“Warfare is an inescapable part of the Star Wars universe, from the Rebel Alliances defeat in the Battle of Hoth to a few elite Rebel strike teams taking on a legion of stormtroopers on the Forest Moon of Endor. You can seize your chance to get your boots on the ground and lead your troops to victory with Star Wars: Legion, a miniatures game of thrilling infantry battles in the Star Wars universe!
Star Wars: Legion invites you to enter the ground battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army of miniatures filled with troopers, powerful ground or repulsor vehicles, and iconic characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. While innovative mechanics for command and control simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the game's unpainted, easily assembled minis give you a canvas to create the Star Wars army you've always wanted to lead into battle; whether you fight for the monolithic, oppressive Galactic Empire or the ragtag Rebel Alliance.” from the FFG website
The game was announced half a year ago with the usual pomp, being a Star Wars fan I was interested right from the start. In addition, the more of the rules were introduced, I realised that the game shares some key design elements with my Victory Decision rules. Movement, Suppression markers, alternate unit activation etc. Always a nice, warm feeling!
The Empire Storm Trooper are nice overall minis, IMO a bit tall (even taller than the Rebels). As with my Rebels I did not use the cone-like FFG bases but flatter 25mm plastic bases.
The first full 5 Trooper squad.
After much whining about the scale difference to Imperial Assault I got my sxxx together and painted Captain Rex. Since it was confirmed in Rebels that he fought on Endor, I just had to paint him. I worked also on some more Rebels. Even bigger than Rex! The trooper left is the Legion Duros trooper with a head swap and some extra shoulder pads, the right trooper received a heroic scale Statuesque female head. Works fine IMO since the coat is so formless it could also be a female under it.
And the first full 5 Rebel squad.
And the WIP conversion for the next Rebel squad.
The female “aiming” Rebel conversion for the next Rebel squad painted.
The one thing that soon made my less happy were the 1st miniature pictures, for whatever reason FFG chose a different scale as in their Imperial Assault miniatures. So after getting the game a couple of days ago, I decided to assemble a squad of Stormtroopers and line them up against other SW minis.
So from left to right FFG Imperial Assault, Legion, the OOP Knight Model Troopers, Legion, the OOP “bendy” WotC mini and Legion.
And together with another well know miniature line: FFG Legion, GW Primaris Space Marine and Legion.
As you can see the minis are bigger than all other Stormtrooper minis so far release by other companies and FFG themselves. The minis are of the same quality as Imperial Assault, mold line removal is still a pain, they also share the same mini design style, slightly heroic proportion. Detail is OK, not as good as GW and way below crisp castings like Prodos AvP or Modiphius Star Trek. One more thing - being plastic and all, mini conversion will be easy!
A wasted opportunity: Why FFG chose to make them bigger as Imperial Assault minis will always remain a secret for me, IMO they lost a great opportunity of cross promoting the games. It would be a lot of fun to field the 6 heroes of the core IA box as an elite Rebel commando. The “would be” possibilities are big, unfortunately now they are no more an option. All in all I am a bit disappointed with Legion, but I have to play a game and paint some of the minis for a final “judgement”.
I also put him side by side with some other minis, the Rebels are not as tall as the Stormtrooper, so I might be able to sneak in some Imperial Assault minis!
Han (IA), Rex (Legion), Chewie (IA) - works!
Hera (IA), Rex (Legion), Chopper (IA) - works!
Tanith 1st Infantryman (GW 28mm), Rex (Legion 35mm), WWII US Inafntryman (Artizan 28mm) - no way!
Rex with the IA Wave 1 core box heroes.
Legion Rebel with the IA Hoth heroes.
Legion Rebel with the IA Tattoine and Bespin heroes.