Dust Australis: Japanese Armour And Wheeled Axis

Scott at Dust Australis has posted some of his finished custom Japanese and Axis units in anticipation of future theatres in the world of Dust. These include a Japanese tank and heavy laser squad, as well as an assortment of walkers which are fighting for the armies of the rising sun.

Japanese artillery walker. Painting, conversion and photo by Scott Robertson.

Scott has also completed a great Axis motorbike team in preparation for Operation Babylon, which really should become an official model.

WNT: Captured Axis Trucks

At Wargaming Ninja Turtles, Guillaume has posted some nice conversions of a couple of Axis cargo trucks that were captured by the Allies. The trucks were converted from Tamiya 1/48 scale models and were suitably dustified to make them look the part.

Axis Cargo Truck. Painting, conversion and photo by Guillaume Sartem.

The post features plenty of photos which show off the trucks with added Axis weapon sets and the infamous Justine and co. maintenance contractors.

A Chinese Intro To Dust Warfare

From time to time I like to highlight Dust articles and posts from around the world that show that Dust, and specifically Dust Warfare truly is a global game. On the Chinese blog “THERE`s BOARD Game”, Yuan Mike has written a few posts about getting started in Dust Warfare for a Chinese audience.

First up is an introduction to the game, which is followed by a look at how Warfare unit cards work. The latest post takes a look at the Dust Warfare Force Builder and how to use it to construct an Axis platoon using the latest Axis starter set, along with a quick example using SSU units, and all with helpful images.

You can use Google Chrome’s built-in translation, Google Translate, or a similar service to translate the blog if you don’t read Chinese. But whether you’re a Chinese speaker or not, why not leave a comment on Mike’s blog and say hello?

Announcing Winter Storm 2014

Winter Storm 2014 logo.

Winter Storm is an exciting new Dust Warfare tournament that will take place at Wayland Games Centre in Hockley, England, on Saturday, October 18th, 2014. It’ll be a 300 AP tournament and will cost only £7 to enter if you pre-book (or £9 on the day), which includes lunch in the ticket price!

All units with official stats up to and including Operation Babylon (assuming it’s out by October) will be legal for the tournament. Fancy taking those shiny new Kickstarter units out for a spin?

Prizes will include Dust goodies and a trophy or plaque for the top three players, as well as a prize for Best Painted Army. The actual prize contents are still being worked out at the moment and more news on that will follow soon.

To start with, 8 ticket slots have been allocated, but more can be opened up if necessary. Grab your ticket directly from Wayland Games Centre today, and help to support UK Dust Warfare at the same time!

Check out the Winter Storm page for more information on the event. You’ll also find an event page on Facebook.

See you at Winter Storm!

Dust World Expo 2015 Announced

Following a successful 2014 event, the dates for Dust World Expo 2015 were announced over on the official Dust Facebook group. The event will take place over the weekend of March 28 and 29, 2015, at the Commemorative Air Force air museum in Mesa, Arizona.

Dust World Expo 2015 announcement. Credit: Rick Ivansek.

More information about the event will. no doubt, be released over the coming weeks and months, although if it’ll be anything like the 2014 event, there will be lots of Dust gaming, cosplay and other fun Dust-related stuff.

Will you be there?

Makati Underground: Op. Chronos Concludes

Makati Underground posted a quick update to tie a bow on the Operation Chronos campaign. The conclusion goes over the status of the three factions at the end of the conflict which was played out on the tabletop over in the Philippines.

Posting updates for Chronos in the form of fan fiction was a nice way to document the campaign, and hopefully the Makati guys will start up a new Dust campaign sometime soon.

Discuss Babylon For Dust Warfare!

A new sub-forum has opened on World of Dust for discussion of the Operation Babylon cards for Dust Warfare. It seems that the initial release of Dust Warfare cards from earlier this year is now being referred to as “Wave 1″, and the Babylon cards will be “Wave 2″ (not to be confused with the old naming system for Dust model waves).

One of the threads in the sub-forum includes a link to a PDF that contains the Babylon cards in draft format. Why not head over there and give some input on the new Babylon units before they’re printed in final form?

CaZ: Blackhawk Unit Inspection

Clash957 has posted a new Unit Inspection over at Clash at Zverograd, this time looking one of the Allies’ series of M1 Light Assault Walkers, the Blackhawk. This walker is part of the FFG-produced Revised Core Set.

The UI features Clash’s usual interrogation of a unit, which includes a look at the weapons it has and how it works with other units, as well as a sample army list to show the unit in an army context and Clash’s personal opinions on the walker.

Makati Underground: Op. Chronos Shadowfall Pt. 4

The fourth part of Shadowfall, part of the Operation Chronos story on Makati Underground, has been posted. Operation Chronos is an ongoing Dust campaign being played by the Makati crew over in the Philippines.

Part 4 features an Allied soldier recalling a fight against the Axis, and is actually a creatively-made battle report in the form of a story. Dust isn’t the first franchise to feature batreps like these, but it’s nice to see them written for Dust.

The Allied Medium Walkers Will… Walk The Earth

Over at The Lead Will Walk The Earth, Zombie Ad has posted some nice shots of, and a few words on some recently painted Allied medium walkers. The walkers have a mostly white-based scheme, which seems to be a slightly rarer type of paint scheme for Dust walkers.

Pounder medium walker. Painting and photo: Zombie Ad.

Check out his work on the Steel Rain and Hot Dog, as well as the Pounder, and while you’re over there why not have a nose around at his other Dust and Weird War-related stuff and leave a comment somewhere?

Which Units Do You Leave Behind?

Over on World of Dust, a forum thread was started on which units people tend to leave out of their armies, and why. Lots of units from all over the three main factions have been mentioned in the weekend’s discussion. That doesn’t necessarily mean that any given unit is a bad choice, but does show that there isn’t a “one size fits all” army in Dust Warfare.

Interestingly, although there are quite a few units that don’t see play, the Laser Grenadiers seems to be an emerging unit that more Axis players are including in their armies mainly because it can hit Soldier 4 quite well.

Do you agree with the units already mentioned in the thread? Is there a unit that people don’t take that you always do? Head over to WoD and join in!

Op. Chronos: Steel Wind Journals And Silent Puppets

Makati Underground has published several new installments in the Operation Chronos saga, which is an ongoing Dust campaign (covering Tactics and Warfare, but currently in Tactics mode) they’re playing over in the Philippines.

The latest parts feature the journals of SSU Major General Timofei Teodorovic from June 21, June 26 and June 28; and also wave 3 of the Silent Puppets arc which tracks the Patient X experiment.

WNT: Captured KV-47s

One of the more interesting additions to Dust Tactics/Battlefield was the new rules for captured walkers. Over at Wargaming Ninja Turtles, Guillaume has posted a couple of articles that focus on captured SSU walkers.

Captured Axis KV-47s (Otto and Natasha). Conversions, painting and photos by Guillaume Sartem.

First up is a tutorial that shows you how to repurpose a KV-47 for Axis purposes, turning it into an Otto (basically a KV-47 that uses Hans’ weapons). The other post features a Natasha that, again, was brought over to the Axis forces, with some discussion and plenty of photos.

CaZ: Sturmaffe UI And Forming A Game Group

Over at Clash at Zverograd, Clash957 has posted a couple of articles including a Unit Inspection of the Axis Sturmaffe gorilla squad, and some advice on how to form a gaming group for Dust (or maybe other) gaming purposes.

The UI puts the Achilles gorillas under the microscope and looks at how they function, as well as who they could function with which, of course, is only Markus right now. Ever more reason to get Markus released as a separate mini!

Unit Forward Marks 2 Years With 2.0

Unit Forward is two years old today, and to mark the occasion the site has received a new look! The old design has been around for a couple of years, and it was time for a redesign. You might recognise the new logo: it has been used on the UF YouTube channel for some time, and is now on the website itself.

One of the big changes is that UF is now responsive. That means you can view this website on any device and it’ll shrink or expand to fit the screen. A lot of people access this site on mobile devices, and the website should now look great on a screen of any size (within reason — a calculator might pose a slight problem!).

You’ll also notice that the slider has gone, and this ties in with another goal of the redesign: reduce javascript as much as possible. Although javascript is kind-of essential on today’s web, too much of it slows things down. Being lightweight is the key.

Other changes include a larger font size for body text, a nicer comments section and a general cleanup of some little bits and pieces.

Why not leave a comment for this post and let me know your thoughts on the new site? Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’ll come back soon!

CaZ: Dust Battlefield First Impressions

Clash957 has posted some first impressions of Dust Battlefield over at Clash at Zverograd, in which he goes over some of the things he liked and disliked about the latest addition to the Dust family. His entry point into Battlefield was an Axis vs Axis battle including some colourful zombies!

It seems that Clash isn’t going to switch away from Warfare anytime soon. Have a read of his thoughts, then post your own thoughts on his thoughts over at his blog.

Makati Underground: Chronos Updates

The Operation Chronos campaign continues on Makati Underground with more updates including Zaitsev’s Ghosts Week 2 part 1, part 2 and part 3, and Silent Puppets Wave 1 and Wave 2. The updates feature the usual mix of journal entries and prose.

Chronos is actually a Tactics campaign that the Makati guys are playing in-store over in the Philippines, and it’s nice that they’re documenting it, albeit in a slightly-fragmented way. After all, Dust fluff has always been system-agnostic.

The Chattering Horde: The Axis Are Coming…

Over at The Chattering Horde, Oliver (aka TheVoodooOrk on YouTube) has posted an update featuring some Axis infantry that were sitting in a cupboard for some time. So, recently he decided to get some paint on them and took some photos of the results.

Kommandotrupp. Painting and photo by Oliver Bayley.

Check out more photos including other units over on the blog. It has been a while since Dust was featured over there, and it’s nice to see it make a return.