|Seize the Skies
Announcing the Upcoming Release of Operation Icarus for Dust Tactics
|Dust Tactics | Published 11 October 2012|
“Minos may control the land and sea,” said Daedalus, “but not the regions of the air. I will try that way.” So he set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus.
–Bullfinch’s Mythology, “Daedalus”
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Operation “Icarus” for Dust Tactics!
While the battle for Zverograd continues to rage, the Allies seek to gain a firmer foothold and strengthen their presence in the area by launching a daring series of raids upon Zverograd’s Axis-controlled airfield. A critical step in Allied efforts to control Zverograd – and one necessary to pave the way for vital Allied air support – Operation “Icarus” is the first thrust of a major assault.
The Allies possess the largest air fleet on the planet. In the skies, their power is currently unmatched, and they know they have to maintain this supremacy in order to achieve global victory. However, in Zverograd, SSU attack helicopters harass ground troops, and new Axis jets cruise the skies. Each bloc realizes the importance of seizing the skies, so as the Allies prepare for their raids against Zverograd’s airfield, they’re bringing their best soldiers, toughest walkers, and deadliest new aircraft.
Still, the airfield is a wide open space, and cover is limited. While Allied forces excel at close combat, their approach is destined to be deadly. Operation “Icarus” introduces new rules for minefields, the limited cover provided by the trees that line the airfield’s landing strips, and the quonset huts in which the Axis forces await the Allied assault. All these elements come together to create the dangerous new battleground that comes sharply into focus with the seven tense and ferocious scenarios of the Operation “Icarus” campaign.
Operation “Icarus” introduces new heroes for both the Axis and Allies.
Colonel Prince von Furstenwerth is the heir of an old Prussian family. For centuries, his ancestors have been soldiers. Today the “Panzerprinz” is one of the most famous armor commanders in the Axis army. His innovative walker tactics have become legendary, and for them, he has earned the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.
As the Allies press their attack, Axis soldiers rally around their Ace Pilot. Capable of getting his walkers to perform at levels of which most pilots can only dream, the Panzerprinz and those fighting alongside him will offer stern resistance.
In turn, the Allies will hope the stories surrounding their superhuman hero are true. They say that Sergeant Percy Washington can run faster than a horse, tear apart a Luther with his bare hands, and survive direct hits from enemy bullets. With his telekinetic strength, remarkable speed, and uncanny resistance to kinetic weapons, “Sgt. Victory” may provide the Allies just the edge they need to turn the tide of their battle for Zverograd.
At least, Allied commanders know they can count on Sgt. Victory to lend his full support. As he heads to Zverograd, this superhuman soldier seeks not only to rout the Axis, but to look for his missing brother.
Delve Deeper into a War-Torn Zverograd
The action of Operation “Icarus” doesn’t stop with the final battle of the final scenario, however, as the airfield is a vital staging ground for other battles.
Operation “Icarus” builds upon the development of the city of Zverograd begun in Operation “Hades.” Players will find loads of information about the city and its tactically vital locations. Key objectives are scattered throughout the city, each with its own special properties and tactical advantages, and many are linked to each other by Zverograd’s metro tunnels and sewer lines, creating unique combat situations both above and below ground.
Like Operation “Hades,” Operation “Icarus” encourages players to create their own scenarios in the war-torn city of Zverograd, and it offers numerous Gaming Notes to help spur your imagination.
Dust Tactics Premium Edition
As with all our Dust Tactics products, players will have the opportunity to pick up Operation “Icarus” in either the unpainted Dust Tactics version or the masterfully pre-painted Dust Tactics Premium Edition version.
The Premium version of Operation “Icarus” brings you Panzerprinz and Sgt. Victory both professionally painted according to the art direction of Vincent Fontaine, the head of Dust Studio. From the highlights that call out the expressions on their faces to the polish of their boots, each of these Premium heroes is a stunning and stylish addition to any army.
Pre-painted Premium versions of Panzerprinz (left) and Sgt. Victory (right)
When There’s No Other Road
The SSU and Axis forces have closed off the other points of entry to Zverograd. Now, as the world’s greatest militaries battle for control of the crumbling city and the skies above it, the Allies risk everything to establish a greater foothold and a base of operations for their future air strikes.
It’s an all-out offensive fought in the open, and there’s no time to spare. Get ready for fast and furious combats as the Allies seek to seize Zverograd’s airfield in Operation “Icarus.”
The sixth campaign expansion for Dust Tactics, Operation “Icarus” is scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2013.
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.