But now my first project for 2013 has brought me full circle - I was quite pleased to see that Warclouds Over Woolston (the annual CWC wargaming event) was this year including a Dystopian Wars section. Not having played DW for a while this seemed like a good event to enter. Having a quick read of the fleet composition rules (and skimming to remind myself of the rules and fleet list) my initial plan is to field this;
|The Istvan Battlegroup|
The dreadnought SMS Szent Istvan as the core of the fleet, escorted by 3 squadrons of destroyers, one squadron of frigates, and a squadron of Pflichts.I have almost all the models I would need for this fleet, and the painting is 70-80% done. A tournament provides a good incentive to finally finish things off.
For my small allowance I'm going with 3 destroyer units and 1 frigate. Most Prussian players rate the frigate as the best small choice. I don't disagree, but IMO the destroyer is very nearly as good and it's a cooler looking model. The frigates and two squadrons of destroyers are painted, leaving just the last destroyer squadron to go.
My 10 small flyers are unpainted, save for a prototype to try the colour scheme. Usually I field these guys as pure fighter units and play the air battle defensively.
Finally we have the centerpiece of the fleet, the SMS Szent Istvan. She is fully painted, but for such an important model I may go back and see if there is anything I want to improve on. Next to the dreadnough is my landing craft, which is mostly done but could use some extra drybrushing. This isn't strictly part of the fleet list, but I figured I'd bring it along in case any scenarios need a random ship or objective marker.