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SW Armada: Stopping the Rebels

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Jan 13 2017
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The Imperial Fleets from Star Wars: Rebels arrive to conquer your tabletop!

Welcome back BoLS Fans!  Last week I talked about building a fleet to represent the Rebel forces on Star Wars: Rebels. This week I decided to take a stab at building an Imperial fleet to face them, one based on the fleets shown in the show. As I may have mentioned before I am a big fan of theme lists, and I love the idea of recreating lists and battles form the shows and movies. Unfortunately I had a bit of a struggle coming up with a good list for the Imperials. Lets take a look at what I found.

The Bruisers

ImpBlockade-SoLThe might of Empire looms over a peaceful world

In some ways building an Imperial Fleet is very easy. We see one sort of fleet, with slight variations, in several episodes of the show. This is the kind of standard fleet with three Imperial I Star Destroyers in it. Here is the version I came up with.

Faction: Galactic Empire
Points: 395/400

Commander: Grand Moff Tarkin

[ flagship ] Imperial I-Class Star Destroyer (110 points)
–  Grand Moff Tarkin  ( 38  points)
–  Agent Kallus  ( 3  points)
151 total ship cost

Imperial I-Class Star Destroyer (110 points)
110 total ship cost

Imperial I-Class Star Destroyer (110 points)
110 total ship cost

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3 TIE Fighter Squadrons ( 24 points)

open-uri20150608-27674-i53kmu_982fe128The best Imperial tech still goes down in flames when faced with a Jedi

Using the Fleet Part One

This is basically the fleet you see blockading Mustafar in Rebels Season One, Episode 15. In addition ff you wanted you could switch Tarkin out for Konstantine and add Vader as a squadron to represent the fleet that attack’s the Rebels in Season 2 Episode 2. Dropping Vader for more ties would allow you to recreate the three ISD I fleet that shows up in a number of other episodes. While this fleet is accurate to the show, it’s also a little boring, as there it not much to it beyond three Imperial Is. Due to its make up it might actually make for a match up versus the Rebel fleet I did last week, heavy ISDs verse light CR90s, but it would be a slog fest. Due to this I figured I’d try some different builds.

The Interdictor

Imperial_interdictor_1OK, take two, this time with some tricks!

Faction: Galactic Empire
Points: 395/400

Commander: Admiral Konstantine

[ flagship ] Interdictor-class Suppression Refit (90 points)
–  Admiral Konstantine  ( 23  points)
–  Interdictor  ( 3  points)
–  Admiral Titus  ( 2  points)
–  G-8 Experiemental Projector  ( 8  points)
–  G7-X Grav Well Projector  ( 2  points)
128 total ship cost

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Arquitens-class Command Cruiser (59 points)
–  Reinforced Blast Doors  ( 5  points)
–  Dual Turbolaser Turrets  ( 5  points)
69 total ship cost

Arquitens-class Command Cruiser (59 points)
–  Reinforced Blast Doors  ( 5  points)
–  Dual Turbolaser Turrets  ( 5  points)
69 total ship cost

Arquitens-class Command Cruiser (59 points)
–  Hand of Justice  ( 4  points)
–  Reinforced Blast Doors  ( 5  points)
–  Dual Turbolaser Turrets  ( 5  points)
73 total ship cost

7 TIE Fighter Squadrons ( 56 points)

Imperial_cruiser_crashes_into_the_InterdictorCurses! Foiled again! 

Using the Fleet Part Two

So this fleet is supposed to represent the fleet we see in Season 2 Episode 9, which introduced the Interdictor. The biggest problem I had was coming up with this fleet was finding the Admiral for it.  In the episode it’s self the Imperial commander is Admiral Titus, and while I’ve included him, he is not an Admiral in the Armada sense. Both Vader and Tarkin show up in Rebels,  but by this point they are kind of off doing something else. At the time of this episode it is in fact Admiral Konstantine who is in charge in of the Imperial fleet. Thus he seems a perfect fit for the Interdictor fleet, and fluff wise he makes the most sense.

The big issue is that he needs two medium or large ships to work. In the episode we only see the one Interdictor and a number of Arquitens, rendering him useless. If you really want to make the fleet work you’d either have to switch some ships out for another medium ship, or changes Konstantine out for another Admiral, most likely Vader.

The Blockade

6Third times the charm, nothing is getting past us! 

Faction: Galactic Empire
Points: 397/400

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Commander: Darth Vader

[ flagship ] Arquitens-class Command Cruiser (59 points)
–  Darth Vader  ( 36  points)
–  Centicore  ( 3  points)
–  Agent Kallus  ( 3  points)
–  Reinforced Blast Doors  ( 5  points)
–  Dual Turbolaser Turrets  ( 5  points)

111 total ship cost

Arquitens-class Command Cruiser (59 points)
–  Hand of Justice  ( 4  points)
–  Reinforced Blast Doors  ( 5  points)
–  H9 Turbolasers  ( 8  points)

76 total ship cost

Arquitens-class Command Cruiser (59 points)
–  Dual Turbolaser Turrets  ( 5  points)
64 total ship cost

Gozanti-class Assault Carriers (28 points)
–  Flight Commander  ( 3  points)
–  Rapid Launch Bays  ( 6  points)
37 total ship cost

Gozanti-class Assault Carriers (28 points)
–  Flight Commander  ( 3  points)
–  Rapid Launch Bays  ( 6  points)
37 total ship cost

9 TIE Fighter Squadrons ( 72 points)

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Dude, hold my TIE and watch this!

Using the Fleet Part Three

Lastly I build a fleet loosely based off of Season 2 Episode 7. I took a few more liberties with this one than the others, to try and make it work a bit better. In the Episode an Imperial force of three Arquitens and some Gozanti’s are blockading a world and the Rebels have to get by them. Because of this I took three Arquitens and two flotillas of Gozantis and a screen of TIE fighters. Vader seemed like a decent choice for the list, better than Konstaine and is a good match for the Arquitens.

I gave the Command Cruisers some upgrades but left one with out the Reinforced Blast Doors to represent the one the Rebel B-wing destroys, clearly it was reinforced! In addition we do see the Gozantis launching TIEs sometimes so Rapid Launch Bays seemed like a fun upgrade. Overall It this could be a kind of fun fleet to play around with a bit, giving the Imperials a very mobile force.

Vader_attacks_the_Phoenix_fleetSometimes, all you need is a little Vader

Final Thoughts

So those are the fleets I came up with for this exercise. As before I tried to stay true to the show using only ships and characters that showed up on screen. While some of the fleets obviously need some tweaks I think they could have some fun matches against the Rebel fleet I built last week. In conclusion I’d love to see someone play that fight out!

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That’s it for this time BoLS fans! Let us know what you think of these fleets, and how you would build a themed list, down in the comments!

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