Friday, 30 January 2015

Star Wars Xwing VT-49 Decimator unboxing

The imperial forces have lacked a ship with a turret..... until now. Now it has arrived into my gaming collection, and will provide some firepower to the Imperial forces.  It is the biggest non  epic ship released yet, the box is huge and so is the model as you shall see later!

The VT-49 Decimator is an Imperial multi-passenger assault ship featuring two turrets. Only Imperial Ace Pilots are certified to command major ships such as Decimators; when properly crewed, a VT-49 is a very dangerous foe. Like all multi-passenger ships, the Decimator functions best when manned by a pilot, a co-pilot to operate the droid commands, and two gunners for the Decimator's formidable weapons turrets, as well as a crew member to make repairs to subsystems.
The VT49 Decimator is most correctly classified as an assault ship. It is heavily armed and

 armored, and built to carry light to medium loads into dangerous places. Its form follows its function, and its shape offers a relatively small target with no large fins or wings as seen in some of the less combat-oriented craft of the Empire, such as the Lambda-class shuttle. Armor and deflector shielding is particularly heavy, and the weapons load-out is fearsome and includes turrets capable of engaging any target fast enough to out-maneuver the VT-49.

As a ship built to out-fight anything it can't outrun, and outrun anything it can't outfight, the Empire uses the Decimator as a multi-role craft and will outfit it to suit the current need. Decimators make simple supply runs to listening outposts in dangerous areas like asteroid belts, perform long-range reconnaissance, serve as temporary listening posts themselves, or act as picket ships at the perimeter of an Imperial fleet. They are also called upon to use their weaponry to carve a path through enemy defenses and insert shock troops and raiding parties, or destroy their targets outright. A more recent duty that has fallen into favor sees Decimators being used more and more as long-duration medium patrol vessels. Also, being easier to hide than a frigate or Imperial Star Destroyer, Decimators have been used to set up ambushes in areas believed frequented by Rebel shipping; their cargo space being used to store food for the crew and ammunition ranging from missiles to torpedoes to mines.
Command of a VT-49 is a coveted position and point of pride among the middle ranks of Imperial Navy Pilots. It is a lightly-crewed combat vessel for their Captains to command without a higher ranking officer standing behind them constantly. Also, earning a reputation as a skilled VT-49 Captain is seen as a jumping-off point to service on the larger ships of the Imperial Navy. The line officers of the Imperial Navy generally look down on the rank and file troops not stationed on capital ships, but that hasn't stopped the rumor from propagating.
Though no official source has confirmed, comparing traditional Cygnus designs such as the Missile Boat, the VT-49 may be of Cygnus design.

Inside the box comes a nice selection of card goodies
Bomb tokens, and some new scenery to use, the "debris field" plus all the usual requirements.
Four pilot cards, three named pilots and one generic ship, all showing some great artwork.  As you can see the VT49 only has 2 actions on its bar, focus and target lock. and yes as you can see no agility.. meaning it will take a pounding, but it does have a high hull level to keep it alive. also as you can see it has plenty of upgrade options available to tailor it to your needs.  And because of that fact it comes with plenty of upgrade cards as you can see.
Ruthlessness, looks to be a great card, and photon bombs are a new toy. All sorts of goodies here to play with.
As always you get cards for new rules that come with the ship and are not in the original rulebook.
always handy for reference to have.
It comes with a mission as well!  I love missions, I wish all Xwing ships came with a mission not just the big ones, so that's a plus for Trek for sure.  In saying though I still love missions so all chances for them are gladly taken.
Now... lets have a look at the model and see what we make of it.
 Its stunning looking.  A superb sculpt, well painted with some nice weathering on it. The models are better then Trek Attack wing in quality and paint I have to admit.
 it looks menacing from allangles.
 A very detailed model
 Look at the size of it next to the TIE!
its a beast of a ship in size and stats. 

Keep an eye out for some good builds, and new lists featuring this monster.