Unit Analysis

Rebel trooper upgrade expansion

Rebel trooper upgrade expansion analysis
I have long speculated about upgrade expansions with new personell and or heavy weapons for released units, One friend even said “hey they stole your idea” when they were announced. However I think that with FFG’s history it was pretty easy to guess. 

“Unit upgrade complete”

The expansion gives us 4 new models that are new sculpts. New aliens and poses is great for customisation which I love. I have bought a bunch of alien heads to modify my models already and these are great. Can’t wait to modify that ithorian to have a Z-6. You also get a unit card and token so you can use it as an extra unit. You of course can’t get a full squad without extra models, but since we already have a bunch of new personel from the rebel specialist expansion, it’s a nice thing for rebel players that don’t already have 6 units. In the box the rebel troopers get access to 2 new heavy weapons and 2 new personel upgrades as well as some new upgrade cards.

Heavy weapons
The first new weapon is the DLT-20A rifle. It gives the rebel troopers a range 4 gun and comes with critical 1. The cost is slightly more than a Z-6 and does an average of 1.375 wounds per attack thanks to the critical 1. So compared to a Z-6 it feels like a weaker option, while the critical can give you a potential crit to snipe through dodges and cover or hurt a vehicle. The higher price also speaks against it, so the potential strength is range 1-4.

Shoretroopers in sight

However like many other heavy weapons the range dosen’t work well with the rebel troopers standard gun, which have range 1-3. So if you fire only att range 4, you waste the normal troopers dice and if you shoot within range 3 you don’t get any value from the extra range. So either you can use it as a split fire weapon or have a way of shooting at range 4, but doing less dmg than a Z-6 squad. Having the versitility of attacking something on range 4 at the cost of more points and the slightly less dmg of a Z-6 is a mediocre trade IMO. However I do see a potential for this gun. My plan is to use a single rebel trooper unit with this gun and grappling hooks as a backline objective holder. Get into position and snipe with he range 4 at anything that is in range, if you get a range 3 shot then great. You can just take a standard squad to sit at an objective or a sniper strike team. This unit is a little more expensive, but it can’t be killed in 2 hits like the strike teams and can deal dmg than a naked squad. I doubt I will use more than one rifle in my lists though.

The second heavy weapon is a scattergun much like the fleet troopers one, with this one being focused on anti-tank. The SX-21 comes with 2 red and 2 white and it has an average of 2 hits per attack which makes it the most effective gun availiable to the rebel troopers. The drawback is the range 1-2, which has a similar with range as the dlt rifle only reversed. You can’t use the gun togheter with the standard ones at range 3. The SX-trooper can use the normal rifle of course, but you are losing 1.5 average hits from your attack. I would love to swap this gun with the fleet troopers grenade launcher, that would be a dream come true for each unit.

The special keyword is impact 1 which only affects vehicles atm. If I want close range anti-tank, then I rather go with a unit that can get there easier than troopers. There are of course new infantry units with armor like the dewback riders and super battledroids, however impact 1 will only be effective vs these units if you only have a single normal hit on your attack after cover. A full squad of fleet troopers with scattergun does 5.5 average hits with pierce 1 killing 3.75 stormtroopers outside cover. A full squad of rebel troopers with SX-21 does 4.5 on average killing 2.25 stormtroopers outside cover. Looking at these numbers I see no point in using the rebel trooper SX-21, at least not for attacking troopers at range 2, despite rebel troopers being slightly cheaper at 70p vs 78p of fleet troopers (including heavy weapons). Giving the rebel troopers fragmentation grenades you can dish out an average of 5.625 hits, killing 2.8125 stormtroopers outside cover. This is still worse output than the fleet troopers due to the lack of the powerful keyword pierce, however surge-crit and impact 1 will hurt vehicles if you ever get a range 1 shot. So with the fleet troopers as an option I don’t see the value of this new gun unless you really need short range anti-tank in the corps slot. Having pierce or something would have helped, or doing the swap for the fleet troopers launcher. A cool gun, even cooler model, but on paper I don’t see why they designed the card like this.

Move!

Moving on we have 2 new personel upgrades: the captain and specialist. The rebel specialist is an exhaust personell for 14 points and gives your troopers one extra gear slot as well as a free exhaust action that gives the unit a dodge token or a surge token. In the article they suggest recon Intel + emergency stims, these however is a pricy build with 28 points for the gear and specialist. Exhaust abilities should be powerful since they cost of using them multiple times. This is essentielly a free action that can be used multiple times if you recover, it is however locked to either a dodge or the new surge token. I think double gear is a bit overkill for a corp unit, I would love this personel on my pathfinders though. However going both enviormental gear + recon intel or grappling hooks is a build I might consider.

Hoping for new gear upgrade cards

This way you can combine actions and mods with powerul anti-tank weapons, then recover all the cards with one recover.

Lastly we got the rebel captain who gives the squad access to the training slot. This is a nice thing since training gives you access to powerful cards like hunter, endurance and offensive push. Like the specialist, the squad also gains an exhaust ability. This one makes you immune to being supressed for an activation with the cost of not being able to remove supression during the activation (rally step and recover actions). This downside prevents you from doing a recover to remove supression and recover the card in the same action. For only 4 points I think this ability can be quite worthwhile and training is one of the better upgrade types.

Rebel troopers 40
Mpl ion launcher 24
Rebel specialist captain 14
Offensive push 4
Total 82p.

Suppression?, get out there soldier!

The ability is however pretty specific in use, but can turn games. With courage 1 you can only gain effect from the ability when you start the activation with 1 supression, but you get a 100% chance instead of a 33.3…% chance with rally. So during round 5 or maybe 6 it’s amazing to be able to guarantee to get 2 actions instead of 1 when you need to claim an objective in the end. It’s a bit specific in use though since it dosen’t work with 2 supression or more. You could combine this with a ion launcher to recover and fire each round despite being supressed.

Adendum
I did not think about commaders courage bubble that help you against panic. That means you can use this to avoid being supressed despite having more supression than your courage. So this make the captain a great contender vs officer upgrade and is a really nice upgrade to take vs enemy supression lists, extra good with Jyn or Luke for the 3 courage.

Closing thoughts:
The things that sticks out in these expansions are the offensive push. A 4p card that gives you free mods on attacks after a move action. This have the potential of becoming the upgrade card predator of old 1.0 x-wing. It’s a card that makes training a even better slot than before. The heavy weapons are a bit dissapointing. I think I will at most use the one dlt-a rifle and no scatterguns. The designers had a problem of not making these new weapons just replace the old in effectivness, but it hit the other end and the shotgun is probably not gonna see any action since fleet troopers fill that role better. The new personel upgrades are nieche, but I think they can help the ion gun. Otherwise I still prefer the officer for supression control. For the rebels this expansions feels a bit weak on paper compared to the other factions, don’t know if it’s the designers being in a rush to make 4 expansions of the same type or they didn’t wanna make stuff to powerful. I could be proven wrong then these hit the table, but I think a single copy would be enough if they hadn’t put offensive push and some real nice sculpts in there.

What are your thought?

Battle report

Linköping Grand Championship tournament report

Tournament report

I played a list with Leia supporters by a bunch of heavy infantry and double coms jämmer tauntauns.

I played 3 very fun and tense games, sadly I lost the last round and didn’t take a spot in the top 2 finals ending at third. A third place is nothing to feeling bad about, but it is the worst tournament score for me in Legion so far. I tried to take pictures and write some notes, but with 2 hour rounds, I didn’t wanna take to much game time. Here I present a tournament report from my perspective and some thoughts on the current standout units as well a tease for my next unit analysis.

My list came in at 796 point and gave me blue player every game. 

++  Standard (Rebel Alliance) [796 Points] ++

+ Commander +

•Leia Organa [103 Points]: Commanding Presence, Environmental Gear, Esteemed Leader

+ Corps +

Mark II Medium Blaster Trooper [43 Points]: Comms Relay

Mark II Medium Blaster Trooper [43 Points]: Comms Relay

Rebel Troopers [62 Points]: Z-6 Trooper

Rebel Troopers [58 Points]: 2-1B Medical Droid

Rebel Veterans [92 Points]: CM-O/93 Trooper, Hunter, Rebel Veteran

Rebel Veterans [93 Points]: CM-O/93 Trooper, Rebel Officer

+ Special Forces +

Rebel Commandos [104 Points]: DH-447 Sniper, HQ Uplink, Hunter

+ Support +

Tauntaun Riders [99 Points]: Comms Jammer, Tenacity

Tauntaun Riders [99 Points]: Comms Jammer, Tenacity

+ Command Hand +

Command Hand: •Ambush, •Coordinated Bombardment, ••No Time for Sorrows, ••Turning the Tide, •••Covering Fire, •••Somebody Has to Save Our Skins, ••••Standing Orders

+ Battle Cards +

Condition Cards: Clear Conditions, Hostile Environment, Limited Visibility, Rapid Reinforcements

Deployment Cards: Battle Lines, Disarray, Major Offensive, The Long March

Objective Cards: Breakthrough, Intercept the Transmissions, Key Positions, Recover the Supplies

++ Total: [796 Points] ++

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I didn’t wanna play with minefield or sabotage the vaporators cause they aren’t great for My tauntauns, don’t wanna walk into mines and they can’t repair vaporators. I also didn’t pick advanced positions, cause I have a hard time with that deployment recently.

Game 1
My first game was against another rebel player. He had a Luke with a bunch of upgrades, 2 Rotary at-rt’s, 1 tauntauns and a mixed bag of Corps. Fleet troopers, veterans and a medium 2 emplacement as well as 2 Z-6 trooper squads with 1 medical and 1 astromech.

We played clear conditions, secure the supplies and long march.

My initial plan was that I should focus his infantry as I have 0 impact weapons in my list. Since I had 2 units with hunter I felt I had a nice possibility of taking down Luke if he got within range. 

I deployed very symmetrical with a nice focus in the middle and 1 tauntaun att each flank. My first turn I did a nasty bombardment putting two wounds on his emplacement, 1 wound on his at-rt and dropped 2 veterans.

Bombardment!

First two turns were pretty much just getting into position, claiming the 2 boxes on our sides and doing some potshots. I managed to drop his emplacement and 2 fleet troopers while taking some hits on my tauntauns. A Lot of the match was focused in the middle around the center supply box which was placed on top of a rock pillar. I didn’t have a lot of options to claim it, but My opponent decided to use his Luke who jumped up with force reflexes turn 3. I decided not to test His defect abilities and just positioned my units and fired at his troopers. My tauntauns caught some heavy fire and my right flanks were killed while my left one took 4 wounds and lost one, but my last activation was my medical team which restored it to 1 hp.

Tauntauns taking the blunt of the dmg on both sides.

Turn 4 was the turning point and I felt pretty confident in the overall match since I had killed way more models than my opponent, however there was a possibility of Luke running away with the box and claim victory. We both used our unique 3 pip cards and I got priority. His Luke was standing on the center pillar with a dodge token  and heavy cover. Leia activated first and moved in range and shot, he didn’t wanna use his dodge on that attack and Luke took 2 wounds. Next I used somebody has to save our skins to activate my ramaning tauntaun and fired with a fire support emplacement on luke causing 7 hits that went down to 5 after dodge and cover. Luke took 2 wounds again and deflected back 2 hits.

Aim – move – agile dodge – relentless attack. Action economy at it’s finest

He then activated Luke and claimed the box and jumped back down. Thanks to my veterans with hunter and commandos I could push Luke to use his emergency stims and he died turn 5 after moving the box back. My opponent had one trooper squad and 1 badly hurt veteran squad left to hold the boxed and his two at-rt’s left to attack me. Thanks to the remaining tauntaun and a rebel trooper squad I managed to kill his veterans and at most he could tie with victory tokens and lose on points or not stop me from getting a third box and lose. In the end he had 1 at-rt and 1 supply box while I had half my army and held 3 boxes.

Game 2
I faced yet another rebel player who had a pretty similar list to my own. 2 tauntauns, 1 veteran squad and a mark 2 emplacement and Leia. He also had Jyn Erso as a second commander and several rebel trooper squads with Z-6’s + 2 sniper teams. I got blue player once again and we ended up with major offensive, clear conditions and breakthrough. 

My initial thoughts was that this is going to be a bloody fight in the middle due to the deployment and it would be up to the tauntauns to try and do a breakthrough. I planned on splitting my force on each side with a focus around Leia in the middle. My opponent did a nice bait by deploying Jyn very close to my deployment with her infiltrate ability, I decided to deploy one of my veteran squad close the middle and used the emplacement deployment to put it in range of Jyn. I placed my commandos up top, where I hoped they could sneak around and maybe do a late game sneaky double move for breakthrough. My opponent used his bait to put both his tauntauns on one side ready to run on my flank.

Turn 1 I had a hard choice to make. Either do an ambush to give order to my left veteran squad and emplacement to alpha strike Jyn or go with Leia’s 1 pip to bombard my opponents strike teams who was deployed out in the open. I decided to go with the Leia option and did another nasty bombardment killing one strike team and dropped one model in the second one as well as 2 rebel troopers in another squad. My opponent answered with his tauntauns which had gotten a free speed 1 move thanks to his Leia. They ran down my flank and shot down my emplacement. I responded with my veterans dealing minor dmg and his second unit came running and dealing some dmg to my veterans. His Z-6 troopers killed my second emplacement and my commandos used the sniper rifle to drop his last strike team. So we both downed 2 activation from each other very quickly.

Turn 2 continued to be bloody and it looked grim for my army as I rolled blanks after blanks in defence rolls. The tide turned however and in the third and fourth round my opponents dice turned into crap. We kept dealing high damage to each other which often happens in rebel v rebel matchups as both are rolling white defence dice, but pretty good attack dice. Start of turn five we both ran low on units and all tauntauns except my left flank one were dead and on their way to his deployment zone. So my opponent had to at least bring one unit into mine while still killing more units than me, he played Jyn’s 1 pip and ran towards my deployment line and charged one of my units as soon as they activated triggering the charge ability. This is what I think sealed the game as I could focus on just blocking and shooting while my opponent had to move into my zone.

My commandos died under heavy Z-6 fire so I had no hope of putting another unit in his deployment. I only had Leia and a healthy veteran squad left vs his Leia, Jyn and some Z-6 troopers. We both had lone squad leaders that were eventually killed. In the end on turn 6 he could put Jyn into my zone, but Leia was caught in melee with my veterans and since he had fewer point left on the board I managed to take the win. It was an close and bloody match. I’m impressed by my opponents use of Jyn erso and her command cards as well as the bait and switch in turn 1. I’m gonna have to start playing more with Jyn in the future.

Game 3
Sadly I got paired with one of my local players Axel from Starfighters, if we didn’t we could have both placed us in top 2. Axel and I have played against each other several times and we are pretty even in matches won. I got to be blue player once again and I saw limited visibility in the third spot so I used both my bans to get that one, leaving the rest for Axel to decide. We ended up with limited visibility, long march and intercept the transmissions. I have played intercept and lost due to the fact that my rebels crumble at turn 5-6 leaving my opponent to pick 4 victory tokens at the end leaving the game in a draw that I lose on points (2 on turn 2, 2 on turn 4 and 2 on turn 6, while my opponent gets 1 turn 2, 1 turn 4 and 4 on turn 6).

I didn’t have much of a choice than to try this again as he had way more range 4 firepower and I had more mobile units. His list is led by Krennic with death troopers entourage, a shoretrooper + mortar squad. several stormtrooper squads with dlt and/or medical droids as well as Bossk. With limited visibility in the game and a big forest area terrain I decided to once again split my tauntauns on either side and focus heavy around Leia in the middle. First 2 turns went by fast as we didn’t do any attacks on each other and just walked into position, I put myself just behind the middle of the table and took the center objective.

Palm trees in a fozen wasteland, hey it’s star wars

Turn 3 the range was back to normal and he played lying in wait, this I have faced before and it’s pretty much a guaranteed 5 crits on any unit at range 5 from Bossk’s position at the end of the round. My left tauntauns and some of my veterans went into rang 3 of some of his units and started to nibble at his stormtroopers. My tauntauns took alot of fire, but tanked several shots. Due to him placing standby on his death troopers and other units I had no real way to get into close range with my other tauntauns without dying so I waited at range 4 and took some dlt dmg. Despite several shot on his mortar, it refused to die so I decided it was time for my tauntauns to attack and I ran them into his line and killed the mortar hoping they would survive to the next turn for some comms jammer action (spoiler, they did not).

Bossk put’s 5 crits on the table and laughts

The round ended with Bossk walking forward with 8+ aim tokens and just deleted my rebel commandos that sat in heavy cover. This was a huge setback. Turn 4 I played covering fire and it was time to hold the center objective and start to fall back. He used Bossk’s double tap command card and started to advance on the centre, his death troopers and shore’s dealing nice dmg on long range killing my emplacements despite dodge tokens. So now I  was at a similar situation as before. I had only Leia, both veterans and my 2 rebel troopers left. I had to kill enough of his units and contest the centre in order to win. Luckily I had Leia’s bombardment left and I knew my opponent really wanted to go first so I expected him to play voracious ambition leaving him with Bossk’s 1 pip vs my ambush. This would give me a 50/50 chance of going first round 6. If I had played ambush vs his Krennic 1 pip, he would have gotten priority thanks to Krennic’s special ability. He did an attack on one of my veterans squad killing only 1 veteran. I responded with leia who shoot normal then walked back to use her bombardment. Sadly I didn’t really get a great payoff since some of his units were still to close and his death troopers made their save. My medical droid helped with keeping my veterans alive and my gamorrean Z-6 trooper delivered another 3 unmodified crits on an attack. In the end of turn 5 we both had our commanders in the centre, I had my Z-6 squad and both veterans left. He had his shores who were down on half strength and with 4 suppression tokens. He had 3 lone squad leaders, one at the back objective and 2 in the centre. His death troopers was still a bit behind, but in range to fire. Due to compel from krennic I either had to kill his troopers or make them panic in order to stop them from contesting the middle objective. It didn’t look great for me, but if I got to act first, maybe I could manage to kill enough with my veterans since they were pretty much at full health. Sadly Bossk reptile brain were faster this time and he wasn’t gonna leave the empire wishing they hired another bounty hunter.

Guess I must blame myself for trying to ambush a cold blooded lizard

He ran into range of the objective and gas grenaded my entire remaining army. While my blocks were over average the suppression and poison was still a massive blow to my chances of winning, as well as I could only activate one of my veterans before his death troopers deletes the second one. My only option was to split fire with one of my veteran squads hoping to drop one of his trooper leaders and put another suppression on his shores hoping they would panic. I did manage to panic his shores, but his lone trooper leader survived and his deathroopers deleted my second one veteran squad without any problem. In the end I had the option on putting Leia in the centre and losing on points or keeping her back and losing on victory tokens.

Step on the gas!

It would be easy to blame this on luck as it was a 50/50 roll in the end. However I needed to go first in order to have a shot at winning, my opponent didn’t he just had a bigger chance of winning by going first. So ignoring round 6 we have to look at the entire match and see that I advanced with my tauntauns to early and that I should have kept my commandos further back and use their sniper on the first 3-4 turns and have them as a courage 2 reserve unit to claim objectives in the late game. So I won’t deny my opponent’s skill and blame only luck, however it was an important roll and I might have taken the win if it had gone my way (story of every loss though).

Gotta give it to Bossk on this one

Final thoughts
I has a great time in Linköping, but it was a long day. 18 hours awake and A LOT of coffee. The organisers did a fine job and I walked away with a ton of loot. The terrain had a lot more pieces to climb on than I was used to and less area terrain or difficult terrain which I am used to. I really missed grappling hooks on my commandos every game. This is something that is hard to plan ahead for of course. After seeing a lot of tauntauns in the field I understand why they are popular as they got mobility, nice dmg in both shooting&melee as well as a crazy action economy, however I feel like they pretty balanced given the price compared to the other supports. We had 2 lists with at-st’s and there was a few at-rt’s and bikes, however with the new critical weapons you don’t need impact to handle them I feel. The empire got Veers as a good commander for vehicle lists, I would like to se a commander or operative that could give rebel vehicle lists a bit of a boost. While I like the full commando squads offensive power, I think that going with dual strike teams or pathfinders might be a better way forward. Dual snipers can stay back and deal dmg and hold objectives. Pathfinders can survive a little better with danger sense against all the mortars and use infiltrate ability to threaten enemy objectives.

Standout unit was my gammorean Z-6 trooper squad. I think he averaged rolled 2.5 crits per attack.

 It was a desperate battle in the end, but do you know what I like to do in desperate situations?

Battle report

Battle report Rebels double officer vs Empire Veers

This is my first battle report on this blog and sadly I can’t present you with a heroic rebel victory, but an imperial victory with rebels fleeing home to lick their wounds and learn from their mistake.

I haven’t played legion since earlier this summer due to work and the 2 places I do most of my playing is closed during the summer. It was fun to finally get a game in and it was against one of my old oppoents who I have the bad habit losing against.

I decided to give my double officer vehicle list a try.
797 points Rebel Alliance

Commander
Rebel officer – esteemed leader 55p
Rebel officer – esteemed leader 55p
Corp
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper, astromech 70p
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper, astromech 70p
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper, comms specialist, comms relay 76p
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper 62p
Support
At-rt – rotary blaster 85p
At-rt – rotary blaster 85p
At-rt – rotary blaster 85p
Heavy
X-34 Landspeeder – Ryad azadi, m-40 ion blaster, rps-6 rocket gunner 154p

I faced a Veers led imperial force

800p Empire

Commander
General Veers
Corps
Stormtrooper squad – dlt19 trooper
Stormtrooper squad – dlt19 trooper
Stormtrooper squad – dlt19 trooper
Special forces
Death troopers – dlt-19d trooper, weapon config
Death troopers – dlt-19d trooper, weapon config
Royal gurad – electrostaff guard, recon intel
Heavy
Occupier tank – dlt19 rifle pint, first sergeant arbmad

Yes the Leia sleeves are new 🙂

We played at my friends house so we used his terrain, including some plant pots. I at least contributed with my newly painted barricades. I choose to be blue player and we ended up with Clear conditions, intercept the transmition and battle lines. I deployed my 3 at-rts in a line spread out and focused 2 groups of corps and officers on either flank while my speeder ended upp far right facing his occupier. He focused heavy on the right flank leaving only 2 stormtroopers on the left.

My initial plan was to save my speeder for my last activation and try to focus on the left and centre transmitions while still threaten the right on forcing him to focus his attention there.

Round 1
Command cards
Assault vs Maximum firepower

I gave out order to my 2 at-rt’s to the right and to my landspeeder, while my opponent gave it to Veers. His first activation was a random drawn special forces and he choosed a death trooper squad who walk forward and took a long shot at my astromech squad deployed right and did a full barrage of 7 hits and after cover I rolled 5 blanks, losing everyone except my duros leader pictured in the left bottom courner. So right of the bat, I had an uphill battle. The occupier and some dlt’s just managed to drop my right at-rt, really wished I hadn’t lost my astromech :(. My landspeeder did a nice 3 dmg at long range on the occupier and ionised it so I was still hopeful.

Ion shark delivers 3 dmg and an ion token to the tank, nice vengence for the first attack.

On the left flank things looked better, his troopers advanced on the objective, but I managed to drop 2 of them and taking no wounds in return.

Offier leading by example

End of round I had lost 5 troopers in my right astromech squad and 1 at-rt. His maximum firepower did only managed to put 1 wound on my speeder. Sadly my counterfire only managed to drop a single death trooper, but at least his tank took a beating of 3 dmg and had 1 ion token. My brave second officer bravely fled the right flank and went towards the centre.

Oh brave sir Twi’lek so bravely ran away…

Round 2
Command cards
Covering fire vs Imperial dicipline

My plan was at first to ambush my speeder since I didn’t think my opponent was going to burn his second 1 pip card on turn 2. After the dmg I took last turn I felt that I needed some defence in order to save my remaining troops and try to contest some objectives. Thanks to comms jammer I could give order to my speeder and I got first activation after the die roll.

Dang that artwork is cool

Expecting to go second I saw and took an opportunity to spread some dodge tokens and activated my lone squad leader before he got taken out, going dodge then attack to give out a dodge token. My opponent didn’t have range to order his tank and gave orders to his death troopers to rearm/swap his weapon configs. Since he had 5 orders in his stack I felt it unlikely for him to activate his tank before my speeder.

You get a dodge token and you get a dodge token!

Sadly he took a gamble and drew the top token in his stack and of course it’s heavy. This stopped my double tap ion to shut down his entire activation, but at least I stopped his move+ aim action and again my speeder only took 1 dmg from the tanks attack.

Meanwhile in the centre I moved up my officer towards the middle objective followed by my mobile cover at-rt and astromech squad. Sadly his grenade config bypassed my cover and delivered 3 wounds on my officer despite guardian. My astromech squad moved into objective range and avenged my officer by dropping 2 death troopers and give my officer a dodge token thanks to my command card.

Look out sir!

His second stormtrooper squad went into the forest to contest the cenre objective and a long range death trooper squad managed just to get trough 1 wound on my offices after cover, dodge and guardian. Very close, but not enough :(. On the left my at-rt and officer attacked his stormtrooper squad who sat behind cover with a dodge token. My leftmost trooper squad tried to finish the squad off and then moved into the middle. Here is one of my big mistakes, I should have taken the safe route and stayed with my trooper squad left to secure that transmition instead of going centre. My eye mesurement was off and I just missed reaching the centre objective with my leader and I got greedy instead of taking safe objective points. Meanwhile his last 2 royal guards who had gotten some stray fire and a rotary blast managed to rally and double moved to charge my astromech squad behind the at-rt.

Hey, guys where are you going? The terminal is this way!

End of turn my right troopers had survived some shooting thanks to their dodge tokens. The speeder slow moved speed 1 with ryad and gave the tank another salvo while split firing the drivers 2 white dice towards the stormtrooper squad near the objective. Here my hope vanished, my ion blaster/rocket attack rolled 1 red, 2 black and 5 white delivering only 2 hits which he blocked :O. No damage and no ion and just to add salt to the wound, my driver rolled 2 blanks with his pistol. Well nothing more to do than recover the blaster and ryad and try again next turn.

Sir, that rocket just bounced of the tank…

Due to my greed and my opponents good movement the empire took the lead with 1-0 starting round 3.

At least I get to use my nice metal tokens.

Round 3
Command cards
Sabotaged communications vs Assault

I suspected my opponent to put down a 2 or 3 pip cards and I wanted to go first while negating his card which I did. Bonus points if you remember that I have neither an operative nor special forces in my army, it’s the price of going full genereic. Still I was after the first activation more than anything and I couldn’t reach my speeder with my remaning officer so sabotaged communications it is.

We’re fine here, how are you?

I started to feel the force was against me. My first activation was corps and I went aim-shoot with my comms squad trying to finish off the death troopers out in the open. However despite an aim token I only managed to get 3 hits which they all saved. (Did I mention I dislike death troopers?).

I keep shooting, but they keep coming!

Veers gave out some aim tokens and did a potshot that didn’t do anything. I got my speeder and decided it was time to turn the tide so I went a comp move of 3 with ryad and moved into flank position. I fired my rocket into the occupiers weak side delivering 3 crits that only resulted in one dmg and the ion blaster + driver pistol managed 4 hits on the stormtroopers, yet only 1 trooper died. I think the speeder worked fine and did everything acoording to plan, but after round 1 his red dice where way to hot for me to do any real dmg. I felt that at least my build and plan worked fine, despite the poor result.

Drive by!

He did some long range shooting on my at-rt since I had my troopers locked into melee with his royal guard, a fight which they managed to win and the astromech could treat the at-rt.

It’s weird how often my rebel troopers beat roal guards in close combat.

The lack of ion gave the tank a full turn of action so move – free aim into attack on my speeder. 2 natural crits and 2 via impact followed by 4 blanks = Kaboom!

Imperial migth!

End of round, his left stormtrooper squad leader had panicked and my at-rt fired 5 hits into his death troopers who swatted it like flies after they had mowed down 4 troopers leaving me with 2 squad leaders and 1 astromech.

Did I mention I dislike death troopers?

A last ditch effort to stop him from holding the right objective. Aim – shoot and only 2 hits that is negated by cover.

Only rebel troopers are so precise

Round 4
Command cards
Ambush vs Push

I stared defeat in the eye, but I felt that maybe I can get a victory point at least. Ambush beat his push and I decided to give order to my officer and then only have support and corps in the stack.

Okey guys here is the plan, I run and you die.

I draw a random order and got corp and tried to take down Veers who stood in the open with 1 wound. Sadly I rolled only 2 hits and caused 1 wound. His deathtroopers started to put down my lone squad leaders and my last effeort to get a point kind of sums up the match for me. My officer rolls blank into blanks after aim.

Sry about the mess…

So at the end of round 4 I conceded, I had no chance to win unless I could hold 2 points during round 6 while my opponent held 0.

End of battle thoughts
I had a good time finally playing legion again as well as playing with my friends 14 month old puppy. It’s easy to blame the dice after this match, but it was just one of the factors. I find that my plan to use my speeder against the tank was fine, yet I didn’t get the result I wanted. The dice did not work for me in that regard. I think there was 3 factors that contributed to the loss.

Rng
My attack dice failed me several times despite aim tokens and my opponets defence dice blocked much higher than average. The first attack that butchered my astromech squad was a hard blow and the 1/5 chance to pull the heavy order token my opponent did was also lucky.

List buildning
I think I had to many vehicles and while the speeder worked, I think it couldn’t get the support it needed. I find that I had to few troopers to support my vehicles and contest objectives. Having no operative nor special forces when using only generic command cards feels like a missed opportunity. The rotary blasters didn’t work that well, even with aim I got pretty average rolls. I think with 3 walkers I could use flamers as more of a threat.

Battleplan and tactics
I did a greedy move during round 2 that cost me a victory point and I think I spread out my forces to much and I should probably avoid battle lines in my list since I didn’t have much long range firepower. Also my opponent played really well and focused his units in the right positions .

So I had fun time, but faced a hard loss. I made a few misstakes and will use this to learn and adapt. My modified list uses dissaray instead of battle lines in my deployment cards and removing the landspeeder for more troopers. This list gives up the anti-tank landspeeder and goes more offensive with 2 flame walkers. 1 rotary and mark 2 medium blaster trooper can work as fire support. The rebel veterans can hunt enemy characters and royal guards while the sniper team gives me a special forces unit as well as some flexible long range dmg.

Rebel Alliance 798
Commander
Rebel officer – esteemed leader 55p
Rebel officer – esteemed leader 55p
Corp
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper, astromech 70p
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper, astromech 70p
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper 62p
Rebel troopers – z-6 trooper 62p
Rebel veterans – cm-0/93 trooper, rebel veteran, hunter 97p
Mark II medium blaster trooper 38p
Special forces
Rebel commandos strike team – dh-447 sniper 44p.
Support
At-rt – flamethrower 80p
At-rt – flamethrower 80p
At-rt – rotary blaster 85p

That was my first battle report and sadly it was not a victory, but a very informative defeat. I apologize for the picture quality, I wasn’t planning on recording the match for a report. in the future I plan to use a better camera and take some more detailed pictures. If you enjoyed this battle report pls tell me in the comments and if you like my stuff pls consider supporting me on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Rebelsguide

Support, Unit Analysis

At-Rt Unit analysis

“Hey, why didn’t I get to be in Rouge one?”

Unit introduction

“Is that a…”

The At-Rt (all terrain recon transport) is a clone wars era scout vehicle and works as a mobile fire support unit for the rebel alliance. At first I was lukewarm to the At-Rt being in the core box. I thought: “they couldn’t put out a core box before going to clone wars era, ugh”. However it grew on me and thanks to the alliance refit of the arc-170 in x-wing and the rebels episode where they find an abandoned clone wars base a story started in my head. A rebel force attack an imperial base that they heard have low security. When entering the facility, they find out why the security was so lacking. It’s a surplus storage facility, where they find old blaster, non functioning equipment and a large number of At-Et’s. Despite having weak armor and weapons the rebels make the best of it and since they lack spare parts and plans for maintenance. I wanted my forest world recon walkers to look muddy and rusty with the old paint job from their episode 3 appearance. Decommissioned from the empires service in favor of more advanced modern vehiclems the rebels use what they get and it’s really fitting the David vs Goliath relationship of the rebels vs empire with an at-rt going up against the at-st.

Before the dark times…wait that is pretty dark

The rebel at-rt is in my opinion the most balanced unit in the game. I’m not saying it’s the best unit in the just the most balanced in both internal balance (compared with other rebel units and options) and external balance (compared to other faction units and options). It has 3 weapon options and they are all viable picks despite being very different. I often find myself annoyed at some design decisions where I just don’t understand the reasoning, but with the at-rt almost everything went right. You might think that I claim the Rt is perfect and it’s not, but close. I have 2 gripes, one being that it should have been armor 2 and surge-block. However since armor was an all or nothing keyword when it was desighned I will let it slide. The second thing is that the climbing vehicle is rarely useable and I would have preferred it just being unhindered by difficult terrain instead. You might of course find yourself on a table with a bunch of things to clamber on, where you can get cover or good line of sight. However this is not often the case in my experience.

Unit options and abilities

55 points, what a bargain

The At-Rt comes in at a base cost of 55p which sounds cheap, but you often want to take one of the 3 weapon options pushing the cost to 80-90p. It has a nice speed of 2 with a medium sized base that gives it quite a good mobility. 6hp and 4 resilience threshold is fine for the price and the armor keyword makes it pretty resilient to non impact weapons, however with a surgeless white dice defense, most crits will go through so don’t expect more than one block each game. Except for the 3 weapon options, the only upgrade it can take is comms. Surge-crit helps in its anti armor role and its melee weapon is not to be overlooked, 3 red dice with impact is not bad. Like mentioned before it has the armor keyword, so all normal hits than aren’t flipped via impact are canceled. It has clamber vehicle and expert climber so it can move just like a trooper with grappling hooks. Thanks to its base size it moves about an extra 1.5 small base lenght compared to a normal trooper. 

“Burn heret…imperialist!”

The at-rt got 3 weapon options. The first and cheapest is the Flamethrower which comes in at 25 points. It has only range 1 and instead of a fixed dice value it gives 2 black dice per miniature in the defending unit that is in line of sight. This combined with the blast keyword makes this a nightmarish weapon vs trooper squads, especially other rebel troopers or the soon to come cis. The more models the more dice and blast takes away cover so the effectiveness is increased vs lighter armor. 2 black dice per miniature with an average of 0.625 hits per die gives you pretty good odds of getting at least as many hits as defending models in every attack.

“6 barrels, 5 dice. You do the math”

The second and slightly more expensive is the Rotary blaster at 30 points. This is the true utility weapon of the unit if not the entire rebel faction. 5 black dice at range 1-3 with surge-crit and no keywords it is the jack of all trades. With its range, dice pool and surge-crit it can hurt both vehicles and troopers alike, but not as effective as the other 2 weapons to their specific targets. It’s the go-to weapon if you don’t need specific anti-tank or anti-infantry firepower in your list.

“I think we found your smoking gun”

The third weapon is the Laser cannon which has the longest range 2-4 and highest price at 35. This gun was the sniper before the sniper teams came out. It has 2 black and 1 red with impact 3 making sure that any hits that go through cover turns into crits. Due to the range you can often just sit and go aim-shoot with a 2-3 hits every time. This gun isn’t that effective vs troopers since heavy cover nullifies most of your dice if you don’t roll crit or surge, but vs imperial vehicles you can often count on 2-3 crits every attack since they don’t have easy access to cover.

Build and tactics

The fire chicken

  • At-rt 55p
  • Flamer 25p

Total 80p

“Weapon destroyed?, taste my A-300”

This is the cheapest one you can get with a weapon hardpoint. You might considering putting a hq uplink on this one to combine with “sorry about the mess” or a unique 1 pip cards as this unit screams last-first activation. The range 1 is limiting, but if you spend a turn double moving and then first activate for a move shoot next turn, you can cover a lot of distance and get the drop on an unlucky trooper unit. I suggest taking 2-3 of this unit since it’s gonna be a priority target for your opponent and it has to survive on the way to it’s targets to get any firepower from it, so having a pack makes it much harder to deal with than a single one. Han solo is a great commander for these ones, since his reckless diversion can help them walk up the battlefield without getting shot at. The “sorry about the mess” hq uplink or improvised orders can give you a nice last first activation to guarantee a burned enemy unit. I think of these ones as flaming missiles rather than fire support. You should pick on target to go after and hope you can get there before being shot down, any turns after that is just a bonus. If you are faced with a single model unit, remember you have a nice 3 red melee weapon.

The Z-6 big brother

  • At-rt 55p
  • Rotary blaster 30p

Total 85p

Rotating rotary

This is the basic At-Rt fire support. It works very well with your rebel troopers, commandos and any trooper unit with a range 3-4 weapon. It’s gun does an average of 3 hits, which is just shy of what a Z-6 trooper squad does, however it doesn’t lose any attack dice when suffering wounds unless you get weapon destroyed after you reach your resilience value. It also doesn’t care about suppression like troopers, so you can often do an aim-shoot to increase your dmg output. This is the At-Rt’s main strength, it’s a workhorse that delivers until its destroyed. I want my enemy to shoot att my rts because then my troopers can do their job and don’t lose effectiveness . Even with 5 wounds and chance of only having 1 action per turn from the damaged vehicle, the rotary blaster still spits out average of 3 hits per shot. Using a group of commandos with the rotary At-Rt is like giving them a mobile heavy cover that also have a gatling gun. 

Sniper RT

  • At-rt 55p
  • Laser cannon 35p

Total 90p

“We have spotted imperial walkers”

This is a stable anti-tank platform, but it has limitations when attacking infantry. The range however let’s it stay out of range of some impact firepower and stray blaster bolts and it doesn’t have to move all that much. A speed 2 move with the medium base + range 4 is a long distance on the battlefield, so this unit can work as a sniper when single models units present themselves out of cover. While the range 2 can feel limiting, you can just run into melee if someone gets that close. This is a unit that I could take 1 of, but it works fine as a pair. 2 of these can really put some consistent hurt on any ground vehicles you face when they aim-shoot together, speeders are harder targets these days with their often cover 2 protection that blocks your impact. Ironically their favourite targets are other At-Rts which they will make short work of.

Tips and tricks
Since they have so few upgrade slots I figured I would do a general tips and tricks section instead.

Reversing
I find that a lot of players, myself included forgets that ground vehicles can reverse. This has the obvious advantage of getting out of range from enemy weapons or melee units like Vader. However it can also help with getting units in your fire arc, even better than pivot does.

Mobile cover
Even without weapons the At-Rt is a big cylinder of light cover (heavy with low profile or suppression) that can be placed where you need it. 3 naked At-Rt’s only cost 165p and that is 18hp with armor walking towards your opponent. I haven’t played with weaponless At-Rt’s, but I am tempted to do a melee rush list with them, if you want to see battle reports with that kind of army please consider supporting me on patreon.

Displacement 
When you are moving into melee with a trooper unit that has 2 or more models, you can often manager to displace one model, while moving into base contact with another. That way you give the unit 1 suppression from displacement as well as attacking them. You can also do a little dirty move when displacing your own units, that way you can displace your own unit leader in order to move then further ahead. Sure they get 1 suppression, but if it’s late in the round it will just go away in the end phase.

At-Rt’s place today
With the newest addition of tauntaun riders, the rebels have access to 3 different support units. I find that At-Rt’s work best with Han Solo or the generic officer. Leia and Luke works best with troopers due to their abilities and command cards, not that you can’t take At-Rt’s with them just that they prefer trooper focused armies. Jyn works well with most things that can take care of themselves if you use inflitrate. The tauntaun riders have better mobility and strike hard vs troopers with red dice save or better. The laser turret gives great firepower at range 4 for cheap, but the lack of mobility can be exploited by your opponent. Both are great options, but the At-Rt’s strenght is the advantage of armor and no courage as well as flexible weapon options.

List idea: Vehicle heavy. This is a list that I think can go against the new meta of more and more trooper units and less vehicles and impact. This army can march up the board and throw out dice. Rotary blaster works against most targets and the landspeeder is kited for anti-tank.

Rebell alliance

  • Rebel officer
  • Esteemed leader
  • 55p
  • Rebel officer
  • Esteemed leader
  • 55p
  • Rebel troopers
  • Z-6 trooper
  • Astromech
  • 70p
  • Rebel troopers
  • Z-6 trooper
  • Astromech
  • 70p
  • Rebel troopers
  • Z-6 trooper
  • 62p
  • Rebel troopers
  • Z-6 trooper
  • Comms specialist
  • Comms relay
  • 76p
  • At-Rt
  • Rotary blaster
  • 85p
  • At-Rt
  • Rotary blaster
  • 85p
  • At-Rt
  • Rotary blaster
  • 85p
  • X-34 landspeeder
  • M-40 ion blaster
  • Ryder Azadi
  • Rps-6 rocket gunner
  • 154p

Total: 797p

This is my analysis of the At-Rt. A fine unit that still holds up. If you are curious about the Landspeeder pls let me know in the comments, I would love to do an analysis of that unit. If you like my stuff, please consider supporting med on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Rebelsguide

Rebels!
Corps, Unit Analysis

Rebel Alliance unit analysis : Rebel Troopers

Rebel troopers

These guys are our backbone unit and will probably exist in every list you make in one form or another. The unit is 40 points for 4 models with 1 wound each, courage 1 and with 2 heavy weapon options and a personal upgrade. They have access to grenades and gear for additional upgrades. Speed 2 range 1-3 is the golden standard so nothing extraordinary or a handicap.


Unit options and abilities

Their main drawback is the white defence die. They at least have surge-block, but they will only block every third hit on average. On the other hand, they got great offence for their price. 1 black die in both ranged and melee, the base squad has an average of 2 hits per attack which is better than stormtroopers base value.

Give these guys a dodge token!

The nimble keyword is a purely defensive ability. It allows the unit to regain any dodge token spent during an attack. It’s very powerful when attacked multiple times. It doesn’t help when you don’t have a dodge token or when only attacked once during a turn. This keyword is best used with commanders like Luke or Leia who have ways of passing out command tokens. Don’t be discouraged to use dodge actions when possible. Even if you never spend them, you can deter your opponent from attacking a well positioned unit. It can feel like a waste when you put 5 dodge tokens back in your supply at the end of the round, but rather that than put away your models.

Dodge this buckethead!

The 2 heavy weapon options are the Z-6 trooper and mpl-57 ion launcher. The Z-6 is an anti-infantry weapon with 6 white dice att range 1-3 with no keywords for 22 points. 12 more points than adding a single trooper. The offensive output is quite big, it adds 1.5 average hits compared to 0.5 from an extra trooper. Since it adds so many dice, the dmg potential is enormous, however it can just as likely roll mostly if not all blanks. A white die without surge-hit only have 2 hit symbols on it. The price and dmg output makes this one of the most effective weapons in the game and I would not recommend taking a rebel squad without it unless you chose the other option. The addition of so many dice also gives you 6 more potential crit results that can hurt vehicles and go through dodge and cover.


Can’t spell caption without ion

The ion launcher has 2 red die and a range of 1-3. It costs 32 points so 22 points more than a standard trooper and is an exhaust weapon, meaning you need to do a recover action after each usage if you want to add it to your attack pool. So it’s quite expensive and a heavy drawback with exhaust and it adds 1.5 average hits just like the Z-6. It does however have some keywords: impact 1 and ion 1. Impact 1 let’s you turn 1 ht result into a crit result after dodge and cover, providing the defender have the keyword armor. Ion 1 means that if you deal at least 1 dmg to a  vehicle unit, that unit receives 1 ion token and will lose 1 of it’s potential actions next round. So this gun, unlike the Z-6 is designed to attack vehicles. While 2 red and impact 1 will not destroy a vehicle, the ion token will severely hurt the defending vehicles next activation. Or even negate it completely if you have more than 1 of these weapons in your list. It is a heavy point investment though and if your opponent isn’t bringing vehicles it’s just a Z-6 that cost more and exhausts after usage.

Battlefield role

Rebel troopers are our backbone unit. They will hold objectives, attack trooper and vehicle enemies and can serve both in the backline, middle of center of the battle. They are cheap and spammable with options for both anti-infantry and anti-vehicle. They will however die very easily and gets easily suppressed, use cover and dodge tokens as much as you can. 

Builds and tactics

The bread and butter

  • Rebel troopers – 40p
  • Z-6 trooper – 22p

Total – 62p


My gamorrean z-6 trooper has the record of 4 crits without aim

This is the rebel bread and butter. It’s cheap and very spamable, it has an average of 3.5 hits per attack and are perfect for sitting on objectives. With courage 1 it’s easy to get suppressed and your main action is to attack. If you don’t have a shot you should always move towards an enemy or objective. If you can shoot, you should avoid the aim action even if it’s tempting. An aim token that re-rolls 2 black dice is okey, but re-rolling white dice without sure is barely worth it. If you can take a better position take a move or take a dodge token. This unit deals enough damage as it is and a dodge token with nimble will help them stay alive to claim objectives which is what will win you the game. Even the unit leader + the Z-6 trooper throws 7 dice per attack and does average of 2 hits, just the same as the base squad of 4 models.

The heavy troopers

  • Rebel troopers – 40p
  • Z-6 trooper – 22p
  • Rebel trooper 10p
  • Fragmentation grenades – 5p

Total – 77p

Call me heavy one more time…


This is pushing the trooper squad to it’s highest dmg potential. The fragmentation grenades don’t only let’s the unit throw red dice instead of black the attack pool get’s surge-crit. This is a massive boon to the Z-6, adding surge-crit to that weapon is like giving it 3 extra white dice. The average trooper also goes from 50% hit chance to 87.5%.

The downside is of course that the grenades only work on range 1. However if you are going with the extra trooper I think the 5 point grenades are a no-brainer. The dmg output increase is so big that moving into range 1 is far better than aiming. This of course forces this unit to the frontline. This unit is made for advancing and taking objectives in the centre or in your opponents backline. A unit like this does become a target for heavy fire and suppression will keep them from moving and firing. Leia with strict orders can help this unit. “No time for sorrows” command card gives them an extra speed 1 move and strict orders makes them not lose their action due to a single suppression. Leia can also activate before them and use inspire and take cover for both suppression removal and a free dodge token.

The ion control

  • Rebel troopers – 40p
  • Ion launcher trooper – 32p
  • Rebel trooper – 10p

Total – 82

Can’t get enough ion

The rebel trooper is optional, but when investing into the ion gun, you might as well add an extra body to protect that investment. This unit prefers to stay at the backline and then go towards an objective or just the center of the battlefield. If your not facing a vehicle this unit can feel like a waste, but they can still fire one shot just as well as the z-6 squad and they can still claim objectives. This unit is 1 out of 2 possible ion token generators for the rebels. I like a unit of these or two if I will not have any or very little impact weapons. They are not for destroying vehicles, but they will try to contain the threat of them by split fire the ion launcher against enemy vehicles. Vehicles like the at-rt or speeder bikes can be handled with regular weapons, but the at-st, occupier and rebel speeders have to much health to go through with standard attacks. If you want to bring down a heavy vehicle before round 6 you need to focus a few impact weapons on it quick, otherwise you might as well ignore them. The ion control is helpful with the latter option, you won’t destroy the at-st, but you can remove its actions. Even with one ion you can stop that aim token that would give you 2 more hits to save against or stop a vital move/pivot into range or arc. If you have 2 of these or can pull of a last/first activation you can give a vehicle 2 ion tokens, which simply denies that units entire action. For a 200+ at-st, losing just one attacks is devastating for its effectiveness. If your meta does not include a lot or heavy vehicles, then the launcher is often just a waste of points. I like to have one of the squads with me in lists without much impact, it can save your neck vs an aggressive at-st or double tank list.

Upgrades

Bodies over blasters

The rebel troopers have access to grenades and gear. When it comes to grenades they are all 5 points and are all range 1 weapons. Concussion grenades is not bad, however if you get a shot of at range 1, the frag grenades are better vs most targets and it works if the defender is out of cover. Impact grenades is great for imperial corps since they swap white dice for black. Rebels on the other hand just get impact 1, sure great of you find yourself at range 1, however again I would prefer frag grenades since they work vs infantry as well and the surge-crit is enough if you want to attack an unit with armor.


When it comes to gear all the options are okey, however you don’t always need them and they cost a lot to put them on every trooper unit you got. They also arent any must have, but several nice haves.

Grappling hooks: not bad for a Z-6 squad or two to get into good positions, dependent on terrain.

Environmental Gear: again dependent on terrain, but not to bad if you got some extra points. Can help heavy troopers get into range 1.

Emergency Stims: good, but to expensive to put on these kind of units IMO.

Recon Intel: these can be used on heavy troopers to give them a small speed boost or ion troopers to help them get into range of vehicles. 

Targeting scopes: you will aim very rarely, if at all so never take these.


So this is my thoughts on the rebel trooper squad. Agree/disagree, have some interesting tactics or builds of your own? Let me know in the comments. See you next time when we look at the rebel troopers cousin, the fleet troopers.