Commentary on the new Heavy Gear Blitz rules update (beta)

In October, Dream Pod 9 announced a series of beta changes to the current ruleset for Heavy Gear Blitz. There’s been a bunch of discussion on it at the DP9 forums, and we wanted to collect our thoughts on it into a single place. Overall we’re not in favour of the majority of the changes, although there are some we think are a good idea. With a lot of the others we either feel that they make things more complicated or less interesting, or simply don’t understand the reasoning behind them. We go into (a lot!) more detail on each change below, though we’ve only discussed changes to the rules and traits themselves and not the individual models’ stats as this post was already long enough.

Even though a lot of the below is fairly critical, we’re writing it in a spirit of constructive criticism – we both love the game Heavy Gear Blitz and want its rules to continue to improve as much as possible.

Links for context

Blog post by Dave McLeod introducing the update

Heavy Gear Blitz October 2017 LRB update (Mk2) (Beta)

Official Errata to above update on the DP9 forum

Note: this post was written jointly by both Duck Brothers, although it’s written using the singular pronoun like we’re some sort of reverse monarch.

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Heavy Gear stuff cleared out from Wayland Games

Hey all. Wayland Games recently put their remaining Heavy Gear stuff on clearance (there was hardly anything left) and it was sufficiently cheap (80% off!) that it was worth me getting it even though they weren’t products I was particularly after.

Here’s the haul. 3x two packs of Support Armigers for Utopia and a two pack of upgrade parts for the old Hun model (which is out of print and I do not own).

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I already have 2 Support Armigers for my Utopia force and don’t really need any more, but by duck brother has expressed an interest in collecting Utopia, especially with the new kickstarter coming, so I’ll give 2 of the packs to him most likely. The other pack I’ll probably just use for parts. Maybe even to make some little tanks and drones for a different force or scale.

The custom Hun parts I will also be using just as ‘bits’ to customise stuff. I don’t think they’ll fit the new model Hun, but I might give it a try and see.

Heavy Gear Spotlight – BF2-25

About Heavy Gear Spotlight

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Code Name: BF2-25

Faction: CEF

Manufacturer: Colonial Expeditionary Force

Height: 5.4 meters

Weight: 6,200 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: Overcosted recon/sniper frame with potential in elite strike role

 

 

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Heavy Gear Spotlight – Diamondback

About Heavy Gear Spotlight

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Code Name: Diamondback

Faction: South

Manufacturer: Mandeers Heavy Industry / Dynamic Systems

Height: 4.6 meters

Weight: 6,575 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: An affordable and versatile airdrop strike gear

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Copperhead unit addon

When Heavy Gear Blitz moved to its latest incarnation – the Living Rule Book – certain models and variants that had existed in previous versions were left out. Several of these are older (in the fiction) Southern gears. The models for these gears are still available and still pretty dang cool, so I’m interested in adding them back into the game.

Thankfully this is quite easy to do because:

A) I have the rules/stats for the models in the previous edition of game

B) The Living Rule Book version of HGB is actually a system which is very easy to add to and work out a sensible TV cost for the model.

The fifth of these I want to add is the Rattlesnake, still available from the DP9 store. I present it here in the format of the LRB so others can use it in their games.


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Heavy Gear Blitz – Rattlesnake unit addon

When Heavy Gear Blitz moved to its latest incarnation – the Living Rule Book – certain models and variants that had existed in previous versions were left out. Several of these are older (in the fiction) Southern gears. The models for these gears are still available and still pretty dang cool, so I’m interested in adding them back into the game.

Thankfully this is quite easy to do because:

A) I have the rules/stats for the models in the previous edition of game

B) The Living Rule Book version of HGB is actually a system which is very easy to add to and work out a sensible TV cost for the model.

The fourth of these I want to add is the Rattlesnake, still available from the DP9 store. I present it here in the format of the LRB so others can use it in their games.


 

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Heavy Gear Caprice Mounts and bases

I just finished making a base for one of my mounts for the Caprice faction in Heavy Gear, and realised I hadn’t uploaded any photos of the previous mounts I’d done. So here they are!

First, here’s the chap whose base I just finished. It’s a Bashan recon mount, and I have to say I’m really pleased with how the base turned out. My Caprice forces have cityscape bases, which I’ve designed to fit with the Dropzone Commander cityscape terrain I use for a lot of my Heavy Gear games. On this one I decided to use a model tree I got from eBay to add some extra detail. The model itself is waiting for a few little extra details, like the shading on the canopy and some extra colouring on the legs, but it’s pretty close to done.

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