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    Retribution got a reaction from Presidente in Convince me to keep with the KoB   
    My arguement against Escorts defending the dreadnought is that they are there to protect the dreadnought once the enemy gets to it.  I would rather spend those points on other items so that the enemy never does get to it, or at least don't get there with enough power to really hurt you.  I don't know which tactic is better, I just know what I do.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Ruckdog in Armor Clash and planetfall   
    In Armored Clash you do shoot at units.  Which version are you playing?  The most recent one, in Operation Sirocco, has you target units.
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    Retribution got a reaction from McKinstry in KoB and Russians vs EotBS   
    Agincourts definitely.  Tribals are fine ships, but if you have the points always go Agincourt.  A full squadron of Dominions is something I've never tried and have no interest in trying.  Dominions are wonderful when attached to a battleship or to a squadron of Agincourts so that's the only way I ever field them.  If at all possible keep the Dominion in the Guardian bubble from your Majesty, it makes it a much better ship.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Presidente in Lord Hood in V2.0, do you still use it?   
    9 dice will only reliably crit a cruiser if you are hitting on 4+ and the cruiser has no defenses.  In RB1 a Hood is hitting on 5+, and almost every cruiser in the game has a defense of some sort, like Rugged Contstruction or Shields.
     
    The distance needing more than one salvo is what I have experienced.  My Hoods don't usually make it to RB1, so in RB3-4 it generally takes multiple shots to sink a single cruiser.  In my opinion it's just not cost effective.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Presidente in Lord Hood in V2.0, do you still use it?   
    If I may ask, how do you target with them?  Whenever I fire at cruisers I fire all three turrets at the same cruiser and get 1, maybe 2 crits if I'm lucky, and then the two remaining cruisers and possibly the damaged one too just rip my Hood apart.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Presidente in Worst ships - what would you leave at home?   
    I play KoB a lot and there are some ships and weapons that I just do not ever find myself using.  I'm not saying they are bad ships, I just have never been able to justify the points when I have so few points to begin with.
     
    Tribals.  Do I sometimes use them, yes, but only when I cannot afford the 30 points for more Agincourts, or when I'm playing a big game and run out of Agincourts.
     
    Lord Hood BCs.  I try to like these, I really do, but they always get torn apart very quickly no matter how I use them, and their firepower is always underwhelming.  They cannot fight battleships because their AD is too low, and a cruiser squadron will always beat them, so I have trouble buying the Lord Hood.
     
    Monarch Heavy Battleships.  Playing Britannia, I like to show my broadside to the enemy, so the superior fore torps never get used, and with Britannia I never want to be in RB1, so I always choose the Ruler's superior RB4 firepower over the Monarch.
     
    Regent Assault Carrier.  How does this work?  When I hold it back and take advantage of the torpedoes, the fore guns never do anything, and every game where I push it forward, it dies in seconds.  The forward guns never have been used to good effect, and the ship just sinks all the time.
     
    Eagle War Rotor.  What can I say? For the firepower it has, it is too many points.  I haven't even taken one of these yet, because with only two turrets, everything will outgun it, and the bombs take too long to come into play.  By the time they would, just based on movement, my fleet would either be destroyed, or winning, and I cannot wait that long for those points.
     
     
    All of that being said, I love 2.0, and think the Britannians have gotten a major boost through it.  They can stand up to pretty much any fleet I encounter quite well, and I always wish I had more points to buy more stuff.  I do not at all think the Britannians are an inferior fleet, and maybe I just don't know how to use some of the aforementioned ships, or maybe they just aren't my play style.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Naptain Cemo in How do you counter Prussian boarder rush?   
    I would strongly recommend against advance deploying much of anything against Prussians.  I have played a ton of games against PE with my KoB in 2.0, my most frequent opponent, and if you advance deploy all that stuff you will not win.  The Prussian Empire will outgun you in RB1, and often in RB2 as well.  I learned, after many defeats, that you need to hang back.  Do not advance your fleet forward.  You will get better as you get closer to them, but they will get better faster  At longer ranges, focus fire on those small squadrons and things like the Uhlans and destroy 1-2 out of each squadron.  Once you have done this, switch your firepower from the big guns towards the Prussian larges and their more gunnery oriented mediums.  A squadron of corvettes at full strength is formidable, a squadron of 3-4 corvettes, is not.  Remember to not focus everything on those smalls and mediums though.  If you let Kaiser Karls and Bluchers and Hussars get to RB1, and even 2, undamaged and unchallenged, you will die just as horribly.  Do not charge forward! Make your Line of Battle with those Rules, Monarchs, Hoods, and Majesties and run parallel to the board edge, or at a slight angle.
     
    Here is a small thing I wrote up for my group to use about how to fight the Prussian Empire.  Admittedly it is not KoB specific, but it might help.  It is based on experience and unit analysis, specific battles and situations might extremely contradict this, but if it helps, that's good.
     
    Fighting the Prussian Empire:
     
    In facing the Prussian Empire, there is essentially one thing that must be done.  They cannot be allowed to board your ships.  Of all the nations, the Prussian Empire is the best at boarding.  This means that if the Prussians are allowed to close in, even heavily damaged ships, as long as they have not had their AP numbers reduced and take out dreadnoughts and the like.  All of their boarding is greatly facilitated by their tesla attacks and their speerschleuders, which kill AP every time they damage an enemy ship.  The simplest way to defeat the Prussian Empire is to stay at range.  PE gunnery does not get good until RB2, and is best in RB1.  One thing to be aware of is that many Prussian ships have Close Quarters Gunnery, meaning that they will not be suffering a minus to shoot their Primary weapons at RB1, giving them total control of the field if they get that close.
     
    Prussian ships are also surprisingly fast, and generally faster than their opponent's ships.  This means that rapid firepower must be laid down immediately, and not waiting a turn, because otherwise too many Prussian ships will arrive at close range.  To ensure wide fields of fire, avoid terrain when deploying.  While it might shield your ships, at long range there is virtually nothing to shield them from.
     
    Prussian ships are also surprisingly tough.  Once they take damage, they do not stand up to it better than anyone else, except with their tesla weapons, but in many cases it takes an inordinate amount of firepower to inflict heavy damage.  An example of this is that the Prussian Heavy Battleship has Rugged Construction (2), a Shield Generator (2), and CR 11, meaning that an attack generally has to be very powerful to get a critical hit.  Rugged Construction must always be taken into account, because every attack rolled against the PE will be weaker than expected.  Any critical hit result or effect or MAR that can kill AP is one of the best results that can be achieved, because then the primary Prussian weapon is neutralized.
     
    Aerial units of the PE must also be considered.  Generally they are armed with tesla weapons, including several that are armed with tertiary tesla weapons, meaning they do not suffer from damage at all.  Several of the Prussian aerial units are also some of the best boarding units that they have, so at least one anti-air unit should be taken to reduce the firepower and capability of the Prussian air force.  Another critical component of the Prussian air force is their SAS squadrons.  These are extremely difficult to defeat.  Prussian fighters had DR3 when engaged against other SAS, which gives them greater survivability.  If possible, bring down their fighters with ships, where their DR is 2 again.  As for divebombers, they must be intercepted before they launch their attack.  They also have DR 3 when doing a dive bombing run, and therefore will likely get most or all of their planes through the AA defense, which will severely harm your ships.  The best defense against PE divebombers is fighters that engage them before their attack run.
     
    Hope that helps!
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    Retribution got a reaction from Wandelaar in African continent in DW   
    Does no one remember Sirocco?  Everywhere between Egypt and South Africa and probably a ways inland is owned by a nation called the Abyssinian Empire that is powerful enough for the Ottomans to be so scared of making them angry that the Ottomans did not pursue the Britannians.  That is at least one Empire in Africa that has successfully established itself and is strong enough to resist European attempts at colonization.
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    Retribution reacted to Crowetor in 2.0 is here!   
    I feel a great disturbance in my wallet....As though a couple hundred dollars cried out and were suddenly silenced.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Texas_Archer in Where will Brittania go in 2.0?   
    Why are people asking for a KoB specific repair ship?  The Vulcan-class Repair Ship works for all nations and can be purchased in groups of 3.  That will repair anything you want.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Galvainn in Idea for Fluff advancement in 2.0   
    First and foremost I don't see the Prussians being able to strike from Greenland.  HS made it clear that it was extremely difficult to get a Prussian Corps to Greenland so that it could strike south, and that was a small Corps.  The Britannians and Russia to a lesser extent have the North Sea mostly cut off.  After all, they have the most powerful single concentration of capital ships anywhere in the world sitting in the North Sea.
     
    Prussia is not that secure.  They had to contribute three corps to defend Belgium and Zeeland including one of their best officers.  The raid on Danish oil platforms displayed how vulnerable they are, and Prussia really has very few troops for offensive actions.  That is demonstrated by their lack of any major offensive so far.  They had only a small force in HS, and in SoS they had to significantly weaken their attack into Tunisia so that they could invade Malta.  I get the impression that the vast majority of Prussia's forces are tied down fighting Russia.  They even have had to augment their fortresses with French divisions in the east.  Prussia has a good position, but limited offensive capability.
     
    I don't think the North Atlantic has that many Imperial Bond navies floating around.  France seems to be concerned with affairs close to home, and the Prussian base in Greenland isn't that strong.  The only navies would be supply convoys to the Caribbean and to Greenland, and both of those routes are extremely dangerous to the Prussian forces undertaking them.
     
    Russia is overstretched, I admit.  The breaking of the Nikolai Line shows that.  Still, they have vast reserves of manpower, I would guess the Tsar is still holding back some of his more potent forces.  Russia has more resources than almost any other empire out there, and possibly they are trying to find a weak point in all of their enemies' forces before hitting that point with a nice hammer blow.  We don't know what Markov has cooking deep in Russia.  They might surprise us, or they might falter.  If the Grand Coalition has a chance of turning the war around, Russia will need to surprise us.
     
    France shouldn't be too worried about Belgium.  7th Land Flotilla was exhausted by Waterloo and the Prussian counteroffensives almost as much as the 4th Legion was.  Plus, all of the Britannian, Canadian, and Russian forces in Belgium are deployed to the front against the Prussians in the North and East.  There would have to be a major reshuffling of forces to turn against France.
     
    South Africa and the waters around India are some of the most secure places in the Kingdom.  South Africa has hardly any threat at all.  There isn't enough Blazing Sun power in the Falklands to strike at South Africa, and Prussia does not have a good enough access to their territories in Central Africa to build up an attack force.  India might only be threatened to the east.  The Ottomans have shown that they are not prepared to fight the professional Britannian forces after SoS, and they are heavily tied down against Russia.  India has one of the most powerful KoB presences as it has KoB Land Flotillas, Indian Land Flotillas, Portuguese forces, Royal Australians, and you can bet the EIMC is not going to forget Singapore anytime soon.  Britannia's position around India and the South Pacific is their most secure of all, and would therefore be the perfect place to attack.
     
    Africa is not good.  I will admit that.  The crippling of Gibraltar is devastating, yes, but think about it.  If they get Spain on their side, the major naval base at Cadiz would provide virtually the same benefit.  Gibraltar might take a year to repair, and in that time Britannia's hold in the Med is tenuous.  But!  Algiers and Oran did not fall!  French forces around Algiers and Oran are in worse position than the Britannian and FSA forces because they are locked into the beachheads.  This is Anzio for the French.  It didn't work.  The Coalition is not in a strong position in West Carthage, but their position isn't tenuous anywhere except Tunisia where they got hit very hard.
     
    We don't know how big the FSA force is.  Only some of it is in New Carthage, the rest is in England.  I got the impression that though it wasn't a massive army, it must be significant.
     
    I disagree about the Franco-Spanish Border.  I believe the last thing Britannia needs is another front.  They are stretched thin everywhere, with FSA and Russian troops taking up the slack in North Africa and England itself!  Although, the thing needed more than anything else right now is for the French to be knocked down a few pegs.  Except for Waterloo they have not had a truly negative operation yet.  Most other nations have.  The thing Britannia needs now, is to use what spare forces it has to strike back at the enemy, and hard, in an area that they are already engaged.  Retake the whole Caribbean and free up substantial FSA forces, or solidify North Africa by kicking out the French, or continue the assault into Zeeland and take the whole of it, or retake Malaysia and Sumatra to provide a buffer zone for India.  The fall of Terneuzen and Antwerp would be a tremendous political hit against Prussia and would give the Grand Coalition a barganning chip if it needed one.  One of Britannia's strongest positions, other than India, is in the North Sea, as the Britannian navy is the strongest force in the area by a large degree.  Especially with only a single Prussian dreadnought anywhere nearby, and that dreadnought is locked into Antwerp because the Britannians control the Western Scheldt.
     
    The way it is going is not good for the Grand Coalition, but I do not believe it is as dire as you predict.  They have the potential to turn it around, but they absolutely must do well in the next campaign book, otherwise they will only be grabbing at bargainning chips for the end of the war.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Presidente in Where will Brittania go in 2.0?   
    Why are people asking for a KoB specific repair ship?  The Vulcan-class Repair Ship works for all nations and can be purchased in groups of 3.  That will repair anything you want.
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    Retribution got a reaction from Presidente in Idea for Fluff advancement in 2.0   
    First and foremost I don't see the Prussians being able to strike from Greenland.  HS made it clear that it was extremely difficult to get a Prussian Corps to Greenland so that it could strike south, and that was a small Corps.  The Britannians and Russia to a lesser extent have the North Sea mostly cut off.  After all, they have the most powerful single concentration of capital ships anywhere in the world sitting in the North Sea.
     
    Prussia is not that secure.  They had to contribute three corps to defend Belgium and Zeeland including one of their best officers.  The raid on Danish oil platforms displayed how vulnerable they are, and Prussia really has very few troops for offensive actions.  That is demonstrated by their lack of any major offensive so far.  They had only a small force in HS, and in SoS they had to significantly weaken their attack into Tunisia so that they could invade Malta.  I get the impression that the vast majority of Prussia's forces are tied down fighting Russia.  They even have had to augment their fortresses with French divisions in the east.  Prussia has a good position, but limited offensive capability.
     
    I don't think the North Atlantic has that many Imperial Bond navies floating around.  France seems to be concerned with affairs close to home, and the Prussian base in Greenland isn't that strong.  The only navies would be supply convoys to the Caribbean and to Greenland, and both of those routes are extremely dangerous to the Prussian forces undertaking them.
     
    Russia is overstretched, I admit.  The breaking of the Nikolai Line shows that.  Still, they have vast reserves of manpower, I would guess the Tsar is still holding back some of his more potent forces.  Russia has more resources than almost any other empire out there, and possibly they are trying to find a weak point in all of their enemies' forces before hitting that point with a nice hammer blow.  We don't know what Markov has cooking deep in Russia.  They might surprise us, or they might falter.  If the Grand Coalition has a chance of turning the war around, Russia will need to surprise us.
     
    France shouldn't be too worried about Belgium.  7th Land Flotilla was exhausted by Waterloo and the Prussian counteroffensives almost as much as the 4th Legion was.  Plus, all of the Britannian, Canadian, and Russian forces in Belgium are deployed to the front against the Prussians in the North and East.  There would have to be a major reshuffling of forces to turn against France.
     
    South Africa and the waters around India are some of the most secure places in the Kingdom.  South Africa has hardly any threat at all.  There isn't enough Blazing Sun power in the Falklands to strike at South Africa, and Prussia does not have a good enough access to their territories in Central Africa to build up an attack force.  India might only be threatened to the east.  The Ottomans have shown that they are not prepared to fight the professional Britannian forces after SoS, and they are heavily tied down against Russia.  India has one of the most powerful KoB presences as it has KoB Land Flotillas, Indian Land Flotillas, Portuguese forces, Royal Australians, and you can bet the EIMC is not going to forget Singapore anytime soon.  Britannia's position around India and the South Pacific is their most secure of all, and would therefore be the perfect place to attack.
     
    Africa is not good.  I will admit that.  The crippling of Gibraltar is devastating, yes, but think about it.  If they get Spain on their side, the major naval base at Cadiz would provide virtually the same benefit.  Gibraltar might take a year to repair, and in that time Britannia's hold in the Med is tenuous.  But!  Algiers and Oran did not fall!  French forces around Algiers and Oran are in worse position than the Britannian and FSA forces because they are locked into the beachheads.  This is Anzio for the French.  It didn't work.  The Coalition is not in a strong position in West Carthage, but their position isn't tenuous anywhere except Tunisia where they got hit very hard.
     
    We don't know how big the FSA force is.  Only some of it is in New Carthage, the rest is in England.  I got the impression that though it wasn't a massive army, it must be significant.
     
    I disagree about the Franco-Spanish Border.  I believe the last thing Britannia needs is another front.  They are stretched thin everywhere, with FSA and Russian troops taking up the slack in North Africa and England itself!  Although, the thing needed more than anything else right now is for the French to be knocked down a few pegs.  Except for Waterloo they have not had a truly negative operation yet.  Most other nations have.  The thing Britannia needs now, is to use what spare forces it has to strike back at the enemy, and hard, in an area that they are already engaged.  Retake the whole Caribbean and free up substantial FSA forces, or solidify North Africa by kicking out the French, or continue the assault into Zeeland and take the whole of it, or retake Malaysia and Sumatra to provide a buffer zone for India.  The fall of Terneuzen and Antwerp would be a tremendous political hit against Prussia and would give the Grand Coalition a barganning chip if it needed one.  One of Britannia's strongest positions, other than India, is in the North Sea, as the Britannian navy is the strongest force in the area by a large degree.  Especially with only a single Prussian dreadnought anywhere nearby, and that dreadnought is locked into Antwerp because the Britannians control the Western Scheldt.
     
    The way it is going is not good for the Grand Coalition, but I do not believe it is as dire as you predict.  They have the potential to turn it around, but they absolutely must do well in the next campaign book, otherwise they will only be grabbing at bargainning chips for the end of the war.
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    Retribution reacted to YouLookLikeANail in Battle Group Francis Bacon   
    Painted up my second Aristotle, the al Biruni.  Looks pretty much like the first one ...
     
     

     
     
    There is a significant difference in the quality of the water sculpting on the perspex, however.  Sculpting water is not easy but I would call this some serious improvement.
     
     

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    Retribution got a reaction from Grey Mage in Dystopian Wars Playtester Thread   
    Then call it an 'Incendiary-payload Rigid Assault Airship'.  Or just call it a Gryf-class Airship.  Or call it the 'Flying Polish Death Stick'.  Does the name really matter that much?  I want to see what it can do first.
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    Retribution reacted to darkjedi203 in Dystopian Wars Playtester Thread   
    Let it come into RB 2. Russia has a score to settle.     
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    Retribution got a reaction from Marquis in I want more for the major fleet's   
    Germany didn't cheat by attacking the nations one at a time, they were brilliant.  Remember they may have stripped the west to fight Poland, but France and England were at war with Germany by September 3, so they took a calculated risk that paid off.
     
    Germany didn't lose the war because the US reacted too early, they lost the war on the 22 of June 1941 when they invaded Russia.
     
    Germany didn't actively try to stop World War I, but no one else did either.  Germany and Austria had a pact saying if one got attacked the other would help and they would go to war.  Germany saw Russia as a giant that would take a long time to effectively mobilize (correct) and so planned to take France out of the war rapidly (which they almost did) then turn to face the Russian giant before Russia could fully mobilize.  Why attack France? Because France and Russia had a pact that if either went to war the other would as well.  Austria and Serbia really started the war.  Also, Austria and Germany didn't fight all those powers alone.  Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire were also members of the Central Powers.
     
    In Dystopian Wars China is not as significant because of several reasons.  Reason 1 is they are allied with the Blazing Sun so you don't have that long and protracted hatred and series of wars.  Reason 2 is that they and Russia have a huge amount of respect for each other and neither wants to repeat the earlier war where millions died for no gain.  Reason 3 is that China simply doesn't have the same tech that the other nations and powers have, and Reason 4 is that they only have border contact with the KoB and Russia.  They don't want to face Russia because of the aforementioned history, and they have no problem with the KoB whatsoever.  Prussia on the other hand is hugely significant.  Controlling one of the most industrialized areas in the world and dominating Europe makes them hugely significant.  They pretty well control France because of the Imperial Bond, and the Italian States are intimidated into allying with them.  Controlling all of Central Europe also makes it hard for the KoB and Russia to unite together.  Also the Prussians have I believe the second largest naval fleet in the world, only beaten by Britannia.  This combined with their possessions in Greenland, the Caribbean, and Central Africa along with their formidable alliance system and their old and deep hatred of Russia, Britannia, and Poland makes them a powerhouse of a nation.  Prussia also defeated Napoleon and nearly conquered Europe before being defeated by the Britannians at Waterloo and the Russians at Smolensk, so they have history on their side as well.
     
    I would like to see force expansions for KoB, PE, RC, FSA, EotBS, and CoA, as they could all use them.  Expanded aerial ships for some nations, more varied and specialized naval options for others, expanded land options for all.  I posted a thread a while back with some ideas on it.  I would like to see super-dreads for a select few nations (EotBS and PE maybe FSA) and more ships of the battleship size class that are specialized for certain playing styles or fighting certain things.
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    Retribution got a reaction from spaceship_2012 in I want more for the major fleet's   
    Germany didn't cheat by attacking the nations one at a time, they were brilliant.  Remember they may have stripped the west to fight Poland, but France and England were at war with Germany by September 3, so they took a calculated risk that paid off.
     
    Germany didn't lose the war because the US reacted too early, they lost the war on the 22 of June 1941 when they invaded Russia.
     
    Germany didn't actively try to stop World War I, but no one else did either.  Germany and Austria had a pact saying if one got attacked the other would help and they would go to war.  Germany saw Russia as a giant that would take a long time to effectively mobilize (correct) and so planned to take France out of the war rapidly (which they almost did) then turn to face the Russian giant before Russia could fully mobilize.  Why attack France? Because France and Russia had a pact that if either went to war the other would as well.  Austria and Serbia really started the war.  Also, Austria and Germany didn't fight all those powers alone.  Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire were also members of the Central Powers.
     
    In Dystopian Wars China is not as significant because of several reasons.  Reason 1 is they are allied with the Blazing Sun so you don't have that long and protracted hatred and series of wars.  Reason 2 is that they and Russia have a huge amount of respect for each other and neither wants to repeat the earlier war where millions died for no gain.  Reason 3 is that China simply doesn't have the same tech that the other nations and powers have, and Reason 4 is that they only have border contact with the KoB and Russia.  They don't want to face Russia because of the aforementioned history, and they have no problem with the KoB whatsoever.  Prussia on the other hand is hugely significant.  Controlling one of the most industrialized areas in the world and dominating Europe makes them hugely significant.  They pretty well control France because of the Imperial Bond, and the Italian States are intimidated into allying with them.  Controlling all of Central Europe also makes it hard for the KoB and Russia to unite together.  Also the Prussians have I believe the second largest naval fleet in the world, only beaten by Britannia.  This combined with their possessions in Greenland, the Caribbean, and Central Africa along with their formidable alliance system and their old and deep hatred of Russia, Britannia, and Poland makes them a powerhouse of a nation.  Prussia also defeated Napoleon and nearly conquered Europe before being defeated by the Britannians at Waterloo and the Russians at Smolensk, so they have history on their side as well.
     
    I would like to see force expansions for KoB, PE, RC, FSA, EotBS, and CoA, as they could all use them.  Expanded aerial ships for some nations, more varied and specialized naval options for others, expanded land options for all.  I posted a thread a while back with some ideas on it.  I would like to see super-dreads for a select few nations (EotBS and PE maybe FSA) and more ships of the battleship size class that are specialized for certain playing styles or fighting certain things.
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    Retribution reacted in Losing faith in Her Majesties forces.   
    I'm in favour of allowing the KoB Air Cadre to be the element that provides the AP-Aggression for the Fleets.
     
    Both Land and Sea are AP-lite, and I like the idea of the Air bridging the gap.
     [......besides.....I find the image of hairy-assed Scotsmen jetting towards an enemy target, kilts flying in the wind, with the intent of sticking a long sword in the enemy....oddly amusing!.....FREEDOM!!! and all that ****]
     
    In all seriousness, neither the Land or Sea for KoB will need much help with the changes afoot, so the Air MUST differentiate itself to make it a viable choice through substitution - what better way to do so than to broaden out a section of their ORBAT that has been traditionally below par. This has the added benefit of introducing the KoB player to an aspect of the game they have, up until now, been the victim of, rather than the instigator - Boarding!
     
    To answer a few questions......
    Piercing?......Ammo Type..... a more generic High Velocity rule
    Dash+Elan et-al...... Crew Type...... not a MAR at all!
    More BB-Turrets in the fleet.....not sure where BasicBob got his Dread-Turret notion from?!?
     
    The KoB are pretty brutal at present in our testing, with Land and Sea being top-tier - especially with the threat of KoB Air-Assault looming mid->late game.
    As Corporal Jones famously said..... "Don't Panic!!!" ......all will be spiffing soon.
     
    Cheers,
    d
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    Retribution reacted to BasicBob in Losing faith in Her Majesties forces.   
    No thats what those Scotsman do who are playtesting DW 2.0 !!!   ( check Delboy's location )
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    Retribution got a reaction from vonHymack in Russian Coalition Colour Scheme Database   
    Here are some of my Russian Coalition models.  I find it moderately disturbing that my paint scheme is nearly identical to darkjedi203's, but hey, great minds think alike.  The land models aren't too original, I got a lot of my ideas from what the books had in them.
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    Retribution reacted in January 2014 Release: The Black Wolf Naval Battle Group   
    What better way to keep your hands clean than to have a dummy corporation/merc fleet ply the waves causing havoc, breaking up powers that are ascendant and causing all nations to be mindful of defending their merchant shipping interests with their Battle Fleets rather than using them for global expansion?
     
    Carefully focused havoc. Directed according to a grand plan.......sounds suitably Covenant to me! <steeples fingers and affects a brooding laugh for emphasis>
     
    If the Covenant rescued Nikonov from certain death at the hands of the Brits....... wouldn't he be grateful?
    If they outfitted ships to carry advanced weaponry and offered these mercs safe ports of call at their secret bases across the world...... wouldn't he be beholden to them?
    If they asked him to raid, pillage and burn [all the things he would have done anyways!] in accordance to their wishes...... wouldn't he say "Oh, go on then!" ...... especially if the carrot of more advanced tech were dangled before him!   
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    Retribution got a reaction from BasicBob in Prussian overseas holdings.   
    Actually, I believe the Dutch colonies in Indonesia are owned by Portugal in Dystopian Wars and are allied to the Britannians.
     
    On the topic of introducing the Prussians to the Pacific I actually have a basic outline of a campaign I hope to play with my group at the conclusion of my current one.  The premise is that in the interest of supporting the Blazing Suns against the formidable Britannian, Russian, and American forces surrounding them the Prussians try to send a fleet into the Pacific.  They do this by starting from Greenland and crossing the Arctic Circle and passing through the Bering Strait into the Pacific.  They then assault a few of the Aleutian Islands to act as a forward base, and then they sail to the Japanese islands and are deployed into the Pacific from there.  It gets the Prussians into the Pacific and has a sort of possible premise as to how they got there.
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    Retribution reacted to c0rruptd in Discussion Of Allies Rules   
    From what I'm seeing, the main complaint is 'I can't use my Nation X unit in my Nation Y army without having to make some concessions at this exact point in time', correct?

    What we are seeing is just the evolution of the ruleset. Some people don't like the changes, that's inevitable with any rule changes. But saying that Spartan Games are 'screwing over their customers, GW style' is unneeded melodrama.

    Hell, if the rules play out exactly like everyone seems to be predicting, I can't use my Fausts (probably my favourite land unit along with the Metzger) with my Prussians without taking an Aufseher. And that's only if my opponent lets me. But I'm ok with that, it's a side effect of of an incomplete rules overhaul as it stands. The only information we have so far is 'Minor/Major are probably vanishing, Lend/Lease and Alliance rules will be replacing them in some/different capacities'. At this point, we simply do not know what is happening with DW 2.0, the remainder of the PLC (Land Forces) or any of the other Dominions/Minor Nations. For all we know, they could be free to be picked for any nation in the Alliance, with no need for the Alliance Rules at all. I'm sure that would keep some people happy...

    At any rate, until we actually know what the over-arching plan here is going to be, I'd stop crying 'the sky is falling'. We simply don't know what is in the pipeline. 
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    Retribution reacted to BasicBob in Discussion Of Allies Rules   
    I just can't agree with this at all. There are far too many fallacious comments in cbgad's post to give it any credence whatsoever. First off to give the impression that there are no longer any Prussian units available to the Danes is totally erroneous. Besides that one of the Prussian units listed by you the Emperor BB is still listed as a "lend-lease" unit for the Danes. Furthermore you are not forced to buy anything new in order to still play a Danish fleet. The existing models under lend-lease coupled with the two original Danish ship designs will give you a core naval force.
     
    The fact that Spartan Games decided to enhance yours and mine playing experience with the Danes by providing us with new models of a Danish design is something that should be appreciated NOT ridiculed. I have models also that are no longer considered core Danish , but because of not despite of the alliance rules I can still use them. That is still important and means you and I have not lost anything in the changes and still have valid models.
     
    I don't mean to harp on you, but this carping from the back benches is getting a little tiresome. Think of what we have gained, not the little that we lost.
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