Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

The Salute Sticky Page

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Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be ‘live’ page and will be updated as new items appear.

You can find us at stand TH10 – there’s a floor plan on the Salute website to help guide you, we are pretty much in the middle of the hall and not far from the painting competition and command table.

We welcome pre-orders for the show. You can order from the website and pay in the normal way by selecting the ‘Collect in Person‘ shipping option, although you can only order existing models this way and not any of the new releases. To pre-order any new items (or old ones), send us an e-mail. You can then either pay on the day in cash or by card (assuming our new card reader doesn’t have a hissy fit like the old one did last year …) or if you’d like to get your spending squared away in advance then we can send you a PayPal invoice.

So onto the main content of this post, the list of planned new releases. Items which are in italics or which don’t yet have a price are yet-to-be-confirmed. The post isn’t too picture heavy, but if you click on the header text for each category it will take you to other posts that show the models in more detail.

We are still unclear on what we’ll have of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges, any attempt at casting stock for these is being left until the last minute.


Spaceships


Battleship
SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

15mm SF Infantry in Full Armour


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SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

15mm Vehicles


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SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
SF15-1303 – Suwalska Half-track APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

2mm Forts


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SSS-8053 – No Man’s Land/Horse Sands Fort – £4.00
SSS-8053s – No Man’s Land w/Turrets – £4.50
SSS-8054 – Spitbank Fort – £3.00
SSS-8055 – St Helen’s Fort – £2.00
SSS-8056 – Southsea Castle (1544) – £4.00
SSS-8056a – Southsea Castle (1814) – £4.25

6mm Mercenary Vehicles


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IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
SF300-1501 – Shaman- £0.75
SF300-1501a – Firefly- £0.75
SF300-1502 – Sohei with DS Gun – £1.25
SF300-1502a – Sohei with Gatling – £1.25
SF300-1502b – Sohei with Heavy laser – £1.25
SF300-1502c – Sohei with Twin Powergun – £1.25
SF300-1503 – Magnus APC – £0.75
SF300-1504 – Legion MRL – £0.75
SF300-1505 – Warlock – £0.75
SF300-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £0.50
SF300-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £0.75

Belgian Great War Cyclists


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GW28-1148a – Cyclist Officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist Officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Carabinier Cyclist Troops on Bike – £3.00

An Old Warrior Returns

A popular model in our 15mm range that has been out of production for a while is the Athena VTOL. This is a transport ship capable of hauling an infantry platoon or small AFV.

Phil has completely remoulded all of the parts and we will have stock available at Salute next weekend. It’s been added to the Salute Sticky page where you can see all of the new items we plan to release.

SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50

The Army Marches On!

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Denizens of the Facebook 15mm SF Group may have noticed a post yesterday by Keith of ArmiesArmy, explaining that he’s taken his infantry figures off the website because they have been moved to a new home. We’re very pleased to announce that their new home is right here, at Brigade Models. As Keith himself explained, the effort needed to run ArmiesArmy was becoming too great and impacting severely on his free time. He very kindly offered us first refusal and, well, we didn’t refuse ! Keith will keep his excellent range of vehicles and continue to expand those, and we wish him all the best with that. He came down to Brigade Towers yesterday and dropped off all of the moulds and masters, and we tried one or two to make sure they fitted our casting machine (which they do perfectly).

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We were both already fans of Keith’s figures – I supported his initial Kickstarter campaign and already have a couple of forces that use them. So to have the opportunity to add them to our 15mm range was too good to pass up, and the timing was perfect as we were looking to add figures to our growing range of vehicles and scenery. It also helps that Keith uses the same sculptor (Martin Baker) as we do, so his figures match our new armoured infantry figures.

Keith also let us have a number of unreleased greens which we will be adding to the ranges in due course, and we have a number of ideas for further additions.

There will be a slight delay in getting the models onto our website. With Salute just around the corner we’re both flat out making moulds and producing stock, so what we don’t want to do is suddenly dump a large number of new products on the website and be inundated with orders when we have yet to work out which mould is which, what the contents of each pack are etc. Instead they’ll go up on our website a week or so after the show. We will try to take some stock to Salute, but starting from zero it would take a couple of days to completely stock up all of the packs and we just don’t have that time – so instead we’ll take a selection of the most popular packs.

Palmerston’s Follies

The postie came again yesterday, with what is the final batch of new masters for Salute. Such is our awesome efficiency (!) that these are already sitting in slowly curing rubber, ready for casting later this week. However, I swiftly photographed them before they were submerged in silicon for another Salute preview.

Palmerston’s Follies was the derogatory term applied, initially to forts around the Portsmouth area, but then to a swathe of forts built in the late C.19th. The term is taken from the First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Palmerston, during whose tenure the first installations were built (see here and here for more information). They were built in response to a supposed threat of French invasion which of course never came.

This new batch of models represents some of the defences around Portsmouth, in particular the four forts built in the Solent. Horse Sands and No Mans Land forts were the largest and nearly identical. Both were circular structures, around 200 feet in diameter. Initially the plans included five twin turrets on the roof but these were abandoned before construction began – but we’ve decided to make both the final version as built, and the proposed turreted design.

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Spithead was also circular although somewhat smaller, with only one gun deck.

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The last Solent fort was the rather oddly shaped St Helens fort. This was intended to be much larger but the sea bottom was found to be very unstable and unable to take the weight of the proposed design, so a much smaller fort was built instead with just three guns.

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As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also modelled Southsea Castle, which lies on the eastern Solent coast. The was originally built in 1544 as one of Henry VIII’s Device forts. It was heavily updated in 1814, with the whole north wall being moved 20-30 feet north which changed the layout completely. I’ve modelled both designs, as built (left) and after the reconstruction (right).

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I must thank Phillip Russell for his initial idea and help with plans and details of the Solent forts. All of the forts have been modified since construction, two are now luxury hotels and all sorts of extra buildings and towers have been added – it was quite a job working out what was original and what was added later, hopefully I have most of it right. St helens in particular was quite tricky to model as photographs of the upper surface are very hard to come by.

Bicycle, bicycle…..

We’ve had dismounted Carabinier cyclists available for quite some time but until now the poor chaps haven’t actually been able to ride into battle as intended. Well now they can!

One company in each Carabinier battalion were equipped with bicycles for reconnaissance and to provide support to the cavalry regiments. They were originally equipped with the standard Carabinier Tyrolean hat before being issued with a smaller and more practical hat with a detachable peak.

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The basic soldiers will be available in packs of two different figures and individual officers with a choice of kepi or bonnet de police.

They’ll all be available at Salute in around three weeks time.

New Fireteam Base Options

As my 15mm armies grow, I’m finding that I need new infantry basing options for different forces. So today we’re adding several new types to our range of Fireteam Bases. If you haven’t come across these before, they’re a range of resin sabot bases that allow you to use individually based figures in teams for rules that require infantry to move together (and you can also remove casualties if needed).

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The three new bases all take two figures – two are 45mm square bases for pairs of cavalry figures, grav bikes or similar – the difference is the size of figure base they accomodate. The other is a half-size base for command, heavy weapon or sniper teams, dismounted vehicle crew etc. We also have stocks of M10 washers to fit the cavalry base. Above you can see SF15-920 (left) and SF15-922 – since we don’t yet have any cavalry or grav bike models, I’ve put some infantry figures in there.

SF15-920 – Two-man Grav Bike base – £0.50
SF15-921 – Two-man Cavalry base – £0.50
SF15-922 – Two-man Half-base – £0.40
SF15-918 – M10 (20mm) washer (x25) – £1.00

Another fine day …

In contrast to yesterday’s near gales, today was a bit calmer and warmer – so perfect weather for casting outdoors again. As well as casting for orders and Salute stock, I was able to try out some new moulds for both the 15mm Polish half-tracks and the Soviet spaceship carrier hull.

As always with new moulds, it takes two or three castings to work out all of the gremlins and find the bits that need particular attention to avoid air bubbles. The half-tracks in particular were troublesome, but the castings got progressively better as I went along and I ended the day with assembled versions of each of the three hull types. Most of the metal parts such as tracks, wheels, turrets and hatches are existing components so I was able to put some together – only the guns for the support version have yet to be moulded.

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The Soviet carrier looks pretty good – I only have one finished casting so far which has an air bubble or two, but it’s still pretty imposing. It has the same bridge and engines as the battleship, and is a ‘battle-carrier’ design with two heavy turrets at the front and the flight deck at the rear.

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I also photographed some castings of the new 15mm infantry while I was prepping them for production moulds. This is the first pack, eight pulse rifle-armed grunts.

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Finally, the new turret for the Shaman Firefly has arrived – here it is sitting on a hull, next to the existing version so you can see the differences.

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Soviets in Space

So, next on the Salute workbench is a new range of spaceships. The latest force to get a long-overdue spacefaring (and fighting) capability are the Soviets. The first batch consists of a battleship, two cruisers, two escorts and fighters. Like the British models, the larger ships will have separate heavy gun turrets. They’ve been designed around the idea of missile armament, so most ships have VLS hatches on the upper surface, with smaller turrets dotted around.

Battleship

Cruisers

Escorts

Fighters

What’s that you ask ? Where’s the carrier ? He’s a big beast, so will have a resin main hull which is sitting in a curing mould as I type, so isn’t available for photographs. Don’t worry, all will be revealed …

Tiny Mercenaries

Our 6mm range is pretty big – something like 250 product codes. That said, we haven’t added much to it other than buildings and scenery for a little while, concentrating on the 15mm range, and I think maybe some of the smaller scale gamers have been feeling a little left out while the bigger guys get all the fancy new kit. Fear not – 6mm is back with a bang !

We’ve taken the 15mm Mercenary range, expertly designed for us by Zac Braham and Kirk Alderfer, and transmogrified them into miniature versions of themselves (although the Sohei is still a brute in 6mm !).

They’ve been scaled to 1/3rd the size of the 15mm originals, and you can see the comparison in the photo of the Shaman. The only model we don’t have from the 15mm set is the Mantra, as I haven’t worked out how to do the top screen yet. I also have my doubts at how well the Warlock will cast, that may need a redesign as a 2-part turret, but we’ll see.

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