Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

Polish 6mm Infantry Released

We previewed our new 6mm infantry a few weeks ago, and the first pack has hit the website today. The Polish Infantry are near-future in style with open-faced helmets and assault rifles, along with RPG-style anti-tank weapons and light machine guns.

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Each pack of 24 figures has enough figures to make three identical squads of a squad leader, five riflemen, a SAW and an anti-tank weapon. There are three different riflemen poses so that your units won’t look too uniform.

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SF300-1370 – Polish Infantry Platoon – £2.75

All Polish packs that contain infantry will now contain the new figures instead of the older generic ones.

Polyversal

Polyversal is a 6mm Sci-Fi mass combat miniatures game system by Collins Epic Wargames, compatible with all 6mm miniatures by means of a customisation and design system.

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The reason we’re flagging it up on out blog is that there is currently a Kickstarter running to support development and release of the game, and in the starter box you will get a number of our 6mm SF models.

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The campaign got off to a good start and runs for another seven weeks or so, with an aim to shipping in November. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you nearer the time :-)

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Suburban Bliss

Most of our Small Scale Scenery range is made up of 19th and very early 20th century buildings, due to its initial origins as an offshoot of our Aeronef and Land Ironclads ranges. Today we’re adding some more up-to-date buildings in the form of a 1960s housing estate. It’s made up of a mix of semi-detached and detached houses, along with the obligatory row of convenience stores and takeaways. It’s a mature estate where the residents have gradually upgraded their houses, with the houses featuring a collection of garages, extensions, conservatories and porches that make them all slightly different.

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Although the houses are modelled on an English development, the buildings would be eminently suitable for post-war estates in other European countries.

SSS-8066 – Housing Estate – £6.00

USS Lexington

The Lexington is one of the new models we pledged to produce as a result of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter campaign. It’s a battlecruiser class, and we decided to do something a bit different, going for a cross between a Civil War ironclad and a stealth submarine ! It has four very large main guns in semi-circular armoured citadels, a broadside battery of secondaries either side and two aerial torpedoes.

These are screen grabs of the 3D model, it won’t be going off for printing until the other three models are ready.

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New Polish Half-Tracks

Today’s new release is three new Suwalska half-track variants for our 15mm Polish force.

Two are fire-support variants with a heavier gun in a fixed superstructure. The ‘Młot’ model has a short barrelled howitzer, mainly used in support of infantry and ideal for taking out entrenched enemy with its potent HE round.

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The ‘Łucznik’ model has a high-velocity light anti-tank gun. This is ideal for taking on light armoured vehicles such as APCs or armoured cars, although it’s not capable of handling main battle tanks.

The third new model is an armoured command vehicle, the ‘Hetman’, with a small twin-MG turret for self-defence, and a radar dish capable of communicating with orbiting command satellites.

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All three variants are on our website now.
SF15-1303f – Suwalska ‘Hetman’ Command Vehicle – £8.00
SF15-1303g – Suwalska ‘Łucznik’ Anti-Tank – £8.00
SF15-1303h – Suwalski ‘Młot’ Fire-Support – £8.00

The variant names have been updated post-release thanks to some very helpful feedback from TMP members Kadrinazi and Awuuuu. Never rely on online translations for unfamiliar languages…

Show Business 2016

We’ve been compiling our show calendar for the coming year now that the Christmas holiday is out of the way. We’re planning to attend all of the shows we went to last year, and have a couple of additions to the list.

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We kick off with one of these – we’re returning to Cavalier in Tonbridge for the first time in a few years at the end of February. This has been a last minute booking and we’re grateful to the organiser Alan Butler for slotting us in. We have a smaller stand than usual so we’ll have to decide what we take with us – there won’t be room for everything.

The other new show in our calendar takes us oop north, to the Joy of Six in Sheffield in July. This (as the name suggests) is a 6mm themed event, so again we’ll have a smaller stand with all of the 6mm range and maybe a few other bits and pieces.

We will of course take orders in advance for anything that we aren’t able to take to these or any other show – simply send us an email with what you require, or you can order and pay via the website using the ‘Collect in Person’ shipping option.

Full details of our show list, along with the ranges that we bring to each one, can be found on the website ‘Shows’ page.

The Start of the War

The first shots of the American Civil War were fired by Confederate artillery at Fort Sumter in South Carolina in 1861. The fort sits in Charleston harbour and is a five-sided brick structure, similar in layout to our Fort Pulaski model, although with higher walls.

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Two battles were fought over it, imaginatively named the First and Second Battles of Fort Sumter. The Confederates took the fort from the Union in the first battle and despite an attempt to recapture it in 1863 (the second battle, when it was pretty much reduced to rubble) it remained in Confederate hands for the duration of the war.

Our new Sumter model is part of our Small Scale Scenery range – ideal for Aeronef, Land Ironclads or other 2mm or 1/1200th scale games. The main part of the fort is a single-piece resin casting, and it also has a large number of guns on the upper tier which are separate metal pieces. The model represents the fort as it was during the Civil War – nowadays the outline is the same, but in detail the fort is quite different.

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To accompany Fort Sumter, we have a second, somewhat smaller and rather less significant installation from the Charleston area. Fort Palmetto is a rather grand name for what was really only a small 3-gun artillery battery. Palmetto was an earthen redoubt around 160 feet long with a buried magazine. The model would make a good stand-in for other small earth batteries from the Civil War or other periods. I made it because I came across an interesting article with a ground radar and 3D reconstruction of what the position may have looked like.

SSS-8064 – Fort Sumter – £9.00
SSS-8065 – Fort Palmetto – £1.50

Ice Station Brigade

Now we’re back to normality, we can show you some new items that are due for release in the near future. Today we have some new 15mm buildings which make up a scientific research station. I can imagine them being used in a bleak, snowy environment, painted orange to stand out against the background. They’re a little like squared-off, corrugated Nissen huts for the future so could also see service as barracks blocks.

There are four pieces in the set, but for some strange reason I only photographed three, so you’ll have to make do with these and we’ll leave the last one as a surprise for when they’re released.

Accomodation Block

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Garage Block

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Storage Hut

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The release date is likely to be 3-4 weeks away – the models are just about to go into moulds (hence the plastic card bases which are part of the mould-making process). Each building will be available individually and we’ll also create a pack with several buildings plus some accessories.

Out of Africa

As a bit of Monday morning eye-candy, here are some photos of an Aeronef game run at the Houston Beer and Pretzels club recently. The game, as the name suggests, was a Mediterranean encounter featuring some splendidly painted Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and British. We’ve put a few photos below, but you can go the the HBP site for more (and other Aeronef galleries besides).

UPDATE – an AAR has been added to their blog which is a bit of fun :-)

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The End of the Tunnel

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Finally, we’re there – after a fortnight of hard slog, late evenings and lots and lots of casting, we’ve finally cleared the order backlog (and just in time too, as the weather has turned rather chilly).

Apart from a couple of orders that need special cast-to-order resin items, and two orders that arrived this afternoon after I’d left the workshop, every outstanding order has been cleared. Around twenty or so went in the post box just now, and I have around ten large boxes that need to be taken to a post office in the morning. What a relief for us, and good news for those of you that have been sitting patiently waiting for your orders – we very much appreciate everyone’s understanding.

So next week I can finally get back to working on new items. We have several bits already moulded and ready to go – eagle-eyed readers of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy might even have spotted a new model of ours in their review column that hasn’t yet made it to the website.

I’ll also be starting on the 3D design work for the four new battleship models that were unlocked as part of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter, and I’ll be posting work-in-progress images of those as I go along.

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