The price of old things

As I wrote earlier, I was selling some old minis and other stuff off on ebay last week. Here are the final selling prices:
The Last Starfighter Tunnel Chase game came in the lowest, at $1.25. I guess that 1984 bad-SF-movie nostalgia isn’t strong enough.
Random Eldar came in at $3.50, and the Space Marine diorama at $4.28.
The Chaos Space Marine collection hit $42.75, while the now-rare Melniboneans came in at $52.00.
The Imperial Space Marine boxed set that I bought way back when for $20 sold for $88.78. What’s sad about this is that it would run a person about $110 to field an equivalent number of plastic Space Marines these days, so even though I made a massive profit, it’s still a great deal for the buyer.
Finally, my old Harlequins sold for $97.77, which surprised me until I realized I was offering a complete set — unlike the little groups of Harlequins I’d seen sold on ebay previously.
I hope everyone enjoys their new toys.

Selling nostalgia

Last year, I sold off some Magic: the Gathering “power cards” that were (1) worth a lot of money and (2) not so fun for friendly play, which is all I’m likely to ever do again with my Magic collection. Recently, I did a survey of some of my other game-related items to decide which ones are likely to never, ever be used. Decisions I made:
1) I’m keeping Space Hulk. It’s a great game that I will introduce to y’all who haven’t played it at some point in the future.
2) I’m keeping the Space Marines I’ve put together, pretty much for use with Space Hulk (there’s an issue of White Dwarf Magazine with rules for normal Marines in Space Hulk).
3) I’m keeping all my Epic stuff. I will put together the things I have not yet assembled, Krylon coat all the metal pieces to keep them from oxidizing away, and try playing with the new Epic Armageddon rules set.
4) I’m really not going to do anything with other unused or partially used miniatures, so a whole chunk of nostalgia is going on the ebay auction block. We have:
The old Space Marines boxed set, fit to produce three squads (30 marines). This is a second one that I never assembled.
A bunch of old Chaos Space marines.
32 Eldar Harlequins. These actually saw a reasonable amount of play time, back in the day.
Some other random Eldar.
Marneus Calgar, a Space Marine diorama. So far, this is the only one not selling.
36 Melniboneans, including one or maybe two Elrics. Bought when I thought I was going to participate in a fantasy wargame campaign — they were packaged as Elves, but they’re Melniboneans.
The Last Starfighter Tunnel Chase game. Seriously.

The future of Star Wars minis

Some random notes from the most recent Star Wars miniatures chat, with the game designers (who, incidentally, are very good at following the online SW minis community and using it as a gauge of what’s working and what’s not):
For the Endor pack:

  • Intended to deliver a handful of miniatures and lots of maps

Champions of the Force, the next expansion, will contain:

  • Additional New Republic units (not something I care about)
  • Yuuzhan Vong not represented
  • Lucas nixed many Old Republic units, so more Sith than Old Republic
  • Queen Amidala
  • Exar Kun

For the upcoming spacecraft miniatures game:

  • Miniatures will be “relatively” sized, rather than truly in scale
  • Will not supplant the normal minis game in the production schedule

Upcoming releases in general:

  • As long as people keep buying
  • They have a couple years’ worth of material planned
  • Bounty Hunters set will have remakes and new bounty hunters
  • No new Ewoks in the next two sets, but there does seem to be a demand
  • Their contact at Lucasfilm really wants them to make Jar-Jar
  • Their policy is to start providing set facts 6-9 months before release
  • Either a new Emperor or a Darth Plagueius figure will be showing up

Axis & Allies Miniatures game

Base Set, featuring 48 soldiers and vehicles from WWII plus detailed hex maps of terrain representing the battlefields of Europe, will be first shown to the public at the Gencon game convention in Indianapolis this August and is set to hit store shelves the following week. A 48-figure expansion, bringing additional vehicles and troops into combat, will follow in December. More expansions are planned through 2006.”

Rebels are boring — but they don’t have to be

I’ve realized that the Rebel side in the classic Star Wars Miniatures set is pretty boring. The Imperial side is a lot of fun to play. In addition to Vader and the Emperor, there are Storm Troopers, Storm Trooper Officers, Heavy Weapon Storm Troopers, Elite Storm Troopers, Imperial Officers and Scout Troopers.
It’s understandable that they wanted to include the major named characters from the classic trilogy, but the other units didn’t have to work so poorly together and be so uninteresting. Here’s the Rebel complement:
Bothan Spy (useless grenade tosser)
C-3PO (draws fire)
Commando on Speeder Bike
Elite Hoth Trooper
Elite Rebel Trooper (those guys who die on the Tantive IV)
Han Solo
Hoth Trooper
Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Luke Skywalker, Rebel
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Leia, Captive
Leia, Senator
Rebel Commando (Endor garb and grenade throwing)
Rebel Officer (Hoth clothes)
Rebel Pilot
Rebel Trooper (more guys who die on the Tantive IV)
Wookiee Soldier
Assuming that you have to keep the named characters, I’d want to drop the following units:
Bothan Spy
Elite Rebel Trooper
Leia, Captive
Rebel Officer (Hoth clothes)
Rebel Pilot
Rebel Trooper
Wookiee Soldier
In their place, I’d like to have had:
First, some cosmetic changes:
Rebel Trooper (wearing the Endor clothing, and with a slightly better attack than a Stormtrooper, but weaker defense)
Elite Rebel Trooper (wearing the Endor clothing as well)
Rebel Officer (also in Endor clothing, perhaps offering the same bonus)
Then, some substantive alterations.
Rebel Scout (more Endor garb, with Stealth, Spotter ability and otherwise weak stats)
Loyalist Noble (a commander effect that lets one or two units move but not attack after it takes its activation)
Rebel Medic (or Medical Droid — something that can heal non-droid characters)
Boush (if you’re going to have another Leia, why not this one?)
That would have made me happier. Here are some possible stats for Boush:
Boush, Leia in Disguise (20 points)
Hit Points: 50
Defense: 18
Attack: +8
Damage: 20
Special Abilities:
Thermal Detonator 20 (Replaces attacks: range 6; 20 damage to target and to each character adjacent to that target; no save)
Force Powers:
Force 2

Clone Strike anticipation

Last week, I found a very cheap supplier of single miniatures from the Clone Strike expansion for Star Wars Miniatures. has, on average, the lowest prices I’ve seen for Clone Strike figures. I was especially happy to see their very low prices for “bulk” infantry such as Clone Troopers and Battle Droids.
kwc and I purchased a bunch of figures which should arrive within a week. He concentrated on Jedi, while I went for the large groups of basic troops. In addition to the figures that are coming, we both have a handful of figures already, including Jango Fett and General Kenobi for kwc and Darth Maul for me.
Here’s the list of incoming figures:
kwc’s list:
General Veers (These first two will help play scenarios with our classic figs)
ARC Trooper
7 Clone Troopers
4 Clone Trooper Commanders
2 Clone Trooper Sergeants
Agen Kolar
3 Jedi Guardians
Kit Fisto
Luminara Unduli
Mace Windu
Qui-Gon Jinn
Saesee Tinn
Asajj Ventress
2 Dark Side Acolytes
Aurra Sing
Zam Wesell
my list:
Aayla Secura
20 Clone Troopers
4 Clone Trooper Commanders
4 Clone Trooper Grenadiers
4 Clone Trooper Sergeants
Luminara Unduli
Asajj Ventress
20 Battle Droids
4 Battle Droid Officers
Destroyer Droid
4 Geonosian Overseers
20 Security Battle Droids
10 Super Battle Droids
Zam Wesell
So kwc can bring the Jedi action and I can field hordes of disposable troops. Fun all ’round.

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