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Dropzone Commander Army Deals – Part the Last


It seems like both an age and but a fleeting moment since Hawk Wargames unveiled all the pricing for their range of 10mm sci-fi deliciousness. There has certainly been a lot of talk about it among us here. It’s looking like we’ll have all the races covered by the various denizens of the floating citadel which will be good for playing and also good for sharing our experiences here on the blog. I don’t want to be alarmist here but you might see painted models across the board appear on the site considering we’re all rather excited about the potential here.

So it is that we come to the last, but no means least of the offerings, the parasitic Scourge. I must say that I really like the background for these guys, they sound a bit like Venom from the Marvel universe. Anyway, let’s get on with breaking things down for you.

Today’s starter for ten, the Scourge Starter Army gives punters the following to raze the galaxy;

3x Marauder Medium Dropships

3x Hunter Main Grav-Tanks

3x Reaper AA Grav-Tanks

2x Invader APCs

6x Warriors stands

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

Hopefully my maths doesn’t fail like yesterday with the PHR post, I get a cost of £77.50. This roughly matches with the Shaltari starter army in bagging the budding conquistador 12% off. There’s some of the nicer models in the range in here as well, I like the tanks and the AA stuff is one of the best in the Scourge range in my opinion.

Next up is the Scourge Large Army, by now you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this level and up. Yes they are expensive but you do get a lot of goodies here. I’ll have to commend Dave for putting the tempting models in the larger boxes, it’s crafty but makes business sense to tempt those gamers that are interesting in shedding their wad.

1x Despoiler Heavy Dropship

2x Marauder Medium Dropships

2x Intruder Beta Light Dropships

6x Hunter Main Grav-Tanks

3x Reaper AA Grav-Tanks

4x Invader APCs

8x Minder Air Defence Craft

12x Warriors stands

1x Desolator

2x Corsair Fighters

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

This set is the first that includes the excellent Desolator that wowed a lot of people at Salute. There’s a change in the Dropships too, a reduction in the mediums with the addition of the Heavy and Lights. I’ve not seen this in any of the other sets at this level. They tend to include the Starter and work up. £169.50 bags you these beauties so the deal works out to a saving of 17% roughly equivalent to the saving on the PHR Large Army.

Finally there is the Scourge Mega Army which is, just like the others, a rather large amount of goodies to fawn over;

2x Despoiler Heavy Dropships

4x Marauder Medium Dropships

4x Intruder Beta Light Dropships

6x Hunter Main Grav-Tanks

6x Reaper AA Grav-Tanks

4x Invader APCs

4x Slayer Heavy Grav-Tanks

2x Tormentor heavy Grav-Tanks

8x Minder Air Defence Craft

8x Prowlers

12x Warriors stands

6x Razorworms stands

1x Desolator

4x Corsair Fighters

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

That’s a whopping £294.50 of world-ending, symbiotic, invasion forces. You start to see the introduction of the fancy looking heavy tanks at this range. While I still think the Shaltari Walkers are some of the best looking heavy weapons platforms going it’s nice to see tanks that look like they’re packing enough punch to send one crashing down on its ass. The set is a huge 25% off and, like the UCM, in my mind makes taking the Premium option the best of the deals for leaving cash in your pocket. Yes, I know people who have bought cars for less but getting all your hobby goodness up front is what a lot of us like to try to do where we can. It’ll also give you the flexibility to try things out on the table knowing that you can add and subtract stuff from game to game while learning without worrying about having to grab new units from retail.

There you go, all the armies broken down. If you want a nice quick summary of where all the sets fall I’ve got a nice little graphic for you. Please bear in mind that the % savings are rounded to make things easier so they are not exact but accurate enough to hopefully help people pick what they want. Obviously the larger the set the bigger the discount;

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Dropzone Commander Army Deals Part the Third


After I’ve tormented poor Carabus enough that I think he’s spent his afternoon communing with eldritch spirits and offering sacrifices of Adders,  Ocelots and west country virgins in order to afflict me with all kind of heinous diseases I thought I’d do a two-for and bring you the analysis of the next in line of the army deals, the Scour……. what?

Oh!

Here we go with the Post Human Republic then, taking their naming inspiration from Greek history and mythology and looking mighty snazzy to boot. Let’s start from the beginning.

The PHR Starter Army is a nice little starter, it does seem smaller than the others but the models are larger too;

3x Neptune Medium Dropships

2x Ares Battle Walkers

2x Phobos Battle Walkers

2x Juno A1 APCs

4x Immortals stands

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

Looking at the usual contents in their “bought off the shelf in blisters form” it’s costlier than a couple of packs of dairylea.. or even £78. This makes a 13% saving for the starting gamer which is actually more than I thought it would be considering this starter does look smaller than the others.

Moving up to the PHR Large Army and we have;

1x Poseidon Heavy Dropship

3x Neptune Medium Dropships

2x Triton A2 Strike Dropships

4x Ares Battle Walkers

2x Phobos Battle Walkers

2x Juno A1 APCs

2x Juno A2 APCs

2x Zeus Command Walkers

4x Janus Scot Walkers

8x Immortals stands

1x Athena Air Superiority Fighter

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

This set looks like quite an upgrade over the initial starter army, ok you might expect that when it’s costing you twice as much but let’s break it down. Assuming I can use the Windows calculator and the website correctly the blister packs would come to £169.50 for the bundle shown above. Grabbing the Large Army deal then represents a cyborg-friendly saving of around 17.5% which is halfway between the Shaltari and UCM that I’ve already looked at. Again I have to say that I like what you get in here, Dave really has put together some tasty bundles. I’d still suggest that for anyone on the fence about which bundle to grab the Large Army deals seem like a really good place to make sure you’ve got a really nice force that won’t mean you’re rushing down the shops to grab more models once the postman has given you that first taste.

Finally, the aptly named PHR Mega Army made for those with a lot of cash to burn, the upside being you won’t buy anything else for at least a week!

2x Poseidon Heavy Dropships

4x Neptune Medium Dropships

2x Triton A1 Strike Dropships

2x Triton A2 Strike Dropships

2x Ares Battle Walkers

4x Phobos Battle Walkers

2x Juno A1 APCs

2x Juno A2 APCs

2x Odin Heavy Walkers

2x Enyo Siege Walkers

2x Hyperion Heavy Walkers

4x Janus Scout Walkers

2x Zeus Command Walkers

2x Taranis MLRS Battery

8x Immortals stands

4x Sirens stands

2x Athena Air Superiority Fighters

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

Once more those people gunning for the largest of the deals are getting their hands on everything for that faction right from the off. For those of a nervous disposition look away now as you’d be laying down £270 on the nose. The £50 you save in the deal works out to a 20% saving, the lowest so far on offer from the three races we’ve reviewed but still that’s a fifth off and still leaves you with another £20 in your pocket if you go with the Premium version.

Hopefully having all this laid out will allow Carabus to sleep easy and the family of those young, West-country maidens to put their strange rituals on hold for a time. Look out tomorrow when we get to the last of the offerings, the parasitic Scourge.

Dropzone Commander Army Deals Part 2


It’s another day here at the 6 Inch Move floating citadel and once more the halls ring to the sound of various things all Dropzone Commander. I’ve not seen this level of excitement grip people for quite a while, even with the prospect of a new version of 40k on the horizon.

I am not seeing the attraction to new 40k when for the expected cost of the new rulebook and a codex I could get a starter army and rules for DzC, everything you need to actually be able to play the game.

Anyway, I digress, we’re here to dissect the next in the army deal sets, we know they’re balanced around models rather than points values so things should be broadly similar but after Carabus begged and then threatened me that I needed to do the PHR deals next….

I bring you…… the UCM deals!

In the UCM Starter Army set you get the following;

3x Condor Medium Dropships

3x Sabre Main Battle Tanks

3x Rapier AA Tanks

2x Bear APC’s

6x Colonial Legionnaires stands

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

I must say that I actually really like this set, my fickle genes are a tingle right now. If you wanted to grab all these things on their own it would cost you £82.50 so the deal represents a really decent 17.5% saving, not bad for the lowest level box set, considering the saving getting the Premium version of this would seem like an absolute no-brainer to me.
The next set if the first of the web only exclusives and nets you some of the larger models as well as more variety in what you can put on the field of battle.

Then we have the UCM Large Army;

1x Albatross Heavy Dropship

3x Condor Medium Dropships

2x Raven Type B Light Dropships

6x Sabre Main Battle Tanks

3x Rapier AA Tanks

4x Bear APC’s

4x Wolverine Scout Buggies

1x Kodiak Command Vehicle

12x Colonial Legionnaires stands

2x Archangel Interceptors

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

That really is quite a large amount of models and really pads out the range with some of the really juicy models like the Albatross. This version of the army equates to £177.50 although the Scout cars are missing from the site on their own so I’ve had to make a call on how expensive they are going to be. I don’t see this massively altering the calculation though. The cost of £140 for the set is a 21% saving, such a substantial saving for the Shaltari was only available when you got up to the Mega Army level so the UCM are saving you more money, however, the way I see it it’s likely that the UCM have cheaper stuff in game terms so you’d be needing more on the table which may swing things on what you choose to take. It’d be nice to try and get the points costs for each force so you know how much you might need to supplement each army dependant on which one you get.

Finally there is the amazing UCM Mega Army, these forces contain so much stuff I’m very impressed with them, even if they do come in rather pricey.

2x Albatross Heavy Dropships

4xCondor Medium Dropships

2x Raven Type A Light Dropships

2x Raven Type B Light Dropships

6x Sabre Main Battle Tanks

6x Rapier AA Tanks

4x Bear APC’s

4x Gladius Heavy Tanks

2x Scimitar Tank Destroyers

4x Wolverine Scout Buggies

1x Kodiak Command Vehicle

12x Legionnaires stands

4x Praetorians stands

2x Falcon Gunships

1x Seraphim Strike Fighter

2x Archangel Interceptors

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

That really is a massive amount of models you’re getting if you stump up the cash for it. Separate purchases would be a wallet crunching £291.50 again working on a guesstimate of £10 for the 4 Scout cars. My maths says that this is almost a 25% saving if you grab the set, if you bought the Premium version for the case you’d still be saving over £40 on the models alone! I’ll have to admit that I am really impressed with this set and while I love me some Shaltari walkers the savings here and the awesome models are tempting me back to my original first choice…. curse you Mr. Lewis! Th addition of the excellent Gladius Heavy Tanks is what also tempts me towards this set. I’m allowed to sell my firstborn to finance this right?

Dropzone Commander Army Deals


The long wait is over, the 6 inch move floating citadel is abuzz with excitement and Friday was spent with Carabus and myself sitting at our respective desks tapping F5 like men possessed. Lacking the stamina of the elder of us I retired to bed at 11.30PM while the more stalwart Carabus partied on Facebook until the site came live at 1am.

Saturday was a day of fevered phone calls as we discussed the various deals on offer, the details shown on the site and anything else that we could chat about regarding DzC.

Having had the weekend to peruse things I thought I’d cast my appraising glance over the various deals and the pricing. While things are a little more expensive than I’d have liked (nothing is free though eh?) things are priced slap bang in the industry standard range. Things are approximately £10 for a unit whether that is stands of infantry, a few vehicles or the various fliers. Only the truly large dropships cost up near the £20 mark. The rulebook is also nice and cheap too, meaning that if you wanted to check out the full rules before taking the plunge of buying miniatures then the initial outlay isn’t that massive.

Anyway, on to the army deals. To avoid the obvious PHR bias of a lot of the previous postings by Carabus I thought I’d start with my new favourite the Shaltari.  These are looking like what I’ll be going with if the rules turn out to be as interesting in the flesh as they are sounding. All of the various deal sizes come in two flavours, a normal version containing the models and the card deck and a Premium version that expands the offering with a case of hold it all. I have to say that I am VERY impressed by this. Dave has obviously done his homework; I am sure I am not in the minority of gamers, I have three cases for my miniatures and yet they’re not big enough to house my collection, not by a long way. Offering a new game with a case for your army is a real stroke of genius, wives everywhere can rejoice as new additions arrive with their own method of keeping everything tidy. Custom-cut foam means you won’t need to change it at all, I am just super-impressed with the fore-thought that has gone into this and I’m more than likely going to be grabbing the Premium version of whichever set that I can actually afford.

Let’s start with the cheapest options and work from there. The Shaltari Starter Army is as follows;

3x Eden Medium Gates

3x Tomahawk Main Grav-Tanks

3x Kukri AA Grav-Tanks

2x Haven Terragates

4x Braves stands

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

The set comes in at £68 for the normal and £88 for the Premium. The models independently cost £77.50 so you’re effectively getting the Braves for free, obviously with the Premium you are paying for the case. So you’re getting a roughly 12% discount off the various parts.

Onto the Large Army deal, in this one you get;

1x Gaia Heavy Gate

3x Eden Medium Gates

2x Spirit Light Gates

6x Tomahawk Main Grav-Tanks

3x Kukri AA Grav-Tanks

4x Haven Terragates

4x Yari Light Grav-Tanks

1x Coyote Command Warstrider

8x Braves stands

1x Warspear Heavy Fighter

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

That’s quite the haul and is the first army set in which you get a version of the excellent Walker, this is the command variant. Separately this lot would command a princely £165, so you save £25 if you pick this option, a saving of roughly 15%. The £170 Premium version starts to get a little more expensive but that’s quite a case of fit in all the stuff you are getting.

Finally we have the Shaltari Mega Army deal which has;

2x Gaia Heavy Gates

4x Eden Medium Gates

4x Spirit Light Gates

6x Tomahawk Main Grav-Tanks

6x Kukri AA Grav-Tanks

4x Haven Terragates

2x Jaguar Warstriders

1x Ocelot Warstrider

4x Yari Light Grav Tanks

1x Coyote Command Warstrider

8x Braves stands

4x Firstborns stands

2x Thunderbird Gunships

2x Warspear Heavy Fighters

1x 40 card full colour Command Card deck

This whopping £220 set contains probably everything that you’d ever want. If you are looking at getting this lot I’d suggest the Premium as being the only way to go so you keep all this lot safe and sound. I imagine if you’re willing to lay down this much cash that it isn’t a stretch to drop the bag in too. This really is the ultimate way to dive in and will give you enough to keep you painting for a while. To buy the units on their own would be a staggering £278 so the set nets you a decent 21% saving. You’re also unlikely to want to add anything to this lot for a very long time.

It’s worth noting that the Large and Mega armies are web exclusives too so you won’t find them anywhere else. Also, none of these deals includes the rules so you’ll have to chuck another £15 at it in order to actually be able to play.

I’m sure you’re all wondering where I sit? I love me some walkers so therefore I’d be looking ideally at the Large or Mega armies. I’ve got some fundraising to do if I want either though and if this is a game we do plump for I want to be on board well before July 9th to make sure I get my goodies in the first wave of releases. Time to hunt through my gaming den and seeing what I can hawk on the Internet to pay for the new hotness.

If you can afford it I’d humbly suggest most people would be better off with the Large army! Now, I’m not getting paid to punt it but it does seem to have the nicest selection of stuff to give variety to your games, as well as some of the larger models you’d otherwise have to pick up individually. If I did grab the Starter version then I’d probably be throwing money at a couple of walkers anyway which punts me up towards the normal Large army. I’ll be giving the other races the once over too so stay tuned for more!