If you listened to episode 97 of the podcast, you will have heard Mike & I giving Dropzone Commander a reasonably positive review – the rules are pretty good, but I have some reservations on figure pricing.
And indeed, it’s about pricing that I wanted to write about in this post.
After the initial product launch, there has not been a great deal of new material released from Hawk Wargames until a few weeks ago, when they finally released the resin buildings that they had been promising for several months. I first heard about this on the Shell Case blog when they posted a new item on the new buildings.
I read it and was flabbergasted. I went to the Hawk Wargames website and was doubly flabbergasted.
The prices of Hawk’s resin buildings almost defy belief. They start at £35 for the cheapest building, which is a 95 piece kit, and this is for a building that is 5″ x 3 1/2″ x 4″, so pretty small. The prices then rise steadily, with many building being between £50-£70. The most expensive is a whopping £145 (which is a building with 211 parts!)
Not only that, but they offer 3 different packs or multiple buildings, which offer a town (5 buildings) a city (10 buildings) or a metropolis (15 buildings) – but the prices of these become incredibly high: £220, £460 and a whopping £740 respectively.
The biggest terrain pack contain just under 2000 pieces, and will probably cover an area 3′ x 3′, which is still not a full table’s worth. Now, the blog post on the Shell Case give a full and involved argument on this, and I would advise you to take a look.
For my own part, the main reason I would see to use a small-scale is to play bigger battles, and generally the terrain tends to be cheaper. Also, it also tends to come complete. What I see from Hawk Wargames is that not only are their resin buildings far more expensive than their figures, but each one is a major modelling project in itself.
I cannot even contemplate spending £740 on a set of buildings, and it leaves me wondering what Hawk Wargames were thinking when they put all these together? Whilst I’m sure there will be someone who will buy these (there always is) I also see them priced so far above the average wargamers budget that I can’t ever see them being a big seller, despite the huge amount of work that must have gone into sculpting all the separate bits.
Dropzone Commander is a game which relies on a table which has a large number of buildings, so I would imagine that they are expecting gamers to purchase many of these.
At these prices, I simply cannot see that happening.