Star Wars, The Force Awakens, TIE/FO-Fighter, X-Wing

Unboxing – X-Wing: The Force Awakens Core Set – TIE/FO-Fighters

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New TIE/FO Fighter (left) and old TIE Fighter (right)

I had a look at the rulebooks & tokens in the new X-Wing: The Force Awakens Core Set. Time to examine the ships, starting with the new TIE/FO Fighters.

The core set comes with two of the new TIE/FO Fighters. The miniature itself appears to be identical to the old TIE Fighters, though the paint job is obviously different: white panels, black structure, red cockpit and a red accent on the roof.

It also seems to be a cleaner paint job than the old TIE Fighter without a dark wash.

Let me just say that they are very nice models. In my opinion, they will also mix nicely with old models in a black-and-grey squadron or swarm.


A New & Improved TIE Fighter

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The new TIE/FO Fighter also is a better ship than the old TIE Fighter. The New Order apparently takes slightly more care of its pilots than the Empire.

TIE FO maneouver DialComparing the basic Pilot-Skill-1 pilots, we see the TIE/FO Fighter brings …

  • One shield
  • Target Lock
  • The new tech-upgrade slot
  • The ability to do Segnor Loops (first seen in the Scum & Villany’s IG-2000).

For all this, the TIE/FO Fighter costs 3 points more at the same pilot skill. That is not a lot of points for all this

Shields and maneuverability are nice, but it is the new Target Lock I find most intriguing. Obviously, the TIE/FO Fighter still cannot take missiles or rockets, but FFG based several pilot abilities of unique pilots in the TIE/FO Fighter’s Target Lock.

Also, as the First Order is a new (sub-)faction, the new pilot cards come with new backside artwork.

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First Order (left) and Imperial (right) pilot cards


The TIE/FO Fighter Pilots

There are nine six different TIE/FO Fighter pilots included in the core set.

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  • The Epsilon Squadron Pilot is the cheapest, with a pilot skill of 1.
  • The Zeta Squadron Pilot comes with a Pilot Skill of 3 for one additional point, mirroring the old TIE Fighter’s Obsidian Squadron Pilot.

Two copies each are included in the X-Wing: The Force Awakens Core Set.

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  • The Omega Squadron Pilot is the best non-unique pilot. His ability to take an Elite Talent makes him quite versatile. Parallels the old Black Squadron Pilot.
  • „Zeta Ace“ is a unique pilot, who can also take an Elite Talent and may use the longer 2-movement (8 cm) for barrel rolls for extra maneuverability.

NewTIEFOFighterPilotsFinally the top pilots.

  • „Epsilon Leader“ can remove stress from (all!) nearby ships at the start of the Combat phase (after actions). An extremely useful ability to have, both in a TIE/FO Fighter swarm or near pilot/ship-builds that build up stress.
  • „Omega Ace“ finally draws on the TIE/FO Fighter’s Target Lock with a potentially devastating ability to score guaranteed critical hits. It will take some synergy with other ships and Elite Talents (e.g. Expose, Push the Limit) to pull off. If it works however, „Omega Ace“ can swing a battle in a single turn.

New Upgrade Cards

WeaponGuidanceXwingUpgradeA total of five upgrade cards are in the new core set, two of which can be used by the TIE/FO Fighter.

  • Weapons Guidance is the first Tech upgrade in the game – likely a new type of upgrade to define all Episode VII+ ships, similar to how Illicit Modifications define the Scum & Villainy faction. It adds another offensive use to a focus token. Interesting, but – at first glance – hardly overwhelming.
  • Wired is a 1 point Elite talent. Being cheap as it is and the prevalence of stress in the game, I can see many, many good uses for this, though probably not with one of the TIE/FO Fighter pilots from the core set.

Final Thoughts…

I like what they did with the new TIE/FO Fighters (and not just the mean black visuals). They are no longer quite as „swarm-friendly“ as basic TIE Fighters.

However, they are still cheap and open to a lot of potential trickery and synergy-builds, something I always enjoyed playing X-Wing.

Time to work on some squadron ideas …

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Force Friday – The Force Awakens X-Wing Starter Set Released

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That is a pleasant surprise. On the event of today’s Force Friday, Fantasy Flight Games officially unveiled their new starter set for the X-Wing Miniatures game, themed to fit the new Star Wars movie – The Force Awakens.

Details about the new X-Wing starter set leaked a little while ago.

The pleasant surprise: It will already be available later this month (even today, if you can find a shop participating in the Force Friday thing).

The Force Awakens Core Set is now available as a special Force Friday release!

While The Force Awakens Core Set is currently only available at select Force Friday locations, it is now shipping for wider release, and you can look for it at your favorite local gaming store later this month.

That is definitely a great surprise for me. Though I knew it was coming, I assumed I would have to wait for the movie release in December to get my hands on the new The Force Awakens ships for X-Wing!

Now I cannot wait to get my hands on this!

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New TIE-Fighters for the new X-Wing Starter set.

Things to note:

  • Target Lock is now available for TIE-Fighters
  • TIE-Fighters now have 1 Shield
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NEW TIE-Fighters for X-Wing’s The Force Awakens Starter

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New blue X-wing boost action
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New X-Wing Starter Set for The Force Awakens

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Speculations on this have been around for a while. Now the first pictures have appeared.

Fantasy Flight Games is releasing a new version of the starter set for their popular X-Wing miniatures game – themed to go with the new Star Wars movies kicking off this winter.

New blue X-wing boost action

Blue X-Wings! (with a boost action!)

Black TIE-Fighters.

I’m in love!

New X-wing STarter set contents

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