Tuesday 27 May 2014

"There'll be no escape for the Princess this time..."

Pete has recently bought the mahoosive Rebel Transport and even more mahoosiver Tantive IV for X-Wing, and as he wanted to play with them, I'd been moaning about not having played X-Wing for a while and we both had some free time, we decided to give the mini campaign that comes with the Tantive IV a go.

The first mission saw my squadron of TIE Fighters, led by 'Howlrunner', swarm the isolated blockade runner. Some very effective evasive flying from Black Squadron saw the Imperial ships weather the initial barrage from the bigger ship and then focus their fire to knock out the aft part of the Rebel ship.

Limping away from the battle, the Rebel ship put in for repairs, but was once again tracked down by Captain Jonus, Howlrunner and Black Squadron. This time however, the crippled ship was protected by three Rebel X-Wings from Red Squadron.

The Imperials lost some ships, including Howlrunner, to the Rebel fighters before Red Squadron turned to focus fire on Captain Jonus' TIE Bomber. Too few Imperial ships made it to their target and the blockade runner was able to escape.

The campaign continues...

I like the Tantive IV and, combined with the campaign scenarios, it adds a very different element to X-Wing. I'm not sure that I can justify the expense of buying one for myself, as I don't play lots of X-Wing and neither of the big ships are really suitable for standard pick up games. However, I am looking forward to completing the rest of the campaign.


  1. Sounds cool, never played X-Wing but the new ships are amazing!

    1. It's a really good game that has remained balanced as the expansions have come out (something that recent experience has taught me is not true of Attack Wing).

      The missions and campaigns really add something that can be missed if you always play straight fights.

      Also the quality of the miniatures and painting (as far as pre-paints usually go) is excellent.

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    1. Cheers. The second game called for a double sized board which undermined the visuals a bit with the fold in space.

  3. That does look awesome, perhaps I'll have to put it on the Christmas list!

  4. I'd do the same, but it would end up being the entire Christmas list. This blog isn't called Cheaphammer for nothing.

  5. Having seen it at my local club it's a BIG toy.
    Very cool.

    1. It makes you wonder where FF are going to go with the game. Is there a way the Imperials can get bigger ships without getting silly?