Ok, ok, so yes, I think there’s now more announced/ revealed stuff for X-Wing Miniatures than what’s actually available in stores at this point, but that didn’t stop FFG from revealing yet another Expansion earlier today- Rebel Aces!
As you can see, Rebel Aces is similar to the just released Imperial Aces in that it’s a two-ship box. In this Rebel version we’ve got a B-Wing painted up like the Dagger Squadron pilot card (which will go nicely with the fact that it’s arguably the most popular flavor of B-Wing in the meta right now) and an A-Wing painted up to match the Prototype pilot card.
While the Prototype A-Wing and Dagger Squadron B-Wing are already available in their own respective expansions, as you’d expect, this box comes with a bunch of other fun, new stuff too.
Keyan Farlander is the higher PS named B-Wing pilot in Rebel Aces and at first glance, he’s a monster. Those of y’all who have played some X-Wing Miniatures know 1) how tough B-Wings are in general, 2) how surprisingly maneuverable they are at low speeds (especially with the Advanced Sensors System Upgrade) and 3) how generally limiting Stress can be in general. Farlander potentially capitalizes on all three of those things.
Like we needed more reasons to fly B-Wings, right? Wow.
So breaking it down, if you have Stress on Farlander, you can treat it as an offense-only Focus. That’s great because he’s already kind of expensive, and with that card text, you don’t need to spring for Advanced Sensors to be able to get similar functionality out of him. This guy’s gonna be popular, y’all. No joke.
As for the upgrades, it’s all brand new cards not currently available and FFG was kind enough to reveal three of them in all their full resolution, no squinting required glory-
It’s funny, I was talking to my buddy Sean awhile back about how awesome it’d be to have an upgrade that was sort of like the opposite of Veteran Instincts that actually lowered your Pilot Skill. Rookie Instincts, I jokingly called it.
Then today, I see a card that’s actually even better because it only lowers your PS during the Activation Phase.
Enhanced Scopes is a System Upgrade, which means that right now, only B-Wings and Lambda Shuttles are eligible to take it. For those of you who aren’t intimately aware of how Pilot Skill works in X-Wing, here’s the short version- you move in ascending PS order (low PS ships move first), then you shoot in descending PS order (high PS ships shoot first). Having this card more or less allows you to have your movement cake while eating your attacking cake too. I dread seeing this thing turn up on Shuttles- it was bad enough having them driving around, maneuvering to block my stuff at PS 2…