I’ve been busy casting resin stock for Blast-tastic! on Saturday, and it looks like we’re going to be able to bring along some as-yet unreleased models for sale on the day. I’ve managed to produce enough stock of several new models – the South African Ratel medium wheeled tank and Oliphant SP gun, support and anti-tank gun versions of the Polish Suwalska half-track and new variants of the EuroFed 4×4/6×6 wheeled utility vehicles, the Blaireau and Belette (these latter two will probably be on the website at the end of the week anyway). We won’t have a huge amount of stock, but then the 15mm range is now so big that we’re only able to carry 4-5 of any one vehicle to a show.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also cast up stock of the former ArmiesArmy RUSK infantry to bring with us (although they aren’t yet on the website) and I’m also optimistic that we’ll get have of the Tolero and Yeti alien figures (I’ve managed to sort the moulds so they cast reliably, I just need to churn out a few).
And finally, we should also have something big, 15mm and stompy for you too…
Slightly delayed by one or two minor issues (including my sudden realisation that if I got a move on I could finish an extra model), today we’re releasing three new items in our 10mm SF Buildings range. In this release we have two towers of different designs and a building with twin roof domes. All are single piece resin castings and are available now from the website.
B10-104 – Small Tower #1 – £3.50
B10-122 – Small Tower #2 – £4.00
B10-123 – Twin Dome Building – £3.50
And while we’re here, this is a good time to remind everyone about our next show, Blast-tastic! in Bristol next Saturday. Since this is an SF-themed show, we will not be carrying either the Celtos or Magpie fantasy ranges or the 28mm Great War Belgians. If you’d like anything from these ranges you’ll have to order in advance (either e-mail us or order from the website using the ‘Collect in person’ shipping option). And of course we’re happy to take advance orders for any other ranges as well.
After the hustle and bustle of Colours, during which I discovered that putting up, manning and breaking down the stand on your own is flippin’ hard work, I fancied a quiet week last week. It was also the Brigadieress’ birthday, so I had a very pleasant day off with her.
Some things got done – accounts have been sorted ready to send off to the accountants (that was fun …), bills paid and admin taken care of. I also worked on some new releases, rubbing down print lines on the 3D masters, prepping them for mould-making and even pouring a few moulds for resin items. Phil was also busy making moulds for the metal parts for the same models. We won’t see the results of those until later this week (it would have been today but some rather nasty wet weather has put paid to any work outdoors today).
Last Friday’s planned new release was unavoidably delayed – not because it wasn’t ready, but because I had to rearrange my week to be at the workshop on Friday for a delivery (more metal – we’re getting through it rather quickly the moment) which means I wasn’t be able to photograph the new models and add them to the website. In the end I decided to take advantage of the delay and add an extra model to the release – but of course this needs painting and photographing first, so we still aren’t there …
What we do have for you this morning are a couple of new packs, both of which we’ve been offering at shows for a little while but which have inexplicably never been put on the website.
The first pack is a fifth British spaceship fleet, the Strike Fleet pack. This pairs the two most recent ships, the Colossus battleship and Swiftsure stealth cruiser along with escorts. The pack contains a total of 10 models along with bases.
SFSP-105 – Royal Navy Strike Fleet Pack – £22.00
The second pack combines all of the figures in the Magpie Miniature range into a single discounted pack. All eight figures are there, along with bases. There seems to be a number of different collective nouns for magpies, but we settled on a Murder of Magpies.
MGP-001 – A Murder of Magpies – £22.00
Kostrad is the strategic reserve formation of the Indonesian army, typically receiving the best troops and equipment. Today our 15mm Indonesians receive the first deliveries of a new series of grav vehicles, matching the 6mm versions that came out some time ago.
Heavy armoured firepower comes in the form of the Suharto and Anjalika MBTs. Very similar in design, the Anjalika has a modified turret with a more powerful main gun. Usually one Anjalika is allocated to each platoon, but in some formations they are concentrated into separate heavy platoons.
The infantry ride in Sugama APCs. These are large battle taxis, armed only with a heavy 14.5mm gauss gun in a remote roof mount.
Bhima grav armoured cars perform the reconnaissance function, but carry sufficient firepower to act as tanks in light armoured units.
The final vehicle in this release is the Kijang grav truck. Armoured to APC standards and equipped with the same weapon as the Sugama, the Kijang provides logistic support right up to the front line, and some territorial formations use them as infantry carriers.
SF15-1401 – Suharto MBT – £8.00
SF15-1401a – Anjalika MBT – £8.00
SF15-1403 – Sugamo APC – £8.00
SF15-1407 – Bhima Armoured Car – £8.00
SF15-1408 – Kijang Grav Truck – £8.00
We’ll have stocks of all of these vehicles at Colours tomorrow, along with all of our other 15mm models.
When we decided a couple of years ago to expand Brigade’s activities, one of the areas we looked at was increasing the number of shows and events we attended. At the time we were only going to 4 shows a year, and our intention was to increase that and aim for roughly one a month. However, when we looked more closely at the UK show calendar, there’s a definite show season with many shows concentrated in the autumn. This has left us with a rather uneven schedule – we’ve had just two shows so far in 2015 but are about to embark on a hectic lineup of six in nine weeks.
Due to various factors, we won’t be taking every range to every show. The one show where we carry pretty much everything is SELWG, when we hire a van and cram in as much as possible. For Blast-tastic!, being a specialist SF show, we won’t be taking Celtos or the Great War range, but should have good stocks of the other major ranges. At Stoke Rochford, there will be full stocks of Aeronef, Land Ironclads and the 2mm scenery, but that’s probably it. For the other three events we’re limited to what fits in a large car, and also by the fact that Tony will be doing them as a one-man show. So the plan for these three is as follows: 15mm, Celtos, 2mm scenery – full ranges of both packs and individual items; Aeronef – full range of fleet and starter packs, no individual models apart from recent releases; Spaceships – full range of fleet packs, individual stocks of British and Soviet fleets only; 6mm SF – full range of army and company packs, full selection of buildings, individual stocks of recent releases only; Accessories – full range of dice and base blisters; Shapeways – selection of items; 10mm SF buildings, Great War Belgians, Magpie Miniatures – full range, but limited numbers of each item; Squadron Commander, Iron Stars – selection of blisters.
Of course, you can contact us beforehand if you’re planning to visit us at a show and we welcome advance orders for all of them. If you want to make sure that we have what you’re after this is probably the best way to go. We can bring anything with us as long as we have enough warning.
We should be able to take credit cards at all UK events (mobile phone reception permitting), although unfortunately our CC reader doesn’t work on the continent so at Crisis it’s cash only. If you have a smartphone with the PayPal app you can also use that to transfer money to us on the spot.
We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.
As promised, we have more additions to our range of 6mm Desert Domes. Strictly speaking, only one of these really is a dome, but they follow the curved and rounded styles of the previous set.
B300-406 – Large Cylindrical Tower #1 – £3.50
B300-407 – Large Cylindrical Tower #2 – £3.50
B300-408 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.00
B300-409 – Large Multi-turreted Tower – £2.00
B300-410 – Multi-dome Building – £4.00