Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of three heavy-hitting new SSU units for Dust Tactics !

No other army has suffered as much as the SSU since the beginning of the war. The years following the Axis invasion of the Motherland have seen devastating losses in both men and equipment. Now, the SSU responds by unleashing the Red Guards Anti-Tank Squad , Red Guards Command Squad , and IS-5 Heavy Tank .

Red Guards Anti-Tank Squad

Anti-tank squads are an essential element of modern infantry formations, and the Red Guards Anti-Tank Squad are a core element of the famed Red Guards Infantry Regiments. These veteran soldiers have spent countless hours perfecting their use of heavy weapons and aren’t afraid to get up close and personal with the world’s biggest war machines. If they get into range, there’s nothing they can’t destroy.

These anti-tank specialists come equipped with two PTRS-47 bazookas, each capable of punching a hole through even the most heavily armored walkers. Deploy these soldiers to add some spine and versatility to any Dust Tactics SSU army!

Red Guards Command Squad

Long behind the Axis and Allies in VK technology and combat walkers, the SSU army of Dust Tactics has relied on the strength of its infantry to endure the war, and Soviet field officers have been no strangers to their nation’s suffering. Accordingly, though the Red Guards Command Squad offers SSU players all the standard Command Squad skills, allowing them to reactivate your other units, call in artillery strikes, and help coordinate your attacks, these stalwart veterans arrive at the battlefield better armed than their Axis and Allied counterparts.

These battle-tested soldiers have upgraded their weaponry to better combat any direct threat they might encounter. The Red Guards Command Squad carries UGLs and a PTRS-47 for the times when it’s best to lead by example. After all, these soldiers are more than just a group of tough officers and specialists: they are First Red Guards.

IS-5 Heavy Tank

With less access to VK-driven technologies, SSU engineers have had to invent other means to combat the powerful walkers deployed by their Axis and Allied foes. Their response? The IS-5 Heavy Tank comes equipped with serious SSU firepower in both of two Damage Resilient configurations.

IS-5 A “Mao Zedong”

Built to deal with serious threat of enemy aircraft, the Mao Zedong controls a battlefield at range with its Quad 85 mm AA Gun. These powerful guns are deadly to enemy aircraft and can be used effectively against ground targets as well.

IS-5 B “Vladimir Lenin”

Meanwhile, the SSU has long considered artillery the most important weapon on the modern battlefield. Since the beginning of the war, fielding these huge guns has proven a successful tactic for the Soviets, one which they see no reason to stop now. The second configuration of the IS-5, the Vladimir Lenin , is a powerful artillery platform, capable of reducing enemy targets to rubble with its massive 252 mm field mortar.

Pre-Painted Premium Miniatures Come Battle Ready

As soon as these Dust Tactics units are available at retailers near you, we’ll also have professionally pre-painted versions available on our webstore through our Dust Tactics Premium Edition line. Each Premium Edition miniature is painstakingly detailed according to the art scheme developed by Vincent Fontaine, master painter and Dust Studio’s Art Director. These Premium Edition miniatures are as close as you can get to the world of Dust Tactics without having to seek shelter from incoming mortars and laser fire!

Whether you wish to customize your own miniatures or field any army of battle-ready, pre-painted Premium Edition units, these upcoming expansions add serious firepower to any SSU army. Look for the Red Guards Anti-Tank Squad , Red Guards Command Squad , and IS-5 Heavy Tank to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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.

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