Monthly Archives: February 2014

Unit Inspection: “Braineaters” Blutkreuz Korps Ubertoten Assault Squad

Most subjects of the Wiederbelebungsserum never regain any level of human-like conscience.  The majority are like barely controllable animals that after being resurrected are unleashed upon the enemies of the Axis rather than commanded into battle.  This not the case with the Ubertoten Assault Squad.  The members of these squads retain their thoughts, memories, and experiences becoming a sort of “living” zombie.  Many so called experts reason for this is their fierce loyalty to the Axis cause that transcends death itself.  Critics that know of the program are quick to point out how much this sounds like the Wehrmacht’s propaganda.  In either event, these soldiers are insatiable for combat and have been known to live up to their nickname on the battlefield actually feasting on the brains of their enemies.

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Unit Inspection: Allies P-48 Pelican

This twin engined, twin tailed soup-upped and Dust-fied of version of the P-38 lighting is the Allies king of the skies in Dust Warfare.  Able to take off and land with near vertical ability and needing only minimal runway distance (I’m sorry, despite what the fluff says I can believe this is a true VTOL aircraft), this airplane is also capable of incredible speed thanks to its two very, very over-sized jet engines.  These giant engines also allow the P-48C “Diving Dotty” or P-48X “Bellowing Bertie” to be armed with considerably more weapons than most fighters planes.  The Pelican is blunt and graceless in comparison to the more maneuverable SSU choppers and the sleeker Axis Hortens, but only marginally so.

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Unit Inspection: SSU BR 47 Self-Propelled Weapon Platform

Joesph Stalin was quoted, “Quantity is a quality all its own.”  This statement is greatly reflected in the BR 47 Self-Propelled Weapon Platform more commonly called the Soviet or SSU Tractor.  It is named the tractor, because that is what it largely is: a flatbed tractor with a heavy weapon mounted to it.  It is this cheap, low-tech solution that allows the SSU to produce the Weapon Platform in such massive quantities.  This does not come with its own drawbacks however.  While either model of the tractor (the Red Fury or Red Rain) can dish out massive amounts of damage to the enemy, it is very lightly armored and largely relies on Soviet ruggedness to survive attacks.  Unfortunately, even concentrated sniper fire can disable/destory this vehicle.

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1000 Views: Thank You

I have just crossed over the 1000 views for Clash at Zverograd.  Which I know in the grand scheme of things isn’t much a milestone, but considering when I started this blog, I figured I wouldn’t hit a 1000 views in a year let alone in a month it means something to me.  I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Alex (aka Cannor) over at Unit Forward. http://www.unitforward.com/  His multiple plugs for my blog are, I am certain, what has brought in the all traffic I am seeing here.  I look forward to more Zero Station podcasts and other Dust news from around the internet.

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Field Maneuvers: Campaign Book: Icarus and Achilles Fortifications

In this Field Maneuvers article, I will finish up the rest of the Fortifications options that currently exist in Dust Warfare.  In addition to the Dust Warfare Core Rulebook, there are Fortifications found in Campaign Book: Icarus and Campaign Book: Achilles.  In Icarus, the Fortifications largely focus on countering air power with an additional one to aid the commanders of flyers.  In Achilles, the new Fortifications correspond to the new unit type (and model) found in all three blocs: the strong-point/bunker.

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Field Maneuvers: Core Rulebook Fortications

If you or opponent select Secured Location off the Battle Builder in the Dust Warfare Core Rulebook do you know which Fortifications will help your army achieve victory?  In this Field Maneuvers article, I will review all of the Core Rulebook Fortification options and give my input on how best use on the battlefield to frustrate your opponent and aid you and your army to the win.  Fortification rules are listed on page 68 of the Dust Warfare Core Rulebook.  Also included, are a few Fortifications.  In addition, new Fortifications have been added in Campaign Book: Icarus and Campaign Book: Achilles to give further options to protect your army from your opponent’s insidious plots.  The Fortifications from those Campaign Books will be given their own Field Maneuvers article as I focus on the Fortifications that are in the core rules only.

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Unit Inspection: Allies Heavy Command/Support Walker

Built on the same frame of the far more armored and armed M6 Heavy Walker frame of the Fireball and Punisher are the Allies Heavy Command and Heavy Support Walkers code named: Mobile HQ, Long Tom II, and Skysweeper.  Though they are physically intimidating and bristling with .50 caliber victory machine guns are these walkers a welcome addition to the Allies armor support?  This article will explore each variant is some detail.

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Unit Inpection: Axis Battle Grenadiers/Panzer Killers

When I think standard Infantry unit for Dust Warfare, the Battle Grenadiers along with “The Gunners” Combat Ranger Squad are what comes to mind.  Though each of these two units are very similar, the difference between them is where two blocs to start show how each conducts war.  This article will focus on the Axis’ own Battle Grenadiers and what they offer the Wehrmacht. In Dust Warfare the Panzer Killers are considers a 3 Army Point unit upgrade similar to the Allies own Bot Hunters.  This means they cannot take another unit upgrade as well.

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Unit Inpection: SSU IS-5 Heavy Tank

Left to Right: Vladimir Lenin, Lavarentiy Beria, and Mao Zedong

The IS-5 Heavy Tank is the latest iteration of the famed Soviet line of armor.  It design was to include a deeper mounting platform that the previous IS-3 tanks could provide for the newer SSU weaponry.  This resulted in a higher profile and boxy appearance to support the recoil of the larger, more powerful weapons the frame had custom designed for.  The IS-5 Heavy Tank has two basic models: the anti-aircraft IS-5A “Mao Zedong” and over-sized mortar platform of the IS-5B “Vladimir Lenin.”

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Field Maneuvers: The Core Rulebook Battle Builder

In this Field Maneuvers article, I will discuss one of Dust Warfare’s trademarks that makes it different from many other miniature war games (at least the few I know of).  The Battle Builder.  The Battle Builder is the great equalizer in Dust Warfare, at least I believe it is.  Even a powerful, long range army that is impossible to destroy can foiled by having the wrong options on the Battle Builder.  The same goes for a multiple infantry cannot hope harm aircraft and heavy armor list can secure victory with right options on the Battle Builder.  I will attempt to cover each option of the Dust Warfare Core Rulebook Battle Builder and what aspects are good for certain armies and which are bad.

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