Imperial officer battle armor was field armor worn over the uniform of an Imperial officer that consisted of a blast helmet and torso armor, with a rank insignia plaque on the chest plate's upper left side and an officer's disk on either side of the helmet. The armor was color-matched to the underlying uniform and there were two basic variations. Officers of the 224th Imperial Armored Division wore the chest plates minus the helmets during the Mimban campaign. An earlier variation in use by the year 4 BBY[source?] whose chest plate and helmet was identical to that of an Imperial combat driver, minus the faceplate. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin donned a gray version of this variant when confronting Kanan Jarrus after his capture on Lothal. Officer Viggen wore the same variant during his skirmish with Commander Ryden on Imvur. By 2 BBY,[source?] a second variant was in use that consisted of a snowtrooper's chest armor and back plate and a helmet nearly identical to that of an AT-ST driver, along with a pair of goggles and a holster. The one worn by Grand Admiral Thrawn was white, with golden shoulder boards similar to the ones on his regular tunic. Governor Arihnda Pryce wore one during a mission with Rukh. During the Battle of Hoth, General Maximillian Veers wore olive battle armor, as well as a utility belt that contained mission data.
Behind the scenesEdit
Imperial officer battle armor was originally created for the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It was first identified in the episode guide for "Zero Hour," the the twenty-first and twenty-second episodes of the animated series Star Wars Rebels' third season, which originally aired on March 25, 2017.
John Mollo explored several options for the Imperial generals in The Empire Stikes Back. At one time, Veers was dubbed a "field commander" and was to appear in an Imperial tunic adorned with heavy decorative edging and multiple insignia, paired with an elaborate gorget in place of body armor. Several styles of headgear were also considered, including a wide-profile earphone cap and a decorated Imperial field cap. Mollo's final design for Veers during Battle of Hoth used elements of the snowtrooper costume for visual continuity within the Imperial ranks.
Over his standard Imperial uniform, Veers wore the same vacuum-formed chest, back, and belly armor as snowtroopers. However, his armor was colored olive to match his officer uniform and finished with different greeblies than those on snowtrooper armor. Imperial-rank insignia bars were also added to match Veers' dress uniform. Finally, a sidearm holster attached to the belt ensured the general was ready for combat. Like his body armor, Veers' helmet was made from the same mold as the snowtrooper helmet, so it had the some basic shape. However, it did not have the eyepiece or vinyl bib installed in the front and the olive helmet had more decorative elements greeblies that its snowtrooper counterpart. An aluminum bar ran down the back of the helmet, along with an intricate greeblie mounted on the temple and two small "Imperial discs" on either side of the bottom corners. The interior of the helmet was also finished with olive vinyl as it was visible on camera. It was augmented with a pair of dark goggles, a chinstrap, and microphone piece. Only two helmets were created for production, but they were as a basis for the AT-ST driver helmets created for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation 1
- Star Wars Rebels – "Call to Action"
- Battle to the End
- "Vulnerable Areas"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 17
- Star Wars Rebels – "Hera's Heroes" (Helmet only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Kindred"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Jedi Night"
- Star Wars Rebels – "DUME"
- Star Wars Rebels – "A Fool's Hope"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
- Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures – "Stormtroopers vs. Rebels – Soldiers of the Galactic Empire"
- Doctor Aphra 35
- Doctor Aphra 40
- Star Wars: Commander (Appears in hologram)
- "In Service to the Empire"—Empire Ascendant 1
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 9 (Helmets: AT-AT Pilot) (Picture only)
- (First identified as Imperial officer battle armor)
- (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Rebels – "Kindred"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Rebels – "Call to Action"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "Vulnerable Areas"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 17
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 (Slide 9)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels : Zero Hour - Part One. Screener (2017-02-08). Retrieved on February 8, 2017.
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels : Zero Hour - Part Two. Screener (2017-02-08). Retrieved on February 8, 2017.