We’ll Be Right Back…

I’m off for a few days (the rest of this week, to be exact) for a short break to congratulate/commiserate with the Brigadieress for putting up with me for another year. All orders up until the end of yesterday (Monday) have been completed, but there will be a hiatus until I return to the workshop at the start of next week. The website of course remains open so you can still place orders, I just won’t get to them immediately.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some upcoming new models – these are German spaceships, replacements for the older Osnabruck and Wuppertal models that are in need of a new production mould so we’re taking the opportunity to update them to new digitally sculpted designs. With a bit of luck they’ll form part of our Salute portfolio this year (which is already frighteningly close, just five weeks away).

Fleet Reinforcements

Our British spaceship fleet gets three new reinforcements this week. The largest of the three is is Medway class Patrol Ship – this is a deep space patrol vessel tasked with keeping watch over distant colonies, showing the flag and generally showing up wherever it can be useful. It has a railgun battery as main armament, and also room for a marine squad and a fighter bay which can be useful for either interceptors or shuttle craft. They can just as often be found running rescue or humanitarian missions as military ones.

Joining the main fleet are the new Triumph class heavy destroyers. Slower than most fleet escorts, they have a battery of Stardart missiles and additional armour to help them stand in the line of battle.

The Shark class Stealth Destroyers are part of the fleet’s Deep Strike arm, joining the larger Swiftsure cruisers as part of a task force that specialises in fast interdiction missions on enemy installations. They’re equipped wwith heavy forward firing railguns for hitting power and a stealth generator to keep them hidden.

Starmada-X stats can be found for these three new ships on our website.

SFS-133 – Triump class Heavy Destroyer – £1.50
SFS-134 – Shark class Stealth Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-174 – Medway class Patrol Ship – £1.75

We’ll be rejigging the contents of our British fleet packs to accomodate these new ships, although that hasn’t quite happened yet.

Alas, due to the slightly late arrival of the production mould I won’t have any of these at Cavalier on Sunday 🙁

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.