Sunday, 1 July 2012

Dust Warfare

My local gaming group is hooking up Dust Warfare a game created by Fantasy Flight Games with the fantastic storyline and artwork by Paolo Parente.

One thing strikes me as the coolest thing in a miniature gaming game....Alternate WW2 Walkers!
Yeah! I have a fetish for WW2 walkers...

Well the gist of the storyline is as per below introduction by the Dust official website

The story so far
The year is 1947. The war that started eight years ago with Germany invading Poland isn’t over. The conflict has long spread worldwide. Other than the three great blocs, there are but a handful of countries left hanging on to relative neutrality.
As the conflict grew longer, old alliances were broken while new ones were formed. 
Nowadays, the leading powers of the past are assembled into three huge states:
- The Allies have gathered around the U.S.A. This great coalition of nations includes, among others, the British Commonwealth and the French colonial empire.
- To secure their survival against their powerful enemies, Germany, Japan, and Italy have merged as the Axis. The rise of this totalitarian state was helped by the successful assassination of the F├╝hrer in 1943 following operation Walkyrie.
- The USSR and communist China have united their fates to build the SSU, or Sino-Soviet Union. Becoming a planetary power, the communist bloc intends to impose its way of life on all other continents.

Throughout the world, the three blocs are fighting to gain exclusive control over a revolutionary ore: Vk. This ore has revealed extraordinary properties and brought forth the design of gigantic combat robots, capable of challenging the world’s most advanced tanks.

The discovery and first military applications of Vk came from Germany. Everything concerning this ore is shrouded in mystery. Rumors have been going around saying its secrets were revealed by aliens from another planet… But who could take such rumors seriously after years of war propaganda?

Cool so far? I dig into alternative WW2 environment ever since I saw a MA.K Maschinen Krieger model.

Ok it wasn't a pure Alternate WW2 but most of the fluff taken to build the models had a very Alternate WW2 style of names and models. The models were drawn and created by artist Kow Yokoyama with Kunitaka Imai and Hiroshi Ichimura.

My Love at First Sight of Alternate WW2...

Anyway back to Dust Warfare, it started with Fantasy Flight Games creating a boardgame called Dust Tactics which based on the graphic novel Dust by Paolo Parente.

Dust Comics #1

Fast forward through its development, Fantasy Flight Games hired the great Warhammer 40K games developer, Andy Chambers to write up the rules which can cross over from the boardgame rules to wargaming rules. And Lo and Behold! Dust Warfare was born!

Successful crossover Sir?

I will need to write more on the rulebook in separate posts but it's scratching the surface since Dust Tactics running parallel and having new models being introduced.

As it is now a new faction, SSU (Sino Soviet Union) aka All the Commies Unite is introduced in Dust Tactics but Dust Warfare (it was rolled out in May 2012) is still currently showcasing the two basic factions, Axis and Allies.

The Traditional Matchup: Axis VS Allies

More to come I hope and I will be choosing a faction soon to start my own little Alternate WW2 army!

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