“Deploy the garrison!”
—Director Orson Krennic, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Imperial Stormtrooper Corps prepares its troops to do battle on any planet under any conditions. No matter how prepared they are, however, these general-purpose soldiers are no replacement for the Empire’s many troops trained to fight in specific environments. The beaches of Imperial-controlled planets are particularly vulnerable, with miles of coastline that could serve as landing zones for Rebel incursions.
Within this expansion, you’ll find everything you need to add two new corps units to your Imperial war machine. Five unpainted, finely detailed Shoretrooper miniatures carrying E-22 blaster rifles stand ready to repel any Rebel advance. Meanwhile, a T-21B Trooper can pick off any remaining enemy troops from a distance.
For the stoutest defense possible, though, you’ll want to deploy a DF-90 Mortar Trooper as a detachment from your Shoretroopers. Launching volleys of suppressive fire from long distance, this trooper provides all the stopping power you’ll ever need. Finally, five upgrade cards invite you to outfit your Shoretroopers with the weapons, training, and gear to prepare for any situation.
While few Imperial garrisons are located on tropical planets with coastlines, the ones that are—such as the security complex on Scarif—are vital to securing the Empire’s interests across the galaxy. As a result, Shoretroopers and their specialized training play a vital role in Imperial attack groups on a number of planets.
Shoretroopers immediately distinguish themselves from other Imperial corps units in terms of both weaponry and training. Not only do their E-22 blaster rifles pack more of a punch than their E-11 counterparts used by both Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers, Shoretroopers begin identifying targets as soon as they are issued orders. As a result, they can be relied upon to make accurate shots while locking down large swathes of the battlefield, especially if they’ve been trained to go on Overwatch.
The E-22 gives the Shoretroopers the means to repel any Rebel attack, but superior firepower alone may not be enough in the face of a full-scale invasion. In these cases, reinforcements can bolster their ranks and add useful options to their arsenal. Assigning another Shoretrooper to your squad makes it even more likely to fend off an offensive push. A T-21B Trooper, on the other hand, can target enemy units at long range, thinning their ranks before they come within range of the rest of the squad’s E-22s.
When it comes to defending the Empire’s most precious secrets on the beaches and coastlines of a planet, blasters are only one tool available to Imperial Shoretroopers. For maximum stopping power, they turn to DF-90 Mortar Troopers to hit marauding forces from a distance. These mortar troops operate as autonomous corps units, but they can only be deployed as detachments from a corresponding unit of Imperial Shoretroopers. But this isn’t the only connection they share. Shoretroopers can coordinate with DF-90 Mortar Troopers or another emplacement trooper to guarantee everyone has orders and is ready to activate at a moment’s notice.
Deploying at speed-1 from the unit leader of its corresponding Shoretroopers unit, the fire from a DF-90 Mortar Trooper does much more than simply eliminate targets. Having mortars rain down on them rattles enemy units, slowing their advance and forcing them to carefully choose when to attack and when to continue forward into more fire. If concentrated enough, this suppressive fire can eventually cause an enemy to panic and run for the nearest board edge.
Despite these advantages, the DF-90 is a cumbersome weapon to carry across the battlefield, limiting its effectiveness when it needs to be on the move. Fortunately, it can easily be repositioned once its set up, ensuring that it can fire no matter where the enemy is coming from. Best of all, there’s no need for the DF-90 to fire on its own. It can lend its power to another friendly unit’s ranged attack, making this strike all the more deadly. With such a long range, the DF-90 works particularly well when it combines its shot with a T-21B Trooper to create an suppressive attack that can also critically damage its target.
The Empire has troops trained for every environment and situation. But when it needs to protect its most vital secrets, it turns to the expertise of a select few: Imperial Shoretroopers.
Look for the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion (SWL41) and the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion (SWL42) at your local retailer in the third quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!