Development Diary #3: The Air War, The Mandalorians Return, 501st Stormies, and WRIST ROCKETS
A bumper edition this week, with 2 new elite Stormtrooper skins, an exciting upgrade for the B2 Super Battle Droid, more infantry changes, and a complete roster of air units!
Every single faction is gaining multiple new land units in the next release, from atmospheric fighters to new infantry types. This week I’m ready to reveal the aerial rosters for every faction. (There’s also a load of exciting new infantry updates - and skins - under the unit list below!)
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Aerial Units: Speeders; Fighters; Bombers; Gunships; Transports
I’ve explained before the roles of each of these completely distinct aerial units. And now I am pleased to reveal the line-up for each faction in Age Of Legends (you can also skip ahead to see the new unit skins below):
New Republic/Galactic Alliance: T-16, T-47, Tachyon, V-wing; X-wing, A-wing, E-wing, XJ X-wing; B-wing, K-wing, B-wing Aurora; Raider LAAP Gunship; HTT-26
Imperial Remnant: RaDAir; A9 Vigilance, Howlrunner, Preybird, TIE Interceptor (shielded); Scimitar; LAAV; IDT
Galactic Empire: RaDAir; TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor; TIE Bomber, Scimitar; Lancet, Nemesis, CSF; IDT
Dark Empire: T-16, RaDAir; TIE Droid, TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor; TIE Punisher, Scimitar; CSF, Nemesis, LAATi; IDT
Yuuzhan Vong: Peace Brigade Mixed Airspeeders; Coralskipper; Yorik Grutta; Yorik Akaga
Corporate Sector Authority: T-47 (CSA skin); Planetary Fighter; Skipray; HMP Gunship; [transport TBC]
Mandalorian Clans: Haran; Cabur; Besuliik; Type II Dunelizard
Yevethan Protectorate: Deathhawk Combat Airspeeder; TIE Interceptor; TIE Bomber; IDT
Eriadu Authority: Storm IV; V38 Assault Fighter; TIE Bomber; Nemesis, CSF
Zsinj’s Empire: RaDAir; Planetary Fighter, TIE Raptor; Skipray; LAATi
Crimson Command: T-16; Howlrunner; TIE Targeter; Lancet; IDT
Pentastar Alignment: RaDAir; T.I.E Starfighter; PTB-625; MAAT
Zero Command: Deathhawk Combat Airspeeder; TIE Fighter; TIE Punisher; LAAV
Restored Empire: RaDAir; Alpha-3 V-wing; PTB-625; LAATi
Maw Irregular Fleet: Haran; Planetary Fighter; Skipray; Lancet, Nemesis; IDT
Chiss Ascendancy: AirStraeker; Nssiss Clawcraft; Syca; Nemesis
Empire of the Hand: AirStreaker; Nssiss Clawcraft; Scimitar; IDT
Vagaari Empire: Heavy STAP; Vulture Droid; Schostri (GT); HMP Gunship
Killik Hives: STAP; V-wing; Dartship; B-wing Aurora; HMP Gunship
Ssi-ruuvi Imperium: Swarm Droid; Purger
Hutt Cartel: T-16; M3A Syck; Type II Dunelizard; Rendaran
Availability will sometimes vary depend on era. Rise Of Caedus air units rosters will feature in the next Dev Diary. Don’t forget to subscribe.
Imperial Elite Guard & 501st Stormtroopers
The Stormtroopers in v1.33 are going to be specialised assault infantry. But among the Stormtrooper Corps there are certain elite units. The 501st was disbanded after Endor and reconstituted by Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Unknown Regions.
The Empire of the Hand’s most elite and prestigious unit now have special armour, derived from the original Clone Trooper unit once led by Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
And that’s not all. In the aftermath of the Yuuzhan Vong War the Empire trained an elite cadre of bodyguard and assault troops to protect the Imperial Head of State. These Elite Guards now have their own skin, based on their description in the Legacy of the Force novels.
These special units are termed as Elite Assault Infantry. And other factions will also be getting their own equivalents of these crack units.
“Watch Those Wrist Rockets!”
And now, the update you are all here for… that’s right. B2 Super Battle Droids are getting wrist rockets! This means they will be highly effective both as anti-infantry and as anti-vehicle units.
Super Battle Droids, in this era, are a very rare unit. But…