At 2b || !2b, Everick has posted a recap of a 450 AP battle between the Axis and Allies. What makes this battle particularly intriguing isn’t just the odd points value, but also that armoured platoons from the Achilles beta saw some action on both sides.
The report is in French and English, and plenty of photos depicting the action were sprinkled in, too.
The second of three unboxing videos for wave 8.2 has gone up on the UF YouTube channel! In this one, I take a look at the powerful Steel Guards Sniper Team for the SSU.
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Nikolai is one of the SSU’s more interesting heroes, and at Wargaming Ninja Turtles, Guillaume has painted him up for an upcoming campaign and painting competition, and given the Political platoon leader a nice base as well. I particularly like the SSU star on his back!
As always, Guillaume explains how the paintjob came together and which colours he used for the task.
At that point it was fairly obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to fit all of the remaining information on the front of the card. Other than the weapons the most important information to have on the front was; the units name, health, movement, armour class and special rules list. Since there was no room for the unit photo on the front I made sure that there was at least a reference image to make it easy to identify the unit the card belonged to when it’s on the table.
It’s a nice look at how the new cards came together. Andrew also mentions that weapon zones of fire will be added to the Warfare cards after the community pointed that out on the WoD forums.
Over the weekend, a notice appeared at Dust Chronicles from former editor Floris Hussaarts in which he announced that he is stepping back from the magazine.
It is with great sadness that I am forced to announce that I am unable to continue with Dust Chronicles. Sometimes life gets complicated and unfortunately this is one of those times.
I want to thank everybody who has provided content for each issue and also a very big thank you to all the readers who downloaded the magazine.
For a while it seemed that Dust Chronicles would fade into the smoky Zverograd sunset, until another announcement was posted on the ODFG that Gregory Withrow and Eric Conrad will take over the mag!
Good news! DUST CHRONICLES will endure. Thanks to Floris Hussarts for providing the foundation on which we will continue to build our information outlet for the entire Dust community.
What can you expect? As we are not bound by expensive printing contracts, we may publish as often as we like provided material is available. Our capability to publish hinges on the submissions we receive from you.
Holding material for two months waiting upon a deadline tends to diminish the relevance of much material. Therefore, we are setting a publication schedule with a minimum frequency of bimonthly and a maximum of monthly.
Good news for the community and for Dust Chronicles! I want to give huge thanks to Floris for keeping the DC machine going all this time, and welcome Gregory and Eric!
Andrew has posted a preview of the new Warfare and Tactics unit cards on World of Dust. The new cards are smaller than current Tactics cards and are sized to fit in “normal game sleeves” (the exact card size isn’t mentioned). The cards feature a completely new design which makes great use of both the front and back of the card.
The images are also a preview of the new Dust Tactics rulebook layout. Both the cards and rulebook continue the classy design found in the Warfare Achilles Beta PDF. The cards will be available in full faction decks (including units from the FFG days) for both games in early 2014.
To some this isn’t really news, because part 8.2 of the Achilles wave has been available for a week or so in Europe. But just in case you haven’t heard, the SSU Silent Death, SSU Red Tornado, and the Strongpoints for all three factions can now be ordered from either your local game store or online.
If you (or your store) are having issues getting the new stuff in Europe, shoot an email to Gareth at gareth.richards AT battlefront.co.nz and he’ll try to help you get things sorted. Also, watch out for some 8.2 unboxings on the UF YouTube channel in the next few days!
Today is Thanksgiving in the US, which means that tomorrow is Black Friday, the day on which stores traditionally offer insane sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. This year, Dust has been caught up in the Black Friday madness which has already started online. Both Fantasy Flight Games and Miniature Market are offering deep discounts on regular and premium Dust products.
It seems that the FFG sale is essentially US-only due to crazy international shipping costs. The MM sale is a bit easier on shipping, but the total cost will probably be as much as buying local (premiums excepted), so for non-US folk it’s probably only for getting those bits and pieces you can’t find near you. Also, watch out for customs charges, the bane of many gamers!
Many expected FFG to include its Dust stock in its annual sale, which may well accelerate the process of clearing out that stock and allowing Battlefront to take over production of those products. The FFG sale ends on December 6th, and the Miniature Market sale ends on December 2nd.
On November 23rd, 2013, I went up to Battlefront Europe in Nottingham, England, to play Dust Tactics in the Operation Achilles Campaign Day. This video shows what the event looked like, and also features a Q&A session with Gareth Richards, Events Manager at Battlefront Europe.
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Dust will soon be heading into warmer climates with the upcoming Babylon wave, and Scott at Dust Australis has been preparing a table for the occasion. The post features lots of photos of his finished Mesopotamian-themed terrain, including this particularly nice trading post.
When you’ve got a table as nice as that one, you have to put some models on it. Scott’s other post features more shots of the table, this time with an Axis force carefully advancing with troops, tanks, and walkers.
Add the following new rule:
While in Bunkers or strongpoints, units can be issued orders in the Command phase regardless of their distance from a command section.
Armoured Walker Platoon
-Radio is not the same rule as Radioman found on page 56 of the rule book. It is in fact separate rule that does not grant artillery strikes.
-Covering Fire Order
You cannot use artillery weapons when using covering fire.
Panzer Walker Platoon
-Radio is not the same rule as Radioman found on page 56 of the rule book. It is in fact a separate rule that does not grant artillery strikes.
Heavy Red Command
-Change the unit cost to 50 points.
-Move Anti-air stats from shoot guns to the 20mm gun
-Change the unit cost to 40 points.
-Change 23mm Auto Gun stats to
23mm Auto Gun (2) Range 30” (S1) 3/1 (S2) 2/1 (S3) 2/1 (S4) 2/1 (V1) 2/1 (V2) 2/1 (V3) 1/1 (V4) 1/1 (V5) 1/1 (V6) 1/1 (V7) 1/1 (A1) – (A2) – (A3) –
-Change the unit cost to 35 points.
Unless the Silent Death have opted for a sudden career change, the “23mm Auto Gun” is presumably a typo and refers to the 23mm Heavy Rifle. Also, the Red Tornado’s “shoot guns” should probably be “shotguns” (unless that’s SSU slang).
These tweaks have already generated a fair amount of discussion. Put the new stats through a battle or two and let Battlefront know the results!
After their recent adventures into bigger armour and guns, you might have thought the Axis were content with the size of their new shiny things. Not so! Scott from Dust Australis has showcased a new kind of crazy to emerge from the Old Country: a titan-size walker!
This beast stands about two medium walkers tall (with probably a bit more on top) and, it’s fair to say, is absolutely massive! Check out Scott’s blog for plenty of photos, no doubt taken a safe distance away.
Guillaume at Wargaming Ninja Turtles has posted a couple of batreps featuring the new Panzer Walker Platoon from the Achilles beta in both version 1 and version 2 forms.
In the first battle, his PWP led by Sigrid 2.0 goes up against an Allied force themselves sporting a new unit of Devil Dogs. This encounter used the first Achilles PDF, when the 1st Section still had to be infantry and the Allies didn’t have their own armoured platoon yet.
The second battle was played with the second version of the Achilles rules, this time pitting the PWP against an SSU force made up of Red Guards and a Political platoon. Both batreps feature lots of photos and are constructed in Guillaume’s usual entertaining narrative style.
Battlefront has unveiled the contents and cover art of the new Dust starter boxes, scheduled for release “early next year”. Each box contains a hero, a walker, two infantry units, a battle mat, terrain and objective squares (for Tactics) and faction-themed dice for the cost of $50 per box.
Some have already complained that the SSU box isn’t on par with the other factions. But in the World of Dust forums, Andrew from Battlefront cryptically hinted that something may have changed that will make the SSU group stack up to the others. We’ll have to wait to find out what that is!
Although Andrew also mentioned that these boxes are Tactics-focused releases, the Allies and Axis sets actually make up legal platoons for Warfare: the former makes a partial Combat or Elite platoon, and the latter forms a small Sturmgrenadiere platoon. Unfortunately, the SSU box needs a replacement for the Red Storm to make it a legal Defense platoon. There may be Warfare-specific releases in the future, though.