Dropzone Commander Plastics

Dropzone Commander, produced by Hawk Wargames, has been around for a while. The game is in an odd little scale – 10mm – that’s not particularly popular (6mm and 15mm on either side are quite popular). This game has created quite a bit of debate: it’s not cheap, it looks spectacular and is not the only 10mm sci-fi game to come out recently (Spartan Games’ Planetfall). I’d been on the fence about this game: the first and second points had me in a push-pull that combined with no local interest had me doing other things.

In a pretty cleaver move, Hawk Wargames released a 2-player starter that for about $110 AUD that gives you everything required to play: miniatures (2x starter armies), rules, cardboard scenery, tokens, dice, etc. I’m not going to look at the entire box contents – save to say there’s plenty in there. What I’m most interested in are the miniatures so I’ll focus on them.

First things first: these are not the same as the original starter set miniatures. The DzC miniatures are cast mostly in resin with the infantry done in white metal. The starter set miniatures are plastic and they’ve been quite cleaver. Each side is made up from 3 identical sprues. Each sprue has a medium dropship, main battle tank, anti-air tank, armoured personnel carrier and 2x stands of infantry. Put the three of these together and you have the same force as the original starter with a bonus APC.

Now the big risk with doing something like this is that you can end up with a drop in quality. If these aren’t as good as the originals then I don’t think anyone should mind, because these are pretty impressive. I assembled one of each ground unit and put them up in front of the new camera rig. This has recently been upgraded with a new body (which I’m still learning) so the quality of the pictures improves a little as we go through. One thing to bear in mind with these is that they are all at the same scale and the biggest of these (the bear APC) comes in at about 48mm (less than 2″) long.

Sourge Hunter (Battle Tank)

Sourge Hunter (Battle Tank)


Scourge Reaper (AA Tank)

Scourge Reaper (AA Tank)


Scourge Invader (APC)

Scourge Invader (APC)


Sourge Warrior Horde

Sourge Warrior Horde

UCM Sabre (Battle Tank)

UCM Sabre (Battle Tank)


UCM Rapier (AA tank)

UCM Rapier (AA tank)


UCM Bear (APC)

UCM Bear (APC)


UCM Legionnaires

UCM Legionnaires

The 2 dropships are a lot bigger – I’ve halved the resolution for these, but as you can still see these are impressively detailed models.

SCRG-Marauder-1
UCM-Condor-1

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3 thoughts on “Dropzone Commander Plastics

  1. You may be familiar with Minifigs and Pendraken – while of course the Dropships themselves will have to be original, as far as infantry is concerned – if you want to navigate that path – you can’t beat the price of those two companies to bolster your forces. Been eyeing DZC for a while as well, amazing terrain I’m slowly converting for Police Precinct and the advantage of course is that if we count 10mm as our benchmark it’s easy to up/downscale printing for any size. For Police Precint I’m printing around 40-60%, while for Post Apoc/Modern it’s so easy to just print 50% larger for instant 15mm paper terrain (my current poison/fetish/mistress of choice)
    Look forward to seeing these painted, rang you today about how you did the yellow on my commission as it turns out I need three more done and can’t quite knack the colour. Give me a buzz when you get the chance, hope you enjoyed your holiday up north – heading there myself next Saturday as my brother is shooting a bunch of commercials and mum needs some support with doctor’s appointments etc…hope crazy Qld weather will smile on me!

  2. I am still on the fence with DzC. The human tanks look so goofy.
    I also have the distinction of buying the ruless around the same time I got a really bad kidney stone. It took a week to pass and during that week I had these rules to read.

    Needless to say Drop zone Commander reminds me of my kidney stone.
    The new 2 player packs look good though.

    • It’s a great system: very tight ruleset that’s pretty easy to learn. They’ve also done some work to balance the factions with the latest releases. Some of the aesthetics are a little out there, but they’re well cast detailed miniatures. If you find a faction you like the look of then I’d say go for it.

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