Category Archives: Vehicle 7

Dust Battlefield Unit Assessment: SSU Super Heavy Tank “Lavrentiy Beria” and “Karl Marx”

Since the early days of the war, the Soviets have been known for their outstanding tank designs.  Following the same linage of the T-34 and more directly IS-2, the IS-48 is a monument to Soviet utilitarian engineering and design.  These tanks are still a match against the more advanced super heavy walkers of the Allies and Axis.

In this article I will review the stats and skills, roles and tactics, the platoon, and my thoughts and opinions on the Lavrentiy Beria as well as the Karl Marx.

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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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Unit Inspection: Axis Heavy Panzer Walker “Konigsluther” and “Sturmkonig”

An absolute marvel of Axis technology and a pinnacle of their mastery of the field of engineering and VK, the mighty Heavy Panzer Walker fills the forces opposing this bloc with pure terror from each earth trembling step of this behemoth machine.  The Konigsluther is the Axis’s largest anti-armor weapon to date with the single most powerful weapon is Dust Warfare.  The other version of the monster vehicle is the Sturmkonig.  An equally impressive anti-air force unto itself.

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Unit Inspection: Allies M6 Series Heavy Assault Walker

This is the largest, most heavily armor vehicle the Allies have in their inventory to date.  It is an absolute behemoth taking up more space on the battlefield than any other unit in Dust so far.  When one of these might vehicles takes a single step with one of its six legs the ground quivers.  When one is air dropped onto the battlefield, it is like an earthquake spreading terror in the hearts of the enemy.  The M6 Series Heavy Walkers are a triumph of Allies engineering and pragmatism of bigger is better.

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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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Unit Inpection: SSU IS-5 Heavy Tank

Left to Right: Vladimir Lenin, Lavarentiy Beria, and Mao Zedong

The IS-5 Heavy Tank is the latest iteration of the famed Soviet line of armor.  It design was to include a deeper mounting platform that the previous IS-3 tanks could provide for the newer SSU weaponry.  This resulted in a higher profile and boxy appearance to support the recoil of the larger, more powerful weapons the frame had custom designed for.  The IS-5 Heavy Tank has two basic models: the anti-aircraft IS-5A “Mao Zedong” and over-sized mortar platform of the IS-5B “Vladimir Lenin.”

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