Legion AI Battle!

Managed to get a Legion AT Battle in the other day!

If you haven’t already, check out the AI system that is available for free here! It’s not meant to be exactly the same as a human opponent, but will certainly give you the chance to try some lists out when you can’t play with another person face to face!

I set up a double AT-ST list for the AI to use against my Rebel hero list! I gave the Imperials an extra 100 points since they had Vader as their commander. It was very Hoth inspired.

The AI instructed the AT-ST’s to move a bit more than I might have otherwise done if I was in control of them, but that also put them closer to my deployment zone, and it was breakthrough so that’s where they eventually wanted to be.

It was a fun battle – here’s a link to the entire thing!

Jabba did Nothing Wrong!

Return of the Jedi. The third Star Wars film, yet the sixth Episode in the Skywalker Saga. My favorite Star Wars movie hands down… mostly because it was the first one I have coherent memories of.

It also happens to be the subject of our sixth episode of Double Critical – where Sean and I take another look at this movie and try to decide what from this movie could still come to Star Wars Legion.

I also noticed some interesting things during yet another watching of this movie – notable how Luke is incredibly aggressive in this film, breaking into Jabba’s Palace, using force choke, and trying to murder Jabba in his own home… we talk about this and more in Episode 6!

Legion AI v 1.0 is Available Now!

While I’d have liked to test it a bit more before release, I figured this was a really good time to finally release my Legion AI v1.0 so everyone can have some fun playing legion at home!

HERE is a link to the AI system!

Here is a video detailing the system as well!

Command Center!

Got to check out the new Command Center from LV-427 Designs! This one is very reminiscent of the classic Rebel War Room look we saw on Yavin 4 in both Rogue One and Episode 4.

In this video I take a closer look at the Command Center, and as a special treat we look at the connector to the Imperial Bunker, plus a few extra corridor types!

What to Buy First in Star Wars Legion?

When starting out on a budget, it is easy to get overwhelmed when a game like Star Wars Legion has tons of product available. Even if you are restricting yourself to only a single faction, this can still be a daunting task. I have often made “What to Buy First” videos for lots of the games that I’ve covered over the years, and I’m pleased to report that I’m updating this series for 2020.

First up: The Imperials

The Empire has so many available expansions currently that it can easily be overwhelming for a new player. Since most of us are on a budget, making smart choices for your first few purchases is going to be crucial. Like most lists, I always suggest starting out with not just ONE core set, but two. Conversely, if you have split a core set or two with a friend you’ll both be able to save costs and double your plastic – which is clearly the best value. After that, I generally suggest packs that are very effective, and also packs that have great value, like the Shoretroopers, and Imperial Scouts for value which have two units in each box. Also cheaper Commanders will give you great list diversity, like Director Krennic. See the video for the full breakdown.

Next: Rebels!

The Rebels have also been out for years, and have even more options than the Empire does, considering they now have access to R2-D2 and C-3PO, which actually makes them the largest faction in the game right now, in terms of available units. Alot of figures on this list have changed since last year, and even more new things have been announced and come out. And as always, if there’s something in particular you are looking for or excited about – you should absolutely prioritize things that you are excited over first!

What’s Next?

The Republic and Separatists will be coming next, but I’m not in as much of a rush to get these lists out just yet because the last version I did is still pretty close to accurate, in that we haven’t seen as many units actually release for them just yet. I’ll update them soon however!

Sci-Fi Corridor Terrain Reviews

With a growing focus on tabletop terrain for both Legion and RPG needs, I’ve been always on the lookout for new terrain to review. Having worked with LV-427 Designs before, I was delighted to see their re-designed modular corridors, which are now larger and more compatible with games like Legion than before!

The Hangar Bay is perfect for a large battle inside a Star Destroyer, or even the Death Star!

The Hangar Bay was the first or the new large rooms that I’ve seen. I was really excited to see rooms of this size because the first time I saw their terrain it was primarily corridors and smaller rooms, which work great for the RPG, but not as good for Legion. Larger rooms make it easier to fit and move larger units around the game board!

Hibernation Chamber and Conference Room are both a real delight!

The Hibernation Chamber and Conference room each feature a series of 4 interconnected tiles to make one large room. They each also have a removable centerpiece, helping make them versatile and perfect for both role play functions and also for battling inside a station or destroyer!

Stay tuned to see what’s next!

Building your Rebel Commando Units

Now that the Rebel Commandos have arrived in Legion, you may be wondering how to best use these new versatile Special Forces units, especially since this is the first expansion pack to offer two units for the price of one!  Lets break down the ways you can run them and which ways work best.

The Heavy Weapons

These are what make this unit shine.  The DH-447 Sniper has unlimited range, pierce 1, and two dice ( albeit one of them is white).  It also has High Velocity, which if it’s the only weapon in the attack pool, the defender can’t spend dodge tokens.  It’s VERY likely to do damage, but only a little.

The Proton Charge Saboteur is the answer to swarm lists.  Now finally, your opponent may have to think twice about grouping up 6 units of Corps close together!   This unit can Arm a proton charge as an action, which places a charge within range.  When detonated, these charges will make a ranged attack against EVERY unit at range 1 of it, one at a time.  This is tremendous for multiple reasons, which include damaging groups of enemies, dealing out loads of suppression, and even hurting vehicles!  The attack itself , which consists of one red die and two white, has Blast, Impact 1, and it’s own special Surge to Crit!  Each Saboteur has Detonate : 1, which allows them to trigger ONE charge to detonate after ANY unit takes an action.  This means, you can drop a mine, move out, and trigger your charge after you move.  This also means you can run in, drop a charge, and immediately blow it, potentially hurting yourself!   It could be dangerous doing the latter, but if that means you can hit 3 enemy units?   It just might be worth it!

The Basic Unit

One of the first thing’s you’re going to notice, is the lack of a personnel upgrade, which means you aren’t going to be able to outfit this unit with six miniatures, so five will be your limit if you use a Heavy Weapons miniature.  In addition, we get Comms, Gear, Grenades, and a new upgrade called Training, which isn’t half bad considering that we get Duck and Cover with this wave.   As far as the rest of the stats, they are largely similar to the typical Rebel Troopers, with a few key upgrades (which help, considering they cost an extra 20 points).  So what do we gain for those extra 20 points?

First off, these Commandos have both offensive and defensive surge, which is pretty nice to start.  Additionally they have a courage value of 2, which helps them still get two actions even when they have a suppression token.  It also makes them a decent commander if your commander should die.  Their keywords however are especially helpful.  Low Profile means you may seriously want to consider always running Duck and Cover.  Scout 2 is incredible for early game positioning and objective play.  Sharpshooter 1 is just all around good, though generally it lends itself to  doubling up fire on a unit that’s already been shot and now has suppression, snipers, or both.

The Commandos are an all around solid unit – but you may not want to run them without a heavy weapons upgrade.  Running them with only 4 miniatures can work if you’re looking for some quality trooper units for your build, but generally you’ll probably want to run some heavy weapons units.  Before we talk Builds, let’s look at the Strike Team.

The Strike Team

 

The Strike Team is almost identical to the standard Rebel Commandos card, with three key differences.   First, the cost, which is only a mere 16 points!  Second, the miniature count is only 1.  Lastly, the keyword “Heavy Weapon Team”, which forces you to take a heavy weapons upgrade, which then becomes the unit leader.

The Strike Team is an ideal way to inflate your unit count, considering that a Strike Team can be as cheap as 42 or 44 points, depending on which Heavy Weapons option you select.  For players who want to push the limits of units in a list for things like activation advantage, the Strike Team will prove an effective way to pad your activations, while also giving you some excellent tricks.

Which Configuration is Best?

For starters, I will suggest using the Sniper in a Strike Team, and the Saboteur with a full unit.  This way you can have two distinct Special Forces units in the same list, with only a single expansion box.  Other options certainly work, but not everyone will want to buy 3 boxes of commandos to try every permutation.

Snipers

Snipers work VERY well with a Strike Team.  Having only 2 miniatures, gives them easier access to be deployed on smaller, narrow ledges.  Additionally, camping a sniper in the corner of a map, often means the rest of the commandos are NOT firing their weapons.  A Strike Team minimizes this by having only one miniature sitting around doing nothing.

Snipers don’t work as well in the full Commando Unit, because that generally tends to mean that you bring them into the battlefield, putting them within range 3 of enemy units, which someone diminishes their value a bit.   However, it does allow you to more easily split fire, dealing out suppression, or combining the sniper’s weapon to give your larger attack Pierce 1.  One other option is also to simply be a strong Counter-Sniper unit.  A Five-Person sniper unit is much less likely to die from opposing sniper fire.

Saboteurs

The Saboteurs work a little better in a full unit, as they are more likely to want to get down into the middle of the battlefield and mine the heck out of it.  Having additional miniatures also means that the saboteur has a longer lifespan, and thus, can survive longer.  Don’t forget, your Saboteurs need to be alive in order to trigger “Detonate”.  When your last saboteur dies, the rest of your charges can no longer be triggered.

The Saboteurs CAN also work well as a Strike Team, but this is one of those cases where I would advise to run more than just one.   Strike Teams are cheaper, and that means more Saboteurs, and thus, more charges placed all over the battlefield.   You could in theory place a maximum of 18 charges in a single game with three Saboteurs, and although that certainly won’t always be the case… being able to place several near key objectives is amazing.  The other advantage of having multiple saboteurs is that you’ll have multiple instances of Detonate.   It’s partially about redundancy, in that losing one saboteur will still allow you to trigger charges, but it’s also about having the ability to trigger more than one at a time.  Blowing 3 charges when an AT-ST steps too close, and taking it from 6 health to dead in a single move… is really satisfying!

In Closing 

These Heavy Weapon units really help make the Commandos Shine – so weather you’re trying to snipe, mine, or simply use the commando’s regular weapon to actually shoot enemies within range 3 – it’s gonna be a great time!   Imperial Scouts will likely behave in a very similar fashion in terms of teams and pairings.   Once those come in both sides will finally have Special Forces!

And if you prefer video – here you go!

Gen Con 2018 – in Pictures!

This Year’s Gen Con was my first ever Gen Con!  Easily the busiest convention I’ve ever been to, it’s easy to get lost among the activity!   I took a bunch of pictures though so lets go through my time!

First up – I had to wait in a line that was nearly a mile long for Will Call to get my tickets to the In Flight Report.  I didn’t even have time to check into my hotel – went straight to the convention center!

But I made it!   Front row seat!   I was crazy nervous that I wasn’t going to make it in time but luckily I managed!

And was surprised with 2 KeyForge decks for attending!   I’ve got to say I’m pretty impressed with this game.  The concept of completely unique decks in every box is really ambitious!   And it plays quickly and is a bit of fun as well!

But THIS thing was the star of the show!  The Super Star Destroyer for Armada really stole my heart!   Finally being able to see it was amazing!   After the report I grabbed some dinner and made my way back to the hotel, to prepare to teach some Legion and Armada the next morning!

The next morning – right before they opened the doors and let everyone in!

Everyone wanted to get pictures of the incoming rush!

There was alot of cosplay!  X-Wing and Legion were the two biggest attractions right in front of the main door, and they almost didn’t have any Armada tables, but luckily I found a core set on a table and was able to get it set up!

We had a core set, Wave 7, and the Rogues and Villains pack for Armada!   Nobody was scheduled to demo it, but I jumped all over it and made alot of new Armada fans from Thursday through Saturday.

Andrew Cox, Fellow Orlando Gamer, took home the championship for Destiny!   Way to represent Orlando!   Now we just need to him playing Legion and Armada as well!

Got to check out some other games as well – Project Elite is being relaunched by CMON, and the new miniatures look awesome!

Finally got to see this giant Cthulhu miniature from CMON’s new Cthulhu : Death May Die kickstarter.  It’s amazing, but it’s just so big it reminded me of the fact that I wouldn’t have had the room to actually put it anywhere!

Got a nice demo from Ares Games on their new title Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles.  This looks gorgeous!

And got some more pictures of new FFG releases!

Sunday I was judging for a Legion Team Battle!   2v2 Tournament!

There was also an X-Wing Epic Tournament going on!

And the Armada Finals!  Congrats to JJsJuggernaut on an extremely close finish!   Not exactly sure why they had Destiny promos for the Armada winners….

When all was said and done, I had a TON of stuff to bring home and just my carry-on – so I had to break everything down!

I managed to get it all to fit!   Yup I put the falcon in a sock for safekeeping!

 

All in all, it was exhausting.   Working for FFG, demoing games nonstop, over loud crowds can really drain you.   Next time I need to go as a fan instead of an exhibitor.   I’d love to play in the tournaments and have more time to actually shop and participate in the con a bit more!

I also managed to capture a bunch of video as well!   Here’s just some of what I caught!

Review – Imperial Terrain

If you are in the market to upgrade your tabletop gaming experience than you absolutely need to check out some of these amazing terrain pieces from Imperial Terrain.   They were kind enough to send over a few for me to look at and I’ve got to admit that I’m pretty blown away.  The detail on these pieces are extremely high, and all of them have some type of battlefield functionality that makes them superior to simple rocks and trees.

The Small Mechanics Shop

These little shops make perfect buildings for any setting.  They feature a mostly flat roof, which accomodates fitting troops on top, and even the occasional speeder bike.  The feature a built-in ladder on one side to facilitate easier climbing up and down.  They are tall enough to easily fit troopers inside as well.  The two doorways offer multiple paths in or out, and the removable roof allows you to separately move and measure units above and below.

Having buildings with an interior that is accessible during the game, really enhances the possibilities.  Perhaps you place an obstacle inside, rather than on the roof?   Perhaps you hide units leaders inside after grabbing an objective!   These little shops are very versatile and beautifully detailed.

Landing Pad

The Landing Pad is simply amazing.  It’s hard to say more than that, simply because the size and detail here are unparalleled.  In the above picture, there are actually two landing pads, joined by a leaf, which extends the top platform, however it is possible to connect 4 or more for even larger platforms.   Each individual landing pad has an elevator door, a ladder, and enough space to land a standard starfighter on the top.  They areabout 7 1/2 inches tall, which means they are considered height 2 as well.

Having terrain that is height 2 offers some very interesting game mechanics, in addition to simply being big and beautiful.  Luke Skywalker, for example, cannot simply jump up there from the ground.  Though if he were on a tall enough roof of a nearby structure, then possibly he could.  The ladder however, does allow easier access to the top.  The elevator, if you allow it to be used in your game, can offer alternate paths to the top as well.

Imperial Forward Oupost

The Imperial Forward Outpost has several modular pieces that allow you to build it however you wish.  There is also a gate that can rise and fall as well.  Perhaps there is a control panel, or perhaps you agree that it will be closed until the beginning of turn 3, or perhaps you decide that the get is a destructible piece.   There are so many possibilities with this outpost, that you may want to get multiples.

The interior is also full of intricate details, such as supply crates on the ground, and highly detailed floor grating.  It allows troops on the top or the bottom, and can be set up as a small garrison, a wall across the battlefield, or with enough sets, a fully fledged castle!

Summary

I absolutely love these pieces and will be using them in many future battles.  Look for them in battle reports!  I can’t wait to see how they influence the game!  If you’d like to get your own, head on over to Imperial Terrain and either get an STL file to print yourself, or if you prefer they can print them for you and ship it!  I might be ordering some more in the future!

Here is a video review if you’d like to see more!

Here are some pictures of the pieces after a quick paint job.

 

Imperial Assault expansion brings hype to both Imperial Assault and Legion

The Grand Admiral has arrived.  

And he brought some really cool minis with him!

Imperial Assault just got a new announcement!  It seems Thrawn, and the remaining heroes from Star Wars Rebels are making their way to Imperial Assault with this next expansion!  This is great news for fans of Imperial Assault, especially those who feared the game was “”dead”, but this is also potentially good news for Legion players looking to spice up their game a bit.

As with most other Imperial Assault expansions, this one comes with it’s own wave of blister boxes in addition to the Tyrants of Lothal small box.   This wave is going to be loaded up with more principle character than almost any wave we’ve seen so far!  We’ve already seen a glimpse into the possibility of them making a Rebels wave, since they released The Inquisitor, Ahsoka, Hera, and Chopper last year, but now we are going to fully complete the crew of the Ghost (or very close to it).

With the inclusion of virtually every main character from the show, it begs the question of whether of not FFG is simply trying to tie up loose ends, and wrap up this game permanently.  The release of Legion, in a very similar scale has seemed to be a total replacement for Imperial Assault, allowing battles in a larger scale, with better miniatures, on better terrain.  And the best part is that you don’t have to assemble a new map out of dozens of puzzle pieces every time!

Not everyone was included however.  Some characters simply didn’t make the cut.  Noteworthy  absences include Ruhk, Governor Pryce, Kallus, Ryder Azadi, and the short time crew member, AP-5.  If they do eventually keep Imperial Assault going, there are certainly more characters available that would fit naturally.  Don’t forget about the increasing popularity of Dr. Aphra, and the fact that IA already has her two droid friends from the comics.  There are still a few minor loose ends.

What does this mean for Legion?

Deathtroopers!  For starters, if you’ve wanted Death Troopers in your game, but didn’t want to paint your stormtroopers black, well now you’ve got a proxy model that’s going to look the part and be ALMOST the same size.  It’s long been speculated that Death Troopers will be coming to Legion at some point, and this might be the perfect mini to hold you over and practice your painting skills on, (because an all black trooper can be tricky sometimes!)

There’s also everyone else!  If you’ve longed to use the entire Ghost crew on your tabletop, you now have your chance.  Weather you want to paint them and proxy them all as a Rebel Trooper unit, or swap them out for unit leaders, you will soon have that option.  You can use them as-is, or perhaps you’ll want to re-base them, but cutting them off at the feet and gluing them to Legion bases.  Personally, I’d sign Zeb up to be my Z-6 Trooper, because I think he’d love that huge gun!  The same goes for Thrawn – Using him in place of a Stormtrooper leader, or even swapping him out when using General Veers, it gives you some additional customization options for anyone who has been eager for Thrawn, Deathtroopers, and the crew of the Ghost!

Keep in mind however, making modifications like swapping minis in from other games, wouldn’t be legal in any Organized Play scenarios – so if you want to play in a tournament you’ll need to use the correct miniatures.   But for other times, this could be a great way to spice up your game!  Just be sure and make sure your opponent is OK with you proxying models.