With 3D printers becoming more and more accessible, many fans of Star Wars Legion are turning to 3D printing their own models. And there are plenty of places that sell them online from websites such as Etsy and eBay.
But with so many unofficial models and 3D prints around, it does pose the question of what scale is Star Wars Legion?
Star Wars Legion scale – The Maths
Being that Fantasy Flight Games (the company behind Star Wars Legion) won’t tell us the exact scale that they work to. It is very much up to us as fans of Star Wars Legion to work out the correct scale to print our miniatures, landscape and props.
Luckily for all of us, there are some clever people around that have done the maths for us. The following equation is from onebit over on Reddit.
He worked out that the average height of a Stormtrooper is 5’11”. This means that a Stormtrooper falls into the category of a 75th percentile male.
What scale are Star Wars Legion miniatures?
From that, we can find out that the average eye height from the ground of a 75th percentile male is 1678mm.
The distance of a Stormtrooper miniature’s eyes from the ground is 35.7mm.
So with a little maths, we can divide the actual eye height of a Stormtrooper (1678mm) by the eye height of the mini (35.7mm) and this will give us the rough scale of the minis themselves.
1678mm / 35.7mm = 47 (1:47 scale)
This means that the miniatures for Star Wars Legion are at or around 1:47 scale.
There is of course the issue of the Stormtrooper armour. Up until now, we have been working on the height of a Stormtrooper without armour. That is because the eye height of a 75th percentile man is also taken without any shoes on.
Onebit from Reddit found the following conclusion based on this armour issue;
1678.2mm / 35.7mm is very close to 47, therefore the scale of Star Wars Legion is 1/47.
“We also know the scale height of the Stormtrooper is 1 17/32″ or 38.89mm. In 1/47 scale there are 6.48mm in a foot. 38.89 / 6.48 ~= 6, so a stormtrooper in armour is 6′ tall. Honestly, this seems a bit too short… if you bump it up to 1/48 a Stormtrooper is 6′ 1 1/2 inches…. but I couldn’t find exact measurements on stormtrooper height IN armour.”
Why is Star Wars Legion called 35mm scale?
The reference to Star Wars Legion being 35mm scale is not due to the height of the miniatures. The miniatures themselves are actually 40mm.
The 35mm reference is due to the miniatures eye height, which is 35.7mm from the ground. Fun fact!
What scale are the official Star Wars Legion model kits?
So while the exact math points to Star Wars Legion miniatures being around 1:47 scale, official kits point to 1:48 scale. Both Bandai and Revell sell Star Wars model kits which are at 1:48 scale. They both also sell model kits at 1:52 and 1:53 scale which will also work well with Star Wars Legion.
The sliding scale
Almost all tabletop games use a sliding scale to scale down larger objects. This is because if a large vehicle was at the exact same scale as a miniature, the battlefield itself would become overcrowded. It would be hard to fit all models onto the battlefield and the miniatures would have less space to move in.
So the sliding scale steps in to help out with this issue. It works by squeezing the scale of objects the larger they are. For example, small objects and vehicles that are either nearby miniatures or used by them will stay at the correct scale of 1:48. This makes them 100% scale as it is true to scale compared to the minis.
But as an object or vehicle gets larger we start to reduce the scale percentage. For example, an AT-ST figure could be at around 80-85% scale. This means that it is 85% true scale when compared to a miniature.
When standing a miniature next to an 80% scale AT-ST, the miniature will appear ever so slightly larger than they would if everything was true 100% scale. But with a sliding scale, we try to ensure that the objects, terrain and vehicles that are scaled remain within a realistic scale.
We certainly wouldn’t shrink an AT-ST to 50% scale as it would look unbelievably small and affect both immersion and gameplay.
So if a miniature or a small vehicle like a speeder bike is 100% scale, and a medium-sized vehicle such as an AT-ST is around 85% scale. Then using the sliding scale an even larger object such as a large AT-AT could be reduced down to around 70% scale.
When the battlefield is populated by these objects at the same time, an AT-AT at 70% scale will still tower over the likes of a miniature. But it won’t take up as much of the battlefield as it would have if it were at 100% scale. It still looks believable but has enhanced the gameplay due to the sliding scale.