Battle Droids are biggest mistake in the Star Wars Miniatures game. They are too expensive, period. For crying out loud, Ewoks are cheaper… and they hit better. When they wrote the rules, what were they thinking? Battle Droids should cost one. Anything else is price gouging.
If you’re going to use Battle Droids, then there is only one way. Get one Battle Droid Officer and one Super Battle Droid Commander. Then fill your squad with Battle Droids. Your only hope is Combined Fire, so you’re going to need a lot of droids. What? You have four points left to spend and you want to buy one Battle Droid? Forget it. Buy an Ewok. Learn to live with not being able to spend the last point.
Strategies and game play:
Combined fire in teams of three. When advancing, use two supporting druids for each droid you fire. That’ll give you a chance to hit. Pairs of Droids who don’t move can get +4 careful shot from The Super Battle Droid Commander, resulting in one +8 attack. It’s your only chance to hit something. Keep shooting at the same target until you bring it down. Wounded characters are just going to kill you when they shoot back. You must kill every character you attack. Remember you only do 10 points of damage. So pick targets you can kill. It usually takes six druids to bring down one 20 hit point character.
Use cover. Hide… a lot.
Use single Battle Droids to hold open doors? Don’t make me laugh. My grandmother can take one out… and close the door. You want a door opener, get an Ewok.
Combos with other miniatures:
Battle Droids need commanders or they can’t hit the broad side of a barn. It’s not just nice to have a commander when you have Battle Droids… it’s required.
Ways to counteract it:
You need a strategy? Shoot them. They die. Lightsaber Sweep is almost too good for them.
Way too expensive. You are the easiest target to hit, you die if anyone hits you… and you only do ten points of damage (can anyone tell me why robots can’t hold heavy blasters?) On second thought, you take the Battle Droids. I’d rather charge across an open field with a squad of Tusken Raiders.
Artwork and aesthetics:
Not only is this a lousy figure, but 90% of them don’t stand up straight. They list.
I give this miniature a rating of 1 (but only because zero isn’t a choice.)
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