Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

Chinese Command and Heavy Weapons

This week it’s the turn of our Chinese infantry to get extra infantry options. We delayed the releases as we’ve been redesigning and remoulding some of the weapon and drone pieces that make up these sets.

The command section of three men and two command drones has newly designed radar domes – choose from either a geodome or flat radome, plus a holo-projector drone.

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The 3-man HMG and AT weapon teams also have newly redesigned weapons which are similar in style to the original Armies Army ones but are new designs and castings.

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Finally, there’s a section of three heavy support drones armed with gatlings and light AT missiles – again, the drone upper turret is a new piece.

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These options also allow us to produce an infantry platoon which consists of two packs of riflemen, one command pack and one support weapons pack for a total of 24 men and 6 drones.

Later this year we’ll be relaunching the Chinese vehicles – we’ve withdrawn all of the old ones now, which will be replaced by a complete new set of 3D designed and printed models in the autumn.

SF15-562 – PLA Command Team – £2.25
SF15-563 – PLA Gatling HMG Teams (x2) – £3.50
SF15-564 – PLA AT Gun Teams (x2) – £3.50
SF15-565 – PLA Heavy Support Drones (x3) – £2.00
SF15-570 – PLA Infantry Platoon – £10.75

The infantry figures were formerly part of the Armies Army PLA range.

Small Temples of Gods

Part two of the Roman Buildings in our Small Scale Scenery range have landed today. These were delayed slightly by some mould issues, but these have now been resolved (ie the moulds were remade!).

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All three are temples of varying sizes. Starting with the smallest, on the right we have the Temple of Vesta, or at least a guess at what it might have looked like back when it was still standing. The ruins that are in Rome nowadays were reconstructed during Mussolini’s reign before WW2, so they aren’t particularly reliable as a guide. Here is where one might have met a Vestal Virgin, back in the day…

The largest model is the Pantheon, Hadrian’s masterpiece in Rome with its massive concrete stepped-dome roof, built on the ruins of Marcus Agrippa’s earlier building.

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The final model is a more generic temple which I did base on a real-world prototype but for the life of me I can’t remember where this was (somewhere in France is the best I can do). But it matters not, since this one is typical enough to be found anywhere in the Empire of Rome.

On the assumption that these go as quickly as the previous Roman models did, we’re planning to turn out yet more buildings for the glory of the Roman Empire. How about a Circus? Add some 2mm scale chariots and you’d be able to make the perfect travel Ben Hur gaming set… :-)

SSS-8060 – The Pantheon – £6.00
SSS-8061 – Temple – £2.00
SSS-8062 – Temple of Vesta – £0.50

Apologies to the memory of Terry Pratchett for mangling one of his books for the title of this post, although I’d like to think he’d have seen the funny side of it…

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Cover Stars

Readers of Miniature Wargames and Battlegames may have been disturbed to find a rather frivolous article on Page 59(ish) of this month’s issue. Look closely at the cover preview below and you’ll see why (hint, fourth line of the contents at the bottom…). You’ll be relieved to know that there are no photographs of the two of us ! Many thanks to John Treadaway for taking the time to come down and see us, and for writing the piece.

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Creepy…

In our continued efforts to rule the world (!) we’re pleased to say that we have another stockist. Scale Creep will be stocking the more popular Aeronef, 15mm and 6mm SF and spaceship items, starting soon ! Mark is finalising his initial stock order, and if you’d like to place an order with him for some specific items there’s still time to do so.

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This will mean that between Scale Creep, Fantization (Celtos), Pico Armor (Small Scale Scenery) and Grand Scale Games (Aeronef and Land Ironclads), all of our major ranges are now covered in North America.

More British Infantry Options

Our British infantry now have both command and support weapon packs available to go with the infantry released recently.

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The command pack has five figures plus a small uplink radar, while the support weapons pack has GPMG, grenade launcher, sniper and a two-man anti-tank launcher team.

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With these we’re now able to offer platoon packs – as with the Poles, we’ve added the options for a 24-man platoon with or without APCs.

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SF15-161 – British Support Weapons – £2.00
SF15-162 – British Command Section – £2.25
SF15-170 – British Rifle Platoon – £8.50
SF15-171 – British Mechanised Platoon – £30.00

We are left with this splendid little chap – we’ll call him The Brigadier. I believe Keith gave him away as a reward during the Kickstarter campaign. The obvious thing would be to bundle him in the command pack, but he’s in the wrong mould for that and to do so would unnecessarily complicate production. So while we decide where he fits, we’re going to give him away as a freebie with any orders for 15mm British figures. This will run at least until the end of July, then we’ll rethink.

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And while I was at it, I’ve given the PacFed the option of a 24-man armoured platoon plus three APCs as well. Just because I can.
SF15-771 – PacFed Mechanised Platoon – £30.00

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The British figures were formerly part of the Armies Army Commonwealth range.

Pole Position

Poland has had a fraught time since the creation of the modern state (the Second Republic) at the end of the Great War. Acting as a buffer zone between Germany and the Soviet Union/Russia, it was invaded by both countries at the same time in 1939. It spent then the next fifty years either occupied or as a satellite communist state before gaining proper independence in 1989. Looking into the future, in the Iron Cow universe in which our science-fiction ranges are set, Poland still retains its border status between Germany and the rest of the Organisation of North European Sovereign States (ONESS) to the west, and the Neo-Soviet Union to the east.

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Polish troops are forever on their guard and fight constant skirmishes with Soviet forces along the border. Some of these break out into larger battles but attract little attention in the rest of the world, such is their frequency. Beyond the odd abandoned border town changing hands, often several times, nothing much upsets the status quo. The Poles know that they are nowhere near strong enough to take the fight to the Soviets, who for their part are well aware that any escalation in the intensity of the conflict will bring the forces of Britain, Germany and the other ONESS states into action.

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Appreciative of the role played by the Poles, Britain and Germany keep their armed forces well supplied and also provide weapons and technology. The main Polish tank, the Maczek, is a combination of the German Thor blower tank chassis with a Polish designed turret mounting the British L23 9.5cm railgun from the Apollo. Likewise, the Suwalski half-track APCs on which the infantry rely, while Polish-designed with indigenous engines and drive-train, mostly mount German-supplied turrets from the Lynx APC family. One or two Polish heavy armoured units have also been equipped with the Woden family of super-heavy blowers to tackle Soviet Mammont tanks.

We have a number of Polish infantry packs covering infantry, support weapons and heavy weapons. There is also an infantry platoon pack of 25 men and a second pack that includes three APCs along with the figures.

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SF15-1301 – Maczek Hover Tank – £8.00
PP15-1301 – Maczek Platoon Pack- £23.00
SF15-1360 – Infantry Section (x6) – £2.25
SF15-1361 – Command Section (x7) – £2.75
SF15-1362 – LMG Gunners (x6) – £2.25
SF15-1363 – RPG Gunners (x6) – £2.25
SF15-1364 – HMG and Crew (x2) – £2.25
SF15-1365 – Light AT Weapon and Crew (x2) – £2.25
SF15-1370 – Infantry Platoon (x24) – £8.50
SF15-1371 – Mech Infantry Platoon with APCs – £30.00

The Polish figures were formerly part of the Armies Army range as the Russian Empire.

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

… which is why it’s taken a little bit longer to get all of our models into production. A combination of a failed temple mould (and a master destroyed trying to get it out of the mould !) and a leaky mould box (which is messy…) meant that a couple of models have been delayed slightly. The Pantheon mould has now been repaired and a replacement temple master has arrived, so it’s full steam ahead again. Below you can see the first casting of the Pantheon, the new master of the temple and, as a bonus, the diminutive Temple of Vesta, the reconstructed ruins of which are located in the forum in Rome.

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In the same box which brought the new temple were some considerably bigger offerings. Our new 6mm Desert Dome buildings have been strong sellers since they were released, and we’ve had a number of comments along the lines of “I’d like to see these in 15mm”. Ever willing to please, I’ve scaled up the three smaller models as you can see below. These are the basic structures without doors, windows and details – as a guide to size, the mat they are on has a 1cm grid, and the taller tower is around 12cm high. Although I’ll start mould-making straight away, it’ll take a little while to get all three ready – I simply don’t have enough Lego to make mould boxes for all three at one go !

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Special Forces

Painting moved on apace last week, so today we’ve added a further three packs of 15mm figures to the website, all special forces types.

The Neo-Soviets get a pack of eight Spetsnaz figures. As a change from painting green/khaki uniforms, I gave them blue coveralls for variety, and they wear full-face masks.

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The British forces get two packs this week. This first is a set of five SAS troopers in gasmasks,one with an LMG.

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The second pack are Royal Marines in hardsuits with augmented exo-skeleton. Three Marines have pulse rifles, one a gatling and the last some sort of energy weapon. These lovely figures are real gems that I hadn’t seen before until I started going through the Armies Army moulds.

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SF15-163 – SAS (x5) – £2.00
SF15-164 – Royal Marines in Hardsuits (x5) – £5.00
SF15-1263 – Spetsnaz (x8) – £3.00

All being well, this week I’m hoping to paint up the AA Russian Empire figures, which we’ll be releasing as part of our Polish army.

Firefly and Wolf

This is the Shaman Firefly. The medium laser in the original Shaman has been replaced by a long-barrelled 22cm discarding sabot gun, with storage for the ammunition in the extended turret bustle. The roof-mounted support weapon has given way to additional sensors and a targeting system is fitted to the turret front.

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Fireflies are in short supply and are generally spread individually amongst conventional Shaman units to provide extended range fire support.

If using the Firefly in Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible, the vehicle has the same basic stats as the Shaman, but the 17cm laser is replaced by the same DS gun as the Sohei Tank Destroyer variant (Sh 1 FP 2/7) and the tank has no remote-turret HSW. I’d estimate points at around 125, but that’s not official!

The Shaman Turret also becomes a further option for the Turret Bunker.

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The Rosomakha (wolf) is a multi-purpose Neo-Soviet light tank, fitted with a tri-barrel gatling autocannon or a heavier conventional main gun. In heavy armoured divisions they are used in a scout role alongside Laska tankettes to give extra punch to reconnaissance companies. Fast brigades on the other hand use them as their primary battle tank, having battalions formed entirely of Rosomakhi with a mix of gatling and cannons.

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SF15-1204 – Rosomakha – £6.00
SF15-1501a – Shaman Firefly – £8.00

Imperial Skies

Amongst the games on show at Broadside last weekend was the debut of a new ruleset going by the name of Imperial Skies. They are being developed by our friend Robin Fitton, author of Gruntz, the popular 15mm set. Robin said that they seemed to go down well with players who joined in the game, and he’s making progress with a view to a release later this year.

I’ve nicked a few pictures from Robin of the game on Sunday (I’m sure he won’t mind) – you might recognise the scenery, as we lent him the terrain we made last year for the Stoke Rochford weekend.

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Robin’s coming down to Maidstone next month for some playtesting, so we’ll probably have more pictures then – I’m planning to paint up some new sips and terrain in time for that.

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