Category Archives: Icarus

Unit Inspection: Axis Hero “Panzerprinz”

Wehrmacht Oberst Prinz Walter von Ferstenwerth is one of the most highly decorated tank commander serving the Axis bloc.  He and his family have  a long tradition of military service.  Oberst has become one of the von Ferstenwerth’s most brilliant military careers.  He eraned most of his fame serving in the Afrika Corps where even Rommel himself praised in his combat knowledge and giving him the nickname “Panzerprinz” or Tank Prince.  After the Nazis had been purged from the Axis, Panzerprinz was recalled from the Africa to the Eastern Front to use his supreme knowledge of armor tactics to thwart the Communist bloc.

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Showdown: Dust Warfare’s Super Weapons

In the setting of Dust, each of the three bloc’s (the Allies, the Axis, and the Sino-Soviet Union) all have a super weapon they have developed while studying the effects of the alien mineral known as VK.  The Allies ASOCOM scientists have used their knowledge of this material to develop Phaser technology which while inaccurate and unpredictable, allows their weapons to phase through armor as if it weren’t there at all.  The Axis, on the other hand, have engineered laser tech that fires a powerful beam of  burning light capable of heating metal so much that is can sometimes continue to burn and melt for even more damage.  Falling behind in the technology race is some respects, the SSU have recently developed Tesla weapons which harness the power of electricity which allows to focus on a spot can create a chain lightning effect as the electrical current arcs from one target to the next.  In article, I will go over each Bloc’s super weapon, the units that are equipped with it, and my thoughts about each.  Finally, I will make a comparison of these weapons to each other.

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Unit Inspection: SSU “Red Lightning” SSU Tesla Gun Team

This weapon represents the best in SSU miniaturization of the bloc’s signature super weapon, the Tesla Gun.  Unlike either the Allies and the Axis, the SSU has not yet perfected this technology to be small enough to be carried by normal soldiers.  It is rumored that Soviet scientists have managed an experiential Tesla Gun small enough to be carried by the Steel Guard in their hulking battle suits however.  Until then, the Red Lighting gun Team represents the most agile revision of technology.

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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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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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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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Platoon/Unit upgrades: SSU

I really like the way that Dust Warfare handles upgrades both at the platoon and unit level.  I like the idea of having them but also only allowing the one as to not add convoluted play to the game.  Unfortunately, I like the general concept behind platoon and unit upgrades not all upgrades are equal or even very useful.

I going to take some time to give my opinions on all of the current platoon and unit upgrades available to the Sino-Soviet Union.  I will access my value of each and give suggestions to get the most out of each one.

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