Dropzone Commander Bought by TTCombat

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Dropzone Commander and Dropfleet Commander have been purchased by TTCombat.

That’s right. Some big news in the Dropzone world today–TTCombat announced that it acquired Dropzone and Dropfleet Commander from Hawk Wargames, and will begin working on delivering any outstanding Kickstarter orders/pledges to backers out there. Among the news, we also learned that David Lewis is staying on as Lead Designer for Dropfleet/Zone and will be designing more miniatures as the dust from the acquisition settles. Here’s a look at TTCombat’s Announcement:

Today we have an extremely exciting announcement here at TTCombat. We have completed a deal with Hawk Wargames to purchase both the incredible Dropzone Commander and Dropfleet Commander.

For the past few months we have been talking to Hawk about handling their logistics. The difficulty of off-site production combined with fulfilling one of the most successful UK wargaming Kickstarters of all time was putting strain on their business.

David Lewis is one of the most talented designers in the industry; he’s made two amazing games and a beautiful range of miniatures to support them. However, as time went on, David found himself spending most of his time running a company and dealing with the fall-out from the Dropfleet Commander Kickstarter.

After discussions on how to best move the business forward into 2018 and beyond, we both came to the conclusion that it would be better for Hawk Wargames to become a part of the TTCombat family.

David is of course staying on as lead designer and will now have his time freed up to do what he does best: design breath-taking miniatures. The TTCombat team have been working on a range of buildings and accessories which will launch alongside Dropzone Commander 2.0 at Salute in April, and there will be plenty more before then!

We have a lot of moulds that require remaking, so some supplies may be a bit short while we facilitate the transition, so we please ask all the DZC and DFC fans to be patient with us during this time. If you’ve followed TTCombat in the past, you’ll know that it won’t be long before everything is up and running.

The Dropfleet Commander Battle Fleet box deals will finally see release at the end of November and we are already building a good quantity of stock to ensure we can meet demand. David has already begun work on the destroyers for Dropfleet and they are looking fantastic!

The Dropfleet Commander Kickstarter still has some items outstanding, and we at TTCombat will be ensuring that all backers will receive all of their rewards promptly. If we have to make your toys from scratch then we will get pouring resin! There are also some outstanding vouchers, which of course we will be honouring via the TTCombat webstore. Once we have organised the stock we have collected from Hawk and got it all listed, you’ll be able to choose from any Dropzone Commander or Dropfleet Commander products, or the full range of TTCombat games, scenery, and accessories!

The next couple of months will be a little hectic as we get everything back on track, but once we do, hold on tight! We have some exciting years ahead… a third Commander game in 2018 anyone?


It sounds like they’re going to really double down on making sure those Kickstarter orders get fulfilled, and then pivot onto getting Dropzone Commander 2 up and running with some new terrain and other accessories ready to help really fill out the launch. We’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops. TTCombat seems genuinely excited about this development, and even had a little fun with their audience on their Facebook page, immediately establishing a bold new canon.

We’re struggling to come up with a good reason to oppose this change.

In the meantime, we’re holding out hope that the Dropzone-scale Dropfleet dropship becomes somehow readily available for DZC play.

  • Great game. That sadly no one plays near me.

    • marxlives

      You mean….not buy I only GW product. Madness.

      • Actually no. There are a few games that have pretty good followings here that aren’t GW. No one is interested in Dropzone for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with it not being GW.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah. I’ve found communities where it’s GW/non-GW or death, and others that are completely comfortable playing many games. Luckily my local store falls in the second, but it does mean games come and go with the seasons.

          • We call that gamer ADD here. There was one store like that here. They would rotate new game once a month. I can’t follow that very well, I need to focus lol.

    • ZeeLobby

      Ditto. From all accounts it’s got pretty awesome rules, and I love the scale, but no one seems to be buying in. An awesome system with a non-existent IP is the likely culprit.

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        I loved it. The community just didn’t take off here, and it made me real sad.

      • It being 15mm was the main culprit here combined with no one playing it creating the self-defeating cycle.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Actually 10mm which is odder yet. Yeah nothing catches on or stays long unless it is GW for whatever reason. Too many people are tapped out or always lose interest quickly and jump to the new thing. Nothing has the staying power of GW for whatever reason. We had a nice community here for awhile, and people still buy it, jut never play. We were actually starting up a new league for it shortly.

          • Bunch of reasons. The GW community has a huge investment in their models for one, and thats hard to let go of.

          • Richard Mitchell

            True, as someone who plays different flavours of 28mm, I actually like the idea of 15mm or less games. I love Battle Tech Alpha Strike rules and lore and we have a small group in our area, the only thing that holds me back is cost. I maybe in the minority but I actually like MW Dark Age for the low cost, prepainted minis, and damage tracking. But mainly the cost.

            IW cost keeps me out of the game. When 4, 10mm models cost 45 dollars – that is just waaayy to steep. Each one is the size of a Winter Guard Infantry model but I can get a box of 13 for 50 bucks.

            I think this is what kills 15mm or less, is that there is the expectation that if you are buying smaller you should get the same amount or more models than if you are buying at 28mm or more.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Very true!

          • Lexikon

            I loved MW:DA! I miss playing it so much!

            Love both Hawk Games too…. I’m not cursed… am I?

          • ZeeLobby

            I see the same fallout with GW’s side games locally as well though. It’s just hard to get that following that sticks. We have a pretty good Infinity/Guild Ball/WMH/Malifaux community locally that still does store events weekly for those games. So I’d say those are definitely the established of the bunch along with GW. But with all that, expecting another system is a long shot. Bushido is currently gaining momentum, but who knows for how long.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Yeah, we had explosions of Guild ball, but after 3 months it died away. Same with Malifaux, team yankee, Warmachine, Bolt action etc. The same like wise with as you said the old specialist games. Make matters worse, some of the niche games as is, people get torn how they want to play it. So we have half the Bolt action players play in 15mm instead of the set 28mm, and we have half the team yankee players refuse to play outside of 6mm.
            Really only 40k and X-wing get any frequent play in any of the stores I bounce around from.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, I see a lot of X-Wing and Armada, GB has taken over a lot of WMH players, cause of the tight competitive rules at a fraction of the cost. 40K is definitely still around, but nowhere where it used to be around 5th/6th. 8th saw an uptick, but a lot of people just didn’t like where the game had gone. I could see people still being in it for the models though.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            40k is steady as it ever was. Problem is, 40k has been fractioned off since 5th, not due to 6th or such, but just 30k. The lore was so popular that people couldn’t help themselves. As rules changed people stuck to the HH stuff as it rolled out as they felt it more balanced. So you got, well ironically a civil war of 40k players.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, just depends on area I guess. 40K is basically non-existant locally, outside one or two regulars. They play ever day, but they used to throw 30+ man tournaments at the store, now they do events every once in a while with 4/5.

        • ZeeLobby

          Which is sad. I think 10/15mm is a great size for playing tabletop battles that are actually battles.

          • It is a great size yes. I think thats the key though. “tabletop battles that are actually battles”

            That style of play is in its final death rattle in current gamer-culture.

      • zeno666

        How many factions in the game?

        • Frank Krifka

          Four I think

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, 4, and resistance is kinda newish.

    • Marco Marantz

      Thx ill have to check it out

  • Elmex94

    Great game. That sadly no one plays near me.

  • GoodOleBoy01

    Both their games are great, dropfleet even more so IMHO, and I really hope this move will help them take off. Did anyone else notice Dat Destroyer from the article?! I think I’ll need at least one per race and perhaps 2 for UCM and Scourge!

  • DutchLion

    You mean….not buy I only GW product. Madness.

    • Richard Mitchell

      BoLS ad lag lows my IQ man .

  • BigGrim

    I have my stuff from the KS and just have to get around to building it all and getting people at the club playing. I freaking love the setting and the design of the 4 races.

    • ZeeLobby

      It is really really cool. And the ships are just pure awesome. Every race has a very clear aesthetic, etc.

  • b.e.n.z

    Great game. That sadly no one plays near me.