Category Archives: Aircraft

Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Chinese Volunteers, Infantry Transport Helicopter, and Air Ambulance

This article will cover three units that don’t have much in common in Dust Battlefield.  However, the Chinese Volunteers (aka Tiger Claws) and Infantry Transport Helicopter (Assaulter) come in the same box (which is a bit of a shame considering how Horde-ish  the Chinese Volunteers can be).  I also throw in the Air Ambulance as the troop transport chopper is fairly easy to modify into it.

In this article I will review the stats of these three units, some tactical ideas that they can be for, and give my opinions of how they stack up compared to the rest of the units in Dust Battlefield.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Allies P-48 Pelican “Stormstrike” and “Thunderstrike”

The Allies most advanced fighter aircraft the P-48 Pelican allows this bloc to maintain air superiority.  It is armed with the best air-to-air guns and as an Aircraft 2 (A2) is should be able to weather an attack from enemy flyers.  But how does it stack up otherwise?  In this article I will discuss some of the stats of this unit as well as my opinions to its usefulness.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Horten Fledermaus “Alder” and “Blitz”

These are the latest in the next generation design of German warplane.  The Horten engineered single seat jet VTOL fighters are equipped some of the high tech weapons in the Dust world.  These are units are Aircraft 2 (A2) like the earlier Fledermaus jets as well as the Allies own Pelican design.  In this article I will go over some of the features of these two jets and discuss my thoughts to their use.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Attack Helicopters “Blaster”, “Burner”, “Burster” and “Striker”

In this article I will be looking at all of the SSU Attack Helicopters. I will be looking at the four options which are different weapon loadouts or combinations of these weapons.  Overall aircraft in Dust Battlefield are extremely fast with higher Move and March Moves of ground based forces hobbled somewhat with their shorter range weapon systems.  They tend to hover around 20 points in cost.  This article will cover specifically SSU helicopters, but I also want to take some time on my opinions of aircraft in Dust Battlefield in general as well.

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Dust Battlefield Army List: Axis “The Scavengers” (125 pts)

 

This entry is a bit of a vanity post of my current favorite army list for Dust Battlefield.  However, I will also use it to go over some of my thinking behind my strategy.  The first this I need to say is my gaming group likes playing at 125 points which is pretty close to the same amount of units that you could get in Dust Warfare more or less.  I find the average falls somewhere around ten units.

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Dust Battlefield First Impressions

I played my first game of Dust Battlefield today (well as much as one can without really having the complete rulebook or unit cards).  This article will cover some of things I discovered about this game as well as my first thoughts about it.  I can summarize what I am going to write in more detail here:  There are a number of changes made to the units in the new Dust Tactics/Battlefield that I really like but the core game play mechanics leave me unimpressed.

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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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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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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: Building a Dust Warfare Army List

In war gaming in general and in Dust Warfare specifically, how you construct you army is a solo mini-game or puzzle unto itself especially with the platoon force organization.  Now that Dust Warfare has four campaign books (3 phyiscal, 1 pdf) in addition to the core rule book and there are more than a hundred units across the three blocs. Not only that, the game will only continue to add more units and possibly additional blocs. In this article, I will go over how I construct my armies for play in Dust Warfare.  I hope it will get you some insight on how to build your own.

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