Lots of fun this week as James brought over his excellent Star Wars X wing game. He has custom painted Rebels depicting all the famous characters from the game.
This time James and Andy led a small force of X wings and Y wings (with heroes like Wedge, Skywalker, Porkins and Dutch) against a large Imperial force mainly of Tie fighters (Mike, Phil and Darryl). Leading the mostly untried Imperial academy pilots was none other than Darth Vader with the strategy devised by Admiral Mike who had been reading the manuals to good effect!
The game opened with Darth’s missiles taking out a brand new custom painted X wing in a single shot! Doesn’t that always happen when you paint new troops!? Over time the Imperial numbers began to tell as the Rebels ran out of missiles but more Tie Fighters just kept on coming. The Imperials destroyed Rebel ships and in turn suffered losses too (Darryl’s green dice defensive rolls being especially legendary) but had the numbers to absorb them. Eventually only Skywalker and a single Y wing remained and James conceded defeat. Of course as James pointed out it would be at this point that Han Solo would arrive allowing Skywalker to escape but at least this was the first game that the Imperials had not lost!