Monthly Archives: March 2014

Unit Inspection: Allies M6 Series Heavy Assault Walker

This is the largest, most heavily armor vehicle the Allies have in their inventory to date.  It is an absolute behemoth taking up more space on the battlefield than any other unit in Dust so far.  When one of these might vehicles takes a single step with one of its six legs the ground quivers.  When one is air dropped onto the battlefield, it is like an earthquake spreading terror in the hearts of the enemy.  The M6 Series Heavy Walkers are a triumph of Allies engineering and pragmatism of bigger is better.

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My Dreadball Teams

I like to create back stories and additional fluff for the games I play.  Dreadball is no exception.  For my teams (and even the ones I don’t have yet) I have created little back stories about the organization and and even some details on the city and stadium they play home games at.  Some of the information is contrary to fluff described to in the Dreadball rule books, but even the books say that information might not be accurate either.  Because Dreadball is not meant to be serious or at least not completely serious, I wanted to have my teams exist in a setting much like the Borderlands series of video games. Violent, sometimes tragic, but ultimately lighthearted, comical, and most of all badass.

 

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Unit Inspection: Axis Laser Grenadiers

Armed with miniaturized versions of some the most advanced weapons technology known to man is this five man Axis soldier squad known as the Laser Grenadiers.  Candidates are selected not only for their battlefield prowess and unflagging bravery, but their technical knowledge to keep these high tech weapons in perfect working order no matter the conditions.

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Unit Inspection: SSU Koshka with Grand’Ma

Koshka is a the duplicitous Soviet femme fatale who is loyal to the bloc yet has aided the Bazooka Joe almost as often as he has betrayed him.  She is also an excellent walker pilot (but only for Grand’Ma) and even has her own personal KV47 walker codenamed: Grand’Ma.  Grand’Ma is a combination of the Nadya and Natasha walkers having a weapon from each equipped on this rare vehicle.  Koshka is the first, and currently the only, hero to have the option of being selected for an army list in either a command or hero section that can also have a vehicle (Grand’Ma) as well. These two units for the price of one section sometimes makes Koshka and Grand’ma a hard bargain to pass, especially when it can be difficult for the SSU to field several vehicles already.

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Dreadball Team: Skittersneak Stealers (aka Veer-myn team)

This team of rat men, a species known as the Veer-myn (get it vermin), use their increased reflexes and speed to out scurry their opponents on the Dreadball Court (sorry, Mantic Games Dreadball is played on a court).  This is not to say they can hit hard when they need to.  Their Guards are just as strong and can hit just as hard as any human.  Unfortunately, despite the Veer-myn being great at reaching and setting up great opportunities to score points, they lack good depth perception and have horrible follow through.  Veer-myn coaches always cringe a little when their strikers go to pick up the ball or even score with it.

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Unit Inspection: Allies “The Boss” Ranger Command Squad

They are the solider squad choice to lead the Allies Combat Platoon (they are the only squad of soldiers that can lead a Combat Platoon).  Each man in the squad a specialist bringing highly valuable skills to the war effort. The squad is led by an officer who functions as the unit leader, a mechanic that can keep the platoon’s vehicle’s in working condition, a medic who can quickly patch up soldiers to get them back in the fight, a radioman to help issue order all across the battlefield and zero in the enemy for artillery strikes, and finally, a machine gunner to keep would be assassins at a distance preventing a loss of command and control on the battlefield.

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Unit Showdown: Axis Battle Grenadiers vs. Axis Laser Grenadiers vs. Axis Recon Grenadiers

By special request, this article will be about the three non-zombie, 5 man, non-Command Section, Solider 2 squads that the Axis bloc can field.  I will write a small bit on each unit of what their strengths and weaknesses are, as well as; what I think they are best used for.  Finally, I will give my thoughts on how each squad stacks up with each other. Continue reading

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Unit Inspection: Axis Jagdgrenadier

This heavy weapon team helps bridge the gap between soldier squad and light walker for the Axis block.  Being a solider unit it can more freely move across the battlefield and respond to threats around it.  Wearing the heavy Schwer armor this team is capable of direst engagement of armor if they can find good cover to utilize.  This makes the team like a light walker in terms of durability and firepower but with the mobility of an infantry squad.

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Unit Inspection: SSU MIL MI-45 Airborne Transport Helicopter

To make up for many of their light arms requiring closer ranges than either of the SSU’s opposing blocs, their leadership created the transport chopper.  Early models didn’t even feature weaponry.  However, the bravery of the soviet pilots the addition of machine guns to the nose of the rotor-craft to better aid its use and support of close air support the troops it drops.  Despite being a helicopter, a design inherently slower than most modern aircraft, the SSU has engineered around this problem by adding a rocket thruster to give the aircraft that added velocity to match the other blocs if needed.  All the while keeping a more nimble and maneuverable flying machine that can stop and hover in place.

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A review of Dreadball

At this point, I have only played a few games of Dreadball to include entering a tournament, but I would like to give my thoughts of the game as a whole. These opinions may change as I play more games of Dreadball and better understand its intricacies,  but for now, I want to help those who read Clash at Zverograd and enjoy Dust Warfare, to read my take on why I also enjoy Dreadball.  Just in case you are also looking into getting this game. Or maybe the premise sound neat to you, and you want to know more about it.

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