I’ve found a new gaming obsession. I’ve been wanting to get into wargaming for a long time, but Warhammer and Warmachine are expensive, and I don’t have a whole lot of extra spending money. Enter, Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game.
Compared to Warhammer, the models are less expensive, and they come already mostly assembled and painted (which is great, since I’m allergic to either the paint or the primer of the Warhammer paints). The downside is that the figures themselves aren’t very customizable. Sure, you could give them a custom paint job if you wanted, but I think the paint that is already applied looks pretty good.
You can, however, customize your units using the cards that come with the ships. Each card is worth a certain point amount, which you then use to build your fleet. (100 points is generally the point value used. ) You have different cards for your pilots, ship upgrades (like torpedoes), and other modifications. You can have a ship that is as amazing or as barebones as you want.
The two factions are, of course, the Rebel Alliance and the Imperials. The Rebels have your standard X-wings, Y-wings, A-wings, and B-wings, but where the real fun comes is with the YT-1300… better known as the Millennium Falcon. The Falcon is a beast. It can fire in every direction, it is fast and maneuverable. It’s ridiculous.
The Imperials seem outgunned with their unshielded TIE-fighters, but they can really swarm; the TIEs are fast and cheap. Add Boba Fett’s Slave-1, and you’ve got a serious threat to the Rebels.
The game is really fun, and easy to learn. Highly recommended. Fantasy Flight Games has put together a really great product. Definitely check it out.
As an added bonus, here’s the Tabletop episode of X-Wing!