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Great news from Gencon


While we gamers are stuck over here in the sunny UK, scratch that rainy UK, the US is host to Gencon 2013 in Indy. While following the news from various sources, there have been a few stand out exciting announcements. The first I would like to share with you is from the excellent Fantasy Flight Game X-Wing.

Here is the picture that had me all excited:


Yes, that’s right! The small X-Wing is dwarfed by Tantive 4 (Corellian Corvette) & Rebel Transport for a WAVE 4 release in early 2014.

I wonder how the game will cope with the larger ships, I hear that there will be some new rules (New Epic tournament rules), also I hear that the X-Wing in the picture is Jek Porkins and included as an escort with the Corvette. Priced around 89.95 for the Tantive IV & 59.95 for the Rebel Transport I think we can expect a direct exchange into Pounds, will you pay nearly £90? I think I may have too 🙂

Here are some more pictures until I have some more news.





X-Wing – New Releases Announced

So another game we have been looking into playing is X-Wing, ZombiePirate and myself have some ships, i have both side and he has just Imperial.

So FFG have announced the next wave, wave three.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the next four single starship expansions for X-Wingâ„¢!

The HWK-290™ Expansion Pack, Lambda-class Shuttle™ Expansion Pack, B-Wing™ Expansion Pack, and TIE Bomber™ Expansion Pack are scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of 2013. Each of these expansions comes with a detailed miniature starship, accurately rendered at the same 1/270 scale as the game’s other ships (as always, we worked closely with Lucasfilm Ltd. to ensure the correct sizes of each ship), and includes multiple ship cards, upgrades, a maneuver dial, and all necessary tokens.


Supporting Your Fleet

As a group, these starships allow X-Wing players to pursue a wide range of new, tightly focused, squad-based strategies built around their support functions and system upgrades.

Both the HWK-290 and Lambda-class Shuttle Expansion Packs introduce an array of support options that clever squad leaders will be able to use to great effect. Designed from the ground up as support ships, the HWK-290 and Lambda-class Shuttle are versatile utility vessels that make your other starships better.

The HWK-290 comes with four ship cards for a Rebel Operative and three unique pilots, including the renowned Kyle Katarn, who can assign his focus tokens to friendly ships within Range 1–3. Additionally, each HWK-290 can be outfitted with a turret weapon and a crew member, and the expansion provides you with six upgrade options, including the unique Moldy Crow title card, representing Kyle Katarn’s signature starship.

Meanwhile, Imperial fleets gain the support of the new Lambda-class Shuttle. This starship expansion includes four ship cards, featuring three unique pilots who can each provide powerful benefits to their squad mates. As an example, Captain Kagi can divert enemy target locks from your other ships and force your opponent to fire against his shuttle and its five shields. The Lambda-class Shuttle is highly customizable, too, as each one can carry up to two crew members, one cannon, and a system upgrade. Pair Captain Kagi with a Rebel Captive, and you may discourage your opponent from trying to establish target locks and fire missiles. The expansion comes with a total of twelve upgrade cards.

Also new to this wave of expansions is a new type of upgrade, the system upgrade (). System upgrades appear with both the Lambda-class Shuttle and B-Wing Expansion Packs, and they give players more control over the game by reducing the potential risks inherent in random dice rolls and an opponent’s unpredictability. For example, when your ship is defending against an attack, the Sensor Jammer allows you to convert one of your opponent’s results to a result that cannot be rerolled. Be sure to see our coverage of system upgrades in upcoming previews.

Another exciting group of ships and out third medium sized based ship to add to, Slave One and the Falcon. Interesting to see the first ship not from the classic movies, Kyle Katarn’s signature starship “Moldy Crow” featured in the games and books. This is an interesting turn of events for FFG and fans alike. What will come next??? Until then we have to wait and see how these excellent looking ships with effect the game.


Sdkfz 234/2 Puma Action!

Wow, been busy lately… After posting that War was Declared, got a test game of Bolt Action in and have been for a great day at Salute.

It seems that the groups attention has wondered over to Drop Zone Commander which is not a bad thing, I am really looking forward to getting into that game again, or rather make a start. But I still have the WW2 bug at the moment. So I have been painting up some SS miniatures and a Puma.

This is a 1/48 scale kit from Tamiya the old Italeri kit re-boxed. I did some knocking around on the inter-web thingy for patterns etc. I have not done a model kit in 10+ years and was never any good but I thought I would give it a go.  😕

So here is my attempt at airbrushing:

I have now added 2 coats of filter from AK Interactive and added a pin wash and then tided it up a bit.

The next stage is to add some paint chipping and light scratches, until you are happy with the amount. I have added a fair few I can imagine that the Puma is thrashing its way though under growth  and sneaking into the woods and towns scouting for Allied armor.

The colours should tone down a bit more. I may add rain streaks, still have mud and dust to add. I have not used any of these products before, I normally just did drybrush and ink was but want to try and paint it like modelers do.

Adding the start of the mud:

I don’t want it plastered just some stuck under there from usage.

Here are the wheels:

So I have now been working on the crew, I wanted a crew of 2 for this one. The commander exposed commenting to the gunner who has just his head exposed, sort of a narrative.

Here are some bad pictures  😆

Here you can see the excellent decals from Warlord I picked up at the Salute show in London, I used two eagles and an officer rank Untersturmfuhuer. Excellent decals. I used Micro Set and then added a little Matt varnish.

Well I think I am finally there.

I took advantage of the nice weather and took some photos.

I am thinking about adding some foliage? What do you think?

WAR Declared!

As some of you may have noticed, it’s been mighty quiet, from me certainly. After all the buzz around DropZone Commander I have still failed to get a game or paint anything, it’s been nearly a year since we first saw them at Salute, which is on again 20th April.

Since then I have been concentrating on board or pre-painted games, I know heresy. Although I do love X-Wing, more on that later in another post in the future.


So after a few conversations with my fellow 6inchmove gamers we have decided to do some small scale games. After a bit of discussion we decided on WW2 and the bolt action rules. While not the most accurate in the world and perhaps stylized in the vain of the great GW monster, and army list based over scenarios, I agreed. I have been a fan of the period since a small kid playing with Airfix models and soldiers.

I had a large US Army squirreled away in the extension but have always loved the German uniforms, especially the camouflage and that of the SS, while I have no interest in the political side of them or the terrible things committed in the past, this was purely aesthetic and wargaming orientated. Hell we all need a bad guy and I guess that was me. Hmmm I also found some British infantry, British Commandos, US Para’s, I do seem to collect a lot of unpainted lead. We have  working on his American Infantry and  with British Commando’s and our choice of scale, 28mm

I have looked high and low for decent Waffen SS minatures and came down to a choice of Artizan Designs and Bolt Action from Warlord Games, I went with Artizan as they IMO just looked cleaner and nicer overall. However I noticed they did not actually do Waffen SS miniatures but do late war Germans instead. So I went with those. A thing to note about them is that although they do wear smocks they do not have helmet covers, most SS units were issued with helmet covers, so I plan to sculpt some of my own.

I placed my order with Great Escape Games ( as they were cheaper than getting them direct from North Star and I got a great discount, they have all sorts of deals available. Boxed units and army deals, saving a few £’s is always good. I also ordered a tank from Die Waffenkammer ( more on that in another post (plus I am keeping it secret so I can surprise them in a game)

So I am now busily painting away, trying to catch up with  and his Yanks.

I have to say it’s nice going back into WW2, getting into the historical research again, looking into uniforms and armour, weapons etc, it’s like being a kid again. I look forward to bring you some reviews and painted examples in the future and share some of my experience of putting together a WW2 game of Bolt Action…




Dropzone Commander – Painting the PHR Athena WiP – Pt 2

So there has been a lot of support for my attempts at a digital cammo, thank you all 🙂

I have taken the Athena a little further adding some weathering and adding cammo to the bottom of the aircraft, it looks a little shiny as I have added coats of varnish to protect the initial layers and allow the enamel wash to flow better, have a look:

I used the Mig Productions Dark Wash on the Athena and I think it came out a little too dark for my liking, so I have been looking for something that should work better with the Greys and blues I have used. I found a product from AK Interactive that I hope will work, the AK072 Early Panzers Weathering Set

AK 072 Early Panzers Weathering Set
AK 072 Early Panzers Weathering Set

“We have designed this set for all those modellers who love early German vehicles, or to put it another way, all those painted in Panzer Grey. The set includes all the basic products you need to do a near total weathering effect. The set contains a filter, a wash and a product to do streaking grime over the famous Panzer Grey.”

Being a huge WW2 fan and loving German armour (Although not the early period) I had similar products for the Tricolour systems from Mig Productions, so to try the AK Interactive ones made by MIG was a natural step.

A lot of people seem interested in how I do my Digital patterns, well it’s no real secret I just use a mask and many thin coats via an airbrush. I think I may have to do a tutorial, if enough people are interested.



Dropzone Commander – Painting the PHR Athena WiP

So following on from ZombiePirate’s post, I thought I would add some images of a work in progress on my version of the Athena. I got this miniature off Dave when we went down to playtest the game and is not from my Mega Premimum I brought.

So my thought has always been to do a Digital cammo style for the PHR I thought it would suit them, especially as they are cybernetic. So I was torn on colour choice, desert style like the original’s painted by Dave, greens and browns for a more woodland style table. I decided to go with a desert sandy colour.

So here is my first test version:

I liked some of the colour choices, I didn’t like how I ended up with a ridge because I had put down to thick a layer of paint, it’s also hard to get all the lines to well line up together. So overall while i liked it I didn’t love it. So my next plan was to strip it down, which I did in a Dettol bath (it strip fine, no problems BTW) and re-primed for my next attempt. Before doing so I considered dropping one of the colours, also making the pattern of colours a little larger or more blocky (my word for it) but how to do this.

I started looking around on the web, as you do looking for inspiration and got a test game in with ZombiePirate and realized that most game are on city terrain types. So desert would not be the most effective cammo, urban would! So I looked around at urban style cammo on Google, found some I liked.

To make sure I paint with the right colours I have a painting book, a little book with which I write any recipes of colours used and paint in little swatches so I can see what the colours look like before painting. I did the same for the urban style I was looking at, it’s on the same page as the desert colours I used if you are interested from the Model Air range.

So with colours picked, I broke out the airbrush to give the cammo another try, this time urban. Here are the results:

I have to say I was really pleased with the colour choices, they seemed to work very well, even better in person. I was also pleased with the more “Blocky” style this seemed to work a lot better.

What do you think?


DropZone Commander – Just for fun!

Well it’s been a while since my last post this is mainly due to a series of a bad luck, my hard drive dies on the PC, good old RAID Stipe kills 2TB of content and files. Work has a net issue effectivly cutting me off from the web anywhere other than on the xBox. How did we cope with out it?

Any way enough rambling, I did have a go at some images inspired by the art work on the cover of the excellent DzC rules, and got a quick game in with ZombiePirate. Check out the images:



The Scourge

Sorry about the lack of Shaltari image it died with the hard drive 😦


DropZone Commander – Newsletter & Hobby Information

Well I could make this an unboxing but I don’t have the time, so I will share with you all the latest from Dave over at Hawk Wargames.

Hawk Wargames

Newsletter #2, 24/07/2012

Just a few points missing from the previous Newsletter:

1) Working with Resin guide now available

Our Working with Resin guide is now available to download from the downloads section of our website. In general terms, Hawk Wargames resin follows most of the usual ‘rules’ for working with resin, and experienced modellers will find much of this article familiar. However, it may be slightly different to resins you may have worked with before (there are so many after all!), so I’d advise having a quick read before starting on your models.

Working with resin
Working with resin

2) Where’s the Hobby Section?

When producing the rulebook, we made the difficult but necessary decision to omit the Hobby Section (although the colour schemes sections are still in place). This was done for the following reasons:

1) Space: As you’ll see, the book is crammed full! We were always working with a 152 page format, and had to prioritise rules and background over hobby tips and weren’t prepared to use a tiny font size or to cut back on imagery.

2) Dropzone Commander specific content took priority: There are a lot of hobby guides already out there, and we thought it wrong to sacrifice content that people had never seen before in favour of articles which may have existed in similar forms elsewhere – you’ve probably already paid for a hobby guide at some point!

3) We wouldn’t have been able to do it justice in the space we may have had: To fully cover all the aspects that I wanted to cover, it would have taken half the book!

However, we will be getting all the painting and hobby information to you! We promised to shed light on how our models are painted and we will not disappoint!

I’ll be writing and publishing a whole series of hobby articles for free on the website, which will be able to go into a lot more detail than would have been possible in the book. These will take you step-by-step through the process of painting the ‘standard’ schemes for each army, creating overgrown buildings as well as detailing specific tips which work well for different paint scheme styles.
While we can’t promise exact dates for these, we’ll be aiming to publish one every week, starting next week. In the meantime, feel free to ask me hobby questions through email or Facebook and I’ll be more than happy to answer them as soon as I can. The Live Chat that I’ll be hosting on Facebook next week will also be an excellent place to get your hobby questions answered (Thursday, August 2nd, 9am-9pm GMT).

David J Lewis,
Hawk wargames

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DropZone Commander – Newsletter and downloads available

Well i have had confirmation that my order is on the way, I am very excited! Sadly it appears that Zombiepirate will be waiting for his a little longer, which is not only frustrating for him but me as well. As some of you may know I forgot to order the rules with my initial order so Zombiepirate was kind enough to add it to his. (I had to buy him the 40k 6TH Ed rulebook in recompense)

So Dave has put up the first Newsletter from Hawk Wargames and uploaded loads of file from quick reference sheets, tokens and loads and LOADS of buildings to download and print.

Here is the Newsletter

Newsletter #1, 23/07/2012

It’s finally pre-order ship day!

It’s been a long road and a long wait, but at last Dropzone Commander is escaping into the wild! First off, I’d like to thank those who pre-ordered products and all those who’ve been patient with me in particular. It’s been a very tough month which has demanded a whole new level of exertion from all of us!

It’s been 2 years and 8 months since I first put pen to paper and I’m excited to finally be able to let DZC loose. We’ve given it absolutely everything we could and I hope that you’ll feel that our efforts and your patience have been well worth it!

Little bundles of joy
Little bundles of joy ready to leave Hawk wargames

Aside from this, we also have several other pieces of news:

1) Downloadable Buildings now available!

Structures are important in games of DZC and we appreciate that many players don’t have a large stock of buildings already in place, especially in 10mm scale. We felt that for a new game the cost and availability of scenery should not be either a barrier to entry or to playing the game as it was meant to be played. As such, we’ve created a vast selection of self-print buildings available for you to download and build at home which are absolutely free!

Our Downloadable Buildings are totally accurate in scale, and are cross-compatible with all our future scenery lines. This means you’ll be able to add detailed resin accents to these buildings, use resin lobbies and card upper stories – anything you want!

Aside from this, we also have several other pieces of news:

1) Downloadable Buildings now available!

Structures are important in games of DZC and we appreciate that many players don’t have a large stock of buildings already in place, especially in 10mm scale. We felt that for a new game the cost and availability of scenery should not be either a barrier to entry or to playing the game as it was meant to be played. As such, we’ve created a vast selection of self-print buildings available for you to download and build at home which are absolutely free!

Our Downloadable Buildings are totally accurate in scale, and are cross-compatible with all our future scenery lines. This means you’ll be able to add detailed resin accents to these buildings, use resin lobbies and card upper stories – anything you want!

Free printable buildings from Hawk Wargames
Free printable buildings from Hawk Wargames

2) Token sheet downloads now available:

While DZC does not rely heavily on the use of tokens, some are always useful. The general token sheet is available in print form in the back of the rulebook, but has also been made available online to provide an easy print option. We will be producing physical tokens, but in the meantime these should serve you well.

We’ve also included a set of Carriage Tokens for each race except for the Shaltari, who don’t need them. These aren’t mentioned in the book since they’re not officially required. Their purpose is to indicate a dropship’s content easily, making it simple to remember what is carrying what (especially when you’re not yet familiar with your army!). Simply cut them out including the slot running to the centre, which allows them to slide onto the dropship’s flying base.

Quick Reference
Quick Reference

3) Other gaming aid downloads now available:

We’ve produced a quick reference sheet for all the general use tables in the rulebook. We hope you’ll find it useful during games! We’ve also released a quick prompt guide to The Turn Sequence.

4) New product photos

Product photos have now been added to the Hawk Wargames website for the Rulebook, Command Cards and for the Starter Army retail boxes

New product images
New product images

5) Facebook Live Chat 02/08/2012

Since the last Facebook Live Chat was such a success, I’ve decided to run another on Thursday, August 2nd. Just as last time, I will be on Facebook from 9am to 9pm GMT, hopefully giving most people a window in which to chat and ask questions. With a brand new ruleset and range I’m sure there be lots to discuss! In addition to this, I’ll be on Facebook frequently in the next few weeks and will of course be able to answer questions outside the Live Chat.

6) The Hawk Widget

We’ve added an extra component to all our kits which use flying bases! It’s a small, injection moulded, non-brittle clear acrylic part which can be glued to the resin hull (but NOT the flying base) of all our aerial units. This piece tightly holds the main stem of the flying base when in use through friction, preventing the dreaded wobble during games. Once you’ve finished playing, simply remove the flying base and store separately in transit. This makes it much easier to store and transport your models (all our custom cut KR cases feature spaces for detached flying bases).
Please bear in mind that these are small, clear components which are packaged loose inside blisters and bagged with flying bases – be careful not to lose them!

7) Demand and Stock Levels

The response to Dropzone Commander so far has been fantastic, and well beyond our initial estimations. We are working as hard as we can to keep up with demand, and are currently in the process of upgrading our tooling to double the rate of production. In the short term we feel we should make new customers aware that it may take a short while to fulfil new orders in the next few weeks while we undertake this transition. As such, we have updated the product descriptions on our site to state this.

8) In-store availability

We fully intend to make Dropzone Commander widely available in stores as fast as humanly possible. With the pressure of the expansion (not to mention getting everything ready on time!) we simply haven’t had the time to organise and coordinate a formal in-store release date.

Shipments to our distributors will leave us on Friday 27th, and should begin arriving in stores at the start of August. We will be able to deal with stores direct as soon as our production rate increase is complete (we are currently waiting on the arrival of new equipment which is due by the end of the month).
In the meantime, we thank stores for bearing with us, and will be prioritising and covering the needs of those who have already contacted us as soon as we can.

I hope you all enjoy your products!

– David J Lewis,

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All the files can be found in the download section of the website:

See you all on the Facebook Live Chat 02/08/2012