Star Wars: Legion
Last Saturday we ran a rather silly Star Wars game up at the club using Fantasy Flight's "Star Wars Legion" game system. I'll give you three guess which climatic scene from the original trilogy we re-enacted. If you need more than one of those guesses please turn your nerd-card in to the proper authorities.So how does a club that focuses on historical games actually put on a Star Wars themed event. By very clever lawyering for one of the members who actually is admitted to the bar (and not the fun kind of bar). You see, we have two factors in our favor:1) Star Wars happened a long, long time ago2) We are re-staging a famous battleIf that's not historical, then nothing is!While the pricing is not cheap (I'm sure the cut our good friends at Disney take for the IP has some influence on pricing) Star Wars Legion is a really fun game and one that I enjoy playing just for the sheer silliness of it all. The mini's are also a joy to paint.I played on the Imperial side and the game went down to
I recently stumbled onto a site the sells .STL files that are Star Wars themed (w/o violating copyrights). It's called Imperial Terain and I highly recommend them. I'm putting on a Legion game at the club in a few weeks and "needed" a star port and printed this one out. 3D printing is not fast - it took about 40 hours of printing time to create all the parts. I'm sure I could have built something faster but it would not been as good AND I would have lost hobby time. The real efficiency gain of 3d printing is once the printer is dialed in - it does it's thing without you being involved so it's a bobby time multiplier! For priming I tested using gesso as the primer - it's a lot thicker than normal primer or paint and does a good job hiding the striations (printer layers). I think this works for terrain and other "larger" pieces so highly recommend using Gesso. I have a bottle of liquitex gesso that's white and about 2/3 rds of the way through priming the top
Last night I committed blasphemy at the club - I ran a non-historical game. On second thought, maybe it was historical as it did happen a long, long time ago.I ran a game of Legion to teach the rules. I really like Legion and think it's a much more refined version of Bolt Action.It was a very tough night for the alliance, who pretty much got crushed. Even poor Luke didn't fair so well against a AT/ST.The overall opinion on Legion was very positive so I think you'll see more at the club in the future.
This Saturday, I played in a 10 person Star Wars Legion Tournament held at Huzzah Hobbies in VA. I didn't have high expectations of winning as the three tournament games would be 3rd through 5th games played but the best way to learn to swim is to, well you know.I forgot to take pictures, which is a good sign I was having fun and only have two on my phone. The first pictures is from my second game where two very similar Imperial forces take on one another. It was my funnest game and went down to the wire but the win went to John B. A shot of Steve and Eric's last game. I played on the Endor table you can get a peak of in the lower right and got crushed by Gordon's rebel force. Crushed may be charitable to me.Overall, I went 1-2 and placed 8th out of 10 - nothing to write home about (or blog) but I did achieve my goal of not coming in last. The experience did cement for me two viewpoints:(1) Legion is a great game and(2) the load community is made up of a lot of Bolt Action
Even the dog loves Star Wars (the original films, not that new ****). It reminds me that I've got some Stormtroopers to paint for Star Wars Legions and Galactic Heroes!https://jeffthedogblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/jeff-likes-star-wars.html
Earlier on I was expecting a much busier day. The time of year and the end of daylight savings time, with some lack of sleep made and with what I was expecting to be doing today made time look a little short. Sunday is usually the day I do any last minute work to finish of my plan for the week. So I was was relatively happy when on the way to a jog I tripped over the curb, skinned my knee and fingers and did some damage to my foot. With all plans out of the window it was back home to put my leg up. And paint.Despite some misgivings I have achieved my plan and surpassed my expectations. The New, New Cruelty is happy. I have tinkered about with some terrain and got along way through the prepping process for a load of figures. Not a bad week.Some of the figures this week have been a bit entertaining to paint. The Rebels and the Star Saga scientists suffer from some flatness of detail. Nothing wrong with this but it is difficult to make them shine. The three Malifaux figures were good fun to paint. Lots of nice d
So Fantasy Flight Games announced the Clone Wars edition of their Star Wars Legion miniature game. Star Wars Legion – Clone Wars I was utterly disinterested in the original Legion game when it was announced and I continue to be uninterested. I suspect that the biggest issue is that the Rebel forces really don’t have that many interesting units and are more of a raiding army than a traditional army. I was a big fan of the Clone Wars animated series as well as the prequel movies (with some obvious exceptions) and I played the original Battlefront video game for more hours than was probably safe. I also collected a huge number of the prepainted WizKids Clone Wars miniatures and ran battle with those. So it is safe to say that I will be socking away some cash to pick this game up
Another week of working hard looks like it is in the offing. Already I am getting static from all quarters and I need to find even more paperwork. Still, enough griping as I also have some painting to do.So another mixed bag this week. Last year I was all about getting blocks of stuff done. This ended with big queues and feeling just a little demotivated. At the moment, this really is working for me. So four more Mantic Star Saga figures are on the table. I did a little bit on these last week. There is one Artizan Designs cowboy which has been hanging around as well. the biggest chunk will be the Star Wars Legion Rebels. These have been staring at me for a few weeks now so probably time to crack on with them. Lastly there are three Malifaux figures. I plan to spend some extra time on these and get them as perfect as I can. It's about time I did something with them. They cost enough when I got them and they have been gathering dust for ages. Maybe it will push me into doing something practical with them.
When I was down at my Dad's in Cornwall last week, I picked up a couple of belated birthday presents, which were too big to be posted up to us. These included a pack of Imperial Snow Troopers for Star Wars Legion from my sister and the core set from my Dad. I will probably use these with both the official rules but also with Galactic Heroes, for which they will be perfect. Lovely minis too!
The New, New Cruelty is very happy with me this week. I have hit practically all my targets and exceeded. Obviously you are not too interested in most of them but as far as figure painting has gone I have done pretty well. Twenty five more figures down and set against the tally for the year. I would like to be at 80 and could settle for 40. Another two weeks of producing at this level would mean that I have caught up with wear I want to be.At the beginning of the week I was starting to get a little discouraged with the Stormtroopers I wanted to paint. There is a good solid plan for these soI am relatively well motivated to pint them. White is not my favourite to paint. this time around I think I have managed a fairly good job of it. I am not saying that I couldn't put some more effort in and improve these but for now at least they are good enough. These have been painted for an RPG so I doubt i will be painting more any time soon although it looks to me that there will be plenty more Star Wars stuff in the pi
I don't seem to have done much other than painting white today. My love of Star Wars as a child was legendary this process is testing that love at the moment. There has been a little bit of progress since then and I guess I could now paint the base rims, do a bit of touching up and a few more details and I could call them done. A bit more work would get them above tabletop standard. I am probably going to move on to something else tomorrow but I will probably come back to these at the end of the week.If I get what I have on the bench done (including what I am starting tomorrow) that will be fifty five figures completed in two weeks. This would be almost a record if not an actual personal best. By my reckoning I am now doing better than my minimum expectation for the year although I am still a little way off what I have aspired to. Another couple of weeks of this rate of production would see me caught up. The other stuff I have to do is a little less inspiring or a lot more intensive which will mak
I haven't painted anything involving this much white in a long time. Come to think of it possibly ever. the are two reasons for this. 1) There isn't actually that much that is mostly pure white and 2) It's such an awkward colour and I normally don't forget this fact which I have since I started this project. Still better than yellow I guess. It didn't really start out as a project for me either. A friend was running Star Wars and the figures were a bit limited as they were using either tokens of the old Star Wars Miniatures game figures which I personally hate.Still in need of a bit of workSo the Stormtroopers. Too much damn white. They are primed, details and washed. I am shading the white which is taking an age. This is a little discouraging. Even more so is the fact that I am probably going to have to do the whole process again although that should hopefully be a briefer process. Then I will have to look at basing them and I would be much happier basing the on discs or 2p coins as this takes much less time
Not much of an update today. I have primed the stormtroopers. A base coat of a light grey followed by a good hard zenithal coat of white. Hopefully this will give them a bit of pre-shading so I won't have to go overboard on the washes. Then I did the black bits and that's where I am.Still way too much like Mr Blobby for a closeupThings look like they are progressing for me so hopefully I will get these done pretty quickly. The big man is in the background. I need some black primer which I haven't got. I have painted a few things primed in blackin the last year or so but they were probably primed a decade ago. Will have to go out and get some.
Last year I spent some time playing in a Star Wars RPG last year and I was surprised to say that I really enjoyed it. For some reason I felt the urge to paint some suitable figures. This led to a lot of internet searches which is pretty much how I waste all my time.To save you going through what I found out I shall summarize. We were playing with the old Wizards Of The Coast figures which don't really interest me. They are pre-painted and a to be honest they are not the best models ever made. Most are a bit scrawny and they don't really fit in with the sizing of other figures. The Imperial Assault figures are very nice but they are not the cheapest and don't have a lot of poses. The detailing is great and they are 28mm which means that they fit in with a lot of other ranges. On the downside the range isn't great either. I have about thirty of the old metal Stormtrooper figures from West End Games. These are lovely figures and if I recall there were about ten sets of them. Nice as the range was it wasn't that
They Rogue is done and looking very dapper in his warm fluffy coat. A simple GS conversion but at least now he fits a bit more into the Hoth army feel. Advertisements