Dropzone bought by TT Combat.

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Dropzone bought by TT Combat.

Post by Primarch » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:09 am

TT Combat, a UK based MDF terrain supplier has bought up Hawk Wargames.
Don't worry though, they seem to be doing it to help the designer/manager of the company out.
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?
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Re: Dropzone bought by TT Combat.

Post by The Other Dave » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:20 pm

Although I don't know anything about TT Combat, having someone handle production and distribution to let Dave work on miniatures and rules design (which is what it sounds like is going on) can only help - the Kickstarter pretty obviously pushed things bigger than he could handle too quickly, and the company has been reeling ever since.

In some sense it's a bit academic to me as I'm putting the games on the back burner on account of lack of interest locally, but I'll be keeping an eye on things at any rate. (The news of a third game system in the works makes me scratch my head a bit, though.)
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Re: Dropzone bought by TT Combat.

Post by me_in_japan » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:01 pm

Yeah - that 3rd game thing is odd. But I agree that having someone else deal with logistics and sales to leave Hawk Dave to do the cool stuff is a good idea. He’s good at it and clearly has no shortage of ideas. I hope it goes well.

Incidentally, while I appreciate a larger pool of players would be nice, I’m still very keen to play this from time to time. It’s the only game I own that I’ve actually painted everything for (well, space stations aside. And those corvettes, too, but anyway. Mostly actually painted everything for...) so I’d be up for a game anytime :)
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