WHAT IS A SANDTROOPER?
Many people think a Sandtrooper is just a
Stormtrooper with dirty armour. Not so!! Read the Wookiepedia
See the differences between Stormtrooper and
Sandtrooper armour HERE.
There are quite a few differences in armour that I guess
only a true film nerd will spot. To better understand these
differences, one needs to understand WHY they are different.
Doing so takes us back to March 22, 1976, when principal
photography for Star Wars began. Filming began in Tozeur,
Tunisia which was the location where many of the Tattooine
scenes were filmed, including most of the sandtrooper scenes.
Although stormtroopers are the first to be seen on screen,
Sandtroopers were the first to be created and filmed.
Pauldrons denote rank and come in three colours
only (although some US troopers wear colour variations).
Orange = Squad Leader, Black
= Enlisted, White = Sergeant.
Sandtroopers are the only ones who
can wear pauldrons - a Stormtrooper in a pauldron
is wrong!!! Unless you're not bothered about movie accuracy
in which case hey, paint your armour pink and go have fun.....
Sandies are also the only ones who can carry
T-21 blasters - again, if you are
being movie accurate. Stormtroopers can carry DLT-19s
but we Sandies have the awesome T-21!
On the left is a Sandtrooper, on the right is
a Stormtrooper. As you can see - the differences are more
than just dirt!!