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Imperial Assault

Imperial Assault, well what can I say. This is by far one of the best games I have ever played. With its deep theme and amazing artwork this game really pulls you into the Star Wars universe, and it has two games in one box (a campaign and a skirmish mode).

The Art

The art is done really well which is to be expected by Fantasy Flight. The player character sheets were also done really well and the artwork on all the cards look great. The artwork on the tiles also looks stunning but there is also a small problem that I will talk about later. Some of the artwork has been used in other Star Wars games by Fantasy Flight, but as I don’t own any others I’m not that fussed. However I can see this being a problem for people that do, because that might want different artwork for each of their Star Wars games. This is very minor however, so all in all I am very pleased with the artwork.

The Components

First, I’m going to talk about the tiles as I have had some minor problems with them. While playing Star Wars Imperial Assault with my parents they had trouble seeing the lines between each space. This can be annoying when you’re trying to move your figure, which is a big part of the game. Another thing is how Fantasy Flight have used a black border on the tiles. As the tiles get chipped over time it’s going to be really obvious. However I do realise that a white border just wouldn't look as nice. Just keep this in mind if you’re looking for a game that you want to last, otherwise the components are really good.

Game Mechanics

For a dungeon crawl ‘like’ game the move and attack system works really well. The movement generally works well and it’s easy to understand which keeps the game streamline. How the rebel and imperial players activation works is also streamline but one problem I do have is how the damage is dealt. If you’re playing the rebel player you can just put your damage on your character card like-wise for unique imperial characters. But lets say you deploy the elite royal guard (card with red border), there is two of them so you can’t put the damage on their deployment card. They each take nine hits and no more for the rest of the mission. They take tens hits, which means their going to be dragging nine hits with their figure for the rest of the mission. This can make it really difficult to move your character and could end up with a few knocked over figures. Besides that issue, the rest of the game mechanics work great.

Skirmish/Replayability

Replayability is a huge problem for a lot of gamers because when you buy a game you want to get your moneys worth. I have recently finished playing the campaign with my family and it was awesome. One of my worries when I first told my dad I would like to buy Imperial Assault was the campaign length. I didn't want to be spending a wad of money just to have a couple hours of gameplay. Luckily that wasn't the case and it actually took us quite a while to finish it but we took a long break before we played the ‘finale’. If the campaign isn't long enough for you however, do not fear, because there is skirmish mode. Skirmish is for two players and lets you build an army of imperial/mercenaries or rebels and lets you do a full out battle against your opponent.

Final Thoughts

There is so much to love in this game and there is something for everyone. I’m only a semi-Star Wars fan and this is my favourite game. The figures look amazing and that was one of the things that made me interested in this game. If you don’t like the idea of a skirmish mode and would only be being buying it for the campaign, which can only be played once, I wouldn't bother. The game at cheapest is a hefty 67 pounds and that is a lot to invest in a game, so research it first. I like how the campaign is laid out and how Fantasy Flight has made everything work just so.This game has lived up to the hype and it’s my number one game of all time.

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Nice review.

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If you don’t like the idea of a skirmish mode and would only be being buying it for the campaign, which can only be played once, I wouldn't bother.

This point I do not get. Why can the campaign only be played once?
We played it several times. The way the outcome of a mission determines which mission is played next makes it possible that you play completely different missions the second time around.
Additionally the side missions are randomly drawn.
And of course you can always explore the remaining characters.

In my opinion the campaign can be easily played two or three times without getting boring.
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I use the numbered stickers & tokens on the multi-figure cards. Place the stickers on the figure bases and the corresponding tokens by the deployment card. Then just put any damage/condition tokens by the number token.
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Get the Imperial Assault Campaign module for Vassal from http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault
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Muad Dib wrote:
In my opinion the campaign can be easily played two or three times without getting boring.

Right. There are 30+ campaign missions in the core box, and two of each story mission, including two finales.

Even if you play a mission a second time, it will still play differently due to different heroes, items, class cards, agenda cards, the open groups used by the imperial player, timing - when the mission appears in the campaign (for side missions), the chosen strategies for both sides, increased skill, the hidden options the imperial player has during mission events, and dice rolls.

I have played the core campaign 3 times now and I guess I have played all of the story missions, but not all of the side missions or agenda side missions. Not even when I have the side mission those available in the other campaigns I have played (Return to Hoth and the minicampaigns). (And I'm probably starting a new core campaign soon.)

There are at least 2-3 campaign plays in the core box without adding any expansions.
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Okay, before I start, don't laugh or shake your head in disbelieve.

I bought the game about a year ago, including the figures as I didn't fancy the card board counters.

At the time I had figured that it would be more fun with painted figures, so I decided to wait till I got the all painted before I played the game.

But than of course live happened and I never found time to even start painting, so therefore never played it.

Mind you I did enjoy the figures as I have them on display.

So as every year this time of year, I get hit by the irrisistable urge to buy games.
I've got lots of unplayeds and according to my wife shake more than enough games...
laugh As if there is such a thing.

At the moment I'm very much tempted to buy Hoth and all its miniatures.
But I wonder if it would not be beter to wait till I've actually played the game.
I probably should but it's a Borg thing..

Resistance is futile.


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I see what you mean.
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sagitar wrote:
Okay, before I start, don't laugh or shake your head in disbelieve.

I bought the game about a year ago, including the figures as I didn't fancy the card board counters.

At the time I had figured that it would be more fun with painted figures, so I decided to wait till I got the all painted before I played the game.

But than of course live happened and I never found time to even start painting, so therefore never played it.

Mind you I did enjoy the figures as I have them on display.

So as every year this time of year, I get hit by the irrisistable urge to buy games.
I've got lots of unplayeds and according to my wife shake more than enough games...
laugh As if there is such a thing.

At the moment I'm very much tempted to buy Hoth and all its miniatures.
But I wonder if it would not be beter to wait till I've actually played the game.
I probably should but it's a Borg thing..

Resistance is futile.




You just gotta do something, man.

Painting is totally worth it (trust me, I got the game in May and spent all October painting as a first time painter). You just gotta buckle down and get it done. It's actually pretty satisfying.
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Yeah that's what I figured, it wouldn't be as much fun unpainted.

Deciding on what paints you need to get will be the biggest problem, as there are so many collours......
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Yeah that's what I figured, it wouldn't be as much fun unpainted.

Deciding on what paints you need to get will be the biggest problem, as there are so many collours......


No that's easy.

Just get clean red, clean blue, clean yellow, brown, black, white, metal, flesh and maybe turquois. (turquois to get more vibrant greens)

With these colors you can mix every color, darken and lighten up for different shades and it's actually pretty cheap.

Of course you can go for every color, but imo that's stupid, considering how many brown-tones this game features. If you mix them, you got pretty good control over the different browns.

also you might want to google "wet palette" which can be build very cheaply and keeps your mixed paints applyable for a few hours.
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Thanks Johannes,

When I was young I used to splash oil paint on my plastic soldiers.
No special treatment of the figure, just paint and with oil there was no mixing.

But now I'm an old git I want to do things as good as possible.

There are many videos of people showing how to paint stuff and as a first timer, wanting to try these techniques, it can be quite discouraging.

All the different kinds of paint they use all the techniques, a bit of airbrush here a bit of shading there and apparently there are a 1000 shades of every collour.

So in the end I got quite lost in this rainbow of possibilities and that made it very hard to even get started.
As said what paints to get.

So thank you for simplifying things for me.
I now feel more confident to have a got at this.
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sagitar wrote:
Thanks Johannes,

When I was young I used to splash oil paint on my plastic soldiers.
No special treatment of the figure, just paint and with oil there was no mixing.

But now I'm an old git I want to do things as good as possible.

There are many videos of people showing how to paint stuff and as a first timer, wanting to try these techniques, it can be quite discouraging.

All the different kinds of paint they use all the techniques, a bit of airbrush here a bit of shading there and apparently there are a 1000 shades of every collour.

So in the end I got quite lost in this rainbow of possibilities and that made it very hard to even get started.
As said what paints to get.

So thank you for simplifying things for me.
I now feel more confident to have a got at this.


yeah this hobby can be quite intimidating, but usually you start small and then if you have fun with it you tap into more and more techniques when you want to paint certain things better than you currently can.

It also depends a little bit in what you want to achieve. If you just want to get the job done and have no fun with the process of painting, I would also recommend getting a brown wash, because it's really easy to achieve some kind of shading with very little effort this way: splash wash on miniature, wait, (optional recolor parts that are supposed to be a bit brighter) done. (yet it's no fun for me).

The imo most important thing in succeeding with painting is to get good brushes. They don't have to be extraordinary, but they should be good enough for precise painting (get basic armypainter-brushes or sth in the same quality category, I think it's around 3$ per brush). For start you probably only need one very thin brush and one that's a bit wider. Don't forget to clean the brushes before the paint drys in (which should be about every 2-3min I guess).

Have fun painting, if you want more tips in mixing colors, let me know.
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I just recently bought Imperial Assault and painted up the minis while studying for my uni finals. I cannot over-recommend Sorastro's Painting guide.

I worked my way through the videos and learnt a lot about painting techniques and how to produce a nice looking mini.
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Bernardasaur wrote:
I just recently bought Imperial Assault and painted up the minis while studying for my uni finals. I cannot over-recommend Sorastro's Painting guide.

I worked my way through the videos and learnt a lot about painting techniques and how to produce a nice looking mini.



Oh I totaly aggree with you and I've watched his videos, but he does use a lot of different paints.
Sure if you just start with the one figure it's not too bad I guess.
But if you've bought the game and want to paint all the figuers and can't simply pop into town to get stuff, but have to either travel or oder on-line, it can be a daunting task to get all you need according to him.

To a starting painter it looks like scaling Everest does to a hill walker.

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DA_Maz wrote:
yeah this hobby can be quite intimidating, but usually you start small and then if you have fun with it you tap into more and more techniques when you want to paint certain things better than you currently can.


I realise that I'm trying to run before I can walk.
I've watched Sorastros videos and it's like watching Rembrand work while you've just bought your first box of chalk.

I realise that I'm going about it wrong, striving for that kind of quality work and simply should first try my best at this and as I get more experienced, possibly aim for semi-perfection.




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It also depends a little bit in what you want to achieve. If you just want to get the job done and have no fun with the process of painting,


Indeed if you don't have fun with it, there really is not point in doing this.


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I would also recommend getting a brown wash, because it's really easy to achieve some kind of shading with very little effort this way: splash wash on miniature, wait, (optional recolor parts that are supposed to be a bit brighter) done. (yet it's no fun for me).


I went to a shop and they had this nice set of paints.
€500 which had every collour, at times like that you wish you had money to burn.
But most of that doesn't get used anyway.

A while ago I've tried to create a list of paints which included all I would need to paint the basegame, but at one point I got confused, live happened and wanted me to take part and things went into the 'to do' box.


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The imo most important thing in succeeding with painting is to get good brushes. They don't have to be extraordinary, but they should be good enough for precise painting (get basic armypainter-brushes or sth in the same quality category, I think it's around 3$ per brush). For start you probably only need one very thin brush and one that's a bit wider. Don't forget to clean the brushes before the paint drys in (which should be about every 2-3min I guess).


I got me a cheap set of brushes, which look good to me, but no doubt will make you shudder. I'll probably be convinced to go for the expensive stuff when I experience this set as a source for frustration.


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Have fun painting, if you want more tips in mixing colors, let me know.


Thanks, appreciate it, I'll probably need all the help I can get. laugh
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How about one of these:

It comes with different brushes and a variety of inks/washes.
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I don't know, we must ask one of the experts to chime in.

I wonder if it's available in my country.....

Anyway, thanks for contributing.
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Well, I wouldn't call myself an expert, but I got this set last year and am very pleased with the results I got when using it to paint figures of SW:IA, Hero Quest and Pandemic: Cthulhu. Imho it's excellent value for money and I'm pretty sure you can get it in Holland (try tabletop wargame specialists shops or the evil Amazon).
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Danke Peter,
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I have the very basic version of that paint set shown above. They are excellent quality.

I supplemented colours by purchasing a cheap acrylic paint set. They are not as good when watered down, you have to apply a million layers to get the results you want so you have to use them thicker...which of course shows some brush strokes...but I'm not that picky so it works fine for me.

Like others have mentioned, good brushes are far more important. What happens is the tips of the bristles start to curl so for detail work, your fine tip is no longer a fine tip. This will eventually happen with good brushes too, but they last way longer. I still have and use my original brush with the army paint set and that's after completing the core set with 5 ally/villain expansions and twin shadows and Hoth! It's no longer my fine detail brush, but still fine for arms, legs, weapons...bigger things.

 
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