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On an interesting note:. That ship is also new to me and the other betas.

 Good news is that that means y'all will be getting more releases also.

   I would guess that the units we currently are testing to be announced soonish.  

The units we currently have like the one picture are also for fleets already in the game. 

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Well it looks like we are getting new ships and a new plot line!

It is to early to see how the other nations get involved, so I can only guess as to there part.

The new Brit ship has all the makings of a monitor as pictured. Any one else get the feeling Legions is going to be used heavily in the story line.

Hope the EotBS get a fleet carrier or escort carrier for there special. What would you like to see for your nation?

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Funny, I've actually been wondering for a bit what the next thing is for Dystopian Wars. Spartan has fleshed out the model range very nicely for land, sea, and air for all the major and minor factions, I think. Advancing the timeline and opening a new theater in the war is an interesting direction for Spartan to take. Advancing the timeline could introduce new, more advanced versions of the current ships (not necessarily even the same hulls, but for example new battleships for the later period). This could mean that games could be played along the timeline--using older or newer ships.

And I'm all for opening a new front, especially if it's Africa. I think Spartan has a real opportunity to shine here with their proven ability to design great models. This could also be an excuse for them to debut new factions and maybe make the land forces side of Dystopian Wars more interesting (most of the players I've encountered primarily play naval and aerial forces). Think about it: Africa is a vast continent with many types of terrain, and factions based in the interior would need to have good land and air forces to cover and govern those huge distances. Given some of the large lakes and rivers in the continent's interior, Spartan could also introduce riverine and freshwater naval forces (there is historical precedent for this).

What I hope they don't do, however, is "carve up" Africa using the current major and minor powers. That's a little too close to actual history. It would be much more interesting, and more fitting in the Dystopian Wars alternate history timeline, to have actual Africa-based factions. These could be major powers, but it might be more compelling for them to be a collection of minor powers that could act as allies to fight off the invaders. I'm thinking desert raiders from a Sahara-based faction, excelling at speed and quick strikes (like LoIS ships, but on land); towering landships with lots of supporting tanks for factions based on the plains of East Africa; walkers that can stride across the jungles of the continent's center. Maybe some land vehicles based on hippos or elephants, like we've seen already with the Raj.
 

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A little bit of colonialism never hurt anyone...

But nah, I think it could be interesting to have different factions take different approaches, with the Imperialist powers attempting to do what happened in history, while some of the other nations intervene. Britannia & Prussia push in from their respective current locations, France comes in through Algeria- but then are met with Egypt, which we know to be at least a notable power. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire are pushed by their Covenant Allies to supply the locals with arms and intervene against the imperialists. The Covenant themselves could send a force to try and ruin some plans, probably through South Africa.

Of course, we all know what we want to see here- Rorke's Drift with landships. There's no way we can have a steampunk Africa campaign without it. Either the Zulus have their own vault or were sold/given landships by some of the other powers. It is imperative that the African nations have landships, one way or another.

 

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At first I thought that was an elongated Cruiser with two Cromwell bombards loaded on to it . . . but on closer examination there does not appear to be any bombard tracks.  Wasn't there a MAR in 1.0 that allowed a gun to fire Fore or Aft?  (or Port or Starboard in this instance).

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I'll wait and see. Spartan when they do communicate talk a good game however the follow through is lacking. Whilst it's nice to see some new models and talk of an Africa campaign, past campaign books have been pretty bad and their handling of the background when it comes to an alternate version of these massive events isn't stellar either.

I'm not convinced new models for all their game lines is really the solution (excluding dead as doornails Legion), meaningful campaign books would possibly do more I feel.

However an update is an update so kudos there.

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From the Facebook thread...

" We also understand that some of you have expressed concerns over the pricing of these models, and that's completely your prerogative. We've priced them as competitively as we can, having to take into account, as some of you have mentioned, our licensing, production and packaging costs, among other things. We're considering putting up a blog discussing some of the reasoning behind our pricing strategies - can I ask if this is something you'd all be interested in seeing? "

Please Lord don't make this the " jump the shark moment " when Spartan Games prices themselves along GW's business plan!

PS.  It took 3 years for Battlefront to do so. Maybe SG's is at that point also. :(:(:(

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For reference that quote is specifically about some of the Halo Ground control models they had pictured on FB.  If I remember right they were large plastic vehicle kits, the drop ships.  Considering that DW does not have plastic or licensing fees I don't think that should be taken as any indication as to what we'll see.

Also, its been quite a while since I played 40k and I don't have a great size comparison but the size Spartan has said I think is significantly bigger for a similar cost.  The dropships also have other stuff in the box, but without actual pictures and a knowledge of the system I can't say if those things are of any real substance or not.

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35 minutes ago, Erloas said:

For reference that quote is specifically about some of the Halo Ground control models they had pictured on FB.  If I remember right they were large plastic vehicle kits, the drop ships.  Considering that DW does not have plastic or licensing fees I don't think that should be taken as any indication as to what we'll see.

Also, its been quite a while since I played 40k and I don't have a great size comparison but the size Spartan has said I think is significantly bigger for a similar cost.  The dropships also have other stuff in the box, but without actual pictures and a knowledge of the system I can't say if those things are of any real substance or not.

Well the Dreadbots sure were not cheap! You could get the new naval fleet boxes for the same cost as one Dreadbot. That's 2 larges, 4 or 5 Mediums, 9 Smalls and 16 SAS with two movement trays all for the same cost as one Dreadbot. That was the last new product from them for DW's.

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