Coming very soon (hopefully by the end of the Month) is Dropfleet Commander From Hawk Wargames, this is the successor to the brilliant Dropship Commander.
So what i shappening in the universe and where will it take the story arc forward?
It is the year 2672, a time of war on a galactic scale. The mighty battlefleets of the United Colonies of Mankind are ranged against those of the alien Scourge, vile overlords of humanity’s once great homelands – the seven Cradle Worlds and Earth itself. The Colonies are on the offensive, the will of an entire species bent on vengeance. This grand endeavour is known as the Reconquest; the greatest military enterprise in the history of mankind. Thousands of ships and millions of soldiers battle for victory in the void and on land.
You can now play your part in these war-torn times. Fight for noble humanity or the dreaded Scourge in orbital battles for supremacy, played with finely detailed miniatures. You will command fleets of colossal warships, unleash strike craft and deploy your ground forces in strategic naval battles above a war-torn planet. Prepare your vessels; the battle for mankind’s future has begun!
This 2 Player set contains absolutely everything you need to get started in games of Dropfleet Commander, including two starter fleets, a 3’x4′ gaming surface, fastplay aids and a wide selection of tokens. This incredible boxed set also includes the full sized Dropfleet Commander rulebook, a 224 page full colour tome containing immersive background, the game rules, complete fleet lists for all 4 factions and hundreds of lavish images.
- UCM Starter Fleet: 3 cruisers (typical length 107mm) and 4 frigates (typical length 65mm). These multi-part, hard plastic, lavishly detailed 1:9150 (0.2mm) scale miniatures can be assembled as a wide variety of different classes.
- Scourge Starter Fleet: Consists of 3 cruisers (typical length 112mm) and 4 frigates (typical length 58mm). These multi-part, hard plastic, lavishly detailed 1:9150 (0.2mm) scale miniatures can be assembled as a wide variety of different classes.
- Dropfleet Commander Rulebook: 224 Page, full colour. Contains in depth background, the game rules, fleet lists for all 4 factions and captivating imagery.
- 3’x4′ Gaming Surface: 2x A1 double-sided posters. One side features a planetary surface; both posters can be joined to create a 4’x3′ gaming surface. The reverse features stunning artwork.
- Scenery: 8x Card Cities and 8x Card Debris Fields, allowing a wide variety of game scenarios!
- Tokens: 102 punch out card tokens for fighters, bombers, ground forces, city sectors and much more!
- Gaming Tools: Retractable keyring tape measure (1m/38″ length) and ten 12mm black D6 dice
- Fastplay Aids: UCM and Scourge reference sheets, turn sequence prompt, Activation Sheet and starter scenario
As you can see a lot off this is very similar to the original Dropship Commander starter set in that it gives you everything to play straight out of the box, of course you can always pick up the sleek PHR Fleet or the organic looking Shaltari fleet to expand your forces as well.
The Heracles Class battleship is a truly awesome vessel and one of the most resilient battleships yet encountered in the Reconquest. Its vast and stocky hull is built around an enormous broadside array of heavy calibre mass drivers, its beam is wide enough to conceal these massive weapons within. The ship’s characteristic and ominous silhouette is increased by a complex series of manoeuvre fins, lending this leviathan a surprisingly graceful appearance for such a brutal tool of destruction. In addition to its broadsides, the Heracles also features the dreaded Dark Matter Cannon, an enormous prow mounted weapon as monumentally destructive as it is advanced. In addition to the extensive damage it can inflict, a single shot is dangerous enough to cause crippling effects to the largest of vessels, making it an awesome foil to enemy battleships.
The Minos Class battleship is just as formidably vast and deadly as its related class, the Heracles but features an entirely different prow armament. Primarily and most obviously, it carries a pair of Nightfish torpedoes, massive ordnance the size of small ships designed to resist all point defence with sheer armour thickness and mass. Once its torpedoes are launched, the Minos usually adopts an ultra-aggressive approach in order to bring its secondary prow weapons into play. These are the ultra-advanced neutron missiles, perhaps the most dangerous close action weapons yet encountered by the UCM. These are designed to inflict appalling carnage once an enemy ship is penetrated, damaging core systems and causing crippling effects that would normally only be encountered with massive hull damage.