Star Wars was the greatest movie I saw as a kid. It put realism into Science Fiction for me with its dusty, weather-beaten,
characters and vehicles.
As soon as I stumbled across the Action Fleet range of 20mm figures and vehicles I knew I had to build ALL the Star Wars
armies....and even make up a few new ones along the way. I have used Micro machines for some projects (Gungans, and Jawas
vs Sand People), and overall that would have been a much easier and cheaper proposition (with 8 or 9 figures per pack),
but for some reason the Action Fleet figures appealed to me. Assembling armies is an expensive proposition though, as each
figure tends to come one at a time with a vehicle or in a Battle Pack. Thank goodness for bulk lots on eBay, and friends
like Joe Lynch and John McManis.
A great source of information and friendly advice for gaming Star Wars in this scale is the Star Wars Miniatures Battles
Here are the SWMB rules:
Army #1 Gungan Grand Army
This army comprises about 80 Gungan infantry (in 4 warbands), 12 Gungan cavalry on Kaadus, 6 catapults firing energy
balls, and 3 Fambaas carrying the large energy shield defence system. The Gungans will generally be allied with Naboo forces
and Jedi elements. The infantry are Micro machines and the remainder Action Fleet. Catapults and Fambaas are back in
NZ so here are some pics of the infantry and cavalry.
Here's an interesting link:
Army #2 Naboo Security Forces
This army comprises 40 Naboo figures. 20 Paramilitary/Police types and 20 Civil Guard types. They will usually be
allied to the larger Gungan forces, however I'll shortly double this force in size so that it can fight alone against the Trade
Federation Armies......or maybe even against the Gungans. Will generally be a Jedi element aligned to this
force as well. Not much in the way of support weapons for these guys....but will probably add a Gian Speeder. All figures
are Action Fleet.
|Naboo Forces lead by Captain Panaka, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi
|Naboo Forces lead by Captain Panaka, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi
Army #3 Geonosians
This army comprises 9 Geonosians mounted on Orrays and 6 units of 16 Geonosian warriors (mix of soldier, drone,
and overseer figures). Will generally be supported by Trade Federation Droid allies. All figures are WOTC Clone Strike
figures which, strictly speaking, are too large for the Action Fleet figures which make up the rest of my Armies. But for
such a unique set of figures I'll make an exception and claim that these are a breed of Giant Geonosians.
Army #4 Gamorrean Warband
This army comprises 40 Gamorrean warriors to either fight in defence of their homeworld/system, or as a Mercenary
unit hired out to a Crime Cartel (such at the Hutt's) or the Imperials. Also known as the "Big Pig" or the "Shrek" Brigade.
All figures are Action Fleet. One of these days I'll add a rifle to their backs to give them firepower.
Army #5 Rodian Warband
This army comprises 30 Rodian warriors to either fight in defence of their homeworld/system, or as a Mercenary unit
hired out to a Crime Cartel (such at the Hutt's) or the Imperials. All figures are the Action Fleet Greedo figure.
Army #6 Trandoshan Warband
This army comprises 30 Trandoshan warriors to either fight in defence of their homeworld/system, or as
a mercenary unit hired out to a Crime Cartel (such at the Hutt's) or the Imperials. All figures are the Action Fleet
Bossk figure. My friend Terence Corrigan converted 3 of these guys to ride the Dewback Dragons usually used by the Imperials
(safely stored back in NZ so no pic at present).
Army #7 Ewoks
This army comprises 30 Ewok infantry and 6 Aerial Flyers. The Ewoks will generally be allied in battle with Rebel forces
and Jedi elements. The infantry and gliders are all Action Fleet.
Army #8 Early Trade Federation Battle Droid Army (Naboo Campaign)
This army comprises 90 Battle Droids, 9 Droids on STAPs, and 9 Destroyer Droids. The Army comprises 3 divisions
and only one is shown below (simply because the Droids are a nightmare to stand up when not properly based!!). All
figures are from Action Fleet sets. The army is supported by 3 x AAT Tanks and is delivered to battle in 3 x MTT
Transports. The AFVs are not pictured as they are all back in NZ.
Army #9 Later Trade Federation Battle Droid Army (Geonosis Campaign)
As above, except 30 Super Battle Droids and 9 Dwarf Spider Droids have been added to boost firepower. Both of these figures
are from the WOTC Clone Strike series. (Once again, only one divison of the Droid Army shown).
Apparently, statistics from the Geonosis battle indicate Republic forces faced upwards of 1,000,000 battle droids
and 100,000 super battle droids, as well as 15,000 dwarf spider and 3,000 destroyer droids.
Army #10 Rebel Commando Force (Endor Campaign)This army comprises 40
Elite Rebel Commandos with some speeder bikes (just two shown: Luke and Leia of course). For the Endor Campaign,
this force would fight in conjunction with Ewok allies. All figures are from Action Fleet.
Army #11 Hoth Rebel Army
This army comprises just over 40 infantry, a dozen Tauntaun mounted cavalry (only 6 shown below), and 3 snow speeders.
Will generally operate in conjunction with a defensive emplacement to counter the Imperial hardware thrown at them. All
figures are from Action Fleet. The Turret Defence system is from the Kenner Micro Collection Hoth series. The snow speeders (Action
Fleet) are not pictured as they are all back in NZ.
Army #12 Rebel Fleet Troopers (Rebel Main Army)
This army comprises 50 infantry, with associated Heroes and Jedi elements. All figures are from Action Fleet.
Army #13 Imperial Scout Troopers/Garrison Troops
This army comprises 40 infantry, half a dozen Scout troops on speeder bikes (4 shown), and supported by as
many AT-ST Scout Walkers as are required (3 shown). Will be backed up by Storm trooper divisions in case of attack by Rebels,
or if commencing a major offensive on behalf of the Emperor. All figures and vehicles are from Action Fleet.
Army #14 Imperial Snow Troopers
This army currently comprises 35 infantry (eventually 50), supported by heavy weapons, and as many of the massive
AT-AT Walkers as are required (one shown). All figures and vehicles are from Action Fleet, except the heavy canon
which are 25mm diecast Kenner figures. A little big, but by the time I properly base the Snow troopers should look OK.
Army #15 Imperial Stormtroopers
This army comprises 70 Stormtroopers together with an Imperial Landing Craft and 6 Dewbacks to provide
some local transportation. In reality they will be supported by all the fiendish AFVs and weaponry at the Empires disposal,
and with scout troopers and elite snow troopers at the ready to support them in any operation. All figures and vehicles shown
are from Action Fleet. I have actually used the Sandtrooper figure as my Stormtrooper.....I like the colour scheme and the
big meaty looking gun. Actual Stormtrooper figures are used for the squad leaders.
Army #16 Clone Trooper Army of the Old Republic
This army will eventually comprise 60 Clone Troopers, supported by 3 x AT-TE Tanks, 3 x Gunships, and a unit
of Jedi Knights. I already have the Action Fleet AT-TE's and Gunships (Pics of the Gunships and AT-TEs can be seen on the
Wargames in Action page). As for the Clone troopers.....well, there are none in Action Fleet scale. My intention is to convert
and paint the Boba Fett figure. I'll repaint a few Action Fleet Lukes in different colour schemes and convert some other Aliens
into Jedi for the Jedi unit.