I've only ever played a couple demo games of the Original Deadzone, acquiring a handful of models along the way as I liked the look of them for generic sci fi gaming. 18 months after my initial Deadzone trials, I find myself with a bunch of models, my Kickstarter pledge delivered and exactly 1 Deadzone 2 Demo under my belt played at Adepticon this year.
While Mantic has retooled and geared Deadzone 2 to be the boardgame-esque companion game to its new "Warpath" game system. ( a 40K competitor large format Sci Fi wargame, ) I do think Mantic somewhat missed the boat here. Originally Deadzone was presented as Mantic's only Sci Fi wargame entry. Uniquely different from 40K It had found itself a good niche. However it seems the resulting success of Kings of War, (almost entirely due to Games Workshop blowing up Warhammer Fantasy) somehow clouded Mantic's judgement into thinking a 40K style entry could do similarly well and the "new" Deadzone sort of just got piled in with that.
While I am glad it did it as I could care less about Warpath, and I am kind of thinking alot of gamers who like the genre will not care either ,because if you want a game "like" 40K you just play 40K, Which leaves a a small percentage of outcasts that like the genre but don't like 40K , for whatever reason and want to invest in Warpath.
I have some actual mantic models done here, mainly Rebs 5 of 8 models, but the Enforcers ,except for one , Pathfinder Sniper, are proxied by my Reaper Nova Corp who seem to fit right in. Terrain is all new from Kickstarter , with the exception of the grey command building which is from the Urban terrain set. Things are not totally done yet, I'm still getting into it but I modeled up the buildings and got the spray cans out a couple sundays ago..Here is how the game went:
|The board- this is basic KS terrain set plus a couple Urban Sprues for the grey building.|
|Enforcers (proxied Reaper Nova Corp, the Strider is a Robotech promo model from 2 year back)|
|Rebs, a mix of Mantic and Reaper figures|
|Shoots and Misses...Teraton has more survive success than Strider had hits.|
|Enforcer in foreground shot down by Yndij Trooper|
|Seemed like a good idea, she did wound the Strider, but leaving her in postion to be blasted next turn, bad idea.|
END OF ROUND 1
|The Strider vaporizes both the Reb Commander and Troop on the corner of the Red Building here.|
|Yndij Trooper Pinned by Enforcer Rapid Fire.|
|With the relative ease the Strider withdrew, I knew the Teraton was in big trouble|