|Dust Tactics | Published 30 November 2011|
The battle was all but over. We broke the Axis line and had them on the retreat. Then those walkers showed up and blew everything to junk. Without our own walkers, our guns were no match for that armor. Heck, most of my men were so shocked, they found the nearest cover and refused to move forward another inch! Its a shame, really, we were this close to pushing them all the way back to their landing ships.
–from the personal journal of Allied Captain Russell Malone
Operation “Cerberus” introduces several new elements to Dust Tactics, but one of the most exciting developments is its new rules for heavy walkers. Several weeks ago, we looked at the Allied Heavy Assault Walker; now let’s look at their Axis counterparts: the Heavy Panzer Walker. The Axis Panzer Walker has two configurations, the Königs-luther and the Sturm-könig, both featuring massive guns that can pound enemies anywhere on the battlefield.
The big guns
As we’ve seen, the Allies are stepping things up with their Heavy Assault Walker builds, Punisher and Fireball. In response, the Axis introduces two walkers that feature unparalleled firepower, the Axis speciality.
The Königs-luther is a mechanical beast. The twin 17.3 cm FpK zweis absolutely demolish enemy walkers. Any vehicle that strays into the Königs-luther’s line of sight soon becomes a smoking pile of debris. Even versus infantry, this walker produces a reasonable amount of firepower, although not nearly as much as its sibling, the Sturmkönig.
Additionally, the Königs-luther’s defensive capabilities are bar-none. With 10 health points and armor 7, the highest armor class in the game, this thing takes a beating like nothing else. While a good commander always attempts to protect his assets, this walker shrugs off serious amounts of damage.
A walker for every situation
If you want a walker with tactical flexibility, look no further than the Sturm-könig. This walker adeptly deals with any situation. It can cut swathes through even the heaviest infantry, it pumps out respectable firepower against other walkers, and it can engage flyers. This walker takes all comers, and that makes the Sturm-könig indispensable to Axis commanders.
The Sturm-könig is more susceptible than its counterpart. Although armor 6 and health 8 is nothing to sneeze at, it can’t quite take as much punishment as its brethren. To counter this shortcoming, it has the special Advanced Fire Rule, which makes this walker perfect for covering bottle-necks or other high traffic areas.
The Allies will be rushing the battle lines in hopes of dealing massive damage at close range. Prepare for their advance with superior fire power, and blow the enemy apart before they can make it to your lines.
The Axis Heavy Panzer Walkers will be lumbering into your Dust Tactics games later this quarter, along with Operation “Cerberus,” which introduces the rules for heavy walkers. Pre-order these items today at your favorite retailer!
Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.
looks like an AT-AT
One thing about living in England is the fact that we just have to get on and paint something else. We just know we are the Isle of the lost and wait, so I`ll drink a Christmas toast to all Dust players everywhere. Enjoy your new machines. I`ll patiently wait to Easter Bunny time, They will have hopped over the pond by then. If not, as Eileen says, " it 's your birthday August." Cheers all. Merry Christmas.
Good, more toys for Warfare.
Where is it, by the way? Fourth Quarter is slipping by fast with no announcement either way.
@Devain - that is why I hold on to the old saying that "Ignorance is bliss." I'm happy with all the new stuff!
It's sort of bugging me that they didn't bother to have someone who knows the German language check the names for the Dust Tactics line. It loses some of the polish because of it.
later this quarter? spring break? If these arent out by christmas i will be seriously peeved.
Later this quarter sounds like way before spring break. I am still hoping for "before Christmas" and feel somewhat confident from this advertisement that they will be here.
I pre-odered this and the Allied heavy walker in September...so will these guys be available by Christmas?
I would love to have them so I can involve them in a game during my Christmas holiday vacation.
Kinda looks like I will have to wait until spring break, though.