Allied Pelican Model Kit Goes On Pre-Order

The second unassembled plastic Dust model kit has appeared in the pre-order section of the Dust Studio website. The kit features the Allies’ P48-C Pelican, known as Stormstrike in Tactics/Battlefield and Diving Dotty in Warfare.

Stormstrike/Diving Dotty model kit. Image: Dust Studio.

This kit follows the Axis Jagdluther that was announced earlier this year. The Pelican will cost $58 including shipping, and should be available soon.

CaZ: SSU and Allies Inspections

Clash at Zverograd has seen more Unit Inspections hit the site. In the latest round, the Allied hero Johnny One-Eye, the SSU Chinese Volunteers and the SSU Silent Death sniper team all go under the CaZ spotlight to find out how they work, who else they could work with, and what kind of list they could work in.

In addition, CaZ recently celebrated 10,000 views on the site. Congrats, Clash, it’s well deserved!

Babylon Kickstarter Ends On Over $500k

The Operation Babylon kickstarter has ended, raising over $500,000 USD including retail pledges which amounted to roughly $100,000. The total number of backers isn’t publicly known at the moment, although the KS page shows 1475 backers through Kickstarter alone, with more to be added through retail. This Kickstarter project proved that retail pledges work, and the onus is now on Kickstarter to build further functionality into the site so that retail pledges can be reflected in the on-site totals.

A preview of the Operation Babylon campaign book for Dust Tactics has been made available to backers, as well as Babylon unit cards and second edition cards for Tactics and Warfare (the Warfare cards seem to be what was already released in the Force Decks). It isn’t clear how these will be made available to LGS backers, but Battlefront should be able to figure out a way.

Many of the pledges are due for delivery in August, and some of the later additions to the project are scheduled for September. Congratulations to Dust Studio and Battlefront for a successful Kickstarter campaign!

CaZ: Inspecting Ozz 117

Clash957 has posted a new Unit Inspection on Clash at Zverograd in which he takes a look at Ozz 117, a somewhat underplayed Soldier 3 Allies hero. The rundown includes units that Ozz could be attached to, his weapons, and a bit of general discussion about him.

Ozz is one of those heroes who isn’t really a staple unit, but might show up in an army one day and surprise you!

Mercenaries, Dust’s Fourth Faction

Over the weekend, the Sisters of Demolition were unlocked in the Operation Babylon kickstarter. These ladies are Mercenaries and can be added to any army, but they’re also their own faction and have their own faction symbol. Although this is the only known Mercenary unit right now, at long last Dust has its fourth faction!

Sisters of Demolition. Photo: Battlefront.

There are also rumblings that Red Yana will be available in Mercenary form, because in the lore she becomes tired of the SSU and decides to strike out on her own.

In addition to the Sisters, there was more activity on the KS. Decals, terrain, and more infantry were all unlocked, along with extra walker bodies. Oh yes, and a new SSU twin-tesla tank…

Aleksandr Vasilevsky SSU tank. Render: Battlefront.

Dust already had a reputation for having models that even people who don’t play the games want to buy. Babylon isn’t helping to dispel that (which isn’t a bad thing!). The kickstarter currently stands at around $466,000 including retail pledges, with 3 days left until it ends.

Babylon KS Swapping Explained & New Stretches

The 50th update has been posted on the Operation Babylon kickstarter with information on how in-pledge swapping works. Battlefront has frequently explained this in the comments, but it always gets pushed down by new comments, so newer backers tend to ask questions that have already been answered. That post is a go-to place to get the lowdown on those swapping questions.

The update also reveals some new stretch goals (well, technically one stretch goal) which will be unlocked at $425k including retail pledges, or $325k as actually displayed on the kickstarter page. These include a new SSU tank, two new Axis infantry units, and two new SSU infantry units. The kickstarter includes units from Black Sands, the expansion after Babylon, so these units might not appear at retail for some time, although we don’t yet know exactly which units will appear in which expansion.

Operation Chronos: Shadowfall

The next installment of the Operation Chronos fan-fiction has gone up on Makati Underground. In this part, an Allied soldier tries to make sense of his current situation, just before his unit receives the order to move out. He then finds out why they’re going.

The more the Chronos story develops, the more it would make for an excellent scenario on the tabletop!

Babylon Kickstarter Updates

The Operation Babylon kickstarter has rolled into the $300k mark (including retail pledges which can’t be reflected on the project’s page), and several updates have been posted.

First up, all pledges over $100 will receive a copy of Operation Achilles, Battlefront’s way of saying thanks for all the support. The kickstarter has certainly changed a lot over the last few weeks, and a big reason for that is community feedback.

Some sneak peeks of future unlocks were also posted, including an Axis mortar team, a female mercenary team silhouette, and this example of what might happen if Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2 were on the SSU vehicular design team!

Unnamed SSU tank from the Operation Babylon kickstarter. Photo: Battlefront.

Shipping rates for certain parts of the world were also confirmed, and a video showing how to play Tactics 2.0 and Battlefield was also added that manages to pack a lot of info into seven minutes and change.

Operation Chronos Continues

Makati Underground has been updated with a some more installments from Operation: Chronos. A couple more prologues set the scene as the mysterious “Patient zero” experiment is carried out in “The Silent Puppets“, and Kaptian Tanya plans her next move with the Ghosts of Zaitsev.

Following that, the conflict kicks off in “It Has Begun” and “Steel Wind“. If you haven’t already, check out the first prologue, too.

Battlefield Scenarios, Platoons And Templates

Battlefront has posted some new Battlefield PDFs over on World of Dust. They include a couple of scenarios from the rulebook, the templates you’ll need to play, and some platoons, including a couple that aren’t in the rulebook.

The post also contains a link to a Babylon kickstarter poster for store owners who want to display their support for the kickstarter, and let people know that they can pledge at their store.

D-Day 70

Seventy years ago today, Operation Neptune, aka the D-Day landings, began as part of Operation Overlord — the invasion of Nazi-held Europe. It was a massive operation, involving thousands of troops over all three military disciplines: land, air and sea.

The scale of Operation Overlord. Infographic by BBC Education.

If it wasn’t for the brave men and women involved, history might have taken a much darker course. Thank you to every person who fought for the Allies, both within the armed forces and within communities on the continent, and here’s to many more years without a war in Europe.

More Dust Kickstarter Stretch Goals Unlocked

The Operation Babylon kickstarter has rolled over both the 1000 backers and $300,000 marks thanks to the latest inclusion of retail backers, which means that more goodies have been unlocked. These include custom Babylon-coloured dice, vinyl playing mats, the USMC Recon Squad, and a couple of Axis laser walkers: the Jagdwotan and Jagdleopold.

USMC Recon Squad from the Operation Babylon kickstarter.

In addition to all this, an update was posted about how to manage your pledge. Lots of people want to swap this and that around within their pledge, and it’s getting a bit crazy. Also, an announcement was made that all pledges over $150 will automatically get the free stretch goal upgrades.

Army Painter Steel Guard Tutorial

The Army Painter updated their Facebook page with some photos and a link to a tutorial on how to paint up some SSU Steel Guard using Army Painter products. The painting and tutorial are both the work of long-time community member Patrick Doty.

SSU Red Tornado Steel Guard Assault Squad. Painting by Patrick Doty.

The tutorial covers painting, weathering and basing the frog squad. For those not on Facebook, use this direct link to the PDF. If you are on FB, give the post a like and a comment!

Who Owns Dust Warfare?

Who owns Dust Warfare?

Ever since Battlefront Miniatures took over distribution and marketing of Dust from Fantasy Flight Games, the question of who actually owns Dust Warfare has circulated within the Dust community and outside of it. There has been a lot of rumour and misinformation on this subject on forums, in social media, and in YouTube videos, too.

With this in mind, I set out to clarify what has actually happened with the Dust Warfare rights. I shot an email over to FFG, and John Grams, Senior VP of Business Development, kindly replied with some answers to the overall question: Who owns Dust Warfare?
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Dust Warfare Unit And Platoon Upgrade Cards

Dust Warfare player CaptainZissou has created some awesome upgrade cards to go with the official Dust Warfare force decks. They’re designed to slip behind the unit cards for easy reference during a game of Warfare, and show two upgrades per side (one of which will be hidden by the unit card). Also, they look really good!

Dust Warfare unit upgrade cards by CaptainZissou.

The cards feature unit and platoon upgrades, as well as platoon special orders. To get your set, hop over to the dropbox linked on the WoD forum thread, and hit the download button. Then, simply print and play! The unit cards are 2.5″ across by 3.5″ long, so I’d recommend printing the upgrade cards at that size, at 300 PPI for best quality.

CaZ: Legio Patria Nostra Unit Inspection

Over at Clash at Zverograd, Clash957 has posted a new Unit Inspection, this time taking a look at the French Foreign Legion Kill Squad, aka Legio Patria Nostra, for the Allies. The article covers how the unit operates, gives some ideas for hero attachments and has a sample platoon that the LPN could slot into.

Clash’s UIs are informative even if you don’t play that particular unit, because it’s always good to know what you’re up against and prevent “Oh, I didn’t know it does that!” situations.