Not one, but two new units for Star Wars: Legion from Fantasy Flight Games are now available!
“The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing.”
–General Veers, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
In the battles of the Galactic Civil War, the Empire often heaves the weight of its military machine against the ragtag forces of the Rebel Alliance. No matter how ill-equipped they might find themselves, however, the Rebels always mount a spirited defense, managing to bend but not break in the face of the Empire’s seemingly indomitable might.
Whichever side of this galaxy-spanning conflict you choose, today you have new units to add to your army—one that can help Rebel generals dig in and create a stout defensive line and another that will give Imperial troops the firepower they need to punch through enemy lines and put an end to the Rebellion for good. The 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team Unit Expansion and the E-Web Heavy Blaster Team Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion are available now at your local retailer or online through our website!
Keeping Hope Alive
From expressionless waves of Stormtroopers to small detachments of swift 74-Z Speeder Bikes, the Empire has any number of terrifying units to throw at the hapless Rebels. Most of these units can be fought head-to-head with standard infantry, but that all changes as soon as a powerful Imperial walker like an AT-ST enters the field. In addition to carrying enough firepower to quickly wipe out an entire squad of Rebel Troopers, these units feature thick armor that can’t be cracked by conventional blaster fire.
To stop the advance of these mechanical monstrosities, the Rebellion often deploys 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Teams to defend key points on the battlefield. These cannons might not be able to move, but they can fire up to Range 4 with five black attack dice, and the Impact 2 keyword gives them an excellent chance to crack the armor of any enemy unit that strays within range.
The 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team Unit Expansion includes an unpainted, easily assembled 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team miniature, a corresponding unit card, a collection of tokens, and three upgrade cards that can modify your cannon’s power level and improve its communication with your commander. Adding an Overcharged Generator, for example, can lend the 1.4 FD Laser Cannon even more stopping power, adding an additional black die and Impact 1 to the attack pool.
Despite the accuracy that Imperial Stormtroopers display with their E-11 Blaster Rifles, Rebel troops have an uncanny knack for finding cover and escaping fire. When clearing out a particularly stubborn nest of Rebel scum, then, the Empire brings in the big guns. A single E-Web Heavy Blaster Team brings more firepower than a full unit of Stormtroopers and, better yet, gives you the rate of fire to wipe out any Rebels before they scurry behind cover.
Unlike a 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team, which must remain stationary, an E-Web Heavy Blaster Team can drive into the heart of enemy lines. This mobility is not without its limitations, however. The E-Web’s heavy generator prevents the operating team from moving at anything other than a Plodding pace and makes it too Cumbersome to move and fire during the same activation. Once it’s been lugged into position, though, it can quickly pivot to face any direction, ready to wreak havoc on enemy troops, especially if its attack pool has two additional white attack dice from aBarrage Generator.
The E-Web Heavy Blaster Team Unit Expansion contains one unpainted, easily assembled E-Web Heavy Blaster Team miniature as well as a unit card, a collection of tokens, and three upgrade cards that give you the chance to alter your E-Web Heavy Blaster’s rate of fire and power output.
Support Your Troops
As the heated battles of the Galactic Civil War tear across planet after planet, each side takes a different approach to giving their troops the support they so desperately need. The Rebellion throws up a strong defensive front, hoping to push back against the Empire’s relentless assault. Meanwhile, Imperial commanders put additional pressure on the Rebels by pointing heavy blasters at the heart of their lines. Add some extra firepower to your army and turn the tide in your favor!
“Send all troops in Sector 12 to the south slope!”
–Leia Organa, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
No matter where the Rebel Alliance establishes one of its bases, it must always be prepared for an Imperial attack. Rebel ground troops are always willing to put themselves in harm’s way, but troopers are not enough to stem the tide of the Imperial legions and their heavy walkers. Laser cannon emplacements can provide these troops with the fire support they need to fend off any assault they might face during your games of Star Wars: Legion.
Within the 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team Unit Expansion, you’ll find an unpainted, easily assembled 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team miniature that can be fielded as a support unit for your Rebel army. Alongside this team, you’ll find three upgrade cards that invite you to further modify your cannon to make it an even more stalwart line of defense against the forces of the Empire.
Begin Your Defense
As the second support unit for the Rebel Alliance, the 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team joins the AT-RT in providing much needed backup to your Rebel troops. Every Star Wars: Legion army can have up to three support units, and now you can mix the mobile versatility of the AT-RT with the strength of the 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team in whatever combination you choose.
Rebel ground forces are constantly faced with the challenge of breaking through the heavy armor worn by most Imperial troopers, while avoiding the intense fire these units can send back at them. To compensate, units like the Rebel Troopers must rely on their elusiveness to dodge enemy attacks and stay in the fight long enough to secure their objectives.
At 70 points, a 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team perfectly complements these troops by providing the cover fire they need to continue their operations, even while under heavy fire. The 1.4 FD laser cannon has a longer range than a standard unit of Rebel Troopers and, with a pool of five black attack dice, it packs quite a punch, making it more than capable of keeping enemy units at bay while your troopers are on the move.
All this firepower does have its drawbacks, however. A 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team is a stationary unit that cannot perform moves except for pivots, so this turret must be deployed to key points on the battlefield in order to be effective. What’s more, the laser cannon can only target units in its front arc. This means that the trooper team manning it must rely on their much less powerful DH-17 blaster pistols if anything manages to slip past them.
Still, even a single 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team can be the cornerstone of a solid defensive perimeter, even when enemy units are out of range. The cannon team always keeps a watchful eye on the horizon and its Sentinel keyword extends its standby range to three, making it even more difficult for enemy units to move within range without a quick response.
There’s also plenty of ways for you to upgrade your 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team and specialize your unit’s attacks. Adding a Barrage Generator can help increase its rate of fire, for example, pinning down any troopers that might be advancing on your position. If an AT-ST is stomping toward you, however, having an Overcharged Generator can give your 1.4 FD laser cannon the power to punch through the walker’s armor. Finally, an HQ Uplink is always useful to keep your team in contact with the rest of your army, especially when your commander is far afield.
Hold the Line
No matter what the Empire throws your way, 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Teams are ready to protect the Rebellion and its troops. Build your defenses and prepare for Imperial attack!
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