Category Archives: Miniature Wargaming

Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Hero Red Yana

When I first started playing Dust with Dust Warfare, Red Yana was like the sister to Koshka.  She was a walker pilot that didn’t have the Grand’Ma Only restriction, and she was armed with a better weapon.  The big differences between Red Yana was she couldn’t lead a Platoon and cost a few more points.

Now in Dust Battlefield, Red Yana still doesn’t lead platoons (Babylon not withstanding), but she don’t drive vehicles anymore either.  She has become a sort of Soviet super Sergeant leading her squad to victory with acts of daring beyond most infantry.  Maybe she took a correspondence course.

This article will review the SSU Hero Red Yana going over her abilities, some tactics you can use with her, and my over all (super biased) opinion on her as unit compared to the rest of Dust Battlefield.

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Dust Battlefield Battle Summary: 150 Points SSU vs. Axis

This won’t be nearly as detailed as my other battle reports.  It will be more a summary of the game.  Today I played another new-ish player to our gaming group who fielded an Axis Force while I went with a SSU one.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Axis Heavy Recon Grenadiers (a.k.a. The Panzers)

The Axis was in need of power armor after several conflicts against the Allies were decided upon by their, at the time, new personal battle suits worn by such squads as the Grim Reapers and Tank Busters.  Axis commanders demanded research on similar suits that would turn their men into walking tanks.  Schwer armor was the creation of these demands.  The Axis armor proved to be far heavier and less mobile than the flight capable XM-22 armor of the Allies.  However, Schwer armor also boasted far more protective capability of the wearer which Axis generals more than happy to equip their rapidly dwindling supple of fighting men.

This article with review the stats and weapons of the Heavy Recon Grenadiers now known as the Panzers in Dust Battlefield.  It will also cover the Axis Heavy Grenadier Platoon which the Heavy Recon Grenadiers can be part of.  Additionally, I will review the Axis hero that may join this squad.  I will also cover the roles and some tactics I think the Heavy Recon Grenadiers can best be used for.  Finally, I want to give my general thoughts and opinions about this particular squad as they compared to both Axis and other bloc’s units.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment:Allies BBQ Squad and Hell Boys

I’m sort of breaking my own unit assessment rules talking about two units that don’t come in the same box or are pretty much exactly the same across the blocs.  However, the differences between the Allied Ranger Assault Squad a.k.a BBQ Squad and the Allied Ranger Attack Squad a.k.a. Hell Boys are extremely close in role and weapon construction that it would be hard to talk about one without comparing it to the other.  In this article I will go over the stats, skills, and weapons for each squad detailing what makes each unit different from the other.  I will also spend some time talking about the Allied Ranger Platoon that these units can support and benefit from.  I also want to cover all the Allies heroes that can join either the BBQ Squad or the Hell Boys.  Finally, I will end the article with my opinions about each unit.

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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: 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 Unit Assessment: Allies Medium Combat Walkers “Hotdog”, “Mickey”, “Pounder”, and “Steel Rain”

The M3 series of walker (funny, I remember them as M2)  are suppose to the the main stay of the Allies armor.  They are fast, reasonably armored at Vehicle 4 (V4), and armed with a variety of weapons and more machine guns that walkers of similar class.  In this article I will review 4 of the version of this walker and discuss my thoughts on each.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Axis Sturmpioniere

The Wehrmacht Assault Engineer Squad or Sturmpioniere were for the longest time the Axis’s only Flamethrower infantry unit.  Unlike like their Allies (BBQ Squad) and SSU (Fakyeli) counterparts, they are not equipped with shotguns.  They are of equal point cost however.  In this article I will going over the skills, weapons, and other topics on this infantry squad.

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Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: Allies Fireball/Punisher

The Allies Heavy Assault Walkers, the Fireball and Punisher, are some of the most frightening units in Dust Battlefield.  The are the heaviest of armor at Vehicle 7 (V7) and boast some most Damage Capacity that any unit has.  While on the pricey side at a little more than a 1/4 of a 100 point army list (or 1/6 for my group playing at 150) they are something to ignore by either player.  In this article I will review both of the earliest version of this walker.  I will also make some comparisons to the Devastator and give my thoughts how all these behemoths stack up.

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