Following the belated delivery of our new casting kit, we’re finally able to put the Thunderbolt Division’s Dragoon half-tracks back into production. The Thunderbolts appears in the Hammer’s Slammers story The Warrior (and get a bit of a pasting from Slick des Grieux !) and use two different types of half-track – the Viking recce vehicle, which we released earlier in the year, and the much larger Dragoon, which takes on the functions of tank, APC and support vehicle.
The Dragoon has an unusual configuration of twin pairs of front wheels and two independant small track units either side for low ground pressure and maximum manoeuvrability. There are five turret variants with gun turrets, calliopes and missile launchers. We’ve remastered all of the turrets from the original 3D files, and remoulded the hull from the original master.
For some time now we’ve wanted to produce some tiny castles for the Small Scale Scenery range. But it took a while to work out exactly what form they would take – a brief investigation showed that there was no such thing as a ‘generic’ castle, they’re all very different and generally built to suit the terrain around them. We could make one-piece models of specific historical castles, but there are so many to choose from and regardless of how many we made, we’d never be able to cover enough variations to please everyone.
So instead we’ve settled on making a series of castle components – we’ve designed a numbers of sets of walls, towers and gateways along with a couple of keeps. Hopefully that will give enough variations to produce a decent representation of most UK castles and some continental ones. The parts are all cast in our usual cream-coloured resin so should be easy to cut and modify (certainly easier than metal pieces !).
To give you an idea of what the pieces look like, I’ve put together a simple square castle with a keep; this was made on a 6″ square of acrylic, with the keep raised on a low motte made from foam card. It took no more than half an hour to assemble, and painting was a simple matter of spray (grey primer), wash (Citadel Nuln Oil) and drybrush (GW Longbeard Grey).
I’m still knocking the last gremlins out of the casting process (we’ve recently invested in some new pressure casting equipment which I’m still getting to grips with), but hopefully they will be available at Crisis in a couple of weeks.
Our growing range of 10mm SF buildings is expanded today with the addition of three new models. These are from our Research Base set of buildings that already feature in both 15mm and 6mm. They depict a style similar to an Antarctic station, hence the bright orange colour scheme on these !
We’ll have stock at SELWG next weekend – and this is as good a time as any to remind you that any preorders really need to be with us by the end of this weekend (the 14th) so that we have time to get them ready for the show.
The shows come thick and fast this time of year; our next port of call is Crystal Palace for SELWG 2018 on Sunday week, October 21st. As always, advance orders for collection at the show are welcome – 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. I have a couple of days off next week which means I need a little more notice than usual – so ideally any pre-orders need to be with us by the end of this weekend (Sunday 14th) so that I have enough time to get them ready.
It’s also the final chance to see our local clubs’ (Maidstone Wargames Society) Twisting the Dragon’s Tale demonstration game, a depiction of the 1918 raid on Zeebrugge featuring a 28mm scale light cruiser!
Today sees the official website release of our new, remastered Japanese Aeronef capital ships. We’ve previewed these extensively and had them for sale at Tabletop Gaming Live last weekend, so you’ve seen them before. There are four new models – replacements for the Yashima and Yamashiro battleships, and a new version of the Ryujo class carrier. There’s also a brand new ship, the Shinano class dreadnought.
All follow the new configuration of resin hull with lots of metal detail fittings, including separate turrets – the Japanese use the same types as our British battleships.
We’ve reconfigured the existing fleet packs, added a new one containing two Shinanos plus escorts, and introduced a Japanese Grand Fleet Pack for the first time.
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
That leaves us on target to complete the overhaul of all of the major powers’ capital ships by the end of the year. We’re only left with the USA to update, and the new masters arrived for those a couple of weeks’ ago (in fact Phil is already making the moulds for the metal parts).
Following the preview last week, we’ve added our Roman racetrack to the website. I’ve been referring to it as a Hippodrome, but that’s the Greek term for the same thing. It’s based on the remains of the Roman circus in Jerash, Jordan – this is quite a small one at 250m long, the Circus Maximus in Rome is almost three times the size ! It’s a one-piece resin casting which is roughly 10″ long by 3″ wide.