Custom X-Wings by Walter Vail

One part of X-Wing that I enjoy is seeing custom painted ships. I always have my eye out for conversions, repaints and custom mods. I came across Walter Vail’s work one day when looking for swag on eBay. I was impressed with his Y-Wings and X-Wings. What I really liked about his X-Wings were the crisp clean lines and fine detail. I was so inspired by his work I decided to contact him which led to this interview.

Forgotten Aces: Horton Salm

In X-Wing you have many different ships and pilots to choose from, each with unique abilities. Some of these pilots and ships are overlooked by the tournament goers and the Meta at large, getting little to no representation at the tournament level. I call these overlooked Pilots the “Forgotten Aces.” Last week I looked at Rexlar Brath in his TIE Defender. This week I look at a pilot from the movies, and the first rebel pilot I have chosen for Forgotten Aces: Horton Salm.

Horton Salm X-Wing Card
Horton Salm X-Wing Card


Horton is the highest most skilled pilot (PS 8) to fly in the Y-Wing, a ship widely used as support and back up for the rebels. The Y-Wing is sturdy with it’s 3 shields and 5 hull, taking a lot of hits despite it’s 1 agility dice. Horton has an ability that would be considered amazing on almost any ship. So why is he completely missing from the tournament tables?

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The Big Bruiser & Little Weasel

I have to admit that the release of Wave 5 for X-Wing was not one that had me overly excited. Of course, trying out new ships is always a fun experience but I didn’t have any particular nostalgia for the Outrider or Decimator like I did for the TIE Interceptor or TIE Defender. It doesn’t help that the upcoming Scum and Villainy are among the most highly-anticipated ships and their being announced before Wave 5 was even released stole their thunder.

Once I got them in my hands, however, the possibilities that existed for the Decimator really intrigued me. Having a large-base ship for my beloved Imperials with a 360-degree primary firing arc was definitely attractive but the maneuver dial was particularly compelling:

The VT-49 Decimator’s red-free maneuver dial

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My First Team Epic Tournament (Nov 2014)

It was the perfect Saturday to play 7+ hours of X-Wing. I was on 3 hours sleep, recovering from a concert the night before in the passenger side of my friend’s car eating breakfast on the run. Bleary eyed and slightly hungover I had only played Epic once before. Yet, I wasn’t worried in the slightest – I had my coffee with me. We invented coffee to stay up all night and function the next day, right? Besides, I had one of the best players in Southern Ontario as my team captain, so if 70% of my brain showed up, we’d be fine.

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Greetings from the Outer Rim

You guys in Ontario are slightly spoiled by the fact that you have a large cluster of stores and players in a relatively small area. Once you head West things are a bit more spread out, but here in Calgary we do have a pretty solid group of regulars, plus we can sometimes entice the guys from Edmonton and Lethbridge to make a trip. There are multiple stores here that run events and we were lucky enough to have the Western Canadian Regional at my store The Sentry Box, which you’ll know if you read my Nationals write up.

I’ve been asking around for some input from the guys about their thoughts on the various events and meta shifts over the past six months and I got a pretty comprehensive set of notes from Terrance Tripp who, as results will show, is most definitely one of the best players in the area. His notes are below, with my thoughts added in italics:

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