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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 10:54 a.m. PST

When Star Wars Legion was released I decided I was going to pass on it. For quite a while I managed to have no interest in it whatsoever. Then, strangely, in the last few weeks I've started considering it. Christmas is coming and my family always nags me for SOMETHING they can get me :) Maybe this is something.

So what's the general feeling about this game out there? It's been out long enough for a good amount of playing to have been done. Is it good? Great? Awful?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

Scott, I can't comment on h9w the game plays, but I can comment on the figures. I've painted close to 100 of them for a regular client, and they are very nice. Actually tempting me to buy.

Davidjames08 Nov 2019 1:55 p.m. PST


Wargamer Blue08 Nov 2019 8:02 p.m. PST

Figures are very good. And they are getting better with every release. I like the game. Fairly straightforward. There's a lot of how to play vids on YouTube and you can download the full rules for free from the FFG website to follow along.

kevin Major09 Nov 2019 2:32 a.m. PST

I got the basic set and a couple of extra boxes of characters. The figures are nice and I have enjoyed painting them. The rules are not my style. Lots of extra factors and rules tucked away on the cards I constantly feel like I am playing a game and not involved in a story.
The core box set is light on all the stuff you need to play a full game, too few dice and figures.
I am intending to buy more figures but am using different rules now.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

Kevin, what rules are you using now?

kevin Major09 Nov 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

Spectre Operations. It gives a good tight game. A sweep through the weapons in the rule set converts carbines to blasters etc. The Legion starter set gives enough figures for a 2 hour game. The game needs lots of terrain to provide cover though.

charles popp09 Nov 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

If you are looking to buy check out target they have a sale on right now for most games both video and board/classic. Buy 2 get one free. Seen SW Armada but not Legion,did not did that deep on it

McWong7309 Nov 2019 11:30 p.m. PST

I've recently bought in. Still onthe fence, but it is fiddly as mentioned. Lots of tokens, lots of cards. Figures are ok, found the rebels to have a small number of sculpts that are a pain to paint, but they are overall very nice. Recently bought my first GW game in decades, Killteam, that I'm enjoying painting a lot more. If you were choosing betwee the two, go Killteam.

McWong7309 Nov 2019 11:37 p.m. PST

Or look at SW Armada, heard only very good things about that.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Nov 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Not seeing much praise of the game here…

Mister Tibbles10 Nov 2019 6:27 p.m. PST

All FFG games have tons of tokens and cards. Figuring which cards to use for your units is always a game before the game. The rules bore me, and I will agree with Kevin and McWong.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Nov 2019 5:21 a.m. PST

Yes, I like Armada a lot, but you are correct about all the cards and tokens. It can take an hour to get a fleet ready for battle. But I found that in a friendly game of Armada you can have a lot of fun if you just don't use (or greatly limit) all the upgrade cards. I'm wondering if the same thing is possible in legion?

McWong7311 Nov 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

Good question, the cards are essentially unit/model upgrades that in years past would be found as add ons like "+10 points for heavy armour". A lot of Luke and Vaders abilities are card based, the base "unit" will have great stats, but you will need to use the card add ons for the funky force powers. Same for troops, want to add an LMG, it's a card.

Which all loops back to the "fiddly" element of having cards on the table. Then there's the game effects like suppression, the mechanic itself is sound, but you can end up with a lot of tokens on the table. No question, it removes ambiguity around a unit or models status, but it can look a mess.

You can download the rules for free, recommend you do that first before taking the plunge.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2019 11:48 a.m. PST

Whatever happened to Imperial Assault? I loved their figures!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Nov 2019 5:37 a.m. PST

Well, I took the plunge and bought the started set and a few expansions. Yes, after looking things over I will definitely get a second starter set.

The figures are beautiful and have almost no flash or mold lines, but sadly the soft plastic makes it VERY difficult to get rid of the few mold lines that there are. You can't really file them away, because the plastic just tears and shreds under a file. The only option is to carefully slice them away with a knife. Rather tedious and eventually I started leaving the less noticeable ones (something that would normally be unthinkable for me).

Still, I'm looking forward to playing.

chrach719 Nov 2019 8:05 p.m. PST

check out the jays wargaming madness blog for bolt action star wars mod if you like bolt action rules.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Nov 2019 8:48 a.m. PST

Thanks, but I don't :)

Catoblepas06 Dec 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

The scale creep from IA to Legion still irritates me. It's hard for me to look past the pure greed of that decision.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Dec 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

Yeah, the larger figures are a puzzle. The detail is very nice, but trying to find any compatible figures is difficult. It would be nice to be able to mix in other figs. Like for civilians and such. Terrain needs to be larger too.

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