So a while ago Spartan Games collapsed under its own weight and the Dystopian Wars franchise was purchased by Warcradle Studios. The studio is owned by Wayland Games in the UK (an online retailer of games) and is known for producing the Wild West Exodus steampunk skirmish game. I’ve not played the game but it looks fun and has been slowly growing for several years.
Warcradle is now planning to release an updated version of the Dystopian Wars rules as a public beta in the next few months and I am looking forward to seeing what they produce. As much as I liked the game it was mostly my interest in the models that brought me into the game. The first version of the rules was a mess and while the second version improved the game in some dramatic fashions it was still a bit of a kludge.
No real word on what features will be in the new game but it has certainly got me to pull out my Prussians and French fleets to finish them off.
So its been a while since I posted anything new on the blog. Part of the reason for that has been that I have been painting a lot of miniatures as part of a 6mm/10mm sci-fi gaming project. The miniatures are all Dystopian Wars figures from various factions. There are British, Antartican, French, Belgian and others in the army. I just picked the vehicles and aircraft that I liked the most, and which fit a particular roll, and then painted them up.
These are going to be used for Horizon Wars as well as LaserStorm. I haven’t figured out which minis will be used for each game, and there are a lot more than I need for Horizon Wars, but I have a pretty good idea of what role each miniature will be used in.
I painted up the infantry here because Horizon Wars has some particular expectations about the roles infantry play and how they are deployed in the field. Primarily, transports aren’t considered a distinct part of an infantry unit so if you want mobile infantry that are in vehicles then they need to be modelled on the same base. Which makes it odd to have them deploy into buildings. Its easier to build infantry stands to fit into those expectations than it is to try to bend the rules to fit something like an Epic: Armageddon concept of infantry deployment.
The next step will be to paint up some of the Imperial Guard figures I have and then use them as an opposing force. The first step will be to paint up some figures to use in Horizon Wars which will mean a few Titans as well as a range of vehicles. I will have a few stands of infantry as well but I won’t have them in Chimeras just to keep things simple.
Adam is hosting another Dystopian Wars tournament at Imaginary Wars on March 22nd. So this means that I need to get a few figures finished in order to prepare. I have a few partially finished minis that I will paint up and then I need to determine what large vessel I will be taking. Given the Russian propensity for big guns it might be useful to reinforce that with the Dreadnought.
Still undecided and I may need to play a few 1000pt matches to determine what I am going to take.
I have a real problem with staying focused on a project long enough to see it to completion. I suspect that I am not unique in this but the last month has been exceptionally crazy for hopping from project to project. So I think that to tame the beast that is my unbridled enthusiasm, I will be setting monthly painting and gaming goals so I at least focus on one or two things a month in hopes of getting them done. Continue reading →
I got some new Dystopian Wars French figures in the mail this week and they are now all washed, assembled and based ready for a game.
Rick and I are going to have a 2000pt game this weekend and I an going to either expand my Prussians with a French allied contingent or try out a French/Belgian/Prussian force using the French as the core and the Belgians and Prussians as allies.
The Prussians are very focused on Boarding attacks and not so much on shooting so I thought that it might be interesting to create a French force with a lot of Heat Lances accompanied by a Prussian Armoured regiment to go out and board Rick’s KoB Land Ships and take them out.
I am still undecided so I will try to put a few different lists together and see which one appeals to me.
Rick and I got together today to try out the Armoured Clash rules from Spartan Games. The rules are an variant system for Dystopian Wars that allows players to do large land-based battles in a shorter amount of time while still using the models and flavour of the DW rules. Spartan provides them free of charge from their website. Continue reading →
It has been a slow time for gaming since the Dystopian Wars tournament so I have been building and painting some miniatures. Most of the assembly has been for my Prussian Armoured Clash force. I recently ordered the Prussian starter force for Armoured Clash as well as a series of figures to build a Belgian Armoured formation, a Prussian Zeppelin force and a Prussian-Scandinavian Assault force. Continue reading →