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Shadow Stormtrooper


Date Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008

Ratings:  Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

100 pt: 2.0
150 pt: 3.0
200 pt: 4.0

Sith Dragon

Shadow Stormtrooper
Cost: 13
HP: 20
DEF: 16
ATK: +8
DAM: 20

Careful Shot; Stealth

Today we look at a simple but very nice add to the Imperial faction.  For those of you that like your Black Ops teams, this guy will fit in nicely with your Storm Commandos.  For 13pts, you get an average HP, basic trooper defense of 16 and a decent attack of +8.  Granted if you can keep him still, you can boost it to a +12 with Careful Shot, which is quite good.

This piece is very solid, but the problem with him is that it came out in the same set as the Kel-Dor, who has better HP, attack and can explode for 40 DAM.  Where the ST pulls an advantage is when running trooper squads.  It can get nice boosts from any trooper commander, mainly Piett.  With the release of Nina Calixte, the Empires super stealth options are pretty good.  The only real big downside to this guy is his fragile 20HP.  30 Would have been better.  The ST works well as either the basis of an army or stealthed shooters supporting the Empire's growing Jedi stable.

100pts:  Too fragile here.  You cant quite get enough punch out of them to count.

150/200pts: Here they are very good.  I like to run Jedi with Nina and some of these guys in the background to help weaken opposing forces.  With all of the help the Imperials give to Troopers and followers in general, this is a pretty good piece.  You will just have to decide between the ST and the Kel-Dor.


Shadow Stormtrooper
Faction: Empire
Cost: 13
HP: 20
Def: 16
Att: +8
Dam: 20
Careful Shot +4
Piett always had a special place in my heart.  It was my first solid 200pt squad and every variation of it I've tried has gone undefeated.  With that in mind, anytime a new Imperial fig with "trooper" in the name comes along I get a little excited.  After the Storm Commando came out, I knew it was only a matter of time before the Shadow Trooper came along.  So, lets take a look at the stats.  I'm going to compare him to the Evo Trooper since they are both, for the most part, privy to the same CE's and will typically be played in the same kind of squad.  He costs the same as an Evo Trooper at 13 points, so while you won't be fielding as many of these guys as you could, say, regular stormies, you can still pile up quite a few in a 200 point game.  The Shadow Trooper only has has 20 HP so most other pieces will take him down in one shot.  He looses 10 HP under the Evo, but gains one attack at a +8 (not too shabby.)  Defence is standard stormie defence at a solid 16.  Finally, damage is a solid 20 as well.
Moving on to Special Abilities; the Shadow Trooper doesn't have many.  While the Evo focuses on pumping up the damage with Deceptive +10, the ST pumps up his already impressive attack with Careful Shot +4.  On top of Thrawn's +3/+3 and Piett's Opportunist, now were' looking at +19(!) for 30 damage.  He doesn't hit super hard, but he's hard pressed to ever miss either.  Fortunately, he also has Stealth to help counteract the fact that he's now a 20HP sitting duck after he shoots.  Stealth is the key word here people . . . run him with Nyna.  Now he's nigh untargetable with "super stealth" unless your opponent goes to him, which is the biggest difference between the Shadow Trooper and the Evo trooper.  With the right CE's, he may not hit as hard as you'd like, but the ST is more about guarantees than raw damage output.
100pts 2/5:  Even with Nyna you really can't put enough hurt on your opponent before all your troopers drop.  I can't be 100% certain here, but I wouldn't try it.
150pts 3/5:  Now we can start fielding enough CE's to make it worth while, although you may still be struggling a bit.  I haven't had the luck at 150 I've had at 200 fielding Piett, and I doubt the Shadow Trooper will change that.
200pts 4/5:  Take it from me: trooper squads excel here.  Piett isn't quite as prominent as he once was, but with Nyna/Thrawn/Veers/whatever else you want to help out, a good Imperial trooper squad can still put some serious hurt on.   

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