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Dropzone Commander – Unboxing the UCM

It finally happened! Almost a week ago the long-awaited and much-anticipated Dropzone Commander appeared in the wild. Those of us here at the 6 Inch Move floating citadel have been positively aquiver with excitement. After all, we’ve been waiting since Salute and while we’ve been treated to a few news items here and there, information has been a little sparse since we first stumbled across the stand at Salute.

Due to various issues of home finance I didn’t get to put in my pre-order until very late. I had it all planned by then a spanner was thrown in the proverbial works and I had to wait. I managed to put in my order on the last day of the pre-orders being set for shipping on July 27th, although it was rather late in the day when I managed to get to do it. I received my goodies on the Wednesday of last week, which was good news as I had the rest of the week off work. Unfortunately my wife is on her holidays at the moment and therefore I had to share my time and actually had to go out and do things rather than being allowed to play with my new toys. Nevertheless I’ve managed to get some good time with the rulebook and have read most of it other than some bits of the background in the army lists. However, I’ll be reviewing the rulebook separately in another post.

As I made mention of on multiple occasions now I am a big fan of the large and mega army deals. I personally went for the UCM Mega Premium, yes it’s pricey but it contains everything I think I’ll be needing for a good while. I actually first unveiled this to Carabus as he had already received his PHR Mega Premium the previous day. We had a good rummage through before I put everything back in the box to save for later. I’ve therefore included some photos in this post to show how things arrive. The Dropzone Commander case is your basic KR cardboard one but with the faction specific foam for your army, this is really good as it gives everything a home right off the bat. All your models are crammed into the various holes and the cutouts are there to safely cushion and transport your goodies as they are taken wherever they’re going to give someone a good drubbing. It’s really nicely put together. My only real criticism (and it really is very minor) is that it would be nice to have a paper sleeve around the case to show you what you get in it and to give you some references to work from later. As I said this is a very minor concern and I understand why there isn’t one considering these deals are not available in any stores, online or otherwise, outside of Hawk.

When you pop it open there really is a lot of stuff crammed in there. Mine all arrived in good order. I’ve had a chance to look through pretty much everything that came with it and am very happy with the standard of casting. There are a few tiny miscasts which will be irrelevant once the miniatures are painted. In fact the worst that I have to deal with is literally two or three tiny bubbles on the rear engine cowl of one of my Albatrosses. Other than that everything is the same quality as what I saw at Salute. I know Carabus has a few more issues but we’re expecting the odd thing here and there with a new product line and I’ve not seen anything on the same scale that puts this in the same basket as Finecast.

Each unit comes in its own little bag so as soon as you crack one open you’ve got a whole squad ready to use there and then. As mentioned in the “Working with Resin” download from the Hawk site the resin glues together VERY fast and I am not kidding you when I say you will not break that bond. I think the resin will actually decay first before the glue weakens so another voice adding to the caution you should take when putting stuff together. Make sure you’ve got stuff positioned right because once you press two things together you’ve only got a few seconds before it’s stuck for good!

I hope the pictures help show what you get for your money. I’m really happy with the stuff that I have, I’ve not heard anything from anyone outside of Carabus yet so I’m just putting my personal experience out there. I’m a happy customer and looking forward to getting this stuff on the table. I have a colour scheme in mind and things are already starting to be assembled. I’m already anticipating not being able to fit everything I want into my army so we’ll have to see how I go. What list I pick will also determine what stuff gets painted and done first.

Dropzone Commander – The Countdown Starts Here!

Yesterday was the last day for pre-orders to guarantee shipping on July 23rd! That means that we are now less than two weeks away from seeing possibly the most talked about tabletop game in the world right now actually hitting store shelves and spreading across gaming tables everywhere.

As for what I myself have done, there was some last-minute panic with some unexpected potential expenditures that have cleared up and left me actually in the right spot to place my own order. I only got to do it last night (and therefore hopefully snag my goodies day one) but I did manage to order the UCM Premium Mega Army and a couple of rule books. Why more than one book you ask? Because a certain someone *cough*Carabus*cough* was so excited about buying their models they forgot they needed the rules to go with them!

It’ll be interesting to see if we get any new titbits of information as the game gets closer and closer to the release date. It’s really nice to be so close now after all the months of waiting.

Two Weeks to go!

I understand that some folks might be bored stupid by the amount of stuff we’ve had showcasing Hawk Wargames’ incoming DropZone Commander offering. However, as I was sitting here in a typical Friday afternoon waiting for beer o’clock stupor it occurred to me that there are only two weeks left until the pre-orders go live!

As I’ve been considering what I want to spent my miniatures budget on when I get paid next week I may have to hold out to see what’s on the horizon for our current major interest.

Are you eagerly awaiting more details of the latest in 10mm sci-fi? Let us know which faction you find the most interesting!

Good News Everyone!

Good news for anyone that owns a PC. Diablo 3 is now available for pre-order from Amazon. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, and while it may still be a while before we have any idea when it is coming out I love the series enough to lay down a pre-order.

As I enjoy evening spent with friends playing games over a LAN I can imagine that this will consume those evenings when it arrives.