We have a number of new releases at various stages of preparation, and it seems that many of them are 6mm SF. This is in part because we held back a number of new releases for the Joy of Six show last year which, like everything else, didn’t happen. So if you’re a micro-scale SF gamer then it could be a bumper time in the next couple of months.
This week we have the New Ukrainian Army for Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible. The 15mm NUA appeared last year and it’s now the turn of the smaller scale. There’s a bonus too, with three extra vehicles that haven’t yet appeared in 15mm (but will very soon).
The NUA have eight new vehicles altogether, plus three detachment packs. NUA forces can be fielded as either Elite or Veteran units – the packs include enough vehicles and infantry to field either option. The detachment list can be found on the Crucible website which detail the TOEs for both types of formation.
HSD6-3901 – NUA Heavy Armoured Detachment – £9.75 HSD6-3902 – NUA Support Detachment – £7.75 HSD6-3903 – NUA Light Recce Detachment – £7.50
We would also like to give a shout of to Geek Villain – these models have been photographed on one of their splendid printed fleece gaming mats. This one is a Summer Field design. You’ll be seeing more of it in our photos, and I suspect we might be buying one or two more.
Carnivorous Carnations, Terrifying Tulips or Violent Violets – take your pick. We’re not sure what variety these are, just run from them !
Four killer plants, two-part models cast in metal – you’ll find them in the 15mm Sci-fi figures range, but they’re big enough to use with 28mm figures if you wish (as you can see, they tower over one of our 15mm civilian mechanics).
The first is a troop-carrying variant with raised sides and seating for 12 troops. The other two versions are armed models – one with a twin tri-barrel AA turret, the other a 12-barrel rocket launcher system, both on rotating mounts.
Today we have some useful 15mm bits and pieces. The largest is a Watchtower, built to keep an eye on the myriad hazards that can threaten a small colony out in the wastelands. The design is the same as the one from our 6mm Town Walls range, but with the integral walls removed.
The other two items are handy items of cargo. The first is a set of eight small resin cargo cases, two each of four designs. The other set has 12 metal barrels, six each of two designs.
I recently experimented with painting some 6mm vehicles using just Citadel’s new Contrast paints. I tried them out on some unreleased models – 6mm versions of the Prosperity army vehicles released a little while back in 15mm. I wrote up a post on our club’s blog (so please feel free to pop over there and have a look), but you can see the results below. For just five colours, I think they worked out pretty well.
This week we’re moving down to 6mm for our new releases. We have the previously-previewed new support vehicles for the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood and ben Mehdi’s Legion. All manufactured by Gull Systems, they include the GS-1100C cargo carrier, GS-934 Recce Car and GS-700 jeep.
Making use of these, we’ve introduced three new 6mm detachment packs for ben Mehdi’s Legion – Tank Destroyer, Mechanised Infantry and Support.
We’ve had a large restock of Hammer’s Slammers decals arrive this week – so all of those that had been out of stock (and there were quite a few) are back again. Because of the sheer number of different decal sheets available (we’re up to 100 now) we don’t always hold huge numbers of each one, sometimes only 2-3, but for now everything is in stock, including the vehicle numbers.
The delivery also included no fewer than nine new sets which we’ve drawn up based on John Treadaway’s original artwork for each unit. These are slightly different in content from previous sets, in that they don’t have any numbers on them – you can use the separate vehicle number sheets for that. Instead, they have more unit markings and logos along with a variety of tac markings, vehicle names or slogans. We’ve tried hard to ensure that there are enough markings for a full detachment of a particular unit on each sheet (which is hard work with some units which have up to 15 vehicles !). Each sheet is 60x33mm except for the Fasolini sheet which is half sized – simply because a Fasolini detachment is mostly infantry and only has 3-4 vehicles. These sheets cover most of the new units we’ve introduced recently such as Prosperity and the New Ukrainians, alongside plugging a few gaps in older units. There’s a Broglie’s Legion sheet which also covers Baffin’s and Ben Mehdi’s command of the same unit.
A few more previews today – some 15mm bits we’ve had on the back burner for a while. On the left are two types of barrel, on the right a set of eight cargo cases – both very useful stowage items. The barrels will be metal, the cases resin.
At the back is a watchtower for the Desert Buildings range. This has an entrance door at the back along with a built-in ladder for access to the upper platform (it would have helped if we’d photographed it from the back – you’ll just have to take our word for it…).
What we have here are 6mm versions of our more recent additions to the GS-series of hover vehicles, as used by the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood and Ben Mehdi’s Legion. We have GS-1100C cargo carrier, the GS-700 jeep plus the -710M mortar carrying variant and the GS-934 Recce Car.
Should the FSHB in 6mm be more correctly known as the Flaming Dagger of the Holy Brotherhood … ? 🙂
I recently had the pleasure of resuming my friendly rivalry with Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible author John Treadaway with our first game for some time in his splendidly-appointed “cabin in the woods” gaming room. I faced my brand new New Ukrainian army off against John’s force of Thunderbolts, managing a tight victory at the end. John’s written up the game on the Slammers website, so I’ll content myself with a few pictures for you to browse here and then you can go off and read his report and see lots more photos.