Shoretroopers – Star Wars: Rogue One Lore
Coastal defender stormtroopers, more commonly known as shoretroopers, were specialist elite soldiers assigned to defend the tropical paradise of Scarif. More often than not, shoretroopers were stationed on the planet’s outer landing platforms, monitoring a steady stream of cargo transport traffic. However, with armour that allowed greater mobility in the seaside terrain, they lead security patrols, scouted the beaches, and manned the military installation's barracks. The soldiers, at their core, were standard stormtroopers elevated in rank by military necessity. The rotational role granted them command over squads of stormtrooper infantry. As a result, shoretroopers operated at a rank equal to sergeant. Despite this, and their extensive training, they were rarely called into action. In fact, due to Scarif's isolation, planetary shields and heavy defences, the soldiers did not expect to encounter combat situations. But as the last line of defence, shoretroopers participated in gruelling drills and live-fire exercises to keep themselves in peak readiness. Unfortunately for the Empire, such discipline did not find its way to all levels of command on the once-beautiful world.
To no surprise, due to the specific environment in which they operated, shoretroopers were extremely rare. Furthermore, the elite soldiers stationed on Scarif donned armour specifically for their location, meaning shoretroopers elsewhere in the galaxy may have utilised slightly different apparel. Like the standard stormtrooper kit, shoretrooper armour was magnetically fitted onto a form-fitting, temperature-controlled and sealed body suit. And just like that of an Imperial scout trooper, sandtrooper armour contained fewer plates, allowing for increased movement. The lightweight gear was coated with plastoid to resist salt corrosion. It also consisted of a helmet crown, which included built-in cooling fans, covered airfilters to prevent sand buildup, a coloured chestplate and a set of lengthened plastoid folds to denote the rank of captain, a plastoid plackart torso piece with control systems interface, a blaster power cell cartridge belt, and a blaster gas cartridge magazine holder.
Now it's time for this week's question: which specialised Imperial soldiers do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below. Personally, I have always had a soft spot for scout troopers.