Dust Studio continues to produce its Premium line of Dust models. Recent additions to the line include the Red Fury and Red Rain SSU Weapons Platforms, and the Heinrich Axis Light Walker painted in an “Early Zverograd” camo pattern. All three models will cost you $50 each.
Of course, the Premium models won’t be for everyone, especially those who like to paint their own models. But for those who don’t mind exchanging money for saved time, they’re ideal.
Over at Anything But Ones, enrgie has posted more 400 AP action from a recent Axis vs Allies game, in which his Axis faced an Allies jump list (every unit had jetpacks).
The Axis list is included in the article, and lots of photos are included as always.
Svyatoslav from the Spellscape Miniatures blog has been hard at work producing some Dust unboxing videos, mainly of older releases. Unboxings usually focus on newer models, so it’s nice to see some veteran units get the unboxing treatment. The videos are slightly unusual in that they all feature Russian music, even for non-SSU units!
Svyatoslav is also an excellent painter, as shown by this Grenadier X showcase on his blog. Be sure to check out the Axis hero group shot further down in that post.
Anything But Ones has been busy lately with Dust batreps, and a new one has gone up recounting a recent Axis vs Allies battle. enrgie decided to throw both a Königsluther and a freshly-painted Fledermaus III into a 400 AP list, together with a dual sniper team setup.
400 AP seems to open up interesting new avenues for Dust Warfare list building. Have a look at how the match went and if the Axis could beat Punisher and co.
At Anything But Ones, enrgie has posted another great battle report recounting a three-way battle between two Axis armies and one SSU army. The fight was won in a pretty unexpected way!
As usual, lots of photos are included to illustrate the action.
Over at the Canadian blog Wargaming Ninja Turtles (still love that name!), Guillaume has posted an entertaining batrep of a recent 300 AP showdown between the Axis and Allies. A few units from the Icarus drop made it into his Axis list, including Panzerprinz, some Ubertoten and both variants of the Horten.
Lots of photos are included, and Guillaume provides plenty of reflection and analysis of the battle. While you’re there, why not check out some of his showcases too, including Sigrid, Panzerprinz and a Sturmpioniere paintjob inspired by the Panzer Elite faction from Company of Heroes (an amazing PC strategy game).
3Minotaur3, a frequent contributor to the recent Watch it Played Dust Warfare series, has posted a couple of videos on YouTube with a clever idea for solo play that mixes Dust with Space Hulk, the classic (and currently very out of print) game from Games Workshop.
In the two short videos, a horde of genestealers (using slightly modified Axis Zombies stats) are rampaging on an entrenched 200 AP Axis army. The Axis have to kill more than 200 points of genestealers to win the battle. Can the Axis troops hold back the rampaging melee swarm?
Check out the first part and the second part to see the scenario, find out how to play it, and to see which side won. Nice idea!
Zombie Clown Car is an Axis list that, despite the wacky name, has a decent idea: put some zombies into a transport, move them up the board in safety, unload the transport, unleash the zombies. Now, Oldhat has revisited the list on Dust War in the wake of Icarus’s release.
Sigrid seldom finds a home in lists I work on – the main reason was because Laser Grenadiers were pretty awful and she seemed wasted elsewhere. Now though, her abilities as a wound-sink and point saver are nice, but that Berserk ability is just gravy. With the Suicide Squad tossing out Panzerfaust shots at any vehicles within 16” when they hop out of the Sturmprinz, you can’t go wrong having them re-roll, can you?
Of course, an example revised list is included. Interesting reading for fans of the weirder side of Dust Warfare, especially those who play Axis!
At the Lonely Gamers blog, Vinnie has posted a batrep of his first game of Dust Warfare. It seems that his first taste of Dust was a positive one, and the battle was fought between all three factions on a great looking table. The report includes lots of great photos of the terrain, such as this overview.
Check out the post for closeups of the table, which includes a lot of scratch-built terrain.
You might remember Ironheart Artisans for their fantastic Weird War tokens (which are very compatible with Dust!). They’ve now launched a kickstarter for Weird War faction dice, their latest project.
The dice are configured like Dust dice: symbols on the 1 and 6 sides, blanks on every other side. If you’ve wondered where you can get custom faction dice for Dust, this is your chance!
The kickstarter has already busted through its initial goal, and is now heading through stretch goals. Optional add-ons are also planned, such as an extra dice option for backers who play heroes that throw lots of dice. The kickstarter will end on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
At Anything But Ones, enrgie has posted part 1 of his tournament report from a recent 300 AP tournament in Singapore. He played an Axis force with a large unit count, and as usual has included plenty of photos into the report.
enrgie also included his army list in the post. Have a read and find out how things went.
Keyan Sark at Plastico y Metal has been busy lately, posting showcases of the latest models he has either fully painted, or touched up from the premium version. My favourite of his recent stuff is this amazing “dustified” PzKpfw III Ausf N.
“Dustified” is a term coined by Dust Studio to mean vehicles from the real WW2 that are painted or modified to fit into the Dust universe. Of course this model isn’t officially allowed in tournament games, but in casual games pretty much anything goes. Now it’s not only the SSU who have tanks!
While you’re at Keyan’s blog, check out his his Laser-Jagdgrenadiere, his Flamm-Luther, and his SSU army.
Reichsmarschall Grot has posted a new article over at Dust War in which he takes a closer look at the Axis Horten HO-347 jet, aka the Fledermaus III and IV.
Here is where I feel the Axis really step up and show the world how to wage war good and proper. The Vier 20mm is still present, but the 75mm Kanone has been left off in lieu of a bomb rack. Carrying a payload of six 150kg bombs, the Horten is capable of making it rain like no other aircraft. Trading per unit payload for a higher count means getting to bomb more targets.
With Campaign Book Icarus already out in the US, and releasing around the world soon, chances are you’ll see some Axis aircraft on the table more often than you thought you would!
Michael and Jordan, two of the hosts from the All Us Geeks podcast, recently filmed some 300 AP Axis vs SSU action for your YouTube viewing pleasure. The video isn’t so much a batrep as an actual game filmed while the guys played, so no “moving photos” here!
The video is only about 47 minutes long, and most of the less interesting bits (things like flicking through the rules) are sped up so you don’t have to sit through them for ages.
FFG has announced that Campaign Book Icarus has officially released and available in game stores across the United States. It should be out in other parts of the world in the next week or so.
The release article also features a few words from Levi Hill, aka OldHat from Dust War, about the new platoon upgrades in the book. They look pretty insane, and I can’t wait to try them with my own army!
French master of robot rustification Desmoniak has posted a nice showcase of a recently-completed Ludwig, complete with signature rust effects all over.
As always, you can see more angles over at his blog, and be sure to also check out his Hans, too. (Hans always seems to get excellent paintjobs — definitely the pin-up walker of the Axis!)
At the DakkaDakka forums, IdentifyZero has kicked off a Dust project blog, showcasing units he has painted up. I particularly like this Japanese-themed Hans.
Check out the blog thread for lots more photos, some of which might give you ideas for your own army!
A couple of new articles have appeared at Dust War, one of which looks at the latest in zombie technology, and one that looks at falling heavy support walkers.
First up, Reichsmarschall Grot examines the latest Axis Blutkreuz Korps creations from Campaign Book Icarus, the Braineaters and the Heilige Tod.
Both units are Soldier 2 with Damage Resilient, and the Blutkreuz Ubertoten rule. This rule basically states that the unit never takes suppression markers, and that they can be joined by heroes both in the normal fashion, and by heroes with the Blutkreuz Zombie rule. So now we have armed infantry that are suppression resistant, but beyond that the purposing of the two units starts to diverge.
Meanwhile, OldHat looks at how the new Allied Heavy Support Walker can be combined with Air Drop in competitive lists.
The heart of both lists is the platoon upgrade Air Drop given to the new Mobile HQ from Campaign Book: Icarus. Inside, you put the Grim Reapers, while riding on the outside (dare I say shotgun?) are BBQ Squads w/ Sock & Tar. The former can hop out within 3” and be sure to be outside of 12” of the enemy and put down Suppression on up to three units with decent rolls.
Seems pretty effective!
Front Toward Enemy has posted a new video (actually, one video in two parts) in which Jeremiah takes a look at the zombies of the Axis. If you’ve wondered what the new Ubertoten squads look like in the (undead) flesh, now is your chance to find out!
As always, the strategy bits in FTE videos focus on how units work in Tactics. However, the strategy sometimes translates to Warfare, too, such as using Axis Zombies to punch a hole for other troops like the Braineaters and Suicide Squad.
Over at Indy 40K, J Rock has posted an… interesting take on an Axis army, to say the least! I think it’s safe to say you haven’t seen a Sturmpioniere unit quite like this one before.
In the article, J Rock explains his thinking behind the army.
My Axis force is loosely based on the 1975 movie “Isla – She Wolf of the SS”. The movie is about a Nazi scientist in WWII who is out to prove that women have a higher threshold for pain than men, and should ultimately be allowed to fight in the German Army. I thought this seemed to be a nice theme for an Axis army and began trying to find female figures to lead my squads and make retinues for my character models.
As J Rock mentions, some die-hards would probably cause an uproar over this army (especially those who think Dust is supposed to be “straight WW2″ – come on, there are zombies and lasers in this game!). But I love the creativity, and props to him for thinking outside of the box. Check out the article for many more photos.