Finally Facing My Waterloo

For ages I’ve been planning to add a set of Waterloo buildings to the Small Scale Scenery range. To be honest I have also spent some of the time putting them off, since my first initial look into them showed that quite a bit of research would be needed along with a measure of educated guessing – especially with Château Hougoumont, the largest and most iconic of the buildings on the battlefield.

However, I’ve girded my loins and with much help from my friend Mark Harris, erstwhile Treasurer of Maidstone Wargames Society and a Napoleonic buff, we’ve ended up with what we think is a good representation of the buildings of 1815.

The set includes four different items, all resin castings; the largest being the aforementioned Château Hougoumont. Not many of the original buildings are still standing, so our version is a result of interpreting contemporary illustrations, plans and satellite views.

A much easier model was the walled farm of La Haye Sainte – that is is still intact and in much the same condition as two centuries ago. It should also induce a wave of nostalgia in anyone who owned the Airfix kit way back when…

Another building that’s still almost as it was back in 1815 is the inn of La Belle Alliance, where Blücher and Wellington met on the evening of the battle at the end of the fighting.

The final member of this set is the church of Plancenoit, where the Prussian attack hit the French flank. Again the original building is long gone, so this representation is a best guess at what it looked like in 1815.

SSS-8136 – Waterloo Building Set – £8.00

Small Scale Eastern Front

Following on from last week’s Celtos Gaels post, another selection of photos that fell between the Salute cracks was this fine selection of Small Scale Scenery from Charles Rowntree. Like a number of other gamers, he likes to use our 1/1000th scale buildings with 6mm figures so that they are more in line with the ground scale. He’s combined multiple sets including the Normandy and English villages, Town Shops, Terraced Houses and industrial and railway packs. We especially like the Eastern Front Village surrounded by fields. You can click on each image for an even larger version.

He has a blog (https://www.allhellletloose.co.uk/) where you can see more, including a very impressive Arnhem layout.

The Brigadier’s New Clothes

Last week’s release of the Demeter was the last of our Salute items to hit the website, so today’s release is something completely new.

We’re still in 15mm, adding three new packs to our range of PacFed armoured infantry figures. First is a pack of snipers, one kneeling firing and the other advancing (there are two of each in the pack).

The second pack is a very handy addition containing two 2-man mortar teams. Each team has a kneeling loader with mortar shell and a spotter with binoculars (standing or kneeling), plus extra ammo cases to scatter on the base.

The final addition is a new version of The Brigadier. This one is in PacFed armour but without his helmet, studying a data tablet and carrying a rifle – and of course, sporting his trademark monocle and moustache.

SF15-757 – PacFed Snipers (x4) – £1.50
SF15-758 – PacFed Mortar Teams (x2) – £3.00
SF15-759 – The Armoured Brigadier – £0.50

Celtic Colours

Unfortunately, Salute tends to be so all consuming for the month or two before the show that just about everything else falls by the wayside. Andre Khoo sent us photos of some very well painted Celtos figures earlier in the year and, to our shame, we’ve only just found time to post them. But here they are, better late than never, and very nice they are too.

Fly Like an Eagle

The skies above the battlefields of the world of Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible are not the safest place to be; computer guided powerguns knock down just about anything that flies, from aircraft, VTOLs, air cars, even missiles and artillery shells.

Nevertheless, there are a number of units that still field VTOLs in the combat zone for their speed and versatility. These craft fly nap-of-the-earth, down amongst the weeds operating effectively as fast ground vehicles.

One such unit is the Eaglewing Squadron, which operates a mix of VTOLs, light hover vehicles and infantry on skimmers. They are currently re-equipping their VTOL wing, and the first new craft to enter service is the Demeter attack VTOL, slowly replacing the Eaglewing’s inventory of Ravens. It is a two-seater fitted with a tri-barrel chin turret and several wing hardpoints which can carry an assortment of stores.

The Demeter model comes in three resin parts (fuselage and two wings) and three metal parts (turret and two vertical tail fins). Available separately we have a pack of wing stores – two each of hyper-velocity missiles, gatling pods, rocket pods and anti-tank missiles. These have the pylon built in so you can fit the weapons wherever you like on the wing.

HS15-2602 – Demeter Attack VTOL – £12.00
SF15-937 – VTOL Weapons – £2.50

British Escort Update

The last batch of Aeronef release from Salute are the redesigned British cruisers and escorts. The British get eight new models, replacing the Exeter heavy cruiser, all frigate and destroyer models plus as a bonus there is the the brand new Medusa class Armoured Cruiser. The cruisers and the Arethusa destroyer have separate turrets (including new twin and single gun small turrets), and there is a new AA version of the Arethusa called the Bulldog class with three triple-AA turrets.

VAN-102 – Exeter class Heavy Cruiser – £3.50
VAN-103 – Osprey class Patrol Ship – £1.00
VAN-105 – Cygnet class Torpedo Ship – £1.00
VAN-107 – Cossack class Corvette – £1.00
VAN-108 – Steadfast class Frigate – £1.25
VAN-112 – Arethusa class Fleet Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-112a – Bulldog class AA Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-128 – Medusa class Armoured Cruiser – £4.00
VAN-7018 – British Small Twin Turrets (x15) – £1.50
VAN-7019 – British Small Single Turrets (x15) – £1.50

There are also a couple of other new models that didn’t quite make this release (they had rather thin tails that refuse to cast reliably so they’re off being remade) – they should appear sometime in May.

Fighting Falcons

Our final release for this week is another pair of Aeronef, the Spanish Príncipe de Asturias class carrier and Halcón class fighter. The carrier is a multi-part resin and metal kit, while the fighters come in packs of six. There is also a new Spanish carrier packs with a carrier, fifteen Halcón and six escort vessels.

VAN-1710 – Príncipe de Asturias class Carrier – £9.00
VAN-1711 – Halcón class Fighter (x6) – £1.25
VANFP-1703 – Spanish Carrier Pack – £22.00

Italian Stallion

Today we switch from spaceships to Aeronef, as the new Italian battlecruiser Grande Ammiraglio Silvio la Verde steams onto the website. The sleek lines of the vessel mask a powerful armament and ships of the class often form the core of an Italian battle squadron.

VAN-1809 – Grande Ammiraglio Silvio la Verde class Battlecruiser – £8.00

German Engineering at its Finest

Next off the release rank this week are a quartet of German spaceships – redesigns of the Zugspitze carrier and the Wuppertal and Osnabruck cruisers, along with the new Wiesbaden missile cruiser. The Zugspitze is a four-piece metal design, while the cruisers are all single-piece castings with separate gun pods where appropriate.

We’ve also revamped the contents of the three German fleet packs to fit the new models in.

SFS-311 – Zugspitze class Light Carrier – £6.00
SFS-320 – Wuppertal III class Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-321 – Osnabruck class Attack Cruiser – £2.50
SFS-322 – Wiesbaden class Missile Cruiser – £2.50

Fleet Auxiliary

New on the website this week in our range of British spaceships is the Fort Linton fleet replenishment ship. This 110mm long vessel carries supplies of fuel, food and other essentials into deep space and can supply several capital ships and escorts at once. The resin model has a separate metal engine module and four pairs of underslung pods for fuel or cargo.

SFS-175 – Fort Linton class Replenishment Ship – £10.00