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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our focus has been largely on ground SF lately, with the 15mm and 6mm ranges getting a number of new releases. However, Aeronef still has a large and faithful following so we like to keep the range moving with the occasional new model or two.
We have a small number of merchant Aeronef, mostly British and French, but today we’re releasing three German models. The hull forms are clearly recognisable as German, being very similar in style to their warships.
The huge Widder freighter has a resin hull with metal components, while the two smaller vessels are all metal. Bothe the Widder and Belchen coaler have metal deck cranes to help with unloading. There is also a German Convoy pack containing seven merchants plus escort vessels to help create scenarios.
VANFP-5003 – German Merchant Convoy – £22.00 VAN-5011 – Widder class Heavy Merchant – £7.00 VAN-5012 – Belchen class Coaler – £1.50 VAN-5013 – Marburg class Lighter – £1.50
* Apologies to German speakers if this title isn’t correct – please put me right and suggest a better or more grammatically correct term for German Merchant Airships
Shapeways are having a 20% off sale on all Strong and Flexible plastics, which many of the models in our Shapeways store are designed to be printed in. Just enter the code Enter code SFONSALE at the checkout to save 20% on our (or any other designer’s) products. The code is valid until Sunday 19th. Clink on the image below to go straight to Shapeways.
The latest in a recent succession of big boxes o’ stuff to arrive at Brigade Towers contained a number of copies of Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rulebook. This is a fast-paced set of combined arms rules aimed at 6mm or 10mm models. The Mech is the king of the battlefield, although if big stompy walkers aren’t your thing then they work perfectly well with conventional forces too. I can attest from personal experience that they are a lot of fun, having tried them out recently at my club.
They use some novel mechanics that are quite quick to pick up – after just a turn or so we rarely needed to refer to the rulebook. They require each player to have a number of 12-sided dice, and we handily now have those in stock. As an opening special offer, every order for Horizon Wars placed before the end of June will receive a free set of ten D12s to help get you started.
Ever get the feeling it’s not going to be your day? Around a mile or two from home this morning, the Brigade Battlebus suffered a driveshaft failure and had to be rescued by the AA. With Broadside looming in the morning, this isn’t great timing (to say the least). The Brigadieress has very kindly offered a loan of her car tomorrow and we’ll also cram more into Phil’s, so we will still be able to have a presence at the show. But our cargo capacity is still much reduced, and we will have to cut down on what we’re able to bring. We won’t know exactly what until we load up later this evening, but I suspect it means we will have to leave behind the individual stock of some ranges (probably 6mm, Aeronef and Spaceships as these take up a lot of transport space). We will still bring the fleet/company/army packs for these ranges, and stock for the other main ranges (Celtos, 2mm buildings, 15mm SF, Great War) shouldn’t be affected. If there’s something in particular you’re after that we’re unable to bring with us, we’ll arrange for that to be sent to you post free.
There may also be a knock-on effect to mail order as well – the workshop is quite a distance from home and I have no way to get there without a car. So depending on when I can arrange for a repair, there may be some delays.
The tale of the airbrush finally reached a conclusion earlier this week, although not before a further frustrating twist. Having decided that no amount of stripping and cleaning would persuade my existing one to function, I bought a replacement on next day delivery. It duly turned up the next day (on a Sunday, no less) … in a smashed box, and missing the little spanner needed for changing the nozzles. The packaging didn’t show any signs of damage so I can only assume it had been packed in that state. So within 20 minutes of arrival it was repacked and sent away for a refund. Another one was promptly ordered (from a different retailer, and cheaper) which arrived (intact) on Tuesday and was pressed immediately into action. All of which means we can finally bring you something new and interesting this week!
Our 15mm Research Base buildings have been some of the most popular we’ve released, so it’s natural that we’d want to produce them in 6mm as well. We have five buildings in this release, including the new (in 15mm) H-Block.
Although we’ve designated them as a Research Base and I’ve painted mine up again as an cold-weather centre in bright orange colours, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be used in other climates or settings. The buildings also make a very good barracks set with their resemblance to Nissen or Quonset huts.
Our next show is just five days away – it’s our local show, Broadside in Sittingbourne. We will have a full range of stock with us, but as always we appreciate getting pre-orders in advance since it allows us to plan what to take and ensures we have enough stock of whatever you need. I’ll be at the workshop casting stock over the next couple of days, so if you could send in any orders by midday on Thursday 9th of June that would be splendid.
Since we’re on the subject of shows, this is as good a time as any to post a reminder about pre-orders for The Joy of Six in July. Since this is a 6mm event, we will only be bringing the 6mm SF range, Squadron Commander and the 2mm buildings range. However, we welcome pre-orders for any of the other ranges – just let us know in advance and we’ll bring your order with us. Because of holidays, we need these orders well in advance of the show, preferably by the end of June, as I won’t have any time between returning from my holiday and setting off for the show.