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I have always been one to flit between projects.  This blog is proof of that I guess.  So I have decided to try to change one thing this year. Call it a new years resolution if you will.  I have decided to only play Dust with painted models from now on…

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This blog has documented that I have quite a large mountain of plastic that is Dust related…   It also shows that I have painted some of these figures but the ratio of unpainted to painted remains quite embarrassing really.  I plan to set this right…

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To start the ball rolling I have worked tirelessly (well, I’ve spent the odd evening at it), to produce a force that equals the 125 points needed for a full game of Dust Battlefield (the table top version of Dust Tactics).  This went fairly well as I already had all the Zombies and Apes done as well as a unit of Laser Grenadiers.  To finish this little force off, I painted up a couple of walkers and a unit of heavy infantry. A hero to act as an officer completed the force and I was set.

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My Ludwig medium walker lends its heavy guns to the force fulfilling a long ranged antitank role.

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The Panzers, with their officer Lara, are a heavy infantry unit armed with their very effective twin MGs. Each man (or woman) rolling a good sized handful of dice against infantry of all classes and laying down some serious suppressive fire.

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Little Hans is a light scout walker, and likely to become my favourite unit, even with his very short ranged capabilities. If he does get into range he can do some serious damage. The grenade style weapons he carries can take out both infantry and other walkers with ease.

So far the force is a bit uneven (make that VERY uneven) with over half the force only capable of attacking in close combat (the Zombies and Apes). The majority of the remaining units also have a very short range.  This is something I will need to rectify before the next game I play.

That is the plan though…  As I want to play a new unit I HAVE to paint it first.  It’s worked so far so. If I switch out 1-2 units each game to try new units I will get a new force and learn some new rules and tactics.  It also makes the painting more achievable (unlike staring at the plastic mountain and aiming to paint it all).

I have yet to have enough units of any one type to allow me to play with the platoon rules so that may be my next step.  So, what to play/paint next..?

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