Lets face it the Stormtroopers from Star Wars have an iconic look to them. In fact when I was 13 years old when Star Wars was released (just Star Wars then no New Hope logo for added measure!), I could have sworn that I had seen the Stormtroopers before. Of course I hadn’t and well I had as their iconic armour I would later find was lifted throughout periods of history, including samurai!
I leave school and start work but still continue to love Star Wars very much and then Return of the Jedi comes along and the one thing I remember when sitting in the cinema with my ex girlfriend and her then 10 year old brother Mark was how cool the Emperors Royal Guard looked, and over 35 years later they still remain one of the best looking units in science fiction in general!
Fantasy Flight Games have just previewed the Royal Guard for Star Wars: Legion and they look amazing, resplendent with their flowing red robes and totally hidden faces! Are these clones of the Emperor himself as was rumored back when Jedi was released? One thing is sure is their fierce loyalty to Palpatine and they will die without question to protect him!
Game wise a few of the cards have been revealed by Fantasy Flight and with keywords such as Disciplined (2)and Guardian (2) they are pretty much a force to be reckoned with! Combine them with The Emperor himself and you have a pretty unstoppable force that can take on the Rebels and defend the Empire to the death! Being able to remove two suppression tokens when they are activated makes them pretty much a deadly unit to have to face off against!
The miniatures look beautiful too. Each is posed with its Force Pike, while the unit leader has both a Force Pike and pistol for ranged effect. The faceless masks make the Royal Guard look menacing and give off an air of threat that is suitable to the status of the bodyguard elite of The Emperor!
The Royal Guard Expansion Pack, is now available to order from Fantasy Flight Games directly, or your local games store. Gamers Web recommends 6s2hit.com for great value and up to 25% discount on retail prices!