1st Shin Legion

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First Shin Legion
Affiliation Capellan Confederation
Draconis COmbine
Parent Command Shin Legion
Capellan Brigade

Unit Description[edit]

The lead Regiment of the Shin Legion, which was originally a house unit in service to the Capellan Confederation.


Welcome to interesting times.


Original Insignia[edit]

The Unit's original insignia had consisted of a Buddha on a Golden Disk.

Post 3061 Insignia[edit]

Insignia of Buddha on Red Disk, shunting Gold Disk so not suggest that it has unit the Chancellor's favor.[1]



In Service of Draconis Combine[edit]

The Shin Legion, along with its sister units had fled from the Confederation for the Draconis Combine after the Fourth Succession War, fearing Chancellor Romano Liao's purges. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy when Romano Liao ordered the unit destroyed. The Third Shin Legion was destroyed, the Second got away clear, and the First only survived the exodus because their AeroSpace wing sacrificed themselves to delay the Holdfast Guards and Maskirovka-hired mercenaries that were attacking them.[2]

Seen as a foreign unit in the Draconis Combine, the 1st Legion worked hard for its new home. They frequently demonstrated a near-suicidal determination to complete their orders.[3]

Ronin Wars[edit]

During the Ronin Wars the Kanrei sent the First Shin Legion to Kandis, which was under attack by mercenary units in the employ of the Duke of Tamar. There the First Shin Legion faced off against the Dragonslayers and Meriadoc's Malcontents. Within four hours the Dragonslayers had surrendered. The Malcontents refused to surrender, and the First and 2nd Shin Legion destroyed them. After that, the Shin Legions relocated to Skandia until the Draconis Combine recalled them.[4]

Clan Invasion[edit]

In late 3051 during the Clan Invasion, the unit had received Star League era BattleMechs. This signaled to then commanding officer Tai-sa Yanyouan that they were being called to front lines to face the Clans. The unit was sent to Cyrenaica where they met forces from Clan Nova Cat in February of 3052. The battle was lost at the start of the engagement with the Nova Cat forces. The Nova Cats did not provide a batchall or follow zellbrigen, which confused the Shin Legion commanders. Tai-sa Yanyouan ordered his troops to engage in a fighting withdrawal. In their fighting retreat from the planet, the Legion's infantry was able to destroy a Trinary's worth of Nova Cat OmniMechs. They left the world when the Combine assigned two armored regiments to the planet.[5]

During Operation Bulldog the First Shin Legion faced the Clans on Cyrenaica and Caripare in the first wave. They spent the rest of the offensive as Cyrenaica's garrison.[6]


The Draconis Combine High Command called the unit to Luthien where they discovered that their sister unit, the 2nd Shin Legion had been destroyed in the battle for the planet. The Legion absorbed few survivors from the unit.

The unit drafted new personnel to the unit over course of its rebuilding period. Many of these replacements came from warriors who graduated from the proving ground system and were from poorer families.[3] The unit's new commander, Tai-sa Nguyen, ordered screening of new candidates for the Legion. This was an effort to preserve the unit's cultural integrity. The warriors of the Legion were held in contempt by the Ghost Regiments as the yakuza considered them traitors. Conversely the Legionnaires considered the Ghosts nothing more than thuggish criminals. As a result the Draconis High Command kept the two units far away from each other.[3]

By 3057, Coordinator Theodore Kurita gifted the unit with two companies of the Combine's latest OmniMechs and other advanced equipment. This left the unit indebted to their host nation[7].

However, over the years despite their dedication, the unit has not been granted permission by the Coordinator to allow them to add the emblem of Draconis Combine on their units. This request sent regularly to him up to 3061.

Tai-sa Nguyen then received an invitation from Chancellor Sun Tzu Liao for the Legion to return to the Confederation[1]. With chance to return from exile, Nguyen accepted with the endorsement of rest of the Legion. Prior to returning to the Confederation, the unit gifted the old 2nd Shin Legion's DropShips to the Combine as payment of its debt to the Combine for its reconstruction.

Returning to the Service of the Capellan Confederation[edit]

Upon accepting an invitation from Sun-Tzu Liao the First returned to Capellan service in 3061, renaming themselves simply as the Shin Legion. When it arrived in the Confederation, the unit traded a lance of its Kuritan-made OmniMechs for a lance of Men Shen Medium OmniMechs.

A flight from the 24th Luthien Light Wing defected with the Legion to the Confederation, becoming the Red Sun Flight. However, its defection to the Legion caused its loyalty rating to go down to Questionable. [1] By 3067 the unit had gained a second flight of Aerospace Fighters and a mixed battalion of Battle Armor attached to its parent command.[8]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]



The Legion was recovering from after effects of the fighting against House Davion's Operation SOVEREIGN JUSTICE on Necromo. In August 3071, the Shin Legion and the Home Guard were utterly wiped out by the Word of Blake's 47th Shadow Division days before Blakist sent asteroids to pummel the planet into barren wasteland.[9]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 1st Shin Legion (House Liao)
Commanding Officers of the 1st Shin Legion (House Kurita)
Tai-sa Chou Yanyouan 3051[7].
Tai-sa Huang Nguyen 3059[1]
Commanding Officers of the 1st Shin Legion (House Liao)
Sang-shao Huang Nguyen 3063[7]


The unit noted for its being able to adapt quickly to fluid situations on the Battlefield. Its members trained to handle all-terrains, specializing in open field engagements. It has noted from learning from their enemy's actions against them.

After fighting the Nova Cats on Cyrenaica, it learned to employ its assets more wisely. The Legion uses its heavy 'Mechs to harass enemy's flanks, while using its Aerospace assets to strafe the enemy's rear[7]

Composition History[edit]


1st Shin Legion (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[10]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Ancha. [10]


1st Shin Legion (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Tai-sa Chou Yanyuan[11]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Ancha. [11]


1st Shin Legion (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Tai-sa Chou Yanyuan


1st Shin Legion (Regiment)[7]

  • CO: Tai-sa Huang Nguyen
  • 1st Battalion - CO: Chu-sa Naomi Yang-ming
  • 2nd Battalion - CO: Chu-sa Sul Wen Ti
  • 3rd Battalion - CO: Chu-sa Sui Wen Ti

24th Luthien Light Aerospace Wing (2 Aerospace Fighter Companies)[7]

  • CO: Dai-i Carlton Ryuanji


Shin Legion (Regiment)[1]

  • CO/1st Battalion: Sang-shao Huang Nguyen
  • 2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao Naomi Yang-ming
  • 3rd Battalion: Zhong-shao Hachidu Toroda


Shin Legion (Regiment)

  • CO: Sang-shao Huang Nguyen

Capellan Navy Red Sun (2 Aerospace Fighter Flights)

  • CO: Kong-sao-shao Sul Wen Tym

Shin Mechanized Infantry (Battalion)

  • CO : Zhong-shao Noh Ka Du



Game Rules[edit]

Draconis Combine Force Specific Rules[edit]

When using Advance scenarios rules, the unit has been given Force Specific rules to allow it to receive +1 to its initiative when fighting on flatlands terrain. Also opposing player forces who receive loses their any bonus when facing Legion due to them being well-rounded. While in service from 3051 and to end their service with Combine, unit received C Equipment rating.[13]

In Alpha Strike games, the First Shin Legion can use the Environmental Specialization (Clear) and Tactical Specialization (Defense) Special Command Abilities.[3]

Capellan Confederation Force Specific Rules[edit]

In addition to bonuses gained while in Draconis Combine. When Legion is rolled up from Random Assignment Tables, three out of four units must be rolled from Draconis Combine tables for C Rated Equipment.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 101 - "1st Shin Legion profile" - Unit brief history post 4th Succession War to rejoining the Confederation.
  2. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 206
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Combat Manual: Kurita, p. 57
  4. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 113
  5. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 121
  6. The Dragon Roars, p. 10
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 111 - "1st Shin Legion unit profile"
  8. Field Manual: Updates, p. 28 - "Shin Legion" - unit update in 3067.
  9. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 106 - "47th Shadow Division raids Necromo, while Shin Legion resting and it is killed to the last man".
  10. 10.0 10.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 139 >Historical: War of 3039, p. 139
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 20-Year Update, p. 40
  12. Objective Raids, p.28
  13. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, pp. 148-149, "Rules Annex" - 1st Shin Legion force specific rules.
  14. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 130, "Rules Annex" - Shin Legion's special rules for scenarios.