Dystopian Wars: Fleet Action

From the Spartan Games Site:

 

A Prussian empire strike force is heading for Iceland, its mission a simple one: at all costs discover what the Covenant of Antarctica is up to on the frozen wastelands of this small island. This exciting boxed is the first to feature the new Dystopian Wars: Fleet Action fast play rules and the box contents include an array of CoA and Prussian naval models, scenery, rules, dice and tokens.

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From the newsletter:

 

The Fleet Action rules are quicker to play than the core rules, but use the same highly detailed models that Dystopian Wars is renowned for.  Order the new rules for a fast play game with your existing models but also make sure you take a look at The Battle For Iceland, a new two player box set using two of the most popular nations in the product line – the Prussian Empire and Covenant of Antarctica.
The Battle for Iceland 2 player box set contains
  • Fleet Action Fast Play Rulebook

  • Statistics & Template Sheets

  • Acrylic Tokens

  • Dice

  • 11 Prussian Empire Models

  • 10 Covenant of Antarctica Models

  • Highly Detailed Scenery

 

Firestorm Taskforce…

Spartan has announced the arrival of a fast playing rules set that compliments Firestorm Armada. This new rules set is being launched with three starter sets, each containing two fleets, but each is also available individually as a Reinforcement Set (see below).

Spartan released a primer on what we can expect from Taskforce, and I for one am excited by the idea of a quick playing ‘skirmish’ style space battles game that uses the same models as Firestorm Armada, as when I have the time I’ll also be able to jump in and enjoy the full flavour and strategies afforded by the excellent Firestorm Armada.

The ships are absolutely gorgeous, and very modular in design, even going so far as to include holes specially made for 2mm magnets for those who want to magnetise their fleet for the fullest level of customisation.

Taskforce looks a phenomenal new addition to the Firestorm stable of games, with the ability (hopefully) to link to Planetfall, to be expanded to the fuller experience of Firestorm Armada, and generally as a quick throw down for those short on time, I for one, cannot wait!

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Preorders made prior to January 25th will also get the objective set pictured above.

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You can see from the above photo just how customisable the new cruisers are, with a chassis, body and various drop ons – all with holes for 2mm magnets. Just wonderful design both aesthetically and functionally.

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Each nation is also available as a reinforcement set like this Dindrenzi one – great for players of Firestorm who have established fleets and aren’t interested in playing the new Taskforce game.

Giant Stompy Robots Strike Back

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We have previously seen the giant stompy robots released for the Prussians, Empire of the Blazing Sun and the Covenant of Antarctica (Peter even did an unboxing).

Now we see what Spartan have been working on – the giant stompy robots for the FSA and KoB! Boy – has it been worth the wait! These sculpts look fantastic!

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Ok – so the FSA one is a skimmer, and has the potential to carry a gigantic rocket powered hammer. This sculpt is pretty darn spectacular.

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Wow, ok, so this is Howl’s Moving Castle in a world where Howl loves nothing more than gigantic howitzers. This is a strange beast of a machine, but probably my favourite so far!

I absolutely cannot wait to see what the French and Russians have in their arsenals.

The First Dystopian Legions Painting Competition

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Helllo everyone,

First off I want to introduce myself, my name is Lorenzo Salden, also known as Projectmanhatten5 on the Spartan Games Community and today I’m proud to announce the first Dystopian Legions painting competition! Together with Spartan Games and Giles, we have set up this competition and we are looking forward to a lot of painted forces from you guys. The competition already started and you are now allowed to send in pictures from your Dystopian Legions force. Pictures can be send to me via my mail (lorenzosalden@gmail.com) or via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lorenzo.salden) with the subject: Dystopian Legions Painting Competition. You can send in pictures until 1 December 2015.

After that the pictures will be uploaded and people can vote on the force they like the most. The voting will end on 31 December 2015 and the winner will be announced before the 10th of January and the prize will be send to the winner that same day. The prize is a 15 pound gift certificate for the Spartan Games Online store with an expiration date of 31 January 2016. The start of the voting will be announced on the Community and on the Element270 Facebook page.

The rule summary:
*Your painted force must at least contain 1 painted officer and 1 painted Line Section, you are allowed to add more sections to a maximum of 1 full platoon diagram (diagram can be found here: http://www.spartanga…oon-Diagram.pdf),Judging will be done on the quality of the painted miniatures, not the quantity of the miniatures.
*Pictures can be send to me until 1 December with a maximum of 5 pictures per person.
*You don’t have to start painting a new force, if you already have a painted force you can use them.
*There is no max size for the pictures but keep it normal (I don’t want poster size pictures :P)
*You force can posse in a background, scenery etc, but keep in mind that the voting is about the painting quality not the diorama you make with it.
*Composite pictures are allowed but with the following notification: you can send in 1-2 picture that is composite of your full force with some close ups, I allow it but don’t send in 5 pictures with 5 close ups each because that gives you more pictures in total and it won’t make it much easier for the voting.

If there are any questions about the competition don’t hesitate to ask them via a mail, Facebook, PM on the Community, post on the Community or as a reaction down below. The link to the community post is here for people who wane view that. Have fun painting everyone and I’m looking forward to see all your amazing forces.

Kind Regards,
Lorenzo

Announced in October – Halo and Planetfall Goodies…

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This month new releases have been announced for Halo – the long awaited giant ships!

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These ships look exactly what it says on the tin – massive. The rules for how such massive ships function are already built into the rules book – and they should be a lot of fun!

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In Planetfall news we have a Ground Command Helix for each of the 6 core nations, and these comes with some beastly models! Have a close look for infantry manning guns left and right – I’m not sure life expectancy would be high among those crew!

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Stomping, Romping Robots…

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We saw, a couple of weeks ago, the announcement and renders for three new giant stompy robots, one each so far for the Covenant, the Prussians, and the Empire of the Blazing Sun.

The stats for each of these are now available for download from the Spartan Games website. Hit the downloads page and you’ll find them there!

I’ve only had a brief look, but they are imposing both as models and on the table, I can’t wait to get them into action!

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New Planetfall and Firestorm models…

In the latest Spartan releases there are a bunch of Ground Attack Helices for Planetfall, and some boxes that flesh out the Terquai and the Xelocians…

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The push to extend the range of fully playable races in Firestorm continues apace. The extension of the range of Helices available to Planetfall players is similarly deepened, I can’t wait to see their stats!

Shepparton Miniature Gamers Dystopian Wars Tournament

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On the weekend of October 10th and 11th my local club, the Shepparton Miniature Gamers, will be running a Dystopian Wars Tournament. It should be a great event, with a fantastic prize pool sponsored by Spartan Games.

If you’re a Dystopian Wars gamer in Australia, and can manage the trip along, it is going to be a wonderful event!

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590486624546024/

Robot Dreadnoughts for Dystopian Wars!

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Things have been all quite on the Dystopian Wars front for a little while, with the most recent releases being two excellent boxed sets for the mighty Danish, and the Bombardment boxes. It is now apparent as to why… the factories of the Dystopian Earth have been bending their powerful industrial capabilities into new giant machines of war… and the core Nations look to be getting a new Dreadnought each, but this time a giant robot!

One of the things I love most about these new models, is the detailed bases that they will come with – they look absolutely stunning!

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From the Spartan Games Website:

The origins of the Ayakashi Dreadnought Battle Robot are shrouded in secrecy. Created in the hidden forges of the Yani using their own mix of alchemy and technology, the plans for these massive battle engines were originally presented to the Empress at the end of 1871. The supreme ruler of the Empire of the Blazing Sun immediately decreed that these mighty symbols of her people’s military tradition should be rushed into production.

The Ayakashi is armed with a massive galvanised steel Naginata Pole-Arm, honed to a razor edge and more than capable of carving through vessels, fortifications and armoured vehicles with ease. The crews of the Ayakashi Robots are free spirited and meticulously drilled, frequently taking the capability of their vehicles to their maximum tolerance in an effort to develop a series of fighting styles that mirror the ancient warriors of old. These fighting styles give the Ayakashi an un-natural grace on the battlefield, belying its considerable bulk enabling it to unleash attacks that mirror a human Samurai in almost all respects.

When enemies exist beyond the range of the melee-fighting styles of the Ayakashi and its Naginata, the crews rely on more conventional weaponry, engulfing the enemy in dual heavy flamethrowers mounted in the face mask and firing a pair of Rocket Batteries, one mounted in the back pack of the robot, the other more powerful battery mounted in a powered rocket fist!

The Ayakashi Dreadnought Battle Robot instils pride and fear in equal measure: pride in the forces of the Empress who view its creation as their ultimate technological achievement in the field of military research, and fear in the enemies of the Blazing Sun, who view the striding behemoth as an un-killable machine, made all the more terrifying by its human countenance.

  • 1 resin and pewter multi-part, highly detailed Ayakashi Battle Robot

  • Multiple components allow for either a land or sea-based model to be assembled

  • Whichever option you choose, each comes with a stunningly detailed diorama base

  • The ground model stands 145mm (base to top of banner)

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From the Spartan Games Website:

Who knows what goes on in the minds of the Covenant engineer-cadres. Clearly the creation of the Coeus Robot takes its inspiration from nature, but it requires a mind unfettered by constraint to envisage a creature-robot-creation of such epic proportions!

Capable of performing on Land and on Sea, the Coeus mounts a powerful Particle Accelerator that is tied into the robots combat methodology. The flexible plates that make up its outer carapace make the creature-robot highly adaptive to its environment, allowing it to twist and grapple with its opponents, ready to bite down with its powerful mandible jaws prior to ejecting its particle weapon deep into the workings of its prey.

When forced to remain on the surface, the Coeus opens up its back blisters to reveal the multiple rocket batteries that are housed within. These missiles use a form of lock-on technology allowing the ‘Dread-Robot’ to essentially ‘fire and forget’ while it rushes to close with its intended prey.

Current information from spies within the Covenant had the mighty Coeus Dreadnought Battle Robot being primarily tasked with the defence of the settlements surrounding the Covenant home base on Antarctica, however in recent months there have been documented sightings in northern Africa, Australasia, and even eastern Europe, leading many military planners to suggest that the forces of the Covenant have been slowly stockpiling their ‘Dread Robots’ ready to unleash them on their enemies in a stunning lightning attack – this belief has led to a strengthening of subterranean and surface defences around the major power centres of the core nations, each concerned that it will be they who suffer the wrath of a concerted, nigh-unstoppable Coeus assault.

  • 1 resin and pewter multi-part, highly detailed Coeus Battle Robot

  • Multiple components allow for either a land or sea-based model to be assembled

  • Whichever option you choose, each comes with a stunningly detailed diorama base

  • The ground model stands 90mm (base to top of antennae)

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From the Spartan Games Website:

The Scandinavian Teutonic Order is infamous around the world for its Battle Robots, and are generally accepted as the leaders in the development and research of these creations. But up until now the small territory has never really had the production capacity to take their creations to the next level. Following the Full Cooperation Pact signed between the Prussian Empire and the Teutonic Order in late 1871, their dreams of conquest finally seem to be within their grasp! The Hochmeister Dreadnought Battle Robot marks the pinnacle of the new alliance, marrying the industrial capability of the Prussian Empire with the ingenious engineers and inventors of the Teutonic Orders to create a true monster in the field of Battle Robot development.

Armed with a pair of wrist mounted Speerschleuders and a pair of shoulder-braced primary gun turrets, the Hochmeister has a fearsome array of firepower at its disposal. In certain cases Hochmeisters can also be adapted to have external Calcification Generators with a vastly increased range and even Guardian Generators (which up until now had been a solely Teutonic creation). It is even possible for the Hochmsieter to replace its primary turrets with a pair of Speerscheluders, however to do so affects its ability to activate its internal Tesla Generator due to a loss in power.

With the strong Prussian influence in both manufacture and testing of these ‘Dread-Robots’, the battle robot crews have begun to investigate various fighting techniques that have become possible with the improved design. The Hochmeister’s increased mobility and speed over the previous Saint Michael and Metzger allows a rigid set of fighting styles taken from the medieval Germanic Sword Fighting Schools.

Using the manuals of Liechtenauer, a famous 14th century Sword Master, as a basis for the development of their fighting techniques, the crews can now execute punishing attacks using sword and maces, delivering powerful killing blows to their enemies using techniques such as Zornhau and Scheitelhau with devastating effect.

It will not be long before the Hochmeister causes the enemies of the Teutonic Order and Prussian Empire to shudder as its thunderous tread rocks them to their core.

  • 1 resin and pewter multi-part, highly detailed Hochmeister Battle Robot

  • Multiple components allow for either a land or sea-based model to be assembled

  • Whichever option you choose, each comes with a stunningly detailed diorama base

  • The ground model stands 110mm (base to top of helmet)

Latest Releases

Spartan Games have sent out their latest newsletter, with a collection of releases for Halo, Planetfall and Dystopian Wars.

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The releases for Halo we previously mentioned here, and look like a nice way to pad out your fleet – of course, the Commander and Dice packs are also really handy!

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The Planetfall Aerial Helicies Reese managed to find some photos of are being released, and look really nice! I am loving the look of the Planetfall models – I absolutely cannot wait to get hold of my Aquan fliers and strafe some Relthoza scum! 😉

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Great also to see a release for Dystopian Wars, with the Kingdom of Denmark getting two boxes – and they look like really solid additions to the game, and will certainly make the Danish even more formiddable on the water! I love the Danish carrier with the extendable arms loaded with torpedo boats!