“What a piece of junk!”

In addition to the model kits I’ve been playing around with for Star Wars Legion I’ve also been looking at toys!

I’ve talked a lot about getting the scale right (or at least as close enough to meet the ‘rule of cool’) with the model kits.  Even more so scale is a key factor when looking at using toys; or more specifically relying on the scale disparity between action figures and their vehicles.

This won’t work for everything.  Star fighters are far too big, but there one or two key vehicles that lend themselves brilliantly to 32mm scale gaming.

Slave 1

Perusing the popular auction site I have managed to pick up an Attack of the Clones Slave 1 which looks great.  Really nicely weathered and an ideal size (plus only a few quid!)

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Slave 1 alongside Legion Stormtroopers and AT-ST  with 1:50 scale TIE in the background

Millennium Falcon

As a kid in the early eighties I never actually had that many Star Wars toys (Action Force was more my thing – more on that another time).  I always of course coveted a Falcon.  My cousin had one (and an AT-AT, the jammy git) and I used to love playing with it.  I was particularly fascinated by the little pegs that you could fit into the holes on the feet of the figures, being able to sit Luke upside down in the gunners chair and of course that little ‘chess board’.  The fact that if the Falcon was really in scale with the figures it would have taken up the whole house doesn’t really twig when you are a kid.

But 35+ years later when you are starting out with a new war game the penny suddenly drops.

So off to eBay I went, and boy were these battered old toys expensive.  Eventually I narrowed my search down to the mid-90s ‘Power of the Force’ version and the Hasbro Hero Series released in 2004  (in the US this was exclusive to Walmart).

The latter is huge!  It is around 2 foot across.  Not actually a toy for the action figures, but part of a series of releases of big toys a few years ago.  Very much a scenery piece (no interiors); this looked like the thing to go for.

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Hasbro Hero Series Millennium Falcon

After a few days of searching I managed to track one down mint in box going for not a lot of pennies, but collection only on eBay (as I said it is huge!).  Chanced my arm and it paid off.  Spent a couple of hours in the car one Sunday, and here is the result….

There’s some nice detail here.  Stickers were supplied and have been applied.  Next step will probably be a top coat followed by a bit of airbrush weathering.  That said, at present I’m more than happy to use this ‘as is’ on games (although simply due to the size of the thing this will probably have to wait for a bigger table at the next club meeting).

(Just an honorable mention to the Legacy Series toy released a few years ago – similar size to the Hero Series, but made for the action figure range.  If you can get one for less than a few hundred quid good luck!)

AT-AT

The obvious final toy vehicle!

But as it is I seem to be spending more and more time looking at models and toys and not actually painting any miniatures this one might have to wait…

 

 

 

 

Using Toys and Scale Models for Star Wars Legion

I resisted for a long time….

The lure of the dark side was too much though and a few weeks ago I dived into Star Wars Legion, purchasing the core set, the AT-ST and the Airspeeder expansions.

I’ve not had a chance to play the game yet, but I’m aiming to get one in at our next club meeting in Matlock in May.

Then I got distracted…..

By toys….. (actual toys).

More specifically toys and model kits that I could use on the table top to enhance my games of Legion. Inspired in part by the excellent coverage and similar ideas raised on Beasts of War I started scouring the popular auction site.

First off, let’s cover model kits…

So the elephant in the room then: scale. Legion figures are chunky (controversially so, but that is a discussion for another time). At best guess I’d go for 32 to 35mm or in model kit speak about 1:48. The two best sources for scale model kits at present are Bandai and Revell.

Bandai kits are high quality, usually pre-coloured, snap-fit and relatively inexpensive. However they are not that easy to get hold of. Bandai hold the Star Wars license in the far east only, so even via eBay you are looking at potential a long wait and customs charges if you are unlucky.

 

Scale wise they vary – most star fighter kits are 1:72 (too small), but they do one or two kits in 1:48 which are pretty spot on (ironically the two vehicles that are available anyway for Legion – the AT-ST and the Airspeeder).

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Bandai 1/48 (left) FFG Legion (right)

Revell on the other hand are much easier to get hold of (even on the ever more sparse high streets of the UK). However here’s the catch, the scales are really all over the place! 1:106, 1:44, 1:50, 1:78 to name but a few.  That said there are a few gems in the current range that fit really nicely on a Legion tabletop.

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Revell 1/44 A-Wings

The A-wings above are 1:44 scale, easy assemble and pre-coloured (they also come with added light and sound effects).

 

Also pretty spot on in terms of scale is the First Order Special Forces TIE fighter.

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Revell 1/50 Build and Play Special Forces TIE Fighter

A word of warning on this one though. Revell do two different versions, this is the 1:50 scale ‘build and play’ kit; there is also a larger 1:35 kit.  Obvious problem with these?  They aren’t classic trilogy era; but you know for a bit of flavour on the tabletop I can over look that!

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So that’s model kits.  Next up toys…….

There’s no such thing as too many projects…

It’s taken slightly longer than planned for me to start up this blog, which is really also the story of my hobby projects too.

I hope to use this blog to share the various hobby bits and pieces I am working on and engage with like minded folks who might find my ramblings interesting.

Bit of background first.  By day I’m a spreadsheet wizard, but by night I transform into a hobby butterfly.  Like a lot of hobbyists my age I grew up with Games Workshop and Dungeons and Dragons in the 1980s, left the hobby for a while (for real world stuff) and came back as a proper grown up with actual money to spend.  I also suddenly found that the thing I enjoyed the most is the modelling and painting side of the hobby.  In particular starting multiple projects at the same time before getting distracted onto something else (ironic given my day job is in project management).

At the moment I am playing board games about once a week with a small group of friends and am also a member of the Matlock and Dales Wargames club which meets once a month.

Hobby wise my main focus at the moment is on the excellent 7TV by Crooked Dice Game Design Studios and Star Wars Legion (because it’s Star Wars and I am of an age!)

So let the blogging begin…..