The Alaudae Legion – led by Colonel Cornelius Dark – are an elite Frankish unit from New Gallia.
The mid to late 330s saw the implementation of the effective refit of the Alaudae Legion. Many older vehicles were scrapped or sold on although, for a long time – even as replacements were brought in – units were often fielded with mixtures of older vehicles and newer AFVs as the transition and upgrades took place.The Legion’s re-equip needed several new pieces of equipment. Unable to find a suitable heavy tank from existing designs, the Legion persuaded AMX to develop a version of the Garibaldi tank with an extended hull. This was then paired with the large turret from the Sohei, purchased from Mitsusaki Industries on Hiroseke, to create the Larminat. This hybrid tank was so successful that the Legion repeated the process with the Montsabert. This had initially been rejected because of concerns over the small size of the turret, but Mitsusaki-manufactured Shaman turrets were paired with the hull to create the Shamont, which required a slightly larger turret ring but little else in the way of modification.
The Larminat and Shamont are now available from the website, and we’ve also added three detachment options for the Legion – Armoured, Heavy Armoured and Infantry detachments each with eight elements. Each detachment comes complete with crew figures, stowage packs, infantry bases and other bits and pieces. Another new model which the Legion require is the Weygand missile tank, known as the Damselfly II in Legion service.
One of my painting tasks for the next few weeks is to put together an Alaudae army ready for action in the new year. Once this is complete, you can be sure they’ll be put in front of the camera for an extended photo session.
The West Riding Yeomanry
Our EuroFed vehicles were co-opted into the Hammer’s Slammers universe by John Treadaway a while back to create the West Riding Yeomanry. I’ve finally put together a painted unit of my own and added this as another HS detachment option on the website. The detachment of seven vehicles and three infantry elements comes complete with vehicle crew figures, stowage and other bits and pieces.
The WRY require one new vehicle option, a gatling armed version of the Montsabert hover tank. John created his own originally by using the secondary gatling weapons and fitting those to the main turret, but we’ve now created a proper version.
Another item slightly delayed by our recent burst of being-very-busy are these rather fetching 15mm SF mounted troops. It would be wrong to call them cavalry, they’re more correctly mounted infantry, and would be very popular on worlds with rugged terrain or a shortage of fuel. Horses – and presumably lizards – are after all cheap to run (just a decent supply of food and water), reliable and good at rough terrain.
This coming weekend sees our last show of the year – Crisis in Antwerp, Belgium. This is a superb show, second only in size to Salute and we always enjoy our trip over.
I’ll have the full range of Celtos figures (including packs), 15mm SF (vehicles, figures, buildings and accessories), 2mm buildings, Great War Belgians and Magpie Miniatures.
I’ll also have good selection of Aeronef, 6mm SF and Squadron Commander packs available and Spaceship fleet packs plus individual stock of the British, Neo-Soviet, Indonesian and Merchant spaceship fleets and some selected individual Aeronef – unfortunately there isn’t room to bring individual stocks of the rest of the ranges.
There is still just about time to get in an order to collect at the show if you wanted to reserve anything specific – you have until I leave for the workshop Thursday morning (around 8am) to get the orders in. You can either send us an email with a list and pay on the day, or use the Collect in Person shipping option on the website if you would like to pay in advance.
This year I’ll be accompanied by Robin Fitton of Rotten Lead Publishing (author of the Gruntz 15mm SF rules). He’ll be next to the stand running games of Imperial Skies, his upcoming Victorian SF airship game using our Aeronef models which you can join in.
I should hopefully have some new Aeronef and 15mm releases this weekend – photos to follow if possible…
We have two new releases today, one each in our 6mm and 15mm SF ranges.
Dealing with the smaller scale first, we have some new dwellings in our Desert Domes range of 6mm buildings. These are simple structures built as housing for miners and colonists. There are four models that differ slightly in number and placement of doors and windows which will be supplied randomly when you order.
We’ve also added two Desert Dome building packs, with a mix of buildings in each, discounted against buying the same models individually.
Our larger scale offering this week is a pack of Street Furniture compatible with our existing Desert Buildings. The pack contains a number of useful bits and pieces to bring life to your Martian village – stone benches, small planters, advertising hoardings, public communications terminals and a pair of useful booths. The latter could be used as public conveniences, videophone kiosks or even suicide booths! The advertising hoardings are designed to hold three standard 1.8m by 1.2m posters, so you can scale down your favourite ads to 1/100th scale (18x12mm), print them out and stick them on. In all the pack contains 15 resin items.
The South African wheeled vehicles are one of the more popular forces in our 15mm SF range, and today they get further firepower options with a pair of new vehicles.
The Ratel is a lighter version of the Rhino heavy tank. It’s a fast 4×4, skid-steered vehicle sporting an 8cm railgun and slightly lighter armour than it’s larger cousin.
The Olifant self-propelled gun is based on the chassis of the Rhino, but with the turret replaced by a fixed superstructure carrying a 17cm long-barrelled gun. It employs a variety of ammunition from conventional HE to bomblets and terminally-guided ‘smart’ warheads for anti-tank work.
The Kirin (or Qilin) is a mythical creature known in Chinese, Japanese and other far-eastern cultures as an omen of prosperity or serenity. It’s also the name given to our latest new 15mm release, the Kirin Combat Walker. Designed by Kirk Alderfer with input from Zac Braham, the same pairing that created our range of Mercenary vehicles, it’s a one-man bipedal walker with a fearsome array of weaponry. The two arm mounts carry either a 25-cm laser, 2-cm Gatling or 15mm twin powergun, the same weapons as fitted to the Sohei heavy tank. A twin heavy support weapon turret is mounted under the chin, while the shoulders both carry 9-round Manta missile pods (one of these can optionally be exchanged for a long-range sensor pod, most often seen in command suits).
The model consists of 17 parts, one resin and the rest lead-free pewter –
Two shoulder mounts
Two weapon mounts
Two main weapons
One chin turret
Two shoulder missile pods
One sensor pod
One shoulder mount blank
One hatch cover
There are two variants of each leg with different angles of extension – each model is supplied with a random pair of legs. The main weapons are all interchangeable and you can select which type each model is supplied with. Extra pairs of weapons are available separately. Either of the shoulder missile pods can be swapped for a sensor pod, and there is also a blanking plate for the other missile pod if you wish to remove it. A platoon pack is available with three Kirins – you can choose all of one weapon type, or one of each weapon – which also includes three helmeted crewmen.
Assembly of the models is reasonably straightforward – although I’d recommend patience, putting them together one piece at a time and making sure the glue on each joint has set before moving on to the next piece. Ideally the legs and feet should be pinned together when assembling the model for greater strength, and you may find it a good idea to pin the hips and shoulders to the body as well.
SELWG is now just four days away, and we’re in the process of topping up our stocks again after Blast-tastic!. This is your absolute last and final chance to get in a pre-order – we need them by the close of business today (Wednesday) if we’re to have a chance to get them packed in time. Either e-mail us or order from the website using the Collect in Person shipping option.
As mentioned last week (if you read that far down the post, and I don’t think too many people did) we will have our new 15mm Kirin Combat Walker for sale on the day.
Along with this we should have the full array of our other ranges, both recent releases and older models.
As mentioned earlier in the week, we have a number of new 15mm SF models that we’ll be taking to Blast-tastic! tomorrow, and some of these are hitting the website today.
The Blaireau (Badger) and Belette (Weasel) are French-made 6×6 utility vehicles that are used for liaison, scout, troop-carrying, casevac, ELINT and any number of other purposes. They are from the same family as our existing Javelot and Lievre vehicles and share a common chassis and drive train.
The main difference is that while the Blaireau is an unarmed utility vehicle, the Belette has a turret ring fitted with a remote mount that can carry either twin MGs, a 5-barrel gatling or a twin Mantra missile pod – or in the case of the Martre (Marten) variant, a radar dish. So now you really can be ‘KBB’ (see below for the KBB reference from ‘Big Bang Theory’).
In addition to these, we also have a version of the Tassigny APC fitted with a radar instead of a turret, and also a radar dish on the Asterie remote base.
I’ve been busy casting resin stock for Blast-tastic! on Saturday, and it looks like we’re going to be able to bring along some as-yet unreleased models for sale on the day. I’ve managed to produce enough stock of several new models – the South African Ratel medium wheeled tank and Oliphant SP gun, support and anti-tank gun versions of the Polish Suwalska half-track and new variants of the EuroFed 4×4/6×6 wheeled utility vehicles, the Blaireau and Belette (these latter two will probably be on the website at the end of the week anyway). We won’t have a huge amount of stock, but then the 15mm range is now so big that we’re only able to carry 4-5 of any one vehicle to a show.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also cast up stock of the former ArmiesArmy RUSK infantry to bring with us (although they aren’t yet on the website) and I’m also optimistic that we’ll get have of the Tolero and Yeti alien figures (I’ve managed to sort the moulds so they cast reliably, I just need to churn out a few).
And finally, we should also have something big, 15mm and stompy for you too…
Kostrad is the strategic reserve formation of the Indonesian army, typically receiving the best troops and equipment. Today our 15mm Indonesians receive the first deliveries of a new series of grav vehicles, matching the 6mm versions that came out some time ago.
Heavy armoured firepower comes in the form of the Suharto and Anjalika MBTs. Very similar in design, the Anjalika has a modified turret with a more powerful main gun. Usually one Anjalika is allocated to each platoon, but in some formations they are concentrated into separate heavy platoons.
The infantry ride in Sugama APCs. These are large battle taxis, armed only with a heavy 14.5mm gauss gun in a remote roof mount.
Bhima grav armoured cars perform the reconnaissance function, but carry sufficient firepower to act as tanks in light armoured units.
The final vehicle in this release is the Kijang grav truck. Armoured to APC standards and equipped with the same weapon as the Sugama, the Kijang provides logistic support right up to the front line, and some territorial formations use them as infantry carriers.