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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Zhitomir-Berdichev: German Operations West of Kiev 24 December 1943 31 January 1944: Volume 1

Zhitomir-Berdichev: German Operations West of Kiev 24 December 1943 31 January 1944: Volume 1

The first volume of a detailed and well-researched history of the important but neglected operation that was to be the beginning of the liberation of western Ukraine On 24 December 1943, the Red Army launched the first of a series of winter offensives against the German Army Group South under von Manstein, the overall object of which was to liberate western Ukraine from occupation. This first offensive is known to Soviet historians as the Zhitomir-Berdichev operation. Based on the unpublished records of the German 1st and 4th Panzer Armies, and supplemented by comprehensive mapping and order of battle data, this book provides an authoritative, detailed, day-by-day account of German operations as they developed in response to the Soviet offensive. It also gives a vivid insight into the planning and decision-making of the German Army field commands in conducting not only a mobile defence, but also a series of counterattacks which, in the final analysis, could do little more than provide a temporary respite in the face of the growing strength and skill of the Red Army. Eventually being published in two separate volumes, this first volume describes events until 9 January 1944, during which period the German forces were pushed back forcibly under the weight of the Soviet offensive, and includes 140 detailed daily situation maps in colour to allow the reader to follow operations as they developed day by day, presented in a separate mapbook to aid the reader's use of the study. Volume two will cover the period from 10 to 31 January 1944 and will describe the series of counterattacks undertaken by the Germans as they tried desperately to stabilise a situation that had already slipped beyond their control. Together this two volume set comprises a groundbreaking survey which is likely to set a new standard for future studies of operational combat on the Eastern Front.

 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Dropzone Commander Rules

Dropzone Commander Core Rulebook 1.1 EDITION

Dropzone Commander Core Rulebook 1.1 EDITION

NEW AND REVISED 1.1 EDITION!

156 page A4 full colour perfect bound core rulebook for Dropzone Commander. Contents include:

Core Rules: All the rules you need to play.

Background: Rich and detailed setting for the DzC game universe, as well as in depth background for all four races and their units. You'll be in no doubt as to where you're fighting, why you're fighting and who you're fighting with!

Army Lists:  The full stats, lists and special rules for all four races.

Scenarios:  A wide selection of scenarios to keep your games fresh! 

Colour Schemes:  A wide selection of colour schemes and camouflage patterns are showcased for each race, giving you plenty of inspiration when painting your armies! Further hobby tips, articles and information will be made available from our downloads section in the coming weeks. 

Guest Painters Pages: Some inspiring work by keen gamers and painters unaffiliated with Hawk Wargames.

REVISED 1.1 EDITION INFO:
We've sold our entire first print run of Dropzone Commander and have just taken delivery of our new, revised 1.1 edition! First off - it's important to note that this does NOT make the original rulebook redundant! Most of the changes featured have already been released online some time ago and further rules revisions are available to download now. That being said, we have taken this opportunity to act on feedback from our fans and reviewers to make a few more minor adjustments to the book and the rules, which are as follows:

A) All current Errata, rules changes and most of the Clarifications have been incorporated into the revised edition.

B) We've made some changes to points costs etc. These are available to download, but in general terms, gunships and special forces are now cheaper in points, and some smaller weapons, upgrade costs and scenarios have been slightly modified.

C) Version 1.1 now features a double page index, a new page detailing how to build a Battlegroup and a brand new, first person mini-story!

D) Text is now further from the spine away from the centre of the book to increase readability, and the blue 'Rules' margin colour has now been split into three distinct shades for Background, Rules and Scenarios.

E) Paper quality is improved, with a totally uniform laminate texture throughout.

F) Rules for our recent releases (e.g. the Ferrum, Hades, Firedrake, Annihilator etc) are NOT featured in the revised edition. They will be printed in a future expansion of Dropzone Commander.

Version 1.1 is available immediately, and any outstanding orders for rulebooks will automatically be shifted to this revised version. The retail price and product code remains exactly the same.


Dropzone Commander Special Edition Rulebook

Dropzone Commander Special Edition Rulebook

Limited Edition Hardback Rulebook!

We are proud to announce the release of our core rulebook, in a special limited edition, 176 page hardback run of just 1500 copies. Only a limited number of these copies will be available from us direct. The book has been reimagined, with new cover artwork, Spot UV front-plate, printed end papers and a marker ribbon, printed on thick paper stock and finished with a high quality silk coating.

20 new pages, and over 50 new pieces of artwork sit alongside lavish photographic images, creating a gorgeous tome for your coffee table, sci-fi library or gaming room. This book comes in a printed box, to ensure the book is protected, and each book is cellophane wrapped. 

This special edition still includes all the gaming content of the core rulebook, including:
- Core Rules: All the rules you need to play.
- Background: Rich and detailed setting for the DzC game universe, as well as in depth background for all four races and their units. You'll be in no doubt as to where you're fighting, why you're fighting and who you're fighting with!
- Army Lists:  The full stats, lists and special rules for all four races.
- Scenarios:  A wide selection of scenarios to keep your games fresh! 
- Colour Schemes:  A wide selection of colour schemes and camouflage patterns are showcased for each race, giving you plenty of inspiration when painting your armies! Further hobby tips, articles and information will be made available from our downloads section in the coming weeks. 
- Guest Painters Pages: Some inspiring work by keen gamers and painters unaffiliated with Hawk Wargames.
- Index: Double page index of terms and key phrases.


Dropzone Commander Core Rulebook

Dropzone Commander Core Rulebook

152 page A4 full colour perfect bound rulebook for Dropzone Commander. Contents include:

Core Rules: All the rules you need to play.

Background: Rich and detailed setting for the DzC game universe, as well as in depth background for all four races and their units. You'll be in no doubt as to where you're fighting, why you're fighting and who you're fighting with!

Army Lists:  The full stats, lists and special rules for all four races.

Scenarios:  A wide selection of scenarios to keep your games fresh!

Hobby Section: Plenty of hints and tips for painting and working with Hawk Wargames miniatures - discover how the presentation models were painted, and learn fast paint tips for getting your army onto the field quickly!

Guest Painters Pages: Some inspiring work by keen gamers and painters unaffiliated with Hawk Wargames.

Dropzone Commander Supplements


Dropzone Commander Reconquest: Phase 2

Dropzone Commander Reconquest: Phase 2

152 page A4 full colour perfect bound Expansion Book for Dropzone Commander. This is the Second Expansion Book for Dropzone Commander. The cover is matt laminated with spot UV.
Contents of this book include:

The Continued Story of the Reconquest

Environmental Rules
Environmental Scenarios
New Tournament Scenarios
5 Key Faction Sections:
- UCM
- Scourge
- PHR
- Shaltari
- Resistance

This book introduces a brand new mechanic to broaden the gaming experience further - Environmentals. The Environmental Rules include World Conditions, Ecosystems, Random Events and Fauna. These Fauna include fantastic creatures, from Feral Vampires to huge rampaging behemoths, each which has the capability of affecting the battle scene with their presence and activity.

There is a new Famous Commander for each race, and a variety of new units too. The previously released units which had experimental rules, now have definitive versions of their rules.


As the Reconquest continues, more is in the balance and death and destruction are everywhere...

Dropzone Commander Reconquest: Phase 1 (Version 1.1)

Dropzone Commander Reconquest: Phase 1 (Version 1.1)

152 page A4 full colour perfect bound Expansion book for Dropzone Commander. This is the updated 1.1 version of this book, and is printed with a matt laminated and spot UV cover. All the changes from the previous version are free to download from our download section. Contents include:

Background

The Story of the Reconquest so far
New Scenarios
Some Special Rules
5 Key Race Sections:
- UCM
- Scourge
- PHR
- Shaltari
- Resistance

This book introduces a brand new faction to the DZC universe - The Resistance. This diverse and colourful army is made up of the ragtag but hardened survivors of Scourge occupation. They have lived their entire lives at war and while their equipment may not be state of the art, each and every fighter can be considered a veteran. Their armies contain an eclectic mix of machines from antique armoured remnants of a bygone age to weaponized civilian vehicles in a bewildering array of designs. This expansion also introduces several new rules mechanics and scenarios to DZC as well as a range of characterful Famous Commanders for all five races. The definitive versions of the rules for all new units released for the original four factions are also included.

 

Dropzone Commander Downloads

Rules update to Reconquest: Phase 1 (Version 1.1), 20/04/16
Rules update to Reconquest: Phase 1, 01/04/16
Rules Update for revised 1.1 edition, 24/08/15
Rules Update for original 2012 edition, 24/08/15
Command Card Revisions for 1.1, 12/02/15
Errata for original 2012 edition, 25/07/13
Clarifications for original 2012 edition, 25/07/13
Clarifications for revised 1.1 edition, 24/07/13

My Dropzone Commander Downloads


Dropzone Commander Unit Reference Cards

Unit Cards

PHR

Resistance

Scourge

Shaltari

UCM

Dropzone Commander Battlegroups Cards

Battlegroups

PHR

Resistance

Scourge

Shaltari

UCM

Sources

Ressources Dropzone Commander
Hawk Wargames