Legion

“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!

Empire

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.

Rebels

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.

 

Scale Comparison

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.

 

Legion - Rogue One

I was amazed to see some excellent Shoretroopers on Shapeways. Being a big Rogue One fan (IMO the best of the 4 new movies) I was very curious and ordered some. The minis fit perfectly to Legion minis from FFG! Even better than Mels!

Coastal defender stormtroopers, more commonly known as shoretroopers, were a specialized variant of the Galactic Empire's stormtroopers trained and equipped for combat in tropical environments. Stationed at the top secret Imperial security complex on the tropical planet Scarif, shoretroopers patrolled the beaches and bunkers of the facility.
Shoretroopers operated effectively as sergeants which allowed them to command small squads of regular stormtroopers. One of the notable aspects of coastal defender stormtroopers was that the position they serve in was rotational (temporary); subject to rank (skills and qualification) and operational demands (open positions due to mobilization or transfers). On a galactic scale, shoretroopers as a whole were scarce, as the conditions for necessitating their employment were less frequent, as few stations or garrisons were located on coastal/tropical planets.
Shoretroopers wielded both the E-11 blaster rifle and the upgraded E-22 blaster rifle while stationed on Scarif. They also carried a thermal imploder.
from starwars.wikia

 

Legion - Clone Wars

Grand Army of the Republic

Soon after the arrival of Legion some back market models appeared, first scenery, then head swap conversion parts and finally full models. I was pleased to see that Mel (see my X-Wing models) is also doing some very good Clone Trooper! So time to paint some!

From left to right, Phase II CT with DC-15S blaster carbine, ARC Trooper (maybe Rex?) and Phase II CT with DC-15A Blaster Rifle. So models are of good quality (the sculpts are in fact flawless), but some print lines appear and need to be carefully removed wherever possible. They are painted in the colours of Rex’s 501st Legion.

Three ARC Trooper of the 501st Legion. One with Z-6 Rotary Blaster Cannon, one DC-15S Blaster and DC-15A Blaster Sniper Rifle.

Four ARC Trooper of the 501st Legion. One with DC-15S Blaster, DC-15A Blaster Sniper Rifle, Z-6 Rotary Blaster Cannon and one Trooper aims with his RPS-6 Rocket Launcher.

The always welcome comparison picture: From left to right, FFG Legion Trooper, Phase II CT with DC-15A Blaster Rifle ARC Trooper and FFG Heavy Trooper.

As you can see the Mel CTs are more realistic proportioned, while FFG has the chunky “heroic” scale GW look. Both are nice models by themselves! I am planning to paint 2 or 3 Clone squads and some corresponding lists for my Victory Decision Future Combat system.

Mel also started to produce Jedi to lead the clones! Obi Wan Kenobi is the 1st.
A very good mini with also very little printlines!

 

Confederacy of Independent Systems

"It is an honour to stand before you, for you represent the freedom and the future of our galaxy. The once-great Republic and Jedi Order have become victims of their own ambitions, and the Supreme Chancellor is no more than a pawn of corporate monopolies. As a people you called out for change, you called out for leadership, and I humbly answered that call. Together we challenged the system. We asked for equality. And how were we met? With war! The Jedi secret army of clones was revealed, and their treachery was far greater than we could have imagined! Countless living beings—these clones the Jedi created—have been sent to their deaths, while we sacrifice mainly droids. Our soldiers of flesh and blood are willing participants! They are your fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, who fight not because they were grown and designed to do so, but because they know in their hearts that they are fighting for a just and noble cause!"
―Head of State Dooku addresses a gala of Separatist dignitaries

Well, my Clones need an opponent or? Good thing is, I still have plenty of bendy WotC SW minis that fit then bill!

Count Dooku by Knight Models and Softplastic Droids -  by WotC (now OOP)

Softplastic Trade Federation Droids - all by WotC (now OOP)

And the always productive Mel also offers Droids and the infamous General Grievous!

As you can see two of the 4 sabers are missing the brittle Shapeway material simply broke away and the saber itself was too tiny to replace the blade. Anyway I received a full refund and the model still looks cool IMO.

 

Terrain

The good thing with all the Legion hype is that the aftermarket is also booming. Several terrain kits popped up, one of my favourites are the Tatooine buildings in hard foam from Micro Art Studio.

Luke and two Trooper (Imperial Assault) are getting into it in front of the “Desert Habitat”.

Rex (Legion) comes out of the Desert Silo.

 

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