Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dust Battlefield 75 Point Allies vs. Axis Demo Battle Report

Once again we had a new player show up to our gaming group at Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacy, Washington, U.S.A.   However, unlike last week I was not the one that played the new player.  I wanted to both show off my newly painted terrain (which still needs a lot work) and practice on writing up battle reports for Dust Battlefield since I wasn’t super happy with last weeks.  In today’s game it was the Allies versus the Axis in a 75 point game with many units based out of the Starter Boxes.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Allies Heavy Command/Support Walker “Mobile HQ”, “Long Tom II”, and “Skysweeper”

The “heavy” command and support walkers are built on top of the largest and heaviest of the Allied designs.  Yet they are some of the Allies lightest classed walkers at Vehicle 3 (V3).  Each is highly varied in its purpose.  The Mobile HQ serves as a moving command center to more effectively issue orders and alert friendly units to possible air attacks.  The Long Tom II features one of the farthest reach artillery weapons in Dust Battlefield.  Finally, the Skysweeper threatens to down any aircraft foolish enough to get near.  This article with cover these units, and I will give my opinions about them.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Self Propelled Weapon Platform “Red Rain” and “Red Fury”

These units are supposed to epitomize the idea, “Quantity has a quality of its own.”  The first unit I will talk about is the mortar platform “Red Rain” and make comparisons to the other less than 10 point SSU artillery options avaible.  I will also cover the other tractor unit, the Red Fury, which I seem to often take in my army lists when playing SSU.  I will review each units stats as they are concerned in Dust Battlefield.  I will also give my opinions on these units.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Axis Hero Markus

Markus represents the most successful attempt in the Kampfaffe division of the Blutkreuz.  In fact, even his handlers don’t know exactly how successful they were in increasing the  gorilla’s intelligence.  How effect his Markus in Dust Battlefield?  This article will cover my opinions on the gorilla Axis hero Markus stats and role as well as the Axis Gorilla Platoon that he can lead.

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Dust Battlefield 100pt Demo Game Battle Report

I had the game to play a demo game with a new player today in Dust Battlefield.  He spoke with me last weekend about getting into Dust.  We managed it this weekend.  I provided both army lists with this input that he liked the gorillas.  Normally, I wouldn’t conduct a demo game at 100 points.  I prefer about 55 to 75 points usually built around the faction starter as it is the more common way to get into Dust these days.  However, because this new player stated they wanted Gorillas, I wanted to make sure to have a full Gorilla Platoon to give him all the options for them.  I also designed the list to be fairly straight froward in terms of special abilities and skills picking units that didn’t really have any.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Allies Hero Johnny One-Eye

John Coviello has a couple of nicknames including “Johnny One-Eye” and “Crazy Coviello.”   He is one of the many Soldier 2 heroes avaible to the Allies.  He has only recently been replaced as the most affordable Hero Officer the Allies have with Little Mack.  In this article I will review the stats, skills, and weapons of Johnny One-Eye.  Additionally, I will give some advice to strategy and tactics for this tough-as-nails ranger hero.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Hero Nikolai

Nikolai Starinov has the rare distinction of being both an officer in the 9th Guards Heavy Tank Division as well as Commissar.  These dual positions of military and political power sometimes give Nikolai more authority than a general.  This article with cover the stats of Nikolai, some ideas for his use, and my thoughts and opinion on this Sino-Soviet Union hero.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Axis Gorillas

The Axis Gorillas are one of Dust’s more polarizing units when it comes to what level of pulp sci-fi of the setting.  They seem to represent the most extreme element currently in the game.  For many player the addition of zombies were bad enough, but combat gorillas is a unit too far.  For me, Axis Gorillas is the line of weirdness I can tolerate.  I like their inclusion in the game as I believe it was pretty common in the 40’s and 50’s for comics have super-intelligent apes gracing their pages.  In this article, I will review the Axis Gorillas stats, role, and tactics.  I will also talk about how they stand up compared to the Axis’s other weird close combat monstrosities.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Allies Gunners and Bot Hunters

For me the Gunners are the proto-typical Allies unit for Dust.  I would like to think they are the most numerous unit the Allied Special Operations Command (ASOCOM) has.  I would also like to think that they are intended as the Jack-of-all-Trades unit for this bloc.  In many respects they in fact are.  It is unfortunate that I don’t value this unit very high.  Opposed to the Bot Hunters, a unit that sadly only existed as a upgrade in Dust Warfare, is one of the few Allied Soldier 2 (S2) units that I feel hasn’t been replaced by a Marine squad.  In this article I will go over the stats that make up these units and talk about their role and some tactics.  I will also make comparisons between them and other S2 Ranger and Marine choices as well as their equivalents found in other blocs.  Finally, I will give my opinions on the different heroes that can be added to these squads and how useful I think they are.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Red Thunder

The Sino-Soviet Union’s Red Guard Anti-Tank Squad also known as the Red Thunder are almost identical to the Soldier 2 (S2) anti-tank squads of the other blocs. This article with review the weapons and stats of this squad as well as my opinion on the unit itself and heroes that can join them.

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