Baby Ape

The question most often asked when we release a new 15mm model is will you be releasing this in 6mm ?. This answer to that question is (almost) always yes, but some take a little longer than others.

This week’s new release is one of the shorter time frames we’ve managed – following on from the release of the 15mm Silverback Tank Destroyer at the end of January, the 6mm version has appeared just three weeks later. Even at the smaller scale it’s an impressive beast, coming in at 35mm long and 22mm wide.

The model comes with a sprue of different two gun options, a 25cm powergun and over/under twin barrel weapon. We’ve also released two 6mm detachment packs for the Nonesuch National Guard, primary users of the Silverback. We’ll have stocks of all of these at ROBIN on Sunday.

HS6-3501 – Silverback Tank Destroyer – £1.75

HSD6-3501 – Nonesuch Heavy Armour Detachment – £14.25
HSD6-3502 – Nonesuch Mechanised Infantry Detachment – £7.75

Skimming Along

New this week we have some skimmers to get you infantry zipping about the battlefield at top speed. These are small, one-man hover vehicles used by some infantry units in the Hammer’s Slammers universe either in place of or as a supplement to normal APCs.

There are two options for the skimmer crew – a British infantryman or a PacFed one in full heavy armour. Both come in packs of four 2-piece skimmers and separate crew figures.

Units that use skimmers in the Hammerverse include the Wolverines, Anders Legion and the Eaglewing (the Slammers regiment themselves also use skimmers – you can already buy those from Ground Zero Games).

SF15-167 – British Infantry on Skimmers (x4) – £6.00
SF15-756 – PacFed Heavy Infantry on Skimmers (x4) – £6.00

Cavalier 2019

Our second show of 2019 is Cavalier, run by Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society – although the show actually takes place in Tonbridge, just down the road. It’s held on Sunday 24th February at the Angel Centre from 10am-4pm.

We have a smaller stand at Cavalier than we do at other shows, it goes back several years when they kindly squeezed us in at the last minute and it worked well enough that we’ve stuck to it. As a result we’re more limited than usual in terms of what we’re able to bring, which makes advance orders even more important than normal. We’re also more limited in terms of what we can display – for example we should have a good stock of all fleet packs, but won’t necessarily have room for them all on the stand so you might have to ask if you can’t see what you want.

  • Celtos – Decent stock of all individual figures, small unit packs and medium army packs (no large army packs)
  • Aeronef/Imperial Skies – All of the most popular fleet packs (the major powers) but not the smaller nations; a good selection of individual capital ships in blisters; rulebooks and accessories for Imperial Skies (no grand fleet packs or starter packs)
  • Small Scale Scenery – the full range of all models
  • Spaceships – full range of fleet packs (no individual models)
  • Hammer’s Slammers – rulebooks; the full range of 15mm models; a selection of 6mm detachment packs (no 15mm detachment packs)
  • 15mm SF – full range of 15mm vehicles, figure packs and accessories (no buildings)
  • 6mm SF – full range of army packs, company packs and building packs (no individual models)
  • Great War Belgians – full range of figures
  • Magpie Miniatures – individual figures and blister packs
  • Squadron Commander – full range of blister packs (no individual models or starter packs)
  • Crom’s Anvil – full range of figures
  • We will not be able to bring any 10mm SF buildings, Iron Stars or Land Ironclads miniatures unless ordered in advance.

Pacific Thunder

Today sees the final part of stage #1 of our programme to update all of our older Aeronef models. The final one of the big six major powers, the USA, has at last received the planned overhaul of their three older capital ships. The Texas, Maine and Lincoln battleships have all been replaced by new resin and metal designs, joining their counterparts in the other aero-navies of the world.

The Texas is the oldest of the three (the original Texas sculpt was the oldest original Aeronef battleship model remaining in production) and the design reflects a vessel of an earlier era, with a secondary broadside battery in casemates in the superstructure. We’ve also taken a cue from early US naval battleships with the superimposed main turrets – these aren’t able to rotate independently, the upper turret is fixed to the lower one.

The Maine follows a similar deck layout to the Texas but with updated turrets and superstructure. It also has a more conventional superstructure and like the Texas it has a fire control and steering bridge at the top of its bipod masts.

The Lincoln is a much more up-to-date vessel with multi-layered armament in turrets and casemates. Its secondary role as a carrier escort is reflected in the pair of anti-aircraft turrets amidships.

The three new vessels are available individually or in fleet packs – each pack has two battleships plus escorts. The US Grand Fleet pack has also been updated, with one each of the new battleships plus a Lexington battlecruiser and eleven escort vessels. The four new types of turrets on these ships are also available in our Aeronef Accessories range.

VAN-205 – Texas class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-207 – Maine class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-212 – Lincoln class Battleship – £8.50

VAN-7023 – US Twin Square Medium Turrets (x12) – £1.50
VAN-7024 – US Twin Round Medium Turrets (x12) – £1.50
VAN-7025 – US Superimposed Heavy Turrets (x5) – £1.50
VAN-7026 – US Twin Heavy Turrets (x10) – £1.50
VAN-7027 – US Battleship Masts (x6) – £1.50

VANFP-022 – US Grand Fleet Pack – £48.00
VANFP-201 – US Fleet Pack #1 – £22.00
VANFP-202 – US Fleet Pack #2 – £22.00
VANFP-203 – US Fleet Pack #3 – £22.00

Stage #2 of the upgrade programme – replacing all of the smaller vessels – begins soon, with the British fleet the first to get new cruisers and destroyers.

And finally, as always, a shout-out to Dom’s Decals for the tail markings.