Preview the Resistance Transport Expansion Pack for X-Wing
"We are the very last of the Resistance. But we are not alone."
–Amilyn Holdo, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Empire may be gone, but those who vigilantly defend the Star Wars galaxy from tyranny still find themselves in much the same position as the Rebels who came before them. Lacking critical supplies and the support of the New Republic, the Resistance must use its own means to procure the vehicles and equipment it needs to continue the fight against the First Order.
Many times, ingenious Resistance engineers take matters into their own hands, cobbling together completely new starships from parts borrowed from a variety of sources. The foremost example of their work is the Resistance Transport, a custom-built shuttle designed to ferry troops and important personnel across the stars. Not only can this ship act as both a transport and a gunship, the cockpit can be flown as an independent ship in its own combat operations.
Whether you’re carrying high-ranking Resistance officers or using it as a command shuttle, you’ll soon be able to add one of these versatile transports to your squadrons with the Resistance Transport Expansion Pack for X-Wing™. Within this expansion, you’ll find a beautifully painted Resistance Transport miniature with detachable Resistance Transport Pod that can also be added to your squadrons. Accompanying these miniatures is everything you need to fly them into battle, including 8 ship cards—4 for the Resistance Transport and 4 for the Resistance Transport Pod—as well as 16 upgrade cards featuring some of the most prominent members of the Resistance.
Join us today as we take a look at everything included in the Resistance Transport Expansion Pack!
Many of the starfighters the Resistance employs against the First Order, such as the T-70 X-Wing and RZ-2 A-Wing—are updated versions of models that have been in use since the time of the Rebellion. The Resistance Transport follows this pattern by taking a B-Wing frame and putting it to an entirely new use, helping the ship take on a completely different role in Resistance squadrons and adding new strategic dimensions to the faction’s battle plans.
As its name suggests, the Resistance Transport was designed with carrying passengers in mind and you’ll find a number of new Resistance-exclusive crew cards ready to increase the synergy of your entire squadron. Nowhere is this more evident than the legendary Leia Organa. Ever vigilant in the fight against tyranny, Organa not only adds her latent Force abilities to a ship, she can also spend her Force charge to instill hope in a friendly pilot once they’ve revealed their dial, reducing the difficulty of their maneuver.
Organa opens new possibilities for every pilot under her command, helping them reach new heights. With her help, an ace like Poe Dameron can still activate his ability and perform two actions even after executing a difficult Koiogran Turn or Tallon Roll. Similarly, Leia Organa removes the drawbacks from Resistance Transport Pilot Cova Nell’s ability, allowing her to roll an additional die while defending or performing a primary attack without gaining the stress token from her revealed red maneuver.
As Leia Organa clearly demonstrates, the crew members Resistance Transports carry are often invaluable to the squadron’s overall strategies. While having such important personnel aboard their ships certainly puts a lot of pressure on them, those who fly the Resistance Transport are among the best at managing these high-stress situations.
Pammich Nerro Goode , for example, can continue executing red maneuvers while she has two or fewer stress tokens, letting her stay one step ahead of the enemy. Better yet, adding Korr Sella to her crew allows Goode to remove all the stress tokens she’s accumulated in a single swoop after fully executing a blue maneuver, helping her remain elusive and unpredictable throughout an engagement.
Similarly, Nodin Chavdri helps whatever members of Resistance Command are aboard his ship relay their orders to the rest of the squadron even during high pressure situations. With the help of additional actions, Chavdri can accumulate quite a few tokens that he can then distribute—or collect—with the help of an officer like Amilyn Holdo just before engaging.
Even without a pilot ability of their own, a Logistics Division Pilot has options for protecting their ship and its passengers. Simply outfitting it with some Autoblasters could deter ships from moving in close and risk being caught in its bullseye arc. Alternatively, you give yourself more control over the ship’s defense by installing a set of Angled Deflectors.
Doing so may reduce your ship’s shield value, but it also adds the Reinforce action to your action bar, giving you a valuable tool for reducing the damage you could take. What’s more, having Larma D’Acy on board gives you the chance to do so at particularly crucial moments, giving you the chance to contribute to you squadron for at least a little longer.
Spreading the Spark
The Resistance Transport’s ability to carry all manner of crew may be its defining feature, but the engineers who created it built function into the ship’s very form, lending it even more versatility. The ship is so versatile, in fact, that its cockpit pod can be flown as an independent ship with its own maneuver dial, action bar, and upgrade options. While this pod lacks the space for more than one crew member or the customization options of its parent ship, it can still make significant contributions to your squadrons.
An excellent platform for smaller teams to embark on missions that don’t require extra personnel or heavy armament, the Resistance Transport Pod also gives some Resistance members not typically known for their piloting skills the chance to take the controls. Normally seen helping guide Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-Wing, BB-8 can take the Transport Pod in some surprising new directions if he chooses to perform a red barrel roll or boost action during the System Phase.
On top of his skills positioning his ship, BB-8 unlocks even more possibilities by giving the version of C-3PO found in the Resistance Conversion Kit another droid to coordinate. What’s more, BB-8 isn’t the only droid ready to join the crew of a Resistance Transport or Resistance Transport Pod. In addition to adding calculate to her ship’s action bar, PZ-4CO can transfer the calculate tokens she generates to friendly ships right when they need them. These calculate tokens could be especially useful to a Resistance hero like Finn, who can add results that can be subsequently modified to both his attack and defense rolls.
Clearly, the Resistance Transport Pod thrives on its pilots working with other ships and crew members to be successful. This is certainly the case with Rose Tico . Whether she’s attacking or defending, Tico always performs better when there are more friendly ships in the attack arc. This becomes more difficult as friendly ships take damage and are destroyed, of course, but with a droid like GA-97 calling for backup, Tico will have at least one friendly ship to support her after the shooting has started. This droid allows you to place a ship in reserve at the beginning of a game and—depending on how many of their charges you’ve spent—deploy it to support the Resistance once they’re in the thick of battle.
Finally, although she isn’t the most skilled pilot, Vi Moradi can use her Resistance Transport Pod to gather some Compromising Intel on an enemy ship, forcing them flip their dial faceup during the System Phase whenever they’re within range 0–3 of her. With this information in hand, Moradi is free to use Kaydel Connix to alter her own flight path and give herself an advantage on her opponent.
Restore the Republic
Beings in every corner of the galaxy put their hope in the Resistance to fight back against the nefarious First Order. With a good transport and some inspiring leaders on your side, you'll have everything you need to begin restoring peace to the galaxy.
The Resistance Transport Expansion Pack (SWZ45) is releasing alongside the rest of Wave IV! Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or through our website today!
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