Life in the Freezer

A few weeks back we previewed our new 15mm Research Base buildings. The models are now all ready to go and are available from the website today. I’ve painted up a set in bright orange colours as an Arctic base, but the models could equally be used as a base in any other setting – jungle, mountain, desert etc. The buildings would also make a good Nissen Hut replacement for airbases or barracks.

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The Research Base set includes a command centre, two accomodation blocks, a garage block and storage shed, along with some clutter pieces such as a small container and storage boxes. The four buildings are also available individually.

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We don’t have any suitable civilian vehicles to go with the base, so for these photos I painted up an unarmed Neo-Soviet Laska tankette as a small tracked explorer vehicle.

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Although for space reasons we won’t be bringing the rest of the 15mm buildings range, we’ll have some stock of these at Cavalier on Sunday. We will also have some of the new 6mm PacFed and Polish infantry, as well as all of our other new releases from this year.

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As an added extra, we’ll have limited numbers of some Angel Barracks 6mm figures, in particular the new 30-figure character set.

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B15-500 – Research Base Set -£30.00
B15-501 – Accomodation Block – £6.00
B15-502 – Command Centre – £8.00
B15-503 – Small Garage Block – £6.00
B15-504 – Storage Hut – £3.50

The Little House on the Prairie

Well actually “Medium house in the desert” would be more accurate but that just didn’t sound quite as good.

Its been a long time since I’ve painted any decent amount of 15mm sci-fi models. The majority of what I have done in the past was for Tony’s magnum opus “Blood, Guts ‘n’ Gore in Space” a rather scary 25 years ago. Since I fancied painting something fun and different I decided to knock up a test piece for a small desert town.

So, meet Charles the small blue alien and his house. Charles is a freelance accountant (aliens have to pay taxes as well) living on a remote part of Yenpalo 6.

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My aim with the model was to utilise as many items from our ranges as possible since that made my life easier compared with scrabbling around in my spares box.

The centrepiece of the model, the house itself is the Medium House. As we don’t yet make any wall sections I carefully cast just the wall from the Villa to surround the “garden”. The canopy over the front door is the ramp from the Athena VTOL supported by bits cut from the Colony Base connector frames. On the roof of the house is a TV / broadband receiver made from the sensor on the rear of the Komodo tank turret.

To the left of the front door is a fuel cell unit made from a rocket pod from the Warlock support tank. Next to the back door is a geothermal heating and cooling system made from the front of a Grömitz class Missile Frigate.

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Charles himself is one our Alien civilians. His transport is a Raeside pick-up that he aquired at a bargain price after the XP-38 came out. Helping with daily work is a utility droid (which is the only model I wasn’t able to source from our own catalogue but was just too good to leave out).

Filling in the odd gaps are items from the vehicle stowage set, a couple of fuel drums from the Soviet Bizon tank and a small cargo pod. I also added a couple of cylindrical containers from a yet to be released accessory set.

The base is a simple piece of MDF covered with sand and small stones. Paints were from Games Workshop, Wargames Foundry and Army Painter. The final touch was a few suitably un-healthy looking tufts of Army Painter grass.

And a comment from Tony – “Now if you could just replicate that 10-12 times to make an entire desert village… :-)”

6mm PacFed Armoured Infantry

Last week we released our new 6mm Polish infantry, sculpted by Martin Baker. This week it’s the turn of the Pacific Federation figures, which are heavily armoured with more advanced weapons

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The contents of each pack is the same as the Polish, with enough figures to make three identical squads of a squad leader, five riflemen, a SAW and an anti-tank missile launcher. Again, there are three different riflemen poses to avoid too much repetition.

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SF300-770 – PacFed Infantry Platoon – £2.75

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As with the Polish, all PacFed packs that contain infantry will now contain the new figures instead of the older generic ones.

Age of Tyrants

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Last week we featured Polyversal, Collins Epic Wargames’ 6mm mass combat game which features some of our models in the Kickstarter campaign. Today we’re looking at another current Kickstarter with which we are involved, Age of Tyrants. This only has a short while left to run (less than two days when this post appears) so if you want to back the project, don’t wait around ! Age of Tyrants is a mass combat 6mm SF game, like Polyversal, but in a different style – the game has its own miniatures which feature lots of very big tanks as well as infantry.

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Our involvement in this game is supplying buildings from our existing 6mm ranges. We’ve set up several packs which can be added to your pledges

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Kicking Off the Season

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Our first show of 2016 is Cavalier in Tonbridge, in just under two weeks’ time. This is a show we haven’t been to for a few years, which is daft since it’s only a few miles down the road! For this show we have smaller stand than normal which will affect what we can display and the stock we’re able to bring. We’re hoping to cram as much as we can behind the stand, and the plan is to bring the following:

  • Aeronef – starter packs and fleet packs, no individual models
  • Spaceships – fleet packs only, no individual models
  • 15mm – full range of vehicles and figure packs, no buildings
  • 6mm – army and company packs, buildings, no individual vehicles
  • Celtos – full range of packs and individual models
  • 2mm Buildings – full range
  • Great War Belgians – full range
  • Magpie Miniatures – full range
  • Shapeways – full range

Not everything will be on display, so you might need to ask to see some items.

Unfortunately carrying full stock of models for all of the ranges will simply require too much space, so if you would like any individual spaceships, Aeronef or 6mm vehicles, 15mm buildings or anything from ranges which aren’t listed above, please contact us before the show with your requirements and we’ll bring them with us.

Polish 6mm Infantry Released

We previewed our new 6mm infantry a few weeks ago, and the first pack has hit the website today. The Polish Infantry are near-future in style with open-faced helmets and assault rifles, along with RPG-style anti-tank weapons and light machine guns.

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Each pack of 24 figures has enough figures to make three identical squads of a squad leader, five riflemen, a SAW and an anti-tank weapon. There are three different riflemen poses so that your units won’t look too uniform.

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SF300-1370 – Polish Infantry Platoon – £2.75

All Polish packs that contain infantry will now contain the new figures instead of the older generic ones.

Polyversal

Polyversal is a 6mm Sci-Fi mass combat miniatures game system by Collins Epic Wargames, compatible with all 6mm miniatures by means of a customisation and design system.

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The reason we’re flagging it up on out blog is that there is currently a Kickstarter running to support development and release of the game, and in the starter box you will get a number of our 6mm SF models.

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The campaign got off to a good start and runs for another seven weeks or so, with an aim to shipping in November. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you nearer the time 🙂

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Suburban Bliss

Most of our Small Scale Scenery range is made up of 19th and very early 20th century buildings, due to its initial origins as an offshoot of our Aeronef and Land Ironclads ranges. Today we’re adding some more up-to-date buildings in the form of a 1960s housing estate. It’s made up of a mix of semi-detached and detached houses, along with the obligatory row of convenience stores and takeaways. It’s a mature estate where the residents have gradually upgraded their houses, with the houses featuring a collection of garages, extensions, conservatories and porches that make them all slightly different.

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Although the houses are modelled on an English development, the buildings would be eminently suitable for post-war estates in other European countries.

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USS Lexington

The Lexington is one of the new models we pledged to produce as a result of the Imperial Skies Kickstarter campaign. It’s a battlecruiser class, and we decided to do something a bit different, going for a cross between a Civil War ironclad and a stealth submarine ! It has four very large main guns in semi-circular armoured citadels, a broadside battery of secondaries either side and two aerial torpedoes.

These are screen grabs of the 3D model, it won’t be going off for printing until the other three models are ready.

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