Total Beginner's Guide

Buying into Legion: Part 1 (The Core Set and Other Miniatures)

In Part 1 of my buying guide, I go over the absolute minimum that every Commander needs to get started playing Star Wars: Legion.

So you’ve decided to buy into Legion. Congrats! You’re taking your first step into a larger world full of paint, superglue, and good times for everyone.

Or maybe you’re still on the fence, and want to know what you’ll need to commit to in order to fully enjoy the game. Either way, this article is for you.

The Bare Minimum

The first thing you’ll want, of course, is the Core Set, available for about $90 USD.

This comes with the cards, rulers, barricades, and dice you’ll need to begin playing the game, but of course it’s also packed with plenty of minis:

Imperial Units

  • 1 x Darth Vader
  • 2 x Stormtrooper unit (fourteen minis total, at seven per unit)
  • 1 x Speeder Bike unit (two bike minis total, at two per unit)

Rebel Units

  • 1 x Luke Skywalker
  • 2 x Rebel Trooper unit (fourteen minis total, at seven per unit)
  • 1 x AT-RT unit

It also comes with a Learn to Play guide that details the basic rules, interactions, and setup for a small skirmish featuring all 33 miniatures featured in the Core Set.


It’s worth noting at this point the difference between a unit and a mini. A unit is comprised of one or more minis. Darth Vader, for instance, is one mini and makes up one unit. A Stormtrooper unit, however, is made up of between four and seven minis. Similarly, a Speeder Bike unit is made up of exactly two minis. Don’t worry about the details now, but begin to familiarize yourself with the language!

At the end of the day, the small 3′ x 3′ skirmish set-up provided by the Core Set is fun in and of itself, but it’s not the same as the full Legion experience. Nothing quite captures the feel of a full 6′ x 3′ battlefield chock full of miniatures and terrain. But if you’re looking for a very casual war gaming encounter, you’re probably fine here.

Unfortunately, with just the Core Set a full, tournament-legal army is still out of your grasp. Like any good capitalist enterprise, Legion will require you to buy a bit more to play the standard tournament size of an 800 point list (for comparison, the Core Set can get you between 400-500 points per side at most). The rules, detailed shortly, also stipulate that you need a bare minimum of three “corps units,” of which you currently only have two.

So what else do you need to buy?



Getting to 800 Points

The official Legion Rules Reference is a beast of a document, but it is extremely helpful when determining the minimum requirements for a tournament-legal army. Because points are not the only thing that matter when building an army.

Here’s what we start out with on both the Rebel and Imperial sides:

  • 1 Commander Unit (Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker)
  • 2 Corps Units (Stormtroopers or Rebel Troopers)
  • 1 Support Unit (Speeder Bikes or AT-RT)

And here’s the minimum that we need to compete:

  • 1-2 Commander Units
  • 3-6 Corps Units
  • 0-3 Special Forces Units
    • This includes the Imperial Scout Troopers and the Rebel Commandos which were not yet released at the time of this post
  • 0-3 Support Units
  • 0-2 Heavy Units
    • This includes the Imperial AT-ST and Rebel T-47 Airspeeder units

So what’s the best way to get there? In most cases, it will be the acquisition of a second Core Set. It would cost $75 USD per faction just to get two Corps Unit expansions ($25 USD each) and one Support Unit expansion ($25 USD each). For just $15 USD more you can get double that plus an extra Luke and Vader mini, extra rulers, dice, and barricades. It’s a steal!

However, if you only plan on playing one faction (i.e. just Rebels or just Imperials) or are trying to save money, ask around at your local store or on a local Facebook group to see if anyone is willing to do a Core swap. All your Rebels for all their Imperials, for instance, or vice versa. Because a second Core Set gets you exactly where you need to be.

Here are two example lists built from the contents of two Core Sets:

Will either of these lists win you any major tournaments? Probably not. But they meet the legal tournament requirements and will certainly keep you competitive! And for now, that’s all we need.

If you didn’t buy a second Core Set, it would probably be helpful to throw on an extra $15 USD Dice Pack for good measure, just to save you a bit of time and frustration later on.

All of this brings us to a total range of $105 USD to $180 USD to buy into a tournament-legal Legion set-up.

In part two, we’ll forge ahead and take a look at the cost for buying into painting miniatures as a hobby for the first time.

4 comments on “Buying into Legion: Part 1 (The Core Set and Other Miniatures)

  1. Pingback: Buying into Legion: Part 2 (Paint and Supplies) – Imperial Discipline

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  3. A Core swap is exactly what I did and I was stunned at just how cheap that made it to get into Legion. Now I’m looking for someone to swap their Imperials…


  4. Pingback: Guia de compra para Legion (Inverno 2019) | Forja de Mundos - Miniaturas

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