|Dindrenzi and Terrans face off in a tank knife fight.|
The answer they settled on is that they are going to do it all, (minus the 6mm). They will be releasing a big army sized game in 10mm first. They will follow that with a company sized 15mm game. The ultimate expression of the ground game will be skirmish level in 28mm.
The 10mm is the first to release, with models available for order now. All three games fall under the Firestorm Invasion stable but have different names to signify that they are different games. The 10mm game is called Plantefall. Interestingly, this game fits right into the same niche as the new release from Hawk Wargames, Drop Zone Commander. Now, rather than seeing this as a bad thing, it makes me a happy consumer. Hawk is fairly pricey. Nice models, but pricey. Planetfall is less expensive. So, not only is there a chance that competition will lower the price of DZC but now I have more models that I can play with in 10mm. I have to admit, this is making me more likely to buy both lines.
Back to Firestorm Invasion: Planetfall, here's the sales pitch from Studio Sparta,
PHASE 1) This is the brutal ground-pounding side of combat using massive forces of tanks, ground attack craft, mechanical walkers and heavily armoured infantry. This is the part of the invasion when you use your major assets to smash your enemy, this isn't about pretending you are taking a planet with 10 tanks - this is the part when you tactically deploy waves of armour to clear the way before you, pulverising any fool who stands in your way. We call this PLANETFALL and it will be presented using 10mm scale miniatures.So, this should be a mass combat game with a ton of models. The rules are available as a free download, though I haven't had a chance to read them yet. There are also army lists, stat sheets and counters, all for free. Pretty classy if you ask me.
The 15mm game, called Firestorm Invasion: Conquest, already has miniatures ready. These models are from the same digital masters as the 10mm, and the 28mm for that matter. This means that whichever scale you choose, or if you use all three, you will get the same looking vehicles. Again, this is something I like. Having gotten into 15mm Sci-Fi this year, more options are good options, and I like the look of a lot of the stuff in this line. I'm already looking forward to adding some 15mm air support, though cost will determine just how much.
The 28mm game is called Firestorm Invasion: Special Ops and is the smallest scale. This, despite the mis-leading name, seems to be geared towards special ops. The elite troops of each army performing the kinds of missions that elite troops are really good at.
Spartan is doing something daring here. They are releasing three ground combat games at three different scales. The ways this can go bad are too many to count. I hope it's a huge success. The blistering pace of sales for DZC indicates that 10mm is viable, and popular right now. 15mm has a big chunk of the market and is where it's at for sci/fi. The 28mm game will be interesting to see. There are some big names in this market already, so it will be fascinating to watch this release and the niche its models fit into.
I'm super excited about both Studio Sparta and it's release plans. Spartan Games seems to have the moxie to stick with the business for the long haul, so the odds of this whole venture being a success are pretty good.