Art of War (X-Wing 2.0) Review


Welcome to another review of some of the exciting and shiny things that AoWS are force pulling… (not sorry) out at the moment. Today I am going to be looking at two products, the new X-Wing 2.0 Movement templates and also the Core token set. Linky To Them

I am not going to go over what is in the movement set as, basically its all the straight and bendy bits you need to fly some spaceships!

But something worth flagging up is the (a)massing of tokens in the token set…

  • 10 Shield tokens
  • 5 Focus tokens
  • 5 Evade tokens
  • 5 Charge tokens
  • 5 Target Lock tokens
  • 3 Force tokens
  • 3 Stress tokens
  • 3 Ion tokens
  • 1 Jam token
  • 1 Tractor Beam token
  • 1 No Fire token
  • 1 Calculate token
  • 1 Reinforce Front token
  • 1 Reinforce Back token
  • 1 Cloak token

So nearly 50 tokens that should help cover most uses in-game, probably only time it is going to greatly impact is if you have a TIE swarm or you like to run stressed a lot. But on the whole most lists you are not going to be too worried.

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Ahhh jiggy bag heaven, look at all the shiny things waiting to come out (for those just starting out the bags are the resealable kind, so be careful with the staples as its handy way to keep everything together).

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So I got the Rebel set of templates a nice blue, I am a particular fan that you get numbers and squares/pips to denote which template is which. A nice touch also you get 3 measuring widgets so makes it easier to check distances rather than being (me) clumsy and whacking ships around trying to aim with the cardboard 3 zone one you get in the core set.

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Look at all the colours like playing with skittles!! As already mentioned you get a healthy amount of tokens in the set and with plenty of colour involved shouldn’t be too hard to pick out the one you need (I like purple ones)

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Something that is obviously really important is that the acrylics match those of the official sets you get in the core set. I am happy to report that all the movement templates are spot on.

You wont have any issues there, well unless you are a S&V player and want to cheat 😉

On the whole the tokens are also spot on although for obvious reasons some of them don’t quite match shapewise but size they are a great fit. So shouldn’t get lost on the table or will get as lost as the cardboard ones 😀

Finally, they like all your acrylics a splash of paint and they are going to look so so much better than the cardboard ones (and will last a significant time longer).

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Overall

So for 8.99 for the tokens and 12.99 for the movement sets you are getting a steal for the quality they bring to the table. Really if you are going to be looking up some acrylics for you induction into the ways of 2.0 then please check out AoWS the guys are top-notch and at prices that keep a Yorkshireman happy you know that makes sense 😉

 

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X-Wing – a Beginners Fall

So after a call for guest writers, a few idio…volutneers came forward 🙂

This is the first of what I hope is some semi-regular people taking time to add to the madness on here, so over to Harry..

Hobby, we all love it. For me it involves almost 20 years of Warhammer 40k.

I tried Necromunda, Gorka Morka and Spacehulk but they all got sold. Even other armies got sold to leave me with loads of awesome space marines. Why? Because I love them, they are to me the epitome of a sci-fi army; Beautiful.

However I have found a new game, one to stay!! Since I was a little boy I loved science fiction and so when I was looking over Element games and I discovered X-wing from Fantasy Flight Games. Oh the joy, my face lit up like a kid in a candy shop, I bought myself the X-wing starter set straight away.

All you need to get going and to learn the basics, not bad for £27. I do love my painting and modelling but one appeal of these is the fact they come fully painted ready to play.

First impressions of the models are good. Obviously the hobby head starts to think about repainting them to my own design, but its not needed and I have far too many things to do.

I played a few games with some colleagues who don’t do tabletop gaming and they liked the games. Didn’t take longer than half hour for 3 of them to get to grips with the game play even whilst drinking.

As far as game size goes each ship has points costs, and also pilots do too. Luke Skywalkers X-wing is more in cost than a rookie pilots, but Luke does come with r2d2.

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As you can see in the bottom right hand corner Luke costs 5 points more. This will come into play in another post.

I couldn’t resist and ended up buying more of the smaller expansions including Slave 1, the HWK-290 and a Tie advanced..

As you can see in the pictures each expansion comes with more cards and more tokens, I have had to set up a storage system to keep thing organized other wise I would be a mess!

Summing up, my first impressions are great. The game play is fun and easily manageable and the models come painted! I will never have an unpainted model in this game!

Hopefully, my next post will be a bit more about playing the game, if the bear is up for having me.

I can be contacted on twitter @harrythegrumpy or through grumpyharry2014.