In our continued efforts to rule the world (!) we’re pleased to say that we have another stockist. Scale Creep will be stocking the more popular Aeronef, 15mm and 6mm SF and spaceship items, starting soon ! Mark is finalising his initial stock order, and if you’d like to place an order with him for some specific items there’s still time to do so.
Our British infantry now have both command and support weapon packs available to go with the infantry released recently.
The command pack has five figures plus a small uplink radar, while the support weapons pack has GPMG, grenade launcher, sniper and a two-man anti-tank launcher team.
With these we’re now able to offer platoon packs – as with the Poles, we’ve added the options for a 24-man platoon with or without APCs.
SF15-161 – British Support Weapons – £2.00 SF15-162 – British Command Section – £2.25 SF15-170 – British Rifle Platoon – £8.50 SF15-171 – British Mechanised Platoon – £30.00
We are left with this splendid little chap – we’ll call him The Brigadier. I believe Keith gave him away as a reward during the Kickstarter campaign. The obvious thing would be to bundle him in the command pack, but he’s in the wrong mould for that and to do so would unnecessarily complicate production. So while we decide where he fits, we’re going to give him away as a freebie with any orders for 15mm British figures. This will run at least until the end of July, then we’ll rethink.
And while I was at it, I’ve given the PacFed the option of a 24-man armoured platoon plus three APCs as well. Just because I can. SF15-771 – PacFed Mechanised Platoon – £30.00
The British figures were formerly part of the Armies Army Commonwealth range.
Poland has had a fraught time since the creation of the modern state (the Second Republic) at the end of the Great War. Acting as a buffer zone between Germany and the Soviet Union/Russia, it was invaded by both countries at the same time in 1939. It spent then the next fifty years either occupied or as a satellite communist state before gaining proper independence in 1989. Looking into the future, in the Iron Cow universe in which our science-fiction ranges are set, Poland still retains its border status between Germany and the rest of the Organisation of North European Sovereign States (ONESS) to the west, and the Neo-Soviet Union to the east.
Polish troops are forever on their guard and fight constant skirmishes with Soviet forces along the border. Some of these break out into larger battles but attract little attention in the rest of the world, such is their frequency. Beyond the odd abandoned border town changing hands, often several times, nothing much upsets the status quo. The Poles know that they are nowhere near strong enough to take the fight to the Soviets, who for their part are well aware that any escalation in the intensity of the conflict will bring the forces of Britain, Germany and the other ONESS states into action.
Appreciative of the role played by the Poles, Britain and Germany keep their armed forces well supplied and also provide weapons and technology. The main Polish tank, the Maczek, is a combination of the German Thor blower tank chassis with a Polish designed turret mounting the British L23 9.5cm railgun from the Apollo. Likewise, the Suwalski half-track APCs on which the infantry rely, while Polish-designed with indigenous engines and drive-train, mostly mount German-supplied turrets from the Lynx APC family. One or two Polish heavy armoured units have also been equipped with the Woden family of super-heavy blowers to tackle Soviet Mammont tanks.
We have a number of Polish infantry packs covering infantry, support weapons and heavy weapons. There is also an infantry platoon pack of 25 men and a second pack that includes three APCs along with the figures.
… which is why it’s taken a little bit longer to get all of our models into production. A combination of a failed temple mould (and a master destroyed trying to get it out of the mould !) and a leaky mould box (which is messy…) meant that a couple of models have been delayed slightly. The Pantheon mould has now been repaired and a replacement temple master has arrived, so it’s full steam ahead again. Below you can see the first casting of the Pantheon, the new master of the temple and, as a bonus, the diminutive Temple of Vesta, the reconstructed ruins of which are located in the forum in Rome.
In the same box which brought the new temple were some considerably bigger offerings. Our new 6mm Desert Dome buildings have been strong sellers since they were released, and we’ve had a number of comments along the lines of “I’d like to see these in 15mm”. Ever willing to please, I’ve scaled up the three smaller models as you can see below. These are the basic structures without doors, windows and details – as a guide to size, the mat they are on has a 1cm grid, and the taller tower is around 12cm high. Although I’ll start mould-making straight away, it’ll take a little while to get all three ready – I simply don’t have enough Lego to make mould boxes for all three at one go !
Painting moved on apace last week, so today we’ve added a further three packs of 15mm figures to the website, all special forces types.
The Neo-Soviets get a pack of eight Spetsnaz figures. As a change from painting green/khaki uniforms, I gave them blue coveralls for variety, and they wear full-face masks.
The British forces get two packs this week. This first is a set of five SAS troopers in gasmasks,one with an LMG.
The second pack are Royal Marines in hardsuits with augmented exo-skeleton. Three Marines have pulse rifles, one a gatling and the last some sort of energy weapon. These lovely figures are real gems that I hadn’t seen before until I started going through the Armies Army moulds.
This is the Shaman Firefly. The medium laser in the original Shaman has been replaced by a long-barrelled 22cm discarding sabot gun, with storage for the ammunition in the extended turret bustle. The roof-mounted support weapon has given way to additional sensors and a targeting system is fitted to the turret front.
Fireflies are in short supply and are generally spread individually amongst conventional Shaman units to provide extended range fire support.
If using the Firefly in Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible, the vehicle has the same basic stats as the Shaman, but the 17cm laser is replaced by the same DS gun as the Sohei Tank Destroyer variant (Sh 1 FP 2/7) and the tank has no remote-turret HSW. I’d estimate points at around 125, but that’s not official!
The Shaman Turret also becomes a further option for the Turret Bunker.
The Rosomakha (wolf) is a multi-purpose Neo-Soviet light tank, fitted with a tri-barrel gatling autocannon or a heavier conventional main gun. In heavy armoured divisions they are used in a scout role alongside Laska tankettes to give extra punch to reconnaissance companies. Fast brigades on the other hand use them as their primary battle tank, having battalions formed entirely of Rosomakhi with a mix of gatling and cannons.
Amongst the games on show at Broadside last weekend was the debut of a new ruleset going by the name of Imperial Skies. They are being developed by our friend Robin Fitton, author of Gruntz, the popular 15mm set. Robin said that they seemed to go down well with players who joined in the game, and he’s making progress with a view to a release later this year.
I’ve nicked a few pictures from Robin of the game on Sunday (I’m sure he won’t mind) – you might recognise the scenery, as we lent him the terrain we made last year for the Stoke Rochford weekend.
Robin’s coming down to Maidstone next month for some playtesting, so we’ll probably have more pictures then – I’m planning to paint up some new ships and terrain in time for that.
These figures were formerly part of the Armies Army Commonwealth range.
The reason for the slow pace with which we’re adding figures to the website is that we want painted versions of each pack to photograph, and the painting takes time … If there are any particular figures from the Armies Army ranges that you’d like that haven’t reached the website yet, please ask – we have all the moulds so we can produce them.
We had a productive day at the workshop yesterday, stocking up on the last few bits and pieces for Broadside tomorrow. In particular, we were concentrating on producing plenty of the former Armies Army figures that we now own. As well as the models we’ve already added to the website (the Penal Troopers, Chinese PLA, Yenpalo aliens and South African infantry) we did some of the other packs. After our efforts, we will also have stock of some RUSK Guards (infantry, support weapons, HQ and Spetsnaz) and British special forces (SAS and marines in hardsuits (below)). These may not be on display on the stand, we don’t have painted versions of all of them yet, but we will have them with us so please ask.
We steadily working on adding all of the figures to our website – the main stumbling block is that we want painted versions of each pack to photograph, and the painting takes time … If there are any particular figures from the ranges that you’d like that haven’t reached the website yet, please ask – we have all the moulds so we can produce them.
Well in this case … the theatre ? Gladiators ? Somewhere to live … ?
So far, most of the releases in our Small Scale Scenery range have been targeted at the latter part of the 19th century as support to our Aeronef and Land Ironclads ranges. We’ve had the odd venture into the 20th century with some WW2 products, and a couple of medieval castles, but that’s been it.
Today, we’re going back further into history with the release of our first ancient-era models. Starting with the basics, we have a collection of Roman buildings – houses, apartments (insulae), villas and other bits and pieces.
To keep the residents of these houses entertained, we have two options – a semi-circular theatre, and a full-sized amphitheatre, which is the largest model in our 2mm range (so far). The theatre is a fairly generic model which would fit in any medium-sized Roman town. The amphitheatre is based on the one in Arles, France, which is still in use today as a concert venue.