Slamming into Sheffield

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.

HS6-1713 – Kraus Tank – £1.25
HS6-1714 – Falchion Tank – £0.80
HS6-1715 – Fauchard APC – £0.80
HS6-2111 – Broadsword Tank Destroyer – £1.25
HS6-2112 – Odyssey APC – £0.80
HS6-2113 – Catapult AFV – £0.80
HS6-2211 – Centurion 400 – £1.00
HS6-2212 – Centurion 202 – £1.25
HS6-2213 – Centurion 204 – £1.50
HS6-2214 – Centurion 800 – £1.50
HS6-2215 – Centurion 404 – £1.75
HS6-2216 – Centurion 4F6 – £2.00
HS6-2217 – Centurion 4H6 – £2.25

Jo6 Preview #2 – Guido’s Boys

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.

Slammers Decals

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…

C4F6

Now I’m off to do something a bit less tedious…

Slammer Troops

We have a number of 15mm detachment packs available for Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible, although none for the Slammers Regiment themselves. We’ve made some steps towards rectifying that by releasing seven smaller Troop packs, which are half-sized units each consisting of four TUs (tactical units – a vehicle or infantry team). The Slammers are powerful enough that these troops can stand up for themselves against many other forces full-size detachments.

There are seven options available covering all the troops in the Hammer’s Slammers Troop Detachment List, covering mixed all-arms units, armoured and infantry troops and even a troop for the White Mice, the Slammer’s internal police section.

We’ve bought in the official Slammers infantry (both foot and skimmers) from Ground Zero Games, and all of the infantry packs also include resin fireteam bases. All of the packs with vehicles include a pack of stowage.

HSD15-051 – Slammers All-arms Troop – £19.00
HSD15-052 – Slammers Armoured Troop – £23.00
HSD15-053 – Slammers Tank Troop – £34.50
HSD15-054 – Slammers Combat Car Troop – £19.50
HSD15-055 – Slammers Mobile Infantry Troop – £12.50
HSD15-056 – Slammers Infantry Troop – £7.50
HSD15-057 – Slammers White Mice Troop – £14.00

The Joy of Six, 2018

Coming up in the next month is our next show, the Joy of Six in Sheffield on Sunday July 15th. Run by Baccus Miniatures, the event (as its name suggests) is a 6mm scale-specific event covering all eras and genres from ancients to Sci-Fi.

We’ll be there with a cut-down trade stand, carrying our full range of 6mm SF miniatures, army packs, rules, buildings and figures. We’ll bring along the full Squadron Commander range of starfighters (since they’re also 6mm), our selection of 3D printed scenic items and the full Small Scale Scenery range.

As always, we’re happy to take orders (for any of our ranges, not just the ones mentioned above) either paid for on the day or in advance. We can take orders up until the Wednesday before the show (the 11th) although obviously sooner is better.

We’re aiming to have a decent selection of new 6mm items for the day – all the new Slammers vehicles ought to be ready by then, assuming we don’t have any more irritating delays 😕.

As well as those we should have some redesigned models from the ‘normal’ 6mm range, a selection of new buildings, hopefully some new infantry figures and maybe even something big, stompy and two-legged. News and previews of all of these over the next few weeks.

One further minor piece of housekeeping – I’m off for a short break, back again on Monday. I’m aiming to get all outstanding orders cleared today but any new orders will be delayed until the start of next week.

Polish Support

New out of the factory this week are a trio of support half-tracks for our 15mm Polish forces. The Wilk (Wolf) chassis carries either a pair of tri-barrel AA gatlings, a quad anti-tank missile system or a 12-barreled multiple rocket artillery system.

The Wolf is derived from the Suwalska half-track family, but with a flat-bed rear replacing the former’s passenger compartment. The turrets are of Soviet origin, bought in and retro-fitted with indigenous electronics and sensors.

The models can also see service in the Cecach Federal Army, a force from the Forlorn Hope novel and part of the Hammer’s Slammers universe.

SF300-1305 – Wilk AA Half Track – £8.00
SF300-1305a – Wilk with ATGW Launcher – £8.00
SF300-1305b – Wilk Rocket Launcher – £8.00

Man the Guns !

It’s back to 15mm again this week, with some new towed guns. They’re listed under EuroFed in the 15mm range, but will also serve for various hammer’s Slammers forces. There are four options in all, using the same chassis and shield but with different weapons types – DS gun, howitzer, gatling and powergun barrels. For crew, the existing Fasolini gun crew are ideal with one seated and two kneeling crewmen per gun.

As far as towing options go, there are lots of options in our ranges already – from the EuroFed Musareigne, Lievre and Belette wheeled vehicles, Polish Suwalska half-track or the the recently released Viking half-track. Most of the Centurion LTVs also have towing hooks and are used in the Crucible rules as towing vehicles, while units such as Harris Commando use the M9A10 Cargo Car as a prime mover. We’ve also released a pack of small towing hooks to allow you to convert any vehicle to an artillery tractor.

In the Slammers detachment lists, the following units used towed weapons – Waldheim Dragoons (powergun); Wolverines (powergun); Heliodorus Regiment (cone bore – use SF15-410); Harris Commando (laser – use SF15-410a) and the Poplar Regiment (gatling).

SF15-410 – CAC-41 DS Anti-tank Gun – £3.00
SF15-410a – CAC-42 Light Howitzer – £3.00
SF15-410b – CAC-44 Towed Gatling – £3.00
SF15-410c – CAC-45 Powergun – £3.00
SF15-933 – Towing Hooks – £1.00

Slammers Updates

John Treadaway has been very busy over at the Hammer’s Slammers website, adding all sorts of new content.

There’s an article on painting infantry, another on painting (or rather refurbishing) several detachment’s worth of Hiroseki National Army, a new force (Clark’s Commandos), and a battle report pitching the Hiroseki, Clark’s Commandos and Apex Dragoons together. With the advent of the new models, some of the detachment lists have also been getting an update, including Foster’s Mercenaries and the Heliodorus Regiment to give them more unit options. I’ve nicked a few of John’s photos and put them below, but I’d recommend visiting the original pages for much more Slammers eye candy.

This also seems like a good time to mention the newly created Hammer’s Slammers Facebook group, which has just gone over 100 members and rising. Click the tank below to be taken there…

New Thunderbolt Options

After a couple of weeks of new 15mm SF models, the smaller scale gets a look-in this week. Our Thunderbolt Division Dragoon half-tracks are reinforced by two versions of the smaller Viking recce vehicle, along with three versions of the Varningr utility trailer.

This also opens up further detachment options for the Thunderbolts, with no less than three new detachment packs corresponding to the Thunderbolt list for Hammer’s Slammer:The Crucible.

HSD6-1803 – Thunderbolt Support Detachment – £6.00
HSD6-1804 – Thunderbolt Infantry Detachment – £8.50
HSD6-1805 – Thunderbolt Recce Detachment – £6.50

HS6-1816 – Br64 Viking Recce – £0.75
HS6-1817 – Br68 Viking Missile – £0.75
HS6-1818 – Varningr Cargo Trailer – £0.75
HS6-1818a – Varningr MRLS Trailer – £0.75
HS6-1818b – Varningr Calliope Trailer – £0.75

The Rise of the Centurion

John Treadaway has added a new page on the Hammer’s Slammers website covering the history and use of our new Centurion Large Transport Vehicle family, from the C400 utility truck up to the huge C4H6 Hog. Click on the C204 below to be taken to the page.

Currently the model is only available in 15mm (1/100th), but 6mm Slammers ‘gamers will doubtless be interested in the photos below…

Production moulds are already in place for many of the hulls, and we’re now finalising the turrets. Some of them needed a bit of work to scale down successfully, but we’ve just re-ordered new revised masters and should be in production in time for the Joy of Six show.