Spectre Studios has uploaded a new Dust video to YouTube, featuring a 300 AP battle between the Axis and the SSU. The video kicks off with a discussion of the armies and the game itself, after which the battle’s story is told in recaps after each round.
In the post-game discussion, Spectre Wile admits that he needs some help with how the SSU is best played. Why not help him out by posting in the video’s comments?
Over at Kleine bunte Männchen, Twenzet has posted some great pics of his big Allies army, including infantry, walkers and some dustified tanks.
The pics are definitely worth a quick look, especially if you’re currently painting up some Allies. They might provide a bit of inspiration!
Maine has updated the Dust Warfare Force Builder to revision 27. The changes include support for Operation Achilles after it’s release last week, and a few squashed bugs.
The Force Builder is pretty much the standard way to build a Dust Warfare army without having to use the books and a calculator or spreadsheet. Thanks, Maine, for all your hard work!
At Dust Australis, Scott has posted a new custom unit designed to fit in with his gorgeous Babylon-themed table. It’s an Allied patrol boat, appropriately dustified with phasers and quad 50 cal. guns. I like this image of the boat in particular because the hazy lighting adds some nice atmosphere to the shot.
Check out the post for more images of the boat on the water. Scott also posted a photorep (photo batrep) from an Axis vs Allies game against a friend with, of course, lots of pics featuring their troops in action.
Tabletop Tahir has posted a new dustification on his blog, something that could well have come from the labs of the Blutkreuz Korps: Zombieraubkatzen, or Zombie big cats!
The actual models are the Barghest Fiends from the Puppetswar range, and they look great painted up and based on Dust bases. I wonder what their stats would be if they were an actual Dust unit. Check out the post for more photos of these guys.
Beasts of War has posted another wave 8 unboxing on YouTube. In this one, Warren and Gareth take a look at the contents of Operation Achilles.
Most Dust players will probably have already seen what’s in the Achilles box, but BoW reaches a wide audience and it’s great that they’re featuring more Dust on the channel.
After a three-month playtesting period (and plenty of ups and downs along the way), Battlefront has released Operation Achilles for Dust Warfare. The PDF contains 29 pages of background and stats for wave 8 and can be downloaded for free from World of Dust.
Look out for a discussion of all things Achilles on a long-overdue episode of Zero Station soon. Until then, it’s over to you. What do you think of the Achilles final? Will you be giving it a spin any time soon? Does it tempt you to buy into wave 8? Let us know in the comments!
Dust Studio has added pre-orders for the new Axis, Allies and SSU Dust Tactics starter sets to its website. Each set features the same contents as the regular starter sets but, of course, they’re fully painted.
Each set will run you $120 including shipping, which seems high. But converted into GBP that’s around £75, about £35 more than the regular set. Some folks see that as an exchange of money for time saved that they would have spent painting the models.
There isn’t any indication of when the premium sets will start to ship, but that should be at the same time or just before the release of the regular sets.
Over at his blog, 24 Hour Gamer Geek, HuronBH posted up a showcase of some nicely painted SSU Steel Guard.
Those kill markers are a nice touch. Check out the post for photos of the other units, and also some of his thoughts on the current state of Dust Warfare.
At Meine Welt, Ullric has written a post about a custom gaming mat that he had made at a German print shop. You can buy official Dust mats, but not in this size!
My mat is but become dark (starting from my image file). I should have chosen a brighter subject , because my home-made mountains not quite fit . But I ‘m really impressed with the quality . You can stow the tarp nice (rolled or folded) , it is weather resistant and you could eat it right away. Tablecloth ala Battletech complacent ? Please , here she comes
The post starts off in German, but a Google-translated version appears further down the page. Mats such as these are popular in other games such as X-Wing and Battletech, and it’s logical to have them for Dust as well.
At Wargaming Ninja Turtles, Guillaume has posted a mostly photo batrep that recaps a Dust Warfare team tournament from last Sunday, in which Post 34 Quebec and Post 20 Montréal battled for bragging rights up in north-east Canada. Ten players took part, and lots of great paint schemes graced the tables.
Guillaume’s list was built around the Koenigsluther Axis heavy walker, and the post also includes a short discussion of the Koenigsluther vs the Wotan, and how each stacks up on the battlefield. If you have a moment, why not head over there and post your thoughts? Which would you take as an Axis commander?
The Mexican wargaming group Gamesmasters Hobby has posted more Dust Warfare video batreps on their channel. The latest selection of Dust action includes SSU vs Allies, and a two-parter featuring Axis vs SSU (part 1, part 2), all recorded in GM’s “as it happened” style.
As always the videos are in Spanish, but if you know the game then it’s not too hard to follow along if you don’t speak the language. In any case, it’s great to see more Dust content appearing on YouTube.
In some sad news from the Dust community, OldHat has decided to close Dust War, possibly the largest (and definitely one of the most influential) Dust Warfare websites around. The closure was announced in an article, in which he talks about why he decided to step away from Dust as well as his feelings on other issues in the Warfare community.
For those unaware, the Open Beta for Achilles was almost entirely unneeded, as FFG had conducted a thorough and intensive playtest and had a nearly complete expansion ready to go. Allegedly, Battlefront didn’t get this, so what I see is instead of scrapping the Achilles they had thrown together out of copy-pasted Tactics cards, they just sprinkled in some rules here and there and tossed out the current one. It proved they just didn’t get it with Warfare, that and their lack of rules knowledge as noted in various forums posts.
Although it might seem like a rant to some, in the article OldHat actually does address some of the elephants in the Warfare room, elephants that some (especially on the official Facebook group) often wish people would just stop talking about. I’m sad to see Dust War close, and wish Levi well in whatever he decides to do next. Dust War will remain online until the end of February.
Last Sunday, Australia celebrated Australia Day, and many decided to make a weekend of it including Scott of Dust Australis. He had some mates over for a bit of Dust Warfare and at Lonely Gamers, Vinnie has posted a bunch of photos from the weekend.
Also, check out Scott’s blog for a photo batrep from the weekend, featuring more shots of his gorgeous table and lots of custom units, too.
Japanese site Gamers Orca Factory has listed some pre-orders for new Dust products due for release soon. The page includes the three Dust Tactics starter sets which will cost 6,000円 (about 58 USD) each, and also the new Dust Warfare cards which will sell for 1,200円 (about 12 USD) each. Curiously, there’s also a Dust Warfare Token Set listed, with a Battlefront SKU, for 1,800円 (roughly 17 USD).
A bit of searching on the E-Figures (large US distributor) website revealed that the cards and token set are due for US release in February, and will cost $10 per card pack (Allies, Axis, SSU) and $15 for the token set. No information is currently available on the exact composition of those products.
Hat-tip to @TOKYO_JUNKER on Twitter for the heads-up.
Battlefront has updated World of Dust with some photos of the new Dust Tactics (and Warfare-compatible) starter sets, due in stores soon. One of the photos was posted on Twitter earlier this week, but the others are new shots that show off the box contents of the Axis and Allies sets.
These sets are proofs sent to BF so that they can check the contents and make sure everything’s cool for release. The new sets appear to contain the models already previewed, plus a paper mat, a plastic tank trap, the new faction dice and the new Tactics rulebook.
Technoforged Miniatures is a new modelling company based in Argentina whose team includes Dust gamers and modellers. They plan to release products that work with existing tabletop games, and the first product from the team will be a cobblestone base designed for Dust miniatures.
Check out the Technoforged Miniatures page on Facebook for more photos of that base, and why not give them a like, too?
Subcultures, a games store in Utrecht, The Netherlands, will host Dust Warfare on January 23rd (that’s tomorrow!) and 25th. To get you in the mood, here’s an image of their Dust models that they posted on Facebook.
If you’re local to the store, why not head over and check out Dust Warfare? See their website for location details and times.
Mexican YouTube channel Gamesmasters Hobby has posted a 200 AP batrep on YouTube, in which the Axis attempt to land on the shores of Great Britain and the Allies try to defend. Part 1 kicks off the action, and part 2 shows the conclusion of the battle.
The batrep is done in an edited “as it happened” style and although the commentary is in Spanish, it’s still worth a watch if you don’t know the language for the great table they played on and the nicely painted minis!
Front Toward Enemy has posted one more wave 8.3 unboxing and review video, and in this one Jeremiah has a look at the Heavy Red Command for the SSU, aka the Steel Guards Command Squad.
The video goes over what the unit look like “in the plastic” and what their stats are in Tactics. In Warfare, if you want to field a Steel Guards platoon from Operation Achilles, these guys will more than likely be your command section (and they’re pretty spicy in Warfare, too).