Battlefront announces Red Tornado Steel Guard heavy troops for Dust Tactics

By Polar_Bear
In News
Jul 5th, 2013

Battlefront (via the GF9 website) is showing off the Steel Guard Heavy Troops, nicknamed Red Tornado, for Dust Tactics.

From the announcement:

Thanks to the latest SSU human-enhancement technology, these once-crippled veterans have been given the chance to return to the front lines and continue the fight. The unit’s extensive combat experience is used to deadly effect – as are its massive Heavy Shotguns and 20mm Auto Gun. It’s no wonder that the incredibly resilient solders of the Steel Guards Assault Squads are among the most fared on the planet.

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  • Grim6

    Loks great – reminds me of the Red Blok heavy armor from AT-43. I think this confirms GF9 is carrying the banner for Dust.

    • blkdymnd

      GF9 is not carrying any banner, seriously. It’s a place for news currently by Battlefront until their Dust site goes live.

      • Grim6

        But when’s that supposed to be? My point is that if I want Dust info from now until some indeterminate point in the future when a Dust site is stood up, I should go to the GF9 site. And not the FoW site, as I had done before.

        • blkdymnd

          That part is correct, and good point. They had the timeline as ‘a few weeks’ on the original Operation Achilles announcement. So, hopefully before Gencon maybe.

    • Yes, but they all remind me of SAFS of SF3D or Maschinen Krieger (all the same thing really – naming variation is explained in the wiki link below). That doesn’t make it less cool though.

      • FranktheTank

        That was my first thought as well. But on closer inspection, though undoubtedly inspired by Ma.K, they really do have their own style.
        Very cool.

    • Strielitz and Spetsnaz Kolossus to be more precise.

      Not very surprising due to Dust universe being an ancestor of what became AT-43

      • blkdymnd

        I actually did a side by side photo of the Kolossus and the Red Tornado on the Dust Facebook group. Definitely similar in style, the Red Tornado are a bit more Soviet utility aesthetic. Paolo came on that and credited a Scottish artist named Chippy for the original Kolossus design.

  • blkdymnd

    Hehe, nice job PB 🙂 ill quit giving you crap about the GF9/BF issue now

    • Thank you.

      And trust me, nobody’s more looking forward to Dust having it’s own website than me, simply because it makes posting those news stories that much easier.

      • Soulfinger

        I’m confused. I clicked on the link and it brought me to the Gale Force 9 website. Isn’t this supposed to be Fantasy Flight? What’s Battlefront? I can’t find them on Facebook. Are these minis for WH40K?

        • Marauder

          No they are for AT-43.

          • You mean they’re not for the old WizKids’ Mechwarrior game?

  • Sevej

    I’d nickname them Kermits.

  • What Sevej said.

    Russian Death Frogs. Blam, Blam, Blam! “Ribbit-ribbit”

  • Gallahad

    Dang! I’ve got to get me some of those. They look fantastic. Death frogs!