-It's canon: Vader very rarely is seen on planet without a cadre of troopers (think Hoth, Bespin, Endor).
-It's consistent with the timeline. In 18 BBY, Vader is running around the newly formed Empire with elements of the 501st kicking butt and taking names for Palpatine.
-It helps on Land: The way Land is going is not a healthy place for infantry...even Force adept infantry with Sith cybernetics and body armor. Having a bunch of canon fodder around might increase Vader's lifespan.
-Recommend just giving Vader a standard stormtrooper unit in land as part of his cost. Nothing fancy. Maybe make them slightly better shots.
Edited by feld, 25 October 2009 - 12:20 AM.