23rd Oct2019

‘X-Wing 2.0: Wave 4 – VT-49 Decimator’ Expansion Pack Review

by Matthew Smail


You’d be forgiven for not being able to place the silhouette of the imposing and much larger than expected VT-49 Decimator, especially if your knowledge of Star Wars is limited only to the core movies. This ship has never appeared in the movies as far as I know, but it looks every bit like an Imperial ship that brims with bad intentions. What’s more, the VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack for X-Wing 2.0 is a large model, easily rivalling the Millenium Falcon for size and certainly bearing bad intentions, giving Galactic Empire players something to smile about.

Because of its size and low to average mobility, the Decimator is a hard ship to pilot, with title cards like Dauntless needed to help it stay within the tight confines of a standard playing space. There are two named pilots to choose from, with Rear Admiral Chiraneau being my personal favourite and Captain Oicunn a close second. Chiraneau is able to convert focus rolls into hits, whilst Oicunn can helpfully target enemies at extremely close range (range 0) which is inevitable since the VT-49 moves quickly and often bumps into other ships.


In all configurations, the VT-49 rolls a robust three attack dice, but it’s really the combinations of crew and other weapons that add to its threat levels. Combinations of Darth Vadar, Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother can add force points and abilities, whilst several droids and VIP passengers offer combinations of additional dice, modifiers and effects. Taking Admiral Sloane and Seventh Sister together, for example, allows the VT-49 to add stress to enemies and then to roll an additional die when targeting a stressed opponent.

Overall, the VT-49 can be fielded for around a hundred points with several upgrades which might also include torpedoes or explosive mines, making it an ideal lead ship in a list featuring several Tie Fighters with a decent build and elite pilots. As a miniature, it’s a large and attractive piece, albeit, you know, it’s not so much attractive as it is impressive. It’s a great miniature, I suppose, is what I’m saying. With that said, the VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack is a great addition to any Empire list, and personally, I think it’s a lot of fun.

The VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack for X-Wing 2.0 is out now. Check out the rest of our X-Wing 2.0 reviews right here.


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