Set: Clone Strike
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2006
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
100 pt: 3.50
200 pt: 4.50
Ah, give me
the good old days, before we saw Palpatine wielding
a lightsaber in Episode III, and his miniatures game
representations were killer support pieces instead
of mediocre, overpriced beatsticks. The original
Darth Sidious is a terrific example of that bygone
era: a character that can't do a lot of damage on
his own, but sure makes your squad work better.
Sidious has the distinction of being one of the few
support pieces who helps out Uniques and non-Uniques
differently. He can share his constantly renewing
Force Points with one Unique in your squad (meaning,
for example, that Darth Maul can Rage as many times
as he needs to, or Dooku can use Sith Lightning as
often as he likes). He can also get more mileage out
of your non-Uniques, granting them a full extra turn
without the disadvantages of Dominate. A character
taking a Pawn of the Dark Side turn can move and
doesn't have to save against the effect, making it
just better than Dominate. Of course, Pawn also
damages the target, but if you pick something like
the Droid Starfighter in Walking Mode with Damage
Reduction 10, you'll never notice the down side.
Sidious' Commander Effect is cute, but nothing to
count on. Since it only works on Living non-Uniques,
the Separatists are poorly placed to make any use of
it. Teamed with Asajj Ventress, you can double the
percentage chance of getting that critical hit, but
the odds still aren't great.
Finally, while he's mostly a behind-the-scenes
schemer, Sidious can get involved in the fight a
bit. 130 hit points take a little while to chew
through, and his Sith Lightning can let him
contribute meaningfully to the fight.
All in all, the original Darth Sidious is a great
piece, and probably the only one that belongs in
both droid-centered and Sith-centered Separatist
Overall rating in 100: 3.5
Overall rating in 200: 4.5
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