- Senator James G. McCloskey of Mississippi, 1867
One of my oldest opponents in Dystopian Wars and other games, my Good Friend Ben (Founder of the Breakthrough Assault Flames of War blog and lead photographer for this blog) has a number of powerful fleets that have caused me no end of misery over the years. The Federated States of America (FSA) are his largest fleet, and the first fleet I painted for him. In this blog entry, I will prepare for an upcoming Battle Report AAR by showcasing his fleet - know your foe!
|The FSA Starter box set|
The FSA is one of the original Core Nations for Dystopian Wars, and despite accusations of "Rules Creep" remain one of the most powerful factions in the game. With a diverse selection of ships in almost every class and an expansive Aerial selection, the FSA can dominate every area of the game - strength in boarding with high AP values and Sharpshooters to take out enemy crews, powerful guns at short range, rockets for long range, comparatively high DR values and surprising speed thanks to Kinetic Generators.
|The Enterprise-class Dreadnought with Escorts|
|The Saratoga-class Fleet Carrier with Escorts|
|The Aerial Fleet|
The fleet is painted using Vallejo's Brown Violet as a base colour, highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Iraqi Sand. The decking is done with a yellow brown, highlighted up with Buff, while the guns and silver metallics are simply Boltgun Metal, wash, highlight with Mithril Silver (or whatever the equivalents are these days) and detail/weather with Vermin Brown. The gold is my favourite part, Vallejo Brass highlighted with Mithril and then washed with a Sepia Tone to bring the highlights together. A more in-depth painting guide will follow in the future.
|Bane of my Prussian Fleet, the Lee-class Scoutships|
|A Selection of FSA Small Ships|
My record against Ben's FSA Fleet is very even, with a mixture of Wins, Draws and Losses. The FSA are a great counter to the Prussians, outmatching them in armour and firepower (especially at range), but not in boarding strength or speed.
|Princeton-class Gunships, a Christmas gift to Ben now sorely regretted|
|The Assembled Fleet|
Thanks for reading.