Friday, January 9, 2015

Turning to DUST

I've always thought the DUST futuristic, alt-WW2 miniatures and vehicles were cool, but wasn't thrilled about playing on a grid. Then they released DUST Warfare that took the minis off the grid, but I read some non flattering reviews. So, fast forward to GEN-Con 2014. I picked up the latest and greatest version of the rules. It has both the grid based system and a revamped tabletop version.
I picked it up and found the rules fun and easy to play, especially for a large group like ours. Besides, armored, undead zombie Germans with fricking-lay-zers.
A month or so ago Fantasy Flight games was offering all the DUST merchandise for a whopping 75% off! I dropped $150 and got a load of them.
After the holiday break, I wanted something easy and finally got them out.

It took less than 10 minutes to explain the rules. Everything is on the cards. Instead of the dice designed for the rules, which have 3 different faces repeated twice, we used regular dice. Roll 5 or 6 to get a hit for the most part.
The scenario involved the Allies trying to break thru a Axis held village.
Buckets of dice, and buckets of fun. Favorite part involved a huge Allied tank (six legged walky thing) unloaded 23 hits on a not-quite-zombie unit hiding in the woods. They managed to save all but 2. We joked I need to make a piece of terrain that's just stumps to replace the woods.
All in all, a fun, simple, don't take it too serious game. Off to troll ebay for more....
Side note: I usually do not tolerate unpainted minis on the table except for play tests. But, I know I'll probably never paint these guys, and they have a plastic toy soldier quality (with way better detail) that was acceptable.


Lasgunpacker said...

Fun! I too looked over these when the sale was running (mostly for the terrain/kit bash elements) but was denied funding by the family accountant.

How do the figures scale against other 28/32mm figures? They have always seemed largish in pictures.

BaronVonJ said...

They have more realistic proportions, and I think they're more on the heroic 28mm scale.

Unknown said...

They are not 28 mm they are 1/48

BaronVonJ said...

Just measured. About 30mm at eye.

Lasgunpacker said...

30mm to the eye should put them in the range of current GW figures.