Star Wars Imperial Assault
Imperial Assault is FFGs strategy board game of tactical combat and missions for two to five players, offering two distinct games of battle and adventure in the Star Wars universe!
Imperial Assault puts you in the midst of the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire after the destruction of the Death Star over Yavin 4 with two separate game experiences. The campaign game pits the limitless troops and resources of the Galactic Empire against a crack team of elite Rebel operatives as they strive to break the Empire’s hold on the galaxy, while the skirmish game invites you and a friend to muster strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.
Return to Hoth, a new expansion for Imperial Assault features four HK Assassin Droids! Ever since KotoR I like HK, to get him as a miniature was very nice! I painted the initial 2 in the colours of HK-51 from SWtoR. I also painted a nice little WotC bendy plastic power Droid just for the fun of it.
General Sorin the main villain of the Return to Hoth expansion!
A very nice minaiture and ajoy to paint.
General Sorin is the commander of an armored division of the Empire’s forces, and whether he takes the field in a campaign or a skirmish, he’ll quickly revolutionize the way you use your Droids and Vehicles.
As an officer, General Sorin truly enters his own when he leads a division of armor against enemy forces.
General Weiss, the main villain of the IA starter box!
While smugglers flout Imperial law, there are those who are completely committed to upholding the Empire. One of these men is General Weiss , a field commander of Imperial forces.
On the battlefield, General Weiss’s customized walker is a formidable presence. The Epic Arsenal ability illustrates its firepower. General Weiss also possesses a keen tactical mind and an understanding that, in battle, positioning is one of your most valuable assets.
I added a communication array (OK just an antenna) on the right side of the walker, opened the cupola, scratched the mold lines as usual, sanded it, drilled holes in the barrels and finally painted the Generals prototype AT-ST. And since I wanted an even darker look, I used a dark German WW II grey and some weathering here and there, mostly Pigments from MIG and some edge rust and highlights. The red striping also helps to distinguish the walker on the tabletop.
The Trandoshan Hunters - since playing the SWTOR Jedi Consular story I like Trandoshans, Qyzen Fess is just a very rich and compelling character. The 4 minis in the box are all identical posed, so time for some conversion work. I cut the arms and head of the beige hunter and re-glued them in a slightly different pose.
The Elite Trandoshan Hunter is a bit more converted, I repositioned the head and arms and gave him some equipment from the Eisenkern Stormtrooper (backpack, shoulder pads and pouches).
The Elite Trandoshan Wookie Hunter is the most serious conversion so far. I only used the head, lower legs and arms of the FFG Imperial Assault miniature. All the rest are Dreamforge Heavy Valkir Troopers.
The mini is based on the Star Wars: The Old Republic Trandoshan companion of the Jedi Counsular class shown to the left.
“In contrast to many Trandoshans, Qyzen Fess rejected the path of a mercenary to become a hunter of the galaxy’s most dangerous beasts. Earning “Jagganath points” with every honorable kill, Qyzen has traveled for years, seeking worthy prey and honoring his goddess, the Scorekeeper. Although his travels have brought him to Tython several times, he is never seen by the Jedi if Yuon Par is not at the temple.
Despite his disdain of fame and fortune, Qyzen has attracted some notoriety. He often slips through apparently watertight Imperial borders to follow his prey, much to the consternation of the Empire’s officials. Qyzen is also the only living hunter to have killed a greater crested gundark, thought extinct for centuries. His simple habits and devotion to the Scorekeeper give him common ground with the Jedi, though many disapprove of the attitudes and instincts that come naturally to a Trandoshan.”
Once completing the Lvl 60 Yavin story line you can get a big set of armour for him, I coloured the armour light grey and black and tried to emulate that look on the miniature.
The Nexu predators - Nexus were feline creatures native to the chilly forests of the Indona continent on the planet of Cholganna. There were other breeds of nexus on Cholganna's other continents, but only the forest nexu had an additional set of eyes able to view in infrared wavelength, which aided in their hunting of bark rats and tree-climbing octopi.
Nexu were often exported and trained as security beasts, as used for patrolling on Malastare, or used in arena combat, as seen on Geonosis - you do remember the arena fight of Padme vs the Nexu in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, or?
The Imperial sculpt captures the brutal feel of the Nexu very good IMO! I reposed the Nexu a bit under hot water to distinguish the two beast on the table.
The AT-ST! I reposed the legs a bit, re based the minis, scratched the mold lines again, sanded it, drilled holes in the barrels and finally painted the AT-ST. And since I wanted a military and only slightly weathered look, I used German WW II grey and some weathering here and there, mostly Pigments from MIG and some edge rust and highlights.
Two Royal Guard (never understood why the Emperor has a Royal Guard... should it not be the Imperial Guard?) and an E-Web Engineer.
The flimsy plastic power cable on the model was not to my liking. Fortunately there is a solution - Zinge Industries Poseable Wire Wrapped Cable!
A great product that keeps up to it’s name.
BTW - of all the Imperial models the E-Web Engineer is the worst. All are a bit soft - OK since it is not a mini driven game like Infinity - but this cast is just bad...
Taking an idea from Carl Woodrows fantastic blog, I decided to paint my Elite (red) Officer as a Chiss. The head is from a privat sculpt (Galactic Bastard mini), all the rest is just paint. Admiral Thrawn was standing model. ;)
My take on the elite red Storm Trooper. Again a simple but IMO very effective head swap. The heads are from Anvil Industries Black Ops Exo Lords Helmets/Heads Set. After that a darker grey paint.
My take on the elite red Heavy Storm Trooper. Same treatment as above.
My take on the elite red E-Web Trooper. Same treatment as above. The cyborg Chiss head is (IIRC) also from Anvil Industries.
The hero of the Rebellion taking aim...
The Imperials are reinforced by a Probe Droid.
...and by the Royal Guard.
The single pose of the Troopers annoyed me a bit, since the material is easy to work with I started a conversion.
I cut off the helmet and calves and repositioned the head and lower legs a bit, result is shown on the left mini.
In the end it was not really worth it.
I also painted the lower part of the mini more white on this mini, since some people seemed to be irritated by a slightly dirty Storm Trooper - shock, gasp!
Heavy Stromtrooper out of the box...
Below two Troopers are shown together with the Vader miniature.
The mini is a bit hit and miss IMO. Bendy LS and soft detail. Hopefully it still looks good enough.
And a comparison pic together with the 1st of the countless Vader minis of WotC.
First player miniature, the mighty and equally fierce Wookie warrior Gaarkhan... Very easy to paint mini, basically just a wash and a bit dry brushing. The seasoned leader Gideon of the Rebel cell was a bit more challenging. The below hero descriptions are from FFGs website.
Gaarkhan and Gideon Argus
Gideon Argus, a seasoned Alliance commander, is just one of the heroes you may play over the course of an Imperial Assault campaign. Well-trained in battlefield tactics, Gideon Argus possesses a fierce intellect and the sangfroid to command calmly in the heat of battle. Argus may not deal the decisive blow, but his squadmates never get far without his guidance.
Jyn Odan and Fenn Signis
After building a reputation on smuggling and gunfighting, Jyn Odan pledged her skills to the Rebel Alliance. She’s fast on the draw and light on her feet, and she’s left more than a few Stormtroopers watching helplessly as her ship blasts out of orbit. In your Imperial Assault campaigns, Jyn Odan might be just the hero you need to run rings around Imperial troops.
Jyn Odan bears two innate abilities that frame her gunslinging talents. The first ability is Quick Draw. By suffering two strain at the beginning of a hostile figure’s activation, Jyn Odan can perform an attack with a Pistol that targets the activated figure, potentially dropping an enemy before he even takes an action. Being a crack shot is one thing, but even that can be useless if you don’t have a way to escape enemy blaster fire. Thankfully, Jyn Odan also has the Opportunist ability. Whenever she attacks, if her target suffered damage, she may move one space, allowing her to get behind cover or set up another shot.
A native of Alderaan, Fenn Signis joined the Rebel Alliance at seventeen years old and served two full tours of duty as an exemplary soldier. He was garrisoned at the Rebel base on Arda I when he heard of Alderaan’s destruction by the Death Star. Swearing to avenge his homeworld, Fenn Signis joined a Rebel SpecForces squad, and now, he aims to put his deadly skills to work against the Galactic Empire.
Dalia and Mak
Although she is not a fully trained Jedi, Diala Passil is undoubtedly sensitive to the ways of the Force. Training and honing her weapon skills in secret, she has now thrown her lot in with the Rebel Alliance in the hope that she can do her part to overthrow the Empire.
Diala Passil has trained with melee weapons, such as her Plasteel Staff, for years, and her expertise gives her abilities that few others can claim.
Saska Teft and Biv Bodhrik
Saska Teft was an engineer allied with the Rebel Alliance during the events of the Galactic Civil War. She alongside Biv Bodhrik were dispatched to Tatooine to both investigate a growing Imperial presence on the planet and to find the freelance member Han Solo, who had disappeared during his assignment in investigating the planet at Mos Eisley, as they were considered among the Rebel Alliance's best operatives.
Saska Teft had something of a shady past before joining the Rebel Alliance in their fight against the Galactic Empire, and was also a skilled engineer. She eventually was sent to Tatooine to find Han Solo and investigate rumors of a growing Imperial presence on the planet, working together with the guerrilla fighter Biv Bodhrik.
Saska Teft was extremely skilled with engineering, and was able to create various traps and devices including an energy shield and an andrenaline injector. She also had something of a shady past, having extensive knowledge of the criminal underworld, and even having contacts with various unsavory figures such as Trandoshan hunters and the infamous assassin droid IG-88.
(The mini shown to the left is of course not the one provided with Twin Shadows. I foolishly gave the mini away and had to replace it with a suitable conversion.)
Biv Bodhrik was a guerrilla fighter allied with the Rebel Alliance during the events of the Galactic Civil War. He alongside Saska Teft were dispatched to Tatooine to both investigate a growing Imperial presence on the planet and to find the freelance member Han Solo, who had disappeared during his assignment in investigating the planet at Mos Eisley, as they were considered among the Rebel Alliance's best operatives.
Biv Bodhrik joined the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War as a guerrilla fighter and eventually rose in the ranks, being driven by a thirst for vengeance for something that happened in his past relating to the Galactic Empire. He eventually was sent to Tatooine to find Han Solo and investigate rumors of a growing Imperial presence on the planet, working together with the engineer Saska Teft.
Biv Bodhrik held extreme desires for vengeance. He was proficient in various weaponry, although his preferred weapon was heavy weaponry. He also can affix his weapons with a vibrobayonet, and was skilled enough in guerilla warfare to overwhelm even the greatest servants of the Empire.
I recently got also into Star Wars Edge of Empire role playing. We played the beginners adventure and I got the (at least IMO cool) Twi’Lek Bountyhunter Oskara. After the second evening I decided to convert a mini to represent her.
So who is Oskara? “Osakara was a native of the planet Ryloth. When her sister, Makara, was captured by Aqualish thugs to work in the Ryll spice mines she offered her services to the gang leader as an "experienced bounty hunter." Her first job went well and she was mentored by Gyax, a veteran hunter. Oskara continued to work for the spice mine gang to keep her sister safe.
The spice gang loaned her out to Teemo the Hutt on Tatooine and although Teemo paid her well she learned that Teemo was planning on seizing the Ryll spice mine. Fearing for her sister's safety she partnered with the Wookiee gladiator Lowhhrick and the Human pilot Pash and sent a warning to her compatriots back on Ryloth.
Oskara was female Twi'lek with green skin. She would seem jaded and cynical due to her rough childhood. She was careful not to get too attached to anything or anyone and focused on her mission instead of emotional entanglements.” from Wookieepedia.
Since I am going to play Oskara using the Assassin talent tree I will use the Mak cards in Imperial Assault!
The mini is based on a Dreamforge Eisenkern female Panzerjäger body with a WotC Twi’Lek Dancer head. Works for me next to the official IA minis...
Scenery, for what? The games comes with markers and all all, or? All true, but for me it brigs the game even more to live. And since I had some Sedition Wars scenery unused, I decided to paint the terminals and some crates in Imperial grey / red.
The two sentry guns (very good to be used in “Indebted” as the pulse cannons) are also from Sedition Wars scenery.
After that I went even further, I searched the net and found some nice custom made scenery for Imperial Assault made by Combatzone Scenery!
And that’s how it all looks in a game:
Boba Fett Villain Pack
One of the most beloved 2nd line characters of the original trilogy - Boba Fett! It is a very dynamic sculpt, which I wanted to emphasise by putting the mini on a fitting base.
IG-88 Villain Pack
IG-88, IMO one of the most hilarious designs of the original trilogy!
Royal Guard Champion Villain Pack
Very Crimson Empire looking! A great dynamic sculpt.
Kayn Somos Villain Pack
Kayn Somos was an Imperial stormtrooper commander active during the height of the Galactic Civil War. He was particularly infamous for being ruthless in his tactics, as well as being particularly vicious and ruthless even by stormtrooper standards, let alone stormtrooper commander standards. He also headed the Stormtrooper training facility on Morvogodine, which often sent stormtroopers on "peacekeeping" missions as final tests, and much like its commander was rather notorious for being very vicious.
Owing to his status as a stormtrooper commander, he lives and dies for the Empire, and also holds command over both regular stormtroopers and Heavy Stormtroopers. His brutality also shows with his frequent use of firing squads.
Kayn Somos is a character that was introduced in one of the Villain Packs of Star Wars: Imperial Assault.
Han Solo Ally Pack
The most famous smuggler, rogue and pilot of them all: Han Solo!
And together with his loyal friend Chewbacca.
And for the fun of it an comparison shot with the old WotC range, an improvement, or?
Chewbacca Ally Pack
One of my least favourite SW characters: Chewie. Still a nice enough mini and very good to play!
Wookiee Warriors Ally Pack
As a slave race under the Galactic Empire, the Wookiees are understandably eager to aid the Rebel Alliance and throw off the shackles of oppression. Natural strength and stamina, combined with combat skills, make every Wookiee a deadly opponent.
The recently released Ally Pack was just too nice to be left out. Funny thing is that I am one of the few Star Wars fans that are NOT Wookie/ Chewie fans! But to play with them is just nice. They also paint up in minutes! As usual you get identical minis, so again time for a slight conversion, this time a simple weapon swap. The darker Wookie got a resin after market Power-Kopesh!
Rebel Saboteurs Ally Pack
The Rebel Alliance fights against unimaginable odds. The Empire holds countless star systems in its grasp, and it has the material to manufacture thousands of warships and weapons every day. For the Rebel Alliance to ever achieve victory, they need some way to combat this power. Thankfully, the Rebellion has some members with a special talent for explosive solutions who can ensure that a key factory suffers unaccountable setbacks or a prototype starship never reaches development.
As usual I could not resist to convert one of the two identical minis a bit. I added a human head and repositioned the blaster arm a bit, after that a slightly different paint job and the two look no more like twins.
The original head will be used in a future squad. A small peek below, Rebel Trooper in Scarif colours...
Beast of War featured my website on March 20 2016. Just skip to 44:50 Mins, after that it is a 8 Min coverage of my Imperial Assault and X-Wing minis. Unfortunately it is only accessible if you you have signed up for a paid membership on their site.