New Polish Half-Tracks

Today’s new release is three new Suwalska half-track variants for our 15mm Polish force.

Two are fire-support variants with a heavier gun in a fixed superstructure. The ‘Młot’ model has a short barrelled howitzer, mainly used in support of infantry and ideal for taking out entrenched enemy with its potent HE round.

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The ‘Łucznik’ model has a high-velocity light anti-tank gun. This is ideal for taking on light armoured vehicles such as APCs or armoured cars, although it’s not capable of handling main battle tanks.

The third new model is an armoured command vehicle, the ‘Hetman’, with a small twin-MG turret for self-defence, and a radar dish capable of communicating with orbiting command satellites.

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All three variants are on our website now.
SF15-1303f – Suwalska ‘Hetman’ Command Vehicle – £8.00
SF15-1303g – Suwalska ‘Łucznik’ Anti-Tank – £8.00
SF15-1303h – Suwalski ‘Młot’ Fire-Support – £8.00

The variant names have been updated post-release thanks to some very helpful feedback from TMP members Kadrinazi and Awuuuu. Never rely on online translations for unfamiliar languages…

Show Business 2016

We’ve been compiling our show calendar for the coming year now that the Christmas holiday is out of the way. We’re planning to attend all of the shows we went to last year, and have a couple of additions to the list.

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We kick off with one of these – we’re returning to Cavalier in Tonbridge for the first time in a few years at the end of February. This has been a last minute booking and we’re grateful to the organiser Alan Butler for slotting us in. We have a smaller stand than usual so we’ll have to decide what we take with us – there won’t be room for everything.

The other new show in our calendar takes us oop north, to the Joy of Six in Sheffield in July. This (as the name suggests) is a 6mm themed event, so again we’ll have a smaller stand with all of the 6mm range and maybe a few other bits and pieces.

We will of course take orders in advance for anything that we aren’t able to take to these or any other show – simply send us an email with what you require, or you can order and pay via the website using the ‘Collect in Person’ shipping option.

Full details of our show list, along with the ranges that we bring to each one, can be found on the website ‘Shows’ page.

The Start of the War

The first shots of the American Civil War were fired by Confederate artillery at Fort Sumter in South Carolina in 1861. The fort sits in Charleston harbour and is a five-sided brick structure, similar in layout to our Fort Pulaski model, although with higher walls.

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Two battles were fought over it, imaginatively named the First and Second Battles of Fort Sumter. The Confederates took the fort from the Union in the first battle and despite an attempt to recapture it in 1863 (the second battle, when it was pretty much reduced to rubble) it remained in Confederate hands for the duration of the war.

Our new Sumter model is part of our Small Scale Scenery range – ideal for Aeronef, Land Ironclads or other 2mm or 1/1200th scale games. The main part of the fort is a single-piece resin casting, and it also has a large number of guns on the upper tier which are separate metal pieces. The model represents the fort as it was during the Civil War – nowadays the outline is the same, but in detail the fort is quite different.

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To accompany Fort Sumter, we have a second, somewhat smaller and rather less significant installation from the Charleston area. Fort Palmetto is a rather grand name for what was really only a small 3-gun artillery battery. Palmetto was an earthen redoubt around 160 feet long with a buried magazine. The model would make a good stand-in for other small earth batteries from the Civil War or other periods. I made it because I came across an interesting article with a ground radar and 3D reconstruction of what the position may have looked like.

SSS-8064 – Fort Sumter – £9.00
SSS-8065 – Fort Palmetto – £1.50

Ice Station Brigade

Now we’re back to normality, we can show you some new items that are due for release in the near future. Today we have some new 15mm buildings which make up a scientific research station. I can imagine them being used in a bleak, snowy environment, painted orange to stand out against the background. They’re a little like squared-off, corrugated Nissen huts for the future so could also see service as barracks blocks.

There are four pieces in the set, but for some strange reason I only photographed three, so you’ll have to make do with these and we’ll leave the last one as a surprise for when they’re released.

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Garage Block

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Storage Hut

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The release date is likely to be 3-4 weeks away – the models are just about to go into moulds (hence the plastic card bases which are part of the mould-making process). Each building will be available individually and we’ll also create a pack with several buildings plus some accessories.

Out of Africa

As a bit of Monday morning eye-candy, here are some photos of an Aeronef game run at the Houston Beer and Pretzels club recently. The game, as the name suggests, was a Mediterranean encounter featuring some splendidly painted Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and British. We’ve put a few photos below, but you can go the the HBP site for more (and other Aeronef galleries besides).

UPDATE – an AAR has been added to their blog which is a bit of fun 🙂

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The End of the Tunnel

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Finally, we’re there – after a fortnight of hard slog, late evenings and lots and lots of casting, we’ve finally cleared the order backlog (and just in time too, as the weather has turned rather chilly).

Apart from a couple of orders that need special cast-to-order resin items, and two orders that arrived this afternoon after I’d left the workshop, every outstanding order has been cleared. Around twenty or so went in the post box just now, and I have around ten large boxes that need to be taken to a post office in the morning. What a relief for us, and good news for those of you that have been sitting patiently waiting for your orders – we very much appreciate everyone’s understanding.

So next week I can finally get back to working on new items. We have several bits already moulded and ready to go – eagle-eyed readers of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy might even have spotted a new model of ours in their review column that hasn’t yet made it to the website.

I’ll also be starting on the 3D design work for the four new battleship models that were unlocked as part of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter, and I’ll be posting work-in-progress images of those as I go along.

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I know I’m supposed to be slaving away at the workshop again today, and I will be soon, after I’ve dropped off the latest batch of orders at the post office. But I had to share these photos first, which arrived yesterday.

These are 6mm versions of some of our 15mm figures, created by Martin Baker (who also sculpted their larger cousins). To start with he’s made infantry and support weapons for the Poles and PacFed, thus giving us conventional lighter infantry as well as heavily armoured figures. Given their size, we think the detail on these is pretty amazing. We’ll be releasing them in the next 2-3 months.

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A Belated Happy New Year

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Happy New Year from us at Brigade Towers – better late then never! Unfortunately, it’s still a quarantine zone here, with Phil joining me on the sick list this week. Our plan had been to post some previews of new models over this past week, but that’s something that fell by the wayside in favour of more recuperation time.

I will be returning to the workshop tomorrow, and the highest priority will be to work through the backlog of orders that has built up as a result of me falling ill during the height of the sale. At a rough guess there is about two weeks’ solid work to clear these, so that is what I’ll be doing to the exclusion of all else for the next fortnight.

We have tried over the past couple of years to release something new every week, but there have been times when we have simply been too busy to keep to this. Certainly at the start of this year we have quite a hefty workload so it’ll be a couple of weeks before anything new appears. We did have some new releases lined up which were intended to come out now, but these will be delayed until existing orders have shipped.

Imperial Skies
The Imperial Skies kickstarter ended just before Christmas, moving well past the initial target to reach four of the stretch goals for new ships. The ship date for pledges is April, and the hope is for us to have copies of the rulebook on the stand at Salute if at all possible. We have still to do the 3D design work for the four new models and will post updates on those as we go along.

15mm Science Fiction
The last of the old forces still to be replaced with new sculpts are the Chinese. This was supposed to have happened in 2015 but there simply wasn’t room in the schedule, however we hope to get them out in the first quarter of this year. Having said that, there is another rather exciting 15mm project in the works so it remains to be seen if we can do both or if the CDSU get pushed back a little.

We do already have masters for a number of new 15mm buildings ready for moulding, both additions to the existing ranges plus some completely new types.

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Small Scale Scenery
Our first new releases of the year, when they finally appear, will be from this range, and will be further supplementing our selection of fortifications.

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We’ve also had requests for some more modern buildings so we’ll be adding post-war houses and apartment blocks to the range before long.

6mm Science Fiction
Our 6mm SF buildings continue to shift in large numbers, and there will continue to be additions to the selection of structures that we have on offer. We have ideas for further types as well as more in the style of the existing designs.

We’re going to update our range of 6mm figures – our current figures have served us very well but we’d like to widen the range of what we have available.

As far as 6mm vehicles go, we’re likely to see additions to the existing forces this year rather than any complete new armies.

Spaceships and Aeronef
For both of these ranges, we have a policy of slowly replacing older models with new sculpts. The priority is to tackle those models whose moulds need replacing – if we’re going to make a new mould then we might as well do it properly and update the model at the same time. One of the main spaceship fleets is likely to be entirely replaced with new models at some point in the year.

Shows
We should be attending all of the shows we went to last year, although one or two have been rescheduled slightly which should ease the congestion in the last third of the year. We’re also pleased to announce that we’ll be attending The Joy of Six in Sheffield which is, as the name suggests, a 6mm-themed event.

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