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Preparing for a Dystopian Wars tournament

Adam is hosting another Dystopian Wars tournament at Imaginary Wars on March 22nd. So this means that I need to get a few figures finished in order to prepare. I have a few partially finished minis that I will paint up and then I need to determine what large vessel I will be taking. Given the Russian propensity for big guns it might be useful to reinforce that with the Dreadnought.

Still undecided and I may need to play a few 1000pt matches to determine what I am going to take.

The internet is my enemy

I am not known for my ability to stick to a project. I suspect that amongst my friends I am probably the butt of quite a few jokes.

When I was writing for TGN this was a particularly bad problem. Not only did I get news sent to me about new minis and games but I quite often talked to the developers and manufacturers. Only the fact that I had little free time stopped me from assembling an even more massive pile of figures and games than I did.

I thought that perhaps the lack of the constant bombardment of new products would help me focus more but that clearly isn’t the case. The internet still provides an abundance of news about new goodies and this has become even more the case since I started hanging out at the Lead Adventure forum again.

If you are not aware of if, LA is a forum that, at least initially, focuses on 1920’s Interwar gaming themes such as Pulp, Back of Beyond etc. It has, since its inception, expanded greatly from that and you can find posts about almost any gaming genre there. Uncle Mike and the folks from Strange Aeons are there, Agis and his WWII and sci-fi rules are discussed there and one can also find games like In Her Majesty’s Name discussed on the forum.

This is, of course, my latest infatuation.

Maybe I should just stay offline?

Getting some focus

I have a real problem with staying focused on a project long enough to see it to completion. I suspect that I am not unique in this but the last month has been exceptionally crazy for hopping from project to project. So I think that to tame the beast that is my unbridled enthusiasm, I will be setting monthly painting and gaming goals so I at least focus on one or two things a month in hopes of getting them done.
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Building a new Armoured Clash force

I got some new Dystopian Wars French figures in the mail this week and they are now all washed, assembled and based ready for a game.

Rick and I are going to have a 2000pt game this weekend and I an going to either expand my Prussians with a French allied contingent or try out a French/Belgian/Prussian force using the French as the core and the Belgians and Prussians as allies.

The Prussians are very focused on Boarding attacks and not so much on shooting so I thought that it might be interesting to create a French force with a lot of Heat Lances accompanied by a Prussian Armoured regiment to go out and board Rick’s KoB Land Ships and take them out.

I am still undecided so I will try to put a few different lists together and see which one appeals to me.

Armoured Clash

Rick and I got together today to try out the Armoured Clash rules from Spartan Games. The rules are an variant system for Dystopian Wars that allows players to do large land-based battles in a shorter amount of time while still using the models and flavour of the DW rules. Spartan provides them free of charge from their website.
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Painting and building

It has been a slow time for gaming since the Dystopian Wars tournament so I have been building and painting some miniatures. Most of the assembly has been for my Prussian Armoured Clash force. I recently ordered the Prussian starter force for Armoured Clash as well as a series of figures to build a Belgian Armoured formation, a Prussian Zeppelin force and a Prussian-Scandinavian Assault force.
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Dystopian Wars tournament results

Today was day for the Dystopian War tournament that Adam kindly arranged. The event started at 9am at Imaginary Wars which required the owner, Kyle, to open the shop a few hours early for us. There were ten players present bringing fleets for the Ottoman (1), CoA (2), Russians (2), EotBS (2), KoB (1) and FSA(1). I was happy to actually play against players and fleets that I didn’t have any experience with.
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A great day for goodies

Today was an incredible day for receiving goodies. I managed to pick up a complete set of Advanced Squad Leader Annuals. The early ones are, as one would expect, well read but the last three or in mint condition. What was even more exceptional was the price. Less than cover price for the entire set. Quite a good deal.
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Small-scale DW game

Rick and I met last night for a small, 500pt, game of Dystopian Wars. Rick brought his KoB figures and I brought out my Russians.

My force consisted of

  • Battleship
  • 2 x Cruisers
  • 2 x Destroyers
  • 2 x Medium Bombers
  • Dive Bomber wing
  • Fighter Wing

Rick had

  • Battleship with one escort
  • 2 squadrons of 2 Cruisers
  • 2 Frigates
  • 2 wings of Torpedo bombers

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Dystopian Wars Russians v. Prussians

I got some time this evening to head to Myth Games and play a game of Dystopian Wars against Stad and his Prussian fleet. I brought along one of the 850 (840 to be exact) pt lists that I am testing for the October 19th tournament.

I also just need more experience with the rules in general so any game, regardless of the force, is a good thing.
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