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Major Lunah, Ex- Aristeiai Sniper for Imperial Service

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I'd disagree with your level of certainty that its financially smarter. The further you distance this from the bonded playerbase the greater the risk.  

 

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1 minute ago, Spears said:

I'd disagree with your level of certainty that its financially smarter. The further you distance this from the bonded playerbase the greater the risk.  

 

Same if you stick too close. You make a game for a new market to appear to new customers.

if they wanted to appeal to the same player base the smarter choice would have been a different set of skirmish wargame rules.

You appeal to the existing player base with something familiar (existing fluff, expanding on it) while appealing properly to the new player base.

Existing players who want to play it will anyway.

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If you stick close you reduce have unknowns in the form of prodction methods and supplier uptake, whilst having a reasonably relevant sales data to draw on. 

Id argue that distancing via plastic would require a much greater stake with a much less reliable sales projection.

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We'll see. 

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Back on the subject. I've played around with the Major, and i have to say, she'll probably end up being a permanent addition to my lists.

I had never played with camouflaged snipers before Lunah, so i didn't really think she would be any better than, say, a bao sniper, but oh boy i was wrong. Camo sniper are absolutely brutal in Aro, but a Viral Sniper is just devastating. You can effectively pin down an entire flank juste because your opponent can't pass a discover roll, and any lowly-armed guy who'd like to step out of cover will most certainly end-up dead on the spot.

 

When you're used to your Aro units being basically canon fodder for your opponent's HMG/Spitfire, playing one who can effectively do it's job without dying is amazing and definitely worth the investment.

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Why is camo sniper so devastating in ARO? I play ariadna and almost never ever use any of my camo pieces for ARO. There is simply to great risk to loose them easily. Not only do you get only 1 shot, but even if you get lucky with it, there is open hunting season on you after this, which results with Dead sniper probably.
 

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Because unless you get discovered (usually at WIP -6, but a sniper like lunah can get beyong 32" and make it -9), you can decide when to shoot and when to remain camouflaged. You don't reveal when the guy trying to discover you is in cover with an HMG, you wait for him to step out of cover, or better you hold your fire until a specialist with a rifle has to move in your sight. Most of the time your opponent will waste a few orders on discovers or smoke to pass in front of your camo marker, whereas an ARO piece in plain sight (like a TR rem, or a linked missiles launcher/sniper) can be easily gunned down before he decides to move anything else.

 

Ariadna is a different faction so it has a different dynamic. You don't need as much ARO when half your stuff is hidden under a marker, surrounded by mines. :X

 

 

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I use Caterans for opportunistic AROs all the time, Lunah is basically an uber Cateran.

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Yesterday evening Lunah got rid of a Hsien. Just to say... 2 BTS roll vs DMG15 is not an easy game for anyone...

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Aristeia minis will be plastic, info from Interplanetario, and as such won't affect their normal release schedule. 

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On 7/18/2017 at 8:23 PM, Spears said:

If you stick close you reduce have unknowns in the form of prodction methods and supplier uptake, whilst having a reasonably relevant sales data to draw on. 

Id argue that distancing via plastic would require a much greater stake with a much less reliable sales projection.

Aristeia! plastic miniatures are produced in china and are in one or two pieces, but will be pre-assembled.

Called it.

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I'm always going to dubious of plastic cast pre-assembled board game minis.

I've never seen any board game minis that match the quality of proper wargame minis.

If they do, it'll be a first. ASoIaF has nice looking renders and painted version on their KS and I am still super skeptical. But if any company can be trusted to ensure their mini quality is always super high, it's CB. I'll definitely grant them that.

Really glad to hear that CB are not fans of KS, too. I think that their criticisms of that model are dead on.

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I'm always going to dubious of plastic cast pre-assembled board game minis.

I've never seen any board game minis that match the quality of proper wargame minis.

If they do, it'll be a first. ASoIaF has nice looking renders and painted version on their KS and I am still super skeptical. But if any company can be trusted to ensure their mini quality is always super high, it's CB. I'll definitely grant them that.

Really glad to hear that CB are not fans of KS, too. I think that their criticisms of that model are dead on.

I'm not expecting them to be as good quality as Infinity minis but I'll bet they're as good as CB can get them.

And I'll be really surprised if they don't release a (maybe Ltd ed) box of metal alternative sculpts for people who want proxies or higher detail minis.

Of course they probably won't mention that until after the initial preorder so they don't lose sales of the game to people who just want the minis but that's just business.

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Huh.  That's a surprise.  But I've seen a few FFG games (like the XCom game) with really good plastic minis.  Not as detailed as Infinity metals, of course, but not as dull as 1998-vintage GW space marines, either.

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