Sunday, February 3, 2019

'Mercenary' from PhilH: Star Wars Armada Bounty Hunters

For my 'Mercenary' entry, we're off to the Star Wars universe, and it's delightful array of rogues and villains. Yup, it's the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back: hired by Darth Vader to bring in Han Solo...alive.
"There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millenium Falcon"

Second from left: Dengar.
Fourth: Boba Fett.
Fifth: Bossk

These bounty hunters got barely any screen time and no lines, with the exception of the iconic Boba Fett. But this being Star Wars, they all have names and backstories fleshed out in the extended universe, and most of them feature in Fantasy Flight Games' many Star Wars Games

Including Armada, where their ships feature as squadrons to be recruited for the Empire. I'm submitting two each of Dengar, Boba Fett and Bossk's ships. The 'Rogues and Villains' set comes with one of each, but two different profiles: the named pilot and ship, and a generic option, to give lots of listbuilding options. And of course so you can buy more than one set to supplement your fleets - classic FFG, you got me.

Boba Fett pilots Slave I, here with a second Firespray 31 class vessel, front and rear shots.The Firespray is something of a jack of all trades, master of none, and quite expensive to field.

Bossk's Hound's Tooth and a generic YV-666 freighter. Very tough but achingly slow and unwieldy with their 'heavy' keyword, but throw a lot of anti-squadron dice. That's a pretty bad combo: what use are squadron attacks if you're to slow to reach the fight and heavy means when you get there, enemy squadrons aren't obliged to stay and dogfight, they can just fly off to do something more useful than grinding hits off your YV-666 tug.

Dengar's Punishing One and a second Jumpmaster 5000. The former two are passable in game, but these are an asset to many Imperial fleets: cheap, moderately fast though lightly armed, they have 'intel', which means they apply 'heavy' to your opponents ships: basically a means to break up a dogfight you don't want to be in, like a horrifically one-sided scrap between opposing interceptors and your precious bombers. 

I like Armada; while it isn't as accessible as X-Wing, FFG have done a good job of combining massive capitol ships and dozens of squadrons to make an interesting metagame. And who tires of pushing these classic (and...not so classic) Star wars ships around and throwing buckets of dice?

Oh and a question for you lot: who’s missing from this post, and can you hazard a guess why?


  1. Nice work on your mercenary fleet, they'll surely be able to bring back Solo to face Imperial justice.

  2. Lovely work,I especially like the jumpmaster 5000, great clean work!
    Best Iain

  3. Awesome. I love Star Wars Armada as it gives a wonderful fleet feel while still having room for the individual heroes/characters.

    Where's IG88 and his Aggressor Assault Fighter? Wasn't 'he' part of this pack?

    1. Ding ding ding! You’re absolutely right he is.

      Not here in all his tin can robot because I painted him in Challenge VIII :-)

  4. These look great. I've passed on Starwars Armada a few times, but may have to go to "I'm Board" on the way home from work.

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    1. These are all cool guys indeed in their shonky outfits