Snow Business

Our corner of the UK has been hit a couple of times by what for us is quite heavy falls of snow (5″-6″ or so). In comparison to (say) North America or Scandinavia it’s probably only a piddling amount, but here it’s a once-in-a-decade event and so has brought travel to a halt because we’re just not equipped for it. I was able to get to the workshop on Monday to cast and fill orders, and yesterday walked them to the post office (although they told me that there would be no more collections until today at the earliest, so as far as I know they’re still sitting in the corner of the depot). The cold snap is due to last until the end of the week, with more snow forecast, so I’ll have to see how the weather unfolds over the next few days. The Brigade workshop is on a farm in the middle of the Kent countryside and my journey is via minor country roads, some of which aren’t even wide enough for two cars to pass, so can easily be made impassable by a bit of snow. If there are any delays in shipping orders then obviously we’ll post news on the blog and our various social media accounts. It’s also likely to delay our next planned release – there’s no point putting new items on the website if I can’t get to the workshop to produce them !

On another topic, one oversight from last Friday’s EuroFed spaceship release was not to take photos of the underside of the two carriers, showing the position of the fighters. The pictures below should hopefully rectify this. I had trouble taking clear photos (the fact that the fighters are the same colour as the carriers doesn’t help !) so I’ve mixed in some CG images of the 3D models to help.

The Final Frontier

Almost a year ago (the first models appeared at Salute 2017) we started on the redesign and relaunch of our European Federation spaceship fleet. Today, that task is finally complete as we release the last of the new designs.

First up are two rather unusual fighter carrier types, the Revanche and the Vaban. What makes them different is that both are parasite carriers, with their fighters carried in external racks on the underside of each vessel. The Revanche carries six of the new Moustique strikeboats, while the much smaller Vaban carries six Comete light interceptors. The Revanche is a resin casting with metal parts, while the Vaban is metal.

Which leads straight onto the new Moustique strikeboat – this is effectively a large fighter design (I haven’t quite worked out whether it should be depicted as a large fighter or a very small ship in Starmada).

For system defence we have the Montcalm monitor, a destroyer sized vessel without an FTL drive, which utilises the extra space to carry a heavy-than-normal armament. And to keep tabs on the enemy at long range is the Surveillante Early-Warning craft, reminiscent of a modern-day AWACS.

And finally, … something brand new, the Cormoran shuttle craft. Used for both courier and assault lander duties, the Cormoran is a common sight around EuroFed fleets.

SFS-412 – Revanche Strikeboat Carrier – £5.00
SFS-413 – Vaban Patrol Carrier – £1.75
SFS-462 – Moustique Strikeboat (x12) – £2.00
SFS-490 – Montcalm System Monitor – £1.50
SFS-492 – Surveillante AWACS – £0.75
SFS-493 – Cormoran Shuttle (x2) – £0.75

SFSP-403 – EuroFed Patrol Fleet – £22.00

Down on the Farm

We have something else new in the Small Scale Scenery range today. This is a set of six Walled Farms, cast in metal as single pieces on a base. I did try casting them in resin, which worked OK initially, but the pieces were so small and brittle they had a tendency to snap when getting them out of the moulds !

They’re listed under English buildings, but are equally suitable for any European setting

SSS-8106 – Walled Farms (x6) – £4.00

I think I deserve a pat on the back for getting these out today, since the mould only arrived at the workshop yesterday at 3pm…

Cavalier 2018

Following on from ROBIN in Nottingham this last weekend, our next show is less than two weeks away – Cavalier in the Angel Centre, Tonbridge, is on Sunday 25th of February.

As always, we are taking pre-orders for any of our ranges – you can either place an order and pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay on the day. Pre-orders need to be with us by Tuesday next week at the latest (Feb 20th) in order for us to have a chance of getting them ready. We have a smaller stand at Cavalier, so can’t display everything although we still take as much stock as possible (it gets cramped behind the stand !). However, if there’s something you really, really want from us, it’s best to get it reserved in advance.

Giant of the Tundra

Today sees the release of another new addition to the Neo-Soviet arsenal, the Mammont heavy tank. This is an unusually configured vehicle with two independent track units on each side and twin main guns in a huge main turret. A secondary turret is fitted next to the commander’s hatch, usually mounting a tribarrel gatling but with other options available.

The kit consists of six resin and seven metal pieces, and is available with three different types of main gun plus three options for the secondary turret.

The Mammont features in the recently updated detachment lists for the Zaporoskiye Regiment which can be found on the Hammer’s Slammers website, along with a detailed modelling and painting guide and picture gallery.

SF15-1202 – Mammont Super-heavy Tank – £10.00
SF15-1202a – Mammont with Gatlings – £10.00
SF15-1202b – Mammont with Particle Cannon – £10.00

PP15-1202 – Mammont Platoon Pack – £29.00

Stats Update

We’ve released a fair number of new spaceships and Aeronef in recent months, so last week I sat down and updated our gaming support pages with stats for Aeronef and Starmada X. This includes all the new Nef released since the Imperial Skies kickstarter, and the latest British and Neo-Soviet spaceships.

Aeronef stats can be found here, while the spaceships are here.

The Grand Fleet Arrives

Following on from the arrival of the new Victoria and Albert class battleships, the rest of the British capital ships get a similar makeover this week. The Agincourt and Benbow battleships plus the Audacious and Britannia battlecruisers have all been replaced by new resin-hulled models with separate turrets and metal parts.

The Benbow, the original of which was the first Aeronef model we ever made, has three twin turrets of a new design and carries several scout fighters launched from a catapult amidships.

The Agincourt is the heaviest of this batch, does away with the aircraft and instead has four main turrets and a heavier secondary battery.

The Britannia battlecruiser has two main turrets, one triple and one twin, again of a new design.

The Audacious is similar to the Britannia but with two twin turrets and a four torpedo tubes.

We’ve revamped the existing British fleet packs with the new models, including the British Grand Fleet pack. The two new turret types are also available in separate accessory packs.

VAN-101 – Benbow class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-109 – Agincourt class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-111 – Britannia class Battlecruiser – £7.00
VAN-114 – Audacious class Battlecruiser – £7.00

VAN-7016 – British Battleship Turrets (x10) – £1.50
VAN-7017 – British Battlecruiser Turrets (x10) – £1.50