Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

Brigade Models - Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

Coastal Guardians

I’ve been painting up some more of our Small Scale Scenery range lately. These are some forts from the French western coast, all around the La Rochelle/ Rochefort region.

French Forts

Forts Boyard (rear), Louvois (left) and Lupin (right) are all in the Charente-Maritime region, guarding the important naval base at Rochefort.

Due for release in a couple of weeks.

Clear is the New Black

Black standsWe’ve been inundated with spaceship orders in the last day or two, and it’s exhausted our stocks of black flying stands. We ordered several thousand last month but they’re on back order with our suppliers, they’ve been delayed as their mould has had to go off for repairs. When I asked for an idea of when they might be available, the answer was “we don’t know”. So for now we’ll be shipping spaceship orders with clear flying stands instead of black ones, until the new supplies arrive. Apologies for that, but there isn’t a great deal else we can do apart from delays lots of orders.


In the meantime, this is what we’ll be releasing later this week …

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Fleet Flagship

Despite the trials and tribulations involved in getting the new 15mm vehicles out this week, the wheels of progress have fortunately been running rather more smoothly in the Naval department of Brigade Towers.

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Quietly, and with little fuss, a major new class of warships has entered service with the Royal Navy. The Fisher class super-dreadnought is the largest spaceship model that we’ve released to date, bigger even than the German Pomerania.

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The multi-part metal model comes with separate gun turrets and a choice of one of three different chin weapon mounts, or a flight deck for a version capable of carrying fighters. All four options are supplied, giving you some bits for your spares box.

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There is a new fleet pack available containing two Fishers plus escorts, and we’ve also made the gun turrets available in a separate accessory pack.

SFSP-104 – Heavy Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFS-102 – Fisher class Super-dreadnought – £10.00
SFS-190 – British heavy gun turrets (x12) – £1.50

Better Late Than Never !

So, after last week’s middle-aged brain-fade, I’ve managed to get my backside into gear, bring home the correct parts and paint and assemble the two new PacFed 15mm vehicles ! And it being a nice day, they’re painted, photographed and on the website :-)

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The Tiger AA tank provides top cover for PacFed armoured units with its very high rate-of-fire gatling cannon, and has sufficient armour and mobility to stay in the front line where it’s needed.

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The Dundas truck is a heavy hauler which, along with the smaller Raeside utility trucks, provides the PacFed with an armoured logistics tail.

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Both models are painted in the two-tone blue camouflage of the Terran Starmarines, a force in the Hammer’s Slammers universe.

SF15-701a – Tiger AA Tank
SF15-713 – Dundas Heavy Truck

Painting 15mm Germans

Following on from the post I wrote about painting the 15mm Brits in two-colour camouflage, I’ve been asked to do the same for the Germans in their three-colour ambush-style scheme.

Whereas the blutack masked scheme can be achieved with spray cans, this one does require an airbrush – you just can’t get the same level of control or accuracy with a spray can.

So here we go, a dozen (or so) steps to a three-colour camo’ scheme. Before I start, please excuse some of the photography – it was done over several days in varying weather and lighting conditions on a phone camera, so consistency in the photos wasn’t easy to achieve.

The first stage, after washing and drying the parts to remove any residue, is of course to assemble the models with superglue (I use a gel glue bought in packs of ten tiny tubes from the pound store).

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Next is the primer stage. Nowadays I use a slightly more expensive primer than I used to, it’s important to get good adhesion and provide a base for the acrylic colours. I use car primer from Halfords in either grey or white – in this case grey.

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I use Tamiya colours for my Germans – Buff for the basecoat, then Nato Green and Nato Brown. I thin the Tamiya colours slightly, not a lot, adding about 10% Tamiya thinner.

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Then the two colours are airbrushed on – I do this freehand, without any masking. This gives a very soft edge to the camouflage areas.

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After this has thoroughly dried, I drybrush the whole model in Citadel Tyrant Skull. This is one of the new Citadel ‘Dry’ paints, which have the consistency of soft putty and are great for drybrushing (although murder on your paint brushes). It’s effectively the same colour as the old Bleached Bone pot, so if you don’t like the dry paints then that makes a good alternative.

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Then the skirts are brush painted Tamiya Dark Grey, which is then drybrushed in Codex Grey (because the only grey paint in the ‘Dry’ range is too light for this).

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I like to add coloured panels to some of my Germans as a base for markings and tac numbers – in the case of the command vehicle, two panels either side were painted in a dark red, made from mixing Tamiya Flat Red and Red Brown.

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The panel edges were highlighted in Citadel Blood Red and then (more lightly) in a very old pot of Blazing Orange.

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That’s it for the main painting stages. Next is the Army Painter Strong Tone dip, which I’ve mentioned in the past. This is brushed on, making sure it gets in every crack and crevice. This is the ‘oh my god, what have I done ?’ stage, since it doesn’t look good at this point …

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Give it 24 hours to dry (unless it’s a really hot day, I once left some models in the sun and they were done in 3-4 hours – and the metal bits were too hot to touch !). A tip is to put some sort of cover over them – the dip is very sticky and seems to attract dust, grass, small insects etc – and once it starts to go off, you won’t get any foreign objects out of it without marring the finish. So I put an old plastic tub over them to keep off the worst of the bits floating around.

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Once it’s dry (same time next day), it’s time for decals. The AP dip is a good surface for decals, being nice and shiny, so I gave it some old-style Maltese crosses and numbers from the excellent Dom’s Decals range. The crosses are 1/300th aircraft markings, the numbers are 10mm vehicle numbers.

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Make sure the decals are dry, then the last stage is to give them a quick blow over with Tamiya Flat Clear varnish (airbrushed again), which makes the whole model look completely different.

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And that’s it – I hope a few of you find this useful.

The Best Laid Plans …

We have a release plan here at Brigade, listing dates for upcoming models and allowing us to work back and plan out when we need production moulds, which then dictates deadlines for tins, prototype moulds, masters etc. I’m also able to plan a painting schedule, ensuring we have models available for photography in time. We don’t publish this list, because it can be fairly fluid – models sometimes become available earlier than planned and thus we juggle the order round to bring them out earlier, perhaps replacing another model with which we’re having difficulties. Other factors can affect the schedule, including plain old human error. I have an example of one such human error this week, which goes a long way to explaining why we’d never, ever dare make the release plan public, because we’d be pathologically incapable of sticking to it …

Doh !

Doh !*

Last week we previewed some more 15mm vehicles, including the PacFed Dundas truck and German Thor command vehicle. The plan says they were to be released this week, which is fine – all of the required moulds are ready, both for metal and resin parts, so everything is ready to roll. As an added bonus we were also going to release an AA version of the PacFed Cougar tank called the Tiger – this has a a new gatling-armed turret. All we needed were some photos of painted models, since we endeavour to always release new items with good photos to maximise the impact. This is fine, they don’t take long to paint so I sat down on Tuesday to assemble the new models, ready to prime for painting. This is where the problem arose – I was supposed to have brought home parts from the workshop to make up a hull for the Tiger, and a skirt for the Dundas, but I forgot. I just didn’t pick them up. Complete brain-fade. I wouldn’t be returning to the workshop for a couple of days, which completely threw out my carefully planned painting schedule. So this long, meandering piece of waffle is why this week’s planned release has been reduced to a single model today, the Thor Command Tank. It’s a very nice command tank, mind, so we think you should buy lots of them and spare my blushes.

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SF15-301e – Thor Command Tank – £8.00

I have brought home the required parts now (look – there they are below !) so the PacFed vehicles are on their way – but it’ll take a couple of days to get them painted and photographed (the Army Painter dip I use needs 24 hours to dry, and I won’t get much done over the weekend) so they will be available early next week.

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* – Image of Cain by Alex E. Proimos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/)

Band on the Run

If you’ve been to one of the shows in the south-east of England this year, you might have caught a glimpse of Phil’s magnificent (and prize-winning) WWI demonstration game ‘Somewhere in Belgium’ (excellent scenery but he needs to work on the title …). This was a real one-man affair with Phil making and painting all of the scenery and figures – except for one little bit. He tasked me with making a bandstand for the ornamental gardens which occupied one part of the board, and I duly obliged with a computer-designed effort that we had printed in nylon by Shapeways. This model is available from the Brigade3D Shapeways store if you would like one of your own for your Victorian, WWI or later 28mm terrain.

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The Linton Lancers

The Linton Lancers are a small mercenary force I created for a game at my club’s recent Open Day. The name came about simply because Linton is the name of village where the club meets, and since I was using British kit for the force, ‘Lancers’ seemed a suitably alliterative moniker.

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The force is a 12-element unit of four vehicles, four Power Armour teams and four infantry teams. The infantry ride in two Artemis APCs.

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The vehicles were dealt with recently in my post about masking with blu-tack so I won’t say much more about those.

The Power Armour were painted the same way as the vehicles – they looked rather odd swaddled in the blu-tack !

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However, I used a cheaper blu-tack substitute for these called Power Tack. It was rather stickier than the proper stuff, and unfortunately on a warm day got very messy and was a nightmare to remove – it was like trying to peel off fresh bubblegum and it pulled away a few small areas of paint that needed to be touched up afterwards. I even tried putting them in the freezer for a bit to try and harden it up, but it didn’t help a great deal. In the end I might as well have brush painted them, the time taken to apply the masks, set up the airbrush and remove the power tack again took far longer than a simple brushed camo scheme would have. However, the results are decent enough.

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The infantry are Keith Armstrong’s excellent Armies Army Commonwealth – these figures are full of character and go well with the British armour. They were basecoated with a Plastic Soldier Company ‘Russian Green’ spray and then the details picked out – I tend to try not to use too many colours on 15mm figures, so I limited it to boots (rubber black), weapons and helmet sights (grey), faces (various flesh tones), helmet (dark green) and webbing (khaki). Then Army Painter dip, Tamiya flat clear top coat and we’re done.

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I’ve even knocked together a simple, unofficial play sheet for them so we could use them in a Hammers’s Slammers game – there are no points, just basic stats for each vehicle so we could use them in the game. Nothing fancy, but it worked for the game – you can download it here if you want it.

Big Brother is Watching …

Some new in 6mm this week, as a break from the 15mm fest we’ve had lately. This time we have another tower in the 6mm Desert Buildings range. This has a manned module at the top and can be used as either a control tower for an airfield or spaceport, or a watchtower for a prison or compound. The model comes complete with metal aerials, but could be further upgraded with the addition of a radar scanner from our 15mm range.

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In addition, we’ve combined the new Control Tower and Munitions Bunkers along with the Landing Pad to create a VTOL Airfield set, containing four each of the bunker and landing pad along with a control tower – all at 10% off the individual prices. And if that wasn’t enough, for the couple of weeks of release you’ll get a bundle of jeeps and trucks (SAC Hippos and Springboks) thrown in free to populate the airfield.

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B300-128 – Control Tower – £4.00
BP300-103 – VTOL Airfield – £14.50

I’ve had a bit of fun trying to cast these, we’re in the middle of a spell of decent weather here in the UK and the resin is setting very quickly, almost too fast to pour it into the moulds. This morning I was up at 6:30am to cast up some samples before the temperature rose ! However, they’re available from the website now.

Coming Soon

More 15mm previews today. This first one is a German command vehicle based on the hull of the Thor tank. It will come equipped with a radar on the rear (as in the inset 3D image).

Thor Command Blog

The second model is the PacFed Dundas truck. Unfortunately I didn’t have a PacFed skirt handy when photographing it, but it will use the same skirt as the Cougar tank – again, see inset 3D image to see what the final version will look like.

Dundas Blog

Both the Thor Command and Dundas will be released pretty soon.

Finally, a new image of the Rhino and Wildebeest hulls, this time primed so the details are easier to see. These two models are a little further away, although the turrets and metal parts have gone for moulding so we should be able to show assembled versions soon.

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