Sunday, June 19, 2016

Meet the Fleet, part 20



The CR90 Corellian corvette. The first ship to ever appear in Star Wars.

The awesome yellow planet of Tatooine emerges from a total eclipse, her two moons glowing against the darkness. A tiny silver spacecraft, a Rebel Blockade Runner firing lasers from the back of the ship, races through space. It is pursed by a giant Imperial Star Destroyer. Hundreds of deadly laserbolts streak from the Imperial Star Destroyer, causing the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to disintegrate.
An explosion rocks the ship as two robots, Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and See-Threepio (C-3PO) struggle to make their way through the shaking, bouncing passageway.  Both robots are old and battered.  Artoo is a short, claw-armed tripod. His face is a mass of computer lights surrounding a radar eye.  Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of human proportions. He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic surface of an Art Deco design. 
Another blast shakes them as they struggle along their way.
          Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor.  We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness!
Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in the main passageway. They aim their weapons toward the door.
          We're doomed!
The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that only another robot could understand.
          There'll be no escape for the Princess this time.
Artoo continues making beeping sounds. Tension mounts as loud metallic latches clank and the scream of heavy equipment are heard moving around the outside hull of the ship.
          What's that?
The Imperial craft has easily overtaken the Rebel Blockade Runner. The smaller Rebel ship is being drawn into the underside dock of the giant Imperial starship.
The nervous Rebel troopers aim their weapons.  Suddenly a tremendous blast opens up a hole in the main passageway and a score of fearsome armored spacesuited stormtroopers make their way into the smoke-filled corridor.  

I love how they did this ship, with one exception: I wish the scale could have been correct. The thing would probably have cost more than 10 times as much and not really fit on the table, so I am OK with the "sliding scale" used for the Epic ships.

A wonderful model, a great paint job (I'll need to add engine glow somehow). This feels properly imposing when on the table with starfighters. Have only played a couple of times with these Epic guys, but I like the ideas of alternate movement templates and energy, etc. It feels cool to loose a turbolaser shot.

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