Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Battlefield for Dropzone Commander

I purchased my first model for DzC.  I couldn't wait until the local shop got them in stock and purchased one from the internet.  I just had to see the quality of these models and how much detail they have.  I was not disappointed.  I just primed it in British Armour.  When time permits I might get some more paint on it.

My buddy Anthony and I also played our first game of DzC.  Now he pre-ordered his army and had it all built and ready to play.  I had to proxy my army using EPIC stuff.  We had built a few of the paper buildings and used some of our EPIC buildings.  We both had a good time playing however we still need to learn the rules and that will come with time.  The one thing we both walked away saying is that we need more buildings.

Dropzone Commander is different in the fact that the buildings are actually part of the battlefield that can be shot at and destroyed.  One of the rules for the game is if you have troops in a building and shot at it, you can actually take out some troops.  Its called "Falling Masonry Damage".  It is to represent the building falling down around the troops.  I like this concept and it can be a game changer depending on the scenario being played.  So this means that buildings have a stat line and are more then just line of sight blockers.

Another rule about buildings are their size.  You can't just pile troops in a building and then get into Close Quarter Battle.  The smaller the building means less troops can go inside.  This was done to represent the fact that you have all the entrances and exits covered and if someone was to try and get it they would be dead.  This is all determined by the stat lines for the different size buildings. 

Now are these concepts new, NO.  It is just something that has been lost in gaming.  I  like the idea that the battlefield is part of the game.  So since we needed more buildings and the weather was crappy all day, my wife and I sat around cutting up some buildings and putting them together. 

You will notice that some of the buildings have a lip going around the top.  It is a very nice detail that has been added and looks great.  The down side it that it takes time to do and these buildings are only going to be used until the resin buildings get released.  So I removed that detail and just made the roofs flat.  Then on the inside of the buildings I added some foam core to provide support.

I still need to build some more buildings however I ran out of the foam core.  I also need to figure out how I am going to transport all these buildings.  I just need to get a big box from the shop when the order comes in.  That way I can keep them safe when transporting them.  

I still have some more buildings to finish before I can cover a 4X4 table top.  If the weather is still like it is today then I should have them done by Friday.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dropzone Commander (DzC)

Dropzone Commander (DcZ) is a 10mm scale sci-fi tabletop wargame, devised for mass battles between two or more players.

The rules are based on an alternate activation system, which keeps the action constant and involving.  They are designed for fast and dynamic games, and do not rely heavily on pages of reference tables.  The rules are also scalable, and will cater for tactical skirmishes as well as titanic clashes of metal and firepower.  This is accomplished without sacrificing the character of individual units, and indeed all the colour and eventfulness of battle.

A vast array of war machines will be at your disposal, but this does not belittle the importance of the humble infantryman.  The game has been designed around the concept of rapid deployment and redeployment of your forces by airborne dropships and carriers, exemplifying the pace of combat on the battlefields of the future.  This makes for a tactical and fast paced experience, where quick thinking and strokes of genius often bring victory.

The above information was taken straight out of the DzC rule book and gives the best description of what this game is all about.  I am very excited about this game and have been waiting its arrival at my local game store for some time.  At the moment we only have the rules however the models are on their way to distributors as I type this post.  If you are not familiar with this game then spend some time on their web site, Hawk Wargames.

Now if you are interested in playing 10-15mm scale sci-fi then this company might interest you.  Not only are they producing some nice looking models, they are going to be making resin modular buildings.  This is going to give gamers a way to build cities on our gaming table.  At the moment they are offering free paper buildings and roads on their website.  For a company to offer free terrain to compliment their game is just awesome.  The resin terrain is only scheduled to be out sometime this year so the paper terrain will work till then.   

I want to share more about the rules and the game however I will wait until I play it a few times first.  I will comment on the rule book itself.  First, the price of the rules are around $30.  That is a great price for a set of rules.  Its a paperback book in full color with gloss pages.  What I liked about this rule book is the layout.  It is color coded by section and each page is labeled on the right side making it easy to reference.  The rule book is just full of great pictures of the four armies and different terrain.  At the end of each army section there two pages that show the models painted with different patterns and colors.  If the quality of the rule book is any indication of their product production then I can say the models will be fantastic.

As I get more into the rules and getting my army assembled I will keep my blog updated.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

French Army is DONE

Late last week I finished my French army, I'm just finding some free time to post up the pictures.  I had to paint some ST20TL trucks to tow my big guns.  I originally painted up six of them however I dropped one and the base broke.  I am glad it was an extra and I might just remove the base and replace it with something else.  So now that this army is done I can get to work on my 28mm WW2 stuff for Bolt Action.