Quick previews

Not one, but two parcels have arrived at Brigade Towers lately, bearing more prints of new models – lots of them. 2mm buildings, 15mm SF vehicles, spaceships and a few odds and ends as well.

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It’s going to take me a little while to work through all of them, clean them up and make them ready for moulding (including a dip in the infamous gunk tank), but we thought we’d tempt you with a few previews.

Firstly a 2mm model of St Mawes Castle in Cornwall, a 16th C. castle built by Henry VIII. I made it only because I spotted it in the background of a photo taken by the Brigadieress’ father and decided I wanted to investigate a bit further. It was used in some capacity in just about every war fought by Britain up to and including WW2, so it’s usable in many eras of wargame.

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This is a slightly unusual new item – bar armour, as seen fitted to various vehicles in Afghanistan. I’ve build two models, one set with four flat sheets of armour which can be cut and adapted to fit whatever vehicle you like, and another specifically designed to fit our new German Lynx APC. I have to give credit for suggesting the idea to customer David Buckle. We won’t be casting this in metal, instead it’ll be available as a print-on-demand item in our Shapeways store.

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Spaceships next – reprints of the British capital ships, plus the impressive looking Dreadnought (which makes the Pommerania look small !) and enough prints of the British fighters to immediately make production moulds.

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Lastly, some 15mm previews. The package contained quite a few models – three new hulls and around a dozen turrets. Here you can see a comparison between the new Garibaldi heavy tank hull and the Montsabert (the Garibaldi is a big beast), followed by the British Artemis APC and, probably my favourite from this set, the all new Gallieni tank destroyer.

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Moments in time…..part one

The inspiration for our Belgian refugees came from original images from 1914. This made it rather easy when it came to giving Aaron details of what we were after, I simply mailed him a selection of photos and asked him to copy them!

I think that he has captured the look and feel of the people very well (even down to the clogs worn by one of the men). If only the subjects of the photos could have imagined that 99 years after the pictures were taken they would be immortalised as 28mm pewter figures!

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refugees-3It would be fascinating to know who they were and what happened to them during and after the war.

Broadside 2013

Our next show of the year is fast approaching – our local show, Broadside 2013 on June 9th in Sittingbourne, Kent, run by the Milton Hundred Wargames Society. It’s so close that I can walk to the venue from home in 10 minutes !

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Last year’s show was excellent – just Google for Broadside 2012 and you’ll find a number of blog posts from visitors.

MHWC’s website has unfortunately been hacked, so we’ve lent them a bit of webspace on our site on which you can find lists of traders (39) and games (19). In the meantime, I’m sure that they would appreciate as many people as possible spreading the word, so please link to them from your own blog or Facebook page.

15mm EuroFed

The natural enemies in the Iron Cow universe to the Germans are the European Federation. Encompassing the southern states of the old European Union, the Federation is effectively controlled from Paris and seemingly perpetually in conflict with the North European states of the ONESS.
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Today we’re releasing the first batch of resculpted EuroFed vehicles, which were some of our most popular models in their previous form. The initial release consists of two variants of the Montsabert MBT and two of the Tassigny APC.

SF15-401 – Montsabert MBT – £8.00
SF15-401a – Montsabert MBT (support turret) – £8.00
SF15-403 – Tassigny APC – £8.00
SF15-403b – Tassigny with Missile turret – £8.00

We previewed a number of upcoming variants of both of these vehicles a while back, but can we tempt you with a preview of the larger Garibaldi heavy tank … ?

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Or how about the Galieni Tank Destroyer ?

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All of the older versions of the Montsabert and Tassigny have now gone from the website, but the newer variants will be arriving soon to take their place.

15mm Previews

With the recent release of the new German 15mm vehicles (and the impending re-release of the EuroFed models) I’ve been working hard lately at redesigning more of our 15mm range (and coming up with new stuff too).

First up, and just about finished is the South-African Rhino wheeled MBT. There are a few details still to be done, but mostly dull stuff like the attachment points for the main gun and wheels. It looks particularly intimidating in the low-down, front-on view. My next project is a 15mm version of the Wildebeest APC, which has not previously been available in this scale.

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At Salute we were fortunate to be situated next to Keith Armstrong of Armies Army, and I recently participated in his successful Kickstarter project and picked up a number of his very nice 15mm near-future British infantry figures. This has inspired me to go off and update our British vehicles to give Keith’s figures some transport and armoured support. The Apollo is much more like its 6mm counterpart – I was never really happy with the turret of the old Apollo model, it was too tall and not wide enough, so this version corrects that.

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The Artemis has had a much more thorough overhaul, making it bulkier and looking more like something that could carry a full squad of infantry. The turret has also been enlarged, with the same guns as the German Lynx APC showing their origin as fellow members of the ONESS.

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Release date ? Don’t know yet. Our first task is to get the British spaceships reprinted and remoulded, and I should be ordering the new prints for those in the next few days. I’ll probably take the opportunity to order some 15mm vehicles at the same time. But the nature of things with our part-time business is that I can make 3D models much faster than we’re able to get them moulded and released, so there will always be a queue.

15mm SF Germans Re-released

We’ve released the first batch of resculpted German vehicles in our 15mm range today. The initial offering is four models – standard MBT and heavy support versions of the Thor tank, and MG and autocannon armed versions of the Lynx APC.

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SF15-301 – Thor MBT – £8.00
SF15-301c – Thor Heavy Support- £8.00
SF15-303 – Lynx APC – £8.00
SF15-303a – Lynx APC with autocannon – £8.00

We’ve now removed all of the old versions of the Thor and Lynx; we’ll be adding replacements for the other variants (AA, command, rocket launchers etc) in the fullness of time.

Houston Gamers

Andy Bouffard of Houston Beer and Pretzel Gamers recently sent us a big bunch of photos of a recent combined arms Aeronef/Land Ironclads game.

What’s really impressive is the terrain setup – Andy bought a large batch of our 2mm buildings and fortifications to create a number of villages and towns. Although he ran out of time to completely finish off the painting, they still look pretty impressive – his approach of creating a series of tiles makes for a very flexible layout.

The group also have their own wargaming weekend coming up – Texas Broadside, which is run in the wardroom of the dreadnought-era battleship USS Texas !

More new 6mm Construction

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The Mars Construction Company today proudly announces the available of five new standard pattern buildings, Constructed from the standard mix of Martian desert sand and polymer resins, they feature maximum protection from the Martian elements and come with a 50-year erosion guarantee. See the plans and various interior layouts at your local MCC office.

B300-109 – Villa – £2.00
B300-111 – Loading Bay- £2.00
B300-122 – Small Tower #2- £2.00
B300-123 – Twin-dome Buildings – £1.75
B300-124 – Villa – £2.25

Fleeing from the Boche !

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Another new release today – this time we’re going back to the start of WW1 and the German attack on Belgium. We have six new figures depicting Belgian civilians caught up in the fighting and fleeing the advancing German forces. All of the figures were sculpted from contemporary photographs and wear authentic clothing, and have random head variants.

They are available as a pack of six figures, as separate male and female sets (three figures each) or individually.

GW28-1139 Belgian Civilians (x6) – £6.50
GW28-1139m Male Civilians (x3) – £3.50
GW28-1139w Female Civilians (x3) – £3.50

Some not-so-good news as well. Having reviewed the British spaceship moulds, we’ve decided that we’re not going to release them immediately – some, especially the moulds for the larger vessels, are a bit unreliable and the quality of some of the castings simply isn’t good enough. We’re going to redesign some of the models slightly and get new prints made, followed by new moulds. This process will probably take several weeks (and is going to cost us quite a bit in new prints and moulds) which is disappointing, but we’d rather do that than push out models that aren’t to the standard we (or you) would expect.

But finishing on a positive note, we’ll have more new releases later in the week – 6mm buildings and 15mm vehicles 🙂

The Age of the Train

We thought we’d give you a quick look at some more 2mm buildings that we’ve been developing. We’ve taken to the rails (some would say we’ve gone off them) with a set of railway tracks and trackside buildings – stations, platforms, engine sheds, coaling stations etc.

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The girder bridge is a one piece item and will be available in our 3D-printed Shapeways store. The rest of the models will be cast in pewter.

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This close-up of a platform shows how much detail we’ve managed to build into the tracks themselves. Each track is 0.5mm across, and a sleeper is 3mm in length. A bit overscale, but it’s about as small as we could sensibly go.

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The second set is a series of town shops – larger 3-4 story affairs that you can use to create your own bustling town centre.

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As always, trying to photograph these models in their raw white state was a nightmare so I’ve tried them after a coat of grey primer, which is slightly better.