FFG: X-Wing – Renegades and Reapers in Wave XIV

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From the look of it, the next big wave for the X-Wing game is gonna be a Rogue One…

via FFG

The Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy–its shadow stretches out beyond Jedha, Scarif, and Eadu–the operatives of the Rebellion fight desperately against ever-increasing odds. And in the midst of the nascent Galactic Civil War, a band of renegades does whatever they deem necessary to fight the Empire. While a TIE transport takes to the field, loaded for bear with the deadly Death Troopers (I may have structured this entire paragraph this way so I could type out deadly Death Troopers).

X-Wing Wave XIV is here, and it’s all Rogue One flavored. There are two big expansion packs for it–there’s Saw’s Renegardes which, like the Rebel Aces and Heroes of the Resistance packs, is a repaint of already existing ships, giving U-wings options like the Targeting Scrambler…

…which lets you give up your shooting for the ability to give a ship the Scrambled condition–which means targets attacking at Range 1 can’t modify their attack dice. Great to put on a support ship. There are ten ship cards and fifteen upgrade cards all in all.

And the new ship in this release is the TIE Reaper. This one is the troop transport that carries the Death Troopers into battle. As you might expect from the name, it’s a fairly deadly transport, with its fancy ailerons and thick armor giving it a surprising amount of durability. But more importantly, this thing is a troop carrier. Now as you’d expect, this ship carries Death Troopers…

…which are amazing. Even their presence is enough to stress most targets. But Emperor Palpatine himself can join the crew and direct the battle. Sadly, he doesn’t seem to be able to shoot lightning at your enemies, but you’ll still be able to shout UNLIMITED POWER every time you change one of the dice on a friendly ship’s roll.

Wave XIV is available for pre-order now.

Saw’s Renegades Expansion Pack$39.95

Take the skies with Saw Gerrera and his renegades with the Saw’s Renegades Expansion Pack! Rather than introducing completely new ships to the game, this expansion follows in the vein of the Rebel Aces Expansion Pack and the Heroes of the Resistance Expansion Pack by introducing new versions of existing ships already in the service of the Rebel Alliance. In this case, you’ll find two new ship miniatures—a U-wing and a T-65 X-wing, both pre-painted in the stunning red-and-white paint scheme of Saw Gerrera’s freedom fighters.

Though the ships may be functionally the same as the ones included in previous expansions, the Saw’s Renegades Expansion Pack offers an assortment of ship cards featuring pilots from Saw’s motley band of warriors—or even Saw Gerrera himself, flying his powerful U-wing into your battles. Along with new ship cards for both the T-65 X-wing and the U-wing, you’ll find an arsenal of fifteen new upgrade cards, equipping your squadrons with any number of unusual tactics or system upgrades.

TIE Reaper Expansion Pack$29.95

Engineered as a high-performance troop transport for in-atmosphere missions, the TIE reaper also made its debut in Rogue One. Equipped with advanced ailerons for precise atmospheric maneuvering, thick armor plating, powerful laser cannons, and the capacity to carry elite infantry, this menacing vessel struck fear into Rebel forces across the galaxy.

Any TIE reaper that you choose to fly in your squadron packs a potent strike, rolling three attack dice as its primary weapon attack. A TIE reaper is not especially agile, leaving it with only a single defense die, but with six hull and two shields, these starships are durable enough to stick around on the battlefield. In fact, TIE reapers bring something quite special to your Imperial X-Wing squadrons. This ship bears the unusual jam action that lets you jam nearby ships and prevent them from using a focus, evade, or target lock—opening a wealth of tactical opportunities when you’re building your squad or flying into battle.

And here all this time I thought it was Saul Gerrera

  • disqus_yyglaTdo9o

    I should find this exciting. . Why is this not exciting?

    • Oggthrok

      Normally I hate to poo-poo a product; the way I show my lack of excitement is by not buying.

      But, that said, we are talking about one expansion that consists of two ships we already have, from a movie that’s a few years old, from a Rebel sect that is destroyed, that never actually fielded these units on camera. (That I can recall)

      The Reaper, meanwhile, shuttles Death Troopers around. I bet anyone who saw Rogue One remembers the black armored storm troopers, they were cool. But, I don’t remember seeing this ship; it certainly didn’t play a part in any ship battles. And, we have so very many “TIE wings glued in various combinations to a TIE cockpit” type designs already.

      So, these ships kind of fall where the “Quadjumper” from Force Awakens did. They were barely on camera, I have no emotional attachment, but if the ships are fun to play or come with cards everyone finds useful, that may be enough to overcome how unknown they are in the setting.

      • The partisan X-wings appear in several shots, just on the ground (we see a few crashed in jedha while jyn and Cassian pass through, and one forms the backdrop for the battle where Cirrut and Baze join them, and we see several on the ground at Saw’s base as the pilots rush to try and get them started to escape the blast wave)

        the U-wing appears in SW:rebels as Saw’s main craft. Saw plays a big role in the early part of the season, since his partisans are used to showcase the two different perspectives on how to fight the empire.. Saw’s “the war is already here, and we should do everything to win” approach vs Mon Mothma’s “open warfare hasn’t started yet, we should still try for a diplomatic solution in the senate and not sink to the level of criminals and terrorists” the U-wing itself plays a big role in the Episodes where Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper work alongside Saw trying to learn the secret of a secret weapon project Saw discovered a clue to.

        • Oggthrok

          Cool, thanks for the refresher Mark!

          I should have known if I hadn’t seen it,that it was likely a Rebels thing that I need to catch up to. (I just started into season 3 today!)

          I pulled up Rogue One on. Etflix and scanned to the Jedda battle, and sure enough, there’s one of Saw’s crashed X-wings. The things you miss on a single theatrical view!

          That said, I couldn’t find the Reaper – the Death Troopers always seem to appear in a bat wing shuttle simular to Kylo Ren’s shuttle in the new trilogy. Do we get to see it on Rebels as well?

          • TIE Reaper is in two scenes.. a “blink and you miss it” moment on the rings of kafrene at the start, and delivering the deathtroopers to the beach during the final Scarif battle, just before Chirrut does his walk to the switch. it looks so much like the TIE strikers escorting it, and is on screen a fairly limited amount of time, so i suspect a lot of people missed it. but it has been a fan favorite in the Xwing forums, much like the partisan’s stuff. (in large part due ot the fact it isn’t ‘just another shuttle’ like the Empire tends to get)

  • Who was Saw Gerrera again?

    Also whoo another bloody TIE. Yawn.

  • Brother Eldrian

    Wow so it will be 14 Pilots for the good old T-65? My scum fleet really feels neglected.

  • Bakvrad

    So… changing the wings of the xwing is finally possible ingame 🙂

    • euansmith

      Shouldn’t you just lock S-foils in attack position and leave them there while in combat 😉

      • Bakvrad

        That’s not what Poe dameron what do!

  • euansmith

    “… a U-wing and a T-65 X-wing, both pre-painted in the stunning red-and-white paint scheme of Saw Gerrera’s freedom fighters.”

    That looks to be a very, very, very, very dark red.

  • PlasmaCow

    and still no Delta-class T-3c (Krenicks shuttle) probably the coolest ship design from the new films.

  • Sleeplessknight

    Still waiting for the Sentinel class landing craft.

  • Spacefrisian

    The Reaper…So when are we getting an update that puts the ig88 bots on small bases?
    Seems a trend from ffg to put bigger more beefier ship on small bases so its about time for that fix right?

  • mafiacheese

    I’m just stoked to see more Rogue One stuff! 🙂

    I am a bit surprised that Saw’s Partisans didn’t come dual-equipped for Scum as well, given their tactics…