|Dust Tactics | Published 28 December 2011|
When the new Hero Packs arrive, Dust Tactics players will have a bevy of character models to include in their forces. So, which of these heroes is right for your force? Let’s take a closer look at some options...
It’s a zombie invasion
If masses of undead forces appeal to you, then you’ll be excited about the Axis Hero Pack. Two of the new Axis heroes are zombies and they are ready to make your Axis Zombies squads even more deadly in close combat.
Infused with the Wiederbeleben Serum, Totenmiester steals life from her victims to heal herself. If she inflicts damage in combat, she regenerates as much damage as she dealt, up to her maximum health. Add in Damage Resilient, armor three, and her Blut Kreuz combat weapon, and Totenmeister becomes a self-healing wrecking ball in close combat.
When Totenmeister joins an Axis Zombies squad, she helps make sure they make it to close combat, where they can unleash their Panzer Punches. By letting her absorb some of the damage the squad is sure to receive while closing the gap and getting into combat, more of the zombie models make it into combat. Then she can regenerate the damage she took protecting the squad as she feasts on the poor souls she defeated in combat. Just make sure to roll her attacks separately from her squad’s, so you know how much damage she inflicted.
The other zombie hero is Grenadier X. This zombie wields a deadly Circular Saw that can cut even the toughest opponent to pieces. Grenadier X does not have the life drain abilities of Totenmeister, but he does have Assault, which gifts him and his zombie friends a huge speed boost that helps them get into combat quickly.
Since Axis Zombies are already Fast, Grenadier X’s Assault ability means once per game the squad can move an astounding five spaces, or move three spaces and still attack! Clearly this combination is going to lead to many nervous Allied commanders, as Grenadier X and his squad could manage to get into combat immediately in some scenarios, or they could just make a mad dash across the map and count on their Damage Resilient ability to keep them alive until their next activation.
These zombie heroes make the already potent Axis Zombie squad even deadlier. For players who would love nothing better than to have their own zombie horde, Totenmeister and Grenadier X are the perfect leaders. They are joined by the flame thrower wielding Stefan in the pending Axis Hero Pack.
More ammunition, more explosions
The Allies also receive heroic reinforcements with the Allies Hero Pack. Included in this pack is Action Jackson, The Priest, and the first Badass character, Johnny One-Eye. These characters give commanders new options for combatting the onslaught of zombies they will soon be facing.
Johnny One-Eye is not a character that blows you away at first glance, but his Badass ability is exceptionally useful, and he makes an already versatile BBQ Squad even more worthwhile. Additionally, at the bargain price of only 16 points, he can easily fit into many army lists without taking up too much space.
With the ability to provide his squad with unlimited ammo, Johnny One-Eye has several options for squads to lead. However, the BBQ Squad makes a good choice for this hero. In this configuration, the squad has the option of attacking with five Demo charges every single turn in addition to their regular weapons. This boost in firepower means the BBQ Squad can more effectively deal with enemy vehicles while still being useful against infantry.
Like Johnny One-Eye, the Allied hero The Priest is somewhat deceptive. His armament does not appear to be overly destructive, although Dynamite is powerful against vehicles. His true value is in the bonuses he gives to the squad he joins.
The Priest makes his squad Agile. Moving diagonally with no penalty is a huge boon for Fast Allies squads. Join The Priest to a Hell Boys squad and move three diagonal spaces in a single turn! With the additional movement bonus, the short range Flamethrowers and Shotguns become even more dangerous than they were previously. Another benefit The Priest has to offer is the Medal of Honor ability that allows him to reroll one combat die per turn. Since he only rolls a single combat die when attacking with Dynamite, a bonus reroll is most welcome.
With so many new heroes available for your Dust Tactics forces, the Axis Hero Pack and the Allied Hero Pack offer many exciting new strategies. Be sure to add these formidable heroes to your army list. Both Hero Packs will be available early first quarter, so place your pre-orders now at your local retailer.
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.
I like how the miniatures aren’t painted so u can paint them on your own.
Cool. Though Id like to see some AC2 heroes or variants for Sigrid and Joe.