Today’s new release is another very useful set of 2mm buildings in the Small Scale Scenery range. These are larger detached houses, useful as country houses, rectories, larger town houses, even inns or small hotels. The sort of house that the Brigadieress and I often drive past enviously while realising that we’re unlikely ever to be able to buy one on the Brigade profits … They can be found in villages or on the outer edges of towns or cities. Nowadays many of this type of large house have been converted into doctors’ or dentists’ surgeries, solicitors practices or subdivided into flats, but back in the day they’d be the home of local businessmen, doctors, lawyers, clergymen and other gentry.
Along with the existing sets of buildings (churches, village houses, terraces, Civic Buildings and town shops) we reckon it’s now possible to make a decent-sized English town from our range. All of the buildings have been modelled on real-world prototypes, most within a 10-mile radius of Brigade HQ.
The slow but steady progress on the new Celtos rules continues; we held another round of playtesting a couple of weeks ago and, at the end of it, had very few notes or changes to make. Which is very good news, since it means that if we came up with so few changes or queries, the rules must be pretty solid. The actions we did take away were all in terms of fleshing out items like the range of hero abilities, available spells or extra cards for the Fate deck. So from here we need to build the final army lists, and then we’ll be just about ready for external playtesting 🙂
The pile of new Celtos masters keeps growing, the box on the shelf above my desk has around twenty figures in it, with another half-a-dozen or so in the works. When we’re more confident about a release date and we have some prototype castings to paint then we’ll start previewing these.
In the meantime … a few photos of the latest playtesting round. You might spot some proxy figures (ie models from other manufacturers that are standing in for ones that we haven’t had made yet), some unpainted cavalry (unpainted figures … oh the shame of it !) and my painfully unreliable yellow ten-sided dice that were complete rubbish before lunch, but perked up afterwards to be demon critical hit throwers !
I’m back from my holiday and straight into the swing of things again. Phil has been mould-making like mad while I’m away which means we have lots of new stuff to bring you in the next few weeks. Today sees the first part of the launch of our Indonesian spaceship range. They were originally scheduled to come out last week but I wasn’t here to do it !
The initial release consists of five models and a fleet pack. The star of the show is the Borobudur class battlecruiser, supported by two cruisers and two escorts.
SFS-1400 – Borobudur class Battlecruiser – £6.00 SFS-1420 – Sulawesi class Heavy Cruiser – £3.50 SFS-1421 – Toba class Light Cruiser – £2.00 SFS-1430 – Pembuang class Destroyer – £1.25 SFS-1440 – Martadinata class Frigate – £0.75
As a little something while I’m away, we’re launching a series of Platoon Packs for our 15mm range. Platoon packs are a great way to build up your forces quickly and save money into the bargain. They contain three tanks, along with a pack of vehicle stowage and a half-pack (five figures) of vehicle crew – and all of this for less than the cost of the three tanks bought individually.
Initially we’ve set up packs for ten types of tank. If these are successful then we’ll add other vehicle types, such as APCs. In the long term we’re planning our own range of infantry figures, so when they’re available we’ll add packs containing APCs and infantry.
I’ve been painting up some of our Small Scale Scenery range in the past week or two, ready for use in some upcoming games. I’ve started with some small factory and farm units, basing a mixture of buildings on 0.5mm plasticard bases.
The factory units are based on textured plasticard that looks like cobblestones – OK, I realise that in scale these cobbles would be about 10 feet long, but I prefer the look to a flat surface ! I made a surrounding wall from 2mm plastic strip and I’m going to add a sign over the large factory gate. I’ve mixed and matched a bit, the loading bay in the large unit is from the railway buildings set.
The rest of the farms are very much South-East England in style, with Oast Houses and barns around a yard. The bases are painted green then flocked with Woodland Scenics fine turf. The trees/bushes are Woodland Scenics clump foliage attached with a hot glue gun. It looks from the photos that I need to be a bit neater when painting round the edges of the bases !
I have more modules in progress, including some villages, so I’ll post details of those when they’re finished.
To follow up the recent release of the South African Rhino and Wildebeest, I’ve been working on some additional vehicles. I’ve remodelled the popular Buffel APC from the old range and beefed it up substantially – it now shares the same wheels as the Rhino and Wildebeest and could easily accommodate a full squad of infantry. It can be fitted with a cupola-mounted MG, or the roof turret ring will also take either of the secondary turrets from the Wildebeest’s forward mount.
The other new model is the Hippo truck, which hasn’t been made in 15mm before. I’ve started with the basic design of the 6mm version, and added lots of detail.
We’ve already had the new hulls for these two printed and they look great. I’ve been able to reuse lots of parts from the Rhino and Wildebeest, so all that’s needed to get these in production is moulds for the resin hulls – they should be out sometime towards the back end of September.
This is the Angelshark. It’s a small, one-man VTOL with a chin-mounted autocannon and a magazine-fed Kestrel-2 missile launcher in each tilting wingtip nacelle, which also house the main thrusters. The pilot sits between the engine inlets in a flat panel cockpit.
The model consists of a resin body with six metal parts – the two nacelles, chin gun and three small landing feet. We don’t have a release date yet, but as soon as we have the production mould for the metal parts we’ll be good to go.
It’s that time of year again when the Brigadieress and I disappear off to sunnier climes (hopefully sunnier, we’re staying in the UK this year). Phil will of course continue to man the fort, but for the next couple of weeks you may experience slower than usual turnaround on e-mails and orders. The webshop will remain open and we’ll plough through any backlog as soon as I return, but you may have to wait a little longer than usual for your goodies.
The blog will still keep going as I plan to queue up a few posts for the period I’m away, and hopefully I’ll return with a few new ideas (the French coastal forts came from a book I picked up on holiday last year – so who knows what I’ll find this time).
We have some new 15mm accessories on the website today – and going by the correspondence I’ve had (mostly along the lines of ‘when are they going to be out ?’) I suspect that quite a few people need some of these. They are the 15mm pintel weapons, ideal for upgrading your vehicles and giving the guys in the turret something else to shoot with ! We have four designs, all with an integral gun shields.
Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed some cargo pods and containers in the background of some of our recent photos, and I’ve just added both to the website today – they were supposed to be released on Friday, but since the work is done and the website updated we thought we might as well announce them now.