Dust: Operation Babylon

A project in Hong Kong, Hong Kong by Dust Studio

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An alternate-history World War 2 game setting, featuring lasers, walking tanks, alien technology and much more!
Backers: 1475
Average Pledge Per Backer: $318

Funded: $469,313 of $50,000
Dates: May 20th -> Jun 19th (30 days)
Project By: Dust Studio
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Latest News

Battlefront & Dust Studio: Kickstarter Dispute Update

March 6th - via: belloflostsouls.net
There is an update on the ongoing dispute delaying the delivery of a big Kickstarter from last year - Operation Babylon from DUST Studio. (Read More)

Operation Babylon Kickstarter Pledge Manager

February 15th - via: dustwarfare.com
This is an exciting time for Dust. We at Battlefront and Dust Studios are elated to see the dedication and affection of the Dust fans. So far around two-thirds of orders have been completed, which is a great start. (Read More)

Dust Studio and Battlefront in public spat over Kickstarter

February 2nd - via: tabletopgamingnews.com
Is Battlefront refusing to pay for the remaining Kickstarter rewards for Operation Babylon? (Read More)

Beasts of War Competition

June 19th - via: kickstarter.com
For those of you who have not seen this before the guys at Beasts of War are running a great competition to win back your pledge from this Kickstarter. All you have to do is be signed up as a Backstager by the time we close in 12 hours. The... (Read More)

Final hours

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
We really can't add any more stretch goals at this point as we have run through the list much faster than we expected and run out with a day to go. All of the ideas that we know you would love to see - Raketentruppen, Japanese forces, variant head... (Read More)

Special Edition walkers unlocked!

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. We've hit our $525k/$425k goal, adding three new walkers as add-ons! Two of these - the Otto and the Mickey ARV - are special hybrid plastic and resin kits:   They were previously only available as special-order items in the Dust 48 range... (Read More)

A new stretch goal to unlock some special edition models!

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
After going back and forth we have managed to secure some very special models for the final stretch goal of the project. The cards for these models will go up tomorrow morning but we did not want to go home tonight without showing you just how cool... (Read More)

The free well is unlocked (a little early)

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Things are going very well, and we're sure we'll hit 1250 backers soon, so we're unlocking the free well now, adding it to the 'Free Upgrade Pack' for each Army Deal (or equivalent $150 pledge, of course). We don't have a new stretch goal to announce... (Read More)

Free Sisters of Demolition unlocked!

June 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Look at that! $400,000 - which means $500,000, including LGS backers! That means everyone who pledges a total of $150 or more will now receive a Sisters of Demolition unit for free! It puts us in the mood to celebrate with some help from Annie Lennox... (Read More)

What happens when the Kickstarter closes?

June 17th - via: kickstarter.com
As the last few days are upon us, many of you are probably wondering exactly what you should expect at the end of the funding period. Your credit card will be charged automatically by Amazon Payments as soon as the campaign ends. Shortly after the... (Read More)

Final shipping rates

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. We are now able to confirm the final shipping rates, based on where you are and how much stuff you will be receiving for your pledge. The shipping bands aren't exhaustive - they give a general description of the typical amount that can be... (Read More)

Operation Babylon Platoons

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Let’s take another look at Platoons. These force organisations are one of the optional advanced rules introduced with Dust Tactics Battlefield (although there is no reason you could not also use them in Dust Tactics). In Dust Tactics you can take... (Read More)

Oops - correction required!

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Sorry, everybody. There was a copy-and-paste error in the graphic for the Allied Add-on Bundle in the previous update. It should actually be $120. Thanks to the guys who quickly spotted that and pointed it out in the comments!  (Read More)

New add-on bundles

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys A bunch of people have asked for 'all-in' deals or 'one-of-everything' bundles - call them what you will. Well, here they are. For people who don't want to fiddle around adding on units piecemeal, you will now be able to select a bundle... (Read More)

Extra walker bodies unlocked - now the Army Deals have a whole new free walker!

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys! Fantastic - $450,000 (including the current $100,000 total from LGS pledges)! That means the extra bodies for each army deal are unlocked, effectively adding a walker to the fieldable strength of each Army Deal. It was a simple choice for... (Read More)

Bundle deals for each army!

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Many of you have asked for an easy way to just get everything for a single faction so here is the complete add-on package that when combined with an army deal leaves nothing out. Because the list of add-on units varies for each faction there are... (Read More)

Updated information about the Sisters of Demolition and shipping details

June 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Here are some more details on the Sisters of Demolition, including their special rules and Dust Warfare cards. There's also a card for Red Yana in her guise as a mercenary. Whether she has truly forsaken the SSU, or is merely acting as a double... (Read More)

You did it - another round of add-ons is unlocked!

June 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow! That goal fell quicker than we hoped. Thanks to our latest new backers, and welcome! We now have five more units available as optional add-ons. A couple of these are so new they don't even have prototypes ready for photography yet! But don't... (Read More)

New terrain add-ons

June 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone. Today we're adding a couple of new terrain pieces as optional add-ons. These will be fully painted resin items. Those of you who are familiar with Gale Force 9’s Battlefield in a Box range will know what to expect - these will be cast... (Read More)

1000 backers - that means the decals are unlocked!

June 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys, and a very warm welcome to all our new backers! You did it! The decal sheets are unlocked! Each Army Deal will now include a sheet of full-colour decals, featuring a variety of different markings appropriate to your Bloc. If you would also... (Read More)

Introducing Mercenaries - the Sisters of Demolition!

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello, everyone! We're thrilled to bring you this update, because it announces a new faction for Dust, and a truly unique new unit: the Sisters of Demolition! As mercenaries, guns for hire, they can operate alongside any Bloc's forces, so we are sure... (Read More)

Not many stretch goals left - let's add a new one!

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. We'll start this update with a bit of housekeeping that many of you have been waiting for, talking about swapping.  When we announced that backers would be able to swap out certain items that they couldn't use, we knew it would create more... (Read More)

This Week On Kickstarter 13/06/2014

June 13th - via: talkwargaming.com
Welcome one and all to another look at the hottest wargaming crowd funding projects this week! We've got 4 awesome projects for you to sink your gaming teeth into this week, so let's begin! (Read More)

Oops - a small correction

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
A couple of people quickly noticed that the price was incorrect on the Sergei Shtemenko in the last update. It will of course be a +$40 add-on:  Sorry about that. These little slip-ups just seem to happen when we get excited!  (Read More)

Two more stretch goals unlocked!

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, folks. The latest retail figures are in, and they let us unlock two more goals! We're now at almost 250 retail 'backers', totaling about $100,000. Let's look at what this means. Firstly, four more units have been unlocked as optional add-ons -... (Read More)

Operation Achilles (Wave 8) updated Tactics cards

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. As we announced in Update #46, everyone who pledges $100 is getting a free copy of Operation Achilles. Now, this means you'll need some new cards. The Achilles forces were the last wave of releases to be produced before the rules for Dust... (Read More)

Thank you for your support!

June 11th - via: kickstarter.com
We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and patience you have showed in us for the last three weeks. Kickstarter is new for both Battlefront and the Dust Studio and, despite our best plans and thinking we understood what... (Read More)

Dust Tactics and Battlefield gameplay video

June 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. It's taken us longer than we intended, but we've put together a video in which Phil Yates, who worked with Olivier Zamfirescu on designing the rules for Dust Tactics v.2 and Dust Tactics Battlefield, introduces the rules and basic gameplay.... (Read More)

Shipping Rates Confirmed

June 9th - via: kickstarter.com
We have now got all the data in and we are very pleased to see that our initial estimate of what shipping might have cost was very wrong. Being our first go at a KS we got told to double check everything to do with shipping to avoid getting it... (Read More)

Some sneak peeks

June 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. The guys at Dust Studio and Battlefront all have two big things in common: we are incredibly grateful for the support all of our backers have shown us since this campaign started, and we aren't very good at keeping secrets. So here is a... (Read More)

Vinyl gaming mats - what are they?

June 8th - via: kickstarter.com
The Operation Babylon campaign book already comes with gaming colorful gaming layouts just like the ones Dust Tactics players are used to, printed on high-quality glossy poster paper. Those are perfectly fine for many people's gaming needs. But it... (Read More)

Operation Babylon history - the Sino-Soviet Union

June 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Privet, tovarischi! We've shown you some of the history of the Axis and Allies in Operation Babylon; that can only mean it's the Sino-Soviet Union's turn! Through its colonial empire and strong regional ties developed over the last century, the... (Read More)

Operation Babylon history - the Axis

June 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. It's time for another slice of the history you can expect to see in Operation Babylon, this time looking at the background of the Axis troops in the campaign- the NDAK - and how they they came to be reformed from the remnants of the... (Read More)

Alternate heroes unlocked!

June 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Awwwwww, yeah! Thanks to your fantastic support, our pledge total has hit $275,000. Combined with the current $75,000 from retail backers, that puts us past our $350k stretch goal, unlocking a new hero to be added to each Army Deal - or indeed free... (Read More)

Operation Babylon history - the Allies

June 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. Dust isn't just about cool models. It wouldn't be the engrossing setting that it is without its rich and detailed 'history', rooted in a realistic WW2 foundation, enlivened by a hefty dose of sci-fi imagineering. The next few updates will... (Read More)

Decal images, and a look at some very new card stats!

June 6th - via: kickstarter.com
We’ve promised to add a sheet of decals to each Army Deal once we reach 1250 backers (that’s 1050, including the current retail backers) but we didn’t have any images to show you yet. Well, we’re not at 1050 yet, (we definitely hope to get... (Read More)

Managing your pledge - it's harder than it looks!

June 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. The way Kickstarter handles pledge amounts can be quite confusing. If you just want to pick a basic pledge reward level and leave it at that, it's pretty easy. But as soon as you involve different amounts to allow for optional add-ons, it... (Read More)

DUST: Operation Babylon Kickstarter In the Home Stretch!

June 6th - via: belloflostsouls.net
Paulo Parente's DUST is halfway through a great Kickstarter. Take a look while you still can! (Read More)

Any pledge of $150 or more will now get stretch goal upgrades

June 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. Several people have asked why backers who don't want an Army Deal, but who want $150 or more of add-ons, shouldn't get the freebies unlocked by stretch goals. Seems fair enough! So from now on, if your total pledge is $150 or more, you'll... (Read More)

More stretch goals unlocked, thanks to updated retail numbers!

June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
We’ve updated the LGS totals with the latest numbers from the sales reps, effectively adding another 100 backers and another $50,000 (not the exact numbers, but close enough). Here’s what this means: The unusual saga of the Alternate Leopold... (Read More)

Units from the Army Deals are now available as add-ons

June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. We've just tidied up the graphics on the front page a little, making it a bit easier to follow the optional add-ons section. In the process, we have added each of the units from the Army Deals as an add-on, allowing everyone to pick and... (Read More)

Dust Tactics Battlefield - the rules

June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Dust Tactics Battlefield is the same game as Dust Tactics, except that it is played on a three-dimensional modeled gaming table rather than a gridded map, and distances are measured with a tape measure, rather than in squares. The basic game... (Read More)

More painted armies (a month later) and a look at rules for Platoons

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
One of the really gratifying (but not exactly surprising) things about this Kickstarter so far has been how popular the Premium army deals have been. We have now definitely reached the limit of how many painted armies Paolo's team can complete in... (Read More)

Command squads

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone. We still haven't shown you cards for the three command squads, even though those were the first stretch goals to be unlocked. Well, they're ready now, and here they are. Command squads are by no means mandatory in Dust, but they let you... (Read More)

Are you ready to rocket?

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
The other day we showed you some photos of Premium painted models mid-way through getting their paintjobs. Well, it's also full steam ahead on manufacturing the regular pre-primed versions of the models. It's going to be a pretty huge task getting... (Read More)

Oh, and one more thing...

May 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Oops, there was a piece of new information missing from that last update: Some people have commented that they would like the option to purchase add-ons only, for Dust Warfare players (or just for those who love Dust models but don't play at all). So... (Read More)

Choices, choices - more free weapon options unlocked

May 30th - via: kickstarter.com
We've passed the magic number, unlocking these additional weapon options, which will be added for free to each Army Deal from Troop Leader on up: As with the previous weapon swap-out unlock, these walkers will now also be available as optional... (Read More)

New stretch goals, plus some bonus 'pledges'!

May 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. We're going to show you some more stretch goals reaching all the way up to $450,000 - ambitious, but we think we can get there. But first things first - today the sales reps calculated how many 'backers' have put money towards Operation... (Read More)

Walkers, walkers and more walkers!

May 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, folks. This update is a big one. We're going to get up close and personal with all of the Operation Babylon light walkers (well, the two Axis walkers really aren't so light, but we'll look at them too anyway). 'Enough talk,' I hear you say. 'Show... (Read More)

A sneak peek at the rules for captured walkers

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
One of the new additions in Operation Babylon is the ability to add captured and repurposed enemy walkers to your army. Let's take a look at that section of the book. When fighting at the end of an extended supply line, be it in Mesopotamia, the... (Read More)

Full steam ahead on the Premium Babylon models

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
If you haven't already seen these on the Dust Tactics Fans Facebook group, Paolo shared a couple of photos of Premium models in the process of getting their paint jobs. The team are going to have a huge job ahead of them, so it's great to see that... (Read More)

Some new stretch goals, plus a change of order to benefit our SSU comrades

May 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, backers. Paolo and John-Paul had a long and in-depth Skype meeting today and one of the results was a minor change to the order of certain stretch goal items. Specifically, one of the new SSU units that Paolo's team have been busily working on is... (Read More)

More stretch goals

May 26th - via: kickstarter.com
We promised you some more stretch goals, and here they are. We'll put a handy visual chart of goals on the project front page when we get time, showing what is unlocked so far and where we're headed. $250,000 will open up two more new units as... (Read More)

Brand new heroes!

May 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. So far we've been a little late showing you the unlocked stuff each time we hit a new stretch goal. So for a bit of a change (since it looks as though we'll hit $225k pretty soon) we've decided to show you these ones a little bit early.... (Read More)

Artillery Observers unlocked!

May 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow, those double and triple deals were very popular! So much so that John-Paul and Paolo quickly decided to increase the numbers so people wouldn't have to miss out. This has really put smiles on all our faces, because this kind of enthusiasm proves... (Read More)

Light walkers lead the way!

May 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Here are the two new units that have just been unlocked. The agile light walkers pack some real punch and with their cost being lower than their tougher counterparts you can make up for it by having more in your force. Things have moved fast today... (Read More)

New pledge levels are now live, plus a spotlight on tank-killing specialists!

May 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. The new pledge levels listed in update #16 are now live. Numbers are limited, but hopefully there will be enough for everyone to get what they want - fingers crossed, and huge apologies to anyone who misses out. During World War II (the... (Read More)

Double and triple pledges are on their way

May 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys. For many of you, this will possibly be a somewhat boring book-keeping update. But for the very keen Dust fans, this may be exactly what you have been waiting for. Not everyone is content with collecting just one army. When we designed the... (Read More)

$150,000 - 300% funded!

May 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow, this is fantastic! Every Army Deal (all pledge levels Troop Leader and above) will now include an additional weapon option for one of your walkers:  Also, complete kits of these walker configurations (including both the unlocked weapon variant... (Read More)

The big boys! Heavy infantry units.

May 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, folks. There's an undeniable appeal in the image of highly trained soldiers thudding forward in hulking powered personal armour contraptions! Today we'll take a look at each of the armoured infantry units from Operation Babylon. But first, a... (Read More)

Rulebook, cards, tokens and templates are now available as add-ons

May 24th - via: kickstarter.com
It's not a super exciting update this time, but we hope it's a welcome one. We're creating add-ons to cover your gaming needs, however you prefer to play Dust, starting with the Dust Tactics rulebook: For those eager to step into the exciting world... (Read More)

Infantry - the backbone of every army

May 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
We all know what's the coolest thing about a Dust army: the walkers! (Well,... OK, tanks are pretty awesome too. Oh, and the aircraft pretty much rock. Actually, I really don't think I can decide what's coolest!) But let's not forget that it's the... (Read More)

Stretch goals galore!

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, backers! Here are a nice collection of stretch goals to take us through Friday and into the weekend. Don't worry, we still have a whole lot more in store - 30 days is a long time in Kickstarter land; it's still early days, and we don't want to... (Read More)

Let's take a closer look at the big boys

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
The next stretch goal will be at $150,000, and it will include some very cool free stuff for everybody. The next update, in another few hours, will give you some more details and will also show you more of what's coming up at the next few funding... (Read More)

Two NDAK walkers unlocked!

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
You did it! For the rest of the campaign, infantry unit and vehicle add-ons are cheaper for everybody! We've also added two new NDAK walkers: The Tropical Heinrich is very new, so we can't show you its cards just yet. Here are the Konigslothar's... (Read More)

A new pledge level, and the next stretch goals

May 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Due to popular demand (it really was a very good idea) we are adding a pledge level aimed at people who are new to Dust: New Recruit. This pledge level gets you a copy of the new Dust Tactics rule book, a set of faction-specific Dust dice, and an... (Read More)

Attention, Field Marshals!

May 21st - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Bonus heroes unlocked!

May 21st - via: kickstarter.com
 Let's take a closer look at the three heroes! Major Tina Baumann, NDAK When Axis forces abandoned Africa in 1943, one of those who vowed to return was Major Tina Baumann. At the time she had been part of a Blutkreuz Korps scientific mission to... (Read More)

What a first day!

May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
It's been quite a day. Our first Kickstarter is off to a great start. Here is a closer look at another two characters - this time for the SSU and Allies (don't let anyone tell you we care more about the Axis!) Serzhant Ivan Popov, Spetsnaz Serzhant... (Read More)

Another stretch goal unlocked

May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
We'd like to start giving you a closer look at some of the characters and units from Operation Babylon. Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, Wehrmacht Erwin Rommel joined the Army in 1910 and was made Leutnant in 1912. In World War I he joined the... (Read More)

The stretch goals are coming thick and fast

May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Up next will be another add-on terrain pieces - Archaeological Ruins. And as soon as we hit $100,000, we'll be adding a special hero to each Army Deal (that includes the Troop Leader, Task Force Commander and Field Marshal pledge levels). These are... (Read More)

Our first stretch goal unlocked!

May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Our next two stretch goals (perhaps a little predictably) are command squads for the Allies and SSU: Just to clarify - these first three unlocks are optional add-ons. Those who want them can add them on to their pledge for an extra $22. You can... (Read More)

Funded! Thanks, everyone!

May 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow, that was quick! We never doubted we would hit our target, but it's so exciting to be here already. Thanks to everyone who has backed us so far! The first of our stretch goals will be an optional add-on for the Axis army.  Don't worry, there... (Read More)

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