View Full Version : DUST: Axis Army - Verflucht 13th "Hellhounds"

24-08-2013, 20:57
A few weeks ago, some of my friends decided to pick up Dust and persuaded me to start a force too. I had been familiar with the models somewhat, but had never played it(still haven't yet in fact). I'm somewhat of a sucker for big boxed sets, which probably a result of a wide-eyed 14 year old me picking up the 40k 2nd edition box way back when, and loving all the treasures contained within. Anyway, this led me to looking around online for a copy of the out of print original core set, which I was actually able to find relatively easy and for a great price. I've also purchased a copy of the revised core set and a copy of the Dust Warfare rulebook, so I think I've got pretty good core forces for both Axis and Allies.

I've decided to work on the Axis units first, as I like the walkers and also like the aesthetic of the gas-masked stormtroopers. Plus they have zombies and lasers and all that fun stuff, too. One unfortunate aspect of my modeling hobby is I can never leave well enough alone, and usually want to change up the stock units in some way. This has proved a tad more difficult with the soft plastic of the Dust models, and the scale makes it a bit more tricky to find conversion parts, but I've got a few things changed here and there.

I started by basing all my Axis units from the original core set. These will have a urban winter theme, so snow on the bases will come after painting.


The infantry units have been glued and the waist and head, as I did not like the moving parts. It felt too toy-like and I want static poses for painting.



24-08-2013, 20:58
The next step in assembly was to magnetize the walkers. I should be able to buy one more medium walker box and have all options available once they are magnetized. This sort of counter my typical desire for static models with no moving parts or joints, but I decided the game play flexibility would be better in the long run, especially since I am unfamiliar with what units or I will end up liking on the battlefield.

Here is a mini-tutorial on how I magnetized the first walker.

First, I cut away part of the female end of the peg insert and scraped and filed it flat to have a good surface to glue the magnet:


I did a quick test fit just to make sure it would line up how I wanted:


I then carefully cut the peg of the male end and scraped it flat and level as well:



I also initially wanted to magnetize the waist too, but decided against it once I had it together. I've still added this part to the tutorial in case anyone wants to try it themselves.

(Pro-tip: Always mark your magnets on the end with a sharpie or marker. When you have them separated you don't want to get them mixed up and glue the wrong ends onto your model.)


I cut away a recessed area so the magnet could sit flush and glued it in place:


I then cut the peg off the torso and filed it flat and glued the magnet in place. Note: you should cut this shorter than pictured or the model will sit too high. Learn from my oversight! ;)


Give everything a good, long while to dry or the magnets will pull themselves off the glue points and may end up glued together as well. Once it is all dry you are all set!



24-08-2013, 20:58
While I was letting the glue on my walker dry, I had a little side project going. I am not a big fan of the heroes in the core set, and wanted to change the Sigrid model. Remember when I said I liked gas masks?




There are a few GW bits for the backpack and air tank. I still need to find a suitable peaked cap to finish her off, but I'm gonna have to place a bits order for that.

If you've read this far, thanks for taking a look, and reading my ramblings. I'll readily admit I can be a bit long-winded in my posts. I make up for that by posting infrequently, so hopefully it evens out in the end! :D

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I do appreciate any comments or criticism as well, so please let me know what you think!

25-08-2013, 21:24
That is a really funky conversion. For some reason it never occured to me to actually convert the Dust figures, which is why I never picked it up. I think I now might give it a go.

Looking forward to more :)

25-08-2013, 22:50
The main difference between Dust models and GW models, is they use a soft plastic rather than the hard plastic like GW. Still easy to convert, you just have to get used to the difference. The other issue is that GW models use the "heroic" 28mm scale, and as a result, most 3rd part bits makers cater to those proportions for their bits. Dust is a realistic 28mm scale, so for example GW heads will be much too large for Dust models. That said, there are a bunch of military models and bits sellers that work very well for Dust. I'm just discovering all this myself, and it is cool to get out of my GW comfort zone. There is definitely a good bit of "unlearning" to do having been nearly exclusively playing GW games.

I would definitely recommend giving it a try, though! The models are so cheap that you can get two decent sized forces for less than a small 40k army. While I haven't played yet, the rules look really fun and the reviews on the gameplay I've read all rate it very high. It certainly helps if you're into Weird World War 2 stuff, but if not you may still like the lore of the Dust world. It should get really cool when the Alien faction gets released!

Anyway, enough with the recruiting. :D Here's my first test model.




16-09-2013, 01:59
I've finished my first squad, and for those who have been following, I initially planned a winter, urban theme. Well, I changed my plans after painting the test model. I've gone for a more generic theme that will work on any type of table, so the cloth is now the standard Axis grey, but the armor color is the same.

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/16/538226_sm-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/538226-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.html)

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/16/538227_sm-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/538227-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.html)

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/16/538231_sm-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/538231-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.html)

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/16/538228_sm-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/538228-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.html)

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/16/538232_sm-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/538232-Dust%20Tactics%2C%20Dust%20Warfare.html)

I think the dark colors on the models make them look more sinister than before, especially with the green eyes and laser weapons(which was my first attempt at OSL). I've already started on my Recon grenadiers, so hopefully I'll have those to show soon!

16-09-2013, 17:16
Looking good. The Laser Grenadiers are sick!

27-09-2013, 01:14
I've finished my Recon Grenadiers:

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/27/541823_sm-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Recon%20Grenadiers.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/541823-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Recon%20Grenadiers.html)

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/27/541824_sm-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Recon%20Grenadiers.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/541824-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Recon%20Grenadiers.html)

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/27/541825_sm-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Recon%20Grenadiers.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/541825-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Recon%20Grenadiers.html)

And my Sigrid conversion is done:

http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/9/27/541826_sm-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Sigrid%20Conversion.jpg (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/541826-Dust%20Tactics%20Axis%20Sigrid%20Conversion.html)

05-10-2013, 18:07
Really liking the gas mask. suit the pose and model very well. in way would of been good with it on at the start,

05-10-2013, 20:25
Starfarer, these mini's look great, i like your style mate, could you give a run down of your painting? your OSL looks spot on, do you use a airbrush or brush the OSL? you've made me very interested in DUST will have to check out the game now and the minis.


14-10-2013, 20:08
Very nice painting and converting throughout. Just ordered the core set myself and plan to get a few guys at my local club into it so that I can start thinking about specific scenery and so on.

Cant wait to see how the rest of your force turns out. Are you planning to do all 3 of the forces?

22-10-2013, 02:24
Starfarer, these mini's look great, i like your style mate, could you give a run down of your painting? your OSL looks spot on, do you use a airbrush or brush the OSL? you've made me very interested in DUST will have to check out the game now and the minis.


The painting shown is just GW's greys blended from dark to light with a thinned black wash. I've since updated the scheme to include blue greys and browns, and hopefully I'll get updated pics up soon. The OSL is done with a brush and is just GW moot green lightened with white and thinned out. I'm probably going to end up going back to red eyes though. Seems to fit better with the updated colors I've done on the cloth and armor.

Dust Tactics is a really fun game. It plays quick, and clear and concise rules, and while at first may seem a little basic, there is a lot of depth to it. I've all but completely dropped GW games for it. If you want the full tabletop game Dust Warfare uses the same models, and the rulebook includes the armylists for Axis and Allies. SSU has a seprate expansion book. So much cheaper, quicker and the background is pretty awesome too. They just got a new website up (although still WIP), so you can check out a some of the units. www.dust-tactics.com

Very nice painting and converting throughout. Just ordered the core set myself and plan to get a few guys at my local club into it so that I can start thinking about specific scenery and so on.

Cant wait to see how the rest of your force turns out. Are you planning to do all 3 of the forces?

Off to a good start! One great thing about getting people into the game, and frankly how my friends talked me into it, is the low cost compared to GW and PP.

I had planned on starting off with Both Axis and Allies since I had a decent sized force of each after getting the original and revised core sets, however, I've really gotten into Axis and my friend wants my Allies, so I'm sticking with Axis for now. I have roughly 500 points, which is probably equivalent to 2,000 points for 40k, maybe more. Standard points size for Dust Warfare is 300 points, for tournaments at least.

That said, I will likely start up a Japan force when they come out. The current talk is that they should be out in early-to-mid 2014, and the Vril(the aliens) will be out in 2015.