Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

On the Shore

This week we have several new items in the Small Scale Scenery range. First up are the French coastal forts previewed a couple of weeks back.

French Forts

Forts Boyard, Louvois and Lupin are in the Charente-Maritime region on France’s western coast. Boyard and Louvois lie off the Ile d’Oleron, while Lupin sits on the coastline of the Charente estuary, guarding the approaches to Rochefort. These will be very useful to naval gamers, but also to Aeronef and Land Ironclads players. Fort Lupin is very representative of Vauban coastal forts of the C.17th, so could be used to stand in for a number of other similar fortifications.

We also have a couple of smaller, but still very useful items – a small generic lighthouse, and a Daymark (a daymark is a high tower used for navigation – often placed on promontories or points. Essentially a lighthouse without the light).

Lighthouses

SSS-8027 – Small Lighthouse – £0.50
SSS-8028 – Daymark – £0.50
SSS-8038 – Fort Boyard – £4.00
SSS-8039 – Fort Louvois- £4.00
SSS-8040 – Fort Lupin – £4.00

Jalesveva Jayamahe*

So today we’re previewing something completely new that I don’t think we’ve even mentioned before, let alone shown off.

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These are starships of the Indonesian Space Navy (Ruang Indonesia Angkatan Laut or RIAL). There are six models here – a battlecruiser, carrier, two cruisers and two escorts. We’re still waiting on fighter moulds, which is why the photo of those is a bit ropey – but you can see that they’re nicely formed miniature versions of our two Squadron Commander fighters.

The design style is a bit different, with large vertical forward bridges and lots of heat-radiating fins.

None of the ships have names yet as we’re still a little way from release. Although we have master moulds we still have to cast and cleanup the tins for the production moulds.

*Jalesveva Jayamahe is the motto of the present-day Indonesian navy. Unfortunately it doesn’t really apply here as it translates to ‘On the sea, we are glorious’. If I could work out how to translate the first half to ‘In space’ I would, but various online translations of Sanskrit aren’t up to the job. I’m hoping that at least the RIAL translation is correct! :-S

Blown Away

Last weekend I was lucky to get in some gaming time with a couple of good friends, Robin Fitton (the author of Gruntz) and Jon Rogers (creator of the superb Arbuthnot’s League Aeronef game of a few years back). They provided all of the models, Jon with his US Great White Fleet and Rob with his freshly painted British. I commanded the British against Jon, with Rob umpiring. I didn’t take detailed notes of the action, but it’s safe to say that my rookie mistake of splitting my forces allowed Jon to quite decisively win the day :-(

The two sets of models looked superb and I did spend the day taking plenty of photos (perhaps I should have concentrated more on my tactics!) – here’s a selection below.

Jon’s US fleet is pretty unique in that it doesn’t actually have any American vessels in it – instead he’s just picked his favourite models (mostly Austro-Hungarian, although his flagship is a French Loire) and painted them in suitable colours, after first giving them lots of super-detailing. Rob’s British are more conventional, but they are excellently painted – they are the ones that illustrate our website.

Rob provided the vinyl sea mat, the islands are Jon’s handiwork while my contribution was a few coastal forts and buildings.

Wheels of Steel

This week’s new release is another pair of remastered models in our 15mm SF range – more correctly it’s one remaster and one completely new model. They’re also the first wheeled vehicles in the new range, which means that we now have hover, grav, tracked and wheeled to choose from.

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The South African Confederation Rhino tank and Wildebeest heavy APC are large, six-wheeled vehicles. The Rhino carries an 11cm railgun and a secondary autocannon in a two-man turret, with advanced sensors in the left-hand side. Two further crewmembers, the driver and EW specialist (who also has a secondary set of driving controls), sit forward of the turret but protected by the bulk of the engine.

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The Wildebeest has a two-man crew, driver and commander. The commander also controls the forward turret which is fitted with either a twin MG or an Umuvi light anti-tank missile system. The roomy troop compartment can accommodate up to twelve fully armed infantry, although squads are usually smaller and the extra space is used for supplies and additional ammunition. The basic APC model also has a roof hatch with a manually-controlled pintle weapon that can be manned by one of the passengers.

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SF15-602 – Rhino MBT – £9.50
SF15-607 – Wildebeest APC – £8.50

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.

Chin Options

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/)

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