What is this Dropzone commander you ask? Well, Dropzone Comander (DzC) is a 10mm scale miniature mass battle game for two or more players. It is from Hawk Wargames. The battles go all the way from small skirmishes up to huge battles, Rules are based on alternate activation system which really is into my liking.
The basic idea of the game is about fast and tactical deployment and redebloymen of troops. This is done utilising different kind of dropships and transports.
At the current moment there are 5 factions in the game. Those are UCM, PHR, Resistance, Shaltari and the Scourge. All of the races have a different kind of playstyle and have their own unique things like the Shaltari jump gates.
The battles in Dropzone Commander usually takes place in abandoned towns like bellow. But you can of course fight where ever you want. Abandoned towns are the easiest to get acces to as you can buy a set of carboard town from Hawk or buy the 2 player started whic gives you 10 cardboard houses.
So lets take a look at the factions. First up is the UCM, which i like the most and will be playing
UCMSo the UCM stands for United Colonies of mankind. UCM can be seen like a mix of Warhammer 40k Imperial guard with a little bit of space marines mixed in. UCM is like a baseline army of the Dropzone commander. UCM untilises a mixture of different kind of tanks and air assests. I think it is the most air heavy faction in the game at the moment. You cant play a completely air based army in DzC tough.
ScourgeNext we have the Scourge. They are thea meanies of DzC. Scourge has invaded the collonies of man and have even captured Earth. The Scourge are "neuro-parasetic" liforms whose only objective is to devour other races. In Dzc they use mostly skimmer vehicles armed with plasma weapons. Their infantry is also quite capable and can even put some serious dents into enemy armor.
PHRThen we have the Post Human Rebublic, PHR. They are a part of mankind who packed up their belongings. Centuries later they pop back up and have evolved technologily past the other factions. In game they lack in numbers but make up in weapons and other equipment.
ShaltariThe fourth race is the mysterious Shaltari. Shaltari is a humanoid species. They also use somekind of trasfer techonoly to shift their fallen warriors into new "empty shell" bodies so they dont lose the knowledge and wisdom that the warrior has gathered during his life. In game they use jump gates instead of dropships. Also they use a mixture of skimmers and war walker type of constructs.
ResistanceLast we have the newest faction the Resistance. I really dont know alot abaut them. As the word recistance tells us they use a broad category of second hand equipment and weapons and vehichles that they manage to build themselves. They are the survivors on Earth fighting agains the Scourge occupation.
So there are all of the races. I cant go into gameplay or miniature quality as i dont even have my rulebook or minis yet. Me and a guy from our gaming club bought two two player startes sets which give out a decent size force of Scourge and UCM. I will take all of the UCM and Scourge goes to him. Starter set also gives out a rulebook, reference sheets, some dice, templates and most of all two different playng surfaces and 10 cardboard building which are actually of great quality.
|Two player starter set|
I will be getting my part of the starter sets on next wednesday, when we are also playeing a practice game for the Tarawa Bolt Action campaing at the club. I might have time on thursday to give you a small unboxing DzC update but i wont promise anything!