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You are reading the 'Featured Non-GW System of the Month - April 2009'. This Months chosen system is 'AT-43'. Throughout this Review you will find out a bit about the game play of AT-43, the miniatures of AT-43 and stockists will be found here too towards the end of this review (NOTE - I cannot guarantee a Full List).
If you have any questions about this review or the featured system after you've read it, then please feel free to ask away.
AT-43 is a Sci-Fi tabletop war-game which uses 28mm miniatures and terrain created by the popular French company called Rackham and was initially released in December 2006 (same month as this website!). Unlike the majority of Tabletop war games however, AT-43 miniatures are all supplies pre-assembled and pre-painted allowing players to be able to jump into the battlefield immediately after starting up. It is an intense and fast-paced game in which experience war gamers can test their tactical abilities and in which beginners can discover the pleasure of thrilling futuristic battles with a game easy to learn and ready to play.
AT-43 is described by its’ creators as something that could be compared to a mix between chess, for the tactical part, and poker, for the luck and bluff components. In AT-43 humanity is at war with the technologically advanced and robotic race of the Therians whose wish is to transform all planets in order to create their ideal paradise. Although the UNA and the RedBlok (described later) are often assumed to be the Human Race it is not strictly true as it is in fact the Therians who are the true Human Race. This is known from the fact they reside from a small Solar system on the spiraling arm of the Milky Way called SOL and originates from the third planet from the sun (as you know, Earth).
AT-43 features an interchangeable parts aspects in which allows all players to modify their models in order to better suit them for their personal strategies which they will incorporate into the game. Also provided for the game are various pieces of 3-dimentional terrain and 2-dimentional gaming mats that allow players to choose between playing mission-based objective games or standard skirmish based games.
AT-43 was inspired by various historical happening:
AT-43 is designed for people of the age 12 and over and is designed for two or more players. To master this game then a great amount of Strategic skills will be required as the game itself is very strategy based. One game will usually take around 5 minutes to set up and around 30 minutes to play (on average).
There are six forces in AT-43:
· The U.N.A - The U.N.A. army, known as the White Stars, are typical sci-fi space military, supported by heavy mechs.
· The Red Blok - Red Blok is a second human army. Their design harkens to that of soviet Russia, circa the 1940s - 1960's, and their illustrative back-story adds to the historical satire of their existence.
· The Therians - Therians are a hostile invading race of post singularity humanoids who use skeletal, cybernetic troops. Therians are in fact the descendants of humanity and that Sol is the sun at the heart of Thera, the first habitat they constructed.
· The Karmans - Karmans are an alien simian race, with advanced battle armor. They use strong melee attacks and fast, close range, shooting weapons, which are assisted by quick hover vehicles.
· The Cogs - Not much is known about the Cogs. They have been shown carrying quantum blades and a large, multi-shot missile launcher.
· The O.C.I - They appear to be a UNA corporation of cybernetically enhanced zombies, equipped with prosthetic weapons, TacArms of their own design, and their guards appear to wear UNA armor, paired with masks.
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The miniatures produced by Rackham for the game AT-43 are of all pre-painted and pre-assembled and for this type of miniature are extremely good especially for the pre-painted side of things. All miniatures are plastic. The sculpts are also very good for pre-assembled minis in my opinion.
Here are some of the miniatures provided:
Here are the stockists I know of so far. I will add to it as I go but I'm not known for knowing many independant retailers so it's only the few I do know that stock AT-43 that'll be listed here. If you know of any others feel free to let me know so I can add them to the list.