Friday, January 01, 2016

Don't Blow up my Christmas Gifts! 2015

I was happy to find a few gaming pieces under the tree this year, and today provided a chance to play with a few of them.  These pieces were for Dystopian Legions, and one in particular is the Patriot Transport for the FSA (Federated States of America).

This little tank is armed with the Orlington .70 Cal Machine Gun, on a rotating turret.  Faster than infantry, and reasonably armoured, it carries up to 6 infantry models into combat.  Sections can equip up to 2 as an attachment and begin the game embarked in it.

A couple of things I really like about the piece is that even when it has disembarked its section, it has a use to provide light fire support, and it can be used to steam through, forcing models to disengage from melee.

As a model, I am astounded at the detail and shear amount of resin in the model.  It is a solid block of resin, giving it a hefty feel in the hand.  Assembly was extremely simple, with only 7 kinds of pieces.

  • Main Body
  • 2 tracks
  • 2 track covers
  • 2 bumpers
  • Passenger block
  • Turret
  • Main Gun

With some crazy glue, it took no more than 10 minutes to clean and assemble, though in this sense I wouldn't have minded more of a hobby model type assembly.

For an example of some on the table drama, here is how it played out in our game today.
  • Turn 1, it steamed up the field at full speed.
  • Turn 2, It closed on its target, crashing through the sandbags to disgorge a team of Armoured Infantry, who proceeded to fire and kill a Japanese Lieutenant.  My opponent fired at it with his Field gun, and narrowly missed damaging it.
  • Turn 3, The exploding sixes went crazy!! My opponent again fired at the Patriot, rolling 10 Red dice, and 21 successes! Kaboom, there went my Patriot APC!  In the process however, the blast killed his nearby commanding officer, Master Okinawa.

Ha! That's what you get for blowing up my Christmas Gifts!

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