Category Archives: Hades

Zverograd Two Player Campaign

A couple of weeks back by regular Dust Warfare opponent was talking about how he would prefer our games to have meaning beyond one side completely its objective at the end of the game with no bearing on anything else in terms of the larger war raging in 1947 in the alternate-history that is Dust.  He also would have liked there to be some sort of experience gained for surviving troops after a battle.  I told him about the campaign in the Operation Hades book had those things but it required at least 6 players to get it working properly and even then I had heard from other players that the campaign had a bunch of rough edges to it.  Continuing the conversation we talked about what we would like in a Dust Warfare campaign.  Later on I wrote some rules/modifications to the Hades campaign.  Here are those rules.

Note: this campaign requires the Operation Hades Campaign Book to play.

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Unit Inspection: SSU Red Guards Command Squad “Red Command”

Culled from the most elite veterans of the Red Army as well as the most promising candidates the Red Command offers some of the best and brightest that the SSU have. In addition to their military prowess, they are also some of the most devoted to the bloc’s cause. Because of this, the Red Guard Command Squad also known as the Red Command can bring some most advanced and powerful war fighting equipment to battle.

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Unit Inspection: SSU “Red Storm” Red Guards Assualt Platoon

The Red Storm represent the best of the best of the SSU’s soldiers.  It is one of the most prestigious units within the Bloc and any troop even considered is an honor.  These soldiers are battle hardened veterans who, once selected, receive highly intensive training in nearly every light arm and personal explosive ever conceived by man.   As such, they are far more armed than most SSU infantry units.  Unfortunately, few Red Storm units see much battle as they used in propaganda films and photos are as rear area guards for highly important persons, intelligence, or material.

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Unit Inspection: Allies “Legio Patria Nostra” French Foreign Legion Kill Squad

Though the lands of France are still under the control of the Axis, its people and those loyal to the French way of life still fight for a free country once more.  The Legio Patria Nostra or “The Legion is our Home Country” still fight for the freedom of their peoples.  The French Foriegn Legion are regarded as some the strongest willed and toughest soldiers in the world.  The Legion is open to any person no matter their nationality or status.  Many critics state that the entire corp is made of nothing but thieves, cutthroats, and those will nothing left.  To some degree this is true as the Legion absolves all trespasses and crimes of its members giving them a clean slate and a chance for them and their family to become French Citizens.

The Legio Patria Nostra Kill Squad are as ruthless as they are tenacious and yet show esprit de corps well beyond even the most elite of many other nations troops despite its ranks being composed of men and women from hundreds of cultures and backgrounds.

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Unit Inspection: Axis Armored Transport

Constructed on the highly recognizable HPW IV frame of the Konigsluther and Sturmkonig, the Axis Armored Transport is the bloc’s attempt to match the Allies mobility and capability to rapidly place troops on the battlefield.  While the Transport Panzer Walker (TPW) looks nearly as impressive as the Heavy Panzer Walkers (HPW) it is based off, this vehicle isn’t nearly as well armored to save on both costs and production times.  The TPW has two current versions: one, the far more available but lesser Prinzluther and the superior equipped Sturmprinz.

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Unit Inpsection: SSU “Red Thunder” Red Guards Antitank Squad

The Red Thunder provide the SSU with much needed anti-armor infantry the bloc needed and was lagging behind.  Their engineers finally able to keep production costs of the PTRS-47 to levels capable of limited mass production making avaible to elite units such as the Red Thunder and Commissars.  The weapon is far from perfected as many of the Allies soldiers often refer to the weapon as the “Pretty Terrible Rocket System” due to its host of mechanical issues that interfere with operation requiring specialized training for field operation.  The Red Thunder are more than capable of overcoming these issues as each man in the squad is trained in the maintenance, repair, and operation of this powerful weapon.  They have earned their nickname from the thunderous peals of weapons.

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Unit Inspection: SSU KV-3 Heavy Walker “Matrioshka” and “Babushka”

 

The KV-3 Heavy Walker is largely reversed engineered from a captured Axis “Luther” walker so much so that even Soviet soldiers can have difficulty distinguishing between the two.  However, despite cosmetically appearing the same, this SSU walker is far tougher and armed with more powerful weapons than anything found on the Axis original design.

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Unit Inspection: SSU “Winter Child” Colonel Ivan Vasiliev

 

Known as, “The world’s first superhuman” he is the SSU’s preeminent scientist.  He helped create much of the SSU’s advanced weaponry including the bloc’s own super weapon: Tesla weaponry.  Like any good comic book origin story, Ivan Vasiliev’s superpowers come from a freak accident involving the rare wonder mineral VK and its even more precious isotope 916.  While running experiments on a new kind of battery to harness the power of this alien substance, disaster struck destroying Colonel Vasiliev’s lab.  In a radioactive explosion that should have also killed him, it instead irradiated him causing he himself to give off massive level’s of some new kind of radiation.  For weeks, Ivan was sequestered in his lab being far too dangerous to be near other humans.  He designed a suit of armor that would not only protect those around from his radiation but could also use the energy from his body as the sort battery he originally tried to design.

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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 IS-48 Super Heavy Tank

The SSU may not have the same technological advances of either the Allies or the Axis blocs, especially when manufacturing huge, heavy armored vehicles.  They have not perfected walkers to bear the required weight of such powerful weapons of war.  Instead, the red bloc continues to produce tried and true tracked vehicles such as the IS-48 Super Heavy Tank.  What it lacks in mobility, it makes up for in durability and firepower.

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