Alternate paint packs – proof that Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game ain’t just about gaming

Posted: 2013/10/29 in Games, Geek lounge, Tabletop games
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Its been discussed before: does the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game count as a game pieces, or as display pieces?
Fantasy Flight Games have released wave 3 of their expansion packs, adding the Lambda class imperial shuttle, tie bomber, b-wing and EU’s HWK-290. Again, those are LucasFilm approved accurate replica at a scale of 1/270, with awesome paint job.

Star Wars X-Wing miniatures expansion III ships (all sold separately) picture courtesy of therobotspajamas.com

Each ship comes with playable cards, pilots and their own tokens. But the quality of the sculpts and paintjobs still holds the question: are these glamorized game pieces, or display pieces that happens to be playable?

And the latest expansion announcement from Fantasy Flight Games won’t help but wondering: the Imperial Aces expansion pack is described as

Fly your TIE with pride! Imperial Aces features two TIE interceptor miniatures with alternate paint schemes that allow you to wage your X-Wing dogfights while representing either or both of two of the Empire’s most recognizable TIE units: the 181st Imperial Fighter Wing and the Emperor’s Royal Guard. The expansion also introduces several highly skilled new pilots, a dozen upgrade cards, and all the tokens and maneuver dials you need to field these ships, as well as a new mission in which the Empire seeks to utilize new, experimental technology in a high-intensity clash with Rebel pilots.

Emphasis here on alternate paint schemes – those are the same ships, but with new colors. What fans call repaints when they make it themselves. Of course, they come with exclusive unique pilots and expansion cards and are fully worthy game pieces on their own, but as display pieces, alternate paint schemes becomes very, very interesting. A fleet of Tie Interceptors with several of those Royal Guard Ties would make any diorama so much more interesting.

Imperial Aces expansion pack picture courtesy of Fantasy Flight Games

Soooo… the question remains. Are these playing tokens? Or display pieces?

Or perhaps both?

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