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Just got the rulebook and the Republique of France naval battle group box. Going up to my local place Tuesday to check out a few games.

Is this a good start or what?!
 

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Just got the rulebook and the Republique of France naval battle group box. Going up to my local place Tuesday to check out a few games.

Is this a good start or what?!
I also collect RoF! I got the rulebook on launch day and have had 3 games so far. I love it so far, it's my new favourite tabletop game. All the new models Spartan Games are releasing are amazing in my opinion.

When you say the naval battle group do you mean the older box set or the new one below?

http://shop.spartangames.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DWRF51

I traded away a lot of my 40k for some of the older box sets to get me started. However, I ordered the new naval one and it should be here tomorrow :) I can't wait to check out the Saint Malo, looks like a sweet model.

I'd recommend you try incorporating some Aerial units as you learn the game, just because they are a lot of fun. The Tourbillion Sky Fortress in combination with the Couronne carrier gives you a load of tiny flier tokens to support your naval fleet (22 altogether IIRC). Also, Voltaire interceptors are really cool, i'm trying them out in squadrons of 2. We seem to have quite a strong airforce to support our naval fleets.

Oh and my Vauban should arrive this week too! :)



Fun times :)
 

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I got the older boxed sets. Just primed up my ships this morning!

The newer naval BG boxes look pretty useful. Not that the older ones are underwhelming or anything, looks like you get a solid force to start with (1 Large/1 Med/2 small + some aerial stuff). You ordered the newer naval BG? That was going to be my next step as well.

Honestly, I dove in for two reasons, the models are cool and remind me of Command and Conquer, Red Alert, and it's UBER popular at my LGS.

I'll be heading up Tuesday to get my feet wet. No pun intended.
 

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Cool! Well, hope you enjoy it as much as I do...Take at least 2 models with a heat lance is my advice haha Those things are crazy good. Also, buy a big admiral chair for your battles lol
The new naval fleet is pretty useful: I ordered it mainly for the Saint Malo and the Cherbourg. You get x6 free submarines with the Saint Malo too.
 

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I an loving the models! Probably going to order the new fleet box soon, though the Charlemagne looks absolutely epic.

Also going to add a Sky Fortress and Metzger to my PE Fleet.

What is the usual poimt size for games in your area? 1k?
 

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I've gone for 1,500 lists for home games :)
 

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We are escalating it slowly as we all learn the new rules, as this seems the most logical thing to do: 750pts, last week 1000pts, this week 1250pts. Do whatever you are comfortable really. My first game was 750pts but we didnt finish within 3 hours, as obviously there was a lot to learn. Second game went a lot smoother though, and last week we almost finished a game at 1000pts within the 3 hours. The trouble is that we constantly have to refer to the download-only stats for the units that werent included in the rulebook (there are quite a lot), so that kind of bogged it down a bit until we started memorising them. I really need to print them out but my printer is broken so right now I have to sift through my ipod touch pdf reader to view them.

Well, I might be able to add my new goodies this week, if they arrive tomorrow. Will probably take the St. Malo and definitely the Cherbourg (all those heat lances). I think next week we will be doing 1500pts, so I will definitely be taking the Vauban then! :)

Do you think a 300pt Sky Fortress is viable in a 1250pt game Tawa? It's so tempting...lol

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Mine still hasn't come :( Gonna just have to use what i've got tomorrow.

They look good so far! The Marseilles never seem to work for me though, they always die before doing much damage. I am looking into getting the Toulons instead for my Medium selections (and a Cherbourg). Their heat lances might do more damage. I may try the Marseilles one more time tomorrow.
 

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I ordered mine UPS Second Day, it was only $5 more than standard anyway.

Still getting the rules down, going up to my LGS to check the game out in more depth this evening after work. As it is, i'll have the old naval battle group, plus the new one when it arrives.

The Toulons look pretty good, can't beat a nice hardy unit with heat lances. Which is why I'm interested in the Charlemagne!
 

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Just joined the Dystopian Wars club at my LGS. Got integrated by one of the guys who works at the shop, great time tonight. Didn't bring anything, just had a little meet and greet. Very excited!

And bought a Tourbillion too! Perhaps it shall be the seat of my Commodore.
 

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Do you think a 300pt Sky Fortress is viable in a 1250pt game Tawa? It's so tempting...lol
That could be either a master stroke or an epic fail. Fun either way though :)
 

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Well this week was called off...But probably a good thing because the new box set only just arrived today! I also ordered x3 Toulons direct from Spartan so they should be with me by next week. I will have a heat lance heavy list next Wednesday with a good airforce supporting it bahahahah. And it's escalating to 1500pts, so I can try loads more toys!

Einherjar: The Tourbillion is cool. Slow as hell (6"), but if you move in a straight line you get an extra 2" due to Advanced Engines. It's good to remember this in a pinch, as the difference between Range Band 3 and Range band 2 can make a big difference.
The other cool thing about Tourbillions is that you get free tiny flier tokens with it. Nice. They are good to run in smaller points games I think, as they are very reasonably priced.

I may actually run a Vauban, Tourbillion, Couronne combination in higher points games. I think that would get you a total of 32 SAS. I would probably back that up with a couple of Frelon and Voltaire squadrons. That is a BIIIIG airforce. Quite fluffy too, as we are supposed to have the best airforce in the DW world.

Tawa: Have you tried out the different types of SAS and have views on what are the best? I have tried out fighters and dive bombers. The Dive Bombers seem like my favourite so far, it's just a matter of getting them close enough. Torpedo Bombers don't look like they can do enough damage. Fighters just do what they do. I'm honestly just thinking of taking the (almost) mandatory x1 spotter plane, 25% fighters and 75% dive bombers at all times.

Think I might go for something like this at 1500pts:

Naval Fleet:

Saint Malo Heavy Battleship

Cherbourgh Battle Cruiser

Toulon Armoured Cruisers x3

Lyon Frigate x4


Aerial Fleet:
Vauban Sky Fortress

Voltaire Heavy Interceptor x2
Voltaire Heavy Interceptor x2

Frelon Bomber x4
Frelon Bomber x4

SAS x20

:1445pts (without upgrades)
 

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Well, have to say I wasn't that impressed with the St. Malo. Just didn't do anything, though didn't manage to finish the game so maybe late game at close range it would've shown it's true colours. The free subs are not bad at taking out small vessels or already weakened mediums though. Surprisingly good.

I also tested out the Cherbourg and a squad of x3 Toulons. Different story with these! The Toulons are eye-wateringly good for 2 main reasons: They can link their heat lancettes for absolutely devastating attacks at range band 3 and below. Secondly, even if you lose one of them you still have two very destructive linked heat lancettes to play with. This makes them more durable than the Cherbourg, but of course this comes with an appropriate price tag: 255pts for the squadron of x3. Still worth it though, in my eyes. They will be an auto-include from now on.

Cherbourg: x3 Heat Lances. For 110pts. Enough said. Only downside is that it could be considered a bit of a glass cannon, but it's not that weak in all honesty. I think you have to use it correctly: I was told to use it creep down a flank, perhaps supported by some aircraft or some small vessels. I did this and it survived the game whilst wiping out a small squadron and putting a load of damage on a medium vessel, making it's points back and then some. For me, it's another auto-include from now on. The price tag is very cheap for the amount of pain it can dish out, and it's going to be another "must-deal-with" unit for your opponent once he realises the pain it can dish out.

I am beginning to feel our best naval units are the mediums. I think i'd roll with x2 Cherbourghs and a squad of x3 Toulons and then a Couronne as the massive capital, just because I find it cheap for what it can give to an army (more SAS and a heavy heat lance to sit back and deal damage from afar) and that gives us more points to spend on the Medium heavy hitters.
I think this core needs some backing up though, because just spamming heat lances creates an unbalanced force (this aint 40K: balanced is much more rewarded) despite the fact that they are indeed rather flexible. If your opponent takes a lot of small or tiny units you wont be able to target them with these medium/large heat lance bearing vessels. This will create major problems. So I think I will back up with a sprinkling of Frelons and Voltaires or possibly Requins and Lyons.
The other weakness is that heat lancettes are rather short ranged: So I think some units with rocket battery weapons would be a good idea, to create that extra balance and long-range threat.

Anyone else played anymore games recently?
 

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Are you guys seeing the amazing stuff Spartan Games has been showing off on their FB page? PlanetFall looks so cool!
 
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