Dropzone Commander – the gauntlet has been thrown down
Some of you may have heard of this new sci-fi game called Dropzone Commander by Hawk Wargames. If you haven’t yet, check out my brief summary (detailed review coming soon) earlier on this site and check out their web site. In short, it’s a 10mm scale sci-fi combat game that I picked up at TempleCon and have been itching to get on the table. Unfortunately, life gets in the way a lot and it’s been pushed to the back burner without a real driving force. Well, that changed yesterday. I was down at my local game store, The Hobby Bunker, where I ran into my friend Scott. Seems Scott was interested in the game as well and picked up a force of UCM (human marines) and Scourge (aliens) same as me. We got to talking and a plan was hatched. Each of us would pick one of our factions to assemble and paint, and we would meet at the Hobby Bunker in three weeks for a game or two to work out the rules “on the table”. Now that I have a goal, I’m going to get cracking, read on for details of the challenge.
So, thanks to the kind folks at Hawk Wargames, I have a bunch of cardstock building terrain from their demo table at TempleCon 2013 that was not going to get shipped back to England with them and thus we have a battlefield. Now to get the models rolling. Scott chose to paint up his UMC so I’m going to work on my Scourge. I’ve got the Scourge Large Army bundle that I’m working on. This is what it looks like all unpacked and on my painting table:
I must say, that’s a ton of plastic to work through in just a few weeks. I’ve already inventoried it all and found all the parts present and accounted for. The plastic is easy to work with and strong. This little piece took clipping off excess material and scraping of flash with a hobby knife without once looking close to breaking which is impressive for something the size of a toothpick.
So far, I’ve also found the pieces to be relatively high quality castings. There’s some flash and mold lines to scrape off, but nothing major. On a couple of the fine details, I’ve run into air bubbles like the one shown below, but they’re few and far between (I’d say about 5% of pieces) and all seem to be easily corrected or hidden. Overall I’m very happy with the quality of the models.
Stay tuned for the next installment – assembling models or “fun with superglue, tiny pieces, and big fumble fingers”.