, too – maybe too much so. Meh. I guess it’s just seen a lot of action.

awing_yellow_0 awing_yellow_1Working with yellow in my previous “Camaro A-wing” was a real pain, but I think I got the hang of painting yellow properly now. As advised by others, I painted bright white the areas I eventually wanted to paint yellow. The yellow paint worked really well when applied over top the white.

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“Rainbow Squadron” is coming along nicely.  (Note: The blue and red ones are the factory-painted ones)
awing_yellow_3 awing_yellow_4I guess an orange and a purple one are next.

X-wing Repaints

I painted up a couple of my X-wing minis.  Here are the two best ones so far:

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I was never a fan of the original color scheme of the Moldy Crow.  I thought something darker and stealthier looking would look good.

Original:

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20161125_235731Inspiration:

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The fastest ship in the X-wing Miniatures game deserved to be repainted to look like my Camaro.

Original:

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How I Made the X-wing Miniatures Death Star Trench

A couple of people have asked me about the dimensions of the Death Star Trench playmat I made a year ago. The image below shows the board both flat (with all measurements labelled) and with the trench folded down (with width measurement labelled only).

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I bought two triple-packs of 20″x30″ foam boards from Staples, giving me six boards in total.

The board is made up of three separate pieces: two identical side pieces and one center piece.

The two side pieces are each made of one 20″x30″ board taped to another 20″x20″ board, resulting in a foldable 20″x50″ board.

The center piece is made of one 18″x30″ board taped to another 18″x20″ board, resulting in a foldable 18″x50″ board. The center piece was also scored lengthwise into three, equal sized, 6″ wide segments. These segments can then be folded to make a trench 6″ deep with 6″ high walls.

After the boards were all cut, taped, and scored, I printed out multiple pages of the Warscapes: Star Base Trench-Run PDF and used a high tack spray adhesive to affix the pages to the board. I stupidly tried using white glue at first, but the glue severely warped the boards after it dried. The spray adhesive just left a sticky surface to which the pages stuck nicely. To help place the printed pages, I used an extra-thick marker to draw a grid onto the board where the edges of each page would be. This black line also helped hide gaps between the sheets.

To raise the side boards to give depth for the trench, I just bought several plastic containers that were about the right height. You could use books or whatever.

The turbolasers were made out of this “paper-craft” turbolaser printed onto cardstock. The barrels of the turbolasers were made with spray-painted straws.

X-wing Miniatures Death Star Trench

I made a Death Star Trench with the help of some friends for a New Year’s Eve X-wing party. I used foam board and computer printouts for the surface, and cardstock for the turbo laser towers.

The PDF for the Death Star surface is made by Warscapes and cost about $3. You can buy it from RPG Now.

The PDF for the Turbolasers is available for free at http://www.studiokitsune.it

I’m pretty proud of this technological terror I and my friends have constructed. 5 6 7

It even folds down into a flat play mat.8I put up a separate Imgur gallery with some more photos of its contruction.

 

X-wing Miniatures: B-Wing Mod

I recently discovered — and fell in love with — Fantasy Flight‘s new Star Wars X-wing Miniatures Game.  I discovered the game via Wil Wheaton’s YouTube show, Tabletop.  The game is absolutely fantastic, and all the gaming stores in my city have been having trouble keeping the game and the expansion sets stocked.  It’s easy to learn, fast to play, has tactical depth, and uses absolutely awesome miniatures!

I can’t say enough about how good this game is.  The only downside is that it’s expensive.  The core game costs $40 and you get one X-wing and two TIE Fighters with it.  Each additional fighter (X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, etc.) is $15, and the larger ships (Millennium Falcon, Slave I, etc.) are $30.  To get enough miniatures to play a full, 100-point game (that’s a game where each side fields 100-points worth of ships; the different ships and their pilots and upgrades have differing point values, and you mix-and-match them to get to 100 points when preparing your team) will cost you at least another $60, minimum.  So, for an initial outlay of $100 or so you get the core game plus enough expansion ships to make for a full play experience.  However, the price is really worth it.  The level of quality in the parts is extremely high — probably the highest I’ve ever seen for a game.

Anyway, I mainly wanted to show off my modification to the B-wing fighter miniatures I bought.  They B-wing fighter has a lopsided body with the cockpit off to one side.  In the Star Wars universe, the cockpit of the B-wing is set in ring that allows it to rotate to any orientation.  Typically you see B-Wings with the main body in a lateral position, but the B-wing minis that you can get this game have the body in an upright position.  I came across an idea somewhere about how to modify the miniature to allow you to rotate the ship into any position you want, and today I made that modification to all my B-wings.

The first thing I did was to twist off the clear plastic peg that it attached to the ship, which you use to mount it onto the miniature stand.  Some people do this and just glue the peg back on after rotating it 90°, which puts the ship into the classic sideways orientation.  What I did, instead, was to drill out a small hole into where the peg broke off and then hot glue a 1/8″ neodymium rod magnet into the hole so that it was about flush with the back of the ship.  I glued another identical magnet to the peg I removed earlier and, voila!  I now had a B-wing miniature that could rotate a full 360° about its longitudinal axis.  The rare earth magnets are strong enough to keep the ship in whatever position one might see fit to place the B-wing.

Here are some photos:

Mounting peg twisted off and hole drilled in its place

Mounting peg twisted off and a hole drilled in its place

1/8" Neodymium magnets

1/8″ Neodymium magnets

Magnet hot-glued into hole.

Magnet hot-glued into hole

Magnet hot-glued onto mounting peg.

Magnet hot-glued onto mounting peg

The two magnets stick together and allow you to twist the ship about.

The two magnets stick together and allow you to twist the ship about

Acrobatic B-wings!

Acrobatic B-wings!

I suppose one could apply the same modification to the cockpit in order to allow it to rotate as well, but that’s a detail I’m not going to worry about.

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