No RPG playing this weekend. I had two weddings to go to, and that took the time up. The weddings were very nice, and I hope that they have a lifetime of happiness ahead of them.
I finally finished the painting for these guys. I am not super happy with them. The paint is ok, but for some reason the white paint isn’t smooth. These mini’s are really pretty poor quality plastic. The plastic is bendy, and the casts don’t have a lot of relief on them. They are a little better quality than the Zombicide mini’s, but not much better quality. Several of the bases are slightly warped. Several of the details on the mini’s bend super easy.
The Stormtroopers are ok. The lack of depth of the casting made it pretty hard to detail them well. If I were 20 years younger (better eyes, less shaky hands), I probably could have made them look better.
The rebels are pretty nice. I liked these guys in Episode 4 and wanted more of these guys in other movies.
C3-PO was pretty straightforward. R2-D2 was a PITA. The white paint ended up chalky meh. I never cared for that little droid much anyway. He was just slightly less annoying than the Ewoks. He had way too many Deus Ex Machina moments. And by the way, why did he fly in Episode 1, 2 and 3 and only roll around in episodes 4, 5 and 6? And why wouldn’t Obi Wan remember the little annoying droid that did things that saved his ass. What type of loser droid hater was Obi-Won-Kenobi anyway?
Nexu. Enough said. They needed more of these in all of the movies. Think about how much more awesome Episode 1 would have been if Jar-Jar had been eaten full on shark attack, gore fest just after everyone onscreen figured out how annoying that character was.
Also, if Darth Vader was so all-powerful with the force, why didn’t he unleash a battalion of Nexu on Endor, to cleanse the planet from the horrors of the Ewoks? I will never be the same after watching those cutesy little furies going “nub nub” and “Jub Jub” on camera. Now I was old enough to not be drawn into the true horrors of the Ewoks, but I had a friend in middle and high school whose brother was young enough that the little brother watched the Ewok cartoon that Lucas vomited out for Saturday morning cartoons. I am pretty sure that this permanently scarred not only my friend, but his sister and parents. It was pretty f-ing scary when I went over to his house on Saturdays to play D&D
Ha, yes. The Imperial Guard. Oh yeah, and Darth and Luke “Uncle Owen, I wanna be a fighter pilot” Sky walker. Luke always pissed me off. He whined, and pleaded. I found him a totally uninteresting barf bag of crap.
now, I always liked the Empire. Strength, power, absolute total domination. Awe-freaking-some. Somehow, we were supposed to believe a rag tag element of rebels (terrorists, not freedom fighters) were who we were supposed to be cheering for? Hell no, we should be cheering for the good guys. Law and order. The Empire. They had the cool looking ships (some of the rebel frigates looked like they were designed by people who made bongs.)
The terrorists worked with the Ewoks, Gungins, including the fearsome horror of Jar Jar, they assassinated the Emporer. They even promoted the incest of Luke and Leia. Now think about the fact that when you watch the movies in actual order of films 1, 2, 3… That key plot elements are conveniently forgotten, or made up on the fly about how things occurred. “I don’t remember owning a droid” and such bullshit. That is clearly the victors rewriting history because they don’t like the way it actually occurred.
Take that to its logical extents, and it explains why Disney decided that when they made the 7th movie, they disavowed ALL of the extended universe. What other reason would Disney have to do this rather than decide that the inconvenient plot holes which they tried to sew up to hide the atrocities of the Rebel terrorists as the victors writing history.
At least none of the Star Wars movies were as bad as Star Trek V, the Final Frontier.
Yes, the true heroes of the Empire, the Imperial officers, working hard to stop all dissent to the will of the Emporer
Another one of my favorites. The Probe Droid.
Some nice Trandoshan hunters. I really like these guys. I especially liked the stories in the expanded universe about these guys. If I remember correctly, they only existed as a backdrop bounty hunter in one of the original movies in Jabba’s palace. Another failure of Lucas to keep the main story line characters as human, and a Wookie. The first time he tried to have a main non-human main character, he gave us Jar Jar.
Imagine how much more awesome Episode 1 would have been if Obi Won and party had to deal with Trandoshan Warriors.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Just think about that.
Yup. It would have awesome.
I believe that Lucas should re-release a directors cut of all three first movies, Episode 1, 2 and 3. Every scene with Jar Jar should have his image boxed out with a big swquare black mask and every bit of dialog from Jar Jar would be replaced with 8 year old hyperactive boys making farting sounds. It would be much better than the crap that Lucas foisted on us.
And finally, some of the terrorists.