Preview the Darth Vader Operative Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“What is thy bidding, my master?”

   –Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

The dark side of the Force corrupts all that it touches, twisting those who practice it into shells of their former selves. Such is the case with Anakin Skywalker. Once known as one of the strongest Jedi in the entire galaxy, Skywalker was seduced by the dark side and became an agent of evil determined to eliminate the last vestiges of his former order.

Now known as Darth Vader, Skywalker has become more machine than man as he scours the galaxy in an attempt to snuff out the embers of Rebellion. Soon, you’ll be able to harness his dark power on the battlefields of Star Wars™: Legion with the Darth Vader Operative Expansion!

Featuring a finely detailed soft plastic Darth Vader miniature in a different pose than the Darth Vader miniature found in the Core Set, this expansion contains everything you need to field Darth Vader as an Operative in your Imperial armies.

Highly skilled with both a lightsaber and the Force, this miniature’s unit card is accompanied by three new command cards that can be used interchangeably with the command cards found in the Core Set, giving you even more ways to use both versions of this unit. Finally, four upgrade cards help you tap into Vader’s full potential with the Force and grant him even more battle training. Read on for a full look at the Darth Vader Operative Expansion!

The Emperor’s Apprentice

Despite Darth Vader’s great power, he is merely an apprentice to the true power in the galaxy: Emperor Palpatine. Dispatched to do the Emperor’s bidding across the galaxy, Vader will not rest until his master’s will has been carried out. Rather than command Imperial troops on the battlefield, then, this version of Darth Vader is more focused on personally eliminating any who would question the Emperor’s authority.

A central tenet of this plan is the eradication of any remaining Jedi Knights, a task Darth Vader particularly relishes. Relentlessly pursuing Force users to the far corners of the galaxy, Vader uses his hatred of the Jedi to make even deadlier strikes against them. While Vader’s lightsaber attacks don’t have quite the same damage potential as his counterpart in the Core Set, a combatant of Darth Vader’s stature is sure to draw enemy fire and, with a little Tenacity, this gap can be easily bridged.

But Darth Vader does not rely on his lightsaber alone. To him, the Force itself is a weapon. When his opponents are out of reach of his lightsaber, he can simply throw them with the Force as a ranged attack. Such an attack can deal damage, of course, but it has other advantages as well. Rather than randomly slamming his opponents to the ground, Vader can strategically place all the non-leader minis in a small base trooper unit after performing a Force throw, potentially pulling them out of cover and leaving them vulnerable to further attack.

A Force throw is just one example of how Darth Vader can benefit your entire army without directly commanding troops. With three new command cards to enhance his already prodigious skills, he can unleash the power of the dark side. Darth Vader’s mere presence on a battlefield is enough to fill enemy troops with Fear, but as this Darkness Descends upon a combat zone, Vader becomes even more prepared to fight. If it’s the opening stages of the battle, he can make his presence felt even more strongly, quickly advancing on enemy positions and forcing them into a confrontation with the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Not one to shy away from the front lines, Vader can always spur himself forward into the fray and with sufficient Endurance, he has little to worry from suppression tokens. If such an assault isn’t enough to demoralize opposing forces, perhaps witnessing the extent of Vader’s Might will be. With this card, Darth Vader can use his power to displace an entire unit, potentially putting a friendly unit in a more advantageous position—or pulling in an enemy so he can finish them off.

Even if the enemy thinks they have gained the upper hand on Vader, they will quickly discover that he is only surrounded by Fear and Dead Men.  This card gives him an even better chance of dealing damage as he deflects incoming blaster fire, making enemy units carefully consider whether they want to target him.

The Power of the Dark Side

Everywhere that Darth Vader goes, fear is sure to follow. Harness the power of this fear on the battlefield with the Darth Vader Operative Expansion for Star Wars: Legion!

Look for the Darth Vader Operative Expansion (SWL57) at your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental U.S.—here

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The Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion is Available Now

Selected for rotational duty from exceptional Stormtrooper squads, Imperial Shoretroopers are trained not only in tropical environment operations, but also in entrenched warfare. Often assigned to important bases such as the Imperial security facility on Scarif, Shoretroopers use their expertise and equipment to counter Rebel ambushes and ensure Imperial secrets remain safe. 

Within the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion, you’ll find seven unique, unpainted Imperial Shoretrooper miniatures to add to your Star Wars™: Legion collection. Five of these troopers are armed with E-22 blaster rifles while a Shoretrooper equipped with a T-21B targeting rifle is ready to deal extra damage from long range. But if you’re truly looking to keep enemy units from escaping with sensitive information, a DF-90 Mortar Trooper can be added to your army as a detachment from the rest of your Shoretroopers. Rounding out this expansion are two unit cards, five upgrade cards to fully kit out your Shoretroopers, and all the tokens you need to deploy them to any battle.

Pick up your copy of The Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion (SWL41) at your local retailer today or online through our website here!

Preview the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.”
   —Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Massive war machines such as the AT-ST and the TX-225 Occupier Combat Assault Tank do more than crush any resistance to total Imperial domination. They also project the Empire’s might across the planets they are stationed, quelling any resistance before it begins. The Empire takes a similar approach when acquiring local wildlife to support its operations throughout the galaxy.

When these operations take them to desert planets like Tatooine, mighty creatures like Dewbacks make excellent mounts for Imperial Sandtroopers, their imposing frames proving both intimidating to opposing forces and resiliant to blaster fire. Soon, you’ll be able to use these beasts to spread Imperial might across the battlefield with the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion

This expansion brings another option for the support units that back up the bulk of your Imperial armies. Within it, you’ll find an unpainted and beautifully-detailed Dewback miniature with a Sandtrooper rider who can be assembled with four different weapon options: the standard shock prod, a T-21 blaster rifle, a RT-97C blaster rifle, or a CR-24 Flame Rifle. These weapons and their associated upgrade cards each give the Dewback Rider unique new ways to attack while three additional upgrade cards invite you to modify your Dewback Rider with more training and comms systems. 

Join us today as we take a closer look at the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion!

Adapted for Battle

Life on the brutally hot planet of Tatooine has made Dewbacks an extremely rugged species of reptiles able to survive at the most extreme temperatures. Fortunately for the Empire, these environmental adaptations also make them particularly useful in battle. Whether its patrolling a planet or charging headlong into a skirmish, Imperial commanders can use these hearty beasts in a number of ways.

No matter their purpose, Dewback and rider must work together to acheive maximum effectiveness in combat. For instance, while a Dewback’s claws can help them cross the difficult terrain of Tatooine with ease, it can only truly use this ability when it is spurred forward by its rider. Doing so helps these normally lumbering creatures cover a substantial amount of ground with surprising speed, allowing them to become a major part of any engagement. While these short bursts of speed may spook an untrained Dewback, the best display an uncanny Endurance  that lets them push forward without adverse effects.

Once they do enter battle, both Dewback and rider can again come together to unleash a powerful attack. Combining the Dewback’s razor-sharp claws with the Sandtrooper’s shock prod creates a unique attack that is both deadly and sends panic running through the targeted unit. Such an attack requires engaging an enemy unit up close, of course, but luckily the Dewback’s thick and scaly hide create a natural layer of protective armor against incoming attacks.

Before a Dewback can unleash one of these powerful melee attacks, though, it first needs to engage with an enemy unit, which can be quite difficult for these lumbering lizards. With its rider carefully guiding its movements, the Dewback can reposition before or after moving, putting itself in position to march directly at an enemy unit. Better yet, the rider relentlessly drives the beast forward, allowing them to immediately perform an attack after moving. 

  

As powerful as its melee attack may be, it is only the most basic option available to a Dewback Rider. You can just as easily outfit the Sandtrooper with three other weapons that make them effective in a variety of situations. If you’d like a highly mobile trooper who can pick off targets from a distance, a RT-97C Blaster Rifle  extends the Sandtroopers range, making the unit effective both up close and from a distance. Those who want a better chance of hitting their targets regardless of cover or armor, on the other hand, can make use of a  T-21 Blaster Rifle  for the maximum amount of fire. Alternatively, your Dewback Rider can clear swathes of the battlefield with a  CR-24 Flame Rifle,  paving the way for the rest of your troops. 

Whether attacking from afar or bullying opposing units with their sizeable bulk, a Dewback Rider can support Imperial ground operations in a variety of ways, making them invaluable tools to any Imperial commander.

Show Your Might

Towering above all but the largest units, a Dewback is an initimidating symbol of the Empire’s strength. With one in your army, you can remind your enemies of this strengthe every time it takes the battlefield. 

Look for the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion (SWL42) and the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion (SWL41) at your local retailer in the third of 2019. Pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!

The Dewbacle

Some of those who got the early release of the Dewback expansion was surprised to find a much larger base than pictured on the box.

If this happened or happens to you, no sweat. Just follow the link after the jump to request a replacement part:

https://parts.asmodeena.com/partsrequests/

Photo courtesy of: Dustin Foran, and Eric Kingsley