With the initial troubles of the Kickstarter now almost completely behind them, Hawk Wargames have begun to release more products for Dropfleet Commander to the retail market. This next Wave features small Corvette sized craft for each faction.
UCM fleet commanders will be able to add the new Santiago class corvette to their lists next month. These ships are small atmospheric-capable vessels capable of blasting enemy atmospheric fleet assets and give a strategic boost to your fleets. The potent air-to-air missiles are able to decimate most frigate sized vessels, particularly effective against strike carriers and their precious cargo.
Santiagos are favoured by the most aggressive captains fresh from Niccolum’s Naval Academy. Atmospheric combat is not for the faint of heart as it must be fought only at close range where the small Santiago is always vulnerable to return fire. The uniquely challenging nature of these operations is a fiery crucible from which many budding captains do not return, but those that do are often destined for greatness in the future.
Each pack will contain six highly detailed resin ships in total and include the same number of Dropfleet flight stands.
Desperately battling against the Reconquest efforts, the Scourge will now be able to deploy Nickar Class Hunter-Killers alongside their existing ships. Armed with specialist plasma munitions, these deadly predators can easily destroy vessels larger than themselves and are well suited to battling amongst the atmosphere.
In the opening days of the Reconquest, this class was responsible for more Armoured Corps losses than ground actions. Thousands of men and vehicles were lost to hunter-killer incursions aboard their strike carriers before they even made it to the surface. Since these vessels operate in the relative safety of atmosphere, the best measure against them is corvettes – a lesson learned the hard way by the Admiralty who no longer discount such small ships in their battle plans.
Six resin Nickar Class Hunter-Killers can be found in each pack, alongside the same number of Dropfleet flight stands.
Everything the Shaltari deploy is just that little bit different to everyone else and the Glass Class Cloudfliers look to be no exception to this rule. While technically filling the role of a corvette they are quite a bit smaller and have more of a direct role than those of other races. Designed solely to hunt enemy atmospheric assets, they’re biggest advantage is their blistering speed capabilities – leaving almost everything else in the dust.
These ships are favoured by the most aggressive Shaltari with the least fear of death and as such are generally crewed by Firstborn Shaltari new to the arts of naval warfare.
Typically, they hunt in packs, utilising their compact but lethal ion cannons to rake the hulls of the larger strike carriers which are their preferred prey. Although not as dangerous as a Corvette alone, their cooperation can quickly reduce the target to so much falling debris in a matter of seconds.
You’ll find six high quality resin Glass Class Cloudfliers in each set, accompanied by the appropriate number of Dropfleet flight stands.
Finally, we have the Echo Class Corvette for the Post Human Republic. Packing a heavy missile payload, the Echo is adept at decimating the larger targets which it hunts. It is also armed with a pair of mass drivers buried within its streamlined hull, making it a threat to enemy ships at range when fighting in the void. In combination, this makes the Echo more heavily armed than any equivalent ship of another race.
Better yet, and fitting with the name, these ships were designed with Stealth in mind. This means they can fire some of their weapons even while silent running! All these points make the Echo the most versatile ship of it’s size amongst all the core races, able to battle equally well in both void and atmospheric environments.
One pack contains six resin Echo Class Corvettes alongside six Dropfleet flight stands.
Cool stuff on the way! These new options look to be invaluable to players of any race, and we’re particularly keen on seeing how all these different ships balance out once on the table.
These products should be available for Pre-Order soon.
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