Painted Japanese

One last post before the weekend – I’ve finished painting the new Japanese Aeronef and these are ready to go at Tabletop Gaming Live.

There are four new models – from left to right these are the new Shinano class dreadnought, and new versions of the Yamashiro and Yashima battleships, and the Ryujo fleet carrier. We have stocks of all of these models and fleet packs (the only thing I didn’t manage was to create a new fleet pack with the Shinano in – that will have to wait until they hit the website next week).

VAN-602 – Yashima class Battleship – £7.50
VAN-603 – Ryujo class Carrier – £9.00
VAN-615 – Yamashiro class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-617 – Shinano class Dreadnought – £8.00

Gimme Shelter

We’ve now run through the new models that will be available at Tabletop Gaming Live tomorrow. I’ve found time to put two of these on the website – the two sets of Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS) are now available to buy, although they obviously won’t start shipping until next week.

With the earlier than usual start to the show (9am) there won’t be time to set up tomorrow morning, so I’m off to the workshop to load up then up to Alexandra Palace to set the stand up this afternoon. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

SSS-8116 – NATO Hardened Aircraft Shelters (x6) – £3.00
SSS-8117 – WarPac Hardened Aircraft Shelters (x6) – £5.00

6mm Crucible Detachments

Something we’ve been wanting to do for a little while is expand on our range of pre-made 6mm detachment packs for the Crucible, as we have with the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range. This week we received some new backing cards for our blisters and I’ve been able to put together a number of detachment packs in time for the show this weekend.

These packs are a great way to get into the game, costing around £5-£12 each for a full detachment that matches the appropriate detachment sheet from the Crucible website.

We’ve revamped some of the old packs that didn’t match the detachment lists, so all of the ones for the Slammers regiment have been replaced by new ones with the correct contents. And of course as soon as I get time, we’ll add all of these to the website.

10mm Research

The last of our new items for Tabletop Gaming Live are from our 10mm Sci-Fi buildings range. We’ve rescaled some more of our existing buildings, from the Research Base set, to this scale (I can’t remember if I rescaled the 15mm versions down or the 6mm ones up !). The first three buildings to appear in 10mm are the Accommodation Block, Small Garage Block and Utility Shed. Assuming sales on these are OK, we’ll do the other models in the set later.

Hardened Shelters

We have some more 2mm previews to follow on from the Hippodrome yesterday, although these are somewhat smaller and a lot further down the historical timeline.

In response to a customer request, we’ve produced two sets of Cold War Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS) of the type seen dispersed across military airfields all over the world. Both sets are of a size to accommodate a single fighter-bomber plus ground crew and equipment.

Type 1 are NATO designs, based on those at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. These are simple reinforced concrete shelters which aren’t buried or covered over.

The second, larger type are based on a Czech design. These ones are covered in soil and grass to increase the level of protection – internally they’re probably the same size as the NATO ones, but the earth cover makes them appear larger from the outside.

Both sets are cast in resin and come in packs of six.

Although these are part of the 2mm range, they could equally be used as 6mm sheds or workshops – just a thought…

Counting Down to TTGL

So I’m back from my holiday and have cleared the order backlog, everything to the end of Sunday has shipped so things are officially Back To Normal on the mail-order turnaround front. I’ve turned my attention back to Tabletop Gaming Live, which is just five days away now. Although it’s very close, you still just about have time to get in pre-orders if there’s anything you’d like us to reserve for you – I’m casting tomorrow, so really need them by the end of today (Tuesday 25th).

As mentioned, because of holidays ‘n’ stuff we’ve not released anything new for a couple of weeks, instead holding some bits and pieces over to the show itself. We’ve already previewed the Japanese Aeronef – I’m just polishing off the painting on these and will take some better photos later.

We will have some new releases in the Small Scale Scenery range. The first of these is the largest model we’ve yet produced in the range – even bigger than the previous holder of this title, the Roman Amphitheatre. This is a model of a Roman Hippodrome, or racetrack, with the dimensions based on the remains of the one at Jerash in Jordan but with some details influenced by others around the world. It’s over 250mm (10″) long and 75mm wide, plenty big enough for a 2mm scale chariot. There’s no truth in the rumour that we’re about to launch a 2mm scale Ben Hur game, complete with tweezers to move the pieces !

Big in Japan

As mentioned, we’re looking to have some new releases at Tabletop Gaming Live, and these are the first of them. The Japanese Aeronef fleet is the penultimate one of the major powers to get an overhaul (the US are coming by the end of the year), with replacements for the Yamashiro and Yashima battleships and the Ryujo carrier. And as we have with the other fleets, I couldn’t resist adding an extra model, so we also have the Shinano dreadnought. The photo below is of my semi-painted prototypes, I’ll arrange for someone proper photos next week.

Holiday time again

As previously mentioned, I missed Colours this weekend because of a rather more important event. The Brigadieress and I are also away for a short break, so although the website will remain open, I won’t be around until the very end of this week and there will be a slower than usual turnaround on orders for the 7-10 days and delays in answering queries.

Because of this, we’ve decided to hold onto any new models and will instead release them at Tabletop Gaming Live in a fortnight. Previews will be along soon…

You still have a week or so to place orders for collection at TTGL, I’ll be casting the last ones on the Wednesday before the show.

Arrivederci!

Tabletop Gaming Live

Tabletop Gaming Live is a new event being held at Alexandra Palace in a couple of weeks. We will be there on stand G21 in The Great Hall.

We will take as much stock as possible but we’re limited to what will fit in my car – we’ll have a full set of Celtos figures and packs, Aeronef and Spaceship fleet packs, a selection of Aeronef battleships, 6mm army, company and building packs, 15mm vehicles and figures, 6mm and 15mm Hammer’s Slammers detachment packs (and hopefully a few new ones), the complete range of Small Scale Scenery, Squadron Commander flights, all of the Crom’s Anvil range of 15mm fantasy figures, our Great War Belgians and Magpie miniatures.

Unless I miraculously find some extra space, we won’t be able to carry individual models from the 6mm, Aeronef and Spaceships ranges (apart from some Nef battleships which you’ll find on our blister rack). We’re also unlikely to have room for our 6mm, 10mm and 15mm SF buildings apart from the 6mm building packs.

Usually we only have one of each pack available, apart from the new releases or popular packs, so if you want to be certain of getting hold of the pack you want, you can place an advance order. You can either 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 of the week before the show at the latest (September 25th) in order for us to have a chance of getting them ready.

Tabletop Gaming Live

Dates
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th September 2018
Location
Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
Opening Times
9.00am – 6.00pm Saturday
9.00am – 5.00pm Sunday

Skeleton Dance

A while ago we featured some nicely painted skeletons from the Celtos Fir Bolg range by Australian blogger Azazel. Recently he sent us photos of some more archers, so without further ado, here they are (and it would be rude not to link to his blog)…