I Ain’t Dead, Just Taking a Break

A quick PSA for any that might be interested.

Just incase some have been wondering, I ain’t dead, I’ve just been taking a break.
Due to a wide range of issues from health to personal life, I’ve been quiet a lot lately (with all the stuff going on one after another I could write a Country and Western song), but the show must go on, if only for my own sanity.

I’ve a few things lined up and another few things in the works, so be sure to check back soon, if only to see what goodies I’ve gotten my hands on.

We’re coming in Hot… Adventures in Dropzone Commander Part 7 – Dropzone Commander: Reconquest Phase 1

Join us as we take a quick look at the first expansion to Hawk Wargames, 10mm tabletop wargame, Dropzone Commander Reconquest: Phase 1.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

We’re Comming in Hot… Adventures in Dropzone Commander Part 5 – 1500pts UCM vs Scourge 

Thankfully with schedules permitting, I managed to get a game of Hawk Wargames, Dropzone Commander In the other night.

For my opponent, I was facing up against Lorcan…

…Our local UCM player… Or Cylon Infiltrator.

The mission for the night was ‘Survey and Control’, a new scenario from the new book, Reconquest: Phase 2.

I was playing Scourge,  (I was proxying the Eden Dinosaur as a the giant blue foam and 2 Corruptors as the smaller 2 pieces of foam, more about the Corruptors later).

Scourge Oppressors: 

Eden Dinosaur 

4 Minders with an Intruder Beta


3 Hunter tanks in a marauder

3 Reaper tanks in a Marauder

Warrior Cabal:

2 groups of Aged Ones, Both in an Invader APC, sharing a Marauder 

Invasion Host:

2 Reaper Gunships

Occupation Patrol:

4 Minders in an Intruder Beta

8 Prowlers split amongst 2 Intruder Beta’s

2 Corruptors
For Lorcans UCM list, he had…

Command Group:

Kodiak (Captain)

4x Longbow with Raven A (plus Rocket pods)

Armour Group:
6x Katana

3x Fireblade


Infantry Group
2x Legionnaires with Raven B 

2x Legionnaires with Raven B


Scout Group
2x Praetorians with Raven B (plus rocket pods)

2x Praetorian Snipers (plus Rocket pods)

Air Group

‘Survey and Control’ is a fun little mission. It was part mad dash, part denial, for most of the game. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures during the game, due to my camera’s battery being mostly dead.

Spoiler alert… I lost the game. Part due to only having 2 infantry groups, but mostly due to me forgetting to move my infantry group onto the table till turn 3, D’oh. Even still, the game ended close with 8 Intel points to Lorcan vs my 6 Intel points, I still won on Kill Points (as far as I remember) due to the Eden Dinosaur sniping his Kodiak off the board in the last turn.

Some highlights of the game were Lorcans snipers shooting my 2 Reaver gunships out of the air, 1 of which crashed into a building. 

His Longbows sniping my poor, little prowlers of the table (thanks to his Snipers spotting for him). 

For most of the game, the drones from Lorcan’s Ferrum kept my 2nd  Minder Swarm and Corruptors boxed in, until I realised they don’t ‘reaction fire’. I then moved out my Corruptors, fired of 2 Razorworm pods at buildings to claim 2 ‘Intel’ points.

Thanks to a ‘Command Card’ I drew, 2 of my Hunter tanks were able to get into range of Lorcan’s Longbows. The Katana’s next to my Hunters, were then torn up by the Eden Dinosaur.

In the next turn, I drew a ‘Core Overload Command Card’, and tried to kamakazi an Intruder Beta into the middle of the Fireblades, but I rolled 1’s. In all honesty, no one I know can roll more 1’s than me. Lorcan, even remarked I should start playing ‘Battletech’, cause i’ld get bonuses for rolling them.

I had a blast playing the Eden Dinosaur, and I can see why ‘Famous Commanders’ aren’t allowed in tournament play. Although I didn’t get much work done with them, I love the new Scourge Corruptors. Just love them. I can see them being taken in a lot, if not all Scourge lists. They are a bit pricey, but the options they can give in CQB, grabbing Intel, and Focal Points is amazing. 

After my game with Lorcan, I only realised that during our game I could have gotten his snipers, or at the least forced him to reposition them. By shooting Razorworms into the adjacent building, I could have had them exit the building, cross the street, and feed on his Snipers.

Although a few mistakes were made, I can’t wait for my next game.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

We’re Coming in Hot… Adventures in Dropzone Commander Part 4 – Scourge vs UCM 1000pts


I had my first game (in a long time) of Dropzone Commander on Saturday the 19th. It was 1000pts Scourge vs UCM.

We played the Lazer Scenario 2 From DZC’s Reconquest: Phase 1 expansion book.


In this Scenario there is 4 Large Hardened Structures. Each one is located in a table corner, and each one contains an objective. On the centre line of the board there is an Orbital Defense Lazer (ODL) structure, which players can interact with, and which is a Focal Point. The Defense Lazer can be fired once per turn (cause its a big ass Zzap gun) by the first Occupier Infantry Unit.

My opponent, Lorcan…


… took it easy on me.

In his list he had (forgive me for not remembering the exact Battlegroups. As far as I Remember he had):

A Kodiak (CV4)
4 Wolverine A’s
Praetorian Sniper Team w/ Raven A
6 Katana Light Tanks w/ 2 Condor Medium Dropships
2 Praetorian Teams w/ 2 Raven A’s
2 Archangels




For my own 1000pts I had:

A proxied Desolator (CV4), the blue foam on a flight stand
2 Reaver Gunships
Minder Swarm w/ 2 Intruder Beta’s
Prowler Pack w/ 2 Intruder Beta’s
3 Hunter Tanks w/ Marauder Dropship
3 Reaver Tanks w/ Marauder Dropship
2 Warrior Hordes w/ 2 Invader APC’s + Marauder Dropship


I had a great game vs Lorcan and the game actually turned out to be very tight. I did better than I thought. I took a few pictures of the highlights of our game.

I may have gotten rounds and activations abit out of order, so forgive me.

I won the roll to go first and chose to activate my Command Battle Group first. As with most wargames first turn is about positioning.


Lorcan got his Snipers up the board and into a building opposite the ODL. I moved my Command group up the middle, Tanks up the flanks, and Troops towards the objective in my bottom right building.


To say that the wheels came off the bus early is an understatement.

On turn 2, Lorcan got a squad of Praetorians into the ODL and closed the door. I moved up with my Intruders + Prowlers ‘going on the deck’, failed the roll, and lost not only 1 of my Dropship but 4 Prowlers as well 😥

This Intruder + 4 Prowlers once had buddies…


Lorcan found the objective in his bottom right building, got his troops into their Raven and booked it towards his second objective.

I deployed my Hunter tanks on the left side of the ODL to make a run for his Kodiak Command vehicle. Reaper tanks were deployed to try to intercept his escaping Raven and incoming Katana’s.

Lorcan deployed his Katana’s vs my Reaper’s…


I also found an objective and got it off the board. My Troop Dropship moved to the second objective.

My Command group of Minders + the Desolator moved up. I tried bringing my Desolator ‘On the Deck’ to prevent early damage from his Snipers and this happened…


… bye bye Desolator.

Lorcan let rip into my Reapers with his Katana’s. If it wasnt for using a ‘Jink + Weave’ Command Card (previous to loosing my Desolator) I would have lost the entire unit.


My Reaver Gunships moved up and took out some of his Wolverines and some damage to the ODL. Lorcan finally managed to roll for his Archangels to come on…


… no more Gunships. He moved his surviving Wolverine up to engage my Minders. The little fecker survived 8 shots from my Minder Swarm.


I got Infantry into my other building to search for the objective and Lorcan was kind enough to shoot at it with the ODL. He inflicted 30 damage and my troops took some damage from ‘Falling Masonary’.


My other Troop unit got into a building close to the ODL and I played the ‘Underground Monorail’ Command Card.


Lorcan moved his Katana’s to attack my Hunter’s, killing 2 of them. I retaliated killing a few of his. My surviving Hunter got good damage on his Kodiak. His Archangels began another attack run…


He got some of mine, but at least my Minders got both his Archangels.


I got my Troops into the ODL, my other troops failed to find the objective. I moved an APC up behind the ODL to hide from Lorcans Katana’s. Lorcan called in an Orbital Bomdardment from his Kodiak to kill my last Hunter. His Praetorians got into the building containing his second Objective. Our troops in the ODL got into some ‘CQB’, despite being outnumbered my Warrior Horde laid the smack down on Lorcans stupid Humans.

Turn 6 came down to me playing a ‘Central Directive’ (i think thats what its called) Command Card, to activate my infantry before his. I found my last objective and legged it off with it. Lorcan needed a 4+ to find his, he found it and like wise got it off the board. The game ended with basically both of us having remainder of units that couldnt either shoot at or harm each other.

The final score was 6-5 to Lorcan. As i said previously, I did far better than I thought I could have. The game was filled with some great moments and I cant wait to get another game in.

– from The Man Cave

We’re Coming in Hot… Adventuries in Dropzone Commander Part 3


Another round of painting is done, and more of my Scourge army is painted.

Except for my 6 bases of infantry, i have a fully painted army (that makes a change for me).





A little tidy up is needed, (mostly around the Hawk Widget and flight stand). I’m debating whether or not to put a bit of a blue glow around the exhaust vents of the Reavers and Intruders, like i did with the dropships.

All in all, i’m happy with the results.

I have a game planned for Saturday vs a UCM player. I should have everything painted + cleaned up by then.

I have about 1000pts of Scourge, enough to make 4 or 5 battlegroups at the Skirmish level. I’ll be proxying a Command Vehicle called a Desolator (i currently dont have one and wont be able to pick one up till after X-Mas).


I’m thinking of the following for my game on saturday…

Scourge Oppressors:
Desolator (CV4)
Minder Swarm + 2 Intruder Beta’s

Scourge Vanguard:
3 Hunters + Marauder Medium Dropship
3 Reaper’s + Marauder Medium Dropship

Scourge Warrior Cabal:
2 x Warrior Hordes w/ 2 x Invader APC’s + Marauder Medium Dropship

Scourge Occupation Patrol:
Prowler Pack + 2 Intruder Beta’s
2 Reaver Gunships

On my wish list for next year will be more infantry, tanks and dropships.

Wish me luck for saturday…

– from The Man Cave

We’re Coming in Hot… Adventures in Dropzone Commander Part 2

I managed to get the kids to bed the other night on time, and got to work on my Scourge Starter Set.

Yeah Me!!!

Over a couple of hours I managed to get my 3 dropships, 2 APC’s and 6 tanks about 90% completed.





I have the infantry base coated, hopefully i’ll have the chance to paint them up tonight.

I managed to drop in on my local store yesterday while doing some X- Mas shopping and picked up a few more pieces…


All in all, for my Scourge army (once i get every thing assembled and painted) I’ll have:

3 Marauder medium dropships
2 Intruder Beta light dropships
2 Invader APC’s
3 Hunter tanks
3 Reaper anti- air tanks
1 Prowler pack (8 models)
1 Minder swarm (8 models)
2 Reaver gunships
2 Warrior hordes (3 bases each horde)

I still need to get a Commander but what i currently have is a nice start to ‘My Adventures in Dropzone Commander’…

– from The Man Cave

We’re Coming in Hot… Adventures in Dropzone Commander


Like a fair few people, with the success of Hawk Wargames successful Kickstarter of Dropfleet Commander, I’ve gotten the bug to dip back into Dropzone Commander.

I have one of the Premium Scourge Starter Sets (the ones that come with a KR Multicase).


They are a decent deal as you do get some bang for your buck. You get the starter army (which is about 500 points) ,Command Cards and a case. As opposed to the normal Starter Set, where you only get your Starter Army.


Playstyle wise, the Scourge are known as a Glass Cannon (meaning they’re fast, hit hard but can’t take it in return due to low armour and short range fire power).

All the Scourge vehicles have a sort of techno-organic look to them that i’ve always really liked. To me the Scourge troop carrier has a sort of slug like appearance.


I had a chance last night to put them altogether and probably will be getting more in the nxt week or two (christmas permitting) to build up to a 1500 point list.


On my shopping list will be a HQ choice, thinking possibly a 2nd starter and some Prowlers (little crab like walkers) + a transport for them.

I still have to update the Command Cards to the 1.1 version rule set but thanks to Hawk Wargames this is easily done thru their free downloads section on their website here. Its just a case of printing them off then sleveing them up.

As its a school night hopefully (if i get the kids to bed on time) i’ll get a chance to base coat them and get started with painting them. At the mo i’m thinking of a dark grey with a purple dry brush as the paint scheme.

I have to read back thru the rulebook to fimiliarize myself with the rules. I’m going to enjoy rereading the fluff, and cant wait to get my first game in.

– from The Man Cave