I promised something while I was away, so here we are (if you’re getting a sense of deja vu, these were previewed last weekend before Jo6). We’ve had a number of requests for Eastern Front buildings for WW2 games, so we have a new Russian Village pack of buildings. This contains 19 small houses, mostly single storey affairs and some of which are barely bigger than large huts. It also has a small wooden village chapel to round out the pack.
To accompany the village we have a Russian Orthodox church, a magnificent affair with a large central dome and four small corner towers.
The village buildings are metal castings, and because of their diminutive size we’ve cast them on sprues to make handling easier. The church is a single piece resin casting.
SSS-8113 – Russian Village – £3.33
SSS-8114 – Russian Orthodox Church – £1.25
I returned home from Sheffield where I’d been attending the Joy of Six last night, and after a brief night’s sleep, the Brigadieress and I were up and off to Dover to catch a ferry to France. By the time this is published we’ll probably be mid-channel, on our way to deepest Normandy for a week’s R&R. Although in theory the cottage has wi-fi and I will be able to read messages/emails, don’t expect any speedy turnaround on queries this week.
Obviously that means any orders will be delayed until I return – I am up-to-date to last Thursday, but anything that’s arrived since will not be dealt with until I get back to work on Tuesday 24th at the earliest (and the likelihood is that there will be a backlog that will probably take the week to clear) – so apologies if you were one of the minor deluge of orders that arrived over the weekend, but I’m afraid it’ll be next week before I can get to those.
As a bit of fun, I’ve left you with something new and appropriate – here’s a version of the flag of Normandy (this is the Nordic Cross variant apparently known as Flag of St Olaf) – now available from the website.
As well as our 6mm ranges, we also take the Small Scale Scenery range to Joy of Six. It’s used by some 6mm gamers who prefer their scenery to be nearer to ground scale than figure scale, and we’ve seen it done very effectively.
After the burst of 6mm items we’ve been previewing recently, we have some new in this range as well. After several requests, we have a village pack of 20 Eastern Front buildings, mostly single-storey wooden structures, along with a rather magnificent resin Russian Orthodox Church.
They will be on the website very shortly, so if you would like some and can’t make the show then you don’t have long to wait.
SSS-8113 – Russian Village – £3.33
SSS-8114 – Russian Orthodox Church – £1.25
After any number of minor but irritating delays (mostly around getting the turrets to cast successfully), we are finally able to add 6mm versions of our recent Hammer’s Slammers releases to the website. There are a lot of them – from the Falchion light tank and Fauchard APC, all the way up to the massive 10-wheeled Centurion C4H6 Hog.
The Falchion and Fauchard tracked vehicles are used by several mercenary units and come in a number of variants, tank, artillery, APC and mortar carrier. They’re accompanied by the larger Kraus tank which is used by the Lightning Division.
The Apex Dragoons are primary users of our new series of wheeled vehicles, the Catapult, Odyssey and much larger Broadsword, although the latter also serves in a number of mercenary and national army units. All are available with a variety of turrets.
Most widely used are the Centurion family of Very Large Transport Vehicles. Based on a set of common components which can be assembled in various configurations, they range from the C400 4-wheeler up to the enormous HGV-sized C4H6 articulated artillery hog mounting a 20cm rocket howitzer.
We’ll have stocks of all of these on Sunday at the Joy of Six in Sheffield
We’ve only listed the primary version of each vehicle below – for more variants see the website.
Our Squadron Commander range of starfighters stand as a range (and game – you can download the rules for free) in their own right, but also do double duty as air support for our 6mm SF range. It’s been a while since the last release, but we have some new models prepped and ready to go at the Joy of Six on Sunday. I’ve only had time to very quickly wash and drybrush the models (and drop the Hamerkop, snap off the base and have to replace it…), full paint jobs will follow when they’re actually released
The South African Confederation and Pacific Federation both get two fighter types, one derived from their existing fighter types in the spaceship range while the second is a new model.
The South African Petrel multi-role fighter is joined by the Hamerkop heavy interceptor, which boasts plenty of guns and an armoured frame.
The PacFed Sea Wasp attack fighter now gets an escort in the shape of the small and nimble Weta interceptor.
All of the models will be available individually and in flights of four with flying stands.
Number two in our short series of Joy of Six previews is a new set of 6mm infantry for Hammer’s Slammers, Fasolini’s Company. We already have these available in 15mm, and sculptor Martin Baker has done a fantastic job of scaling down the larger models to 6mm. For the show we will have infantry packs available, although unfortunately we aren’t quite there with the unit’s distinctive tracked guns so you’ll have to wait until we add those to the website (although I might just about have enough spare masters to create a detachment pack or two).
Each pack contains 23 figures – two squad leaders, four rocket launchers and fifteen riflemen, plus you get the two named leaders from the book Forlorn Hope – Colonel Guido Fasolini and Lt. Albrecht Waldstejn.
HS6-360 – Fasolini’s Company Infantry – £2.75
*EDIT – I put the wrong number of figures in the first version of this post, this has been corrected and the pack price amended.
Before I start – this is the last call for Joy of Six pre-orders, I’m at Brigade Towers tomorrow casting stock and it’ll be my final chance to put any orders together.
We have a few new 6mm SF items ready for the show this coming Sunday, most of which will then be added to the website in the next few weeks. One, however, won’t be (at least not yet). This is a building from the Desert Domes range which was one of the first to be designed, and which I really like, but it’s never been released. Why ? Well, in it’s current one-piece form it’s a nightmare to cast (or rather, it’s easy to cast but a nightmare to get out of the mould without snapping or warping the bridge). I’ve managed to produce a (very) small number for Sunday which will on sale on a strictly first-come, first served basis (no pre-orders – you’ll just have to get to us early).
Eventually I’ll redesign it, probably as two resin towers with a separate metal bridge piece, and then it will go on the website for general sale.
For want of a better name, we’ve called these ones Sunken Structures. They’re based around a courtyard sunk into the ground around 25 feet or so, with doors and tunnels leading off from the open central area. Windows and vents pierce the side walls and exhaust towers protrude above the surface. Access from ground level can be by simple stairs cut into the rock or elevators running up the side of the pits. Some are accessed through small entrance buildings on the surface above. One of the structures is an octagonal pit with a large workshop door off to one side, intended as a below-ground landing bay.
The models are one-piece resin castings. They’re all cast as simple square or rectangular pieces, and all are 25mm deep – the idea is for them to be modelled into a terrain baseboard or hill/mesa using 25mm thick insulation foam (inexpensive white polystyrene can be had from Wickes in the UK for just £7 for an 8’x4′ sheet). I’ll write an article on this in the near future, I promise.
We’ll have stocks of these at the Joy of Six next week. We’re getting close to the deadline for advance orders for the show, especially if you would like me to bring anything that’s not either 6mm or Small Scale Scenery.
For ages I’ve been putting off sorting and categorising the huge folder of decals for the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range. Now I’ve finally done it, and I know why I was reluctant to start ! It’s taken a ridiculous amount of time to sort them, create suitable pictures and thumbnails and them add them all to the database, but I’ve added something like 60-odd sheets of decals to the website. I’ve split them over two pages, one for the Slammers (and the Neu Friesland Defence force) for which there is a huge selection and range of options, and a second page for other units. All of those that are listed are in stock, although in some cases there are only one or two sheets so I’ll be re-ordering those today to ensure we have enough.
Hopefully we can start filling in some of the gaps for units that don’t yet have decals at the same time as we release models for them.
Below are some sample sheets of decals for the Slammers and Heliodorus Regiment with a picture of a Centurion C4F6 with some applied. And for good measure, how about a Lightning Division Kraus…
Firstly, we’d like to give ourselves a small pat on the back – if you look to the right you’ll see a shiny medal which we’ve received from Feedspot, a content aggregator for websites, blogs and Youtube channels. We haven’t had many awards in our time (although we did get a couple from the currently hibernating SFSFW many years ago) so this is a nice addition to our virtual trophy cabinet.
Now onto business – this week’s new release. The desert is a harsh environment, with the combination of sun, sand and wind making life difficult for anyone trying to eke out an existence among the dunes. Some colonists have tried to protect themselves from the climate by digging themselves into the terrain and building their houses, workshops underground. In some cases they’ve built above ground and then buried the structures under a layer of plascrete and sand, leaving just the doors and windows exposed, with a few vents and exhausts.
Today we’ve added three underground structures to the website – a couple of small houses and a larger complex with garage doors and a large exhaust fan. There’s also a pack available containing one large structure and three each of the smaller ones. They’re listed under a new category of buildings, Underground Structures.
They are all one-piece resin castings which will make a rather different addition to your 6mm desert Sci-fi layout. We’ll have stock of these at the Joy of Six in a couple of weeks.
BP300-701 – Buried Structures Pack – £15.00 B300-701 – Large Buried Structure – £4.50 B300-702 – Small Buried House #1 – £2.00 B300-703 – Small Buried House #2 – £2.00
We have further additions to the Underground Structures range planned – in fact they’re more then planned, we already have some of them in hand, as you can see below. These are effectively sunken pits where the underground dwelling is based around a central courtyard. We should also have these at Jo6.