Trouble at t’Mill

15mm gamers have had it all their own way with the last couple of new releases, so it’s time for a change of pace, scale and era.

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Today’s new items are from an era of Charles Dickens, tyrannical mill owners and child labour – what’s not to like? In the Small Scale Scenery range we have three new industrial models – a large Victorian warehouse, a Textile Mill and a set of three dockside warehouses.

All are one piece resin castings and are based as on real-world prototypes around the UK.

SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £3.50
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £3.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £3.50

Iron Fist

Following hard on the heels of Friday’s new 15mm Fasolini figures, we stay in the same scale but get a bit heavier in terms of hardware today.

Most powerful of all is the Henschel Pz266 Eisenfaust (Iron Fist) laser tank, 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.

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Much bigger and bulkier is the Schützenpanzer Pz441 platoon carrier, also manufactured by Henschel. Known as the Kastenwagen (Box Van) by the troops that use it, the Pz441 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.

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Our final model for today is the Gamelin wheeled tank used by EuroFed rapid reaction forces to provide armoured support to the lighter Catroux AFVs. Armour is lighter than a conventional tank, but it still packs a hefty punch.

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HS15-311 – Henschel Pz266 ‘Eisenfaust’ Laser Tank – £10.00
HS15-312 – Henschel Pz441 ‘Kastenwagen’ Platoon APC – £9.00
SF15-407 – Gamelin Wheeled Tank – £8.00

Back to Normal

After the rigours of Salute, we’ve had a relatively relaxed week – the workshop has been restored to some semblance of organisation (as much as it ever is !), all outstanding orders have been shipped out and the backlog of emails and other missives dealt with.

Today we’re adding the first of the Salute releases to the website. These are the Fasolini models and figures to make up another Hammer’s Slammers-themed force. There are two complete detachment packs that match the lists on the HS website, two tracked guns and six packs of figures.

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HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
HS15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.25
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.25

More new items will follow over the next couple of weeks including further 15mm releases (vehicles and figures), the 2mm warehouses and 6mm buildings.

Last Minute Additions

I’ve been tinkering over recent weeks with some of the remaining unreleased former ArmiesArmy moulds. In fact, some of the moulds we have are for items that as far as we know were never released, which includes these. In ArmiesArmy service these would have been RUSK Militia troops, but we’ve co-opted them into our Neo-Soviet army as conscript troops. There are three packs – infantry (squad leader, SAW gunner, AT rocket and six riflemen), command (six assorted figures including a splendidly-hatted kommissar) and support weapons (AT missile team, two man-portable gatling teams, sniper and a short-barrelled energy weapon). We’ve had some issues with one of the original moulds which we’ll have to remake, but we’ve managed to squeeze out a small amount of stock for tomorrow from the original one.

The photos below are from ArmiesArmy’s originals – so the pack contents aren’t exactly the same as we’ll be selling, but at least you get to see what the figures look like.

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We also have a small amount of stock of their companion Guard figures with the same trio of infantry, command and support packs.

And lastly, we are taking some stock of Angel Barracks‘ excellent 6mm character pack containing thirty superb sci-fi figures.

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I’m off to London this afternoon to begin setting up the stand, and we look forward to seeing you from 10am tomorrow.

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-312 – Henschel APC – £9.00
SF15-407 – Gamelin Wheeled Tank – £8.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

SF15-1264 – Neo-Soviet Conscript Infantry (x9) – £3.50
SF15-1265 – Neo-Soviet Conscript Support (x8) – £3.00
SF15-1266 – Neo-Soviet Conscript Command (x6) – £2.25

LCAA-01 – EDCV Labs Set – £90.00
LCAB-01 – Umbrella Set – £50.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

6mm SF Buildings
B300-133 – Large Tower – £6.00
B300-134 – Square Tower with Dome – £5.00
B300-135 – Square Tower – £4.00

Something for the Smaller Gamer

For the smaller scale gamer, there’s no heightism here at Brigade. Four more new moulds were uncorked yesterday, containing a selection of 6mm scale buildings in our Desert range. The first three are a selection of assorted towers to give a bit more variation in height to a desert cityscape. They come with a random selection of small metal aerials that fit to the top. We’re thinking of adopting one as the our new HQ – the real Brigade Towers.

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Building number four came into being as a result of some of the comments on our 15mm moonbase and its resemblance to Fylingdales Moor radar housing. So I’ve created a facetted geodome to house a radar and fitted it to a desert style bunker, a model which should nicely complement our existing Control Tower model. Sadly I’m only teasing with this one, as the mould was damaged and the castings aren’t up to scratch, which is a shame as it’s a rather nice model. The mould will have to be remade and released after the show (only a couple of weeks or so).

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The Salute release list has grown to…

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-312 – Henschel APC – £9.00
SF15-407 – Gamelin Wheeled Tank – £8.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

LCAA-01 – EDCV Labs Set – £90.00
LCAB-01 – Umbrella Set – £50.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

6mm SF Buildings
B300-133 – Large Tower – £6.00
B300-134 – Square Tower with Dome – £5.00
B300-135 – Square Tower – £4.00

The Goodies Keep On Coming

I cracked open two more new moulds today, both the hulls of 15mm vehicles. The metal turrets were in a different mould which Phil delivered at the end of last week, so after a very quick bit of resin casting I was able to assemble a sample of each.

The first, and largest is a Henschel APC to accompany the new tank with which it shares a number of design details – it’s also derived from the Forlorn Hope novel by David Drake. It’s a huge model, designed to carry an entire platoon of troops, or 24 men. They disembark by a rather novel method; when the vehicle arrives at the correct place, the giant doors on either side of the vehicle drop down to form ramps. The conscripts on board can either quickly evacuate the vehicle, or remain on board as sitting ducks – the choice is theirs! The vehicle is armed with a remote autocannon, and the troops on board can also use their assault rifles from five firing ports built into the side doors.

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The second vehicle is rather more conventional. It’s a 15mm version of the EuroFed Gamelin wheeled tank, which provides heavy fire support to assault units of the Legion Etranger. It’s effectively a wheeled medium tank, armed with a high-velocity cannon and coaxial support weapon. The 10-wheeled chassis is very resistant to damage, being able to continue running with as few as three wheels per side. Armour isn’t as comprehensive as a main battle tank in order to keep weight down, but lightweight composites still afford it a reasonable level of protection.

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I’ve assembled some more of the Fasolini mobile gun units, this time with crew figures. One useful tip I discovered is that on both gun models, the crew figure needs to be fitted to the seat before the gun(s) are attached. The handgrips on the single barrelled weapon will also need to be trimmed back. The painted models of gun and transporter trucks are finished, and I think look pretty good.

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Not Everything Always Goes to Plan !

Today I was supposed to be posting about more Salute releases – some merchant spaceships, to be precise. We think the masters looked lovely (see below to decide for yourselves).

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Sadly the mould didn’t play ball :-(. This happens sometimes – we can get castings out of the mould, but they aren’t as good as we would like so we don’t think we can sell them as they are. There’s no time now to try again (the masters don’t always survive the mould-making process, and one or two of these will need a slight redesign anyway) so sadly we won’t have them on Saturday. However, I don’t intend on wasting any time and will be trying to get them remade and released within a few weeks.

There is still some more Salute new release news to come later in the week, so keep watching this blog.

Now I do have a very important reminder – you now have slightly less than two days to get in any last-minute pre-orders for the show. I’ll be doing the last casting for Salute on Wednesday, so I need any final show orders (whether pre-paid or pay-on-the-day) by the end of Tuesday at the latest so I can plan my casting for the next day.

And last of all … here are some painted tanks ! Three Henschel beasties, all ready for their Army Painter dip. Two for gaming and one for the display stand on Saturday.

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Corridor of Uncertainty

No, I haven’t suddenly turned into Geoffrey Boycott!

Tuesday last week was busy, with lots of deliveries at Brigade Towers. In amongst the replacement compressor, the splendid new 15mm figures and some slightly less interesting stuff (cardboard boxes), a couple of massive boxes turned up, all the way from Poland. These contained a number of sets of Assault Publishing’s excellent HDF sci-fi corridors, which we’ll be offering for sale for the first time at Salute.

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The corridors were originally designed for 15mm figures, but work just as well for 20mm figures or even a claustrophic layout for 28mm models. The cross-section of each corridor is 40x40mm. It uses a rather clever system where the blast doors clip the sections together to keep a layout intact during a game, but allow everything to be disassembled for storage. The corridors use layers of laser-cut HDF (a tougher version of MDF) to give them a 3D feel with depth to the details.

There are two sets, one a bit bigger than the other, and you get an awful lot for your money – we were surprised at how big the boxes were when they arrived. The EDCV labs set has two large rooms, seven corridor sections and sixteen connecting doors of various types. The Umbrella set has more corridors and doors to extend the layout.

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Phil has spent a little while assembling some sample pieces and we’re impressed at the way the layers of HDF go together to produce a strong and detailed final result. We’ll have these samples on the stand at Salute so you can see and handle the corridor pieces.

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

LCAA-01 – EDCV Labs Set – £90.00
LCAB-01 – Umbrella Set – £50.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

Fasolini’s Company

In a previous post we mentioned Fasolini’s Company, a mercenary unit from the Hammer’s Slammers universe that features in the novel Forlorn Hope. We also showed a couple of tracked mobile gun units that are the company’s heavy fire support. Today we have Fasolini infantry figures to show off, a package having just arrived from the sculptor. The figures wear peaked armoured caps with a visor and clamshell body armoured, and are equipped with heavy cone-bore rifles. The use five-round missile launchers for anti-tank and AA work – the launchers are externally identical, but use different rounds depending on the target.

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We also have a couple of personality figures for the company – in the middle of the picture below is Major Fasolini himself. He may be slightly portly but don’t underestimate how tough he is. To his left is Lieutenant Waldstejn, a Cecach native who inherited command of the company during the civil war. He still wears his Federal uniform and carries a locally made assault rifle, but has a Fasolini helmet to link him into the company comms network.

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As well as individual packs of infantry, we also have two Hammer’s Slammers detachment packs – a Company Detachment and Support Detachment – that match the lists in the rules, and include extras such as resin bases for the infantry teams.

As you can see, these are master figures – it’s going to take some very slick work on Phil’s part to get these guys moulded and ready for Salute, but we should make it.

The ever-growing Salute list is now like this:

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

The Warehouse Project

As promised, today we have more previews of Salute releases. But first, a brief tale about why this isn’t what we originally planned….

I’ve been planning to come up with some dockyard models to add to the Small Scale Scenery range, based around Chatham Dockyard at the turn of the 20th century. My intention, which I have mentioned to several people, was to have these ready for Salute this year. However, when I started to work on it, I realised that it was going to be a larger project than I had envisaged, and would need rather more time and research, more than I had available. So the long and the short of it is that you won’t be getting the dockyard on the 16th.

Instead, you’ll get these fine (and rather useful) Victorian industrial buildings – a large warehouse with central office building, a textile mill and a set of three dockside warehouses. Perfect for any number of uses, including modelling the East End for Battle of Britain raids on London.

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Initially I was going to post photos of the masters, but I’ve already managed to get them in moulds so what we have here are the resin production castings (albeit very early ones, please excuse any air bubbles).

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So the Salute release list has now grown to this:

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

Now if you bothered to read this far, I will show you what I have done for the Chatham Dockyard project; this photo shows castings of the oddly shaped No.3 slip building, and a second more conventional slip building that represents the near-identical No.4,5 and 6 slips. But that still leaves a lot of work to be done on No.7 slip plus the huge storehouses, ropery and many peripheral buildings like the sawmill, pumphouses etc.

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