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Mute Bystander28 Jan 2015 5:09 a.m. PST

Saw the first three movies the trailers for the rest turned me off the setting/movies.

I am using 5150:Fighter Command and was looking at the Starship Battle Star Wars ships on Ebay and have two questions.

1) Visually – canon notwithstanding – when I look at the continuum of Light Fighter, Medium Fighter, Heavy Fighter, Bomber, and Assault (boarding actions) craft would you consider the A-Wing, X-Wing, Y-Wing, and B-wig as filling the first four categories. Again, Visually.

2) Why are B-wings so much more expensive then A/X/Y-Wings on Ebay? Usually that means either they are way less produced (within the Common/Experienced/Veteran/Ace Heroclix style/type pricing scheme) or that they are more useful/powerful in game terms (aka the price gouging GW model.)

alien BLOODY HELL surfer28 Jan 2015 1:07 p.m. PST

1/ no, the Y wing is a bomber not a heavy fighter, that's more the B-wing.

Mako1128 Jan 2015 1:57 p.m. PST

True, technically, but I can see using them like that anyway.

My special, non-canon, house rule would be to permit the Y-Wings to fire both their front guns, and the turret weapons at the same time (in any direction desired), as long as the Y-Wing flies straight and level. That should give it a bit more punch, as a fighter.

Perhaps, permit the player to arm the turret with different weaponry too, so it's a bit more effective at destroying other fighters too.

haywire28 Jan 2015 2:41 p.m. PST


They could since the turret is usually manned by a gunner. When they dont have the gunner (ala a new hope), they have the turret fixed forward.

In the x-wing game you can change the turret to other loadouts.

Mute Bystander29 Jan 2015 9:43 a.m. PST

alien BLOODY HELL surfer,

Well in Star Wars it is but I am planning to use them in THW's 5150:Fighter Command and 5150:Carrier Command games.

So what it was designated in the SW game is kind of not relevant to my question about does it look more like a Heavy Fighter visually in my game setting.

Interesting, I always saw the B-Wing more as a Bomber or attack/assault ship based on appearance.

The line between Light/Medium/Heavy Fighter is grey in my mind and the line between Heavy Fighter and Bomber is only slightly more distinct.

Pontification time:

I see Light fighters as cheap/plentiful supplements to "standard" (IMO Medium) Fighters. Not sure if I have a historical example right at hand. In WW1 these would like the Sophwith Pup or the the Nieuport "Bebe" aircraft.

Medium fighters would be Spitfire or P-51 like craft.

Heavy Fighters in aerial combat work be like the P-47, strong in Air to Mud and Good in Air to Air. The Aerospace equivalent.

"Bombers" would be equivalent to strike aircraft like the B-26 Marauder or the Mosquito or Blenheim hunting ships in the Baltic.

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