Star Wars: Legion – Army Construction Breakdown

Fantasy Flight Games is back with a quick primer on how Army Construction works in Star Wars: Legion!

Building an army for Star Wars: Legion is more than just buying, building, and painting. When you’re ready to take your models to the tabletop, there are some rules that govern how you should organized your forces for a standard game. Now, if you wanted to just take Vader and fight against 3 Air-Speeders, I don’t think anyone is going to stop you…but at the same time that’s probably not going to be a very balanced game. But for those of you who are more competitive minded, you’ll be glad to know the Army Construction rules are really easy to follow.

via Fantasy Flight Games

“For a standard game of Star Wars: Legion, you have 800 points to spend on the units and upgrades in your army. For example, a unit like Darth Vader costs 200 points to include in your army. If you select Darth Vader as your commander, you have only 600 points remaining to spend on the rest of your units and upgrades.”

Every Unit card and upgrade card has a points cost associated with it

Organizing Your Forces

So for most “standard” games you’re going to be shooting for 800 points. Again, if you wanted to play a game with more or less points, as long as your opponent agrees, there is no reason you can’t. But if you’re planning on going to Organized Play Events/Tournaments, 800 points sounds like it’s going to be the “standard” in the game.

Now, there are a few other restictions for list building. You can’t include models that aren’t a part of your chosen faction – no Imperials fighting with Luke or AT-RTs rolling around with Vader…yet. But also, every unit in the game has a rank as well. As you can see from the chart above – it’s pretty easy to understand. Every army has to have 1 commander and at minimum 3 Corps. From there you can sprinkle in other units up to their maximums. See pretty familiar for some reason…

The Command Cards

When constructing your army you also need to account for your command cards. These are the Orders your commander can issue through the game. Every deck must have the  “Standing Orders” card.

Aside from that there can only be one copy of any single card in your deck. And finally, the number of pips in the top left corner will also decide how many of those cards you can have:

“You must have two one-pip cards, two two-pip cards, and two three-pip cards.”

How About A List…Or Two

Sample Imperial List

This list is pretty straight forward:

  • Vader
  • 3x Stormtroopers Squads
  • 2x AT-ST

You can also see the upgrades associated with each but wow – that’s an elite fighting force. What it might lack in numbers it’s going to make-up for in firepower. Vader and 2 AT-STs running around is no joke! If you’re keeping track, that is 1 Commander, 3 Corps, and 2 Heavy options – 100% legal list!

Sample Rebel List

This list is a bit more…rounded. But it’s also showcasing how the different upgrade options can be used to customize your units.

  • Luke
  • 4x Rebel Troopers
  • Airspeeder
  • 2x AT-RTs

Comparatively, this list is a lot more “swiss army knife” as it has answers to just about everthing and it’s got some extra bodies to spare. And again it’s 100% legal with 1 Commander, 4 Corps, 2 Support, and 1 Heavy option.

If you’re interested in Legion, the Learn to Play Rules are out for free as well as the Rules Reference. We’ve also got a few battle reports you might be interested in watching:

Stable Abe plays at FFG’s HQ with Game Developer Alex Davy

Star Wars: Legion Live Stream Games


Star Wars: Legion

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.


Star Wars: Legion hits stores March 22nd – are you ready to play?

  • piglette

    I don’t even like Star Wars but this looks pretty cool.

  • helter266

    not really sure if i like small unit sizes. but rest looks solid.

    • Kabal1te

      The units are bigger than pictured I think. One of the early storm trooper cards said minimum unit size 4 I think if my memory isn’t fading and I thought minimum unit for rebels was 4 as well but I could be remembering incorrectly.

      • ZeeLobby

        I think Storm Troopers go up to 7. I mean it’s definitely larger scale models in a smaller scale game then say 40K.

        • af

          I guess this is a small unit skirmish game. In which case that bit about “epic battles” in the box is a bit misleading. That said, 28mm is about right for skirmish games and not at all right for epic battles 🙂

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean epic doesn’t have to mean swarms of guys. Epic can be applied to a singular object also, like that Chelsea ManU match was epic! And honestly, just like 40K, the size of legion games just depends on how many models you want to put down.

          • af

            Agreed, “epic” is an ill-defined term. But to me “epic battles” — the specific combination of words — brings to mind hundreds if not thousands of guys. I think they were going for this meaning, too, which is why it’s miselading. 28mm is not the right scale for epic battles unless you really have the space… I can imagine a vast table for a huge game of 40K or Legion at a convention, but not at home!

            I don’t consider 40K an “epic” game either. Epic is… um, appropriately, Epic 40K! You really need a smaller scale and higher body count for epic battles.

          • ZeeLobby

            Oh. See I don’t think they we’re going for that meaning at all. In the good ole USA we use epic and extreme for everything, even things that aren’t epic or extreme. I think FFG’s thinking was that Luke vs Vader is a pretty epic battle in itself. Because of who they are and the world they come from, not because of a measurable quantity.

            And yeah. I dunno. We’ve played 5K games of 40K on a 4×6. It’s crowded, but doable. I consider that a pretty epic game.

            Now if you argued that legion is a dumb name for this scale, I’d totally agree. But part of me has to wonder if your definition of epic has been tainted specifically by Epic 40K.

          • af

            If they are going with “heroic” that’s ok.

            I don’t think my opinion has been tainted by Epic 40K: I think it’s simply the right idea, game-design wise. Warmaster is another obvious example. I also love other games not from GW which are simply superb at large scale: you’ll have to pry Crossfire from my cold dead hands before I give up the absolutely best company-level WW2 wargame EVER.

            You cannot scale up a skirmish game simply by adding more miniatures; it simply doesn’t work, the level of abstraction and bookkeeping is simply wrong. A game must be designed for large scale or small scale battles from the ground up; it cannot be an afterthought. Games that are large scale feel needlessly abstract when played with few models; games that are small scale feel too busy, longwinded and unnecessarily detailed when tried at a larger scale.

            This is of course my opinion, not gospel. But I think many game designers would agree with me 🙂

          • ZeeLobby

            Oh I mean I agree with all that. I mean our 5K game was hardly smooth or well organized. Still epic in both size and character though. I’m sure Legion was designed for small scale skirmish. All I was saying is that I don’t think epic is a poor choice of term based on it’s definition. Now legion, as I said before. Bad choice. Lol.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Hmm, the force org is vaguely similar to older 40k / fantasy but streamlined. Ok, looking like they are going more head to head alright, and let us bounce between the two easy enough. Probably will get this for a mate for his birthday, and “borrow” a force to see how I like it.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah, I honestly miss it so much this is a nice to have for me, haha.

  • AmorousBadger

    I’m giving it 3 months before a) BOLS starts publishing cheese ‘competitive’ lists and b) writing earnest, hand-wringing articles about cheese lists in Legion.

    • Pl4gu3 B4st4rd


      • Kabal1te

        This should be BoLS new slogan.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        IT’LL BE GOUTA!

  • Jose Luis Camarasa

    Where are my droids? Don´t care about puny humans, roger