Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

Mythical Beast

QilinThe Kirin (or Qilin) is a mythical creature known in Chinese, Japanese and other far-eastern cultures as an omen of prosperity or serenity. It’s also the name given to our latest new 15mm release, the Kirin Combat Walker. Designed by Kirk Alderfer with input from Zac Braham, the same pairing that created our range of Mercenary vehicles, it’s a one-man bipedal walker with a fearsome array of weaponry. The two arm mounts carry either a 25-cm laser, 2-cm Gatling or 15mm twin powergun, the same weapons as fitted to the Sohei heavy tank. A twin heavy support weapon turret is mounted under the chin, while the shoulders both carry 9-round Manta missile pods (one of these can optionally be exchanged for a long-range sensor pod, most often seen in command suits).


The model consists of 17 parts, one resin and the rest lead-free pewter –

  • Resin body
  • Two legs
  • Two feet
  • Two shoulder mounts
  • Two weapon mounts
  • Two main weapons
  • One chin turret
  • Two shoulder missile pods
  • One sensor pod
  • One shoulder mount blank
  • One hatch cover

There are two variants of each leg with different angles of extension – each model is supplied with a random pair of legs. The main weapons are all interchangeable and you can select which type each model is supplied with. Extra pairs of weapons are available separately. Either of the shoulder missile pods can be swapped for a sensor pod, and there is also a blanking plate for the other missile pod if you wish to remove it. A platoon pack is available with three Kirins – you can choose all of one weapon type, or one of each weapon – which also includes three helmeted crewmen.

SF15-1509a – Kirin with gatlings – £15.00
SF15-1509b – Kirin with heavy lasers – £15.00
SF15-1509c – Kirin with twin powerguns – £15.00

PP15-1509 – Kirin Platoon Pack – £42.50

SF15-1552a – Two gatlings – £1.25
SF15-1552b – Two heavy lasers – £1.25
SF15-1552c – Two twin powerguns – £1.25

Assembly of the models is reasonably straightforward – although I’d recommend patience, putting them together one piece at a time and making sure the glue on each joint has set before moving on to the next piece. Ideally the legs and feet should be pinned together when assembling the model for greater strength, and you may find it a good idea to pin the hips and shoulders to the body as well.

SELWG Last Chance

SELWG is now just four days away, and we’re in the process of topping up our stocks again after Blast-tastic!. This is your absolute last and final chance to get in a pre-order – we need them by the close of business today (Wednesday) if we’re to have a chance to get them packed in time. Either e-mail us or order from the website using the Collect in Person shipping option.


As mentioned last week (if you read that far down the post, and I don’t think too many people did) we will have our new 15mm Kirin Combat Walker for sale on the day.


Along with this we should have the full array of our other ranges, both recent releases and older models.


As mentioned earlier in the week, we have a number of new 15mm SF models that we’ll be taking to Blast-tastic! tomorrow, and some of these are hitting the website today.


The Blaireau (Badger) and Belette (Weasel) are French-made 6×6 utility vehicles that are used for liaison, scout, troop-carrying, casevac, ELINT and any number of other purposes. They are from the same family as our existing Javelot and Lievre vehicles and share a common chassis and drive train.

The main difference is that while the Blaireau is an unarmed utility vehicle, the Belette has a turret ring fitted with a remote mount that can carry either twin MGs, a 5-barrel gatling or a twin Mantra missile pod – or in the case of the Martre (Marten) variant, a radar dish. So now you really can be ‘KBB’ (see below for the KBB reference from ‘Big Bang Theory’).

In addition to these, we also have a version of the Tassigny APC fitted with a radar instead of a turret, and also a radar dish on the Asterie remote base.

SF15-403e – Tassigny APC with Radar – £8.00
SF15-412a – Blaireau 6×6 Utility – £4.50
SF15-412b – Belette 6×6 with MG Turret- £4.50
SF15-412c – Belette 6×6 with Gatling Turret- £4.50
SF15-412d – Belette 6×6 with Missile Turret- £4.50
SF15-412e – Martre 6×6 with Radar – £4.50
SF15-413d – Remote Radar Mount – £1.50

And well done if you got this far down the post – tomorrow at Blast-tastic! we’ll have these for sale … they won’t be on the website for a week or so.


A Blast-tastic! Brucie Bonus

I’ve been busy casting resin stock for Blast-tastic! on Saturday, and it looks like we’re going to be able to bring along some as-yet unreleased models for sale on the day. I’ve managed to produce enough stock of several new models – the South African Ratel medium wheeled tank and Oliphant SP gun, support and anti-tank gun versions of the Polish Suwalska half-track and new variants of the EuroFed 4×4/6×6 wheeled utility vehicles, the Blaireau and Belette (these latter two will probably be on the website at the end of the week anyway). We won’t have a huge amount of stock, but then the 15mm range is now so big that we’re only able to carry 4-5 of any one vehicle to a show.


As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also cast up stock of the former ArmiesArmy RUSK infantry to bring with us (although they aren’t yet on the website) and I’m also optimistic that we’ll get have of the Tolero and Yeti alien figures (I’ve managed to sort the moulds so they cast reliably, I just need to churn out a few).


And finally, we should also have something big, 15mm and stompy for you too…



Slightly delayed by one or two minor issues (including my sudden realisation that if I got a move on I could finish an extra model), today we’re releasing three new items in our 10mm SF Buildings range. In this release we have two towers of different designs and a building with twin roof domes. All are single piece resin castings and are available now from the website.


B10-104 – Small Tower #1 – £3.50
B10-122 – Small Tower #2 – £4.00
B10-123 – Twin Dome Building – £3.50

And while we’re here, this is a good time to remind everyone about our next show, Blast-tastic! in Bristol next Saturday. Since this is an SF-themed show, we will not be carrying either the Celtos or Magpie fantasy ranges or the 28mm Great War Belgians. If you’d like anything from these ranges you’ll have to order in advance (either e-mail us or order from the website using the ‘Collect in person’ shipping option). And of course we’re happy to take advance orders for any other ranges as well.

A Quiet Week

After the hustle and bustle of Colours, during which I discovered that putting up, manning and breaking down the stand on your own is flippin’ hard work, I fancied a quiet week last week. It was also the Brigadieress’ birthday, so I had a very pleasant day off with her.

Some things got done – accounts have been sorted ready to send off to the accountants (that was fun …), bills paid and admin taken care of. I also worked on some new releases, rubbing down print lines on the 3D masters, prepping them for mould-making and even pouring a few moulds for resin items. Phil was also busy making moulds for the metal parts for the same models. We won’t see the results of those until later this week (it would have been today but some rather nasty wet weather has put paid to any work outdoors today).

Last Friday’s planned new release was unavoidably delayed – not because it wasn’t ready, but because I had to rearrange my week to be at the workshop on Friday for a delivery (more metal – we’re getting through it rather quickly the moment) which means I wasn’t be able to photograph the new models and add them to the website. In the end I decided to take advantage of the delay and add an extra model to the release – but of course this needs painting and photographing first, so we still aren’t there …

What we do have for you this morning are a couple of new packs, both of which we’ve been offering at shows for a little while but which have inexplicably never been put on the website.

The first pack is a fifth British spaceship fleet, the Strike Fleet pack. This pairs the two most recent ships, the Colossus battleship and Swiftsure stealth cruiser along with escorts. The pack contains a total of 10 models along with bases.


SFSP-105 – Royal Navy Strike Fleet Pack – £22.00

The second pack combines all of the figures in the Magpie Miniature range into a single discounted pack. All eight figures are there, along with bases. There seems to be a number of different collective nouns for magpies, but we settled on a Murder of Magpies.


MGP-001 – A Murder of Magpies – £22.00


Kostrad is the strategic reserve formation of the Indonesian army, typically receiving the best troops and equipment. Today our 15mm Indonesians receive the first deliveries of a new series of grav vehicles, matching the 6mm versions that came out some time ago.


Heavy armoured firepower comes in the form of the Suharto and Anjalika MBTs. Very similar in design, the Anjalika has a modified turret with a more powerful main gun. Usually one Anjalika is allocated to each platoon, but in some formations they are concentrated into separate heavy platoons.


The infantry ride in Sugama APCs. These are large battle taxis, armed only with a heavy 14.5mm gauss gun in a remote roof mount.

Bhima grav armoured cars perform the reconnaissance function, but carry sufficient firepower to act as tanks in light armoured units.

The final vehicle in this release is the Kijang grav truck. Armoured to APC standards and equipped with the same weapon as the Sugama, the Kijang provides logistic support right up to the front line, and some territorial formations use them as infantry carriers.


SF15-1401 – Suharto MBT – £8.00
SF15-1401a – Anjalika MBT – £8.00
SF15-1403 – Sugamo APC – £8.00
SF15-1407 – Bhima Armoured Car – £8.00
SF15-1408 – Kijang Grav Truck – £8.00

We’ll have stocks of all of these vehicles at Colours tomorrow, along with all of our other 15mm models.

The Season Starts Here

When we decided a couple of years ago to expand Brigade’s activities, one of the areas we looked at was increasing the number of shows and events we attended. At the time we were only going to 4 shows a year, and our intention was to increase that and aim for roughly one a month. However, when we looked more closely at the UK show calendar, there’s a definite show season with many shows concentrated in the autumn. This has left us with a rather uneven schedule – we’ve had just two shows so far in 2015 but are about to embark on a hectic lineup of six in nine weeks.

Due to various factors, we won’t be taking every range to every show. The one show where we carry pretty much everything is SELWG, when we hire a van and cram in as much as possible. For Blast-tastic!, being a specialist SF show, we won’t be taking Celtos or the Great War range, but should have good stocks of the other major ranges. At Stoke Rochford, there will be full stocks of Aeronef, Land Ironclads and the 2mm scenery, but that’s probably it. For the other three events we’re limited to what fits in a large car, and also by the fact that Tony will be doing them as a one-man show. So the plan for these three is as follows: 15mm, Celtos, 2mm scenery – full ranges of both packs and individual items; Aeronef – full range of fleet and starter packs, no individual models apart from recent releases; Spaceships – full range of fleet packs, individual stocks of British and Soviet fleets only; 6mm SF – full range of army and company packs, full selection of buildings, individual stocks of recent releases only; Accessories – full range of dice and base blisters; Shapeways – selection of items; 10mm SF buildings, Great War Belgians, Magpie Miniatures – full range, but limited numbers of each item; Squadron Commander, Iron Stars – selection of blisters.

Of course, you can contact us beforehand if you’re planning to visit us at a show and we welcome advance orders for all of them. If you want to make sure that we have what you’re after this is probably the best way to go. We can bring anything with us as long as we have enough warning.

We should be able to take credit cards at all UK events (mobile phone reception permitting), although unfortunately our CC reader doesn’t work on the continent so at Crisis it’s cash only. If you have a smartphone with the PayPal app you can also use that to transfer money to us on the spot.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.

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Dome Developments

As promised, we have more additions to our range of 6mm Desert Domes. Strictly speaking, only one of these really is a dome, but they follow the curved and rounded styles of the previous set.


B300-406 – Large Cylindrical Tower #1 – £3.50
B300-407 – Large Cylindrical Tower #2 – £3.50
B300-408 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.00
B300-409 – Large Multi-turreted Tower – £2.00
B300-410 – Multi-dome Building – £4.00

Well that wasn’t supposed to happen!

Whilst casting some 15mm building stock a few days ago something rather bizarre happened. What was supposed to be a large advanced building turned into a bit of a blob.

The resin comes in two parts (resin and hardener) which is mixed together in equal quantities. Normally everything goes according to plan but on this occasion once the resin was poured into the mould it started to expand in a style similar to fill and fix foam. It was also making a noise that would make a bowl of Rice Krispies proud. Since it was around midnight at this point I left it to calm down overnight.

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We’ve been using the same type of resin for well over a decade and I’ve never had this happen before. I can only assume that the tub of resin had been contaminated in some way or was past its use by date. Certainly using the same tin of hardener with a new batch of resin has worked fine since.

wtf 2

The end result is far too good to simply bin. Around half of the building is now hollow and the surface has a variety of decent damage marks on it. So the plan now is to carefully cut off the lump of resin from the bottom and paint it up as a destroyed building.

So I’m off to get a new blade for my hacksaw and we’ll see how it goes.

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