Apr 032014
 

strIn part 4 of the Southern Task Force series Matt  Takes a look at the Recon Cadre and infantry for Heavy Gear Blitz.  this kit contains 4 Iguanas, a Black Mamba and various upgrades.  Heavy Gear Blitz is Produced by Dream Pod 9

You can learn more at Dream Pod 9.

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Apr 022014
 

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In this Box Breaking Matt takes a good look at the Strike Cadre for the South.  It is part three of his look at the Southern Task Force army deal.  This kit Contains 3 Black Mambas and 2 Jagers plus upgrades.   So watch as he shows you all the pieces parts.

You can learn more at Dream Pod 9.

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Oct 232013
 

In this episode of Figure Forge Matt assembles all four gears for Dream Pod 9′s new game Badlands Rally.   These models go together so easy it isn’t funny.  Dream Pod really out did themselves with this set of models.  They maintained a high level of quality and kept the models approachable for new modelers. I think my personal favorite is the Jerboa.

Thanks for watching.  We hope to have more Heavy Gear coverage in the near future.

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Oct 022013
 

In this Box Breaking Matt busts oen Badlands Rally from Dream Pod 9 for Heavy Gear.   Watch as he explores the variant models used for this miniature board game.

 

 

Check back next week to see how easy the box goes together in Figure Forge.

You can learn more about Badlands Rally and Heavy Gear at Dream Pod 9.

 

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Aug 042013
 

In this Figure Forge Matt assembles the Limited Edition Black Mamba from Dream Pod 9 for Heavy Gear.  The Black Mamba was the Limited edition figure at Gen Con 2012.  It can also be purchased online with the South super bundle

 


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Jun 122013
 

DP9-LogoB&WsmallMatt takes a look at the Forge in Fire Southern Field Guide from Dream Pod 9 for Heavy Gear.  He shows you why the new field guides are huge improvement.  The field guide features history, vehicle compendium, data cards, army building, and league rules.

If you wish to learn  more about Heavy Gear feel free to visit Dream Pod 9.

 

You can get the PDF at Drivethru RPG

 

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Jun 082013
 

Well Heavy Gear fans I’ve finally managed to sit down and give Forged in Fire its fair time needed for a review.I don’t

A 1:144 scale HACS-02HG-MPS Grizzly, from Drea...

A 1:144 scale HACS-02HG-MPS Grizzly, from Dream Pod 9′s tabletop miniatures wargame Heavy Gear Blitz! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

want to spoil anything for you so I won’t delve into the fluff. I will say there is plenty of it. If you are a Southern player you might just want to pick this book up for that alone. Instead I would like to talk about the features that the field guide has to offer you as a player. These features make the book a bit more of a tool for you.

The first is the vehicle compendium. It follows the same basic format of the vehicle compendium used in Perfect Storm, giving you a blueprint style picture of each gear and vehicle, and the variants of those models. Each model has two documents associated with it. The first is a development history. The second is an operations history. It wasn’t really necessary for them to do that, but it really puts the the compendium over the top. You also get little blue prints of each variant with the load right next to it. The vehicle compendium from Perfect Storm was a huge asset to me when building my forces the first few times.

Combat groups follow the same basic template that is laid out in Perfect Storm, which is to pick a threat value, followed by priority level, and then a regiment. Regiments limit the combat group availability. They are linked in the margins of the book. For example, a General Purpose Squad can be considered for an infantry regiment, a gear regiment, or an armor regiment. Regiment types will always offer you a benefit that comes with an imposing restriction. An infantry regiment can’t be played at Priority Level 4 and you must take at least two more infantry platoons. In return you gain a bonus veteran slot that can be used.

The nitty gritty defining your Southern force seems to take place when you select a league or a cadre. They are an upgrade that provides your army with unique options available only to your choice. Of course there are always the generics. In the case of the South they are called hemisphere wide options. One of the options is “Gear Carriers”, which basically allows certain combat groups to take Baranbys for 35 threat value.

There are at least half a dozen leagues that are more specific. These often define your force even more. The Southern Republic Army or S.R.A. has a great deal of focus to it. This league provides the player with amphibious troops, combined operations, humanist prejudice, political officer, and republican cadres. Each of these brings special benefits to your game table.

The Republican Cadre is a special branch of the S.R.A. using the best equipment in the southern hemisphere. This allows you to swap a G.P. Squad, Veteran Strider, or a Veteran black ops cadre for a Republican cadre of the same association. When you swap a squad the upgrade mus still meet the basic requirements. A Republican Cadre G.P Squad must still fill the requirements of a normal G.P. Squad . I think one of my favorite options is upgrading no more than two standard Sidewinders to the Riotmaster load out for free 0 T.V. The Riotmaster variant uses a Fragmentation Cannon.  The Fragmentation Cannon boasts a rate of fire 2 along with the traits  melee, anti infantry and reload.  It does have a shorter range as a result.

One last piece of information, the final part of the book contains the battle for Port Oasis. Not only is it a detailed account of the history, but it is also a scenario you can play. It contains a complete list of the forces involved for you to reenact the battle.

Forged in Fire is a complete historic guide to your army if you are a Southern player. It offers you a complete vehicle compendium. By giving you a more detailed army building guide, you truly get the feeling you have become a Southerner. If you aren’t a Southern player it is a valuable tool for you to understand the enemy.

PDF on DrivethruRPG

If you want to learn more about Heavy Gear visit Dream Pod 9.

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Oct 172012
 

In this Box Breaking Matt takes a look at Heavy Gear’s Fusilier for the NuCoal faction. Heavy Gear is Produced by Dream Pod 9.

 

Thanks for watching and you can always visit Dream Pod 9 to learn more about Heavy Gear.

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Oct 092012
 

In this Figure Forge Matt Assembles the the Heavy Gear Voltigeur.  He tries a new trick in this episode, he uses Rare earth Magnets and magnetic paint.  Being the ADHD person he is he even rambles about how the MBT can be used

 

Well there you have it the Voltigeur.

You can learn more about Heavy Gear at DP9

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Aug 222012
 

In this interview Jason and John discuss the next Field Manual “Forged in Fire”.  We talk about the changes to force lists and how the Nucoal is the new concept of building.   They drop some names of gears in the new videos.   We even managed to get our hands on the Drake, Box Breaking by Saturday.  Both John and Jason have been involved with Heavy Gear for a long time, it becomes evident when we spring  the question on them about their favorite era.

 

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