New Construction 15

So welcome to the latest batch of new releases – this time, we’re adding eight (eight !) new buildings to our 15mm SF Desert Buildings, to allow a nice little town to be put together.

Research Lab

New stuff #3

As promised, the new releases keeping coming. Today it’s new spaceships; the AmRep Phoenix strikeship (a fast attack craft with an FTL drive, designed for rapid strike missions), the German Spatz missile boat (a similar sized craft but with a missile armament), plus the German Galland class attack fighter (to give some anti-shipping capability to German carriers).

New spaceships

More new stuff

Following on from yesterday’s Celtos skeletons, we have more new bits today. Three small fortresses and strongpoints for Land Ironclads are available, including a sea fort. based on the Maunsell designs still visible off the Kent coast (but with a lot more firepower !).

Maunsell Fort

In addition, and completely forgotten yesterday, are two re-released Celtos miniatures – Chrau Diliu, Zombie Hero, and the splendid Zombie Blood Cauldron.

New Releases

So Salute is all over – we’re still recovering ! One of our jobs now is to filter all of the show releases onto the website. We’ll be doing this gradually, rather than dumping everything at once (another reason for this is that we don’t yet have good enough photographs of all of the new releases !) So we’re starting today with the new Celtos skeletons by Jeremey ‘Germy’ Claridge.

Skeleton Drummer

Well fancy that …

… we won a prize !

Never for one minute did we imagine that the Pegasus Bridge game would win anything at Salute. We’re up against many fantastically impressive 28mm or larger games, with hordes of beautifully painted Napoleonic Dragoons, Hoplites, Waffen-SS etc. A 6mm game doesn’t stand a chance, right ? It appears that the judges disagreed. What we won for was the whole package – quality of the terrain, historical accuracy, presentation and the way that the club members engaged with the visiting public and explained what was going on, both in terms of the development of the game and the models and also the historical background.

So well done and many thanks to the members of Maidstone Wargames Society for putting in all the effort on the day.

Last minute additions …

As promised we still have one or two last minute new items … so last minute we don’t even have photos !

There are three Aeronef models; the Heyworth Bomber (as previewed a couple of weeks back), British Victoria class Heavy Battleship, which is a magnificient beast and threatens to spark a new battleship-building arms race in the Aeronef world, and the Stirling Castle class Passenger Liner.

There are two small spaceships, the AmRep Phoenix class strikeship and the German Spatz class missile boat. Finally, and the first of our new revamped, 3D sculpted 15mm SF range, the AmRep Curtiss heavy hover tank. If I get a chance to take photos at any time this evening I will, but I’m still frantically painting the final bits for the Pegasus bridge game !

Curtiss

And last but not least, a customer advance ordered some of our Shapeways items for collection at Salute, and now it appears that he doesn’t want them (after we’d paid for and ordered them in before the show … grrr !). So we’ll have a few of our assorted Water Towers for sale, along with several sets of Power Pylons (all in 6mm). So why not take the chance to pick these up post free ?

Salute Releases

So it’s now just two days to go. I’m getting panicky about finishing the Pegasus Bridge game (the last 2-3 buildings aren’t even due to arrive until today !!) while Phil and I are (as always) both worried that we don’t have enough stock of this, that or the other. So no change from any other Salute. But in 48 hours time we’ll be finishing off the setup of the stand, the game will be sitting proudly just down the aisle and we’ll be awaiting the opening of the doors and the onrushing horde.

Salute logo

We do have a pretty decent list of new releases, especially if you’re a 6mm or 15mm SF gamer looking for terrain ! You can see a list of the confirmed releases on the website, and even at this late stage there are likely to be more additions (Aeronef gamers should certainly keep an eye out before Saturday, and we might well spring one more 15mm surprise if all goes to plan).

Chrau Diliu
Blood Cauldron

Vorpostenboot

Anyone following the saga of the Maidstone Wargames Society Pegasus Bridge game will be aware that one of the items needed is a German Vorpostenboot (literally ‘outpost boat’). No model of this is available in 1/300th scale, I once again went down the 3D printing route and created a computer model which we shipped off to Shapeways. The finished model has come back and once again we’re more than pleased with what we received.

Unpainted Vorpostenboot
Unpainted Vorpostenboot

The model was equipped with a selection of AA weapons from Heroics and Ros (thanks to Andy at H&R for sorting out something for the main gun !) and hurriedly painted for a run through of the game last weekend.

Vorpostenboot V 212 Fritz Busse on the Caen Canal

The model still needs finishing with detail painting and ink washes. If there is time I’d also like to give it a crew, but I suspect that pressures of finishing the rest of the models will count against me there.

Za Rodina !

Ages ago (well, six months-ish) we announced we were going to revamp the 15mm range – essentially scrapping pretty much all of the existing models, replacing them with new 3D sculpts and at the same time making all of the models slightly larger (since we seem to be on the smaller side of 15mm manufacturers).

For one reason or another, this process has taken longer than expected – both technical issues and real-life pressures have taken their toll. We’re hoping to have some initial castings of the rather magnificient M-83 Curtiss Heavy Hover Tank available to purchase at Salute in a few days, assuming nothing else goes wrong (the first mould was damaged when the master model was removed), so we will finally have released the first model in our grand plan.

Next up will be some Neo-Soviets – these are the most popular of our 6mm ranges so it made sense to start here. We have the 3D prints of the first two models already, the Laska tankette and Kunitsa APC, while 3D model of the Bizon tank is about 50% complete.

Once Salute is out of the way, we’ll take a well-earned breather and then crack on with production of these models.

Brigade Models Real Estate Ltd

Salute is only a few day away now and the list of things to do seems to grow every day. One thing however that we can tick off as done is the stock for our 6mm buildings. Lining the buildings up like this has made casting them strangely addictive. I’ve found myself in my garage at 1am just getting one last set cast before I go to bed.  That’s the last set until the ones I do at 1:30am of course.

Now we just need as many people as possible coming to see us at Salute to buy them all!