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YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2019 6:36 a.m. PST

My best guess is to combine Imperial Assault figures, which are readily available retail in production, with finding older WOTC prepaints on EBay and elsewhere second-hand. My understanding from Internet reviews and pictures is that the two go together, at least once the IA figures are painted.

Is this indeed the best option? I don't know of any other lines readily available.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Nov 2019 6:46 a.m. PST

Are the old metal figures available secondhand?

Thomas O27 Nov 2019 6:53 a.m. PST

From what I understand the Imperial Assault figures are more like 32mm and are much bigger than the old WOTC figures, which I have a bunch of. The WOTC figures are at the smaller end of 28mm.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2019 7:27 a.m. PST

I have both Imperial Assault and WOTC stormtroopers (actually I am looking at them right now) and the WOTC figs are about 20% smaller than the Imperial Assault plus a little thinner

Not sure it would be noticable if they were in different units but in the same unit they would be big and little brothers

The Beast Rampant27 Nov 2019 7:29 a.m. PST

No, they don't mix, which I guess was intentional on FFG's part.

And I think that the WotC ones are a pretty even 28mm.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik27 Nov 2019 8:27 a.m. PST

Here's a nice comparison pic I googled. As you can clearly see, the WOTC stormtrooper at the far left looks to be about the same height as the Imperial Assault ST right next to it, but then you notice that the size differential isn't in height but in width/bulk. The IA trooper is noticeably thicker limbed (chunkier) with a bigger head/helmet. You'll also see that Fantasy Flight shamelessly made the miniatures from their SW Legion miniature game larger and incompatible with their IA figures so as to discourage people from dual-using them for both games.


45thdiv27 Nov 2019 9:40 a.m. PST

Imperial Assault figures match very well with the pre-paints. The new miniature game, SW Legion are too large. Wonderful figures, but I have too much invested in IA to switch. If you are starting fresh, go with SW Legion. The detail is very nice.

The Beast Rampant27 Nov 2019 10:21 a.m. PST

I'm sorry, I forgot there was a difference between the two FFG scales.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Nov 2019 10:36 a.m. PST

Yeah, I agree with 45th. Imperial Assault will work with WOTC. I just ran a game using both at War Party here in Cincinnati.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Nov 2019 11:05 a.m. PST

I just turned to the dark side and purchased the Legion starter – starting fresh with Star Wars and painting storm troopers as we speak. I am very happy with the figures.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2019 12:24 p.m. PST

So, if careful, IA (but not Legion) figures can mix with WOTC. The big reason to buy IA is for personality figures or rares (like sandman and the Bantha), so you could probably be careful and not have to mix too much.

At least that is what I gather.

Wargamer Blue27 Nov 2019 6:14 p.m. PST

Legion figures are absolutely sensational.

LostPict28 Nov 2019 7:43 a.m. PST

I have hordes of the WOTC Stormies, but only around 30 of the Legion lads due to cost. If you want big units WOTC is your friend.

Also at least so far there lots more species and types available from the WOTC line. That said, Legion includes some non-human amongst the Rebel forces.

ninthdoc29 Nov 2019 10:13 p.m. PST

Or, if you're like me and want to play multiple game systems, you could collect both to your liking. For example, I have tons of 32mm (Heroscape, 40K, and Warhammer Fantasy – WHFB and AoS), but I also have tons of WotC SW. I have read really great things about Core Space and those minis are closer to 28mm. So, I'm keeping my WotC SW, I have some IA SW, and I agree, Legion is the way to go from here forward. Oh, and I'm jumping into Core Space soon.

Edit before posting: I haven't even mentioned Warpath or Star Saga (same universe from Mantic). Those are more 28mm and I also have tons of those.

SpaceNinjaJetPilot19 Dec 2019 4:54 a.m. PST

Am I reading correctly that IA packs contain only 2 or 3 troops while Legion sets have 6 or 7?

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