Snowtroopers Unit Expansion. Fantasy Flight Games

Star Wars Legion from Fantasy Flight Games has a loyal fan base who eagerly await each new release and rush to paint them and get them onto the tabletop as quickly as possible.

Since the game was launched in March 2018, there have been twenty-nine miniature expansions released, dice, bases and rulers and even some terrain features, with more coming this year.  This of course gives the player a great range to choose from when building up their forces for the game and in this article I will take a look at one of the best core units in the game the Snowtroopers for the Galactic Empire. I will unbox the unit, take a look at possible ideas for a Snowtroopers themed force and more. This is the first in a series of articles to hopefully help new players get more from the game. I’m not a master at the game and have only played a few games so may get things wrong, but if it can help someone all the better I guess.

Making their cinematic debut in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the Snowtrooper can be seen routing the forces of the Rebel Alliance as they storm Echo Base on the ice planet of Hoth!

Though they are best known as Snowtroopers, Cold Assault Troopers would be a much better description for them.  With heavy duty gear that slows them down compared to regular stormtroopers, these units are outfitted with thermal units and helmets that keep them at a constant temperature and allow them to work normally in harsh environments, such as the freezing cold of Hoth.

Their armour contains special thermal conductors that distribute heat throughout the trooper’s body and allow them to function normally despite freezing temperatures.  The helmets had a cloth around the faceplate that helped keep the condensation caused by breathing in cold climates down, and also added a more sinister look to them.  Each trooper was also equipped with various other items such as grappling hooks, grenades and special purpose boots that wouldn’t slip on ice or snow!

During the assault on Hoths Echo Base, Snowtroopers were used as an advanced wave of infantry to push back the enemy and force them into retreating to their underground bunkers, flanked by dozens of All Terrain Scout Transport (ATST) walkers that formed a tight pincer manoeuvre that caught the Ill prepared rebels on the back foot and this was just the vanguard as the ground assault was supported by the heavy guns of the behemoth like ATAT (All Terrain Armoured Transport) walkers.

With little recourse but to flee the ice planet, the rebel troops lost many of their men and women to the advancing Snowtroopers and their deadly and relentless assault.

When asked why the character of British comic book character Judge Dredd had such a featureless look to his helmet, the characters creator John Wagner said that the fact you couldn’t see Dredds eyes would help to strike fear into criminals, similarly the faceless helmets of the Imperial Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers do just that, they strike fear with an expressionless visage of evil, punctuated by the purity of their white ceramite armour.

When it comes down to Star Wars Legion, there are several options that a player can use when building their forces and all are down to personal choice and of course budget!

One option open to Imperial players is to field a themed force with Snowtroopers at the core.  Of course, this will work out to be more expensive than fielding normal Stormtroopers, as the core game comes with two standard units of Stormtroopers and if you go Dutch with a friend on a core box each, you will both have a tournament legal force from the off.  For the basic tournament, you will need a minimum of three core units, and with only two in the box, well the math speaks for itself!

So if you go down the Snowtroopers themed route it will in the end cost you more money. At the moment a core box can be picked up for anywhere between £59 and £89 depending on who you buy it from. The Snowtroopers Expansion costs between £17 and £25 again depending on where you purchase them from. So, in theory, you could buy three sets for £51 which would give you the three core units to play, but that’s it! Going Dutch on a core set will give you four units of stormtroopers, two units of speederbikes and two Darth Vader models for just a few pounds more!

Expense aside there is a good reason to take an all Snowtrooper themed force over regular Stormtroopers. Cost wise in the game there is only four points between both units, with Stormtroopers coming in at 44 points for a basic unit, while Snowtroopers are 48 points for a basic unit! Both units can be upgraded of course to include more troopers, heavy weapons and other items such as grenades and grappling hooks that negate difficult terrain.

Again there is a basic difference between both units and this comes down to their keywords. Regular Stormtroopers get the Precise keyword which allows them to reroll a failed hit roll when they spend an Aim token, this is on top of the reroll that the token would give them.

Snowtroopers don’t get Precise they get the keyword Steady. Steady allows a unit with that keyword to shoot after making a basic move action, which in effect means that Snowtroopers can move, then move and then fire for free. They cant however move, fire, move fire as you are only allowed one attack per activation per unit.  Snowtroopers really need this as they only move at speed one.

When it comes down to loadouts both Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers have similar things that they can take right from the off.  They both can take an extra trooper for an additional cost of 11 points for Stormtroopers and 12 for Snowtroopers.  Both also get access to heavy weapons upgrades with the Stormtroopers getting a HH-12 for 34 points and a DLT-19 for 24 points.

The Snowtroopers get a T-7 Ion trooper for 34 points and a Flametrooper for just 20 points! The HH-12 is a weapon with the trait Cumbersome which means that it can’t move and fire in the same turn and once used it needs to be refreshed before it can be used again which takes an action!  The T-7 also needs to be refreshed once used but can move and fire in the same turn.  Both weapons have good ranges too with the HH-12 winning out at ranges 1-4 while the T-7 is range 1-2!

The DLT-19 is an excellent weapon for the Stormtroopers and packs a pretty mean punch with Impact 1 at ranges 1-4 and rolling 2 red dice.  The flamer, however, is only range 1, but has the Blast and Spray traits, and as such ignores cover and rolls one black die for every miniature that it can hit, which in theory could be up to six dice, on top of the other dice in the pool!

Flametroopers can be a real pain in the neck for your opponent and make them think twice about where they place valuable and exposed units or characters.

Of course you could always flesh out your Snowtroopers by adding up to three E-Web Heavy Blaster teams that have a range of 1-3 and though they can’t really move, they can keep your back covered and work out cheaper than using an ATST.

Another option for taking a Snowtrooper themed army would be to take two TX225-GRAVw Occupier Assault Tanks (try saying that fast three times in a row,phew). This would of course max out your heavy slot for a standard army or you could just take one!

Below is a quick Hoth themed list that works out at 789 points

789/800
General Veers 80
Esteemed Leader, Commanding Presence, Emergency Stims,
Snowtroopers 48
Flametrooper, Snowtrooper, Environmental Gear,
Snowtroopers 48
Flametrooper, Snowtrooper, Environmental Gear,
Snowtroopers 48
T-7 Ion Snowtrooper, Snowtrooper, Environmental Gear:
E-Web Heavy Blaster Team 55
Long-Range Comlink, Barrage Generator,
E-Web Heavy Blaster Team 55
Long-Range Comlink, Barrage Generator,
E-Web Heavy Blaster Team 55
HQ Uplink, Barrage Generator,
TX-225 GAVw Occupier Combat Assault Tank 155
Imperial Hammers Elite Armor Pilot, DLT-19 Rifle Pintle, Comms Jammer,
Commands:
Maximum Firepower, Covert Observation, Evasive Maneuvers, Pinned Down, Imperial Discipline, Coordinated Fire, Standing Orders,

 

But what about the miniatures themselves? Well my unboxing video below looks at the models and cards, but to be honest the Snowtroopers and Scout Troopers are easily the best looking units within the game to date! Each miniature is a simple push fit consisting of only three or four pieces and they go together wonderfully.

Animation is first class and FFG have learned a lot since they brought out Imperial Assault and it shows.  The expansion comes with a leader, four Snowtroopers, a Snowtrooper armed with a flamethrower and a Snowtrooper armed with a T7 Ion gun! Each model looks very menacing with their armour covering all their human features and leaving them as faceless automaton.

I would love to be able to afford an entire Snowtrooper themed force, but sadly finances restrict me to what is practical, so at the moment I am limited to just two units.  I may rejig my budget for hobbies and pick up a couple of extra units at some point.

As for painting them?  Well white is a very difficult thing to get right in small scale, it either looks washed out or to grimy and dull. There are a few techniques that can be used and the video below from Jarrett Lee over at Miniature Junkie is a really excellent and quick guide to painting Snowtroopers and highly recommended (don’t forget to hit that like button and subscribe too as every subscriber really helps) I will be

The Snowtroopers Expansion is available now from Fantasy Flight Games .  Gamers Web recommends 6s2hit.com for great value and up to 25% discount on retail prices!

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