I finally got round to having a game of Star Wars Legion last weekend. This was very much a training and learning game, so was played with unpainted miniatures (the horror!) on a 3 by 3 table with only infantry squads and an open acceptance we would more than likely get things wrong.
First impressions are very good. There are some obvious commonalities with other Fantasy Flight Games both in terms of presentation (lots of tokens, high quality components) and gameplay (custom dice, use of ‘surges’ etc). I’ll need a few more games to get to grips with things.
Having read some warnings online we played with the full supression rules (which are excluded from the Learn to Play rules) and it was fairly obvious that vehicles will be key moving forward.
The rulebook is worth a mention – it’s not great. FFG provide a printed ‘Learn to Play’ booklet in the core box which attempts to introduce the rules in a step-by-step manner, but to me was just confusing and contradictory. The full (freely downloadable) Core Rules are much clearer and I’d highly suggest that you skip straight to these.
So since then (and as a direct result of the excellent weather here in the UK at the moment) there has been lots of undercoating and painting (including the addition of an extra core box).
However I cannot seem to stay away from old Star Wars toys…..
Having decided that I really wanted an Imperial Lambda shuttle for the tabletop, I promptly changed my mind when I saw how much the toy versions (which are the ideal) size were on eBay. (Revell do a kit, but it is far too small at 1:100ish scale.)
Seperately I had been thinking about investing in some figure cases for the growing Legion hordes, and then it struck me. Combine the two – scenery piece and storage, and I remembered this…
I’ve managed to source two reasonably cheap and am awaiting their arrival. Originally designed as carry cases for the action figures, I’m thinking the trays inside could easily be adapted with a bit of foam for miniatures. Add a bit of weathering and Hoth board here we come…..!