Gen-Con is up and running. Quite a few surprises are sure to come from it over the next two days. The first one is likely from UK’s Spartan Games, who just revealed that they are throwing their hat into the equally popular and contested field of 28mm skirmish games with their latest offering: Dystopian Legions.
Spartan Games is a miniature company that is well-known for their trilogy of naval games; Firestorm Armada for space combat, Uncharted Seas for fantasy naval action and – crucially – Dystopian Wars, which completes their triple in an alternative history, steam punk 1870′s setting. Dystopian Legions is clearly a spin-off from the last, bringing you 28mm skirmish action in the Dystopian Universe, “where Victorian super science fiction has created a fascinating and brutal arena for a deadly world war.”
Here is the tweet that broke the news in the late (UK) afternoon of the 16th.
Dystopian Legions – Action-Packed 28mm Scale Tabletop Wargaming bit.ly/OkHb4v
— Spartan Games (@spartangames) August 16, 2012
Dystopian Legions: 28mm Action in the Dystopian Universe
Quite obviously, Spartan Games wants to bring the more personal, more intimate action of smaller skirmishes to their Dystopian Universe.
Having brought carnage to the Dystopian battlefields with giant tanks, massive airships and technologically advanced naval vessels it is now time to get up close and personal with your warfare. It is up to your platoons of infantry to storm enemy positions, capture towns, secure strategic objectives and devastate rival nations.
Infantry sections are the building block of Dystopian Legions, but we’ve created so much more for gamers to build their armies with. Also available for battlefield commanders will be elite infantry units, section upgrades, mechanised walkers, tankettes, armoured personnel carriers and special characters, such as leaders and scientists who can inspire your men and cause fear in the enemy.
Here is a little “action-shot” of how this will look playing Dystopian Legions.
They clearly worked very hard at preserving the lovingly retro, 1920′s pulp sci-fi theme to their Dystopian Universe. Here is a shot of one of the larger units for this game that showcases this nicely.
If that Isn’t a robot straight from a black-and-white sci-fi movie, I don’t know what is! That picture below literally speaks more than 1000 words about what you can expect from this game.
How will it play? No idea…
These pictures aside, there is next to nothing about the actual game in the current release. Here is the parcel they added, which does sound promising (and perhaps a slight stab at the allegedly high and growing entry barriers of some of the popular 28mm skirmish games).
The game is scalable from a small number of models right the way up to a full blown company of men with armoured support. A modular approach to army building guarantees the game embraces further new releases and game expansions.
Moreover, the game will obviously feature the four factions familiar from Dystopian Wars. These are (all with new mini pictures and concept art):
- Empire of the Blazing Sun (Shinobi Ninjas!!)
- Federated States of America
- Kingdom of Britannia (with a pretty cool flight officer)
- Prussian Empire
That is about all. But the game is scheduled for release this October. Presumably the rules are thus finished and perhaps even available at Gen-Con. If someone across the sea is attending Gen-Con and knows a bit more, leave a comment below and share your insights.