So, Warboy and I have been working on a campaign to play Dust Tactics with. The premise is simple: you start with a small force and gradually grow it over time until you're fighting larger, more difficult enemies. What we decided to do is start with one "core" hero and a "core" infantry unit that would be required to use in every scenario battle. The completion of each mission would result in Valor Points depending on how well you did, and those Valor Points could then be used to reinforce units after the battle, purchase new units, or upgrade your existing units to Veterans or Elites. Without going into too much detail I'll start the Battle Report.
We are currently playtesting the campaign to figure out the right point values, unit unlocks, mission difficulties, etc. We played the first 3 missions first with my SSU and then with Warboy's Allies. The enemy for this campaign is the Axis.
The Player gets 10 Valor Points to spend to start the game. He must purchase a hero and infantry unit as the "core" units of his army.
For my "core" I chose Winter Child as my hero and the Drakoni as my infantry, which effectively used up my 10 Valor Points.
Mission 1: Over the River
This first mission sets up the same as the Over the River mission in Operation Zverograd. The Player army is allowed up to 10 Valor Points worth of models to use and the goal is to reach the objective in 8 turns or less.
Stefan, Recon Grenadiers, Sniper Grenadiers
Turn one Winter Child and Drakoni advance on the objective. The Axis posts his snipers up in the building then moves up Stefan and the Recon Grenadiers.
Turn two, SSU win initiative and I move Winter Child in to attack the Recon Grenadiers + Stefan. Cause some damage but not enough to wipe them out. The Drakoni advance and he moves his snipers out of the building.
At this point it was pretty much over and after the next turn we called off the dogs. Being the first mission, we designed it to be a 1/10 difficulty, just to get the Player's feet wet and have them get used to the core of their army. We didn't take pictures of the Allies first runthrough of the missions, but they had a little tougher time with this mission, losing a squad of Grim Reapers, Ozz, and a squad of Crack Shots to the lowly Axis. The Recon Grenadiers and Axis Snipers got bunkered down in that hard cover and just held out as long as they could.
Mission 2: The Search
The second mission pits a Player force of up to 14 Valor Points against Sigrid, Laser Grenadiers, Recon Grenadiers, and Battle Grenadiers. Same setup as Op. Zverograd mission "The Search".
Before this mission I had accumulated 5 Valor Points from the resulting "Major Victory" in the previous mission. I decided to purchase Red Yana and a unit of Frontoviki, hoping their mid-range firepower would give me an edge against the armor 2 enemy infantry. In hindsight, I would have rather waited on Red Yana and purchased a couple of 1 VP units instead, like some Chinese Volunteers or Nabludyatel snipers. The low model count really hurt me in this mission, as you will see.
How the mission sets up:
I move up my Frontoviki w/ Yana to push towards the leftward objective, the Drakoni rush to secure the close objective, and Winter Child charges forward, hoping to wipe out some enemies and keep them from claiming the objective on their side.
So, he wins the initiative on turn 2 and decides to act first, moving up his Battle Grenadiers and firing everything he can at Winter Child. Amazingly he records 3 hits and Winter Child fails all of his damage resilience roles…….
I move up my Drakoni to claim an objective, he moves his Recon Grenadiers to sit on his objective, and at this point I'm thinking, "I can move Winter Child onto the corner of this building, fire off my radiation beams at the Laser Grenadiers w/ Sigrid and use my steel fists on the Recon Grenadiers, hopefully wiping them off the objective" … seemed like a solid plan in my book.
Well, what ensued was the Laser Grenadiers passing a reactive fire role and proceeding to role 5 hits! Winter Child only made one of his armor roles and was thus wiped out.
^^No more Winter Child^^
Turns 3 and 4 continued on, but eventually those pesky Laser Grenadiers and Sigrid were just too much for the remaining SSU
We replayed this mission so the SSU could get their revenge, and the SSU wound up wiping out the whole Axis force while only losing 4 Drakoni. This just goes to show you though, even the powerful Winter Child can be taken down by a couple of light infantry units when the dice gods are with them!
Mission 3: The Hidden Lab
So we proceeded on to the hidden lab mission which is where the real fun begins. At this point you can now purchase armor 4 vehicles and use armor 3 infantry, so I picked up a Natasha, Chinese Volunteers, and Nabludyatel snipers (hoping to increase my model count and get some chuff out there).
For this mission the Axis get: Lara, Heavy Laser Grenadiers, Sturmpioneres, Sniper Grenadier, Hans
Only took a couple pictures of this one as we realized we have to make some changes to how this one plays out. We also decided to add in a mission in between here, kind of an "introduction" to vehicles battle, where you fight against a Hans and Heinrich but the Player can only use his "core" units and vehicles (core units because were mandating that they be in every mission).
Some quick pictures of Mission 3
As you can see, after turn 2 I only had Winter Child, some Frontoviki, and 1 Drakoni left. Hence why were making some adjustments.
Anyhow, this is my first attempt at a battle report, so I hope everyone enjoyed it. If you guys liked it I'll post the continuation of this in a couple weeks. We plan on making some adjustments and playing missions 3-6 the next time we get together. If anyone wants to know more about the campaign, the rules, missions, point system, etc let me know, I'd be happy to go over it in more detail.