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Author:  DarthChaos [ Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:21 pm ]
Post subject:  THE DARK SIDE's Custom Minis!

Greetings!

I’m the owner of THE DARK SIDE, a game/comic store in Sarasota, FL, where we play Star Wars Miniatures every Thursday night at 7pm. It’s a favorite here at the store, so we try to promote it as much as possible.

Everyone here knows that whenever a set comes out, there are always a few characters whose stat cards could stand some improvement. We recreate those cards with stats we think more appropriate to the characters. For example, our Darth Sidious, Hologram counts as a droid and has Affinity with the Separatist faction.

We also make cards for characters we want to see in the game. To this end, we generally find a Star Wars mini already in use that matches very closely the character in question. For example, our Revanchist simply reuses the Darth Revan mini, and our Atris uses the Jedi Guardian mini.

On rare occasions, we have modified and/or created minis for our purposes. For example, our Ben Skywalker uses either the Luke Skywalker, Jedi or the Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight mini - paint his hair to match Mara Jade and you’re done. Our A’Sharad Hett, Tusken Warlord requires a bit more work done to a Tusken Raider, as you can see below.

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We print the cards and make the figures, then we give them awayto anyone who comes in to play. We do this for three reasons:

1. It wouldn’t be fair if we’re playing custom cards/minis and you’re not.
2. Charging takes the fun out of it and might engender legal issues.
3. It promotes the game!

We put a lot of effort into the stats we assign to each character. We try to match the character’s abilities to a specific point in his/her fictional life. Most often we try to use powers and abilities already in use, but once in a while we get creative, though we try to keep the wording as clear and concise as possible. Above all we keep game balance at the front of the stats – the idea isn’t to build a beat stick! We welcome any comments of suggestions.

At the moment we’re working on upwards of 40 figures. Most are our own, but we’ve used some of the figures Shinja created in his Jedi Civil War set posted on Bloomilk.com. We placed a glass with blue milk in it at the bottom of those cards. In a future post I’ll provide a list of the characters in our queue.

Anyway, I’ve attached PDFs with our custom cards divided into groups. They’re aligned for easy printing, with bleed and guidelines to make cutting them as straight as possible. We suggest you print them on heavy cover stock paper with a laser quality printer.

The first set is A'sharad Hett - Tusken Warlord, Ben Skywalker, Alek, The Revanchist, Darth Sion, and Darth Sidious - Hologram.

Group 1 Back

Group 1 Front

The second set is Brianna, Mical, Jedi Exile, Grand Master Yoda, General Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker - Jedi Master.

Group 2 Back

Group 2 Front

This set includes a Darth Maul - Sith Assassin, Darth Nihil, Darth Nihilus - Lord of Hunger, Anakin Skywalker - Republic Hero, Anakin Solo, and Darth Maul - Sith Infiltrator.

Group 3 Back

Group 3 Front

Here's our salute to Mandalorians and Republic Commandos. Included are Kal Skirata - Mandalorian Commando, Walon Vau - Mandalorian Commando, and Delta Squad.

Group 4 Back

Group 4 Front

In this next group, we've got a R2-D2/C-3P0 and a Chewbacca that are "fixed" so they have Affinity with New Republic squads. Also included are Republic Commando Omega Squad cards.

Group 5 Back

Group 5 Front

The following group consists of Etain Tur-Mukan, Bardan Jusik - Rogue Jedi, Tekli - Jedi Knight, ARC Trooper, ARC Trooper Sniper, and Atris - Fallen Jedi.

Group 6 Back

Group 6 Front

The following group consists of Dankin - Ysalamir Handler, Winter, Darth Maleval, Ko Sai, the Jedi Holocron, and the Sith Holocron.

Group 7 Back

Group 7 Front

Here are Freedon Nadd - Sith Spirit, Joruus C'boath, Master Thon, Darth Wyyrlok, Mace Windu - Jedi General, and Darth Bandon.

Group 8 Back

Group 8 Front

Here are the final cards for the Luke Project. What is the Luke Project? The Dark Side crew decided to adjust WotC's Luke Skywalker cards so the stats and abilities more accurately reflected the character as he progressed chronologically through the movies and EU. Luke's Snowspeeder, Luke and Yoda, Grandmaster Luke, and Luke Force Spirit were not re-done because we felt they were already pretty good, and thus served as guideposts for our costing/stat modifications.

Luke Project Part I Back

Luke Project Part I Front

Luke Project Part II Back

Luke Project Part II Front

Have fun and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Darth Chaos

(Special thanks to Ryan Miller, Devin Early, and Brian Cloutier for all their hard work!)

Author:  dvader831 [ Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:28 pm ]
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Hello, and welcome to the site!
I suggest posting this in our Sound Off section, it is a great place to announce yourself and your store!

Author:  DarthChaos [ Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: THE DARK SIDE's Custom Minis!

We're going to modify the A'Sharad Hett card. When we created it, we knew he used Niman style, but there was no definition for what it did.

The new Ventress has it!

Niman Style (+2 Attack and +2 Defense while this character has more than half Hit Points remaining)

We'll be removing the Crowd Fighting from Hett's card. That should balance it. The new card should be up Wednesday night.

Let me know what you think.

Darth Chaos

Author:  DarthChaos [ Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:23 pm ]
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We've adjusted the cards. Made a tweak to the GOWK and GMY cards, added Niman style definition to A'Sharad Hett and took away crowd fighting.

Anyone checking out these cards?

Author:  madslaust [ Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:29 am ]
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DarthChaos wrote:
We've adjusted the cards. Made a tweak to the GOWK and GMY cards, added Niman style definition to A'Sharad Hett and took away crowd fighting.

Anyone checking out these cards?

Heck yeah! I'm probably going to use the first group, a lot!

Author:  DurgeDude [ Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:22 pm ]
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I like all of them, I noticed that you printed a few made by Shinja ;) and gave credit by putting the Bloomilk symbol :)

Author:  DarthChaos [ Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:49 pm ]
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We play tested the new GMY card in group 2 and found it a bit overpowered. We're lowering his Force Renewel to 1. New card should be up Wednesday.

Any other suggestions?

Author:  DarthChaos [ Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: THE DARK SIDE's Custom Minis!

For the record, the GMY card in Group 2 has been updated.

After play testing Shinja's Jedi Exile, we think it may be a bit broken. We're considering lowering her base defense to 18 or 19. Thoughts?

Author:  DarthChaos [ Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:17 pm ]
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Ok, we've updated the Jedi Exile's stats to something a bit more playable.

Also, we've added two Anakins. Anakin Solo and Anakin Skywalker, Republic Hero.

Anakins Front

Anakins Back

Coming soon:

Darth Nihilus, Lord of Hunger
Darth Nihil
Darth Maul, Sith Infiltrator

Author:  DarthChaos [ Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:47 am ]
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Here's the new set of cards. We've included a revised Darth Sion, along with Darth Nihil, Darth Nihilus - Lord of Hunger, Anakin Skywalker - Republic Hero, Anakin Solo, and Darth Maul - Sith Infiltrator.

Group 3 Back

Group 3 Front

Let us know what you think!

Darth Chaos

Author:  DarthChaos [ Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:23 pm ]
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We adjusted the Darth Maul - Sith Assassin so he only has Double Attack instead of Triple and reduced the cost. Whorm Loathsome made the previous version too broken.

Author:  DarthChaos [ Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:10 pm ]
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Here's our Brianna mod. We used an Echani Handmaiden. We cut off her guns and replaced them with the blades from the Dark Side Enforcer. If you do this mod, do not throw away the enforcer, as we use the head for another of our mods, which we'll show you soon.

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Tekli, Jedi Knight. We took a Chadrafan Pickpocket, cut off his knife, turned the hand around, and attached a green lightsaber blade (either from a hard plastic rod or from a Jedi Youngling). A quick paintjob and you're done!

Author:  Darth_Sal [ Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:19 pm ]
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You're card templates look fantastic! Well done on the stats as well, I'll print these to try out!

Author:  Saronian [ Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:08 am ]
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Now all we need is for WotC to make these minis and we can use them in a DCI game. I have to admit that what you for the Mandalorians is good, since they need a couple more heroes that don't take up too many points while at the same time being good to be used.

I also like that you gave the Named Republic Commandos Unique. I never did like the fact that some one could use three or four Sevs.

Author:  Saronian [ Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:10 pm ]
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Thanks for putting out new Mandalorians. Hopefully WotC will take a gander and decide to remedy some of the problems that have popped up over the last couple of years (Republic Commandoes being one of them).

Again, thank you and good luck in the future.

Author:  DarthChaos [ Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:26 pm ]
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Saronian wrote:
Thanks for putting out new Mandalorians. Hopefully WotC will take a gander and decide to remedy some of the problems that have popped up over the last couple of years (Republic Commandoes being one of them).

Again, thank you and good luck in the future.


You're welcome. :D

We think WotC took a few ideas from our A'Sharad Hett when they designed the one coming out in Dark Times. Hahaha

Author:  GeneralEd [ Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:07 am ]
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I agree with Wizards about the Republic Commandos being non-unique. Even though the game and books showed one squad working as a team their were technichally multiple Commando squads just like Delta squad and probably with very similer designations. Kudos to DarthChaos for his stat cards. I love them and will have to see about my local gaming group being ok with using them in casual play. You are deffinantly one that will help keep the game alive, if not on a wide scale bases atleast in you local area. Keep up the great work.

Author:  DarthChaos [ Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:31 am ]
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GeneralEd wrote:
I agree with Wizards about the Republic Commandos being non-unique. Even though the game and books showed one squad working as a team their were technichally multiple Commando squads just like Delta squad and probably with very similer designations. Kudos to DarthChaos for his stat cards. I love them and will have to see about my local gaming group being ok with using them in casual play. You are deffinantly one that will help keep the game alive, if not on a wide scale bases atleast in you local area. Keep up the great work.



Thanks for the kind words!

We tried to maintain the ability to have multiple RC's of each type by having two sets of uniques, both Delta and Omega squads. And, of course, you can use the original WOTC cards in conjunction with the ones we made.

Enjoy!

Author:  DarthChaos [ Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:08 am ]
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We've adjusted the cost on the Revanchist from 62 to 68 points. Based on play-testing, 62 was too aggressive a cost.

Author:  DarthChaos [ Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:53 am ]
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Group 8 is posted!

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