Star Wars Legion Is Coming and I am Ready

 

Legion is coming very soon. Prepare yourself.

FFG’s new game Star Wars Legion finally has a release date, March 22, and I am stoked! Lets take a quick look at some of whats coming and why I am so excited.

The Game I’ve Dreamt Of

When it comes to Legion there are few games I’ve ever been this excited about. Legion is the game I’ve, not so secretly, wanted my whole adult life, and most of my childhood. A full fledged Star Wars tabletop game? Sign me up! As an avid Star Wars fan I’ve gobbled up various versions of Star Wars games. From brief brushes with the ancient West End Games products, to exploring the various Wizards of the Coast versions, to simply making up rules with Legos. All of these previous games, with the exception of the West End Games version which, sadly, I was too young for during its short life, failed to scratch what I really wanted. As a pretty hardcore miniatures gamer I wanted the full experience, something like Warhammer 40K, with building and painting and massive armies and deep rules. Legion is looking like it can delver on all that.

Rapid Fire Releases

One of the big complaints people have had with other FFG minis games, X-Wing, Armada and Runewars, is the slow pace of releases. For all of these games FFG put out a rocking starter set that got people hooked. However their follow up to them was mixed at first, with it sometimes being months before players could add to their forces. Take Armada for example. The Core Set came out in March of 2015, but the first expansions didn’t hit till May adding only two new ships to the game. Wave Two, which really broke the game open didn’t come out for another half a year, in November.

While these long waits are a natural part of a game release cycle, they can kill interest in a new game while it’s still in the crib. FFG seems to have learned this lesson with Legion however. Not only the core set, but a total of eight expansions are going on sale in March. In addition to these, they’ve announced even more upcoming sets that it looks like will be hitting stores soon after. It looks like FFG is pushing hard to get out a really solid base for the the game ASAP. Which is awesome and should help it compete with other offerings in the niche right out of the starting gate.

Amazing Models

Simply put the models that FFG has shown off so far look amazing. The models are true to Star Wars, beautifully sculpted and full of details. They also look like they paint up really nice. I love some of the little touches they’ve added in, such as having one of the members of the Rebel Troopers team be a Duros. Of course the standout model from the launch wave has got to be the huge AT-ST. From the pictures we’ve seen this iconic warmachine will some be coming to life on your tabletops. It’s huge and detailed and any fan of the movies should be looking forwards to getting their hands on this model.

A Galaxy Full Of Potential

One of the really exciting things about Legion is just how much potential this game has. While we are already seeing some of the iconic units brought to life, FFG has a pretty limitless well of units to adapt to the table top. Since FFG has never been shy about drawing things from the old EU they can adapt heroes, villains and mooks galore from those stories. Or if they want to stick with the current canon, they’ve still got options. The new movies have a ton of great ground troops to add to a game. Or just look at the prequel era. The Clone Wars show has 6 whole seasons featuring tons of ground combat. From Battle Droids, to ARC Troopers, to a host of famous Jedi, there are just so many things I want to see brought to the table top. More and bigger vehicles , and maybe, just maybe, an X-Wing? One can hope.

Are you ready for Legion? Let us know down in the comments!

  • EnTyme

    Your second point is debatable. The vehicles look great, but the infantry?

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I am loving the infantry

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. I think it looks awesome. There are some misses, but overall it’s what I always wanted.

  • Kabal1te

    So far fantasy flight has refused to touch the prequels in any of their games. I expect that tend to continue. That shots some holes in your last point. I also am not sure the quality of the plastics. Limp saber syndrome is a thing that had plagued similar models in the past.

    • Johaad

      Destiny uses prequel stuff

      • Kabal1te

        That may be true but x-wing and armada have sadly and very blatantly avoided it.

        • Mathew G. Smith

          Clone Wars era ships wouldn’t make any sense in either, they’re obsolete relics that would be a turkey shoot for any Civil War era ship.

          For ground combat you have the opposite problem. Clones are so superior to Stormtroopers in training and equipment that any open battle would just be a massacre.

          • EnTyme

            The YT-1300 was a pre-Clone Wars era ship.

          • Kabal1te

            I am sorry but the cheap no shields lowest bidder cannon fodder tie fighter should get decimated by an ARC-170 further you have first order ships in x-wing that should obliterate anything civil war era. The game doesn’t much seem to care about that. Also I would put money on a Lucrehulk over most rebellion ships in armada any day.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            ARC-170 is tough, but its also slow, the tie was designed to overwhelm in speed and numbers. the lucrehulk would be interesting but its not a warship from ground up, granted its a tough sob, but more a modified merchant ship. not sure it could stand up to a heavy assualt frigate for long.

    • ZeeLobby

      I mean I’m honestly hoping they expand the universe rather than just continuing to plumb the current fiction. I mean it is a galaxy. There could be factions out there that have never been seen.

  • SpaceDwarf

    I still have no idea how big this game is supposed to be, in terms of force sizes. It feels like you already have to be pretty invested in liking this game to get any real idea of what it will be like.

    • Kabal1te

      From what I have read games will be 800 points. While Vader is 200+ depending on upgrades and some of the vehicles like the AT-ST, and Snow speeder are in the 175 range, the infantry like storm troopers are 11 points a dude, more for the special weapon guys. So the starter box with generous upgrades applied may be a full pair of 800 point forces.

      • SpaceDwarf

        I have no idea where you’re pulling the info on the starter box from, I can’t seem to find official contents anywhere. From the sounds of it, though, it feels like it’s going to play like 40K 2nd Edition. I hope I’m wrong, because I don’t have literally all day to play out a platoon-scale game.

        • Garr Davies
        • Kabal1te

          The 800 points is based on what i have seen on places like Reddit and the boards. I have no clue if it is accurate. The points values of things is based on what images of the actual stat cards that have been put out by fantasy flight themselves.

          • SpaceDwarf

            Cool, thanks. I’m going to keep an eye on this because I really *want* to like it, but I’ve been burned before.
            (Chainmail, Axis and Allies, … )

  • m3g4tr0n

    If this had come out a few years ago, when 40K was “waning” and Warmahordes was up-and-coming, I’d have been all in. Now? Meh. 8th is solid, and I don’t see Legion as something I’ll play on the side.

    • ZeeLobby

      I’m sure many will end up choosing between the two. Personally I’ll be fine leaving 8th until everything is out and there’s some semblance of balance. It’s comforting knowing that FFG is good at balancing and adjusting games off the bat. Not to mention their solid support of organized events.

  • Rainthezangoose

    As much as the original trilogy is great, i think the prequels are much more suited to a table top game. However looking at how ugly some of this stuff is I highly doubt the team behind this could have pulled of the B1s effectively.

  • BrassWitch

    This game looks interesting, and some of the people from my gaming group are excited for it, but no prequel stuff is a deal breaker for me.

  • nuggy

    No matter how well this game plays I’m without a doubt getting a platoons worth of storm troopers right of the bat!

  • markdawg

    Abe you may not want to play Legion it’s not IGOUGO.

    I for one am all in on Legion!! I can’t wait!

    • Stable Abe

      Star Wars Armada is probably my current favorite miniatures game. I have nothing against alternate activation in a game that is built for it.

      • markdawg

        I play Armada as well and love it!. May I suggest a cheap and awesome! game to try. Play Knight Models DCU game. The rules are free and the game is so good!

  • AmorousBadger

    Can I use my Imperial Assault models with this game?

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      apparently they are a bit smaller. But if that doesn’t bother you why not? You’ll need to make copies of the cards etc.

      • AmorousBadger

        I’m a Rogue Trader era 40k player. I’m well acquainted with ‘counts as’.
        For one game I think I used a collection of models from ‘Heroquest’, ‘Space Hulk’ and some lightly converted and appropriately painted models from the plastic Space Marines, Squats, Space Orks boxes to bulk out a Chaos Renegade Warband vs Dark Angels vs Genestealer Cult campaign vs Orks with a few mates.
        For the record, as the only one who owned a copy of ‘Realm of Chaos’ I got to play the Chaos Renegade war band.
        Renegade champion of Slaanesh and former Imperial Psyker Jonas Dapperslapper and his warband of Orks, lasgun-armed squats and close-combat-weapons-only Gretchin didn’t fare well against the Dark Angels’ terminators, despite Jonas’ highly favourable mutations, Slaaneshi magic and Chaos Weapon that healed him every time he delivered damage.

        • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

          ah RT, those were the days!

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    this game would do really well in the UK, but the price point is ridiculous, its like 40% more in real terms than in the USA. I knew a few people who were excited until they saw the cost of the starter.

    Same thing killed DUST here.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. That’s unfortunate. In many ways WMH suffers overseas for the same reason as well. Dunno why it’s so easy to get reasonable pricing into the US. Maybe because of it’s closer proximity to China?

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        this is probably exported to Europe via the US which I guess adds costs such as an additional tranche of import duty.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah. That makes sense. Then you look at GW games and Infinity, Guildball, etc. and they’re reasonably priced in the US. I mean I know there’s a lot of costs to all of it.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            GW games are slightly more highly priced in the US aren’t they?

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, I guess they’re about 20% higher than a direct conversion.