Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

Last Posting Dates 2014

It’s that time of year already – it’s rather crept up on us, due in part to the unseasonally mild weather which doesn’t feel much like November !

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Straight from the Royal Mail’s website, these are the last recommended posting dates for Christmas delivery this year (earliest first – overseas dates are all for airmail services):

BFPO (operational units) – 28th November
Far East, New Zealand – 3th December
Australia – 4th December
Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East – 5th December
Eastern Europe, Greece – 8th December
Canada, Poland – 9th December
USA, BFPO (static units) – 12th December
Western Europe – 13th December
First Class UK – 20th December

And we obviously need a few days notice to make sure we can prepare your order in time to meet these dates. So orders for anywhere other than Europe, the USA and Canada need to be with us by this coming Sunday (the 30th); ones for other overseas destinations (anywhere in Europe, plus North America) by Sunday 7th; and UK orders by Sunday 13th for us to have the best chance of fulfilling them in time. Obviously we’ll do our best to accommodate any that arrive after these dates and we will do our best to ship everything as fast as we can over this busy period.

Don’t forget that we offer PayPal Gift Vouchers in various denominations which make great Xmas gifts, especially if you have a better half who doesn’t know exactly what to get you :-)

Stealthy Assassin

Something new in the webshop for the start of the week – the recently previewed British Swiftsure class cruiser. This stealth-equipped light cruiser has twin heavy railguns and high speed allowing for fast hit-and-run tactics.

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SFS-122 – Swiftsure Attack Cruiser – £2.50

As a bit of an added bonus, at the same time we’ve remade the mould for the Halifax light cruiser so they are even better quality castings.

Rise of the Jeune École

Today sees the release of our remastered French Charlemagne Aeronef models. The new models are larger but sleeker than the old one (which has been retired), with a distinct tumblehome to the hulls. There are three slightly different hull types and three superstructures which all fit each other allowing for nine variations. In keeping with French naval building practices of the time, no two ships are quite the same ! Variants are supplied randomly, if you purchase multiple models at one time we’ll make sure you get different versions. Each model comes with three turrets (although not all variations need three) which again are a random mix of single and double-barrelled ones. Altogether, with the different hulls, superstructures and armament layouts, we reckon there are 48 slightly different models that could be created.

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Sneaking into the corner of the bottom photo is an Austro-Hungarian Novara class Heavy Destroyer, obviously on a diplomatic assignment. This model is also available today.

Lots more pictures of the Charlemagne in all her variations are on the website

VAN-401 – Charlemagne Battlecruiser – £8.00
VAN-711 – Novara Heavy Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-7044 – French Single Heavy Turrets (x10) – £1.50
VAN-7045 – French Double Heavy Turrets (x10) – £1.50

Big Dragon

Although we still have a few new items lined up this year, we’re starting to look forward to releases for 2015.

Since their debut our Pacific Federation grav vehicles have been one of our more popular 15mm forces, so they are an obvious candidate for expansion. There are a number of 6mm vehicles waiting to be upscaled to 15mm, of which the largest is the Komodo heavy tank. I’ve pretty much done the 3D work for this and thought I’d preview it to whet your appetites. To keep down the cost (and weight !) the hull and skirt will be a one piece resin casting which will become our largest 15mm vehicle, just edging out the Sohei. The turret has gained a four-round point-defence missile launcher at the turret rear and the styling matches that of the existing PacFed vehicles. Release should be sometime in January next year.

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Sound the Bugle !

I mentioned in the run up to Crisis that Phil has sprung a surprise on me by turning up with two new moulds of 28mm WW1 Belgians – NCOs and Buglers. He’s finished painting and photographing some sample figures so we’re pleased to say that they’ve been added to the website and are available for purchase.

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There are eight figures altogether, four each of buglers and NCOs in the various headgear types that differentiated the infantry types.

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GW28-1140 – Infantry NCO in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1141 – Infantry NCO in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1142 – Carabinier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1143 – Grenadier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1144 – Infantry Bugler in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1145 – Infantry Bugler in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1146 – Carabinier Bugler – £1.50
GW28-1147 – Grenadier Bugler – £1.50

South African Support

Following up from last week’s South African release, we have new turret options for the two APC types released today. We have a support turret with a low velocity infantry gun that fires heavy HE or squash-head shells for clearing out enemy strongpoints. To keep the skies clear, there’s an AA turret with a single rapid-fire autocannon coupled with two twin Boomslang light AA missile launchers. The turrets fit both the Buffel and Wildebeest and all four versions are available from our website now.

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As well as these four new vehicle options, we also have a new, half-sized version of our cargo container available.

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SF15-603c – Buffel Support – £8.25
SF15-603d – Buffel AA – £8.25
SF15-607a – Wildebeest Support – £8.75
SF15-607c – Wildebeest AA – £8.75
SF15-915 – Small Cargo Container – £1.75

All Washered Up

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You may remember a while ago I posted about some 15mm resin fireteam bases I made to suit figures based on coins (1 euro-cent and 2p UK coins in particular). We realise (and it has been pointed out to me many times) that, depending on your location, these coins aren’t necessarily easy to obtain – 1 cent coins can be hard to come by even for those living in the eurozone. To rectify this and make the bases more useful wherever you live, we now stock M8 (15mmØ) and 25mmØ penny washers which make excellent alternatives. The one downside of using washers is that the magnets, for which each base has built-in holes, don’t really work any more, but I guess you can’t have everything :-/

The bases have been moved to their own page on the website – I’ve also made some new formats which we’ll be adding to the page soon (as soon as the masters arrive and I make moulds !).

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A Sticky Lesson

In the last year or so we’ve increased our 15mm range by leaps and bounds, both vehicles and buildings. We’re now casting more and more pieces in resin and learning new lessons about the material, one of which I think it could be very handy to pass on.

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At the centre of our Salute stand was the 15mm colony base, a model with which I was extremely pleased. The display model was only finished in the last days leading up to the show. What’s not obvious from the photos is that the top surface of the building modules are a little shiny and somewhat sticky. I’d made the mistake of leaving the model in its box in direct sunlight for several hours and it had got a bit warm – the day was not all that hot, maybe low to mid 20s centrigrade, although the temperature in the corner where the colony base sat probably got into the 30s in the sunshine. This somehow affected the resin and made it ooze through the layers of primer, paint and varnish. The garage module, which I’d painted as a separate piece, suffered really badly, and the paint came off in one or two places when I touched it.

I’d also had a similar problem before when priming some advanced buildings – it was a chilly evening at the workshop so I used a small fan heater to help them dry. This ended up making them ‘sweat’ and some of the primer (Halford’s car primer, which usually sticks to anything) came off.

So the lesson is – don’t let your resin get hot! And especially don’t let resin items sit in direct sunlight for any length of time. They could end up sweating and oozing, even through multiple layers of paint and varnish.

E6912_240701_00_PP_300Wx300HThe situation isn’t necessarily fatal, though. In the case of the colony base I gave it a coat of undiluted PVA glue. This dries clear, if a little shiny, so it had to be revarnished, but it looks ok. Obviously the PVA is quite gloopy and is like putting a very thick coat of varnish on, but it did dry clear and, in the end, it’s better than having a sticky, ruined, unusable model. I used a PVA from a DIY store (Wickes) designed for mixing into plaster and also sealing dusty walls, it’s probably a slightly different formulation from the type you buy in hobby shops and so better suited to stopping seepage.

New 15mm South African Releases

After debuting at Crisis last week, the 15mm Hippo truck and Buffel APC are now on the website and available for purchase.

The Hippo is a six-wheeled flatbed load carrier capable of hauling very heavy loads across rough terrain. Although unarmed, a pintel weapon could be added to the cab hatch if required.

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The Buffel is a lighter, four-wheeled counterpart to the larger Wildebeest APC. It comes with a choice of top hatch with MG, light twin MG turret or triple light missile mount (the same turrets as the Wildebeest’s forward mount). Further more heavily-armed variants are on the way in the near future

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SF15-603 – Buffel Light APC – £8.00
SF15-608 – Hippo Heavy Truck – £8.50

Slammed Again

About four months ago I put on a game of Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible for Maidstone Wargames Society’s Open Day. At this distance the details are a little hazy now, but to be honest I don’t want to recall them too closely as I was handed my head on a plate by my opponent Dave Sime, who had never even played the rules before ! Although in my defence he was using the Slammers regiment, against whom it’s always hard to win (or, as I discovered, hard to even knock out one of their tanks !).

The game saw a large Slammers contingent (8 blower tanks, 8 combat cars, eight jeeps) taking on a combined Stewart Legion and Terran Authority Star Marine force which were defending a small communications base. Very early on I managed to knock out a blower (with, I think, a TAS Cougar grav tank) – this proved to be the high spot of my day. My Stewart power armour did tear some holes in the HS infantry for a while, and a bunch of Firefly combat drones caused consternation but no real casualties apart from a jeep, but that was about it. Several of Dave’s blower tanks had armament or mobility hits but I was just short of knocking them out each time and they’d soon be repaired and back on the battlefield.

So, without too much more dwelling on my comprehensive defeat, here are some photos …

(Slammers vehicles by Ainsty Castings, infantry and skimmers by GZG. TAS and Stewart vehicles and power armour by Brigade Models, TAS infantry and grav bikes again by GZG, Stewart infantry from Armies Army. Buildings and civilian vehicles by Brigade Models).

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