Pulling the Strings
Preview the Nantex-class Starfighter Expansion Pack for Star Wars: X-Wing
"May I ask why a Jedi Knight is all the way out here on Geonosis?"
—Count Dooku: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
The Separatist Alliance’s power flows from the planet of Geonosis. Home to the Separatist’s main battle droid foundries, this desert planet and its people are dedicated to producing the machines that will deliver the Confederacy of Independent Systems victory in the Clone Wars. To this end, Geonosians enter battle in starfighters specifically designed with their unique physiology in mind.
The Nantex-class Starfighter gives its Geonosian pilots the ability to pull off awe-inspiring maneuvers that would rip most ships—and pilots—apart. Made possible by a pinpoint tractor array that allows expert pilots to manipulate both themselves and other ships, these maneuvers make the Nantex an unpredictable addition to any Separatist squadron. Soon, you’ll be able to add one of these slippery ships to your Separatist squadrons with the Nantex-class Starfighter Expansion Pack for Star Wars™: X-Wing!
This expansion contains a beautifully-detailed, pre-painted Nantex-class Starfighter miniature along with all the cards and tokens you need to add it to your Separatist Alliance squadrons. This includes six pilots who use the ship’s unique tractor capabilities in their own way as well six upgrade cards that invite you add new modifications to the ship or further expand how it uses tractor tokens.
Read on as we take a look at everything included in the Nantex-class Starfighter Expansion Pack!
A Dangerous Dance
On the surface, the Nantex-class Starfighter seems similar to the droid starfighters employed by the Separatist Alliance. Cheap and lacking shields, the ship appears better suited for flying in large swarms than taking on enemy aces in head-to-head combat. Upon closer inspection, however, the Nantex reveals an unusual amount of depth that makes it one of the most unconventional starfighters in the galaxy.
At the heart of the Nantex-class starfighter's design is a pinpoint tractor array that help the craft overcome its apparent flaws. The ship may be limited to the focus and evade actions in its action bar, but this tractor array opens up even more strategic possibilities, enabling both precise targeting as well as unprecedented control over the ship itself. After executing a maneuver, a Nantex-pilot can engage their pinpoint tractor array, gaining a tractor token to rotate their mobile arc.
While this all but guarantees the ship will have a target every round, expert flying might make the mobile arc unnecessary altogether. The tractor token gained from the array can be used to perform a boost or barrel that could line up a shot in the bullseye arc with the ship's more powerful primary weapon. Obviously powerful on its own, the pinpoint tractor array's capabilities can be enhanced with the use of upgrade cards. For example, if a Nantex-class starfighter can't avoid an incoming attack, its tractor tokens can always become part of a Gravitic Deflection to the fire it takes aside.
A tool as powerful as a pinpoint tractor array can be used in many different ways, and the Geonosians who pilot the Nantex-class Starfighter often use it to suit their personal style. An ace like Sun Fac , for example, prefers to Ensnare their targets for an offensive advantage. Similarly, Chertek may not get the extra firepower afforded Sun Fac, but they do become more accurate when firing on a tractored target. With their enhanced offense, it's important for both Sun Fac and Chertek to make sure their shots count. The Nantex-class Starfighter might not have a built-in way to reroll attack dice, but the quick addition of a Targeting Computer quickly and easily solves this problem.
While these two aces create opportunities for themselves with creative use of tractor tokens, other Nantex-class Starfighter pilots such as Berwer Kret focus on integrating into the larger squadron. This hive guard captain works particularly well with the Separatists droid fighters, letting any ship with the calculate action on its action bar and a lock on the defender perform a red calculate action after Berwer Kret performs an attack that hits. If this attack happens to be a Snap Shot, these ships could perform this action before they even engage.
At the same time, an engineer such as Gorgol can help any ship whether it's a droid fighter or not. If they disarm themself during the System Phase, a friendly ship at range 1–2 can both reposition before they activate with a tractor token and repair a faceup Ship damage card. Plenty of other skilled Geonosians piloted the Nantex-class Starfighter, of course, and if you're looking to round out your squadron with as many ships as possible, you can always rely on a Petranaki Arena Ace or a Stalgasin Hive Guard to defend Geonosis from Republic invaders.
Accomplish the Impossible
Without Geonosis, the Separatist Alliance will fall. When the time comes, the Geonosians will defend their planet—and the Alliance—from the cockpit of the Nantex-class Starfighter.
The Nantex-Class Starfighter Expansion Pack (SWZ47) is releasing alongside the rest of Wave V! Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—today!
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