With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters next month and Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars: Legion, a “miniatures game of infantry battles in the Star Wars galaxy,” due to be released in the first-quarter of 2018 (or perhaps even earlier), it’s safe to say that licensed Star Wars games are poised to capture an ever larger piece of the tabletop wargaming pie.
To tide everyone over until Fantasy Flight Games delivers its first batch of sweet, proprietary, jumbo-sized Star Wars: Legion miniatures, we thought it might be fun to look back a couple of decades, to a time when Star Wars wargaming miniatures were made of lead and measured a diminutive 25mm.
We’re talking of course about Star Wars Miniatures Battles (paid link) by West End Games, which won the 1991 Origins Award for Best Miniatures Rules. Star Wars Miniatures Battles is a squad-based, D6 wargaming system, for armies ranging roughly between six and 60 miniatures.
Turns are divided into phases for Initiative, Movement, Fire Combat, Assault Combat, Movement and Morale, as well as Special Actions, which includes Heroes using Force powers or other special skills. There are also rules for advanced weapons, creatures and droids.
The Star Wars Miniatures Battle Companion is a supplement that expands upon the core book with rules for vehicles, flight and additional equipment. There’s also an Imperial Entanglements supplement which offers a variety of scenarios for Star Wars Miniatures Battles.
Produced in 25mm scale, West End Games’ Star Wars miniatures are comparatively small by today’s standards, but since the rules recommend mounting figures on 1” bases, there’s nothing to prevent players from using the slightly larger Wizards of the Coast Star Wars miniatures (or similar figures) with the Star Wars Miniatures Battles ruleset.
If you’ve like to learn a bit more about the Star Wars Miniatures Battles rulebooks and accessories, please check out the video above. We also plan to post a few battle reports using this rules system sometime in the very near future.
Until then, we’ll see you in the cantina. (No blasters.)