Star Wars Armada Unboxing

Apr
27

Star Wars Armada Unboxing

Welcome to our Star Wars Armada Unboxing article!  Ever since Fantasy Flight gave us “X-wing”; we’ve all been looking forward to the day when we’d get to see the vast capital ships of the Star Wars universe moving across our dinner tables to fight each other.  That time is finally here!

Pew pew

Chihuahua shown for scale

Like the “X-wing” starter set, the Star Wars Armada starter (available here) contains both an Imperial and Rebel force to begin your collection.  For the Imperials, there’s a Victory-class Star Destroyer (a smaller, earlier precursor to the larger Imperial-class Star Destroyers), and *6* squardons of TIE fighters.

Victory-class Star Destroyer

Victory-class Star Destroyer

Opposing them, the Rebels get a CR-90 Corvette and a Nebulon-B Frigate along with 4 squadrons of X-wings.  All three capital ships have different variants depending on the cards you use to represent different produciton versions of the ships from the Star Wars Meta.

Rebel Starships

Rebel Starships

As you can see; the ships in the set have been rendered in fantastic detail just as those in the “X-wing” box were.  The one big difference here is that the fighters for “Armada” come unpainted, but they take paint just fine and with a little work, you can be on your way to some custom squadrons of your own!  (Hopefully we’ll have some photos up of the Dice Commander fleet before too long).

Accelerate to attack speed!

Accelerate to attack speed!

We did find a few of things to look out for in assembling the kit:

  1. Beware tiny pieces.  When they warn you about tiny pieces; they aren’t kidding.  As you can see in the photo above, the fighters are quite small, so have a nice area to work ready with plenty of light and keep them away from small children and pets!  No matter how helpful you think the chihuahua will be, don’t trust him; safety first.
  2. When you assemble the fighters; be mindful that the plastic is flexible and fragile; press on the center of the ship masses, or you can easily break them.  If you do break them; some CA-21 “Zap a gap” glue will fix them, but mind your fingers.
  3. It’s not spelled out in the directions, but in the assembly, the craft fit in groups of three on an upper stand piece.  The lower stand pieces fit into the base and have a triangle on them.  As might not be your intuition; the triangle doesn’t go towards the front, but rather towards the left side.  It’s the only way the half-moon pin will fit into the base and it will be a very frustrating or broken piece kinda day if you don’t notice this.
Full box contents

Full box contents

The full assembled box contents; it’s a big kit, so set aside 60-90 minutes to fully assemble and punch out all the pieces; also you’ll want to get a couple of ziploc bags for the tokens (the bags they come with for some are tear-open only; but the card bags are resealable).  All told, the kit contains:

  • 3 Ships (3 Ship Models, 3 Plastic Bases, 2 Plastic Support Poles, 1 Plastic Support Fin)
  • 10 Squadrons (30 Plastic Fighters, 10 Plastic Bases, 10 Plastic Support Pegs, 10 Plastic Tree Pegs)
  • 3 Ship Tokens
  • 10 Squadron Disks (4 X-wings, 6 TIE fighters)
  • 9 Attack Dice (3 Blue, 3 Red, 3 Black)
  • 10 Activation Sliders
  • 6 Command Dials (6 Plastic Dial Covers, 6 Punchboard Dials, 6 Gray Plastic Fasteners)
  • 3 Speed Dials (3 Punchboard Dials, 3 Punchboard Faceplates, 3 Plastic Connector pairs)
  • 1 Rules Reference Booklet
  • 1 Learn to Play quick start guide
  • 6 Ship Cards, 4 Squadron Cards, 12 Objective Cards, 4 Reference Cards
  • 52 Damage Cards
  • 18 Upgrade Cards
  • 1 Initiative Token
  • 6 Obstacle Tokens (3 Asteroid Fields, 2 Debris Fields, 1 station)
  • 4 Setup Area Markers
  • 13 Defense Tokens
  • 12 Shield Dials with 12 Plastic Connectors
  • 12 Command Tokens (3 of each)
  • 10 Victory Tokens (Rebel/Imperial)
  • 1 maneuver Tool (5 Punchboard Numbers, 5 Plastic Segments)
  • 1 Range Ruler (Double Sided)
  • 6 Round Tokens
  • 7 Objective Tokens
  • 6 Ship ID tokens
  • 3 Main Ship ID tokens
  • 2 Main Flagship ID Tokens (Rebel/Imperial)
  • 4 Flagship ID Tokens
  • 20 Squadron ID Tokens

For more information, please see Fantasy Flight’s announcement page and check back with us for more information on the upcoming additional ships, strategies, and some reviews.  Have fun, and may the Force be with you!

 

 

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