On the Smaller Side

The 15mm crowd have been getting very good value from us lately in terms of new releases – a dozen vehicles, buildings, the colony bases and other goodies. 6mm gamers have probably felt a little left out – until now. Today we’ve added our new 6mm Advanced Buildings to the website, nine models plus a pack containing one of each.

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B300-201 – Small dwelling – £1.00
B300-202 – Medium dwelling – £1.25
B300-203 – Large dwelling – £1.25
B300-204 – Small workshop – £1.00
B300-205 – Large workshop – £1.00
B300-206 – Garage – £1.50
B300-207 – Large Building – £1.75
B300-208 – Small apartments – £2.00
B300-209 – Large apartment block – £3.00
BP300-201 – Advanced Buildings pack – £12.50

Raesides

Of all the things we released at Salute, my personal favourites were the 15mm PacFed Raeside grav utility vehicles. These come in five flavours – basic utility vehicle, long-range version with stowage rack, pick-up, and two armed versions with MG turret or missiles.

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These models are painted in the same two-tone blue scheme of my Terran Authority Starmarines (from the Hammer’s Slammers background) but I think the colours also suit the PacFed, whose forces would spend a considerable amount of time in sea or coastal areas.

As well as military uses, the unarmed versions make ideal civilian vehicles, or the Scout could see alternative service in Police colours.

SF15-712 – Raeside Utility Grav – £4.00
SF15-712a – Raeside with stowage rack – £4.00
SF15-712b – Raeside Pickup – £4.00
SF15-712c – Raeside with MG Turret – £4.00
SF15-712d – Raeside with missile turret – £4.00

Oh, and the name ? Lake Raeside is in Australia, a major part of the Pacific Federation in the Iron Cow universe.

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The future equivalent of the garden shed, these two differently-sized workshops are perfect for the mechanic of the future to fix his speeder-bike, store the lawnmower or (just as likely) hide from the wife.

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What fills up most garden sheds ? Boxes, old jerricans, packing crates etc. So here we also have our newly released shed clutter vehicle stowage set. Six sprues of fuel cans, ammo boxes and weapon crates, ideal to make your vehicles look lived in, like they’ve spent the past six months crossing the plains of Delta Pavonis IV.

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Sneaking in at the back end of this release we have some magnets which fit exactly in the little holes in our recently released 15mm fireteam bases.

B15-204 – Small Workshop – £5.00
B15-205 – Large Workshop – £6.00
SF15-905 – 3mm Magnets (x20) – £0.50
SF15-906 – Vehicle Stowage – £2.50

More to come next week, when we’ll finally have something for the 6mm gamers, who are probably fed up of their larger-scale brethren getting all the good stuff.

Out in the Colonies

This is Sigma-118 (Ʃ118), a small outpost on the far side of Mars. It’s a standard Arundel Industries design based around modules from their Extensible Colony Base (ECB) system and has been operating for several years without major mishap.

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The ECB system allows bases of any size to be constructed quickly – the modules can be flown in by VTOL or shuttle, bolted together and sealed using standardised connector frames and then pressurised ready for occupation.

  

These new 15mm releases can be arranged in all manner of ways – I had a great deal of fun making various layouts while photographing the models. We’ve created several starter sets which you can use as stand-alone outposts or as the basis for your own setup. Alternatively each module can be bought individually and comes with a metal connector frame (two for the 4-way junction) so you can create custom base layouts. There are also End Frames available to finish any blank dead ends. You can start small with just one or two modules to create a small base or think big and cover the table.

B15-300 – Sigma Base – £40.00
B15-301 – Kappa Base – £36.50
B15-302 – Chi Base – £37.50
B15-303 – Small Outpost – £15.50
B15-311 – Basic Module – £7.00
B15-312 – Corner #1 – £7.50
B15-313 – Corner #2 – £7.50
B15-314 – Airlock – £7.00
B15-315 – Garage – £7.50
B15-317 – T-Junction – £7.50
B15-318 – 4-way Junction – £8.00
B15-350 – Spare connector frames (x4) – £3.00
B15-351 – End frames (x2) – £3.00

Norman(dy) Conquest

As promised, more new releases today. We’re moving down in scale from the 15mm and 6mm buildings of last week and back into our 2mm range.

We have two much requested items that we snuck into production at the very last minute (and which sold out at Salute) – a set of Norman village and agricultural buildings plus an accompanying set of churches. Most of these buildings are based on the 6mm items in our Shapeways 3D-printed range which, in turn, were researched for the Pegasus Bridge project a couple of years ago.

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The church set includes the famous one at St Mere Eglise which was taken by the 82nd Airborne on D-Day and on which Pvt John Steel caught his ‘chute and dangled from the steeple for the duration of the battle.

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Also included is the church at Benouville, close to Pegasus Bridge. This was hit by a PIAT round on D-Day in an effort to dislodge a sniper. There’s also a third, more generic church and, as an added bonus a Mairie (town hall), also from Benouville.

As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also added the Type T2 Hangar to accompany the recently released RAF Airfield set. This resin model will extend your airfield to handle much larger aircraft.

SSS-8032 – T2 Hangar – £2.00
SSS-8033 – Normandy Village – £5.50
SSS-8034 – Normandy Churches – £5.00

A Well-earned Break

After Phil and I had busted a gut getting ready for Salute, I thought I’d take it easy and have a Brigade-free weekend; no casting, packing, painting, modelling, accounts, website, e-mails or anything else. Instead I’ve spent four days with the Brigadieress doing nothing at all related to toy soldiers. Well, not entirely – I did pick up a good book on the Naval Airship Station at Kingsnorth, Kent and watched a couple of documentaries on WW1 – one on the British attempts to counter the Zeppelins* and another on tunnel warfare under the Somme.

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But it’s back to normal again, and this week the focus is firmly on getting the rest of the Salute releases onto the website. At least it will be after we’ve got through the pile of orders that have appeared in the Brigade inbox over the long weekend – it seems that the items we put on the website last week were pretty popular!

The target is to get all of the new items up by the end of this week – however this will require some fairly concentrated painting on my part, so some of it may spill into next week. We still have some pretty major items to go like the 15mm Neo-Soviets, the colony base, 2mm, 15mm and 6mm buildings and more.

And then it’s on to more new releases. There are still an awful lot of models in the Brigade backlog, something round the hundred mark, and we’re always full of ideas for other new bits. We plan to come up with a weekly release schedule – and, more importantly, stick to it. The schedule will almost certainly not be published (we retain the right to change our minds!) but the important thing is that there should be a steady flow of releases from the Brigade foundries over the next few months.

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Apologies to anyone who’s e-mailed us lately and is waiting for a response – my first task today before heading off to Brigade Towers is to empty the inbox.

*UPDATE – just found out that the National Geographic programme London’s Zeppelin Attacks is to be repeated in the UK at 4am on Sunday 27th of April, so set your Tivo/Sky+/PVR/VCR/Betamax accordingly !

Carrier Strike

Some of the more popular models released on Saturday were the British fighter carrier and fighters in our spaceship range (we sold out of carrier packs completely and the interceptor was probably the best selling single model from any range on the day).

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Having speed-painted a carrier, I’ve added them all to the website and they’re available for immediate purchase.

SFSP-102 – British Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-110 – Bulwark class Carrier – £7.50
SFS-160 – Kestrel Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-161 – Mosquito Attack Fighter (x12) – £1.50

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Back to Normal

So, Salute is over for another year. The show was incredibly busy this time, it felt like there were people than last year and everyone seemed very upbeat. I’ve seen another trader saying that they had their second-best Salute ever, which we can agree with – ours was our third best, although only around 3-4% short of being the all-time best.

The downside of such a busy day is that we don’t get to see any of the great games on display, we’ve had to rely on the many galleries of images from the day to see what went on. I did manage to get a snap of the new stand layout on one of the few occasions when it wasn’t obscured by customers (unfortunately the lighting at the venue seemed to be quite dim so it’s a bit grainy), and Robin Fitton has posted a 3-minute video of the entire stand.

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Much as we’d like to take it easy for a few days, there are still plenty of jobs to do. All of the new models at the show (and there were an awful lot of them) now need to be painted, photographed and added to the website, which will take a week or two. In the meantime I’ve packed and dispatched all of the orders that arrived in the week leading up to the show and which we’d had to put to one side, so apologies to everyone that had to wait a few extra days.

We’ll get going with the first of the new releases, ones which I already have painted, starting with the Large Tower from our 6mm Desert Buildings range.

B300-107 – Large Tower – £4.00

Also new on the website are the 15mm Firefly Combat Drones in packs of 12.

SF15-711 – Firefly Combat Drones (x12) – £2.00

Finally for today we have two new items in the 15mm Fortifications range – a multi-part checkpoint/roadblock complete with twin tri-barrel gatlings, and a radar-equipped command bunker.

B15-1003 – Checkpoint – £5.00
B15-1004 – Command Bunker – £8.00

The Last Post

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This is our final update of our Salute release list – some new moulds have become available in the nick of time which has allowed us to release some stuff that, to be frank, we were sweating on a bit …

All of these models will be available and we have reasonable stocks, but it’s too late to take any more orders in advance – if you want some you’ll have to find us on the day. We’re on stand TB26 – about as far as you can get from the main doors, but hopefully some brave souls will take enough supplies to make it all the way to the far end of the hall !

Firstly THE 15MM NEO-SOVIETS WILL BE READY 🙂 🙂 :-). I ran the last moulds yesterday and we have decent stocks of Bizons, Kunitsas and Laskas. The only remaining one to be completed is the Rosomakha light tank, which will hopefully also be ready in time (hence the italics below).

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15mm Neo-Soviet Vehicles
SF15-1201 – Bizon Tank – £8.50
SF15-1201a – Bizon Support Tank – £8.50
SF15-1201b – Bizon Track-guards (pair) – £1.00
SF15-1203 – Kunitsa APC – £8.50
SF15-1203a – Kunitsa Mortar Carrier – £8.50
SF15-1203b – Kunitsa with Missile turret – £8.50
SF15-1209 – Laska Tankette – £4.00
SF15-1209a – Laska with Missile turret – £4.00
SF15-1209 – Laska Observer vehicle – £4.00
SF15-1204 – Rosomakha Light Tank – £6.00
SF15-1250 – Soviet auxiliary fuel tanks and stowage boxes – £1.25

Secondly, following the last minute arrival of the mould for the metal connector frames, the 15mm Colony Base will also be available. We won’t have huge numbers, but we’ll have a few.

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15mm Colony Base
All individual modules come with one connector frame (2 for the 4-way junction)
B15-300 – Colony base (four corner units, one airlock, one base module, 6 frames) – £40.00
B15-301 – Base module – £7.00
B15-302 – Corner module 1 – £7.50
B15-303 – Corner module 2 – £7.50
B15-301 – Base module – £7.00
B15-304 – Airlock module – £7.00
B15-305 – Garage module – £7.50
B15-307 – T-Junction – £7.00
B15-308 – 4-way junction – £8.00
B15-320 – Spare connector frames (x4) – £3.00
B15-321 – End frames (one door, one blank) – £3.00

And finally, we’re also hoping to have the long-awaited British spaceship fighter carrier. We definitely have the fighters, but are also hoping for the carrier too.

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British Spaceships
SFS-110 – Bulwark carrier – £7.50
SFS-160 – Kestrel interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-161 – Mosquito attack fighter (x12) – £1.50

This may of may not be our last post before Saturday – as is the way with things, however much you try to plan ahead there’s always a last-minute panic, and I’m in the midst of that panic right now …

I’m currently painting up display items for the stand – if there’s anything to show off I’ll probably chuck it on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out over there.