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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/11 23:49:06


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


This system hasn't seen much discussion on Dakka recently, other than rumors of its demise. I'll try to keep everything updated as often as I can. However, TTCombat's new site is difficult for anyone using an Apple product who wants to share photos.

First of all, Battle For Earth is the latest expansion for both games, with DZC 2nd Ed rules and DFC rules for destroyers, monitors, Dreadnaughts...and the Resistance faction. The Resistance fleet has some of the best spaceship miniatures ever released in my opinion, so well worth checking out. If you just want to play DZC, there is a rulebook for 10 pounds.

New releases:
There is a new 2 player starter set:


New starters with TWICE as many minis for Scourge, UCM and now Shaltari, each 35 pounds (about $50).


They are also selling the cardboard terrain for 20 pounds per pack, both in whole and ruins form.


They have also released variant tanks and air units for each faction over the last few months. Not going to link them all.

Rumors:
The behemoths are in the rule book, and some pictures of them are floating around the web. Each faction gets 2 options for heavy and light mechs.

There have also been images of Kalium vehicles spotted, and possibly a plastic Resistance starter on the horizon.

The huge anti-starship laser has a model in scale with DZC out there, but I'm not sure it's official or upcoming or what.

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For Dropfleet, they released some new play mats:
https://community.ttcombat.com/2020/06/05/new-releases-gaming-mats/

And for anyone who hasn't seen the Resistance fleet, here you go:
Starter:



Grand Cruiser:


Grand Battlecruiser:


Grand Battleship:



Rumors:
Resistance have yet to see destroyers and monitors. Every faction is getting a Lighter. Some other type of vessel is also upcoming, possibly a minelayer or boarding vessel. And Andy Chambers confirmed he is working on something for TTCombat, most likely Dropverse-related.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/11 23:54:31


Post by: AegisGrimm


Both Resistance fleets are damn beautiful, and the fluff is a great way to include them, from what little I have gleaned online.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 00:07:08


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


They are the best faction for creating your own...er, “chapter”. The background for the two official flavors is really fun, while blowing the potential sandbox way open for players who want to do their own thing.

On the FB group there are people converting Resistance fleets Modeled after BSG, B5 and even Star Wars. It’s a tremendously versatile kit.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 00:21:13


Post by: ingtaer


Do love those Resistance ships, am intrigued as to what people are using them for in B5, Raiders fits nicely but anything else Bob?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 00:41:16


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I’ll see if I can find and link to the images, but there were a couple guys who used the Resistance and station kits to create “close enough” facsimiles to Earthforce One, Omega Class Destroyers, Hyperions, and I think a Nova Class? Ironic because none of them made a Warlocke Class Destroyer even though that should have been the most straight-forward conversion.

Also, a lot of Scourge conversions take visual cues from the Shadows or Minbari.


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Can’t get the pictures to copy on my phone. I’ll try the computer tomorrow.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 02:28:03


Post by: Vertrucio


I believe that's a new sculpt for the UCM light dropships, looking good.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 03:55:50


Post by: privateer4hire


Cool news.

For comparison with the original DZC starter, did the old one include a mat and cardboard buildings along with the book and 2 forces?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 04:01:21


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The plastics are the same, but each starter comes with a resin leader vehicle and a special (resin) dropship, which you’re probably right about being new. (The Shaltari get a far-gate or something.) However, there is also a new UCM Titania pattern dropship (in resin) that looks like a buffer, more angular version of the plastic drop ships for anyone who doesn’t like those.

We’re still waiting for the reboxed PHR starter and hopefully a Resistance starter in plastic.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 04:46:04


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


A resistance starter in plastic would be tempting.

I see what you mean about the unified paint scheme for the fleet now. Some of those big ships are mighty fine looking!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 05:03:19


Post by: hotsauceman1


Depending on the price i might just pick up a started resistance for fun.
The game is still i think one of the most well crafted, well lored and well thought out games in the market.
Also, What is Kalium?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 05:09:40


Post by: Vertrucio


Kalium, I think, is the resistance colony that went dark and just kept building ships, declaring itself independent from the UCM. This is why there's now a Resistance fleet in DFC beyond just a bunch of cobbled together ships.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 05:13:49


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 privateer4hire wrote:
Cool news.

For comparison with the original DZC starter, did the old one include a mat and cardboard buildings along with the book and 2 forces?


Yes it did. The new starter doesn’t come with the cardboard terrain, but it comes with leader minis ...and I think it’s cheaper than the old one was. (I forget the retail price because it’s been years since I’ve seen the old starter not either discounted to move or jacked way up on the algorithms.)


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Kalium is a colony that broke off from the UCM early on by reconfiguring their Foldspace Nodes. They had a massive shipyard capable of building all the prewar ship designs, and they’ve kept it going for 170 years.

Kalium has a heavily-militarized population and extensive espionage network. They seem to be recruiting some of the worst “feral” warlords on the (Scourge-held) Cradle Worlds, and have gone to great lengths to acquire Scourge tech, including cloning vats.

Early on they experienced a lot of coups and civil strife before settling into the current totalitarian regime. Visually, Kalium takes a lot of cues from the Soviet Union and North Korea. (This leads to one blurb where Kalium insisted on taking Moscow and then got caught in the infamous Russian winter until the UCM sent cold-weather experts with proper gear to save them.) Anyway, their inclusion gives a template for what a colony isolated from the UCM might have looked like militarily. Many players have Resistance fleets that are at least in part composed of Kalium defectors or governments-in-exile, that kind of thing.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 19:41:08


Post by: Ragsta


Thanks for starting this page, Bob. I really like the look of those Resistance ships for kitbashing potential. To be honest I'm more of a BFG man but the possibilities ALL of the DFC kits presents are very good indeed.

Is there any way you can post pictures of what others have done with these kits without me embracing Facebook?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 20:25:45


Post by: Crablezworth


The photography is fantastic, paintjobs too.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 20:33:48


Post by: Danny76


Resistance looks great.
Still haven’t even played the game, despite backing it from the start.
Made several Scourge, and UCM are ready to build.
Just never got round to looking at what’s best for a list..


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 20:38:48


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Ragsta wrote:
Thanks for starting this page, Bob. I really like the look of those Resistance ships for kitbashing potential. To be honest I'm more of a BFG man but the possibilities ALL of the DFC kits presents are very good indeed.

Is there any way you can post pictures of what others have done with these kits without me embracing Facebook?


I’ll try. For some reason, Facebook won’t let me direct link to images or save them on my phone to upload here. I do have a collection from around the web, but it’s limited. Are you mainly looking for Resistance builds? Also, I have a blog in the Painting and Modelling section with a few DFC kit bashes mixed in, and so do Kid Kyoto and Kestral.


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Danny76 wrote:
Resistance looks great.
Still haven’t even played the game, despite backing it from the start.
Made several Scourge, and UCM are ready to build.
Just never got round to looking at what’s best for a list..


Depends how competitive you want to be. There’s a tactics page for Dropfleet on ...4chan?... that discusses the relative strengths and weaknesses of each ship in a faction, although it’s pretty heavy on the meme-speak. Typically, the gamers on Facebook recommend you have 2 strike cruisers per “starter set” (~500pts) and one troop ship per 1000pts (2 if you’re PHR), as well as plenty of fighter and bomber launch capacity. Resistance (And to a lesser extent Shaltari) is the odd faction out for this kind of list building. Resistance heavy frigates are very good gun-brawlers, along with the grand cruiser, but the cruisers seem to be most effective as troopships and launch carriers.

But for me, I just build the ships to look cool and then proxy them as whatever sounds fun. I don’t ever plan to play in a tournament.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/12 21:54:05


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Ok, I contacted the guy with the awesome B5 conversions and got the files directly. This post’s for you, Intgaer.

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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/14 20:56:07


Post by: Danny76


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:


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Danny76 wrote:
Resistance looks great.
Still haven’t even played the game, despite backing it from the start.
Made several Scourge, and UCM are ready to build.
Just never got round to looking at what’s best for a list..


Depends how competitive you want to be. There’s a tactics page for Dropfleet on ...4chan?... that discusses the relative strengths and weaknesses of each ship in a faction, although it’s pretty heavy on the meme-speak. Typically, the gamers on Facebook recommend you have 2 strike cruisers per “starter set” (~500pts) and one troop ship per 1000pts (2 if you’re PHR), as well as plenty of fighter and bomber launch capacity. Resistance (And to a lesser extent Shaltari) is the odd faction out for this kind of list building. Resistance heavy frigates are very good gun-brawlers, along with the grand cruiser, but the cruisers seem to be most effective as troopships and launch carriers.

But for me, I just build the ships to look cool and then proxy them as whatever sounds fun. I don’t ever plan to play in a tournament.


Definitely not gonna be doing tournaments.

I got Scourge, quite a bit of it.
I just made one each of Raiju, Shenlong, Ifrit, Wyvern, Hydra, Chimera. Then an extra Hydra and Chimera.
And then just 4 of every frigate sized one.
Hadn’t even read the rulebook as to what does what..


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/15 00:00:50


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Scourge have that great Shadow/evil organic tech design, with a dash of Giger. They make such fun baddie ships.

As for what their ships do and how they play, I’m mostly going by FB discussion and the Tactics page (if Dakka doesn’t mind this link), but Scourge are basically the sneaky-stabby faction. The two heavy cruisers have partial cloak (so they can’t get major spikes from scans or lasers or going weapons free) and stealth (so they can still shoot some of their guns on silent running). Very sneaky. Their carriers hold more bombers than the UCM equivalent, and the bombers have scald (reduces armor effectiveness). Their frigates can all hide in the atmosphere until ready to strike, like Zergs buried in ambush, and their close action cruisers are glass hammers.

If you still have a lot of your leftover bits, you can also convert some corvettes pretty easily and maybe even some destroyers or monitors.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/15 00:05:53


Post by: Overread


Also don't forget the space ship games aren't about pure combat; they are dropship games so you have as much to consider with regard to dropping stuff planetside during the fight not just obliterating the enemy.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/15 08:25:12


Post by: lord_blackfang


The starters seem like a great price. The rest not so much. Feels like about the same cost as eBaying for Epic / BFG models that have a cult following and have been out of print for 20 years, ie not exactly reasonable.

How do the games play? I have a friend who went all in on the DFC kickstarter but was so disgusted by its mishandling and the clusterfeth that was the rules errata that he never touched a single sprue, it's all in his basement. Is there a single volume for up to date rules?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/15 16:13:57


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The starters really are the soul of the game. However, I bought a resin battleship for $40 in the last year, and paid $35 for a BFG battleship in 2005, so I wouldn’t go quite so far as to say Dropzone is that much more expensive per mini than OOP BFG. And they would probably be too expensive for me if they didn’t come with so many extra bits, especially the Resistance Grand Battleship. The destroyers and monitors seem to be the most pricey for what you get to me, which is why I would convert them from plastic rather than buying the resins (except for the PHR destroyers that really speak to me). (Most UCM players can get about 8 destroyers out of the resin blister and a bunch of plastic leftovers.)

I’ve seen PDFs of the rule books online—don’t think I’m allowed to post them—but the original KS rulebook is still the main rule book. The errata are added to the fleet builder on TTCombat’s site, so you can print all the current stats for your faction and be completely up to date.

https://dropfleetcommander.com/builder/

Pick a faction, go to the fleet building page, choose view/print, and then the last option is to print all ships. Gets you everything you need in addition to the original book.



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/16 04:28:04


Post by: nobody


Should probably mention that DZC officially has a free online rulebook PDF:

https://community.ttcombat.com/2020/03/13/dropzone-commander-2-1-available-now/#more-4448

Note: They've done a round of changes since BfE dropped, the blog post explains the major ones, and the PDF includes the changes. These changes are also in the new "slim" rulebook, but I do not believe that they've included them in reprints of BfE.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/19 19:03:05


Post by: noexit1982


I’d love a PHR dropzone starter like the new big three


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/19 19:43:06


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I’d love one, too. The larger plastic starters are great for kitbashing.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/06/20 09:36:03


Post by: ImAGeek


noexit1982 wrote:
I’d love a PHR dropzone starter like the new big three


I assume one is coming, right?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/03 17:21:34


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The big news today is that TTCombat now sells Vallejo Game Color paint, which is great for those times one is just shy of the free shipping threshold.

And TTCombat has updated the Dropzone army builder program.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/07 18:05:07


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The TTCombat blog has a preview of new ships going on sale this Friday: lighters.. These are smaller ships, six per pack, with specialized roles,

The UCM get a stealth lighter that can drop off troops and perhaps attack with minimum detection.

The Scourge get a boarding ship that latches onto enemy cruisers.

The PHR get some kind of E-warfare ship that messes with enemy ships’ functions.

The Shaltari get a little attack ship that can use void gates to teleport itself all over the board for surprise attacks.

The Resistance get a cargo ship full of explosives.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/07 18:26:58


Post by: Overread




This is such an awesome model and concept! A huge boarding leach that just slams into bigger enemy ships and floods them with Scourge!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/07 18:37:08


Post by: beast_gts


I love the Scourge Hiruko Boarding Cutter, but I'm not sure about the Resistance Seneca Detonator - for a faction with limited resources we sure do like blowing up our own ships!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/07 19:04:17


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


From the blurb it sounded like maybe the cargo ship could detach the explosive containers and remote-pilot them in...but it sure wasn’t clear. The rules will hopefully go up on Friday.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/07 19:21:26


Post by: beast_gts


Yeah - it might just launch fire ships rather than ram stuff & blow up, but it's a bit ambiguous.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/09 12:26:15


Post by: beast_gts


Harpocrates & Helium preview

(Does anyone want me to copy the previews over to here?)


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/09 16:22:13


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I enjoy reading Dave’s design thoughts, but the pictures and stat tables would be a pain to copy over, which is why I don’t copy it over. If you want to bring it over, I’d appreciate it. Thanks for posting up the links.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/09 16:42:55


Post by: beast_gts


Lysander & Hiruko

Spoiler:



With Lighters on the way, let’s find out a bit more!


This Friday sees the release of a new class of ship for each faction! The Lighters are small vessels, just a little larger than a Corvette. Each of them is pretty unique though, and fill very different roles in your fleets.

Today we’re going to have a sneak peek at some rules for the UCM Lysander and the Scourge Hiruko, and find out a little more about the design process from Dropfleet master David Lewis!

Spoiler:


UCM Lysander Stealth Lighter
The Lysander should be familiar to Dropzone and Dropfleet veteran players, and Hope’s Spark plays a prominent role in Battle for Earth! For more information, over to Dave!

The UCM’s Lysander has been a crucial element of their background since early on – it was the very first named ship class, way back in Reconquest: Phase One. The class was instrumental in the emerging Reconquest and allowed the UCM to explore without immediately getting vaporised, not to mention a hook for good old subterfuge. I’d always pictured them having a place in Dropfleet and this spurred me on to design sub-frigate tonnage ships for every faction that fought differently from corvettes, which already covered their niche.

Intended role in-game always informs my sculpting (and leads most projects), so stealthy capability would be central to the design, though it had to belong with the UCM’s regular ships. I’d always pictured the Lysander as a sleeker strike carrier, so I went for a dagger-like feel. It carries much the same payload as a New Orleans, so needed the familiar in-scale doors to tie those two classes together (I’m regrettably familiar with those, after making and painting 100 of them in 10mm for the Avenger project!) As an infiltration ship, it forgoes the turret amidships – if you’re firing weapons with this, things have probably gone awry!

I usually sculpt the UCM ship first in any new line, creating a scale reference. Lighters needed to be smaller than frigates (generally), but larger than corvettes, with a standard 2 Hull Points (since they can’t be crippled, ships with 3 HP are often tougher than those with 4!) I went for something slightly more substantial than 2HP would suggest to make the miniature more satisfying and to give me space to work detail – their fragility in-game and background comes from light armour and superstructure, not just from small size.

Thanks Dave! Honestly, he’s been asking to make the Lysander for going on three years now.

Spoiler:


The Rules
But what does it do? Well as a Stealth Lighter, that should be pretty obvious.

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Actually, what it doesn’t do is have Stealth! Surprise!

The Lysander indeed doesn’t have the Stealth special rule, but it does have a Signature of 0″ and Full Cloak. That means it’s never getting any Spikes and with 0″ Sig will never need to go on Silent Running. It’s basically always Silent Running!

It’s pretty fast, and as Dave mentioned, comes with 2 Hull. Although as one of the more esoteric ships in the UCMF, it is indeed Rare.

That’s a pretty decent statline for a little ship! It’s got weapons of course, and Dropships too. Plus a little extra that I’m not spoiling for you right now.

Spoiler:


Scourge Hiruko Boarding Cutter
This little leech is a real departure for Dropfleet, doing something only really done on a tiny counter basis before: boarding! And it doesn’t take no for an answer. Dave?

We’ve always had a ‘conflicted’ relationship with ramming in Dropfleet – being Sci-fi nuts we love the imagery while knowing in our cold brains how bonkers it is from a physics and accuracy perspective. Every gamer who’s every played with ships wants to shout ‘GIVE ME RAMMING SPEED!’ at some point, even just to purge it (temporarily) from the psyche. As such, we built ramming into the rules late in Dropfleet’s writing, but with a caveat: it isn’t really ramming, but getting close enough for a drive detonation or point-blank fire to do disproportionate damage. Being certifiably insane, it’s restricted to a last-ditch play for a doomed ship wanting to go down in a blaze of glory.

Still, if any faction might design a perfectly healthy ship around the concept, it would have to be the Scourge. The notion wormed its way into my brain (there’s the right metaphor) and refused to crawl out. As a faction with hordes of living killing machines (that aren’t afraid to die for the race), it fits their ethos while conjuring all kinds of Xenomorphically nasty visuals aboard the suddenly treacherous corridors of the doomed victim. So, how would this work? Point defence and hulls meters thick made small boarding craft less likely to make it, and what could be more cinematic that a octopus-like monstrosity latching on and injecting its living payload? With that and the faction’s usual style in mind, an aggressively brutal, unsubtle, front-heavy design quickly fell into place. Looking at it, there’s little doubt on how it does its killing!

Alright, that’s enough from him. Back in the box, Dave! Shoo!

Spoiler:


The Rules
So how exactly does a ship like that attack the enemy?

Spoiler:


The Hiruko has a Plasma Torch, which although only Close Action, is always going to get through Point Defence thanks to the Beam special rule. With D3 shots (oh and they come in squads of 1-3 by the way) and a 4+ lock, a squad of these can do a fair amount of damage before they collide.

And the Ramming Ship special rule makes that collision a worthy attack! Acting as a much larger ship for ramming, your opponent will struggle to prioritise targets, especially considering just how many of these little leeches you can afford in your fleet. Disgorging a whole cargo bay full of Eviscerators and other such nasty opponents comes with its own problems too, as all the ramming hits have Corruptor. You can’t fight off those invaders easily! Yes, it’s a one-way trip, but to deal a bunch of damage and rack up those Corruptor hits it’s definitely worth the sacrifice.

Spoiler:


So that’s a little info about the brand new Lighters for the UCM and Scourge -we’ll be back with more info on the rest later in the week, and of course all of these rules will be free to access on Friday in the Dropfleet list builder (we’ll also have some fancy looking stat sheets for download too).

Are you looking forward to adding some stealth to your UCM or some aggression to your Scourge? Let us know what you think of these new ships!


Harpocrates & Helium

Spoiler:


It’s the PHR and Shaltari’s turn for a close up look.


We’re back to have an in depth look at the design process and a little teaser of the rules for the new Lighters, which will be hitting the webstore this Friday!

Lighters are a brand new class of ship, bigger than a Corvette, smaller than a Frigate, and are all unique. We’ve had a look at the stealthy UCM Lysander and a bonkers ramming ship with the Scourge Hiruko, so we already know each is a bit different!

Today we’re heading out to the Abandonists of the Post-Human Republic, and the utterly alien Shaltari.

Spoiler:


PHR Harpocrates Guerrilla Lighter
You may recognise the energy plates on these Lighters. They’re a new sort of design for Fleet, but owe their looks to Zone! Here’s designer David Lewis with some more info.

The Erebos strike walker has been a part of Dropzone since Reconquest: Phase One, with electronic warfare always core to the PHR’s feel. I’d imagined its Dropfleet equivalent for some time, most usefully in the form of a small ship with the potential to be massive backside irritant for opponents! As in many wargames, it isn’t always the monstrosities that shape and change the game competitively, but the small, handy units that can easily slot into existing fleets. This makes them a fun challenge for rules writers!

Physically, I wanted large panels distinct from previous PHR structures in Dropfleet, while clearly belonging to the faction and harking back to the Erebos. Since this is the heart and soul of the rules for this ship, I sculpted the whole model around these projector structures. With small ships especially, it’s crucial to suggest a function visually from the other end of the table, so this one’s distinct from regular PHR vessels while being part of the family. Any PHR ship wants to look sleek and advanced – hopefully you’ll agree I’ve held on to that!

Personally this is one of my favourite looking Lighters. The sleek look echoes the PHR Destroyers, and those big energy plates really show its role even from a distance!

Spoiler:


The Rules
Yeah yeah, we know what you’re after – you want rules, right? Well you’re not getting the full statline today, or the points (you’ll have to wait for them on the Fleet Builder tomorrow). However, I will show you the biggest draw for the Harpocrates: the weapon.

Spoiler:


On first glance a single shot weapon with a 5+ Lock and absolutely zero damage doesn’t look great.

But the EM Sabotage rule. Holy moly! If you want to annoy your opponent, this is the ship to do it with. Forcing an enemy ship onto Silent Running means you’re knocking its maneuverability right down and also crippling its damage output.

Bearing in mind this works on ANY ship (yes, including Dreadnoughts) and suddenly one of the smallest ships in the game becomes one of the biggest threats. Make no mistake: the Harpocrates is to be feared.

Spoiler:


Speaking of things to be feared, how about a shiny new yellow and orange Shaltari ship? It might not look scary, but just you wait. What did you do here, Dave?

Early in Dropfleet’s development, we decided to limit the Shaltari’s teleportation tech to their deployment of ground forces (besides the occasional command card and special rule). With the new mechanics of shield tech, this made the faction play differently in Fleet rather than simply being a port of the ground game. This made sense with the background too (the mothership is the end of the chain – there’s no mother-mothership for one to teleport through, not yet anyway!) Still, the tech was there and we made the decision to bring it into Dropfleet in a limited way, for specialised ships. This was a natural and plausible fit for smaller ships, so it found a home in the Lighters project.

Of all factions in Dropfleet, the Shaltari are physically the most eldritch and unknowable – they can take many forms and every structure shouldn’t necessarily ‘say’ what it does in a way that a 2020 human can understand! As with all sculpts, it should be readily identifiable from others, so I went for a new, horseshoe-type superstructure with the intention of suggesting manoeuvrability, lightness, aggression and speed. It certainly belongs to Shaltari, but there’s a new shape there to go with this new and unpredictable tactical option!

The Helium definitely says “aggression” to me! That forward facing look definitely says that you don’t want to be on the wrong side of it (and that’s definitely the front).

Alright, thanks Dave! That was very nice writing, I’ll ask the warden for extra rations for you tonight.


Spoiler:


The Rules
This little ship utilises the Voidgate network in a way that we haven’t seen in Dropfleet, and it’s something that Shaltari opponents are probably never going to get used to!

Spoiler:


The Helium has fairly standard Shaltari stats, and is super mobile thanks to the Vectored special rule. Almost undetectable with its shields down, it’s hard to hit, and a massive 16″ move will keep it out of harm’s way. However, that’s not all.

Spoiler:


The Void Skip special rule means it’s equally good at getting out of combat as it is at getting into it. Moving it all the way down a Voidgate Network means these ships can get all the way across the table easily (and don’t forget you can be more aggressive thanks to the Selenium Heavy Voidgate), and position your ships in the most opportune place to make best use of their short ranged Pulse Blasters. The battlefield is never going to be the same!

Spoiler:


So when we said “unique” we really meant it. The Lighters (or Cutters or Voidflyers) were all designed around niche roles in their respective Fleets, bringing ideas together that are worlds apart. They’re only small, but we foresee them having a big impact on your games!

What’s more, they’re going up on the webstore tomorrow! We’ll be back in the morning to have a look at the remaining Seneca Detonator, so if you’re a Resistance player (or want to know what your oppponents are going to be bringing against you), stop back then!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/09 17:06:58


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Wow, that was pretty fast. Thanks for posting all that!

Each of those ships seems to add something new and interesting to me, not something I really felt about all of the destroyers and monitors. The UCM and Resistance Lighters are the most conventional of them in terms of effects, but at least they play strongly to the factions’ background flavor.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/09 17:09:23


Post by: Durandal


The UCM one looks like a alternate for your strike carriers, faster and with zero signature so they can more easily run to the opponents backfield without having to double thrust. However the other 3 types are significant game changers.

1. Shaltari can now first strike swarms via teleportation and cross the map easily.
2. PHR and Scourge have serious anti-battleship/dreadnought capability. Their lighters can either continuously shut down larger ships (PHR) or stack a bleed effect on a ship (scourge), add the small sig and high movement, and these will be tough for a fleet to stop.
3. No rules yet for the Remnant fire ships, but they probably explode like a ship having a fusion drive overload. Which will make them dangerous over crowded drop zones.

I think the UCM and the Scourge have good defense, with lots of forward firing independent guns to target multiple lighters at a time.

PHR and the Resistance ships will suffer a bit due to lack of forward weapon systems.

Shaltari won't care, as they have plenty of tools to deal with these ships. if anything the teleport power will be abused for more first strike issues.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/09 18:38:05


Post by: Overread


What I like is that these ships are really tying to do new things for each fleet rather than refining already existing roles or concepts, perhaps with a few modifications or tweaks. Monitors for some struck me as cheaper specialists for specific roles that already exist but that you might want to back up with some additional support.

These ships are going to new places with some fresh or reworked ideas. They bring something new, whilst also being on the small end so they fit into fleets quite nicely.


I'm also glad to see new ideas appearing in the game, I think that DFC needs that to help build more and more interest into each race. Giving fleets like scourge an actual ramming and infestation ship really brings the lore into the battlefield.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 11:14:07


Post by: beast_gts


Seneca Detonator

Seneca Detonator

Spoiler:


Sounds pretty ominous, doesn’t it?


We’ve seen the UCM, Scourge, PHR, and Shaltari’s offerings for the new Lighters (on the webstore later today!), and now it’s the Resistance’s turn!

This is a pretty exciting release for us, as it’s the first time (and not the last) that the Resistance are getting a simultaneous release with the rest of the factions! The fleet is still missing a couple of classes (Monitors & Destroyers come to mind) which I’m sure we’ll see for them at some point, but for now, let’s find out a little more about this chunky boi.

Spoiler:


Resistance Seneca Detonator
We know that it explodes (the clue is in the name), but what else? I’m going to hand it over to Dave to talk about designing the Seneca Detonator.

Improvised explosives have been a part of asymmetric warfare since mankind first discovered how to make things go boom. It’s basic technology that can turn the innocuous into a weapon – something any hard pressed Resistance commander would surely do! Remote operated fire ships were already in the rules for the Resistance fleet – previously limited to ships that can carry bulk landers – it made total sense for the faction, was fun thematically and gave a twist to Resistance ‘meat crates’.

I’d wanted to bring overtly civilian ships into the Resistance fleet, something which fits thematically while enriching the universe – what does a cargo hauler look like exactly? Well, it looks like… a cargo hauler! We’ve all seen container ships, and row upon row of blocks screams ‘cargo’. Still, I wanted something more technological and visually modular, so settled on a regimented row of mechanical armatures, clasping their blocky cargo, which could open up or detach, moving to a docking port (or target!) under its own power – as a result, the miniature is twice the weight of all the other lighters, though it’s no longer. The prow was intended to tie the ship in with the rest of the fleet, which it clearly stands out by way of ‘brickishness’.

Thanks Dave! The iconic Resistance style prow really helps to tie it in with the others in the fleet. Between that and the bridge on top, it should also fit perfectly in with a Kalium fleet too.

Spoiler:


The Rules
Enough design talk! Let’s rules talk! The modular look of the Seneca’s cargo bay lends itself very well to launching things, but unlike its larger brothers and sisters, there aren’t any people inside here!

Spoiler:


The Seneca is the most heavily armoured of the Lighters, with a great 4+ save. What more would you expect from super bulky over the top pre-war designs?

The Seneca can launch 3 Fire Ships a turn (each!) which means a nice amount of launch damage on your opponent, especially considering how survivable these little ships are. Fire Ships don’t count towards your Launch cap either, so take as many of these as you like!

The Seneca also explodes a lot for a ship of its size, but as usual, I’m not giving everything away yet!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 12:14:19


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Le Resistance suicide ship scratches my itch for flying boxes. Going to need some just because.



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 16:39:37


Post by: beast_gts


New Lighter Releases!

Spoiler:


Zipping into the webstore today!


It’s new release time, and the Dropfleet Lighters are taking centre stage this week.

We’ve spent all week looking at their design and their rules, and now they’re ready for you to pick up!

UCM Lysander Stealth Lighter
The OG that started it all off, the UCM Lysander is finally here, realised in lovely resin for you.

Spoiler:


The stealthiest of stealth ships (maybe even stealthier than Scourge), the Lysander is an all-rounder, able to get in quickly and without detection, shoot up a little bit of interference with its Close Action weapons, and launch Dropships. It can also scan clusters like a much larger battlegroup – surveillance is what it’s good at!

You get 6 in a pack and they’re available now for £20.

Scourge Hiruko Boarding Cutter
If you like weird leeches and getting caught onto the side of enemy space ships, this one is for you!

Spoiler:


The Hiruko does one thing, and it does it well: ramming. If you want to shout “RAMMING SPEED” at your opponent, then invest in some Hiruko! This little ship blasts enemies from close range and counts as double its Hull value when ramming, opening up the side of the enemy ship and expelling its Scourge fighters into the ship, causing it to take more damage as they rampage through!

The Hiruko also comes in a pack of 6 for £20.

PHR Harpocrates Guerrilla Lighter
This devious ship is the embodiment of David and Goliath.

Spoiler:


Able to do no damage at all, the Harpocrates is nonetheless surely going to become a staple in PHR players’ fleets. Armed with EM tech, this little thing can completely shut down an enemy ship for a turn, forcing them onto Silent Running. PHR opponents: target priority number one.

6 Harpocrates Guerilla Lighters (that’s got to be the hardest name to type repeatedly, thanks Dave) are available now for £20.

Shaltari Helium Voidflyer
Speaking of deviousness, how about a Shaltari ship that is more Shaltari than any Shaltari ship?

Spoiler:


The Helium Voidflyer can be pretty devastating if applied to the right place. Indicative of the Shaltari way of war, it’s all about a little pressure on a vulnerable part. And the Helium is excellent at getting to those vulnerable parts, thanks to its ability to teleport down a Voidgate network and appear across the board in an instant.

The perfect ship for protecting your Voidgates, 6 Helium Voidflyers are £20.

Resistance Seneca Detonator
Save the biggest for last, and this thicc ship is definitely biggest!

Spoiler:


The Seneca Detonator is what you use if you want to be absolutely sure to blow up everything within range. Covered with individual remote-controlled cargo pods filled with explosives, the Seneca adds loads of Fire Ships to your arsenal. Oh and if it’s destroyed it makes a really big explosion too! That could be good or bad depending on how aggressively you use it!

The Seneca Detonator is available now for – you guessed it – £20 for 6!



All of our Lighters are now on pre-order, to be shipped out next Friday. If you’re looking to expand your fleet in new and interesting ways, look no further! They come in groups of 1-3, meaning £20 will get you a decent addition to your fleet, and leave you with plenty of money spare for whatever other massive miniatures releases you might be ordering this weekend.


As always, you can find the full rules for the Lighters on the Dropfleet Fleet Builder. Although we know you like the fancy stat sheets with all the extra background lore, so we’ve made those available in the Resources section of the webstore too. As always, rules are subject to change, so pick up some Lighters, get some games in, and let us know what you think.



Dropfleet Fleet Builder

LIGHTER STAT SHEETS
UCM
Scourge
PHR
Shaltari
Resistance


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 17:09:17


Post by: ImAGeek


Think I might have to pull the trigger on Dropfleet soon. Spaceship games have been really appealing to me lately and the models are pretty great.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 17:13:39


Post by: Overread


Dropfleet is probably the best out there at present. Battlefleet Gothic is lost somewhere in a Warpstorm whilst Firestorm Armada is trapped beyond delays to Dystopian Wars and is likely more than a year away at best right now.

One neat thing is that Dropfleet isn't pure space battles; its competing for ground landing sites and such. So it introduces a whole rafter of unique elements that makes it quite refreshing alongside other space games which tend to focus purely on ship to ship combat in space.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 17:39:40


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


That cargo hauler is pretty sweet. I wonder what one would look like if it were rigged for torpedoes or a Close Attack death blossom.

They are atmospheric and outliers, so they should be able to pull a Djinn-style pounce attack. And if they are close enough to each other and their target, then any enemy who blows one up risks taking out their own vessel(s) at the same time.

These lighters seem surprisingly dangerous for their size.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 17:48:52


Post by: ImAGeek


 Overread wrote:
Dropfleet is probably the best out there at present. Battlefleet Gothic is lost somewhere in a Warpstorm whilst Firestorm Armada is trapped beyond delays to Dystopian Wars and is likely more than a year away at best right now.

One neat thing is that Dropfleet isn't pure space battles; its competing for ground landing sites and such. So it introduces a whole rafter of unique elements that makes it quite refreshing alongside other space games which tend to focus purely on ship to ship combat in space.


Battlefleet Gothic would be the dream but I imagine it’s a while off still.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 19:14:37


Post by: Theophony


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Le Resistance suicide ship scratches my itch for flying boxes. Going to need some just because.



No idea why but when I see that I think of Bruce Willis from the Fifth Element . Big Badda Boom!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/10 19:33:59


Post by: warboss


 Theophony wrote:
 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Le Resistance suicide ship scratches my itch for flying boxes. Going to need some just because.

Spoiler:


No idea why but when I see that I think of Bruce Willis from the Fifth Element . Big Badda Boom!


I get the first impression of that Star Trek Voyager Anti-matter waste Malon freighter and I don't mean that as an insult. I think that was the point!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 10:44:39


Post by: beast_gts


The Shaltari Helium Voidflyer's gun has gotten a buff -

Spoiler:


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 10:48:59


Post by: Overread


Sounded like it needed it, I saw a lot of comments in the FB group that the ship was far too weak with its gun to make it worthwhile taking. Glad to see such a fast turn around adjustment!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 15:09:46


Post by: RiTides


I love them all except the PHR one... unfortunately that's the fleet I have!

Love the ships for this game, and always wish they'd make an open space combat system for them... the "dropfleet" gameplay just didn't work for me. Both in execution, and concept... my capital ships do not need to directly hover over a city to claim it (or obliterate it). Breaks the great hard scifi theme they have going, and just wasn't fun...

If anyone has Dave's ear at TTCombat, open space combat system and I'll buy all the fleets!



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 18:21:04


Post by: Nurglitch


Good lord but those are sexy ships.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 19:37:54


Post by: beast_gts


 RiTides wrote:
Love the ships for this game, and always wish they'd make an open space combat system for them... the "dropfleet" gameplay just didn't work for me. Both in execution, and concept... my capital ships do not need to directly hover over a city to claim it (or obliterate it). Breaks the great hard scifi theme they have going, and just wasn't fun...

If anyone has Dave's ear at TTCombat, open space combat system and I'll buy all the fleets!


The original reason given was that space is huge, and therefor the ships would need a reason to meet / engage each other. Some groups do play it as a pure space battle game, and there are some 'official' scenarios for deep-space engagements (ambush the dreadnought or something like that).


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 19:45:27


Post by: ImAGeek


I actually bought the starter for Dropfleet because of this thread, it arrived this morning. Haven’t had a proper look because of work but initial impressions were good, so I guess thanks Dakka!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 20:26:42


Post by: Overread


I've been slowly getting scourge models and thinking on getting a starter one day - though I'd likely end up trading the humans away eventually (don't get me wrong they look utterly fantastic but - scourge!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 20:29:56


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 RiTides wrote:
I love them all except the PHR one... unfortunately that's the fleet I have!



What would you prefer them to look like?

Looks like one could convert a PHR lighter proxy from one Calypso ECM wing and some cruiser optional prow bits. If you’re looking for something more like the monitors, two of the frigate launch hoods could make a “shroom-slice” prow for you to glue the Calypso bit on, along with a spare Grav-fin or two. Or you could just take a Medea but and smooth it down or something. There’s an unfortunate shortage of spare fins in the PHR plastic range, so that might limit your options.


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 ImAGeek wrote:
I actually bought the starter for Dropfleet because of this thread, it arrived this morning. Haven’t had a proper look because of work but initial impressions were good, so I guess thanks Dakka!


Welcome! Glad to hear you’ve had a good first impression.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/17 23:23:43


Post by: The Warp Forge


Love TTCombat. Love the new starters, just wished the Resistance one came plastic too for DZC


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/19 03:24:31


Post by: RiTides


beast_gts wrote:
Some groups do play it as a pure space battle game, and there are some 'official' scenarios for deep-space engagements (ambush the dreadnought or something like that).

Oh, nice!! Do you know what system they use / how they are playing it as a pure space battle, or where I could find out? I haven't been able to figure out how you'd rebalance troop carrier type ships to focus on space combat.

Bob - Not sure, just feels liked it needs some fins or something to give it a better profile / shape. The others are just awesome, though!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/19 04:30:05


Post by: UnstableDominus


I've got a whole UCM fleet stashed away and this is giving me the itch to pull it out again. I love the lighters, but need to put some paint on my Kievs first.

The hiruko has to be one of my favorite Scourge ships so far too. It looks brutal.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/19 06:22:36


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


RITides, I’ll see what I can convert from a few bits. Sadly, spare fins are precious and few.

Anyway, I printed out some BFG ships in scale with DFC. I’ll try printing a different Sword.

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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/20 00:33:15


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I put together a few tentative conversions based on the concept of the PHR lighter.

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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/20 00:36:25


Post by: warboss


Nice! There are also a ton of B5 ships that have been uploaded to thingiverse over the past couple of months likely from a PC game given the scaling of various components. They might be good for digital conversion fodder.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/20 01:07:09


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I forgot to mention that I left spaces on the torpedo ship and small lighter to add some of the Space Station kit’s small “fins”, when I get some more of them.


@ Warboss, awesome! I’ll have to investigate. I’d love to have an Omega or Sharlin in DFC scale for scenarios. Hmmm. EAA forces fight the Battle of the Line.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/20 01:27:24


Post by: warboss


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I forgot to mention that I left spaces on the torpedo ship and small lighter to add some of the Space Station kit’s small “fins”, when I get some more of them.


@ Warboss, awesome! I’ll have to investigate. I’d love to have an Omega or Sharlin in DFC scale for scenarios. Hmmm. EAA forces fight the Battle of the Line.


This is the guy I was referring to. That Earth Alliance Nova looks incredible but there is no way any of those antennae will survive printing let alone tabletop play at anything other than old AMT/ERTYL scale.

https://www.thingiverse.com/badhaircut55/designs



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/07/20 02:03:40


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Great googly moogly. That guy’s got both of the mutually-exclusive Dilgar ranges.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 16:18:05


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The new event exclusives have been teased. They go on sale Friday.

https://community.ttcombat.com/2020/08/04/teaser-exclusive-tuesday/?fbclid=IwAR0amTnJnnE-r8Nx3UDRehgGkTdP1gx6_fA-NoB_Ak446K0E0gCpnk8sN_Q



I’ll see if I can get some pictures over, but it looks like the Pungari Thresher is back (as well as all of last year’s exclusives) and we get:

A gunship for Dropzone.


Sector tokens (buildings) based on Scourge-infested NYC.


A Rumbleslam character named after the most infamous typo in the Dropfleet Rulebook: Traffic James.




Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 16:55:57


Post by: Mr Morden


 warboss wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I forgot to mention that I left spaces on the torpedo ship and small lighter to add some of the Space Station kit’s small “fins”, when I get some more of them.


@ Warboss, awesome! I’ll have to investigate. I’d love to have an Omega or Sharlin in DFC scale for scenarios. Hmmm. EAA forces fight the Battle of the Line.


This is the guy I was referring to. That Earth Alliance Nova looks incredible but there is no way any of those antennae will survive printing let alone tabletop play at anything other than old AMT/ERTYL scale.

https://www.thingiverse.com/badhaircut55/designs



Wow thats handy might have to get some of these to fill out the small gaps in my huge B5 collection - especailly the Shadow and Centauri

Still keeping an eye on the Dropfleet ships ( I picked up the orignal game) but not grabbed by many of the designs


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 17:29:27


Post by: Barzam


So, that exclusive Resistance cruiser won't be available? Or will it?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 18:14:31


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Barzam wrote:
So, that exclusive Resistance cruiser won't be available? Or will it?


The exclusive Centurion will not be available again. That comes directly from Lewis Clarke. Which really makes me sad.

I plan to buy the retail Centurion and modify it to look like the exclusive version by cutting off the prow sensor fin and repositioning the mass driver turret. I’ve seen it done online and it tends to look pretty close.

I believe we will see the Princess liner and both UCM exclusive light cruisers, though.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 18:14:50


Post by: Overread


That massive scourge tower would be a beauty to fight over on the Planets.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 18:16:41


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Here is a photo I found of a similar conversion.

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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 19:58:22


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Oh those NY ruins are tempting...



Ooo, new Master of the Fleet for the IG!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/04 20:19:26


Post by: beast_gts


I'm struggling to get a grip of the size of the Osprey Gunship - does it have a two-level cockpit (with two windows) and oversized chin guns, or is it an enclosed / armoured cockpit?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 01:23:38


Post by: Vaktathi


Ahahahahaha that Traffic James model is amazing. Kid_Kyoto, I may have to steal your idea, a new MoF may be in order


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 01:34:08


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


beast_gts wrote:
I'm struggling to get a grip of the size of the Osprey Gunship - does it have a two-level cockpit (with two windows) and oversized chin guns, or is it an enclosed / armoured cockpit?


That is such an odd design choice. The cockpit area looks like a Dropfleet ship more than a Dropzone dropship. Hmm... I may need to get one for kitbashing.


And a Traffic James for the memes. (I need to use him for Urban Manhunt.)


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 11:22:05


Post by: beast_gts


New Osprey article up, and it does seem to be an odd armored cockpit.


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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 11:31:26


Post by: Overread


It could be using cameras. So instead of a wide open shield it has a strip of cameras in two positions (upper and lower) which then feed back info to the pilot inside behind the protective shield of metal.

Making it more expensive to produce and thus a limited production design.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 22:36:22


Post by: Vertrucio


Were the attack buggies always that big? I recall they were smaller than the tanks. Maybe that's a new plastic kit?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 22:39:49


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I think that’s the new command vehicle that comes with the new starter. It’s bigger than the recon buggies are.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/05 22:45:29


Post by: beast_gts


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I think that’s the new command vehicle that comes with the new starter. It’s bigger than the recon buggies are.

Yeah, that's the new Wolf LAV.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
A Late Night blog post - scenic bases are coming to DZC:

Spoiler:


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/06 05:11:12


Post by: UnstableDominus


I think it makes sense that the Osprey doesn't fit as well as some of the other units aesthetically. It was an early design that was eventually scrapped in favor of the original raven chassis.

Also, I'm in love with that Scourge tower. I hope they come up with some thematic rules to use with it (as an orbital elevator or something similar).


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/07 23:17:40


Post by: Overread


Reminder the event exclusives are all up on sale now!! Might be one of the last chances to get the 2019 models like the Thresher Hive Ship!



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/08 00:18:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 UnstableDominus wrote:
I think it makes sense that the Osprey doesn't fit as well as some of the other units aesthetically. It was an early design that was eventually scrapped in favor of the original raven chassis.

Also, I'm in love with that Scourge tower. I hope they come up with some thematic rules to use with it (as an orbital elevator or something similar).


Someone on FB is already floating the idea for ramming that tower with strike carriers or corvettes.

It’s too good to be merely a token. I’m going to have to get it (next time because budget) and use some Scourge Station Upgrade bits to make a proper vessel out of it.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/18 10:18:18


Post by: madcadian


does anyone know when..or if a new Starterset for the resitance in DC come to release? I whant to to start with the game and..I know...Resistance is't the easy way to do this, but I love the style and the idea of that faktion.

should I wait for a new starter or should I go with the old one?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/18 16:13:08


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


There are photos floating around of some new Resistance units, including g a slightly different version of the lifthawk. Speculation is that these sculpts are for a plastic starter. However, everything went on hold for Coronavirus. The Behemoths were supposed to come out earlier this year, and they still haven’t. On Facebook, one of the head honchos stayed that the Resistance fleet cruiser and frigate boxes were being put off for now, too. I believe they’ve also said the new PHR starter was deliberately delayed also, although some online speculation runs that they are having trouble with the plastics manufacturer.

So, no one really knows when anything will come out.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/18 21:00:38


Post by: madcadian


thanks for the quik answer

so.. fingers crossed...I'll wait for the best.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/08/24 18:04:52


Post by: Overread


Just a heads up that the exclusive models are remaining on sale for another week - now ending on the 1st September.
https://community.ttcombat.com/2020/08/24/exclusives-now-here-longer/?fbclid=IwAR1VJ7J6OAUcFInPPTfVHxl-bGKf17t1ErWM-Zmsdpbu_IpoNLCKYd_ytBY


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 16:30:41


Post by: beast_gts


New PHR Starter Army box coming Friday - including new HQ: Proteus Mobile Command Post

Spoiler:


The White Sphere Returns! Teaser Tuesday Time!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 16:39:49


Post by: chaos0xomega


That PHR box is insane :O I already have like 3 of the old starters, but.... its worth buying another one or two for the neptunes alone


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 16:45:45


Post by: ImAGeek


Been waiting for that to be released. The Dropzone starters seem like excellent value.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 16:47:52


Post by: Stevefamine


It's a great game - I quit DZC awhile back but Dropfleet I can see staying strong to a 2nd edition easily and lasting for years. Especially with the dip in Xwing and the GGWP of Firestorm Armada


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 16:48:37


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Oh hell yeah. I’ve been waiting for this updated starter for a while.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 18:19:13


Post by: Cronch


Just in time! If my opponent won't like the scourge in the 2-player box, this will be great way to retain them


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/08 18:22:37


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


At the current exchange rate, these starters are about $50. Two of them and some terrain and you get free shipping.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/11 14:32:36


Post by: beast_gts


Pre-orders are up - The Starter Army, Proteus by itself and re-designed Valkyries:

Spoiler:


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/24 15:32:07


Post by: Danny76


They do look pretty awesome, I’m trying to keep to DFC only, but it’s proving hard..

Is there a good place for Dropfleet discussion by the way?
Tactically and painting both.
The dropcommander forum is pretty much a bust..


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/24 15:36:21


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The Facebook community is pretty lively. Failing that...I guess the tg discussions would be the next most lively.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/25 16:26:09


Post by: beast_gts


Dropzone Commander New Site

Spoiler:
Dropzone Commander New Site

The new Dropzone Commander website is launched today. Let’s take a look at the new features and it’s impact on the future of Dropzone Commander.

I’m delighted to release the new Dropzone Commander Website to the public today.

First of all, this is a massive change from the last one in every way. This should give an even better experience of the first look at Dropzone Commander and of course players interactions via the Force Builder. There is also a new way to manage leagues and a way to submit game results for future balance passes, so let’s take a look.

Website:
Is hopefully a more modern and cleaner design. It’s kept quite basic, however it will be expanded on in time as we have new content for it! Keep an eye here on TTCommunity for more info in the future.

Force Builder:
The Beta test feedback was excellent, thanks to everyone who submitted feedback and comments. We’ve made changes where we felt it was best, however please do continue to give your feedback so we can develop this further. Key to the new design is that it is much easier to make changes than the old builder.

There are a couple of changes to the public Beta which I shall run through here. First of all the print outs are now designed to work better with US Letter paper sizing, a big part of the problem is we often work to A4 size here, however that means a lot of wasted white space when it’s shrunk to Letter sizing.

Secondly. There is now a new feature. Competitive Army Codes. This is something that makes a massive change to how the builder works, and how it works with the Tournament Manager (more later.)

So these two buttons allow you to view competitive armies, and create your competitive army code. So, first of all, a Competitive Army Code is a snapshot of your army, at the time you make it. It cannot be edited, and you name it yourself. This is perfect for submitting to Tournament Organisers and for sending to friends. If you edit your army using the editor code then you will need to make a new Competitive Army Code to share the changes.

These codes also can’t be deleted, and names for obvious reasons, can’t be duplicated. Personally I use the format of my name, faction, points and if it’s for a tournament, that tournaments name. Feel free to come up with your own convention though! It is case sensitive, so keep that in mind.

Tournament Manager:
This was a secret feature that wasn’t in the beta. You can now manage your leagues, and – in time – knock out tournaments, via the official site. There are plenty of options for setting your league up, a passcode for the organiser to make sure only they can edit it and submit results and you can make it public so people can see, or keep it private and share the name with the players. All up to you.

You can also submit the results of one off games via the Tournament Manager too, this is great for submitting us feedback on your game, so please do this as often as you like! All you need is the Competitive Army Code of both armies, and you can give us the result, and make any comments for us to look at.

Balance Passes:
The Tournament Manager allows us to have some real data about units’ performance in games now. If you submit your games or manage your Tournaments via the site we can see what units are doing well, and which ones… well, aren’t. That and the usual feedback we get from the players will mean even better data to base our balance passes on.

Future Development:
There are more features planned for the future too. So the site will keep growing and developing. As always, any new developments will be announced here on TTCommunity.

Website and Force Builder Feedback:
Please keep this coming. Whether it’s via Email to info@ttcombat.com, on Facebook in the Dropzone Commander fan group or even on the Discord where I myself try to engage with the community on various matters.

All feedback is good feedback. We want to make this site perfect for all users and for players of Dropzone Commander to have a great resource. So please, any feedback, or even feature ideas you have, are greatly appreciated.

Quick Note on the Future:
I’d also like to take this opportunity to answer a few questions we get asked a lot about Dropzone Commander and what is happening to certain models and so on.

Covid19 has of course caused quite a disturbance to our release schedule. This has meant the Restock project was temporarily paused. This is going to restart very soon. The plan is to get all the old units restocked so we have our own moulds for them, release a few alternative sculpts and units with these restocks and then we shall be looking at moving onto Behemoths.

We have previously mentioned battle group box sets for each faction, so rather than buying miniatures individually, you can get a box set of them. This is something we still plan to do, and again, this will be done once the restock project is complete.

Once stores are able to do demos, and we can do events again, we shall be really pushing some Dropzone Commander content on here too as well as helping our TTAgents to get out there. We have some great plans for Dropzone Commander and we’ve been delighted with the great support we’ve received from the community during these testing times.

We are really excited to see how the future develops for Dropzone Commander, Dave has been making some truly stunning new sculpts which we can’t wait to share with everyone.

So if you need to grab some new miniatures, or you really want to jump into the exciting world of Dropzone Commander for the first time, head to our webstore.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/25 22:02:35


Post by: Vertrucio


"Hey guys! There's a new dropzone commander website!"

Does not link to the dropzone commander website (www.dropzonecommander.com) in entire article.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/26 14:31:17


Post by: recaf


 Vertrucio wrote:
"Hey guys! There's a new dropzone commander website!"

Does not link to the dropzone commander website (www.dropzonecommander.com) in entire article.


Thanks, was combing the article with furrowed brow


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/26 16:03:57


Post by: beast_gts


 Vertrucio wrote:
"Hey guys! There's a new dropzone commander website!"

Does not link to the dropzone commander website (www.dropzonecommander.com) in entire article.


Yeah, they've used that address (and www.dropfleetcommander.com) for a while but it couldn't have hurt to have a obvious link in the article...


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/29 14:59:46


Post by: beast_gts


Don’t Resist This Teaser Tuesday

Spoiler:

Don’t Resist This Teaser Tuesday

More Dropzone already?! YEP!

It’s barely been three weeks since the PHR got their long-awaited Starter Army, and we didn’t want to keep Resistance players waiting long to finish the set!

The Resistance Starter Army is going up on pre-order this Friday!

We’ve seen massive increases in all the other army contents, and the Resistance Starter Army is no different.

Where it is different is that this set is entirely in resin! It’s not quite double what you got in the old set, since the resin pieces are a lot more detailed, but it’s pretty close.

In order to make this set as big as possible we’ve made some cunning adjustments to some of the classic Resistance designs so they’re easier to cast, and come in fewer pieces. Eagle eyed viewers might be able to see the changes, but we’ll have a closer look later in the week.

All of these optimisations mean that the new Resistance Starter Army will be retailing at…. £35!

That’s right, it’s the same price as the other Starter Armies, as £5 cheaper than before! :O

Oh and of course the set also has the standard fastplay sheets and acrylic blast template! What a bargain!

The kit also contains a new commander, the Hydra Relay Hovercraft. The Starter Army has a version that just makes that, but we’ll also have it on its own, which will be able to make a variant too!

This is the Circe Attack Hovercraft, which trades its missiles and Scanner Array for a very deadly looking turret mount!

And that’s not all! We have a couple of other surprises coming your way on Friday, but I think that’s enough excitement for one day. Stop back later in the week when we’ll reveal all and have a closer peek at some of these new models.

In the meantime, you can find the rest of the Resistance range over in the TTCombat webstore. And of course they’re the newest faction in Dropfleet Commander too, with over 10 billion different ships!


TL;DR - Resistance are staying resin, and are getting a new commander - the Hydra Relay Hovercraft / Circe Attack Hovercraft.

Spoiler:


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/29 17:17:07


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I’m in.

I’ll wait until the next time they have their event exclusives up again to place an order, but I’m in.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/29 19:43:54


Post by: beast_gts


Spoiler:

They've made some changes to the Jacksons. Can't spot anything else in that photo...


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/29 22:32:06


Post by: chaos0xomega


Not a fan of the change to Jacksons, and wish it came with Tiltrotors :(

Will probably still pick up a pair of Resistance starters


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/09/30 07:14:06


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


That is some fantastic terrain in the back, I love that building on the columns.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/01 11:01:29


Post by: beast_gts


Spoiler:



Incoming Resistance

Spoiler:
Incoming Resistance

A new spinner your way comes!

With the Resistance coming to pre-order this Friday we thought we’d show you a little more of the Hydra Relay / Circe Attack Hovercraft in 360.

As you already know these will be available to pre-order this Friday on the TTCombat webstore along with some other goodies. The Starter Set gets the Hydra Relay Hovercraft whereas purchasing the Hydra Relay on its own also gets you the Alternate Circe Attack Turret. We look forward to releasing these and we hope you’re as excited as we are.


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
That is some fantastic terrain in the back, I love that building on the columns.

I think they're the old Hawk resin buildings.

Hovercraft Time!

Spoiler:

Hovercraft Time!

What is this new Hovercraft? Let’s find out!

Tomorrow sees the release of the new Resistance Starter Army, and with it the brand new Hydra Relay Hovercraft! But what is it and why should you want it in your army? That’s what we’re here to find out!

Hydra Relay Hovercraft
This is a new Commander, so it’s a bit of a support role. Let’s look at the stats:

The Hydra is a pretty nippy, with a 10″ move. Of course, you mustn’t forget that the Hovercraft don’t go in any transports, so you’re going to have to be careful with that 10″ to make sure you’re getting stuck into battle. Once you’re there though, it’s great at relocating.

A decent Armour 13 and 3 Damage Points with Resilient means it’s the hardiest of our new Commanders, and although Evasion +1 isn’t full Skimmer stats, it’s still very handy.

A Double Rocket Battery is a nice weapon, a simple 2 shot version of the standard Resistance profile. However, thanks to the Hydra’s advanced targeting, those missiles stay effective at a longer range, giving it a pin-point long range of 18″ Countered. It’s a good sniper!

The big news here is the Scanner Array though, a unique special rule for this Hovercraft. It allows you to pick a single enemy unit each activation, and for the rest of the round, all friendly units re-roll hit rolls of 1 against that unit’s squad. That’s a big deal! It’s less useful against aircraft since they tend to only have squads of 1, but against Standard choices or even Infantry units bunkered down in a Garrison, it’s super useful.

The separate version of the Hydra comes with the option to change the turret, making the Circe Attack Hovercraft!

Circe Attack Hovercraft
This mean looking hover-tank is completely different to what the Resistance have had access to previously.

As with the Hydra, the Circe doesn’t have a transport, but moves fast on its own. It also benefits from the Hovercraft rule, which means it will move on Turn 1 with the rest of your Hovercraft transports. Very handy!

It’s definitely faster than your Hannibals, and while it’s not as well armoured, it does benefit from Resilient and the Evasion bonus too, as well as an extra Damage Point! All in all, it’s pretty tough really. Just watch out for multiple shot weapons, making Resilient less useful.

The 180mm Vengeance Cannon is a nice mid-way point between the Hannibal and Alexander, adding a longer range, an extra point of Energy, and Devastator 2 against Skimmers and Tanks. Note that the Vengeance Cannon isn’t all-powerful, so it doesn’t work especially well on Walkers. Choose your targets wisely!

It also has a great Flamethrower. A primary weapon on other vehicles, this is more like a nice bonus. A 9″ range means it doesn’t even have to be that close to occupied Garrisons to get its full use, so we recommend pushing it for tank hunting, and any infantry killed are a nice bonus.

So there we have it! Two brand new hovercraft, each very different. Who is excited to add these to their Resistance armies? Who wants a whole army of hovercraft (me)?

These will be going up for pre-order tomorrow (Friday) on the TTCombat webstore, and there are still a few surprises left as well!


Spoiler:



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/02 15:58:01


Post by: beast_gts


New Resistance Releases!

Spoiler:

New Resistance Releases!



Resistance Starter Army? Check. BRAND NEW UNITS? BIG CHECK!


It’s a really special release day today, Resistance players are going to be PSYCHED!

We teased on Tuesday that the brand new Resistance Starter Army is released today, but we have more stuff we kept a secret!

Resistance Starter Army
So let’s start with the obvious:



The Resistance Starter Army is here!

This set is fully made of resin (except the infantry bases I guess. And the blast marker. And the fastplay sheets and box and stuff whatever), which means more detail than you’ll get on the other Starter Armies.

It’s almost twice the size of the previous set, and is actually cheaper as well! Coming in at a paltry £35, this is the first time that it’s just as affordable to start a Resistance army as any other.

The set has a squad of heavy Hannibal tanks, a big squad of Gun Wagons, 12 bases of Resistance Fighters with 6 Jacksons to transport them in. There’s also 2 Kraken Hovercraft for Wagon transport, and 3 of the massive Lifthawks too! Add in one extra Hydra Relay Hovercraft to put your Commander in, and you have a great new set.

You may even notice some new designs creeping in there too. The Krakens and Lifthawks have been redesigned to be easier to cast (one of the ways we’re able to cram so many models in this set for even less than you used to pay), and you’ll see two new designs of Jackson in there too, which we thought we be a nice treat. Ours are painted up in army colours, but they’ve been designed to work brilliantly as repurposed civilian cars (or private security company ones at least).

Currently these new designs are exclusive to the Starter Army, as each has fewer parts to make assembling your army much easier and quicker. Don’t worry, the super multi-part Lifthawks are still available separately if that’s what you want.

Hydra Relay/Circe Attack Hovercraft
We had a look at the rules for these hefty hovers yesterday, and now they’re ready for you!



This brand new hovercraft design answers the question of “what if Kraken but smaller and guns?”

Sitting about half the size of the Kraken transport, the Hydra/Circe is a brand new chassis which functions as a fast paced heavy tank.

While you can only make the Hydra in the Starter Army (another way we’ve managed to squeeze more models in there), if you get this kit separately you’ll be able to choose to make either the commanding Hydra or the shooty Circe.

The Hydra is a great choice for putting a Commander in, since its manoeuvrability helps get your command radius into the right place, and its Scanner Array allows you to pick out enemy squads and re-roll 1s to hit – very handy, even in bigger games!

Meanwhile the Circe variant swaps that command nonsense out for straight up firepower. Sitting somewhere between a Hannibal and an Alexander in damage output, it also packs a Flamer for additional nastiness.

The Hydra/Circe is now available for £10.

Swifthawk Tilt-Jets
A brand new unit is spotted on the horizon!



Introducing the Swifthawk Tilt-Jet!

This little aircraft is the Resistance’s answer to light aerial transports. If you were missing the allied UCM Raven in V2, then look no further!

The Swifthawk is an extension of the Strikehawk Tilt-Rotor, just much smaller! It also replaces its propellors for jet engines, reminiscent of the Hellhog. It’s truly a hybrid design which also lends some of its look to the Cyclone as well. Inspiration from all over the place!

You get two of these little dropships in the set, and they’re very handy for your Exotic infantry. Able to transport two units, they are also armed with a minigun and a set of light missiles, continuing the Resistance’s idea of up-arming literally everything. Oh and did I mention that they follow their big brother’s standard of giving the occupants Rapid Insertion? Now that’s a light dropship you can count on!

The set of 2 Swifthawk Tilt-Jets is available now for £10.

Tempest Interceptor
Did you think we were done with new units? Nope!



This is the Tempest Interceptor.

Like a fever dream that combines The Phantom Menace with Flash Gordon, this retro-future design is perfect for joining the ranks of the Resistance.

An out and out interceptor, the Tempest fills a vital role in the Resistance army: it’s incredibly fast and offers great long ranged accuracy when taking down enemy aircraft. Send it after your opponent’s fast flyers and laugh as you get the first shot!

The Tempest Interceptor is £10 in the webstore, ready for you right now!

Urban Bases
Even more?!




Originally designed to make our lives easier when painting up the studio models, we had enough people asking for them (seriously, a lot of people asking), that we’ve had them cast up properly and we’re ready to sell them!

The bases come in packs of 3 slots or 5 slots, with 18 bases in each. There are 3 designs, so you’ll have plenty of variation. They’re modelled with simple ledges and curbs, which will allow you to decorate them how you like. These ones were painted with a layer of textured paint, then a little sand and flock added. Although I’d recommend adding the textured paint after your infantry are in the slots!

Each pack of 18 bases is £8.



We thought you’d probably all like to see just how big these new miniatures are, so here we go! That Interceptor is not messing around!

We’ll be back next week to have a closer look at the new Starter Army models in more detail, and Chris is peeking his head out in a minute with some brand new rules for these units and a cheeky update to some other Resistance units, so you can see just how they fare on the battlefield!

All of these new releases are available to pre-order right now in the TTCombat webstore, so make sure to head over there for plenty more pictures of these great new models!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/02 16:20:55


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I was just coming to post that. Thank you.

I must have that Tempest Interceptor! It’s ridiculous in the best way.

The Better Arvus Lighter also looks great.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/02 16:46:03


Post by: beast_gts


Rules for new units:
Spoiler:


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I was just coming to post that. Thank you.

Thanks - no problem!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/02 16:50:54


Post by: beast_gts



Dropzone Commander Balance Pass October 2020


Spoiler:
Dropzone Commander Balance Pass October 2020


With the release of new units for the Resistance we took a look through the faction once again and made some extra changes to give more balance and some flavour to the faction.

We did a balance pass for the whole range last week. However with new releases on the docket, we kept a few back a week so we could surprise you with a faction specific balance pass for them. Let’s take a look.

First of all, we have two new units, so let’s not keep you waiting.

Swifthawk Tilt-Jet
A new transport is a big deal for any army, and the Resistance one is no exception!



It has a gun, it has missiles, and it’s fast as anything. What more could you want from a light transport?

Well how about Rapid Insertion for the infantry inside? That’s a big deal! Being able to enter from anywhere on a Garrison and not re-rolling hits means this is sure to be a favourite.


Tempest Interceptor
The brand new fast flyer for Resistance has some meaty stats.



While it doesn’t have any fancy unique rules, this big new flyer makes up for that in its regular statline. It’s incredibly fast with decent evasion (although it’s not super good – it is a very big ship), but also has good armour and 2 Damage Points.

The big draw here will be the twin Hailstorm Cannons, which have a massive range for an interceptor, and while they aren’t crazy accurate they have AA-4 which means hardly any enemy aircraft will get an Evasion bonus on those shots. Combine that with a huge 24″ range and that means this ship will force your opponent to play very defensively or recklessly aggressive – both good options for you!

M5 Napoleon
This one is actually an error correction. The version that went up last week had the main turret duplicated, which, though we wanted it to have a lot of dice, this gave it a quite frankly impossible amount of dice. The tabletop equivalent of bulletstorm!

So we wanted to correct that, however that meant we took another look at it, so we’ve modified the weapon profile for the main turret again since we liked the double entry to represent both barrels, but weakened the amount of dice, and potential max energy of each one.

Hopefully this version is the ideal version. We love this model here at TT Head Office and we really want the rules to represent how it looks.

AT-90 Strikehawk Tilt-Rotor
Some small changes to this one to align it with the new Swifthawk. This means an increased transport capacity, a new missile bank and a small points increase.

Skulltaker Assault Transport
Again, some balance changes for this one to specify it’s role more. It’s now faster but has a smaller transport capacity. This makes it more of a auxiliary gunship with transport capacity.

Resistance Veterans
These guys have been redesigned from the ground up. We are aware that removing Marine Force Recon teams was a blow to some players, and some have been asking for more Kalium focused infantry. Well we think this should satisfy all those needs.



Resistance Veterans now come armed as standard with Assault Rifles and Knives and Pistols. In fact they have nothing to separate them from standard Resistance Fighters, in fact, they are worse since they don’t even get the RPG. So what do they get for their extra 5 points?

Well that is up to you, the player. Before deployment (so this can be tailored to the opponent, or to the theme of your army) you get a choice of rules. Choose from 3 options:

Scourge Occupation: These get the Modified Scourge Rifles back.

Marine Force Recon: These gain Dodge and improve their CQ weapons.

Kalium Volunteers: These guys are like stone. Resilient and re-roll failed Fortitude tests.

Alongside the new releases this allows you to flavour your Resistance army a bit more.

Beserkers
A small change to these nutters, their CQ weapon has an Energy increase to 4.

Hellhog
Since this will no longer be the only Fast Flayer for the Resistance, it can go back to being a bit more flexible in its role.



It’s still Fast, however it now has a minimum distance of 6″, meaning it almost hovers in place, like it used to. However to get it’s full Evasion Countermeasures it must move over 18″.



These changes bring some more internal balance to the Resistance Faction and make all units useable and allows you to build a more themed Resistance list if that’s your thing!

If this makes you want to grow your Resistance army further, or has made you want to start one, with the new starter army released today, it’s a great time to start. Head to our webstore now for the whole range.

Final bit
One final thing before I leave you all to your experimenting with the new units and changes. We are aware the current FAQ is rather out of date and we are looking to get that fixed ASAP. With so few games being played the last 6 months it hasn’t been a big priority for us, but it seems people are starting to get some games in.

So if you have any questions, then William Martin, part of the Dropzone Comamnder Community on Facebook, and a part of the ever growing Discord server has started this document to collect questions. Please feel free to add your questions there.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/04 17:59:19


Post by: warboss


Has anyone tried printing out the buildings for DZC at a larger scale? I've got some ideas about doing a 28mm-ish urban game as a themed game at the FLGS (think a tabletop version of Earth Defense Force vs dollar store toy enemies mixed in with 3d printed ones) when I finally return and printing them out professionally on cardstock at officemax/depot/kinkos/whatever depending on the price. I might try to reinforce the insides with some cheap foam as well to keep them from moving around/bending too much.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/04 18:37:13


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I’m curious to see how that turns out.

Does anyone have good ideas for representing DZC at 28mm?

I was thinking that Mantic’s rangers could work for UCM. I might try to convert some Scourge from Trederrans and Tyranid parts. Resistance can be almost anything, from Medge’s Broken to Terminator Genysis Resistance. No clue where to start with Shaltari.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/04 19:16:34


Post by: warboss


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
I’m curious to see how that turns out.

Does anyone have good ideas for representing DZC at 28mm?

I was thinking that Mantic’s rangers could work for UCM. I might try to convert some Scourge from Trederrans and Tyranid parts. Resistance can be almost anything, from Medge’s Broken to Terminator Genysis Resistance. No clue where to start with Shaltari.


I could see some use for both Dakka's own Maelstrom's Edge units (Karists?) and Gates of Antares Concord for PHR infantry. Both have more grungy and/or practical near future factions that might work for the resistance and UCM infantry. Shaltari are indeed difficult; about the closest thing I can think of for them would be the Therians from the OOP AT-43 game and that's not particularly close anyways.

We'll see if my one shot game ends up getting past the brainstorm stage. It will largely depend on how much the oversize printing costs will be as I can't print those at home on my printer. Luckily, since they're a UK company, they're sized to european paper sizes that are metric and scale easily, lol.



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/04 19:28:35


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I googled papercraft terrain, and it looks like there are a lot of options. I can’t remember the name of the company, but there was a Kickstarter for cardboard 28mm buildings that seemed affordable.


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I think the Algoryn might have the best combination of size and smooth high-techiness of the Antares factions, but the Concord heads look pretty close. Maybe Concord heads on Karist Heavy bodies..?


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/04 21:54:43


Post by: JoeRugby


Would be in deep if they released 28mm scourge. (not carnevale “28m mind you)

Anvil industries republic commandos make good UCM


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/04 22:17:03


Post by: warboss


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:

I think the Algoryn might have the best combination of size and smooth high-techiness of the Antares factions, but the Concord heads look pretty close. Maybe Concord heads on Karist Heavy bodies..?


True, that might work. It might be a big pricey and a PITA combining the two for a lark.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 01:40:42


Post by: Ancestral Hamster


Is there a spoiler for the Proteus Command Flyer? What does it bring to the PHR? My last games of DZC I was running Jocasta Caine in her Hera with a flight of Apollos. The maneuverability of those walkers were really advantageous, and usually not what people expect of the PHR.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 06:34:22


Post by: Danny76


I suppose that’s all they need now. A skirmish level, and you’ve got a really good mix of play for a narrative etc


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 09:22:14


Post by: beast_gts


 Ancestral Hamster wrote:
Is there a spoiler for the Proteus Command Flyer?

It's in the Army Builder (which doesn't want to load on my work computer for some reason...).


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 11:06:18


Post by: beast_gts


Proteus Mobile Command Post



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 11:47:40


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Oh man that is nice.



That's like sell me a new army for a new game level of nice.

Nice.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 12:25:07


Post by: Cronch


The new Resistance units do look fantastic, the fighter looks like something from Prequel trilogy.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 17:18:57


Post by: Ancestral Hamster


Thank you. Disruption is good.

beast_gts wrote:
Proteus Mobile Command Post


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 17:40:10


Post by: Sikil


Nice!!

Love the Proteus, the Valks and am happy that the Resistance is getting "some" of the love too!

Now, get them Behemoths released! Honour demands it!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/05 17:46:39


Post by: warboss


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Oh man that is nice.

Spoiler:


That's like sell me a new army for a new game level of nice.

Nice.


It reminds me of a cross between BSG and Pulp Flash Gordon.



Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/06 07:24:41


Post by: hotsauceman1


Wait, I can't use Ravens in my resistance army anymore?
I never got to play with them but I had those for the longest time lol.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/06 09:05:16


Post by: Cronch


 Sikil wrote:

Now, get them Behemoths released! Honour demands it!

Plz no, super-heavies ruin games, always had.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/06 09:27:54


Post by: beast_gts


 hotsauceman1 wrote:
Wait, I can't use Ravens in my resistance army anymore?

No - they dropped the Allied / Feral thing (about a week after I finished painting my Ravens & MFR!).

Based off the Veterans changes I'm hoping we get Feral/Occupation, Allied/MFR & Kalium theme options.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/06 14:32:02


Post by: Sikil


Cronch wrote:
 Sikil wrote:

Now, get them Behemoths released! Honour demands it!

Plz no, super-heavies ruin games, always had.



I get it that they might not be your cup of tea, but I for one cant wait to let loose the Behemoth for truely epic battles!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/07 16:17:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


On the TTCommunity blog, they mentioned that they are working on entirely Kalium ground forces. Some of the redesigned armored cars in the new starter were designed with Kalium aesthetics in mind.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/08 13:02:25


Post by: beast_gts


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
On the TTCommunity blog, they mentioned that they are working on entirely Kalium ground forces. Some of the redesigned armored cars in the new starter were designed with Kalium aesthetics in mind.

Yep, and they 'previewed' some humvee and modern military style Technicals & Wagons for Kalium.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/08 13:05:37


Post by: beast_gts


Easy Build Resilient Resistance

Spoiler:
Easy Build Resilient Resistance



Some little tweaks have appeared!


The brand new Resistance Starter Army is currently up for pre-order, and it’s a real bumper box! With about twice as many models in as it used to have, it’s also seen a price cut, in what could arguably be called “the best thing to happen in 2020” and actually not be hyperbole!

But how on Earth did we manage to cram more stuff in for less money? Well, we had a chat with Dave about revisiting some old designs to make them cast easier and in fewer pieces. Not only does that mean we can fit more in the box, but as a Starter Army, it’s also easier to assemble, which is always nice.

By Air



First of all we can see that the Lifthawk now comes in a crazy two pieces.

Dave selected his delete key and got rid of a couple of the engines on the side! The engines still have the same rotating mechanism, but this version has them moulded on like this. The little fins have also been removed, making this basically a single piece aircraft!

We wanted to keep the option to take this big transport without the weapons (although, let’s face it, is anyone actually using it without the AA Cannons? They’re so helpful), so there’s a little sensor on the top which the cannons sit neatly over.

By Sea



The ubiquitous Kraken also saw a bit of a redesign, with the engines tucked into the sides in order to cast in one piece. We kept the ramp separate still, and it’s on the same hooks as before, so it can still be modelled up, down, or not glued on for both!



The Kraken is a brand new hovercraft commander for the Resistance, and from the start we knew that we wanted to use this chassis for more than just the one vehicle. So the version you can buy separately has the top as a separate piece which can swap out to make either the Hydra or the Circe, depending on your army needs. However, to keep the part count low in the Starter Army, we elected to make a different version in a single piece.



The hovercrafts also differ a bit from their separate cousins in that they have flat bottoms! Not that you ever see the bottoms of the others, but both have fans sculpted on the underneath. In fact, it’s so rare to see them that in a little behind-the-scenes gossip, the studio painted ones don’t even have the bottoms painted! :O

Having a flat bottom on the hovercraft isn’t just to save you painting time, it means they can be cast in a different way, meaning we can get more in a mould with more consistent results in casting. All that together means you get more stuff for less cost in your Starter Army!

By Land



By now a lot of you have noticed that the Jacksons are a little different in this set too.

This actually wasn’t a way to make things easier or more numerous, it was just something we thought was cool! A little while ago Dave sculpted a Kalium version of the Jackson (coming soon), and we loved it so much we asked him to make some more!

The Jacksons are a weird mix of military and private ownership, often used pre-war by security companies, and we wanted to reflect that in the models. Considering the Gun Wagons in the set are all quite random, we thought it’d be cool to give a few more variants of Jackson.

At the moment these are exclusive to the Starter Army, although with Kalium variants coming in the future, it’s safe to say you’ll be able to get them outside of this box eventually. You get 2 of each in the Starter Army, and while the official scheme has them all in military grey, we think they’d look great in all sorts of colours to fit with the more scrappy nature of some Resistance forces.



There we have it! With a few cunning changes by Dave, we’ve managed to double the contents of this Starter Army, and bring it down in cost. Now you can start any faction in Dropzone Commander and have a similar entry cost. That means it’s all about who you think is coolest!

And not to worry, if you still love the original designs, they’ll still all be available separately, but obviously the Starter Army is the best way to… well, to start an army!

Are you excited by the new Resistance? Fancy a buzzing army of hovercraft? Make sure to pre-order your Starter Army now, and let us know if you’re going to be a Kalium conscript, Scourge occupation veteran, or a Vega Scrapfleet ground militia fighter!



It seems a bit odd to me for a game like DZC to have multiple different sculpts/versions of the same models - but what do I know!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/10/08 19:58:47


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


That little scanner looks cool. Might have to leave one exposed, and find some way to use that gun on a truck...or perhaps a frigate.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/04 19:10:20


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


They posted a couple of teaser pics. One is for a Resistance destroyer and the other has a lot of cruiser broadside slots, so maybe a dreadnaught or a new type of cruiser?




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Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/17 15:23:45


Post by: beast_gts


Teaser Armstrong Tuesday

Spoiler:
Teaser Armstrong Tuesday



The Resistance are getting some old old old reinforcements this week!


If you’ve left the colonies, been fighting against the jellies, or otherwise avoiding abandonists and space hedgehogs, it goes without saying that you’re probably a Resistance player!

If you’ve been playing this ragtag crew (or hardcore military regime, depending on your preference) in Dropfleet Commander, you’ve already got access to a lot of toys. From modular Cruisers to the biggest Battleship in the game, there are plenty of things to choose from!

Although the newest Dropfleet faction haven’t yet caught up with the other races, but this week we’ll be taking one more step closer towards rectifying that!



Introducing the new Armstrong Destroyer! Actually, there are three different variants here.

Aldrin Colony Ship



The Aldrin is a robust little ship, dating back around 3 centuries in its design. It’s big and chunky, and designed for jetting out to find new systems. Ships like these would make blind foldspace jumps, hoping to come across a habitable place to colonise. They’re hardy enough to survive years in the void, and come fully equipped with enough space to house a whole colony’s worth of drop craft.

Armstrong Destroyer



The Armstrong Destroyer is an expeditionary vessel, usually the first into a star system, armed with an HF-8 Clearance Laser used for breaking up asteroids and other orbital dangers to help its fellow ships manoeuvre to their designated drop sites.

Of course, a laser like that is more use nowadays blasting ships apart!

Collins Support Carrier



And rounding off the trio is the Collins. A support ship through and through, the Collins is filled to bursting with fuel tanks and repair stations, making it invaluable on long-range missions. It’s able to repair and refuel smaller fighters on the fly, making it extremely useful to admirals trying to make the most out of their meagre stock of old-tech launch craft.



We thought you’d want to see how big this one is, so here you go!

This new set of Destroyers (although technically only one is a full-blown Destroyer) is out this Friday!

Not only does the set come with the options to make 3 of each class, but all those bridges are modular too, so you can make all sorts of different looking ships. You don’t even have to put a bridge on at all, making the classic “straight out of the shipyard” looking colony ship!

We’ll be back later this week to have a closer look at the models and the rules, so make sure to stop by then! In the meantime, feel free to have a look round the ever-growing selection of Resistance ships (or other ships if you like!) already on the TTCombat webstore!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/17 16:34:34


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I may have to buy multiples to combine with space station bits to build an explorer fleet. I’ve already been converting explorer ships from the space station and resistance sprues, and these hulls add a great EAA throwback aesthetic.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/19 14:24:37


Post by: beast_gts


Resistance Destroyers – What Do?

Spoiler:
Resistance Destroyers – What Do?



The Resistance colony ships are coming in tomorrow!


Open the doors, duct tape the landing ramp and get ready, because three new Resistance ships are arriving for pre-order tomorrow in the webstore.

But what exactly do they do? And why should you care? Well, read on to find out!

Aldrin Colony Ship
First of all, the “bare bones” version, as it were.



The Aldrin is our idea of what an old EAA colony ship would look like. Those that got sent out into the depths of space to find new habitable worlds to colonise.

Of course, with that in mind, it had to be tough and chunky.



With a nasty 6 Hull the Aldrin is right up there with the PHR Destroyers for hardiness. And a massive 2+ save makes it very tough! Of course, it has Ablative Armour so that 2+ can get crippled, but it’s still very tough!

It has a decent Scan, but is one of the slowest Destroyers on the block. And carrying on the Resistance style of poor Point Defence too. All in all, it’s very tough! The Aldrin is also able to enter Atmosphere, which makes it even more survivable. Very nice!

And what’s that? 2 Bulk Landers?! Niiiiice. That also means you’ll be able to free up your Cruisers for more offensive roles. Always handy!

Collins Support Carrier
Onto possibly the weirdest one next.



The Collins is something very different to what we’ve seen before, but a continuation of what started with the Lighters, and actually even the Gladiator. The Resistance have such varied Cruisers and Frigates that we wanted their more “stock” ships to have very specific roles.

So here’s a ship that fills a 100% support role. And it does so like this:



By boosting nearby fighters! Keeping fighters after using their Point Defence is something we’ve seen a tiny bit of before (UCM Command Cards I’m looking at you), but here’s a ship that does it all the time!

Armstrong Destroyer
And finally, the one with the big gun!



The Armstrong was originally manufactured for clearing orbital debris and asteroids for the other ships to safely get to their drop sites. Of course, clearing debris is a very time-consuming thing, so in the heat of battle, it’s best to direct those lasers towards enemy ships instead!



The Resistance are getting a burnthrough laser! Not only that, but it’s a Mauler type as well.

For those that don’t play Shaltari, a Mauler type weapon has a Lock value equal to the target’s armour value. So those with better armour will be more easily hurt than those with light armour! Otherwise a Mauler weapon works as a standard Burnthrough weapon, so can do up to 6 Damage in one attack. Although Maulers are always Close Action weapons too, so you’re going to have to get close.

Still, the Armstrong punches pretty well above its weight, and is definitely going to be a bit of a thorn in the side of your opponents!



So there we have it, a little info on our new Destroyers! The Resistance sure are in for a treat, bringing some nasty tricks with them. Although you’ll have to plan your fleet a little around these ships, we think it’s well worth including some to mess with your opponents. 2 Bulk Landers from Atmo! :O

These little beauties will be going live tomorrow (usual time is around 3pm for those sitting there hitting refresh), so make sure to pop over to the TTCombat webstore to get yours then!


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/19 16:21:57


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Mauler lasers! And a 2+ Armor bulk lander ship. Nice.

More importantly for me is that they look awesome.

Not quite as sold on the aircraft carrier one.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/19 16:27:46


Post by: beast_gts


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Not quite as sold on the aircraft carrier one.

Yeah, the Collins looks very situational. I wonder if it'll have it's own launch assets.


Dropfleet / Dropzone Commander news and rumors (New DZC starters, Resistance, PHR, Shaltari) @ 2020/11/24 17:52:51


Post by: Overread


Memo to self - Scourge space tower!


Edit - failed on space tower because its a 2021 exclusive so I'll budget it for next year during and event. However I did get the Thresher ship since that's a 2019 exclusive and will be likely vanishing this time for good.