Posts Tagged ‘Dystopian Wars’

More Dystopia

Posted on July 11th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

More shenanigans at sea, as the Steampunk navy’s raise steam again. All figures are again from Spartan Games, who produce nice models for Dystopian Wars even if the club are not over keen on using their rules.

Matt’s DTS variant rules have been streamlined a bit since last time, no more rolls for reloading the big guns, just a negative to hit to compensate instead.

Blazing Sun vs the Federated States again. In terms of the fleets the Federates have been up gunned a bit.


Three players per side. The Blazers were a bit disorganised as they advanced on the enemy. While the smaller ships sought shelter behind an island so did the Battleships blocking their own field of fire and allowing the Corvettes of the Federates to close up with them.

The game bogged down a bit as the rapid firing guns of the numerous Federate corvettes lead to a long stream of repetitive dice rolls, with each hit only doing light damage to the Battleships. Matt’s now talking of tweaking the rules to make linked firing easier.

Getting into torpedo range was difficult, and some early launches were attempted to try and marshal the enemy together. One of the cruisers, already badly damage being used as cover for the other two. These pictures are from the end of the game, prior to the final round of firing that never occurred.

More players now have fleets in being as Dave M has some French and Mark has both British and Prussians after obtaining then second hand off eBay; New paint jobs will ensue. I’m continuing the painting if my East Indian Co. fleet and hopefully will get them finished sometime in next couple of weeks.

Then will come the task of developing some DTS ship sheets for each type.

More Dystopia

Posted on July 11th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

More shenanigans at sea, as the Steampunk navy’s raise steam again. All figures are again from Spartan Games, who produce nice models for Dystopian Wars even if the club are not over keen on using their rules.

Matt’s DTS variant rules have been streamlined a bit since last time, no more rolls for reloading the big guns, just a negative to hit to compensate instead.

Blazing Sun vs the Federated States again. In terms of the fleets the Federates have been up gunned a bit.


Three players per side. The Blazers were a bit disorganised as they advanced on the enemy. While the smaller ships sought shelter behind an island so did the Battleships blocking their own field of fire and allowing the Corvettes of the Federates to close up with them.

The game bogged down a bit as the rapid firing guns of the numerous Federate corvettes lead to a long stream of repetitive dice rolls, with each hit only doing light damage to the Battleships. Matt’s now talking of tweaking the rules to make linked firing easier.

Getting into torpedo range was difficult, and some early launches were attempted to try and marshal the enemy together. One of the cruisers, already badly damage being used as cover for the other two. These pictures are from the end of the game, prior to the final round of firing that never occurred.

More players now have fleets in being as Dave M has some French and Mark has both British and Prussians after obtaining then second hand off eBay; New paint jobs will ensue. I’m continuing the painting if my East Indian Co. fleet and hopefully will get them finished sometime in next couple of weeks.

Then will come the task of developing some DTS ship sheets for each type.

Spartan Games – Newsletter

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Dystopian Wars news from Spartan Games…

The Great Dystopian Wars Alliance Weekend!

We said our Dystopian Wars Alliance Nation Expansion would come as soon as possible and we are delighted to say this weekend kicks it off to you with some simply awesome weekend pre-order deals!

Our first two brand-new fleets for your consumption are the stalwart Dominion of Canada (DoC) and the much-anticipated Scandinavian Teutonic Order (STO). We have also created an exciting Campaign setting for these fleets to do battle. Called Operation: North Star, the action is set on the frozen wastes of Greenland.

Read on to find out about free models with pre-orders and more freebies for those who order this weekend.  There’s limited availability on all these offers so order quickly. 

Operation: North Star 2-player Starter Set
Pre-Order Price £70
The ultimate way to collect both of our new fleets and also an ideal way for new players to start their journey into the stunning Dystopian World. We’ve taken an array of stunning naval models, a Dystopian Wars 2.5 Rulebook, Dice, Tokens & Templates, TAC Decks, Campaign Guide and bundled them together. This boxed set is crammed full of awesome wargaming love!
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER UPGRADE: The first 150 Customers who order our Operation: North Star 2-Player Starter Set will have their softback rulebook replaced for a hardback rulebook and receive a limited edition set of scenery models which will enable them to build a cool Teutonic Order Military Base, as featured in our new Operation: North Star Campaign book.
 

Dominion of Canada Battle Force
Pre-Order Price £45
For players looking to buy and start gaming our new Dominion of Canada (DoC) Alliance Nation our Battle Force is an ideal purchase. With 16 stunningly detail resin models and 15 SAS Tokens and 3 Movement Trays we lay the foundation for your Canadian Naval Force.

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER UPGRADE: The first 150 Customers who order our Dominion of Canada Battle Force will get the following awesome FREE model.
FREE for the first 150 pre-orders of the Dominion of Canada Battle Force
The brand-new Quebec Class Armada Support Flyer. The Flyer has the ability to deploy multiple bases of either lend-lease FSA Defiance Robots (renamed Yukon by the Canadians) or multiple bases of FSA Turtle Attack Craft, thus allowing the Quebec to support naval and ground force alike.
 

Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force
Pre-Order Price £45
For players looking to buy and start gaming our new Scandinavian Teutonic Order (STO) Alliance Nation our Battle Force is an ideal purchase. With 12 stunningly detail resin models and 10 SAS Tokens and 2 Movement Trays we lay the foundation for your Teutonic Naval Force.
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER UPGRADE: The first 150 Customers who order our Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force will get this awesome FREE model.
  
The all new MK II Sibrand Class Metzger Robot. When Metzger came out 7 plus years ago he was the DW Poster Boy, so we felt it was time to give him a major upgrade! Oh, and to give you maximum flexibility you can make Metzger MK II on a land or naval base because we give you both!
FREE for the first 150 pre-orders of the Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force
AND DEALS KEEP GETTING BETTER……..
We just can’t help ourselves! Order this weekend and we’ll go Battleship Crazy by giving you even more toys:
 


Second STO Eider III Battleship Newfoundland Battleship
A1 Dystopian Wars Map
(while stocks last)
Operation: North Star Starter Set FREE! FREE! FREE!
Dominion of Canada Battle Force
FREE! FREE!
Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force FREE!
FREE!


 
THE SMALL PRINT
(BUT NOT SO SMALL ‘COS WE NEED YOU TO KNOW)
  • These are pre-order offers for products shipping in August 2017.
  • If you include other products in your order, they will also ship with these new products in August 2017.
  • If you want other items now, please order them separately so we can process the order straight away.
  • There are limited copies of the A1 Map available so they are only available while stocks last.

Check out our exciting Blogs at www.spartangames.co.uk for more details about these exciting models and our new Operation: North Star Campaign which features them in action.
 
 HURRY!
UPGRADE DEALS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST 150 OF EACH BOX
FREE BATTLESHIPS AND MAPS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR ORDERS PLACED THIS WEEKEND
 
IF YOU WANT YOUR BOXES UPGRADED AND FREE BATTLESHIPS – ORDER BEFORE TUESDAY 27TH JUNE


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Spartan Games – Newsletter

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Dystopian Wars news from Spartan Games…

The Great Dystopian Wars Alliance Weekend!

We said our Dystopian Wars Alliance Nation Expansion would come as soon as possible and we are delighted to say this weekend kicks it off to you with some simply awesome weekend pre-order deals!

Our first two brand-new fleets for your consumption are the stalwart Dominion of Canada (DoC) and the much-anticipated Scandinavian Teutonic Order (STO). We have also created an exciting Campaign setting for these fleets to do battle. Called Operation: North Star, the action is set on the frozen wastes of Greenland.

Read on to find out about free models with pre-orders and more freebies for those who order this weekend.  There’s limited availability on all these offers so order quickly. 

Operation: North Star 2-player Starter Set
Pre-Order Price £70
The ultimate way to collect both of our new fleets and also an ideal way for new players to start their journey into the stunning Dystopian World. We’ve taken an array of stunning naval models, a Dystopian Wars 2.5 Rulebook, Dice, Tokens & Templates, TAC Decks, Campaign Guide and bundled them together. This boxed set is crammed full of awesome wargaming love!
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER UPGRADE: The first 150 Customers who order our Operation: North Star 2-Player Starter Set will have their softback rulebook replaced for a hardback rulebook and receive a limited edition set of scenery models which will enable them to build a cool Teutonic Order Military Base, as featured in our new Operation: North Star Campaign book.
 

Dominion of Canada Battle Force
Pre-Order Price £45
For players looking to buy and start gaming our new Dominion of Canada (DoC) Alliance Nation our Battle Force is an ideal purchase. With 16 stunningly detail resin models and 15 SAS Tokens and 3 Movement Trays we lay the foundation for your Canadian Naval Force.

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER UPGRADE: The first 150 Customers who order our Dominion of Canada Battle Force will get the following awesome FREE model.
FREE for the first 150 pre-orders of the Dominion of Canada Battle Force
The brand-new Quebec Class Armada Support Flyer. The Flyer has the ability to deploy multiple bases of either lend-lease FSA Defiance Robots (renamed Yukon by the Canadians) or multiple bases of FSA Turtle Attack Craft, thus allowing the Quebec to support naval and ground force alike.
 

Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force
Pre-Order Price £45
For players looking to buy and start gaming our new Scandinavian Teutonic Order (STO) Alliance Nation our Battle Force is an ideal purchase. With 12 stunningly detail resin models and 10 SAS Tokens and 2 Movement Trays we lay the foundation for your Teutonic Naval Force.
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER UPGRADE: The first 150 Customers who order our Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force will get this awesome FREE model.
  
The all new MK II Sibrand Class Metzger Robot. When Metzger came out 7 plus years ago he was the DW Poster Boy, so we felt it was time to give him a major upgrade! Oh, and to give you maximum flexibility you can make Metzger MK II on a land or naval base because we give you both!
FREE for the first 150 pre-orders of the Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force
AND DEALS KEEP GETTING BETTER……..
We just can’t help ourselves! Order this weekend and we’ll go Battleship Crazy by giving you even more toys:
 


Second STO Eider III Battleship Newfoundland Battleship
A1 Dystopian Wars Map
(while stocks last)
Operation: North Star Starter Set FREE! FREE! FREE!
Dominion of Canada Battle Force
FREE! FREE!
Scandinavian Teutonic Order Battle Force FREE!
FREE!


 
THE SMALL PRINT
(BUT NOT SO SMALL ‘COS WE NEED YOU TO KNOW)
  • These are pre-order offers for products shipping in August 2017.
  • If you include other products in your order, they will also ship with these new products in August 2017.
  • If you want other items now, please order them separately so we can process the order straight away.
  • There are limited copies of the A1 Map available so they are only available while stocks last.

Check out our exciting Blogs at www.spartangames.co.uk for more details about these exciting models and our new Operation: North Star Campaign which features them in action.
 
 HURRY!
UPGRADE DEALS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST 150 OF EACH BOX
FREE BATTLESHIPS AND MAPS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR ORDERS PLACED THIS WEEKEND
 
IF YOU WANT YOUR BOXES UPGRADED AND FREE BATTLESHIPS – ORDER BEFORE TUESDAY 27TH JUNE


STAY CONNECTED:
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Spartan Games, Evercreech Junction, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6NA United Kingdom

Steam Navy Punk

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So a number of people at the club have the makings of some steampunk fleets. All we need now are some rules to play with.

Matt has discarded the idea of using Dystopian Wars (or its Fleet Action spinoff) despite having plenty of models, and has gone on to designing a heavily modified version of DTS, an in house set of rules that normally got used for Sci-Fi battles.

Fleets were based on DWs Federated States and Blazing Sun models. With two large ‘Squadrons’ in each fleet, one for each player. Numerous big ships on each side, with the Blazing Suns noticeably out-gunning the opposition at long range, and also having deadly short ranged options in torpedoes and cannonades.

Fleet sizes were rather on the large side for a trial game, and this slowed things down a bit, along with the paper shuffling of the ship sheets; each ship having their own deck plans for damage allocation and with multiple classes of ships on each side.

Not much in the way of strange technologies just yet, with rules for flyers still pending. Think Matt is more influenced by the type of tech in the IHMN universe than Dystopians, with ARC cannons and shields.

General behaviour is to pick on opposing ships one at a time. The concentration of fire into a single side or quadrant normally leading to a catastrophic cascade.

Game eventually ends with the two fleets closing on each other and a couple of smaller ships sunk on both sides.

I guess I’d better get a move on painting my newly purchased fleet from Phalanx.

Steam Navy Punk

Posted on June 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So a number of people at the club have the makings of some steampunk fleets. All we need now are some rules to play with.

Matt has discarded the idea of using Dystopian Wars (or its Fleet Action spinoff) despite having plenty of models, and has gone on to designing a heavily modified version of DTS, an in house set of rules that normally got used for Sci-Fi battles.

Fleets were based on DWs Federated States and Blazing Sun models. With two large ‘Squadrons’ in each fleet, one for each player. Numerous big ships on each side, with the Blazing Suns noticeably out-gunning the opposition at long range, and also having deadly short ranged options in torpedoes and cannonades.

Fleet sizes were rather on the large side for a trial game, and this slowed things down a bit, along with the paper shuffling of the ship sheets; each ship having their own deck plans for damage allocation and with multiple classes of ships on each side.

Not much in the way of strange technologies just yet, with rules for flyers still pending. Think Matt is more influenced by the type of tech in the IHMN universe than Dystopians, with ARC cannons and shields.

General behaviour is to pick on opposing ships one at a time. The concentration of fire into a single side or quadrant normally leading to a catastrophic cascade.

Game eventually ends with the two fleets closing on each other and a couple of smaller ships sunk on both sides.

I guess I’d better get a move on painting my newly purchased fleet from Phalanx.

Phalanx 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A little trip on Saturday, heading down to the place where Napoleon would have been exiled but for a typo, St Helens; and the Phalanx convention at the Sutton Leisure Centre. A number of the Furness Wargames, both past and present, made their way down as well.

Seemed a bit quieter in terms of footfall, despite car park being full as usual. A scorcher of a day so may be people decided to do other things. Thankfully the Hall was cool enough and with the fire exit doors open there was a nice breeze in places. Unfortunately there’s still the dreadful amber lighting in the Main hall itself.

There seemed to be a shortfall in traders this year, with the ones that were there a bit more spread out. Plus there didn’t seem to be much competition in wares; You could generally get what you want but only one trader would be stocking it.

A number of demo games going on as usual, Samurai seemed to be a popular theme with a couple of games under different rule-sets, historical and fantasy.

There was a big Seven Year War, and the bloke at the table admitted it was probably too big for the Ruleset ‘Honours of War’ by Osprey.

With an Egyptian themed Dragon Rampant game on show as well, Osprey was well covered. My wife did point out that the Egyptians wouldn’t use Scarab beetles for giant statues.

One of the most impressive was by a group who had come over from the Netherlands.

There didn’t seem to be many outright Sci-Fi games this year, there’s normally at least on large 40K game going on, and with the all the filmTV franchise games currently out I sort of expected a bit more.

Another thing my wife mentioned was how helpfulthoughtful people were to her being on crutches, opening doors and clearing the way for her. This is a far cry from the classic cliche backpack swinging convention goer crowding people out.

My Purchases…

On the advice of Matt, who mention they were on sale, I bought a Dystopian Wars box, the East India Merchant Company naval battle group. It was going to be either those or one of the Italian States sets.

Also came across some Heroes of Normandie stuff at Magister Militum. Got myself a platoon board for the Allies ( Royal Winnipeg Rifles ), and the both the River and Battleground Terrain Packs. If I want to I can do a really big game now. Had been looking for some extra conventional foot-sloggers to run a D-Day game and these should fit the bill.

Went on the hunt for paints, one in particular – a paint that matches (or is near enough) to the old Games Workshop ‘Desert Yellow’ – the replacement ‘Tallarn Sand’ (with ™ Trademark) is darker and lacks the slight orange tone of the original.

Since I’ve already used the colour for basing I was quite keen to get a match for the remaining troops and for the movement trays I purchased of Warbases at the show. These are intended for use with my Lion Rampant Crusader force, made from the plastics I purchased from the show last year.

Looks like Army Painter has come to the rescue, as their version of ‘Desert Yellow’ is a lot closer in tone to the original. I bought a couple of cheap droppers (knocked down in price as they have settled a bit) and a can of primer.

My only major non-purchase was of Gripping Beast Dark Age Archers – was looking for the 12 ‘Saga’ figure pack rather than the 30 figure box (which was far too many for my intentions.) but none to be found anywhere.

Phalanx 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A little trip on Saturday, heading down to the place where Napoleon would have been exiled but for a typo, St Helens; and the Phalanx convention at the Sutton Leisure Centre. A number of the Furness Wargames, both past and present, made their way down as well.

Seemed a bit quieter in terms of footfall, despite car park being full as usual. A scorcher of a day so may be people decided to do other things. Thankfully the Hall was cool enough and with the fire exit doors open there was a nice breeze in places. Unfortunately there’s still the dreadful amber lighting in the Main hall itself.

There seemed to be a shortfall in traders this year, with the ones that were there a bit more spread out. Plus there didn’t seem to be much competition in wares; You could generally get what you want but only one trader would be stocking it.

A number of demo games going on as usual, Samurai seemed to be a popular theme with a couple of games under different rule-sets, historical and fantasy.

There was a big Seven Year War, and the bloke at the table admitted it was probably too big for the Ruleset ‘Honours of War’ by Osprey.

With an Egyptian themed Dragon Rampant game on show as well, Osprey was well covered. My wife did point out that the Egyptians wouldn’t use Scarab beetles for giant statues.

One of the most impressive was by a group who had come over from the Netherlands.

There didn’t seem to be many outright Sci-Fi games this year, there’s normally at least on large 40K game going on, and with the all the filmTV franchise games currently out I sort of expected a bit more.

Another thing my wife mentioned was how helpfulthoughtful people were to her being on crutches, opening doors and clearing the way for her. This is a far cry from the classic cliche backpack swinging convention goer crowding people out.

My Purchases…

On the advice of Matt, who mention they were on sale, I bought a Dystopian Wars box, the East India Merchant Company naval battle group. It was going to be either those or one of the Italian States sets.

Also came across some Heroes of Normandie stuff at Magister Militum. Got myself a platoon board for the Allies ( Royal Winnipeg Rifles ), and the both the River and Battleground Terrain Packs. If I want to I can do a really big game now. Had been looking for some extra conventional foot-sloggers to run a D-Day game and these should fit the bill.

Went on the hunt for paints, one in particular – a paint that matches (or is near enough) to the old Games Workshop ‘Desert Yellow’ – the replacement ‘Tallarn Sand’ (with ™ Trademark) is darker and lacks the slight orange tone of the original.

Since I’ve already used the colour for basing I was quite keen to get a match for the remaining troops and for the movement trays I purchased of Warbases at the show. These are intended for use with my Lion Rampant Crusader force, made from the plastics I purchased from the show last year.

Looks like Army Painter has come to the rescue, as their version of ‘Desert Yellow’ is a lot closer in tone to the original. I bought a couple of cheap droppers (knocked down in price as they have settled a bit) and a can of primer.

My only major non-purchase was of Gripping Beast Dark Age Archers – was looking for the 12 ‘Saga’ figure pack rather than the 30 figure box (which was far too many for my intentions.) but none to be found anywhere.

Spartan Games Newsletter

Posted on May 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

More releases for Halo: Ground Command and Halo: Fleet Battles from Spartan Games…as well as version 2.5 of the Dystopian Wars rules…Evolution!This month we continue our releases for Halo: Ground Command and Halo: Fleet Battles, enha…