Three large boxes of dice turned up on Friday (I say turned up – they were just left outside the front door by the courier, I didn’t realise they were there for several hours). These contained all of the dice for the Imperial Skies Kickstarter campaign, with hundreds of red, orange and yellow custom d6 with the game logo replacing the 6, and also plain d6 without the logo.
These will be sorted into packs, ready for shipping out with the rest of the pledges when the time comes. Currently we’re clearing out and making room at the workshop at Brigade Towers, ready to pack the pledge orders.
Once the pledges have been shipped, we have plenty of extra stock so the dice packs will go on sale on the website.
We have a small but popular set of merchants in our spaceships range, but it hasn’t been added to for a while. That was supposed to change at Salute, but that didn’t go quite as we hoped. However, all is put to rights today as we release five new models to supplement everyone’s commercial shipping fleets, rather earlier than we thought might happen.
Since most of what I get to paint is military stuff in drab colours, I went to town and painted all of them in bright primary shades, which made a rather nice change.
Remember those merchant spaceships we previewed before Salute? And how they didn’t quite make it, but we promised to remake the mould and get them out as soon as possible? Well, here’s a second set of masters with a few repairs and tweaks, which are being remoulded with a view to getting them out very, very soon.
And staying non-combatant and merchant-y, how about some new Aeronef merchants ? We have a small number of British and French merchant vessels already, and here are a couple of German vessels – a small coal lighter (left) and light freighter. The lighter will have coal modelled in the hold in the final version.
A while ago we featured some very nicely painted skeletons by Australian gamer Azazel. He’s very kindly sent us some more photos (in fact he did this a while back, but once again I blame Salute for interfering with everything/frying my few remaining brain cells etc). I’ve featured a few here, but there are more on his blog if you want to investigate further – click on any photo to be taken there.
Some houses in the desert wastelands are built up on high plinths to keep them safe from predators – this is one such design, accessed by a single stairway to a raised platform. This new 15mm building is available today.
I’ve also been tinkering with some of our recent releases, combining them with other parts to see what I could come up with. In particular, the new Fasolini tracked gun units have all sorts of possibilities. I’ve added a missile launcher and radar dish to the tracked base to create mobile anti-tank and comms systems, as well as a 5-barrel gatling weapon, known as the Lucane (Stag Beetle) family. I’ve also put the single-barrel gun on a ground mount to create a light AA gun (the quad gun was unfortunately a bit too big to fit the base and overbalances). These are listed under the EuroFed.
15mm gamers have had the lion’s share of new toys lately, but now it’s time for the smaller scale to take over for a while. With the Joy of 6 show in Sheffield coming up in July, we want to have a number of new 6mm items for that event and the aim is to release a steady trickle between now and the show. I’ve been asked several times if we’re going to release some of our recent new 15mm vehicles in 6mm – the answer is most definitely yes, and here’s the proof. We’ve scaled down the new Larminat and Eisenfaust tanks and the Kastenwagen platoon APC, plus the Kirin walker to 6mm. The Kirin master below doesn’t have any gun arms in the picture, since these have already gone off for mould-making (all three variants – gatling, laser and powergun).
As well as these we have a 6mm version of the Research base. It’s not quite complete with the garage doors and some windows to be added (I broke a couple of windows during assembly, and completely forgot to order prints of the doors !). However, replacements are on the way and this set should be available quite soon.
The Joy of Six show is a 6mm event, so we will only be bringing the 6mm SF range, Squadron Commander (since the fighters are 6mm scale) plus the 2mm buildings range. However, we will be taking pre-orders for any other ranges – just let us know in advance and we’ll bring your order with us. We will need these orders well in advance of the show (preferably by the end of June) since I’ll be going on holiday at the start of July, returning a couple of days before the show but I won’t really have any time to fill any orders when I get back. We’ll post more reminders leading up to the event so you don’t forget.
As Robin beavers away to finish the Imperial Skies rules, we’ve been casting up the models for all of the pledges. We’re probably 3/4 of the way through the fleet packs, and there are boxes and boxes of castings in the workshop waiting to be sorted into fleets and shipped out as soon as the rulebooks arrive.
We’ve finished the production moulds for the stretch goal battleships and are casting those too – again I’ve done around 75% of the resin hulls for the Vanguard, Kaiser and Gaulois.
Today I spent a little while assembling samples of each of the new models, getting them ready for painting (which will hopefully happen next week). We haven’t yet been able to show fully assembled versions, so I thought this was the ideal opportunity. The photos aren’t wonderful (photographing something that’s bright white isn’t easy) but you can see the details if you squint a bit, and of course we’ll show more pictures as and when they’re painted.
One of the most popular 15mm building sets we’ve come out with has been the Research Base. Possibly because it’s a very versatile design that will stand in as a military barracks, PoW or prison camp or general purpose civilian huts. Today we have a new addition to the base, a double hut connected by a central corridor – in other words, an H-Block. In its original guise as a cold weather research base it means that the occupants can move from hut to hut without stepping outside in the cold, which has to be a good thing !
If you weren’t aware of it, here’s a quick precis from the site:
Polyversal is a universal tabletop miniatures game for two or more players designed by veteran gamer Ken Whitehurst and developed and published by Collins Epic Wargames (known for their award-winning Spearpoint 1943 line of card wargames). The system is intended for use with 6mm scale miniatures, but may be used with larger 10mm or 15mm miniatures if desired.
We’re involved again, with a number of our miniatures going into the boxed game. In addition, we’re creating a new model (well, rebooting an old one that I never finished) in the form of the M-65 Ridgway Light Combat Walker. It’s a small bipedal mech that I started designed several years ago but never finished, and everyone who pledges for the boxed game, with or without miniatures, will get a set of three Ridgways. The image below is of the old design – I’ll be updating it before release (I’ll probably start from scratch and completely rebuild it from the ground up). The model will initially only be available to Polyversal backers and will not go on general sale until around 12 months after the KS finishes.
Today we’re adding the last of the new Salute items to the website, plus an extra bonus item.
We have three larger towers in our 6mm Desert Buildings range, all of which are one piece resin castings with small metal accessories in the form of rooftop aerials. These share the same characteristics as the rest of the desert range – solid cast construction with few, if any, windows to keep out the vicious Martian sandstorms. I find that coming up with descriptive names for buildings is always tricky, the best I can manage is generic terms like ‘large square tower’ – so apologies for that! The buildings are available singly or in a pack with one of each. And while we’re on desert building packs, we’ve created another bundle of some of the existing buildings that aren’t already in one of the other sets under the title of ‘Large Dwellings Pack’.
As a bonus, we also have the domed radar building we teased you with before Salute. I’ve made a new mould which works much better than the original so we’re now happy to release it (although the painted model below is from the original mould – the damaged part of the model is out of sight in this view).