Thursday, 15 August 2013

I just can't do it. No, wait it turns out I can!

I'm an admitted wargameaholic, it's not uncommon for me to look at three new systems or armies in a week and want to buy them all. This week while looking to buy some paints online I saw a retailer selling Dropzone Commander.

Like most people I was impressed with the models and like most people I was stunned when I saw the prices. I decided to give them a miss. However seeing them on the retailer's site peaked my interest again.

I had a look at reviews and some batreps and watched a long interview with the guy behind Hawk (seems like a nice guy). It looked like the rules had been well received and the armies and their abilities were well thought out. I was tempted. The rules seem to be good value at £12 and the 6'x4' Cityscape card terrain is great value at £24. (Prices from Total Wargamer)

I had a look on eBay and saw a starter set for £50, not bad. The starter sets, although playable, are only about 540pts and the recommended size of game is 1500-2000pts. So further outlay is required. I reckon about £150 will get you 1500pts or so. I watched some more videos to convince my self but it was then that I realized just how small the models were.

Photo by Nick Ellingworth from DakkaDakka

In the photo above the one on the right is a Bear £11 for a pack of two, the other is a Sabre £11 for a pack of three. A pack of four 15mm half tracks from Forged in Battle costs £13. Compare that to the two much smaller Bear APC's for £11. I don't want to get into an argument about quality or price as everyone has their own opinion. But seeing what you get for your money I just couldn't do it, I just couldn't justify buying a set. It's all about perceived value for money. I don't think the models are worth it whereas the rules and card terrain I think are value for money.

Bloody typical I do this post and then the same day Hawk announce that they are doing a two-player starter set for £60 which is great value. The bastards! Now I have no excuse not to buy one!

It looks like you get 2 starter armies (previously £68 each) plus all this for £60:

Starter Urban Battlefield:
- 2x Urban Streets Posters, will join together in 4 different ways to create a 48”x33” road layout
- Both posters feature stunning artwork on the reverse face!
- 10 x Pre-cut, pre-folded card buildings in 10 different designs

Rules and Accessories:
- Full sized Dropzone Commander 1.1 Core Rulebook (Usually £15)
- UCM and Scourge reference sheets with stats, army composition and quick reference tables
- Starter scenario and turn sequence prompt sheet
- 10x 14mm D6 black dice
- 1m/38” Hawk Wargames tape measure keyring
- Full set of card templates and Scenario Object tokens


  1. £60 for two starter armies (plus rules etc) is tempting. The main reason for the low price is that they are injection moulded plastic rather than resin.

    1. Yeah makes you wonder why they didn't do this in the first place.

    2. Set up costs for plastic would have been too expensive at first I guess?

    3. Yeah, maybe but the resin models aren't cheap so there must be some major costs there too. Anyway glad to see you're still alive ;-)


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