With the release of Star Wars Legion nice stormtroopers in 28(+)mm has become readily available. Not really keen on the full scale battle format of SW:Legion the stormtroopers gave birth to the idea of some Star Wars skirmish gaming.
Finding varied rebel miniatures were more of a challenge but came from alot of places, and took some converting to get right.
For along time we have thought that the the now out of print Games Workshop Historical publication of Legends of the Old West (LotOW) would be great for Star Wars. After all, many locations and scenes from the movies look like something out of a Western movie, if with a twist.
In most cases we simply use stats from LotOW and call it something else. So instead of for instance a cowboy with sixshooter there will be a rebel with a blaster. Simple.
For our game we set the scene to the planet Akiva in the Outer Rim, a couple of years before the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the first Deathstar. A rebel cell is trying to make life misserable for the Imperial forces garrisoned on the planet.
We used the Prison Break scenario from the LotOW rulebook but made it into that the rebel spies had to break into a vault and steal plans to a power station. To win they had to get to the guarded vault, get the plans and get them off the table. All as Imperial patrols might arrive on the scene.
The opposing forces
|The Imperial Stormtroopers|
The rebels went for a quick attack and managed to get rid of the guards at the vault without too many losses, although losing their heavy fire support early on was a tought blow. With the rebel leader climbing up to the vault and having trouble with the lock the situation got worse as more stormtroopers arrived. In the end it was a desperate struggle for the rebels to get away with the plans and several fell into the hands of the Imperium.
It was a very fun and quick game that still required some tactical thinking. There will be more of this eventually I'm sure.
|The stormtroopers guarding the vault.|
|The rebels prepare themselves.|
|The rebels' heavy firesupport get into position.|
|The rebels open fire...|
|...and rush across the street.|
|"Never tell me the odds!" |
The rebel leader takes his group across the open street.
|The stormtroopers fires on the charging |
rebels but with limited effect.
|Meanwhile the Chiss rebel brave the stormtroopers...|
|...and manages to outflank them.|
|Firefight in the cramped alleys.|
|Having cleared the vault of stormtroopers the rebel leader manages to break |
in and take the plans, while dodging shots from the Imperial reinforcements.
|The rebels try to hold off the stromtroopers.|
|With the plans the rebel leader tries to escape, |
as his companions get killed or captured.
|Two out of six rebels escape. |
But the planes are secured for the Rebellion.