Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

The 2mm Resurrection

You may remember a short and rather minor tale of woe a while back, with the failure of the church tower in the 2mm Civic Buildings mould. However, we did promise that we’d get it remade, and so we have. And not just that, we’ve been able to create a couple of variations so that there are three different towers. These are supplied randomly, although if you order multiple models then we’ll make sure that you get a mixture and not all the same!

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SSS-8041 – Large English Church – £2.50

Airship Shed Available

As previewed recently, our small scale Airship Hangar is the perfect place to keep your Zeppelin or R-101. We weren’t sure when this would become available, but a gap has opened up in the release schedule and so here it is, on the website all ready for purchase.

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Consisting of one resin and thirteen metal parts, the doors can be assembled open or closed. The hangar fits nicely with our 3D printed mooring tower, available in several types from our Shapeways store, and we also currently have some in our show stock if you’re coming to see us at one of the events we’re going to in the next few weeks.

SSS-8035 – Large Airship Hangar – £9.00

Show Time!

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We don’t attend all that many shows over the year, but starting in October we have a burst of four in five weeks. Our first outing is on October 4th to the new Blast-tastic! event in Bristol. This is an SF specific show so (please read as this is important) we will not be bringing either Celtos or the WW1 Belgians. This saves us a lot of space and thus means we can travel in a car, saving us the not-inconsiderable costs of hiring a van. Of course if you want anything from either of these ranges, get your order in to us in advance and we’ll bring it with us. We will have the full range of spaceships, 6mm and 15mm, Squadron Commander, Aeronef, Land Ironclads and 2mm buildings with us, including new releases (of which there will be more before then).

On the next weekend, Sunday 12th, it’s SELWG in Crystal Palace national sports centre, South London. This is a full show to which we take all of our ranges and as much stock as the van can carry.

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We welcome pre-orders for both shows, and any of £50 or more will get a 10% discount. Either send us your list in an email or you can order from the website by selecting the ‘Collect in Person’ shipping option. And after the slightly embarrassing failure of the credit card reader at Broadside, we have a replacement which hopefully will behave itself. :-)

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New 15mm Desert Buildings

Since we released them a few months back, the Munitions Bunker and Primitive Dwelling have been some of our most popular 6mm buildings. So it’s only natural that we’d want to upscale them to 15mm, and here they are.

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They were painted with the same simple wash/drybrush technique I posted about a little while ago.

B15-126 – Munitions Bunker – £7.00
B15-127 – Primitive Dwelling – £7.00

Atlantikwall

Continuing our range of 2mm buildings, I’ve decided to have a crack at some more modern fortifications. I’ve been working on some Normandy Atlantic Wall items to allow a refight of D-Day (don’t forget we already make Normandy rural houses and churches in the Small Scale Scenery range).

I’ve modelled M272 casemates and an M262a observation bunker for the Longues sur Mer battery. Each casemate is in two parts, top and bottom, and the shielded guns (which I believe were ex-destroyer mountings) are separate parts too.

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I’ve also made the H669 casemate type for the Merville battery, allowing you to game the glider assault on that installation.

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These are a bunch of Tobruk bunkers of different types, with tiny FT-17 turrets (the turrets are just over 1mm across !). I’ll also provide open versions, since they were also used with machine-gun emplacements instead of the tank turret.

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This is the Grand Bunker, the AA control tower at Ouistreham. It’s a large but very plain structure, which may end up as a resin item, we’ll have to see.

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I decided not to model the earth embankments that were built up around the bunkers – different sites were buried in different ways, and sites that were still under construction may not have been buried at all. So instead I’ll leave it to the gamer to use filler or clay to complete this part of the construction.

I’m still creating new emplacements – at the rate I’m going, I may have to split the Atlantic Wall models into two sets – they are not all going to fit into a single mould !

Airship Sheds

A model we’ve had kicking around for a while but which we haven’t been able to release is our 2mm scale airship hangar (only partly caused by Phil somehow managing to lose the masters for the metal parts…). The design is based on that of one of the sheds at Cardington in Bedfordshire, although somewhat scaled down – these work out at just over 400 feet long, compared to the 700-foot length of the original. It is still large enough to house one of our Schleswig-Holstein digs, or several smaller vessels.

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The model consists of a resin main structure with metal doors and struts – the doors can be assembled open or closed. I’m sure that with some clever work with magnets it would be possible to have both options.

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We still don’t have a definite release date, although it will definitely be this year. In the meantime you can buy a slightly different version from Shapeways, complete with loads of interior girder detail.

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Docking Bay 26

Need somewhere to park your spaceship while in town? Docking Bay 26 is suitable for every class of vessel from tramp freighter to executive shuttle, and with our reasonable rates and level-3 security systems you’d be mad to leave it anywhere else.

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This is the latest and largest model in our 6mm Desert Buildings range and is available from the website now. Revell Millennium Falcon shown for scale purposes only.

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B300-129 – Docking Bay – £18.00

Late Arrivals

We did promise last week that there were more new releases due in the 15mm Mercenary Brigade range, and here they are. Three more new models to round out your force and give you plenty of combat options.

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The first of the three is the powerful Ontos tank destroyer. Based on the Shaman hull, it’s armed with six hypersonic missile launchers mounted either side of a fixed superstructure.

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The Mantra IFV has the opposite mission profile to the Ontos, being tasked with suppressing opposition infantry rather than armour. Based again on the Shaman drive train, the Mantra has an open fighting compartment for the crew with a simple splinter shield for protection. Hiroseke Army vehicles are equipped with three gatlings, although the Mantra is also available with railguns, tri-barrels or conventional machine-guns.

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The Wizard jeep is used by command teams for scouting, liaison, artillery spotting, casevac, resupply and any number of other purposes. The remote weapon mount means that it is anything but defenceless, and the rear compartment can be given some measure of protection with a hard cover.

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SF15-1506 – Mantra Infantry Fighting Vehicle – £8.00
SF15-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £3.00
SF15-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £8.00
PP15-1508 – Ontos Platoon Pack – £22.00
SF15-1551 – Remote Weapon Mount (x8) – £1.50

Mercenary Reinforcements Available

The first thing to say this morning is that we’ve finally caught up with orders again, and (apart from ones that arrived yesterday/overnight) the order queue is empty (happy dance … :-) ).

We previewed more additions to our Mercenary Brigade a little while back, and finally we’re able to announce the release of two of them.

The Sohei hover tank provides the Brigade with heavy firepower through one of four different main gun options – heavy laser, gatling, Discarding Sabot cannon or twin powergun. This is supplemented by a five-pod Manta missile rack and a remote weapon mount on the turret roof.

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The Brigade’s infantry complement ride in Magnus APCs. These are a ‘battle-taxi’ type, with two remote weapon mounts for self defence but no heavier armament.

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Designed by Zac Braham and Kirk Alderfer, both vehicles are available singly, or there is a Sohei platoon pack with crew, stowage and optional main guns.

SF15-1502 – Sohei Hover Tank – £11.00
SF15-1503 – Magnus APC – £8.00

PP15-1502 – Sohei Platoon Pack – £31.00

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John Treadaway has written the Mercs into the Hammer’s Slammers universe as the Hiroseke National Army, adversaries of the Stewart Regiment. Not all of the vehicles are available yet, but we’re getting there – more Mercenary Brigade vehicles will be released in the next few days.

Decals on the painted models are 1/300th and 1/600th Japanese aircraft markings by Dom’s Decals.

Carrier Support

As promised last week, today we’re releasing the Indonesian carrier and fighter to complete the initial wave of their fleet. The fighters are scaled down versions of the existing Squadron Commander models, the Kampak and Pedang.

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SFSP-1402 – Indonesian Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1410 – Nanggalla class Carrier – £5.50
SFS-1460 – Pedang class Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1461 – Kampak class Attack Fighter (x12) – £1.50

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