In this entry, I will discuss some more of my reasons for investing in the Prussian Navy, and a basic overview of the Prussian gaming style; how they differ from other fleets in the game and what makes them win games.
People are attracted to Dystopian Wars for many reasons; aesthetics will always play massive role in the fleet they choose. When looking through the different fleets of Dystopian Wars, the Prussians immediately strike the viewer as the most "modern" and "traditional" in their aesthetic. They don't have the paddle steamer look of the Americans or the steam train gimmicks of the Japanese, the fantasy skyships of France or the incredibly ornate Ottomans and Chinese. Even the Brttannian fleet is a highly exaggerated version of traditional designs compared to the Prussians.
Of the original Core Nations, I believe this traditional design has stood the test of time better than others in the Dystopian Wars range, as Spartan Games have improved their sculpting, detail and casting processes. In my opinion, the models in the original starter boxes for Japanese and Britannians look somewhat crude compared to their more recent releases, while the American fleet has no new naval models to compare to (concentrating on new Aerial ships instead). This is not say there has been no improvement within the Prussian range - just compare the new Donnerfaust-class Support Cruiser with the Reiver-class Cruiser and one can see the detail is much improved - ribbed cables, more subtle details on the tesla guns and better defined ports and doors on the deck.
|Reiver-class Cruiser on the far left, with the Donnerfaust next to it|
The Prussian naval models has a strong balance between detailed superstructures and the open, flat hulls, perfect to make the effort to paint camouflage or other markings. The guns have a distinct shape to them, immediately identifiable as Prussian (so much so the Danish share these turrets to maintain a visual link with their allies) while the intricate pipework and more fantastical elements (such as the generators and tesla weaponry) opens the painter to different metals and weathering techniques.
|"Earning your points back"|
Prussians have been considered one of the more difficult fleets within Dystopian Wars, especially when other fleets have stronger firepower, better armour and longer ranges. I know of more than one player who bought themselves a fleet based on the great look of the models and then became quickly disillusioned as their ships were blown out of the water before they could even fire a shot, again. There is a learning curve with them, no doubt, but once you master BOARDING, you will quickly realise the Prussians are bloody good at one of the quickest and more efficient ways to take ships out of the game and earn victory points.
|Deploy Boarding Party = Win Prizes|
The strength of the Prussian fleet lies in its high AP values, and it's methods of lowering the opponents AP values. Tesla Weaponry with Lethal Strike removes crew every time damage is done. Tesla Generators inflict a Critical Hit that can helpfully cause a Shredded Defences or Hard Pounding result. Ally in some Danish and get the horrifying UPG Generator for both of those results at once.
|Three UPG Generators might be enough|
|No Prussian Player will regret picking this box-set up|
Hopefully this has given a vague overview of my reasons for collecting the Prussian Navy and some basic ideas on how they work - the strength of boarding, small ships as a mainstay of the fleet, the new (enhanced!) power of Tesla weaponry, and not forgetting all the other great models within the range. I have deliberately not looked at the Aerial choices and the Metzgers as they will have a specific feature in the near future. A more in depth tactics article for specific ships or situations may well be in the works soon as well!
Thanks for reading,