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#1 Shrapnelsmile

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:35 AM

Greets all,

 

I'm picking up the base set from my FLGS in a week.  They do have the current unit expansions, two for each army respectively in stock as well. It is my understanding, and theirs, that these current 4 boxes are the same units that come in the Dust Tactics box.

 

What is your approach when it comes to expanding from the base set:

 

A.) buy one or more of each unit box set that is currently out, even though they are the same figures that come in the base set, as they are a foundation and will be needed.

B.) simply purchase two base sets -- it is a better value

C.) after purchasing the base set you are waiting for more options to come out, as they will be desired for variety more than picking up units that we already have. You are probably not getting the first wave of 4 boxes.

 

Some feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



#2 Katman

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:33 AM

I purchased 2 boxed sets and replaced the ammo crates and tank traps with paper terrain I got from the Board Game Geek . I will probably buy Operation Cyclone just for the tiles and will definitely get the walker and command squads when they become available..



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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:02 AM

I bought the Deluxe edition at GENCON, then picked up a unpainted base set, I wanted the tiles and I figured I could paint the miniatures.  I have bought all of the expansion sets so far because i want to increase my army further.  I really like two base sets for additional tiles.  Now an expansion is coming out with additional tiles, but I dont like to wait.



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Posted 09 January 2011 - 04:41 AM

I hadn't considered any option but buying the expansion sets, but the idea of two starter sets is brilliant.  Going to my FLGS this coming friday to get the other box before it disapears!  lol.



#5 frozenbunnysteak

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:28 AM

I'm trying to space out my spending a bit as I went a bit crazy on buying miniatures after Christmas, so I'm just getting 2 of the new unit expansions, the gunners and battle grenadiers.  Partly because they seem to be the basic, all round squads, but mostly because they come with the extra mini/card to try out the other configurations.

For now, I plan to get the expansions which bring new units to the game, but in the future, as the choice becomes wider, and I get more of a feel for the background of the game, I will probably start picking up units for specific thematically driven forces.

I already like the idea of a high-tech, all laser axis force, so I may try getting more laser grenadiers when they come out, but will likely wait until the Wotan laser-bot comes out to see if that force would work first.



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Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:51 AM

I got an unpainted set last fall when it first came out.  My wife bought me another unpainted set for Christmas.  Sometime this month I'll pick up both of the unpainted "bot hunter" and "tank Killer" expansions.  I'll also pick up cyclone, and one each of the unpainted tank expansions when they come out.



#7 Shrapnelsmile

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 10:23 AM

babalbin said:

I hadn't considered any option but buying the expansion sets, but the idea of two starter sets is brilliant.  Going to my FLGS this coming friday to get the other box before it disapears!  lol.

 

Yes, two starters is a great deal if you want to throw down massive, epic battles anyway.

Keep in mind, however, that I learned the two $20 MSRP squad  expansions that are currently out are a bit different from what is in the box. They have one extra figure each and a 2nd card for flexibility. 



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Posted 09 January 2011 - 11:18 AM

Shrapnelsmile said:

babalbin said:

 

I hadn't considered any option but buying the expansion sets, but the idea of two starter sets is brilliant.  Going to my FLGS this coming friday to get the other box before it disapears!  lol.

 

 

 

Yes, two starters is a great deal if you want to throw down massive, epic battles anyway.

Keep in mind, however, that I learned the two $20 MSRP squad  expansions that are currently out are a bit different from what is in the box. They have one extra figure each and a 2nd card for flexibility. 


 

Are those cards available elsewhere?  how about the mini?



#9 Shrapnelsmile

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 11:35 AM

babalbin said:

Shrapnelsmile said:

 

babalbin said:

 

I hadn't considered any option but buying the expansion sets, but the idea of two starter sets is brilliant.  Going to my FLGS this coming friday to get the other box before it disapears!  lol.

 

 

 

Yes, two starters is a great deal if you want to throw down massive, epic battles anyway.

Keep in mind, however, that I learned the two $20 MSRP squad  expansions that are currently out are a bit different from what is in the box. They have one extra figure each and a 2nd card for flexibility. 

 


 

 

Are those cards available elsewhere?  how about the mini?

 

Supposedly not, unfortunately.  As to if they are worth the money (for the increased squad) I don't know. I would like a second starter instead, but want tactical options as well. Especially if that particular release is going to be the only way to get them.

 

I wish there was more discussion of game mechanics on this forum.



#10 babalbin

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:01 PM

Shrapnelsmile said:

Supposedly not, unfortunately.  As to if they are worth the money (for the increased squad) I don't know. I would like a second starter instead, but want tactical options as well. Especially if that particular release is going to be the only way to get them.

 I wish there was more discussion of game mechanics on this forum.


 

I'll tell ya what, I'll get my second starter next week AND the two expansions.  I'll play a few games and will let you know my thoughts about the tactical options they introduce.  Nothing beats "doing" to make a wish come true!

Babalbin



#11 Shrapnelsmile

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 04:44 PM

babalbin said:

Shrapnelsmile said:

 

Supposedly not, unfortunately.  As to if they are worth the money (for the increased squad) I don't know. I would like a second starter instead, but want tactical options as well. Especially if that particular release is going to be the only way to get them.

 I wish there was more discussion of game mechanics on this forum.

 


 

 

I'll tell ya what, I'll get my second starter next week AND the two expansions.  I'll play a few games and will let you know my thoughts about the tactical options they introduce.  Nothing beats "doing" to make a wish come true!

Babalbin

 

This, good sir, sounds like a plan!

and I love your ability to rationalize mass game fundage LOL



#12 babalbin

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:26 AM

Shrapnelsmile said:

...and I love your ability to rationalize mass game fundage LOL


 

No half measures here!  LOL.  A friend of mine and I are already making plans for running a massive battle at the FLGS.  I would like to create some terrain to use instead of the tiles though...



#13 Shrapnelsmile

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 07:45 AM

babalbin said:

Shrapnelsmile said:

 

...and I love your ability to rationalize mass game fundage LOL

 


 

 

No half measures here!  LOL.  A friend of mine and I are already making plans for running a massive battle at the FLGS.  I would like to create some terrain to use instead of the tiles though...

 

Yeah the Tiles are helpful for jumping in new gamers or when playing with someone who prefers them, but we are going to make free measure rules if they don't appear soon. We will simply juxtapose and modify when they do, based on FFG's intent and play testing.

It's all about terrain, table-top aesthetics with mini games like this in our club.



#14 MiniatureReview

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:22 AM

I am picking up some AT-43 Red Blok for Russians.  These will be pretty easy to stat up.  I have been reading the Dust Wars comics, so I have to give some Russians a go.

I have seen that they will be coming out with Zombies and Apes for Dust Tactics.  Can not wait to pick those up.  In the mean time AT-43 Oni Zombies and Apes will be perfect substitutes.

 



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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:57 AM

MiniatureReview said:

I have seen that they will be coming out with Zombies and Apes for Dust Tactics.  


 


Cite your reference sir!!!  I need to see this!



#16 MiniatureReview

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:35 AM

My references are my fantastic Google Fu I do every day for my blog.  As you can see there are apes, zombies and lots of other great stuff.  If you read the Dust comics, these figures will look really familiar.

Check out my blog http://www.miniature...ew.blogspot.com

miniaturereview.blogspot.com/2011/01/dust-tactics-monde-du-jeu-2010.html

miniaturereview.blogspot.com/2011/01/dust-tactics-upcoming-units.html

 



#17 babalbin

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:29 AM

OHHHHHhhh, how I hate thee FFG!!! Thou hast drained all my disposable income for decades to come!!!



#18 Shrapnelsmile

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:29 AM

Producing pictures early, and detailing all the expansions has generated a lot of confidence in the game in this area.

 

Looking forward to the game play / battle report covering two starter boxes + expansion units.

I'll have one box next week and the new unit boxes this Friday.



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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:52 AM

I haven't seen these pics yet so thanks for sharing. I would imagine that these are going to come after the 2nd expansion or at least the 2nd one sounds like the story from the first comic series. This has made my day. I hope this game stays strong and does not die out. I have been trying to build some intrest in the game around my store but there does not seem to be any poster or promo things around the local shop to help spark intrest. I will keep trying though.



#20 MiniatureReview

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 05:57 AM

Your store should be able to order a demo copy of the game to spark some interest.  My store also has a large stand-up poster for the game.  They also got a limited edition walker which is on display.






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