FFG Live: September

On September 3, explore the world of Star Wars: Legion with designers Alex Davy and Luke Eddy as they show off the new Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Operative Expansions! This is your chance to see upcoming Legion expansions in action, don’t miss it!

The Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion is Available Now

Selected for rotational duty from exceptional Stormtrooper squads, Imperial Shoretroopers are trained not only in tropical environment operations, but also in entrenched warfare. Often assigned to important bases such as the Imperial security facility on Scarif, Shoretroopers use their expertise and equipment to counter Rebel ambushes and ensure Imperial secrets remain safe. 

Within the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion, you’ll find seven unique, unpainted Imperial Shoretrooper miniatures to add to your Star Wars™: Legion collection. Five of these troopers are armed with E-22 blaster rifles while a Shoretrooper equipped with a T-21B targeting rifle is ready to deal extra damage from long range. But if you’re truly looking to keep enemy units from escaping with sensitive information, a DF-90 Mortar Trooper can be added to your army as a detachment from the rest of your Shoretroopers. Rounding out this expansion are two unit cards, five upgrade cards to fully kit out your Shoretroopers, and all the tokens you need to deploy them to any battle.

Pick up your copy of The Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion (SWL41) at your local retailer today or online through our website here!

Preview the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.”
   —Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Massive war machines such as the AT-ST and the TX-225 Occupier Combat Assault Tank do more than crush any resistance to total Imperial domination. They also project the Empire’s might across the planets they are stationed, quelling any resistance before it begins. The Empire takes a similar approach when acquiring local wildlife to support its operations throughout the galaxy.

When these operations take them to desert planets like Tatooine, mighty creatures like Dewbacks make excellent mounts for Imperial Sandtroopers, their imposing frames proving both intimidating to opposing forces and resiliant to blaster fire. Soon, you’ll be able to use these beasts to spread Imperial might across the battlefield with the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion

This expansion brings another option for the support units that back up the bulk of your Imperial armies. Within it, you’ll find an unpainted and beautifully-detailed Dewback miniature with a Sandtrooper rider who can be assembled with four different weapon options: the standard shock prod, a T-21 blaster rifle, a RT-97C blaster rifle, or a CR-24 Flame Rifle. These weapons and their associated upgrade cards each give the Dewback Rider unique new ways to attack while three additional upgrade cards invite you to modify your Dewback Rider with more training and comms systems. 

Join us today as we take a closer look at the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion!

Adapted for Battle

Life on the brutally hot planet of Tatooine has made Dewbacks an extremely rugged species of reptiles able to survive at the most extreme temperatures. Fortunately for the Empire, these environmental adaptations also make them particularly useful in battle. Whether its patrolling a planet or charging headlong into a skirmish, Imperial commanders can use these hearty beasts in a number of ways.

No matter their purpose, Dewback and rider must work together to acheive maximum effectiveness in combat. For instance, while a Dewback’s claws can help them cross the difficult terrain of Tatooine with ease, it can only truly use this ability when it is spurred forward by its rider. Doing so helps these normally lumbering creatures cover a substantial amount of ground with surprising speed, allowing them to become a major part of any engagement. While these short bursts of speed may spook an untrained Dewback, the best display an uncanny Endurance  that lets them push forward without adverse effects.

Once they do enter battle, both Dewback and rider can again come together to unleash a powerful attack. Combining the Dewback’s razor-sharp claws with the Sandtrooper’s shock prod creates a unique attack that is both deadly and sends panic running through the targeted unit. Such an attack requires engaging an enemy unit up close, of course, but luckily the Dewback’s thick and scaly hide create a natural layer of protective armor against incoming attacks.

Before a Dewback can unleash one of these powerful melee attacks, though, it first needs to engage with an enemy unit, which can be quite difficult for these lumbering lizards. With its rider carefully guiding its movements, the Dewback can reposition before or after moving, putting itself in position to march directly at an enemy unit. Better yet, the rider relentlessly drives the beast forward, allowing them to immediately perform an attack after moving. 

  

As powerful as its melee attack may be, it is only the most basic option available to a Dewback Rider. You can just as easily outfit the Sandtrooper with three other weapons that make them effective in a variety of situations. If you’d like a highly mobile trooper who can pick off targets from a distance, a RT-97C Blaster Rifle  extends the Sandtroopers range, making the unit effective both up close and from a distance. Those who want a better chance of hitting their targets regardless of cover or armor, on the other hand, can make use of a  T-21 Blaster Rifle  for the maximum amount of fire. Alternatively, your Dewback Rider can clear swathes of the battlefield with a  CR-24 Flame Rifle,  paving the way for the rest of your troops. 

Whether attacking from afar or bullying opposing units with their sizeable bulk, a Dewback Rider can support Imperial ground operations in a variety of ways, making them invaluable tools to any Imperial commander.

Show Your Might

Towering above all but the largest units, a Dewback is an initimidating symbol of the Empire’s strength. With one in your army, you can remind your enemies of this strengthe every time it takes the battlefield. 

Look for the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion (SWL42) and the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion (SWL41) at your local retailer in the third of 2019. Pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!

The Dewbacle

Some of those who got the early release of the Dewback expansion was surprised to find a much larger base than pictured on the box.

If this happened or happens to you, no sweat. Just follow the link after the jump to request a replacement part:

https://parts.asmodeena.com/partsrequests/

Photo courtesy of: Dustin Foran, and Eric Kingsley

Preview the Shoretroopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“Deploy the garrison!”
   —Director Orson Krennic, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Imperial Stormtrooper Corps prepares its troops to do battle on any planet under any conditions. No matter how prepared they are, however, these general-purpose soldiers are no replacement for the Empire’s many troops trained to fight in specific environments. The beaches of Imperial-controlled planets are particularly vulnerable, with miles of coastline that could serve as landing zones for Rebel incursions.

Soon, your Imperial armies will be better equipped to protect Imperial installations on these planets with the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion!

Within this expansion, you’ll find everything you need to add two new corps units to your Imperial war machine. Five unpainted, finely detailed Shoretrooper miniatures carrying E-22 blaster rifles stand ready to repel any Rebel advance. Meanwhile, a T-21B Trooper can pick off any remaining enemy troops from a distance.

For the stoutest defense possible, though, you’ll want to deploy a DF-90 Mortar Trooper as a detachment from your Shoretroopers. Launching volleys of suppressive fire from long distance, this trooper provides all the stopping power you’ll ever need. Finally, five upgrade cards invite you to outfit your Shoretroopers with the weapons, training, and gear to prepare for any situation.

Ever Vigilant

While few Imperial garrisons are located on tropical planets with coastlines, the ones that are—such as the security complex on Scarif—are vital to securing the Empire’s interests across the galaxy. As a result, Shoretroopers and their specialized training play a vital role in Imperial attack groups on a number of planets.

Shoretroopers immediately distinguish themselves from other Imperial corps units in terms of both weaponry and training. Not only do their E-22 blaster rifles pack more of a punch than their E-11 counterparts used by both Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers, Shoretroopers begin identifying targets as soon as they are issued orders. As a result, they can be relied upon to make accurate shots while locking down large swathes of the battlefield, especially if they’ve been trained to go on Overwatch.

The E-22 gives the Shoretroopers the means to repel any Rebel attack, but superior firepower alone may not be enough in the face of a full-scale invasion. In these cases, reinforcements can bolster their ranks and add useful options to their arsenal. Assigning another Shoretrooper to your squad makes it even more likely to fend off an offensive push. A T-21B Trooper, on the other hand, can target enemy units at long range, thinning their ranks before they come within range of the rest of the squad’s E-22s.

When it comes to defending the Empire’s most precious secrets on the beaches and coastlines of a planet, blasters are only one tool available to Imperial Shoretroopers. For maximum stopping power, they turn to DF-90 Mortar Troopers to hit marauding forces from a distance. These mortar troops operate as autonomous corps units, but they can only be deployed as detachments from a corresponding unit of Imperial Shoretroopers. But this isn’t the only connection they share. Shoretroopers can coordinate with DF-90 Mortar Troopers or another emplacement trooper to guarantee everyone has orders and is ready to activate at a moment’s notice.

Deploying at speed-1 from the unit leader of its corresponding Shoretroopers unit, the fire from a DF-90 Mortar Trooper does much more than simply eliminate targets. Having mortars rain down on them rattles enemy units, slowing their advance and forcing them to carefully choose when to attack and when to continue forward into more fire. If concentrated enough, this suppressive fire can eventually cause an enemy to panic and run for the nearest board edge.

Despite these advantages, the DF-90 is a cumbersome weapon to carry across the battlefield, limiting its effectiveness when it needs to be on the move. Fortunately, it can easily be repositioned once its set up, ensuring that it can fire no matter where the enemy is coming from. Best of all, there’s no need for the DF-90 to fire on its own. It can lend its power to another friendly unit’s ranged attack, making this strike all the more deadly. With such a long range, the DF-90 works particularly well when it combines its shot with a T-21B Trooper to create an suppressive attack that can also critically damage its target.

Tight Security

The Empire has troops trained for every environment and situation. But when it needs to protect its most vital secrets, it turns to the expertise of a select few: Imperial Shoretroopers.

Look for the Imperial Shoretroopers Unit Expansion (SWL41) and the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion (SWL42) at your local retailer in the third quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!

Announcing Four Upgrade Expansions for Star Wars: Legion

“Stormtroopers? Here? We’re in danger!”
   —C-3PO, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

From the iconic E-11 blaster rifle carried by Imperial Stormtroopers to the E-5 blaster rifles wielded by the Separatist Alliance’s legions of battle droids, each Star Wars™: Legion faction has its own signature weapons they bring to the ground battles of the Star Wars galaxy. But select troopers also bring a range of other weapons and skills to their squads and soon you’ll have more options than ever to move your corps units beyond standard issue.

Skull Forge Studio’s July Additions Have Arrived!

For Skull Forge Studios’ July Releases we get an awesome batch of some grizzled old war veterans.

Here’s what Jason Cuffie from Skull Forge Studios’ posted on Facebook:

“I’m not going to leave you hanging for July! got a couple of goodies to hold you over while I’m out traveling around Europe next week. The Desert Hermit (hint hint) wont be available on shapeways until I can see how a bundle of sabers prints with their cheaper materials, however all of these models and more are now available at http://gumroad.com/skullforgestudios

Happy printing and stay cool!”

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