Last Man, Last Bullet have begun stocking our Small Scale Scenery alongside their own excellent selection of pillboxes and other battlefield fortifications. They cover a different spread of shows to us so should widen our catchment area. They’ve started with a small selection of our forts and castles, but assuming all goes well we’re hoping they’ll expand the range that they stock.
During the Crimean War, the French used a number of Floating Batteries – ironclad hulls with a complement of heavy guns, but no means of propulsion. They were towed into position by smaller vessels – mostly paddle-steamer frigates – and used to bombard Russian coastal forts with some success. They were also deployed to the Adriatic during the 1859 Franco-Austrian War.
They struck me as a great idea for some new Aeronef vessels. Using the same idea of battleship-sized but unpowered vessels with lots of guns, this time flying rather than floating, I’ve come up with two different variants.
The first model is the Redoutable, the early version of the flying battery idea. This has 18 heavy guns in open mounts on the deck and a small deckhouse for the gun crews to shelter in.
The second model is what I imagine to be an updated version of the design – maybe a few years later, the original vessels were upgraded. These vessels, known as the Solférino class, retain ten of their original gun mounts but with the end ones replaced by two heavy battleship turrets and, in recognition of the increasing threat posed by fixed-wing aircraft, two turrets each mounting three rapid-firing small calibre AA guns. The vessels also have a small steam-powered engine to provide power to operate the heavy gun turrets, and a mast with spotters to provide centralised fire control.
Our next show, the Joy of Six in Sheffield, is less than two weeks away. Jo6 is, as you might guess from the name, an event dedicated to the delights of 6mm gaming across all periods and genres. Organised by Baccus, the show takes place in Sheffield Hallam University and attracts over a dozen traders and features almost thirty micro-scale games.
Since this is a very specialised show, I don’t take all of our ranges with us – instead I have a smaller stand packed with everything 6mm, plus a couple of other related ranges (full list below).
As always, we’re happy to take orders in advance – you can either place an order and pay in full using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay by cash or card on the day. You can advance order anything from any of our ranges, not just the 6mm ones.
Hammer’s Slammers – the full range of 6mm figures and vehicles, along with a good selection of detachment packs
6mm Sci-Fi – our full range of vehicles, figures, buildings and other items, including army packs, company packs and building packs
For safety and security, colonists have often enclosed their new settlements with walls to keep out local predators (and raiding gangs!). Today we’re releasing sets of wall sections in our 1/300th Desert Buildings range so you can keep your own micro-settlers safe from harm.
The sturdy walls are 21mm high and come in lengths of 80mm or 40mm. The L-shaped ends are designed so that they can be assembled either way round. There are two lengths of wall, two types of corner and a gateway. There are also two very useful defensive pieces – an open watchtower and a small gun tower with a number of turret options. The Town Walls set (above) contains thirteen pieces that will enclose an area 240x200mm.
The walls would also work in 15mm as much smaller pieces for making compounds, gardens etc. The gateway is just about tall enough to allow 15mm figures to walk through.
I had a couple of days off last week, hence no new release on Friday (and I’m also a bit behind on orders, most will be posted today but there are a couple left over – but everything should ship by the end of this week).
Catching up with the release today, and continuing with the plan of having plenty of new 6mm stuff for Joy of Six next month, we have four new 1/300th scale bunkers today. There’s a Turret Bunker with lots of options for the turret, a smaller AA Bunker, again with different turret options, a pair of twin Checkpoints and a Command Bunker.
The continued release of new and redesigned models means that occasionally we tweak the contents of our Aeronef and Spaceship fleet packs to accommodate the new vessels and increase the variety across them.
To this end, we’ve just updated the contents of some of our British spaceship and German Aeronef packs. Conveniently we sold out of British spaceship packs at Salute so restocking those was an ideal chance to make changes, and the new German Aeronef cruisers prompted the second change.
The affected British packs are SFSP-104, the heavy fleet pack, which gets the new Triumph heavy destroyers, while the Strike pack, SFSP-105, now has Shark class stealth destroyers to match the Swiftsure cruisers.
Most of the German fleet packs have been updated – VANFP-301, -302 and -304 have all been revamped to fit in the new cruiser designs, as has the Grand Fleet Pack, VANFP-023. We’ve also added a seventh German fleet pack, VANFP-307, with a Kaiser class dreadnought (which has never been in a fleet pack before now) at its core supported by two new Lutzow class Flottenkreuzer.
Our Aeronef update programme continues today with the release of five new German cruisers. Three replace the existing models, while the Hansa and Lützow are new designs.
The Köln is one of the oldest German models in the range and both it and the Emden had small cast-on turrets. The new versions have separate turrets and much more detail. The Prinz Heinrich model has a twin heavy turret up front along with a smaller one aft.
The Hansa is a variant of the Emden hull, but with two larger turrets in place of the latter’s battery of small turrets, plus torpedo tubes along the flanks.
The Lützow is a heavy Flottenkrüzer with five larger turrets.
VAN-303 – Köln class Heavy Cruiser – £3.50 VAN-306 – Emden class Light Cruiser – £2.50 VAN-314 – Prinz Heinrich class Heavy Cruiser – £3.00 VAN-325 – Hansa class Torpedo Cruiser – £2.50 VAN-326 – Lützow class Fleet Cruiser – £4.00
It’s almost time for our local club, Maidstone Wargames Society, to hold its annual Open Day. This year it’s on Saturday June 22nd between 11am and 4pm, at the club’s usual meeting place in Linton, Kent. It’s not a conventional wargames show, there are no traders or bring-and-buy, and no entrance fee. Instead, the club puts on a selection of games across a variety of periods and scales to showcase our activities and hopefully attract one or two new members. All of the games are open for people to join in and try out a new period or set of rules.
Periods include Vietnam, Dark Ages, English Civil War and even a James Bond-inspired spy-fi game. I’ll be there, running a 1/600th Suez Crisis aircraft game featuring dogfights between MiGs, Meteors, Mysteres, Mustangs, Mosquitoes and some other planes not starting with M!
I’m not officially there in a Brigade capacity – there’s no Brigade stand and I won’t have any stock. However, if anyone is planning to come along to the Open Day and would like me to bring anything along to save on postage, don’t let me stop you – just drop us a line and we’ll sort something out.