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Miniature Painter
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“Rebel Campaign: Stay on Target”

A large number of missions in the campaign are about racing to a certain location before time runs out. The time frames provided are airtight. To succeed as the Rebel player, you need to do everything you can to reach your goals in time.

The most common distraction is enemy units. You need to recognize what they truly are: speedbumps to delay you from reaching your destinations. As much fun as it is to blast stormtroopers, often the actions you spend shooting are the same ones that could have accomplished the mission. Much like the heroes in the original trilogy, you need to dodge past the enemy to achieve your tasks.

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Canada
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The Gold Heart
Pick a Favorite LGS
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“Each Hero is a Player for gaining XP.”

I’ve read that some people are getting this incorrect and either just playing wrong or creating house rules. And this is because the rules themselves do not mention this situation. Thankfully, the official FAQ does.

When a mission says that each player receives XP, each hero gains that XP even if one player is controlling multiple heroes.

From the official FAQ;
Q: When a Rebel player is playing as multiple heroes, does
each hero still receive 1 XP when the rules say each player
receives 1 XP?
A: Yes.

[FAQ can be found here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-imperial-assault/ ]

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Miniature Painter
34 of 36 gamers found this helpful
“Focus Fire!”

Three good tactics to keep in mind:

1. Focus your fire on enemies that have yet to act this round. If you can remove a figure from the table before it acts, you have saved your forces from facing that figure’s Actions. (n.b. This is sometimes referred to as tempo gain).

2. Schwerpunkt. This is the principle of focusing your forces on a point in the enemies defenses to achieve victory. Applied to Imperial Assault, this translates to focusing your forces and quickly destroying powerful figures/deployment groups so you gain a numerical advantage. Doing so usually means using more of your troops to destroy a key enemy figure (e.g. Elite Trandoshan Hunters), whilst one or two other figures run interference and defend or tie-up the enemies less-powerful troops, like Stormtroopers. If successful, you can swing the balance of forces to your favor and then mop-up the weaker troops afterwards.

3. Primarily for the Rebel player in the Campaign game: Open doors with your first or second figure’s activations – don’t end your turn by opening a door and allowing the Imperial player to then hose you with new troops!

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Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter
39 of 42 gamers found this helpful
“All Your Base Belong Sticker Free”

Imperial Assault is the big holiday bigness – and knowing the expansion machine that is Fantasy Flight it is only going to get bigger.

I have two problems with it:

1) Probe Droids – whoever thought that attaching a mini to a base with three of the thinnest, spindliest legs in the Empire was a good idea was having a flight of fancy over at FFG. One broke free in shipping alone and I had to put my massive hat gluing talents to work immediately. Invest in some Loctite -NOW! Useful for repairs or just reinforcing those chaps before your first mission. Seriously – a Shadows of Brimstone Saloon Girl’s feet have more surface area anchorage. *sigh*

2) THOSE ID Stickers *shudder* – they are kind of silly. You would think for 100 smackers they might throw in some colored base cozies like Arcadia Quest. Things are going to get confusing when all 9 Stormies hit the table – but some of the gravitas is lost when the numbers make them look like they just got back from the Tatooine Dry Cleaners.

If you have artistic talent please jump to @Stratagon’s helpful tip Squadron Based Painting Guide three cubicles down – because it is genius and it is through some back and forth with him I came up with my own solution for the artistically untalented.

Hai’s Craft Corner for the Artistically Challenged Empire Commander

I don’t have artistic ability, but I do have Prismacolor markers (which is ironic to begin with)

Prismacolor markers are copic paint markers available at any art store in your corner of the galaxy for a couple of dollars apiece- useful for adding bright vibrant watercolor looks to any sketchpad or segregating your stormtroopers.

I ran the markers along the base circumference edge and then rolled the edges across a paper towel to sop up the excess. The dye took to the plastic enough to create a stain band around the base – just enough for the eye to catch without being obtrusive.

I broke the Imperial Units into 3 categories:

One Grey Standard Deployment Card Set got a Black Band in Noir Black

If there was a second Grey Standard Deployment Card for a unit set I gave them a green base band. I used Grass Green – it felt sort of reserve/reinforcement in color.

Models destined for Elite Status mark ups received a red base band. I did two passes one in Scarlet and then one in Crimson. I wanted the elite red to be a little more vibrant and stand out in a ‘Here’s comes trouble…’ sort of way.

This way each deployment card comes to represent a color of a squad/figure and for multi-unit deployments you can just place an ID counter on the figure and one on the card for each unit to stack wounds on.

All that’s left to do is place that sticker sheet under the cardboard divider, promptly forget about it, and sleep the sleep of the righteous.

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Miniature Painter
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“Squadron Based Painting Guide”

The game comes with enough miniatures to match the amounts needed for the squadron deployment cards provided. If you plan on painting them, I recommend using different terrain on the bases to help differentiate the squads (much better than the stickers that were provided).

I used three types of terrain:

Desert/Rocks – mix dark tan paint with white glue and some tiny pebbles and large grain sand. Drybrush with lighter tans.

Forest – dark brown paint base. cover some areas with dark green dabs of paint. Apply some dabs of yellow-green over that. use white glue to add some modeling foliage as finishing touch.

Space Station – Use straight edge and Exacto knife to cut a few perpendicular lines into base. Paint white. Apply various washes (paint diluted thin with water) of purple-blue until hues match tiles from game.

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Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
AEG fan
Mage Wars fan
6 of 6 gamers found this helpful
“Organize”

The company “The Broken Token” makes great organizing inserts that fit into the games original box and optimize storage. They are a little pricey (45 USD on amazon) but they work well for a game with this many components and also hold expansions and sleeved cards.

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Gamer - Level 3
I Am What I Am
25 of 28 gamers found this helpful
“Don't forget to search”

While playing encounters, don’t forget to search the crates for supplies, especially if you’re facing eminent defeat. Not only can the items found help you in your current quest, but they also provide money which you can spend on better equipment for your hero.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Soccer Fan
Football Fan
Movie Lover
17 of 21 gamers found this helpful
“Experience Points”

I’m currently playing a 3 player campaign. 2 of us are playing 2 Rebels each. Instead of giving 1 experience point to the player, we are giving 1 to each Hero. We then are giving the Imperial player more Exp as well.

We then don’t have to wait so long to get some of the better skills of the Heroes.

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Gamer - Level 8
Explorer - Level 5
Critic - Level 3
Junior
17 of 21 gamers found this helpful
“Even out the odds”

It appears I’m not the only one to find this game incredible hard for the rebel players.

As I’m likely soon gonna embark on a second campaign I’ll add one of the two following changes whether or not I’ll be Imperial or Rebel.

1) Give each Rebel player 2 defence die instead of of one

or

2) Spend one strain to add 1 appropriate defence die

currently alternative 2 seems most likely as it will allow for more then two dice but at a high cost.

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Gamer - Level 3
I Am What I Am
37 of 49 gamers found this helpful
“Hero card sleeves”

If you are looking for sleeves fitting the hero cards, you may want to look into a company called Swan Panasia. They produce sleeves (for a game called Talisman) that measure 103mm X 128mm. They are a perfect fit for the hero cards. The only drawback is that the sleeves are quite thin. Having said that, they come by a 100 in a pack and I haven’t had one break on me yet. You can also use these sleeves for Descent Journeys in the dark 2nd ed. (by FFG). The hero cards in that game are of the same size.

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I play red
25 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“Custom Inserts”

Although this game comes with a nicely printed insert it doesn’t do much to help organize the game. There are a ton of pieces and miniatures. You should consider picking up a “plano” type box that will help organize the tokens. you might also consider looking up a video to build your own custom insert. I highly recommend this video series found on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hfKaDX2P2k

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