The flametrooper was a variant of the stormtrooper utilized by the First Order roughly thirty years after the Battle of Endor. Utilizing D-93 Incinerators to root out entrenched enemy positions and engulf any resistance, flametroopers were equipped with flame-proof armor and were feared for their ability to turn any battlefield into a blazing inferno.
Commonly known as "roasters", "hotheads" or "burnouts" by Resistance fighters, First Order flametroopers were best used to flush out enemy entrenchments, with standard infantry firing on those fleeing the flames. One of the three main types of weapons specialists assigned to stormtrooper squads of ten, flametroopers and stormtroopers worked in tandem, as the faster stormtroopers could protect the slower and more methodical flametroopers while out in the field. Additionally, the flame created by the flametrooper required them to move at a slower pace to avoid entering their own blazes. When strategically deployed, they could deny cover to enemy forces along with supplying cover for allies with walls of flame that stormtrooper armor could withstand. In dry and flammable environments, flametrooper deployment could lead to a quick and decisive victory. Additionally, the flame itself was nearly inescapable when directed at an opponent.
A standard flametrooper was equipped with a D-93 Incinerator that was a combination of a single, double-barreled D-93w flame projector gun and backpack that housed twin outer conflagrine-14 fuel tanks and a central pressurized propellant tank. The suit included a reinforced cyramech helmet with minimized openings, a narrow slit visor to reduce weapon glare, and supplemental breathing tank linkages. Other suit features included a temperature control body glove, integrated knee covers, articulated greaves for greater foot movement, and positive grip boots.
Based on the millennia-old infantry mainstay of incendiary weaponry, modernized by Mandalorian super commandos and clone troopers during the Clone Wars, the flametroopers of the First Order would continue the practice of utilizing flame-based weaponry to crush opposition with some of the latest technology available to the First Order's martial forces.
In 33 ABY, flametroopers were deployed on a mission to Ovanis under the command of Agent Terex. There, they torched an egg sacred to Crèche in an attempt to extract information on Operation: Sabre Strike from Poe Dameron, but the intense heat made the egg hatch instead of hurting the creature within.
Flametroopers were used in the subjugation of the spiritual village Tuanul on the planet Jakku about 29 years after the end of the Galactic Civil War. They set fire to huts that housed members of the Church of the Force, including that of Lor San Tekka.
Captain Phasma led a squad of stormtroopers and officers to the location of hacking, where Finn, Rose Tico and DJ were about to sabotage. Phasma held both Finn and Rose in the hangar bay of the ship, revealing to them that their accomplice DJ had traded information with the First Order that allowed the escaping shuttles from the Raddus to be targeted and destroyed. Phasma brought out stormtrooper executioners believing that death by blaster was too painless. Among the stormtroopers present in the hanger were the flametroopers. Phasma was about to order their execution when the hangar bay suddenly exploded in light and fire, killing most of the personnel stationed in the hangar.
Behind the scenesEdit
First Order Flametroopers appear in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Flametroopers can be seen in Starkiller Base among standard First Order troopers. For the costumes used for the film, the troopers' armor and helmet were made of molded polyurethane, with their leather and cotton gloves also included polyurethane elements. Their collars were built from neoprene and rubber, with gussets made from both cotton lycra and molded rubber. Other elements include rubber belts, cotton lycra undergarments, leather boots, and a backpack and gun, which were 3D-printed and feature aluminum metal work.
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- (First identified as flametrooper)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II
- ↑ Poe Dameron 3: Black Squadron, Part III
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- ↑ Closer look at The Force Awakens flametrooper, snowtrooper and more!. Star Wars 7 News. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.