X-wing: Cobra

Not content with ruling the entire world, Cobra Commander has set his sights on outer space!  Piloted by highly trained Star-Vipers, this new fighter — Codenamed Nemesis — extends Cobra Command’s grasp to the stars.

I painted a Kihraxz fighter from the X-wing Miniatures Game over the past couple of days.  I wanted to come up with a color scheme that would look nice, and it occurred to me to try the common colors used in a lot of old Cobra vehicles from the early 80s G.I. Joe toy line.  I think it turned out rather well.

The Cobra insignias on the side didn’t turn out as well as I’d like.  I created them using water-slide decal paper I purchased for my laser printer. The decal material is very thin and transparent, and the dark blue background of the ship overpowered the thin layer of toner that was printed onto it. To remedy this I tried to hand-paint parts of the Cobra symbol so that they would show through the decal. It worked quite well, but my estimates on the size of the logos was not quite spot on.

Original paint job:

“Cobra” paint job:        I wish my smartphone could take better quality photos. So much of the detail is lost in these images.

I like this color scheme and I may try it out on more ships.

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.



Inspired by another person’s work I noticed on BoardGameGeek.com, I decided to make my own asteroid models for the Star Wars: X-wing Miniatures Game.  A company called Corsec Engineering makes and sells various goodies for use with miniature gaming, including acrylic templates for the asteroids in X-wing for use with their omni-stand rods.

I bought a set of the asteroid templates and half a dozen omni-stand rods from Corsec, bought a bag of lava rocks from Canadian Tire, and, using some PVA glue, some hot glue, and a few nuts I had lying around which happened to screw into the omni-stand rods perfectly, I set to work.  Here are my results:

asteroids2I bought omni-stand rods which were half an inch longer than the stands that come with the X-wing game in order to make the asteroids seem a little more imposing.  For the lava rocks themselves, I drilled a shallow hole into the underside and hot glued a metal nut into each one.

I used PVA glue (i.e. regular white glue) to glue the asteroid tokens to the acrylic templates, applying the glue in a thin line along the edges of the token an using small clamps to fasten the acrylic template to it until the glue began to set.

My next project will be to prime and paint the senator shuttle model I bought for the game…

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.