Sunday, December 20, 2020

Imperial ship review: Arquitens Light Cruiser

We finally reached wave 5! We did it! And so now it's time to talk about the Imperial ship from wave 5, the Kittens Light Cruiser.

Cute and cuddly, sure, but kitten claws will cleave through solid steel!
All right, not actually kittens.
Princess Monster Truck is not a kitten, she's all grown up!
Okay seriously though I'm done with cat jokes for this article. In more cat-related news but not jokes, this original publication of this article was late specifically due to this cat:
Aww look at his cute pink and purple paw prints sock with a tiny kitty IV in it!
That's one of my two cats (his name is Remus, his brother's name is Romulus). Turns out cats can get kidney stones and without some immediate medical care, poor Remus's days were numbered. I rushed him to the vet where he's going under the knife tomorrow. I spent most of this afternoon and evening helping this fuzzball out instead of finishing the second half of this article, so please blame the frailties of mammalian bodies on that one if you were hoping for some afternoon reading but ended up disappointed.

Anyways, enough about cats!

It's not a cat picture! This is actually an Armada blog and not a middle-aged woman's Facebook account!
You know the drill, it's bullet points "let's talk about what this thing does overall" time:
  • With Command 2, the Arquitens isn't too ponderous to command and it can hold enough command tokens to stock up on the odd turn it doesn't need a dial. 
    • In general, if you can get the Arquitens some spare tokens, it will generally want a navigate token and either a repair or concentrate fire token.
  • Engineering 3 is average for a Command 2 small ship. It's not great but it's still enough to fix a bad face-up crit or regenerate a shield and move a shield to bring a depleted hull zone back up to maximum shields.
  • One evade, two redirects, and a contain token offers an interesting defense token suite. Compared to something like a Rebel CR90, the Arquitens can handle itself much better at shorter ranges due to duplicate redirects and a contain, but it's not as proficient at dodging attacks at long range due to only one evade.
  • 5 hull is again pretty standard for a Command 2 small ship.
  • 8 total shields (2 in each facing) is also average for an Imperial Command 2 small ship (the Gladiator has 8, it's just one less in the rear and one more in the front).
  • 3 red dice on each side and 1 + a helper dice out the front and rear is significant for an Imperial ship in two regards:
    1. It means the Arquitens is one of the few Imperial ships (the other being the Gladiator, which is designed for a much different role) whose side arcs are superior to their front arcs.
    2. The Arquitens is also the only Imperial small ship that's designed to excel at protracted long-ranged combat, something its Raider and Gladiator co-workers just don't do.
  • Speed 3 is fairly average, but the nav chart is weird: the Arquitens always gets a 2-click segment on the end of its nav chart but that's it. This means your movement is basically a straight line with a flexible swivel on the end.
    • When used under ideal circumstances, this allows an Arquitens to move ahead and keep turning inward to keep enemies in its side arcs while focusing on concentrate fire commands.
    • When used under poor circumstances, this means the Arquitens' end destination is extremely predictable and you get to watch horrified as your Arquitens sails to its inevitable death and all it can do is swivel at the end to show off before exploding.
  • The defensive retrofit slot on both chassis is also rare for the Empire. Not too many Imperial ships get access to defensive retrofits without having to resort to using Minister Tua.
Basic usage recommendations
The Arquitens is designed to be used on the outskirts of a battle, orbiting around the sides and throwing in red dice at range like a smaller more skittish Rebel Assault Frigate. It doesn't really have the defense token suite, nav chart, or dice batteries to reward you for getting any closer to your target than necessary, and long range is all that's really necessary in most cases. The good news is it's not expensive for what it does and nothing else in the Imperial fleet really performs a similar role, so it's fairly unique.

The Arquitens is pretty durable when used in its element. It handles long-range red dice coming back at it pretty well with its defensive stats and defense tokens (particularly the evade). The defensive retrofit slot can further improve on that, but we'll get to that later. It is not, however, designed to handle serious attacks from enemy combat ships at medium or close range, where its lack of a brace becomes a problem very quickly. Neither will it last particularly long against dedicated bombers given its unimpressive flak and the fact that smart bombers will attack it from its on-target side arc, making it choose between its good anti-ship attack or "meh" anti-squadron attack. In short, try to keep it away from serious threats and keep harassing your targets. You probably have a lot of experience with Rebels doing this to you with their smaller ships, so use that right back!

Let's talk briefly about its arcs. Namely:

They're weird. The Arquitens has a narrow front arc, decent (but not over-generous) side arcs and a big ol' badonkadonk rear arc.

It's not impossible to double-arc targets with an Arquitens but due to its inflexible nav chart and narrow front arc I find it more difficult than doing so with a CR90A. You can also sometimes find that your attempts to double-arc something combined with the Arquitens' weird nav chart mean that you end up moving closer to that thing you really shouldn't have moved closer to:
The good news is you got in a double arc. The bad news is so does he and all you can do is turn to hopefully shoot where he'll be next turn if you don't explode. Spoilers: you will explode.
Therefore it's frequently better to get in your side arc only and move in a way that leaves you in less danger:
You only got in your side arc, but you end in his AND you'll be able to shoot him out your side arc next turn. Turns out being alive is pretty swell! I apologize to any offended nihilists.
Because getting in two arcs of attacks from an Arquitens isn't reliable and because their base attack of 3 red dice is also fairly unreliable, it's important to use Arquitens as part of a team of other ships all attacking the same target to overheat its defense tokens and/or to improve the individual potency of the Arquitens' attack (with more dice/dice control and/or defense token debuffs like Intel Officer). An Arquitens that just lobs 3 dice at a target that nobody else will attack that turn is going to be a pretty ineffective Arquitens.

You should be concentrating fire whenever possible to increase your otherwise-mediocre damage output, with the occasional navigate or repair added in. Navigate dials can help substantially with your inflexible nav chart, adding clicks prior to the last joint and allowing you to do an otherwise-impossible inside turn. Repair dials can go further than you'd think with Engineering 3, either removing a damage card or regenerating a shield and moving another shield around. Given there's usually a "safe side" of the Arquitens that's facing away from the fight, you should have some shields to spare from over there if necessary, and a repair token can be helpful for moving both of those safe shields around to the hotter side, buying you a little more time.

Both Arquitens titles are specialized enough that they're not "no duh" titles like Demolisher, but in the right fleets they do just fine.

The Centicore title turns the Arquitens more or less into a super Relay 2 ship but without the nerfed Relay restriction of needing to be at command range of the squadron-commanding ship. This can be helpful, particularly for Gozanti Cruisers or other Squadrons 2 ships, as a means of safely commanding squadrons a bit closer to trouble than you'd like, but it's the kind of thing you really need to build a fleet around to get mileage from. If you do, just be careful - if you get sloppy with Centicore, it's not too tough to destroy an Arquitens with a concerted effort and your Squadrons 2 ships that were relying on it will be out in the cold. It's particularly helpful with "free commands" commanders like Thrawn or Tarkin that can allow your ships to do their own thing but also issue "free"squadron commands through the Centicore.

Hand of Justice has a neat benefit, but it's important to note a few things:
  • It triggers prior to revealing Hand of Justice's command.
  • It only works on another friendly ship, so it can't help itself.
  • If there are no targets upon activation with spent (red) defense tokens, it does nothing.
This means Hand of Justice can be a little tricky to get working consistently, as it's dependent upon defense token spending of your other ships and when the Hand of Justice itself needs to activate. It helps if you have means of spending your own defense tokens or particularly strong single defense tokens that the Hand of Justice can help with. A few examples would include:
  • Darth Vader as a commander, who will want to spend ship defense tokens as much as possible and therefore the Hand of Justice can help minimize some of the self-inflicted damage.
  • Electronic Countermeasures on a ship with a single brace or scatter (with Tua on a particularly annoying Gozanti). In either case, you get a high-impact defense token that can be used twice a turn without trouble and has some insurance that it gets to be used with some regularity.
  • Super Star Destroyers have a tendency to get focus-fired (being a huge points investment) and relieving a bit of the defense token pressure there can help keep your Big Chungus alive.
If you've got at least one of those things in your fleet, I'd consider Hand of Justice.

Is it just me or does this space triangle appear to not be painted flat gray?
Arquitens-Class Light Cruiser
Yep, this sure is basically the Arquitens we've been talking about so far. Please note the short-ranged black flak dice and black dice in the front and the back as well as the Squadron 1. Don't expect it to help with flak much and don't expect your front or rear arcs to do much unless your target is worryingly close. Effectively the black dice on the Arquitens-class Light Cruiser are for emergency use only. The Squadrons 1 makes it terrible at commanding squadrons, so please don't.

You've got several big choices here and they fundamentally decide what types of other upgrades the Arquitens will want.
  • Skilled First Officer is the cheap default option. He's only 1 point and he lets your Arquitens mainline concentrate fire once the fight starts with the option to immediately jump to a navigate or repair command when you need it later on. He's not amazing and doesn't open up strong options like the others do, but he's only 1 point.
  • Commander Beck is similar to Skilled First Officer in that she's inexpensive and doesn't fundamentally define what other upgrades your Arquitens will want, like the other choices below do, but she provides a lot of command versatility. Being able to navigate and con fire and repair in the same round without relying on any tokens can be really good, and so long as you've got a plan for the raid tokens afterwards she can be really handy.
  • Captain Needa allows you to switch out your contain (unless for some reason you choose to swap out a redirect) for a second evade, making Turbolaser Reroute Circuits much more appealing.
  • Director Krennic is the expensive option at 8 points, but paired with an upgrade that adds red dice you can get some extremely good mileage out of concentrate fire dials at long range.
  • Intel Officer is great provided you can get your dice under control and up to enough average damage for him to really shine. Given you're not bringing Krennic or Needa+TRCs if you're using Intel Officer, this will be need to come from an external source. Commander Vader and/or Intensify Firepower can help with this.
  • Expert Shield Tech is a great choice for a more defensive Arquitens build and unlike the other officers generally is most concerned about being paired with a defensive retrofit. Being able to evade an attack die and use redirects for a damage subtraction instead of their normal function can make his Arquitens surprisingly tanky at range. Stack with Early Warning System for extra annoyance (remove a die before the dice are rolled, remove a die after the dice are rolled, subtract one damage), but it can get pricey.
You have a lot of good options here and your choice will determine what officers pair best with the Arquitens.
  • Turbolaser Reroute Circuits give you some much-needed dice control but with only a single evade, I have a hard time recommending these on a basic Arquitens without Needa.
  • Slaved Turrets are the budget dice-adding upgrade for an Arquitens, but come with the restriction of only getting one attack. Given an Arquitens usually just wants the one attack out the side, it's not as much of a problem as it usually is. You can always spend the extra points for Enhanced Armament if you want the extra red die but don't want the Slaved Turrets restriction.
  • Linked Turbolaser Towers are the flexible option without additional costs or restrictions. A one-red-die reroll every attack can add up, especially if you attack more than once per round, and the extra flak boost can be circumstantially helpful as well. If you're scrounging up every last point, Dual Turbolaser Turrets is slightly better on one attack per round than Linked Turbolaser Towers but it's generally a poor man's LTTs.
Defensive Retrofits
Generally the Arquitens has the same issue most small ships have in that it just isn't quite valuable enough to justify more points protecting it and so I tend to leave the defensive retrofit slot unfilled. That said, in the right circumstances it's absolutely worth giving them a defensive retrofit: for example, if you are using your Arquitens as a flagship, have points to spare, or Arquitens are the backbone of your fleet rather than a cheaper support ship. If it's extremely important to layer your Arquitens in safety foam, you can even use Minister Tua to get two defensive retrofits:
  • Advanced Projectors are reasonably inexpensive for a defensive retrofit at 6 points and synergize well with your 2 redirect defense tokens. Being able to redirect to every hull zone gives Arqs a substantial upgrade in durability against single large attacks and further improves their durability against squadrons as well. Works best when you can get them repair dials/tokens regularly to keep those shields strong as long as possible, but still a solid choice.
  • Reinforced Blast Doors come packaged with the Arquitens and are your best cheap option at 5 points. They synergize well with the contain defense token at keeping your damage cards facedown for RBD removal. The main issue is the weird timing window (start of the Ship Phase) to remove the damage cards, which can make it easy to forget them or for your Arquitens to get killed before RBDs can help.
    • The best way to get around this in my experience it to deliberately let some damage hit the hull earlier in the game and then fix it with RBDs while you're still shield-healthy in other hull zones, so you can redirect should more trouble come your way later.
  • Early Warning System is a good call when you're confident you'll only be presenting one hull zone an enemy can draw line of sight to (typically the side arc, and typically you're okay with this). It's a bit expensive at 7 points, but if flown carefully and layered with a defensive officer can make your Arquitens surprisingly tanky, especially at long range.
  • Reactive Gunnery can be handy for letting you use a surplus defense token as a fake salvo token. Given your rear arc is red+black, it's generally just salvo for a single red die. If your fleet has Intensify Firepower or the Arquitens has Linked Turbolaser Towers, this is generally more appealing.

There are a number of builds that recommend themselves based on the officers and turbolasers I mentioned above, but the two below are for my money the easiest to slot into most fleets.

Needa TRCs
Captain Needa + Turbolaser Reroute Circuits

It's 63 points of skirmishing annoyance on a stick and I generally consider this as one of the better all-around "entry level" price points for an Arquitens short of going with the dirt cheap Skilled First Officer + Dual Turbolaser Turrets combination. For only 3 points more, it's more of a complete package with better dice control at the cost of the Skilled First Officer's dial control.

The Noisy Cricket
Director Krennic + Slaved Turrets

The Noisy Cricket is the priciest build here at 68 points but it's potent: 5 red dice out the side arc (with concentrate fire) followed by a complete reroll of any number of red dice (at medium to long range). It produces just over 5 average damage per attack and consistently performs for me. The only issue here is your dependence on concentrate fire commands (dials are best but tokens work fine in a pinch), which can cause problems when you want to navigate or repair. So long as you can pass the occasional nav/repair token Krennic's way and/or use Jerry to set a better course, the Noisy Cricket can deliver.

Arqabet Soup
Expert Shield Tech + Reinforced Blast Doors + Linked Turbolaser Towers

So named because every one of the upgrades is known by its acronym slang. So it's an Arquitens with EST, RBD, and LTTs. Easy, right? This Arquitens comes out a little expensive what with all the upgrades but it's pretty self-sufficient and durable, being able to use its redirects for damage reduction with Expert Shield Tech, being able to remove hull damage with Reinforced Blast Doors, and it's got LTTs to even out its dice a bit.

Never mind, we're back to our comforting gray triangles. Phew, I was scared.
Arquitens-Class Command Cruiser
Okay, so for 5 points, our Light Cruiser becomes a Command Cruiser and gains the following:
  • Replaces the front and rear black dice with blue dice
  • Replaces the black flak die with a blue flak die
  • Squadron value increased from 1 to 2
  • Gains a support team slot
Upside: That's a pretty decent haul for 5 points!

Downside: Most of the stuff you're buying doesn't really enhance what the Arquitens wants to do in the first place: stay at long range and shoot ships from its side arc. The support team slot certainly isn't bad, but if you're not getting some benefit from the other improvements too, you're spending 5 points so you can now spend more points on a new upgrade.

All that said, there are some compelling reasons to consider a Command Arquitens, which we'll cover shortly in "builds," below. First off, let's cover the support team slot and some options for filling it. Otherwise, my opinions on upgrade slots are the same as before.

Support Team
You have a few more off-the-wall options here and there but your big three choices, in order of their overall benefit are:
  1. Engine Techs. Being able to go up to fake speed 4 (3+1) as well as doubling your total yaw (2 clicks at the end of the regular maneuver, another 2 in your speed-1 maneuver) provides numerous benefits for an Arquitens, but it's not cheap. Compared to a regular Light Cruiser, a Command Cruiser with Engine Techs costs an additional 13 points. Yikes.
    • That's not even getting into Engine Techs' hunger for nav commands, which conflicts somewhat with the Arquitens' default hunger for concentrate fire commands whenever possible.
  2. Auxiliary Shields Team. Good for tanky Arquitens builds provided you don't mind using repair commands to fill up those side shields early on. With a defensive officer and defensive retrofit added in, you can make a surprisingly tough Arquitens.
  3. Fighter Coordination Team. Mostly useful in fleets trying to abuse the extra bump, typically with Strategic. It can be tough to use the Squadrons 2 value much on a Command Arquitens given you're already fighting over what other commands you want to issue on a given round, but the support team slot and Squadrons 2 both help with Fighter Coordination Team, which is an upgrade that's normally tough to fit into most Imperial fleets.
Little Salvo Buddy
Reactive Gunnery + Linked Turbolaser Towers

The Command Arquitens is superior for salvo given the red+blue in its rear arc, more often getting both dice when it uses salvo with Reactive Gunnery. It also gets more value from Linked Turbolaser Towers' ability to super-zap one squadron with its blue flak die, allowing it to reach out and swat a squad that hangs out in an arc that isn't firing at ships.

Baby's First Flagship
Auxiliary Shield Techs + Reeva Demesne + Advanced Projectors + your choice of turbolaser

Baby's First Flagship is about as tanky as you can make an Imperial small ship and deserves consideration, typically in an MSU style fleet where having numerous combat ships/activations is important as well as in fleets where you don't want to paint a giant target on your super-upgraded large ship by making sure your princess is in another castle commander is elsewhere.

For real, like how many more castles would you say?
It works like so: you use Auxiliary Shield Techs early to buff your side shields up to 3. You keep at long range as much as possible. Advanced Projectors allows you to redirect damage to shield zones opposite the enemy fleet and Reeva means so long as your opponent is attacking a hull zone with shields (it usually will), you can exhaust her to ready a defense token. Ideally, this means you get to evade + redirect against two attacks per round. Keep repair commands handy for when you need them and don't be afraid to step on the gas to get away from trouble when you need to.


Engine Techs + Quad Battery Turrets + your choice of officer
Named originally for a specific fleet build originally brought to light by Thrindal on the FFG forums that combined Tarkin, a Cymoon with Intensify Firepower and the Sovereign title, a Gozanti, and two Arquitens outfitted as above, the "Tarquitens" build tries to solve both the "weird maneuvering" and "kind of weak firepower" Arquitens problems at the same time. Effectively, the Tarquitens needs an easy supply of nav tokens or dials plus it will be doing concentrate fire (or rarely repair) for itself. The Tarquitens is looking to stay at speed 1 while using Engine Techs constantly for a pair of double-click moves that allows it to safely set up double-arcs (normally pretty difficult for an Arquitens to do safely) while triggering Quad Battery Turrets on each attack. Combined with a concentrate fire, that means enemy ships are taking a 3+1 dice attack followed by a 2+1+1 dice attack (assuming medium range out the front, otherwise minus 1 die) for a total of two 4-dice attacks, which adds up more quickly than you'd think. Because the Tarquitens is reliant on getting this trick pulled off consistently, it's really only viable with Tarkin or Thrawn, but it's a fun if expensive build.


  1. Awesome cat names and awesome article. Hope the little fella is better soon :)

    1. Thank you! Surgery went well today so hopefully he'll be home a-okay by tomorrow or Monday at the latest.

  2. Hi Eric, thanks once again for another great post! You have become a powerful Armada blogger, as the Emperor has foreseen...

    I really like the Arquitens as an addition to the Imp lineup and the change in faction dynamic it brings due to its broadside capabilities. I hope to see more ships following this pattern instead of the same old Imps-front arc, Rebs-broadside, standard. Hoping Thrawn and maybe even the Emperor show up soon!

    I'm sorry to hear about your cat and hope he makes a swift recovery. While I wouldn't presume to tell you how to care for your pets, I can offer a good resource you may find interesting:

    Warning: The below post is kinda long and is the result of my own experiences. Please don't take it as gospel. I'm not a vet and this is only my opinion with tidbits from the aforementioned website's veterinary contributors sprinkled in. I promise this long, non-Armada-related, post thing won't become a pattern.

    The backstory is that we had a cat pass away due to renal cancer. Carcinoma to be specific, which is about as bad as it gets in the cancer department (pretty much a death sentence). After vowing to never watch another pet suffer the same fate and hours of exhaustive research reading studies and opinions of veterinary nutritionists, I discovered that there may be a serious problem with feline nutrition in this country.

    Like most folks, I thought any old bag of dry food was perfectly acceptable sustenance for felines. Unfortunately, most dry foods are packed with cheap corn or grain fillers, and even the "grain free" brands use other fillers like peas or rice. The issue with this is twofold: cats don't need many carbs at all, and dry food lacks enough water content (cats evolved to get most of their hydration through their prey). Plus, when have you ever seen a cat snack on corn, rice, or wheat?

    So now we have an epidemic of kidney problems (kidney-disease, cancer, urinary tract issues, etc) due to feline kidneys being unable to handle the high amounts of plant carbs (which cause inflammation) mixed with chronic dehydration (kidneys need water to function properly). Feline obesity is also linked to a diet too high in carbohydrates, along with free-feeding dry food from bin feeders. FYI, cats can also get diabetes from bad diets, and it's not as cool as Wilford Brimley makes it seem.

    "I'll just switch to wet food like fancy feast, that'll solve the problem right?". Nope. Many commercial wet canned foods use chemicals (usually as preservatives or to prevent the food from sticking to the can) that are unhealthy and can cause more problems. Some of the meat sources these canned foods use are pretty nasty as well (mmmmm, chicken-meal and pork byproduct, tasty!). The seafood flavors may even use meat sources from countries in southeast Asia linked to slave labor (seriously, I couldn't believe it myself when I first read about it; where's zombie Lincoln when you need him?).

    End of Part 1...

  3. I switched my current kitty, Shyla, away from a supposedly more "natural" and "grain-free" dry food diet (discovered it had way too many carbs in the form of chick peas in it), to a raw meat diet (bought at local pet food store, comes frozen, thawed in the fridge the night before and warmed in a plastic bag put in warm water before feeding). I was desperate to find a cure to Shyla's chronic vomiting, occasional diarrhea, and itchy skin (probably a food or chemical additive allergy/reaction). After switching to raw, she no longer has itchy skin, the vomiting and diarrhea are gone, and her coat has never been softer. Her poops are also much more regular and far less stinky!

    While I am often suspicious of weirdo hippies or pseudo-experts proselytizing about any sort of "natural" or "raw" diet stuff (pet or human), this seems to be the real deal (the link above has actual vets writing many of their articles). I figured I'd give the raw food a shot and have been very pleased with the results. There are many raw food manufacturers (I use Primal Pronto frozen brand, but there are a lot more out there) as well as the option to make raw food yourself. Just keep in mind cats also need fat, bones (finely ground), connective tissue, and organ meat for a balanced diet. I prefer the stuff made by highly rated and vetted raw food companies like Primal Pronto (I have no connection to them, not a shameless plug, I promise!). Their plant uses hyper clean processes, high quality human-grade meats, and has stringent quality control to check every batch for bad bacteria (looking at you, E. coli) before shipping.

    Guess it makes sense, cats are obligate carnivores just like their big cousins, and don't do well eating carb-heavy, preservative-ridden garbage they haven't evolved to process in their digestive system. Why raw? Because cooking degrades the vitamins and other nutrients. Plus, wild cats don't barbecue their mice/rabbits/birds before eating them. Look at any kitty's teeth and you'll notice they are custom-made to shred raw skin, meat, organs as well as crunch small bones.

    Sorry for the long rant, I just have a soft spot for animals and want folks to be aware that we may have been misinformed by big-brand dry food companies when it comes to cat (and dog) nutrition. Even worse, a lot of local vets get their nutrition information from biased commercial manufacturer sales reps (like Hills and Purina), and can be misinformed about this subject. Kinda like pharmaceutical reps and human doctors...

    Lastly, for anyone who made it this far, clean your cat's litter box every day! Urinary tract infections hurt like hell and if you notice your cat hasn't peed in over a day take it to the vet ASAP! It may have a urinary tract blockage and its bladder will explode without immediate medical treatment! (Spoiler: there's no cure for exploded bladder).

    Anyways, I hope you find the site useful and your boy Remus is running around like a kitten chasing a laser pen very soon.

    PS: Clay litter may be another kitty deathtrap, but that's another story...

    1. Wow, that's a very long response! Thanks for your interest in my cats and I'll be giving some consideration to what you said and the links too. The vet and I will be discussing what kind of diet to get the cats on to prevent any future kidney stones and hopefully work to dissolve any stones that haven't migrated out of the kidney into the bladder just yet.

      Thankfully the surgery went fine and Remus should hopefully be home by tomorrow (Sunday) or the day after at the latest.

  4. Oh and for anyone worried about Remus (the cat): he's doing fine. We finally got him back on Monday (5/8/17) and other than being shaved in random places and stitched up, he's doing great. All are happy to have him home.

  5. Thank you so much for your insight into the Arquitans. I love it as a distance sniper paired with an ISD equipped with avenger. What are you thoughts on pairing a couple of Arquitans with an ISD, each with slaved turrets and a defensive card, using Screed as the commander?

    1. I'm not really keen on Screed with Arquitens because they don't have access to good critical effects (you could give them XX-9 Turbolasers, but they'd really rather have something that adds dice). Screed can help a bit if you roll 2 blanks with them, but generally he's not doing a lot for them. An ISD with a few Arquitens is, however, a good foundation for a Vader fleet because they love those rerolls.

  6. Thanks for the update! I find your articles very helpful, so please keep up the good work!

  7. Can you use these in a Thrawn list? I need a new list for him since two-ship was killed.

    1. You can, sure. They want to do a lot of commands all at once and generally can't, so it's not a bad fit. The Command Arqs can even command squadrons just fine but don't actually want to commit their own dials to do it.