AmRep Upgrades

A number of our American Republic 6mm vehicles have been out of production for a while, in particular the support variants of the Baumann and Oldmann light tank. Today we’re releasing (or re-releasing ?) new versions of these models derived from the new 15mm designs of the same vehicles.

There are four new variants of the Baumann – the base armoured infantry carrier armed with autocannon and missiles, and anti-aircraft, anti-tank and command variants. The Oldmann comes in the gun version and also one with the same 16-round anti-tank missile turret as the Baumann. The picture below shows the difference between the old and new Baumann models.

The new versions of the Baumann will replace those in both of the AmRep army packs and the AmRep Infantry Company pack. We’ve also brought back the third AmRep army pack, the Cavalry Squadron, based around the Kochte tank.

SF300-203 – Baumann MICV – £0.80
SF300-203a – Baumann AA Vehicle – £0.80
SF300-203b – Baumann with ATGW Turret – £0.80
SF300-203c – Baumann Command Vehicle – £0.80
SF300-206 – Oldmann Light Tank – £0.60
SF300-206a – Oldmann with ATGW Turret – £0.60

IC-202 – AmRep Cavalry Squadron – £36.00
IC-214 – AmRep Infantry Company – £8.00

The Joy of Six, 2018

Coming up in the next month is our next show, the Joy of Six in Sheffield on Sunday July 15th. Run by Baccus Miniatures, the event (as its name suggests) is a 6mm scale-specific event covering all eras and genres from ancients to Sci-Fi.

We’ll be there with a cut-down trade stand, carrying our full range of 6mm SF miniatures, army packs, rules, buildings and figures. We’ll bring along the full Squadron Commander range of starfighters (since they’re also 6mm), our selection of 3D printed scenic items and the full Small Scale Scenery range.

As always, we’re happy to take orders (for any of our ranges, not just the ones mentioned above) either paid for on the day or in advance. We can take orders up until the Wednesday before the show (the 11th) although obviously sooner is better.

We’re aiming to have a decent selection of new 6mm items for the day – all the new Slammers vehicles ought to be ready by then, assuming we don’t have any more irritating delays 😕.

As well as those we should have some redesigned models from the ‘normal’ 6mm range, a selection of new buildings, hopefully some new infantry figures and maybe even something big, stompy and two-legged. News and previews of all of these over the next few weeks.

One further minor piece of housekeeping – I’m off for a short break, back again on Monday. I’m aiming to get all outstanding orders cleared today but any new orders will be delayed until the start of next week.

Polish Support

New out of the factory this week are a trio of support half-tracks for our 15mm Polish forces. The Wilk (Wolf) chassis carries either a pair of tri-barrel AA gatlings, a quad anti-tank missile system or a 12-barreled multiple rocket artillery system.

The Wolf is derived from the Suwalska half-track family, but with a flat-bed rear replacing the former’s passenger compartment. The turrets are of Soviet origin, bought in and retro-fitted with indigenous electronics and sensors.

The models can also see service in the Cecach Federal Army, a force from the Forlorn Hope novel and part of the Hammer’s Slammers universe.

SF300-1305 – Wilk AA Half Track – £8.00
SF300-1305a – Wilk with ATGW Launcher – £8.00
SF300-1305b – Wilk Rocket Launcher – £8.00

Avanti Italia!

We seem to be on a roll with our Aeronef updates as we gradually redesign the range. In between the major fleets, we’ve also found time to update some of the other fleets, and this week the Italians get an upgrade with new versions of their two battleships. The Re d’Italia and Guilo Cesare are smaller vessels, not up to the size of some of huge battlewagons of the major powers, but perfectly adequate to face off against the Austro-Hungarians in their seemingly permanent squabble over the Adriatic Sea.

As with all of our updates, the models now get separate turrets of a new design, which are also available as accessory packs. The hulls are resin, with metal funnels, tails, turrets and masts.

I wanted to do something different with the Italian colour scheme, so I took a cue from my friend Silvio, who owns the largest Italian Aeronef fleet in existence. I went for conventional black hulls, but painted the superstructures and turrets in Azzurri blue (the paint I used is Citadel Caledor Sky). They were painted in my usual base/wash/highlight style and finished with tail markings from Dom’s Decals.

The Italian fleet pack has also been updated, and now contains a Re d’Italia, two Cesares and escorts

VANFP-1801 – Italian Fleet Pack – £22.00
VAN-1801 – Giulo Cesare class Light Battleship – £6.00
VAN-1802 – Re d’Italia class Battleship – £7.00
VAN-7181 – Italian Twin Turrets (x10) – £1.50
VAN-7182 – Italian Triple Turrets (x10) – £1.50

Man the Guns !

It’s back to 15mm again this week, with some new towed guns. They’re listed under EuroFed in the 15mm range, but will also serve for various hammer’s Slammers forces. There are four options in all, using the same chassis and shield but with different weapons types – DS gun, howitzer, gatling and powergun barrels. For crew, the existing Fasolini gun crew are ideal with one seated and two kneeling crewmen per gun.

As far as towing options go, there are lots of options in our ranges already – from the EuroFed Musareigne, Lievre and Belette wheeled vehicles, Polish Suwalska half-track or the the recently released Viking half-track. Most of the Centurion LTVs also have towing hooks and are used in the Crucible rules as towing vehicles, while units such as Harris Commando use the M9A10 Cargo Car as a prime mover. We’ve also released a pack of small towing hooks to allow you to convert any vehicle to an artillery tractor.

In the Slammers detachment lists, the following units used towed weapons – Waldheim Dragoons (powergun); Wolverines (powergun); Heliodorus Regiment (cone bore – use SF15-410); Harris Commando (laser – use SF15-410a) and the Poplar Regiment (gatling).

SF15-410 – CAC-41 DS Anti-tank Gun – £3.00
SF15-410a – CAC-42 Light Howitzer – £3.00
SF15-410b – CAC-44 Towed Gatling – £3.00
SF15-410c – CAC-45 Powergun – £3.00
SF15-933 – Towing Hooks – £1.00

Slammers Updates

John Treadaway has been very busy over at the Hammer’s Slammers website, adding all sorts of new content.

There’s an article on painting infantry, another on painting (or rather refurbishing) several detachment’s worth of Hiroseki National Army, a new force (Clark’s Commandos), and a battle report pitching the Hiroseki, Clark’s Commandos and Apex Dragoons together. With the advent of the new models, some of the detachment lists have also been getting an update, including Foster’s Mercenaries and the Heliodorus Regiment to give them more unit options. I’ve nicked a few of John’s photos and put them below, but I’d recommend visiting the original pages for much more Slammers eye candy.

This also seems like a good time to mention the newly created Hammer’s Slammers Facebook group, which has just gone over 100 members and rising. Click the tank below to be taken there…

Broadside 2018

Our next and nearest show, Broadside in Sittingbourne on June 10th, is approaching rapidly. I’ve gradually been replenishing our show stock following Salute and have a full day to finish off that task next week.

We should have some more new releases in the next week or two which will be available on the day, and of course the large selection of models that we released at Salute will also be available.

As always, we are taking pre-orders for any of our ranges – you can either place an order and pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay on the day. Pre-orders need to be with us by Tuesday next week at the latest (June 5th) in order for us to have a chance of getting them ready.

New Thunderbolt Options

After a couple of weeks of new 15mm SF models, the smaller scale gets a look-in this week. Our Thunderbolt Division Dragoon half-tracks are reinforced by two versions of the smaller Viking recce vehicle, along with three versions of the Varningr utility trailer.

This also opens up further detachment options for the Thunderbolts, with no less than three new detachment packs corresponding to the Thunderbolt list for Hammer’s Slammer:The Crucible.

HSD6-1803 – Thunderbolt Support Detachment – £6.00
HSD6-1804 – Thunderbolt Infantry Detachment – £8.50
HSD6-1805 – Thunderbolt Recce Detachment – £6.50

HS6-1816 – Br64 Viking Recce – £0.75
HS6-1817 – Br68 Viking Missile – £0.75
HS6-1818 – Varningr Cargo Trailer – £0.75
HS6-1818a – Varningr MRLS Trailer – £0.75
HS6-1818b – Varningr Calliope Trailer – £0.75

GDPR

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulations – although it could equally be the initials of some Cold War era Soviet bloc state ! The new regulations, which deal with handling of personal data, come into force today so that seems like a good time to quickly go through our position with regards to them.

Everyone in the UK has doubtless been flooded with emails from many companies reminding you of their privacy policy and asking you to opt back in to their mailing lists. We don’t currently have a mailing list (the Yahoo discussion list has fallen into disuse with the advent of other social media channels and will shortly be closed) so we don’t need to do that. If we do start up a new mailing list, this will be purely on an opt-in basis.

As far as storage and usage of personal data goes, we don’t have a customer database as such. We retain copies of all orders placed on the website or through the post – these will include your name, address and email address, and of course details of the items you’ve purchased. We don’t have anything related to payments, such as credit card details, since this is handled by PayPal and we don’t ever see these. If you’ve ever paid by cheque, this goes straight into the bank and we don’t record account numbers or branch codes or make copies of the cheques. We never sell or pass this information on to anyone, or use it to create marketing lists etc. We don’t send out unsolicited marketing emails or letters.

If you ever wish to see what information we have on you (it will literally just be copies of any orders you’ve placed), just drop us a line and we’d be happy to oblige. Our full privacy policy can be seen on our website and is linked from the bottom of each page.

The Rise of the Centurion

John Treadaway has added a new page on the Hammer’s Slammers website covering the history and use of our new Centurion Large Transport Vehicle family, from the C400 utility truck up to the huge C4H6 Hog. Click on the C204 below to be taken to the page.

Currently the model is only available in 15mm (1/100th), but 6mm Slammers ‘gamers will doubtless be interested in the photos below…

Production moulds are already in place for many of the hulls, and we’re now finalising the turrets. Some of them needed a bit of work to scale down successfully, but we’ve just re-ordered new revised masters and should be in production in time for the Joy of Six show.