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It's Time to get Cooking 5
A Dust Tactics preview of the heroes of Operation Cerberus
Dust Tactics | Published 08 December 2011

I know it sounds unbelievable, but it really happened! On my mother’s grave, an Italian cook killed everyone else in my squad. He had two flame throwers and... No, I swear to you, this really happened!
      - Interpreted transcript from an unknown Axis Soldier’s interrogation

In the last Operation “Cerberus” preview, we looked at some strategies for using multi-level buildings in games of Dust Tactics. This week, the heroes of Operation “Cerberus” take center stage. The Allies have access to the dual flame throwers of Guglielmo Zanicotti, better known simply as The Chef, and the Axis gains the ferocious Blutkreuz Korps Assassin Angela Wolf. With the shores of England on the line, these two heroes add potent new strategies to their causes.

Now with twice the flames

The Chef is one of the Allies top counter-intelligence agents, and when the going gets tough, he counts on his flame throwers to get himself out of a jam. Known for his particularly poor aim, The Chef prefers the broad spray of napalm to more conventional weapons.

To take advantage of The Chef’s flame throwers, consider joining him to a squad of Hell Boys. This combination is absolutely terrifying! It can produce four flame thrower attacks a turn. Infantry and vehicles alike are susceptible to flame attacks, and cover is useless against flames, so this squad has many tactical applications.

The Chef and the Hell Boys have to get up close to deliver their deadly payload. The squad moves fairly slowly, and such a powerful unit attracts a lot of attention. So, how do you get The Chef to his target? The simplest way is probably to keep him behind the front line until it is time to strike. Although it is tempting to lead with such a powerful squad, try thinking of this squad like a mop; it’s their job to clean up messes that get left behind.

This hero-squad mix could also produce some nice combinations inside a Fireball to provide some needed protection and even more flame based attacks, or with a Stimulant Kit shot from the NCO Command Squad Field Medic that would give The Chef and his squad two consecutive turns.

One shot, many kills

Angela is arguably the world’s most dangerous assassin. With her 20mm Solothurn, she is able to eliminate targets before they even become a real threat. In addition, her Frenzy ability allows her wipe out entire squads. However, she is even more deadly when paired with a squad.

Sniper Grenadiers are a logical pairing for Angela. The spotter gives Angela a bonus to hit targets, which is vital considering she generally only has one shot. The bonus to hit paired with the Frenzy skill means Angela can potentially deal massive amounts of damage each turn. Also, she gains the squad’s generous soft cover save, which helps toughen up this fragile squad.

One of this squad’s biggest weaknesses is its low amount of health, so it is important to take precautions and place this unit conservatively to minimize exposure. Another weakness is the fact that Angela only gets one shot in many situations, so it is very important to get Sustained Fire whenever possible.

Every squad gets an improvement to their range when firing from the upper levels of buildings (plus it’s just awesome to imagine snipers firing from the rooftops in the thick of a battle), so look for opportunities to get inside buildings. Also, don’t overlook Angela’s effectiveness against vehicles, especially lightly armored vehicles; with all her skills, she can dish out some serious damage to walkers.

The heroes of Dust Tactics are ready to take their place on the field of battle and in the history books. England is in danger, and you hold the keys to its future in Operation "Cerberus," which disembarks to store shelves this month. Get to your local retailer and pre-order this expansion today.

Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.

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Ulrike Meinhof
Published: 12/29/2011 4:24:15 AM

Premium Edition is nowhere to be found in Europe - all of that stuff has to be shipped from US/China, penalizing all of the European market with high customs and other fees. It's the first time ever in my life I wanted to give a company my money and they can't deliver from  within the EU...

Published: 12/10/2011 2:56:29 PM

*edit* "I am sure its on purpose'  should be: I am sure its NOT on purpose ;)

Published: 12/10/2011 9:08:19 AM

Well i am very excited that in Belgium FFG titles are available when they are released. The situation here in holland is all the same for all distributors, i have contact with a lot if not all the gameshops in holland and they all suffer from the same problem. I am sure its on purpose, but FFG just seems to have troubles. And if any products are delivered at shops, the contents are mostly at random and the titles that are ordered are missing most of the times. I guess it will change eventually but its kinda frustration though. And our main distributor in holland is Boosterbox in Enschede and they suffer under this problem to. Again i hope this will be fixed very very soon. :D

Published: 12/9/2011 3:40:28 PM

I live in Belgium and have had no problems whatsoever obtaining Fantasy Flight titles. Most of the releases appear on my FLGS shelves around the time FFG announces the release or shortly after.

In Belgium there's Intrafin that acts as main distributor for FFG titles in Belgium, Luxembourg and France, and in Germany there's Heidelberger Spieleverlag, so I'm not sure where you're coming from. Have you tried adressing the issue with your local retailer?

Published: 12/8/2011 5:47:26 PM

'..operation cerberus, which embarks to store shelves this month. Get to your local retailer and pre-order this expansion today.'..

Haha almost to funny. Where I live that means: pre-order now and u might get it next year christmas or maybe u dont get it all! FFG hasnt even been 'able' to supply our retailers with talisman the dragon expansion yet and we are still waiting for elder sign aswell, and it seems that this one is avaible next year or so...

They make great games, but FFG seems to forget the Netherlands/Belgium and Germany when it comes to delivering and supplying retailers..  (sad face)

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