Wave 1 Ally Pack – Chewbacca

Chewbacca painted and photographed by Matthew of www.oldenhammer.com

Chewbacca painted and photographed by Matthew of www.oldenhammer.com

Campaign

The side mission to earn Chewbacca as an ally is called The Spice Job and is included in the core box of Imperial Assault. So the only card for the campaign that is new in this pack is the reward card called Intimidation. The mission you have to win to earn it is Celebration. At first this looks like a rather weak effect. But considering one of the strongest deployment cards in the core box campaign is the imperial Royal Guard, this quickly becomes very worthwhile. Royal Guards have a deployment cost of 8. Bumping this to 10 either means an additional round for the imperial player to be able to deploy them, or not being able to deploying them with an Imperial Officer. Both are very good things to have in the campaign. Though the reward card in the Han Solo Ally Pack has much more immediate value.

To recruit Chewbacca as an Ally for your campaign, you need to win the Side Mission The Spice Job. Since this mission is included in the core box, you don’t need any additional expansions.

Skirmish

With Skirmish he does fair a bit worse actually. His deployment card is a bit underwhelming. He has a deployment cost of 15, with 14 health, 4 speed, a black and white defense dice and attacks with red, yellow and blue dice. He does have the Protector ability, but with his 4 speed he is a bit slow to get in the right positions to make the most use out of this ability. He also has the special action Slam, essentially smacking an adjacent figure for the damage rolled on a red die. It can be good to safely remove annoying low-health figures like Imperial Officers or C-3PO. Still, the current sentiment about him is that he is overpriced in skirmish. Maybe if more Wookie trait cards are being released over time, he becomes viable again.

As for command cards, Hold Ground is probably the most versatile because it can be used by any figure with the Guardian traits. It also works with Royal Guards or the Wookie Warriors, so it is probably the most played card of the pack until now. If you do bring Chewbacca along in your army, you get to use Debts Repaid. With it, you get an additional activation out of Chewbacca as well the focused condition for your next attack. It works similar to Luke Skywalkers “Son of Skywalker” from the core box. But since it is tied to the condition of losing a figure, it is not as flexible.

Other command cards are focused more on Wookies like Wookie Rage and Adrenaline. Both are okay, but since Wookies suffer from being slow and melee focused, they just don’t fit in the current meta.

The included skirmish map Imperial Labor Camp uses only times from the core box.

Model

The model is okay, but nothing to write home about. Especially compared to other core box highlights like Darth Vader and later wave figures he just seems to be nothing special.

Campaign Rating – 3/5 Bowcasters
Skirmish Rating – 1/5 Bowcasters