Preview the Vulture-class Droid Fighter Expansion Pack for X-Wing
“Master, General Grievous’s ship is directly ahead. The one crawling with Vulture droids.”
–Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
No matter how skilled they are, starfighter pilots can only do so much from the cockpits of their individual ships. Seeking to overcome these limitations, the Separatist Alliance takes a novel approach to space combat. Rather than “traditional” organic pilots controlling only a single ship, they turn to groups of interlinked droid starfighters that share tactical data in real time and coordinate their movements to overwhelm their enemies.
At the heart of these attack groups is the Vulture-class droid fighter. While weak in isolation, a sufficient number of these fighters can quickly become too much for even the most experienced pilots to handle. Already capable of precise combat calculations, Vulture droids become even more deadly when they're fed additional tactical data from supporting command ships. Soon, you’ll be able to make these droids the cornerstone of your own strategies with the Vulture-class Droid Fighter Expansion Pack for X-Wing™!
Within this expansion, you’ll find one Vulture-class droid fighter miniature, beautifully painted in the colors of the Trade Federation as well as five ship cards representing different programming styles for you to employ in battle. You can further shape your Vulture droid to fit your personal strategy with five upgrade cards.
Join us today as we explore everything included in the Vulture-class Droid Fighter Expansion Pack!
Programmed for Destruction
There is a clear distinction between two different classes of starfighters within Separatist Alliance squadrons. On the one hand, the faction’s leaders take to battle in powerful and heavily armored starfighters, such as the Belbullab-22 and Sith Infiltrator. On the other hand, you'll find the weak droid starfighters that make up the vast majority of the Separatist forces. Expected to take the brunt of enemy fire, these droid fighters can play a number of roles in your squadron.
Cheaply produced on an unprecedented scale, Vulture-class droid fighters are most commonly encountered in large numbers, and the Vulture-class Droid Fighter Expansion Pack gives you two options for building your squadron around inexpensive fighters. With average initiative, a group of Separatist Drones can react to some enemy movements and make good use of the information relayed to them from the tactical droids carried on command ships.
Alternatively, a squadron of Trade Federation Drones may not be able to line up their shots, but they are free to position themselves where enemy ships may want to maneuver, taking away their shots and limiting their options. No matter your choice of drone, choosing low-cost fighters will leave you with plenty of room to outfit your ships with upgrades. Any Vulture droid fighter equipped with Energy-Shell Charges instantly becomes more of a threat, of course, and while the ability to use an action to reload the charge is certainly useful, you can ensure you get the most out of these charges by adding a Munitions Failsafe.
Traditional missiles are certainly a useful tool for making your Vulture droids more deadly, but the Separatist Alliance is far from traditional. Rather than simply firing projectiles at enemies, you could also sow chaos among them by launching some Discord Missiles into the enemy’s flight path. Once launched, these missiles deploy an aggressive buzz droid swarm, ready to latch onto an enemy ship and tear it apart from the outside.
Any enemy ship unfortunate enough to overlap or move through a Buzz Droid Swarm must immediately relocate it by aligning the buzz droids to that ship’s front or rear guides. While this doesn’t have an immediate effect, the buzz droid swarm will soon set to work, causing each enemy ship at range 0 to suffer a critical damage every time it engages. With an initiative of 0, however, the buzz droids are still vulnerable to an attack that could blast them off the ship before they get a chance to do any damage. Even still, they are dangerous enough to draw the enemy’s attention away from the rest of your ships, giving you plenty of opportunity to attack.
Even though they are manufactured according to precise specifications, Vulture droids are far from uniform. As we saw in our preview of the ships contained in the Servants of Strife Squadron Pack, the Vulture-class droid fighter can be programmed with specific protocols in mind and those in the Vulture-class Droid Fighter Expansion Pack are no exception. A step up from a Trade Federation Drone, DFS-311 can help your other ships that have a better chance of making a powerful attack.
Scouting ahead of the rest of the squadron, this droid fighter can both disrupt enemy movement and transfer one of its calculate tokens to another friendly ship at range 0–3. When used to block enemy ships, DFS-311 could help a Precise Hunter line up the shot it needs and give it the calculate it needs to modify the results.
No matter if you blitz your enemies with a large squadron of Vulture-class droid fighters or you pair them with another ship and a tactical relay, they are a versatile fighter key to the Separatist’s success in the intense battles of X-Wing!
The Separatist Alliance seeks to splinter the galaxy with chaos, tyranny, and fear, and the Vulture-class droid fighter is their main tool in accomplishing this goal. Deploy yours and topple the Republic!
The Vulture-class Droid Fighter Expansion Pack (SWZ31) is releasing alongside the rest of Wave III in the first quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or through our website today!
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