Own a piece of Dropzone Commander history…
It was designed, built and painted sporadically over a 3 year period mainly by one person, Mr Dave Lewis, Hawk’s director and lead designer. For him, this was truly a once in a lifetime build which will never be repeated. The design process was begun over Christmas 2013, with final work completed in time for Salute 2016, after a design and build time of over 1000 hours (not including casting). If you’d like to see how this insane creation was built, we have a full 20 episode YouTube series documenting the entire process…
This is (as far as we’re aware) the largest miniature ever built in the history of wargaming (excluding dioramas). It is a full 3m long (that’s nearly 10 feet!) and built predominantly from resin. The entire superstructure is 100% bespoke and was computer designed, mastered and cast especially for this singular project. It is just as detailed as the vast number of 10mm scale Dropzone miniatures which fill its cavernous embarkation decks.
It is built from around 1000 bespoke resin and 3000 stock plastic components. It also includes parts custom made from aluminium, acrylic, carbon fibre, mount board, foamcore, steel and styrene. The ship separates into several pieces for transportation. The lightweight prow section is removable, as is the stern, turret, point defence lasers and engines. The central hull section (which houses most of the moving parts, payload and weight) separates into a top and bottom half to allow for internal maintenance if required.
Its visible playload (included) is 100 Condor medium dropships, 8 Albatross Heavy Dropships, 102 Sabre MBT’s, 102 Rapier AA Tanks, 20 Gladius HBT’s, 6 Scimitar Tank Destroyers, 64 Bear APC’s, 4 Kodiak ACV’s and 2 Ferrum class Drone Bases (that’s about £1600 worth of retail Dropzone Commander miniatures, in case you’re wondering!) All 150 doors along the two massive embarkation decks may be opened and closed individually, her massive main mass driver turret turns, as do the 12 Aegis IV point defence laser emplacements.
The 50 condors on the upper embarkation deck are all affixed to movable gantries which can be extended clear of the hull for gravity drop display. The interior is fully lit by over 400 LED lights (mains powered) and the engines are all lit by removable battery powered LED units. The ship also features over 400 custom made decals.
Just for fun, as part of the sale we’ve written some rules for using the Avenger in games of Dropzone Commander. This isn’t entirely serious, truth be told, but gaming is meant to put a smile on your face after all… Check them out on our Rules document paired with this on the website.