Brigade Models

Previews, new releases, interesting stuff … and cakes !

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

Light Tanks

We have four new 15mm vehicles available today, all tanks and on the lighter side.

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Firstly, there are the last two of Kirk and Zac’s Mercenary Brigade vehicles, the Legion Missile System and Warlock Support Tank. The Legion is equipped with a heavy, 18-round support missile pod for heavy indirect firepower, while the Warlock has a smaller turret with twin powerguns and two 9-round anti-tank missile pods. Both are mounted on the versatile Shaman chassis. Both turrets can also be fitted to the Turret Bunker installation.

The German Baldur is a much lighter recce tank with an asymmetric turret carrying an autocannon and 4 anti-tank missiles. A dedicated tank-hunter variant carries a second missile pod in place of the autocannon.

Platoon Packs are also available for the Legion, Warlock and Baldur tank. These have three tanks plus crew and accessories, all for less than the cost of the three individual tanks.

SF15-306 – Baldur Light Tank – £6.00
SF15-306a – Baldur Missile Tank – £6.00
SF15-1504 – Legion Missile System – £8.00
SF15-1505 – Warlock Support Tank – £8.00
SF15-1002q – Mercenary Turret Bunker – £9.00
PP15-306 – Baldur Platoon Pack – £17.00
PP15-1504 – Legion Platoon Pack – £23.00
PP15-1505 – Warlock Platoon Pack – £23.00

Tales of the Future

I wanted to write this piece and publish it for the New Year, but that just didn’t happen … It’s part review of last year, part preview of the year to come with a bit of waffle in between.

2014 – the Year of Mass Production

Last year you will doubtless have noticed a quantum leap in our rate of new releases, and also hopefully a similar improvement in our turn-around time on orders. There’s a very good reason for this, which is that I’ve finally gone full-time, and I’m now attempting to make a living from Brigade. Phil is still in a ‘proper’ job but remains responsible for all of our metal mould-making, and the fact that I’ve taken some of his other workloads means that he can concentrate on this and turn out moulds at a much higher rate.

Last year we released 205 new codes – which is a figure that came as a surprise even to us, we didn’t realise it was quite so many ! More than half of these were in the 15mm SF range as we made huge strides in our plan to replace all of the older models with new, 3D printed masters at a consistent 1/100th scale. However, we also had significant releases in our Spaceships range, the Small Scale Scenery range continued to grow, we released our first 3D printed Aeronef model and, although there wasn’t much in the way of 6mm vehicles, we did add to the very popular buildings range with more desert buildings plus some more advanced structures.

Looking Ahead

Obviously we’re hoping to build strongly on this with another wave of new releases this year, and we thought we’d take a look at this a range at a time.

15mm Science Fiction

After 125 new codes in 2014, 15mm won’t be hogging quite so much of the limelight this year although we still expect to release a lot of new models. Of our 6mm armies, four currently have little or no availability in 15mm, but we plan to release core models for each of these over the year. The American Republic will be first, with the existing Curtiss and Kochte models being replaced plus additional vehicles. The Poles and Indonesians will make their 15mm debut and the old Chinese models will finally be phased out and replaced – the CDSU in particular will be getting a major makeover away from the current designs.

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The existing armies will be steadily rounded out with additional models, and in fact you can expect to see the first of these later this week. We also plan to introduce a comprehensive range of infantry figures with a full range of command and support figures in addition to the front line grunts – Martin Baker sent us photos of the first prototype figure last week. More buildings and scenery items are in development as well.

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6mm SF

The resculpting of the 15mm range has left us with a bit of a 6mm dilemma – should we do the same in 6mm and scale down all of these lovely new releases, replacing the existing models ? To do so would be a massive undertaking, replacing something in the order of 150 vehicles – possibly more. For the moment, what we will be doing is bringing out some of the new models that don’t exist in 6mm, such as the Gallieni tank destroyer, Raeside and Dundas utility vehicles and the whole of the Mercenary force. We are also looking at possibly replacing a selected few of the more popular models, such as the PacFed army, with new sculpts.

The building ranges will continue to expand with new releases in both the desert and advanced types, plus some completely new and different models.

Spaceships

This year’s main event in the spaceships range will see the overdue arrival of a Neo-Soviet fleet. These, like the British and Indonesians, will be 3D modelled and printed – we’d love to give you a preview but development is still at an early stage.

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There will be other releases to round and expand out existing fleets. Additionally, we’ll be resculpting and replacing a few older models whose moulds have started to deteriorate – the first of these will be the Chinese Shanzi class fleet carrier, the original master for which is now around 20 years old !

Aeronef

Having released our first 3D sculpted Nef, the Charlemagne, we’ll be doing the same with selected older Nef models as we are with the spaceships and replacing them with new sculpts in new moulds. A new fleet may well hove into view too – rumours abound that Aeronef have been spotted over the Iberian peninsula.

We have plans to go off-world too, hopefully this year.

Small Scale Scenery

This range, initially intended only as a bit of an add-on the the Aeronef and Land Ironclads ranges, has been far more successful than we ever dared hope. This year we plan on adding more sets of buildings for new locations, starting with ACW buildings later this month. We also want to expand our coastal fortifications selection, with three different styles of ACW fort accompanying the houses.

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Other Ranges

The Great War Belgians will finally be getting some much-needed artillery, Phil has been on research trips to the Belgian Army Museum to make sure we get the details right. The cyclists will also be getting ‘on their bikes’ with mounted figures on two wheels.

The newly launched 10mm scenery range will be expanded, there are several other buildings waiting to be released in the next couple of months. We currently don’t expect to move into figures/vehicles in 10mm yet – although that might be one for the future, we have no plans to do so in 2015.

And Finally…

The ‘C’ word … Celtos. The new rules are rapidly approaching vapourware status, but believe us, we are still slowly ploughing forward with them. We are committed to getting the new rules into print and have invested heavily in new sculpts, many of which already have production moulds lined up ready to spin. But we want to have new rules ready for these figures rather then shoe-horning them into the existing set, so the figures won’t see the light of day until then. So the only news is … no news, at least for now. But some of the new figures are really cool so, trust us, the wait will be worthwhile…

A New Sense of Scale

Towards the end of last year, someone e-mailed asking us which of our building ranges, 6mm or 15mm, would be most suitable for 10mm figures. My answer was that, to be honest, neither were ideal, being too small and too large respectively. Then someone else asked pretty much the same question, and another, and another, all within a few days of each other. We suspect it might have been linked the release of a range of 10mm models by another company, who knows …

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Anyway, we figured that there might be enough interest out there in making some 10mm versions of a few of our buildings. One of the beauties of 3D digital sculpting is the ease with which models can be resized. It’s not as simple as you might think- there’s more to it than just making models bigger or smaller – but it’s a darn sight simpler than it would be with hand-sculpted masters. To cut a meandering long story short, over the past couple of months I’ve taken a dozen of our Desert SF buildings, resized them to 10mm and moulded them. And today is the day that the first batch hit the website for release.

Initially we have six codes, it would have been more but the stresses of getting all of the sale orders out hit my mould production schedule quite hard. More will follow in the near future.

B10-101 – Small Dwelling – £1.75
B10-102 – Garage/Workshop – £1.50
B10-108 – Small Dwelling #2 – £2.00
B10-112 – Outbuildings – £4.00
B10-116 – Workshop – £2.00
B10-119 – Medium House – £2.25

Tactical News

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Something new to get us rolling in the New Year is the Strike Legion Tactical Rules Compendium. This is an amalgamation and update of the existing Strike Legion rulebook plus the first three supplements, The Genome Gambit, Clockwork Armies and Skunk Works. It includes new features and updated rules mechanics, all in one softback volume.

SL-007 – Strike Legion Tactical Rules Compendium – £25.00

We’re out of stock of the original Strike Legion rulebook as this has been replaced by the Compendium. Our remaining stocks of the other supplements have been discounted to clear them out, so if you have the original book then this is a last chance to pick up the add-ons at a bargain price.

SL-002 – Strike Legion: The Genome Gambit – £8.00
SL-003 – Strike Legion: Clockwork Armies – £8.00
SL-004 – Strike Legion: Skunk Works – £8.00

Back to Normality

A belated Happy New Year to everyone !

After an extended Xmas and New Year break, we’re back to what passes for normal service here at Brigade Towers. The sale ended with a flood of orders with lots of people taking advantage of the discount, so at the moment our main focus is getting these filled and in the post. I did a long day in the workshop yesterday casting metal parts and will do the same tomorrow, while today was spent casting resin (frustratingly, I ran out of resin with four pieces to go, so they will have to wait for new supplies later in the week :-( ). Our plan is to have all of the orders filled and shipped by the end of this week, and we’re on track for that.

It does mean that our planned new release schedule will be put back slightly, we have moulds ready for a number of new items but at the moment we simply don’t have time to paint and photograph samples and get them on the website. But we can promise new items in 15mm, 2mm, spaceships and a new range in the first month of the year.

In the meantime, here’s a little teaser of a one of the new 2mm items, ACW aficionados ought to be able to identify it (there would have been more, but the impending lack of resin meant that I couldn’t get test castings out of a couple of other new moulds …).

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Last Chance Saloon

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It’s the last day of our sale. 24 hours to bag a bargain, the sale comes off the website at midnight GMT today. This is your last chance to get 15% off our spaceships, 6mm or 15mm SF vehicles, Aeronef, Land Ironclads, 2mm Buildings, Celtos, WW1 Belgians, Magpie miniatures or Squadron Commander.

On Thursday things go back to normal – but of course this means lots of new releases again, and here’s a preview of things to come…

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That about wraps it up for now …

I’ve just returned from the workshop where I’ve cleared almost all of our outstanding orders (apart from a couple that need lots of resin casting … sorry if you’re one of those two, but we won’t be able to clear those until early next week). Those that are small enough are in the postbox, and a courier is collecting the larger ones tomorrow.

And that’s me just about done for Xmas. I am working tomorrow, but that will be a day of 3D design work, creating new models for release next year. If I make enough progress and have time I’ll show off some of the stuff I’m working on.

The website remains open for orders 24/7 and of course the sale is still on for another nine days, so there’s plenty of time to grab a bargain (and we’ve noticed some of you making your second sale orders already).

We’ll be returning to the workshop next week, but until then …

Merry Xmas Snow

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