Desert Domes Released

Some of the most popular new models on Saturday were our 6mm Desert Dome buildings, so appropriately enough they are the first to be added to the website. There are five buildings of varying sizes which are all available now. In the photo below you can see a few of our Mercenary 6mm vehicles, which are next on the release list.

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B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

Jutland at Stoke Rochford, take 2

Unfortunately for various reasons the last Stoke Rochford gaming weekend had to be cancelled, which meant that the planned Aeronef Jutland refight never happened. However, not to be daunted, the event has been rescheduled for October, with an expansion in scope.

It will run over the weekend of 16/17/18th of October, with bed and breakfast for two nights (Friday and Saturday) and dinner Saturday night for the bargain price of £110. Lunch is available from the bistro bar on both days. For the first time it’s also possible to book a day entry for £5 per day if you are local and don’t want to stay at the hall.

The main event will be the Aeronef Jutland refight, with VSF airships battling it out using historical orders of battle. If you would like to join in but don’t have your own models then they can be provided, or if you would like to contribute towards the forces on the table then let us know and we’ll try to fit you in.

However, with plenty of space and tables available in the conference centre, we’re also inviting gamers to come along and host their own games.

For more details or to book, email Robin Fitton – bligepipe@mac.com – who is coordinating the event.

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Air Traffic Control

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Keen-eyed readers of John Treadaway’s column in the April issue of Miniature Wargames would have noticed a new model from us which has yet to be seen anywhere else – the 15mm Control Tower. This is a pretty huge new model (over 10″ tall – there are a few infantry by the door to give a sense of scale) which is part of the Colony Base set and is compatible with existing pieces in the range. Given the very limited time remaining before Salute on Saturday (and the fact that I ran out of resin earlier today …), we have only had time to cast a very small number of Control Towers for the show, so if you want one, get to us early !

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B15-319 – Control Tower – £40.00
B15-319a – Control Tower (single height) – £35.00

6mm Mercenaries

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I spent yesterday at the workshop stocking up on our new releases, including the 6mm Mercenaries. I’ve also painted a sample set (as you can see above) and we’re really pleased with the way these have come out.

We will have a number of packs available for the Mercenaries, so today we thought we’d detail the contents.

IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
Contains: 12 Sohei (9 with DS gun and 1 each with powergun, gatling and laser); 12 Shaman (9 standard and 3 Firefly); 8 Magnus APC; 4 Legion Rocket Launchers; 3 Wizard Jeep; 48 infantry
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
Contains: 12 Shaman (9 standard and 3 Firefly);1 Wizard Jeep
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
Contains: 12 Sohei (9 with DS gun and 1 each with powergun, gatling and laser); 1 Wizard Jeep
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
Contains: 8 Magnus APC; 1 Wizard Jeep; 48 infantry
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
Contains 4 Legion Rocket Launchers; 4 Warlock Support Tanks; 4 Ontos Tank Destroyers; 1 Wizard Jeep

Most of our Mercenary stock will be concentrated in packs on Saturday; we won’t have a great deal of individual models to sell. The new batch of moulds that we’ve used to produce these new releases are giving us a little bit of trouble – they seem to get hot very quickly and start flashing. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re trying to churn out lots and lots of models in a hurry it gets very frustrating.

Today is also your final, final chance to get in any pre-orders. I’m casting resin models today and tomorrow is the last day at the workshop casting metal – Friday will be spent packing the van and travelling up to the ExCel to start setting up the stand.

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With just three days until Salute, the stock bins are filling up, as you can see from this box of 15mm infantry blisters.

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After a couple of queries, we thought it might be handy to detail the exact contents of each pack in the new range, so here goes:

SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
Eight unique figures as below:
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SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
Two grenade launchers, two rocket launchers, four SAW gunners (two each of two poses):
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SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
Three troopers with binoculars (two poses), one officer with datapad, four squad leaders (two each of two poses):
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SF15-753x – Tripod Weapon plus crew (x2) – £3.00
Two gunners, two loaders, two 2-piece weapons (choice of MG, railgun, tri-barrel or gatling):
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SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
Three combat car crewmen (note that these figures are somewhat smaller than the infantry figures, simply to fit the confined space of the combat car rear deck):
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SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00
One officer, three squad leaders, four SAW, two grenade launchers, two rocket launchers, 20 riflemen

Desert Domes

Sneaking onto the Salute release list at the last minute are some new SF buildings. These are a new style, constructed of overlapping domes and cylinders – a move away from the Middle-eastern style of the existing desert models.

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Five models will be available on Saturday, exact stocks depend on how many more I can cast this week …

B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

An Old Warrior Returns

A popular model in our 15mm range that has been out of production for a while is the Athena VTOL. This is a transport ship capable of hauling an infantry platoon or small AFV.

Phil has completely remoulded all of the parts and we will have stock available at Salute next weekend. It’s been added to the Salute Sticky page where you can see all of the new items we plan to release.

SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50

The Salute Sticky Page

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Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be ‘live’ page and will be updated as new items appear.

You can find us at stand TH10 – there’s a floor plan on the Salute website to help guide you, we are pretty much in the middle of the hall and not far from the painting competition and command table.

We welcome pre-orders for the show. You can order from the website and pay in the normal way by selecting the ‘Collect in Person‘ shipping option, although you can only order existing models this way and not any of the new releases. To pre-order any new items (or old ones), send us an e-mail. You can then either pay on the day in cash or by card (assuming our new card reader doesn’t have a hissy fit like the old one did last year …) or if you’d like to get your spending squared away in advance then we can send you a PayPal invoice.

So onto the main content of this post, the list of planned new releases. Items which are in italics or which don’t yet have a price are yet-to-be-confirmed. The post isn’t too picture heavy, but if you click on the header text for each category it will take you to other posts that show the models in more detail.

We are still unclear on what we’ll have of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges, any attempt at casting stock for these is being left until the last minute.

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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

15mm SF Infantry in Full Armour


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SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

15mm Vehicles


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SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
SF15-1303 – Suwalska Half-track APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

2mm Forts


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SSS-8053 – No Man’s Land/Horse Sands Fort – £4.00
SSS-8053s – No Man’s Land w/Turrets – £4.50
SSS-8054 – Spitbank Fort – £3.00
SSS-8055 – St Helen’s Fort – £2.00
SSS-8056 – Southsea Castle (1544) – £4.00
SSS-8056a – Southsea Castle (1814) – £4.25

6mm Mercenary Vehicles


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IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
SF300-1501 – Shaman- £0.75
SF300-1501a – Firefly- £0.75
SF300-1502 – Sohei with DS Gun – £1.25
SF300-1502a – Sohei with Gatling – £1.25
SF300-1502b – Sohei with Heavy laser – £1.25
SF300-1502c – Sohei with Twin Powergun – £1.25
SF300-1503 – Magnus APC – £1.00
SF300-1504 – Legion MRL – £0.75
SF300-1505 – Warlock – £0.75
SF300-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £0.50
SF300-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £0.75

6mm Desert Domed Buildings


B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

Belgian Great War Cyclists


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GW28-1148a – Cyclist Officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist Officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Carabinier Cyclist Troops on Bike – £3.00

The Army Marches On!

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Denizens of the Facebook 15mm SF Group may have noticed a post yesterday by Keith of ArmiesArmy, explaining that he’s taken his infantry figures off the website because they have been moved to a new home. We’re very pleased to announce that their new home is right here, at Brigade Models. As Keith himself explained, the effort needed to run ArmiesArmy was becoming too great and impacting severely on his free time. He very kindly offered us first refusal and, well, we didn’t refuse ! Keith will keep his excellent range of vehicles and continue to expand those, and we wish him all the best with that. He came down to Brigade Towers yesterday and dropped off all of the moulds and masters, and we tried one or two to make sure they fitted our casting machine (which they do perfectly).

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We were both already fans of Keith’s figures – I supported his initial Kickstarter campaign and already have a couple of forces that use them. So to have the opportunity to add them to our 15mm range was too good to pass up, and the timing was perfect as we were looking to add figures to our growing range of vehicles and scenery. It also helps that Keith uses the same sculptor (Martin Baker) as we do, so his figures match our new armoured infantry figures.

Keith also let us have a number of unreleased greens which we will be adding to the ranges in due course, and we have a number of ideas for further additions.

There will be a slight delay in getting the models onto our website. With Salute just around the corner we’re both flat out making moulds and producing stock, so what we don’t want to do is suddenly dump a large number of new products on the website and be inundated with orders when we have yet to work out which mould is which, what the contents of each pack are etc. Instead they’ll go up on our website a week or so after the show. We will try to take some stock to Salute, but starting from zero it would take a couple of days to completely stock up all of the packs and we just don’t have that time – so instead we’ll take a selection of the most popular packs.

Palmerston’s Follies

The postie came again yesterday, with what is the final batch of new masters for Salute. Such is our awesome efficiency (!) that these are already sitting in slowly curing rubber, ready for casting later this week. However, I swiftly photographed them before they were submerged in silicon for another Salute preview.

Palmerston’s Follies was the derogatory term applied, initially to forts around the Portsmouth area, but then to a swathe of forts built in the late C.19th. The term is taken from the First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Palmerston, during whose tenure the first installations were built (see here and here for more information). They were built in response to a supposed threat of French invasion which of course never came.

This new batch of models represents some of the defences around Portsmouth, in particular the four forts built in the Solent. Horse Sands and No Mans Land forts were the largest and nearly identical. Both were circular structures, around 200 feet in diameter. Initially the plans included five twin turrets on the roof but these were abandoned before construction began – but we’ve decided to make both the final version as built, and the proposed turreted design.

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Spithead was also circular although somewhat smaller, with only one gun deck.

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The last Solent fort was the rather oddly shaped St Helens fort. This was intended to be much larger but the sea bottom was found to be very unstable and unable to take the weight of the proposed design, so a much smaller fort was built instead with just three guns.

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As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also modelled Southsea Castle, which lies on the eastern Solent coast. The was originally built in 1544 as one of Henry VIII’s Device forts. It was heavily updated in 1814, with the whole north wall being moved 20-30 feet north which changed the layout completely. I’ve modelled both designs, as built (left) and after the reconstruction (right).

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I must thank Phillip Russell for his initial idea and help with plans and details of the Solent forts. All of the forts have been modified since construction, two are now luxury hotels and all sorts of extra buildings and towers have been added – it was quite a job working out what was original and what was added later, hopefully I have most of it right. St helens in particular was quite tricky to model as photographs of the upper surface are very hard to come by.