Delicate Imbalance

Upset tummies and reactions to strange food/water are a common experience of Brits abroad. Not me. I’ve managed to contract a stomach bug immediately on my return to dear old blighty! I got through the Joy of Six on tablets and water, and since the weekend just haven’t been right – not bad enough to just retire to bed and close the door, but definitely only running at half rat power. Unfortunately this once again coincides with an order backlog caused by my holiday, and hasn’t been helped by the two hottest days of the summer so far. I went to the workshop Monday and cleared a few orders, and in anticipation of cooler temperatures I’m hoping to get there tomorrow as well. I spent today and yesterday hiding in the shade trying to get the Brigade accounts ported to a new software package, which wasn’t the greatest cure!

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But all this waffle is just another way of preparing those of you with outstanding orders for a slight delay, so apologies in advance if your order takes a few extra days. It’s frustrating because it’s preventing me from getting on with other projects as well, but we always treat orders as the highest priority so the next batch of new releases will just have to wait a few days.

Just in Time for Sunday

I’ve safely returned from a very pleasant trip to Cyprus – the weather was fantastic and the Brigadieress found us a lovely secluded villa (although the less said about the hire car saga, the better…). Obviously a backlog of orders has built up while I’ve been away – Phil has tackled some, and I cleared a dozen or so of the smaller ones yesterday. I’d estimate that we should be up to date with orders by the end of next week (obviously any attempt to see the end of the order queue is complicated by the fact that we get a constant trickle of new orders all the time, so it’s a bit of a moving target).

In case you needed reminding, the Joy of Six show is on Sunday. We have plenty of new releases in 6mm which we’ll be taking with us, including the Kirin and colony base. We’ll also have some as-yet unreleased items. The first is another scale down of a recent 15mm release – this time the Larminat heavy laser tank. Based on a mating of the Sohei turret on an extended Garibaldi chassis, it’s another Big Tank with a Big Gun.

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We also have two new buildings in our desert range which you may have spotted in the background of recent photos. The larger of the two is a largish house with a garage attached by a corridor. It also has a small tower in one corner. The other building is a simpler design, with a central dome and arched entrance.

At the same time, I’ve also (finally!) uploaded the 6mm Kirin to the website, so you can now buy online if you can’t make the show.

Now I did mention that we’d have something special up our sleeves for Sunday – and so we have. But I’m not saying anything about it, you’ll have to come and find us at the show to see what it is 🙂

Imperial Upgrade #1 – Japanese Cruisin’

To support the Imperial Skies Kickstarter, we’ve needed to produce large numbers of models. Although we chose models that we felt we had reliable production moulds for, one or two have ended up being more troublesome than expected. One of these was the mould for the Japanese Akashi and Yakumo cruisers, which if we’re honest has needed replacing for some time. In the end, rather than make a new mould from the old masters, we’ve decided to go the whole hog and completely resculpt them, replacing the old hand-made master models with new, 3D-designed ones. We’ve kept the overall designs and dimensions pretty much the same, but in detail the models are much improved with redesigned sponson guns and, in the case of the Yakumo, separate main turrets in the bow positions. So if you ordered the Japanese fleet pack, you’ll get these shiny new versions of the two Japanese cruisers in it. Once the KS has shipped, they’ll go on general release.

New Akashi CGI

New Yakumo CGI

Town planning

Since I was quite happy with the results of my test desert building I decided to take Tony up on his challenge of making a town comprising of ten bases in a similar style. I’ve not finished them yet but thought I’d offer a peek of the current progress. The first five are upto the point where they are ready for painting with a few more still at the cutting and glueing stage. Must admit that I find the cutting and glueing more fun than the painting as it feels much more creative.

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I’ve stuck to my original plan of where I can only using items from our own ranges. I’m trying to work bits from each of our ranges into the models. I’m probably most happy with a fence made up of solar panels from an Iron Stars battleship. Not quite sure at the moment though how I’ll manage to work a 28mm fantasy figure into a 15mm Sci-fi town!

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Since these pictures were taken the buildings have been undercoated and given a base coat so hopefully I’ll have the finished items to show off fairly soon. Obviously “fairly soon” could actually mean several months…..

Walking Small

Today’s “while-I’m-away” bonus release is a 6mm scale version of our Mercenary Kirin combat walker. This is a two-man, bipedal walker that comes in three different flavours with a gatling, laser or twin powerguns on each arm, and nine-round missile pods on the shoulders.

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They are available (or will be very shortly … see below) individually or in a pack of six with two of each type.

SF15-1509a – Kirin Walker with Heavy Gatlings – £1.50
SF15-1509b – Kirin Walker with Heavy Lasers – £1.50
SF15-1509c – Kirin Walker with Twin Powerguns – £1.50
IC-1515 – Kirin Lance – £8.00

*UPDATE* – the correct links and pages have been added, so the Kirins are now available for sale.

Holiday Time Again

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It’s that time of year again when I clear off for a few days’ break. By the time this post gets published I should be flying high above the Mediterranean on the way to some sunshine, which has been sadly lacking in our corner of Kent so far in this rather damp summer.

I’ll be gone for just over a week, so there will be delays in processing and shipping orders until I return (and it’ll probably take a few days to catch up afterwards) although Phil will try to get to the workshop and tackle some orders to keep the backlog down to a minimum – although I’ve also left him a big pile of moulds to make 🙂

We’ll keep you entertained with the odd blog post or two while I’m gone, but in the meantime I’m planning to sit round the pool with a nice cold drink …

Tiny Fist

Way back in the mists of time (April), we released two new 15mm vehicles – the Eisenfaust (Iron Fist) laser tank and the Kastenwagen (box van) platoon APC. These have now both been translated down to 6mm, and are available on the website today.

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The Eisenfaust is a large blower tank equipped with a heavy turreted laser and a secondary autocannon in a ball mount on the glacis plate. It’s protected by a sandwich of sapphire and alloy armour, with an explosive close-in defence belt around the hull. The vehicle floats on a cushion of air provided by six turbine fans on the hull top.

The Pz441 Kastenwagen carries a full platoon of 24 infantry in its capacious rear compartment. Access is via two large side doors which drop down to form ramps and allow the infantry to disembark very rapidly (possibly because they would be sitting ducks if they remained in the now open troop compartment !). Armament consists of the same autocannon as the Eisenfaust, mounted on the roof of the driver’s cab.

SF300-311 – Henschel Pz266 ‘Eisenfaust’ Laser Tank – £1.25
SF300-312 – Henschel Pz441 ‘Kastenwagen’ Platoon APC – £1.25

Joy of Six Reminder

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I’ve been beset by niggling technical problems in recent weeks, with the latest being a PC that refuses to come out of hibernation and has ended up having to be reinstalled (I’m getting to be a dab hand at Windows 7 installations). Fortunately I keep all of my data on an external hard-drive (backed up to a second one), so no data is lost, it’s just the aggro of reinstalling all of my software, remembering passwords to websites etc. This is my excuse for not having posted so far this week, but I’m catching up now while I watch Windows install.

This evening’s post is a reminder about pre-orders for the Joy of Six show in Sheffield in just over two weeks’ time. Since Jo6 is a 6mm-themed show, I will only be bringing our 6mm SF range, plus Squadron Commander (as this is also 6mm scale) and the 2mm Small Scale Scenery range (since I know that at least one game at the show will be using our buildings alongside 6mm figures). I should have a good stock of both packs and individual models for those ranges, including 6mm vehicles, figures and buildings and SCR starter packs, blisters and individual models. I’ll also have Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rules and Legionnaire Games’ Strike Legion books.

I can also bring orders for any of our other ranges, but I will need to know in advance. Because I will be going on a family holiday before the show, I need any more pre-orders for collection at the show by the end of Monday next week at the latest (July 4th) so that I have time to process them before I leave – so you only have five more days to get them to me (usual email address, or you can order via the website using the Collect in Person option).

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I will have our recent new 6mm buildings (the Colony Base and Research Base) in stock, plus some more that are yet to be released. There will also be new 6mm vehicles which we’ve been previewing lately, including the eagerly awaited 6mm Kirin.

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And most exciting of all, we’re hoping to have something completely new that only arrived this week, and which Phil will be hopefully be putting into moulds while I’m away. But that’s all I’m saying about that, just in case…

Micro Colony

Continuing our theme of scaling items in our 15mm range down to 6mm (and vice-versa), today we’re releasing two new 6mm buildings based on our 15mm Colony Base set. The first of these is Sigma Base, a moderately large octagonal layout consisting of six modules designed as a research station or living accommodation for a larger colony.

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The other building in this release is the Small Outpost, which is a remote colony unit for 2-3 scientists. It consists of an accommodation module with airlock plus a vehicle garage. It’s designed as a remote monitoring station or maybe living quarters for a maintenance team in some isolated spot.

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Unlike the 15mm versions, which come as separate units with metal connecting frames, we’ve decided to produce the 6mm equivalents as one-piece ready-assembled items which just need painting – we thought that it would be a bit fiddly mucking about with lots of little resin modules and tiny metal connector pieces.

B300-300 – Sigma Base – £4.50
B300-303 – Small Outpost – £1.75

It helps to have a minion….

Especially when that minion is due to go on a school trip to Ypres (lucky bugger) in early July and is prepared to work to earn some spending money.

He quite enjoys counting out things so is being put to work sorting and bagging the models required for the Imperial Skies fleet packs. Pictured here is the result of his first session – 62 Agincourt battleships for 31 fleet packs. After that there will be the 62 Exeters, 62 Cossacks and 93 Steadfasts to complete them. Followed by the Germans, the French, the Americans, the Russians and the Austrians with flying stands for everything.

Oh yes it does help to have a financially motivated minion!

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