5 February 2018 | Star Wars: Legion

Fighting for Freedom

Preview the Rebel Troopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

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“You know of the Rebellion against the Empire?”
–Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: A New Hope

The Galactic Empire rules the Star Wars galaxy, but for all its economic might and the unstoppable power of its military, it is not invincible. The Empire rules by fear and tyranny, and for every person cowed and kept in line by fearsome tactics, another is ready to stand up and rebel. New rebels are created every day across the galaxy, and they’re joining up with the Rebel Alliance—becoming a part of something greater than themselves. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the freedom fighters you can find within the Rebel Troopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion!

As with the Stormtroopers Unit Expansion, you’ll find seven unpainted, easily assembled Rebel Trooper miniatures inside the Rebel Troopers Unit Expansion, along with the cards and tokens that you need to add a full squad of Rebel Troopers to your army. The Rebel Troopers Unit Expansion will release at the same time as the Star Wars: Legion Core Set and seven other expansions on March 22nd! You can pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website today.

Signing Up to Join the Fight

In stark contrast to the uniform regiments of Stormtroopers that the Galactic Empire commands in a game of Star Wars: Legion, Rebel Troopers  can seem unorthodox. Beings from countless species and worlds have joined the Rebel Alliance, and it’s not uncommon to see that diversity reflected in your infantry squads. Rebel Troopers are the backbone of the Rebel armies as their first corps unit to arrive on the scene, and at only forty points for a standard squad of four Rebel Trooper miniatures, they’re perfect for filling out the rank and file of your military.

Rebel Troopers in Star Wars: Legion are armed with the A-280 Blaster Rifle—a noted improvement over the E-11 blaster rifle that’s standard issue for the Stormtroopers. When firing with the A-280, each Rebel Trooper in the unit contributes a single black die, giving you a much better chance to hit than with the weaker white attack die used by the E-11. Though their weapons are more impactful, the Rebel Troopers’ lack of heavy armor also means that it’s easier to damage a Rebel Trooper than a Stormtrooper. Rebel Troopers only roll the white defense die when defending against attacks—however, their natural mobility can help to make up for their lack of armor.

Any unit in the game can use one of its actions to duck and evade incoming attacks, taking a dodge token which can be spent later that round to cancel one hit during an attack. Still, Rebel Troopers have a special affinity for the dodge token, much like Stormtroopers prefer to take their time and aim before firing. Rebel Troopers are Nimble—whenever they spend a dodge token, they gain a new dodge token after the attack! Weaving around incoming laser fire is a perfect way to help your Rebel Troopers reach their objectives unscathed, even when they’re coming under heavy fire.

The Rebel Troopers spend a dodge token in defense and receive a new dodge token from their Nimble ability.

Though all Rebel Troopers start out with the same basic abilities, they also have four upgrade slots for you to customize your unit and tweak its performance to match different strategies. Rebel Troopers, like Stormtroopers, have a gear upgrade slot and a grenades upgrade slot—and just like the Stormtroopers Unit Expansion, this expansion offers Impact Grenades and Grappling Hooks as alternatives to the Concussion Grenades and Targeting Scopes included in the Core Set. You may also decide to supplement the standard complement of troopers in a squad by filling in the personnel and heavy weapon upgrade slots. A Rebel Trooper upgrade adds an additional Rebel Trooper miniature to the squad—simultaneously increasing the squad’s firepower and its longevity on the battlefield.

Heavy weapons miniatures also increase the size of a Rebel Trooper squad, but their unique weapons can make them a more powerful influence on the field of battle. You may bring in a Z-6 Trooper armed with a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon. This rotary blaster cannon is notoriously inaccurate, but the weapon’s sheer volume of fire makes it especially dangerous to infantry squads. On the other hand, you may anticipate encountering more vehicles and walkers in your battles against the Empire. An MPL-57 Ion Trooper can use his grenade launcher to reliably punch through vehicle armor, and more importantly, to give that vehicle an ion token. Hitting vehicles with ionizing weapons is a perfect way to knock out their systems temporarily, and in Star Wars: Legion, each ion token forces the vehicle to lose an action. If you desperately need to shut down an AT-ST or similarly powerful vehicle, concentrating fire with MPL-57 Ion Troopers is an excellent way to do it.

The MPL-57 Ion Trooper hits the AT-ST with a successful attack, ionizing the walker and forcing it to lose an action!

Rebel Troopers are willing to fight for freedom on any world, no matter where the Galactic Civil War will take them. And it’s only fitting that they form the basis of your Rebel armies in Star Wars: Legion.

Soldiers from a Hundred Worlds

The epic miniatures battles of Star Wars: Legion are coming to your tabletop—and it’s up to you whether you’ll join the Rebellion or the Galactic Empire.

Look for the Rebel Troopers Unit Expansion (SWL05) to release alongside the Star Wars: Legion Core Set and seven other expansions on March 22nd! You can pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our webstore today.

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