New Heavy Gear Blitz! Army Starter Kits

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May 19th, 2011
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Northern Starter ArmyDream Pod 9 have added new Heavy Gear Blitz! Army Starter Kits.

From their website:

The new Northern, Southern, and P.R.D.F. Army Starter Kits will be available to order on the Dream Pod 9 Online Store starting Friday, May 20th and will start shipping on May 26th. As you can see above we have updated the Army Starter packaging as well as changed the contents to now include Strike and Fire Support Squads, along with small b&w versions of the Heavy Gear Blitz! Locked & Loaded Rulebook (204 pages) and the Heavy Gear Blitz! Field Manual – Core Rules Companion (60 pages), plus 4 d6 dice and a measuring tape.

The new P.A.K. Army Starter will be available to order starting Friday, June 3rd and will start shipping on June 10th, along with the new LHT-67 Light Hovertank (DP9-9214, 1 x LHT-67 new sculpt, extra weapons, $22.00 CAD) and LHT-71 Light Hovertank (DP9-9215, 1 x LHT-71 new sculpt, extra weapons, $22.00 CAD) for the P.A.K. and CEF Factions. 

  • PanzerKraken

    I love HG and wish them luck, but they really need to get their prices down to get wider acceptance. You get the full rules with these sets which is great but still $111 for a starter set for one army is likely going to be seen as steep. Their stuff is expensive usually, but they need a better intro starter box price personally.

  • Beermonkey

    Just an FYI as I had asked them about this. Main reason DP9’s prices are high is that 100% of all casting and printing is done in North America. They have very firm belief that as a North American company they should keep the business in North America. That being said sure you’re gonna pay a couple of dollars more but you keep your dollars in your own back yard.

    If you’re looking for a change from 40K I can’t recommend it enough. From what I’ve seen lately of the two I think you’ll find HG to be cheaper, and with far better customer service. This is just my opinion though.

  • syr8766

    Huh. May look into this. While it is spendy I like that they give you quite a bit…

  • Veritas

    I, too, have been looking into Heavy Gear and while it is expensive, it doesn’t need anywhere near the amount of minis as 40K. I look at it like Infinity a little bit. Individual figures for Infinity are on the pricey side, but you don’t need very many to make an army. HG requires more figures, but it doesn’t seem too many to me. So, yes, expensive on a pet model basis, but not so bad on a per army basis.

  • Beermonkey

    Yup and the last thing to remember is any HG model comes with ALL the extra bits to make all the different varieties of Gear. So while you get 1 model you also get a ton of extra weapons, missiles, armor, etc… you end up with a big pile of bits and spare parts. You really do get your money’s worth.

  • Robert

    Another benefit here is that you really have a pretty sizable force in these boxes – unlike a number of game systems which give you 1/4 to 1/2 of an army, I’d say that these boxes can pretty much kit themselves out to be 750, which is a pretty reasonable-sized game. It’s sort of the “all you need to play except an opponent with an army” sort of starter.

    And, really, a table would be nice.

    • cannondaddy

      If you magnetize the weapons you can field several different builds. It’s probably one of the more affordable games to get into and a have a solid army. I just wish the blitz counters were cheaper, but they do provide a free pdf. to make your own!

  • crushar

    Hmmmmmm

    I am on a buy American kick right now, I can settle for a buy North American kick!!

    I think it’s time to really look into this.

  • Veritas

    Yep, decided to take the plunge. Just ordered the two player starter box and one of each of the books. The two player starter doesn’t have the selection of minis that the starter armies do, but it’s much cheaper and gives you enough stuff to learn with. (Including the new Field Manual which seems to make the game a lot better according to posts on the Interwebs.)

  • I may take the plunge as well considering how much you get in the starter I think its a great deal.

  • as79

    While I like the idea of this, and I understand the “made in NA” ideal, it doesn’t seem like there’s any advantage to buying a starter set, other than everything’s in one box.

    It would be nice if they lowered the price by even $5-10, or even had a deal like “free shipping” on them…

    I am considering Heavy Gear Arena though…

  • I spent a decent chunk of time at Gencon last year at the HG play area. The warm welcome I got from everyone at the booth and in the gaming area helped convince me to buy in.

    Everyone has their own expectations of cost, so I won’t touch that one. Let me say, however, that I think heavy gear armies look absolutely fantastic on the tabletop. It’s a very handsome looking game when everything’s been painted up.

  • I have to agree with Brasidas. The guys were very communicative, welcoming, and enjoyable to talk to. The minis are superb, and they can be modded into many different action poses.

    If I didn’t have my priority buys, I would have dropped $100 after a demo. In the meantime, though, I’ve made some second hand purchases and intend to play this game at some point. Too many games though, at the moment, to actually delve into the game.