The LZ is Hot! Dropzone Commander Tactics by Crisp Minis


Chris from the Crisp Mini Blog is here to discuss some DzC tactics and rules. Check out the Tactics Corner for more great articles.

I want to encourage Hawk Wargames‘ Dropzone Commander, and decided to do some videos on some rules that I see misplayed, or in this case, forgotten completely.

First, here is a video I explain it in, but if you get paid to read blogs, but not watch videos, then scroll on past and I will hash it out in text.

Dropships are an important element of Dropzone Commander (gee, go figure).  The pilots of the dropships are highly skilled and brave, however they are not suicidal.  To represent this fact Hawk has given us the “LZ is Hot” rule (p.44).

To drop troops and vehicles off, and pick them up, in DZC, the dropship must be able to land.  All dropships have a LZ stat that indicates which template to use to measure this.  This LZ must be clear of all units, except those being dropped off/picked up.

The “LZ is hot” rule prevents a player from landing if enemy infantry or vehicles are within 3″ of the edge of the template, and have line of sight to the dropship.  Remember to measure edge of the template to the center of the enemy infantry base or vehicle in question.  Enemy infantry allocated to fire from a wall of a garrisoned building will also deny a dropship from landing, as long as they can draw line of sight from that wall.

That is it.  A simple rule, but one that is easily forgotten, especially when you just start getting into the swing of DZC.  Thanks for reading and look forward to more of these videos and write-ups.



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13 Responses to “The LZ is Hot! Dropzone Commander Tactics by Crisp Minis”

  1. Reecius
    Reecius April 28, 2014 9:29 am #

    Thanks for the article, chris!

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    Crisp Mini April 28, 2014 9:48 am #

    Thanx for puttin’ it up! I have a handful of similar articles in the works. If anyone has suggestions for DZC rule queries I am all ears. I want to see this game grow and it needs more content on the web.

    • Reecius
      Reecius April 28, 2014 8:35 pm #

      Yeah, keep sending them over! We’ve got a growing interest in the game.

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    Stone April 28, 2014 6:01 pm #

    I’m just starting Dropzone Commander. Any place you know of where they have basic rules videos? Or better yet, can you make some!!!

    • Reecius
      Reecius April 29, 2014 7:35 am #

      We plan on doing just that!

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      Crisp Mini April 29, 2014 7:50 am #

      As Reecius said, that is what we are working on right here. There are a few videos I’ve seen (look at Natfka of Faeit 212 and Beasts of War, they have some older videos outline the game), but for the most part there is a lack of content on the web for this.

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        Crisp Mini April 29, 2014 7:56 am #

        Forgot to mention (damn looking like I’m working), that the rules section of Hawk’s forums ( is a great place to find answers. If you are scratching your head on something, you’re probably not the only one. My pro tip is to do an advanced search in that forum for author “Hawk Simon” to see all official responses from the Hawk Team.

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          TinBane April 29, 2014 2:01 pm #

          Hawk’s youtube channel has videos explaining the rules, they are a great place to start!

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    GV April 28, 2014 9:18 pm #

    Nice … all these DZC articles have been great — it’s just a matter of time before I cave in. The largest obstacle is getting a better idea of the game mechanics and which faction I like for game play (besides lookin cool).

    Guess I need to head down to FLG and demand a learning game! : o

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    Painjunky April 29, 2014 2:45 am #

    Very clear and concise. More please.

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    Egge April 29, 2014 8:40 am #

    Great video! You should show how to utilize it in the game.

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      Crisp Mini April 29, 2014 12:17 pm #

      I got the idea from your blog, so thank you! And that is a good idea.

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    Sword May 5, 2014 8:13 pm #

    Yeah, must remember this rule and also be careful to use the template whenever a dropship wants to land!


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