Lost in the Clouds


As everyone knows, Dystopian Wars can be played across all three theatres of war (Land, Sea and Air) but most of the time we tend to only do Land and Air or Sea and Air – what about purely Air?

For a long time I’ve been wanting to play a pure Air battle – a grand melee amongst the clouds.  A place for those magnificent men in their flying machines to prove who is the best.

Setup for the game was easy – we rolled for terrain as normal and placed clouds instead of islands (we actually used the punch out islands from the Operation Shadow Hunter box upside down – showing their blank white sides only).  As far as rules for the clouds, there was a suggestion we use the rules presented by the Weather Manipulation Generator for Clouds and Storms.  Instead we just went with the simple – any line of sight that passes through a cloud is partially blocked, regardless of height level.  Other than that, there were no other line of sight issues to worry about.


Having only three height levels to use (Flying, Obscured and Stratospheric) made a couple of models unusable.  Models that laid Surface Mines became little more than AA batteries. SAS, while they could still AA targets in all three levels, were restricted to Fighters since Dive Bombers can only target Surface and Submerged levels and Torpedo Bombers were even more useless.

My opponent and I also took advantage of the Obscured and Stratospheric levels (Stratospheric for those models that could) and not one model dropped into the Flying height level all game – taking advantage of the 5+ and 6+ to hit rolls.  Probably the most difficult part about that was the amount of damage inflicted was well below what you would expect to see in a normal Dystopian Wars game – unless you get lucky like I did and roll 19 successes!

It was a great chance to try something different, but in the end it did remind me that Dystopian Wars is a game enjoyed in all three theatres of war.



Kingdom of Britannia Aerial Boxed Set


The Kingdom of Britannia is one of the original four core nations when Dystopian Wars was released.  I recently got my hands on the Aerial Boxed set – with the flying aircraft carrier, rotor craft and interceptors – all of which are beautiful models.

No aerial force is complete without Tiny Flyers – in the box you get 16 token plus three flight stands.

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The Small class is taken up by the Light Interceptors – they come in a squad of 2-5 and have Pack Tactics – meaning a full squad in RB1 will be rolling 24 Dice!


The next size class up is the Hawk Scout Rotors.  As well as being a Spotter model, they have an Internal (2) Shield generator and can deploy Surface Magnetic Mines.

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Finally the Massive Aerial model – the Illustrious Sky Fortress.  As well as 2 x 270 degree cannons, it also has an impressive 3 bomb bays with Carrier 6. It’s Elite crew makes sure any boarders are quickly dealt with.

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Probably the best thing about this box – you can also use the contents for a Royal Australian or Free Australia force – not to also forget the Indian Raj.

Lots of opportunities to destroy the enemies of the Grand Coalition!