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Star Wars: Legion – Army Construction Breakdown

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Mar 8 2018
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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?

Author: Adam Harrison
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