Salute 21 – The Final Tally

As this post is published, we’ll be loading the van ready for the drive to ExCel where we’ll be setting up for Salute tomorrow.

We have some last minute additions to the roster; the 15mm Sincanmo dune buggies get some heavy support in the shape of this 8×8 armoured car, with several turret options. There are also three new buggy variants – a 4×4 scout, plus 6×6 and half-track command vehicles.

We also have a new Celtos figure,a Vanir Healer sculpted by Jeremey. He doesn’t have a name yet, but might get one later.

Finally (yes, really finally), drifting majestically into view we have the Nightingale class hospital ship for Imperial Skies.

This seems like a good time to summarise all of the new models that we plan to have tomorrow (on the assumption that we remember to bring them with us – yes, there has been the odd occasion when we’ve managed to leave all the stock of one of our new releases behind…). The models with an (M) after the price are part of our charity fundraiser – 50% of the ex-VAT price of these models will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

15mm Sincanmo
HS15-2901 – Garaad 8×8 Heavy Armoured Car – £7.50
HS15-2901a – Garaad 8×8 AA Car – £7.50
HS15-2901b – Ugass 8×8 Command Car – £7.50
HS15-2902 – Naib 6×6 Technical – £7.00
HS15-2902a – Naib 6×6 Troop Carrier – £7.00
HS15-2902b – Naib 6×6 Command Car – £7.00
HS15-2902c – Naib 6×6 AA Truck – £7.50
HS15-2903 – Aamir Half-track – £7.00
HS15-2903a – Aamir Half-track Troop Carrier – £7.00
HS15-2903b – Aamir Command Half-track – £7.00
HS15-2903c – Aamir AA Half-track – £7.50
HS15-2904 – Qaadi 4×4 Utility – £6.00
HS15-2904a – Qaadi 4×4 EW Car- £6.00
HS15-2904 – Qaadi 4×4 Scout – £6.00

15mm Ambulances
HS15-408g – Catroux Ambulance – £8.00 (M)
HS15-715 – PacFed Ambulance – £7.50 (M)

6mm Buildings
B300-148 – Desert Medical Centre – £3.00 (M)
B300-507 – Research Base Medical Centre – £2.00 (M)
B300-606 – Moonbase Medical Centre – £3.00 (M)

Celtos
CLT-212 – Vanir Healer – £4.00 (M)

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8174 – Albeburgh Martello – £1.00
SSS-8176 – Victorian Hospitals – £3.50 (M)
SSS-8177 – Modern Hospital – £4.50 (M)

Spaceships
SFS-5027 – Neptune Conveyor – £4.00

Imperial Skies
VAN-5019 – Nightingale Hospital Ship – £6.00 (M)
VAN-1301 – Moreno Battleship – £8.00
VAN-1302 – Buenos Aires Cruiser – £3.00
VAN-1303 – Patagonia Cruiser – £2.50
VAN-1304 – Mendoza Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-1305 – Rosales Torpedo Frigate – £1.00
VAN-1306 – Libertad Battlecruiser – £8.00
VAN-1307 – Guerrico Frigate – £1.00

1/700 Forts
B700-170 – Lascaris Towers – £3.50
B700-173 – Fort Pate – £3.00
B700-175 – Aldeburgh Martello – £1.50

Salute 2021 – Armoured Ambulances

Next in line for Saturday’s releases is a pair of 15mm Sci-fi armoured ambulances. The first is from our Pacific Federation range of grav tanks, and thus would also serve for the Terran Authority Starmarines in Hammer’s Slammers. It’s essentially a slightly smaller version of the 6mm Bennelong model with a boxy body which flares out either side for additional space. Cunningly, it’s designed so that as well as an ambulance, it’ll also serve as a command or utility vehicle; there is a turret mount on the right hand side of the superstructure that will accept a radar, small turret or even a small crane, as well as the blanking plate seen on the left hand model.

PacFed ambulance and command vehicle

The second model is a European Confederation design based on the Catrous 10-wheeler chassis. Like the PacFed example, it has a standard turret mount for radar, gun or missile mounts or again, just the blanking plate for the ambulance version. Unfortunately my sample model is currently sitting in the shed with its coat of Army Painter Quickshade drying overnight, so you’ll just have to make do with a CGI version instead…

Both of these models will be part of our MacMillan fund-raiser, which we’ve christened the Surgeon General range, so we’ll be donating 50% of the sale price of each model to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. More tomorrow..

15mm Dune Buggies for Salute

Tearing across the sands of Meridienne and into Salute 2021 come the armed dune buggies of the Sincanmo Militia. We have no fewer than eleven different configurations based on 4×4, 6×6 and half-track drives, some with multiple weapon loadouts for even more variation. We’re still finalising all of the options that we’ll offer on the day (I’ve still to paint the command and 4×4 scout versions), there are still a couple of moulds to be made but we should have plenty on the day. The vehicles are an ideal complement to our recently released Desert Raider figures.

Half-track with single AA gun and 6×6 with quad AA.
Half-track with single AA gun and 6×6 missile carrier
Utility and troop-carriers in 6×6 and half-track configurations.
4×4 Radar and Utility versions

Sand Troopers

So today we’re releasing the first of the new 15mm Desert Raider figures. Seven packs are available including riflemen and support weapons, command figures, tripod-mounted tri-barrel teams, snipers and the impressive Lizard Riders.

We will have stocks of the new figures at SELWG, although the hoped-for new vehicles to accompany them won’t quite be ready. And unfortunately we’ll be short of one Brigadier (and more importantly, one car down) on Sunday so that may affect what we’re able to bring. It’s more likely that we’ll drop some of the display models – the display cases look good but take up a lot of room in the car and a lot of extra stock can be fitted into the same space. So the stand may look slightly different with fewer display models, but we’ll still have as much stock as possible.

The following packs are available on the website today:

HS15-4260 – Rifles (x8) – £4.00
HS15-4261 – Support Weapons (x8) – £4.00
HS15-4262 – Command (x8) – £4.00
HS15-4263 – Tri-barrel Teams (x2) – £3.50
HS15-4267 – Lizard Riders (x2) – £3.00
HS15-4268 – Brigadier – £0.50
HS15-4270 – Sniper Teams (x2) – £2.00

These packs are not on the website yet (they will be as soon as I can get them painted and photographed) but will be available at SELWG on Sunday:

HS15-4264 – Missile Teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-4265 – Mortar Teams (x2) – £3.50
HS15-4266 – Gun Crew (x5) – £2.50
HS15-4269 – Drivers (x4) – £1.50

And finally, here’s a teaser of their upcoming rides – we’re planning as many as a dozen variants of these dune-buggy-style vehicles in 4×4, 6×4 and half-track configurations, with armament options including AA guns and missiles. With a bit of luck we’ll have them at Salute.

Dune Buggy Preview

Raiders Ready

SELWG is just 11 days away now, so we’re ramping up production for the show. As I feared, there’s a lot to do in stocking up the last 18 months’ worth of new releases so I’m still not 100% sure if we’ll manage to get everything finished.

One thing we will definitely have is these chaps – the 15mm Desert Raider figures are lined up and ready to go, Phil finished the production moulds a couple of weeks back and I’ve painted some samples. We’re still finalising the exact pack contents but hopefully a list will go up before the show. They will also be next week’s Friday release for those that can’t get to SELWG. There’s also an outside possibility that they’ll have some brand new transport to ride around in, but we’d rather not promise anything just yet in case that doesn’t happen.

Fast Attack

Some of the first models in both our 6mm and 15mm sci-fi ranges were the three variants of the EuroFed Javelot scout car. The larger scale versions were replaced several years ago with new designs, along with several 6×6 vehicles. We’ve now brought these updated models to the smaller scale.

There are five basic vehicles – the Javelot 4×4 scout car, the Musareigne 4×4 utility car, Lievre 6×6 pickup, and the Belette and Blaireau 6×6 field cars.

Javelot 4×4 Family – (l-r) missile, Musaraigne, gatling, mortar, twin MG

The Javelot and Belette have three armed variants with either a twin MG, missile or gatling mounts. The Javelot also comes in mortar and tow truck options as well, for a grand total of 11 new vehicles.

(l-r) Belette gatling, Belette missile, Blaireau, Belette twin MG, Lievre

In the Hammer’s Slammers universe, these vehicles are used by the Hashemite Nation as their primary light vehicles, alongside a smaller number of larger Broadsword and Catapult AFVs. Coupled with the recent release of the new Desert Raider figures we’ve been able to put together two 6mm packs for National Brigade and Desert Raider detachments.

SF300-406 – Javelot Scout Car with twin MG – £0.75
SF300-406a – Javelot Scout Car with gatling – £0.75
SF300-406b – Javelot Scout Car with missiles – £0.75
SF300-406c – Musaraigne Utility Car – £0.75
SF300-406e – Javelot Scout Car with mortar – £0.75
SF300-406f – Javelot Tow Truck – £0.75
SF300-412 – Lièvre 6×6 Pickup Truck – £0.80
SF300-412a – Blaireau 6×6 Utility – £0.80
SF300-412b – Belette 6×6 with Twin MGs – £0.80
SF300-412c – Belette 6×6 with Gatling – £0.80
SF300-412d – Belette 6×6 with Missiles – £0.80

HSD6-4201 – Hashemite National Brigade Detachment – £9.75
HSD6-4202 – Hashemite Desert Raider Detachment – £9.50

Sneak Preview

We don’t often do previews of upcoming releases, preferring to let our models sneak out when they’re ready. But we’re making an exception today, as these great new 15mm sculpts arrived last week and we just can’t keep them to ourselves – Phil had them in a mould the next day and Tony cast up the first ones just a day later. They are 15mm versions of our recently released 6mm Desert Raiders, sculpted again by Martin Baker. We have 21 different poses including riflemen, support weapons (buzzbombs and SAWs), command figures, heavy weapons crew, cavalry riders – oh, and a vehicle driver, as they’ll be getting some transport of their own in the near future. There’s also a new version of The Brigadier in desert garb – a sort of Brigadier of Arabia. Release date isn’t set yet – we need to cast and clean up production castings first. But we hope to have them in time for our first show after lockdown, SELWG in October.

Command Figures – the Brigadier is on the left

Quiet Riot

The peace is shattered, there’s panic on the streets and no-one is safe. A familiar theme from the Hammerverse, where insurrection is just a powergun bolt away…

Of course, one man’s terrorist is another’s Freedom Fighter, so we present a bunch of 6mm ne’er-do-wells that we’ve termed Armed Civilians. There are six different sculpts in each pack of 24 figures with an assortment of small arms.

To support and transport our armed insurgents we have scaled down our Cyclo 3-wheelers to 6mm. There are six different versions from a basic open-backed pickup to a tri-barrel armed police vehicle.

There’s also a Prosperity Rebels detachment pack with a mix of cyclos, stolen military APCs and rebel infantry.

HS6-3860 – Armed Civilians (x24) – £2.75
SF300-9000 – Cyclo Pickup – £0.50
SF300-9000a – Armed Cyclo – £0.50
SF300-9000b – Cyclo Van – £0.50
SF300-9000c – Cyclo Taxi – £0.50
SF300-9000d – Police Cyclo – £0.50
SF300-9000e – Cyclo Tow Truck – £0.50
HSD6-3805 – Prosperity Rebel Infantry Detachment – £16.50

Warriors of the Wasteland

Today we have another addition to our range of 6mm figures. Sculpted again by Martin Baker, our Desert Raiders pack has 24 figures in Shemagh (headscarves) and cloaks with a variety of armaments including rifles, AT rocket launchers and squad support weapons.

In Hammer’s Slammers they’re ideal as warriors for Hashemite (which is what we have them listed under) or Sincanmo forces. If you game in other systems then a) we won’t hold that against you 🙂 and b) we’re sure you can find a use for them anyway – they’d make great Fremen, for example.

HS6-4260 – Desert Raiders (x24) – £3.00

Barrier to Entry

Recently we remoulded the 15mm checkpoint model; while doing so I couldn’t find the master for the concrete barriers that come as part of the set. So we had to get those reprinted, and at the same time we tweaked the design a little (they’re no longer slightly asymmetrical) and created a larger production mould so we can turn them out in larger numbers.

Since they’re a handy item, very useful as cover for infantry or barriers to prevent vehicle access, we’ve released them as a pack of eight pieces. Each is 40mm long, making a total of 320mm per pack. At 12mm high, they’re also usable as 6mm walls.

B15-1006 – Concrete Barriers (x8) – £3.50