In 329TW, the planetary governments of Hiroseke and Stewart, re-ignited their feud on Kalan, an iridium- mining colony they had founded together decades before hand, and over which they had already fought one bitter struggle. Japanese and Scots were again in open warfare over production rights and were shooting at each other for another five years…
Prompted by John, we’re taking the platoon pack idea a step further, and we’re going to start offering complete Hammer’s Slammers Detachment Packs. These are essentially a complete army in a box that matches one of the detachment lists for The Crucible rules. The first is a Stewart Regiment Highland Detachment, a powerful 12-element unit of tanks, infantry and anti-tank guns. The pack contains everything you need to make the detachment, right down to washers to base the infantry on. The full pack contents is as follows:
* – the Highland Detachment has five 4-man infantry elements. The extra figures are for you to populate the top hatches of the APCs if you wish to (you will need to cut the figures off at the waist to do this).
Paint, glue, decals and modelling ability not included – you’ll need to provide these yourself ! We’ll be posting a painting guide in the next few days too, although John’s original unit looks extremely good so you could do worse than to study his pictures. The detachment comes in at £75, more than 10% off the price of everything if bought separately.
HS15-101 – Stewart Regiment Highland Detachment – £75.00
SF15-160g – Rifle Squad in Glengarries (x10) – £3.75 SF15-161g – Support Weapons in Glengarries (x5) – £2.00 SF15-162g – HQ Section in Glengarries (x6) – £2.75 SF15-170g – Infantry Platoon in Glengarries (x24) – £8.50 SF15-171g – Mechanised Platoon in Glengarries (x24) – £30.00
After wasting far too much time trying to fix the PC, a box of replacement parts arrived this week. I had a bit of a false start when I didn’t configure the RAID array correctly, but it’s all now up and running – Brigade has returned to normal operation. We’ve managed to catch up with orders (having previously been unable to print shipping labels) so everything that arrived up to yesterday (Thursday) evening has now shipped. It also means I can get on with some more 3D design work which has stalled over the past few weeks.
New on the website today are a few accessory items. We’ve made some of our 15mm heavy weapons available separately, the neat little Chinese command drones and also the Neo-Soviet heavy gun turrets from the spaceship range (they should have been available earlier – I forgot to do so when the ships were released). I’ve also added the Javelot Scout Car with radar that I put together as an example idea for the release of the radar dishes – it makes a useful little EW vehicle and it’s easy for us to add as a separate item.
It’s been a moderately quiet week, in which we’ve completely cleared the order queue (all orders up to midday yesterday have been despatched), the accounts have been brought up to date and the VAT sorted. I’ve also been fighting a hugely misbehaving PC – if anyone knows why a Win7 PC should keep switching itself off after a few minutes except when I disable the graphics driver, please let me know. I’ve reinstalled Windows, changed the graphics card for a new one of a completely different make (Nvidia instead of ATI), but it just turns itself off – powers down, no blue screen of death – if the graphics driver is enabled. If I run in safe mode, or just run a standard VGA driver instead of the card-specific driver, it’s fine. It’s driving me to despair…
Anyway. Onto the business of the day. I spent a sunny-ish afternoon on Wednesday assembling a small collection of 15mm bits-and-pieces for release today. The first is something we’ve been sitting on for a while, but I just haven’t had time to make/paint a few sample pieces. It’s barbed wire, or at least something that makes a good scale approximation. It’s not as lethal as the real thing and won’t spike your fingers, but looks the part at 15mm (or 20/28mm) scale. It’s supplied in 10 metre lengths, and I’ve made up some simple coiled wire barricades as an example of what can be done with it.
Next up are a couple of very useful accessory pieces – two radars, a small dish radar, and a larger rectangular one. As well as being great for buildings and bunkers, the smaller one fits the 7mm turret ring on most of our APCs and smaller vehicles, while the large one fits the 12mm turret ring on our tanks. As an example, I’ve fitted a dish radar to a Javelot scout car to create a small EW vehicle, and a larger radar to a Montsabert hull as a radar tank..
The next piece is a mini version of our existing large and small cargo containers, perfect for smaller deliveries.
Last in today’s mini feast of bits and pieces are a pair of new base types in our Fireteam bases range. Both are plain bases with no slots for figures, for guns or small vehicles. The smaller one is the same size as the rest of the bases (40x40mm top surface), while there is also a longer (60x40mm) version.
The recent Desert Dome buildings in 6mm have been very popular and we’ve had more than the odd request to produce them in 15mm. So that’s exactly what we’ve done, with the three smallest buildings now available in the larger scale. The buildings combine well with the existing Desert Buildings range to give you lots of options for your gaming board.
B15-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £12.00 B15-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £9.00 B15-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £9.00
Today our British 15mm infantry get some heavy support weapon options. There are four tripod weapons, each with two man crews. The weapons are the same ones supplied with our PacFed figures – we had a little bit of trouble getting the original weapons to cast, so opted to use these instead.
SF15-165a – Tripod MG and crew (x2) – £3.00 SF15-165b – Tripod Railgun and crew (x2) – £3.00 SF15-165c – Tripod Gatling and crew (x2) – £3.00 SF15-165d – Tripod Tri-barrel and crew (x2) – £3.00
The crew figures were previously part of the ArmiesArmy Commonwealth range.
Normally Friday would be new release day here (although lately it’s been Mondays as well as we push out the Armies Army 15mm figures). Sadly, today we have nothing for you. It’s not that we don’t want to, or even that we don’t have anything – a quick count-up reveals that our new releases for the next four or five weeks are pretty much lined up and ready to go. It’s simply that we’ve been too busy ! As recently revealed, we have a new US stockist in Scale Creep Miniatures, and Mark sent us his initial stock order at the end of last week. This was to send the Brigade foundries into unprecedented overdrive, casting all manner of metal and resin items to ship off to the states.
But not immediately, as our friends John and John at Pico Armor had sent us a restock order ready for Historicon just a few hours earlier, so we weren’t even able to start on Mark’s order until Tuesday. And in amongst this of course, we have to deal with normal website orders that arrive every day.
As a result, Phil and I have done nothing this week apart from production casting, so the rather splendid new model that we had lined up to release today lies forlorn and unpainted on my workbench. We’ll just have to push the release schedule back a week, but hopefully we’ll be able to return to normal next Friday.
As a taster of things to come (although it’s not in the next few releases, it’s a bit further down the line), how about this ? It’s the Kirin Combat Walker, which will be part of our Mercenary Brigade force in 15mm (and hopefully 6mm as well down the line). This one was designed by Kirk Alderfer with input from Zac Braham, the pairing that designed the rest of the Mercenary vehicles. The arm mounts are designed to accept any of the weapons from the Sohei tank, while the shoulder points will take a number of items including missile pods, sensor pods, the standard Mercenary secondary gun and even a spotlight.
This week it’s the turn of our Chinese infantry to get extra infantry options. We delayed the releases as we’ve been redesigning and remoulding some of the weapon and drone pieces that make up these sets.
The command section of three men and two command drones has newly designed radar domes – choose from either a geodome or flat radome, plus a holo-projector drone.
The 3-man HMG and AT weapon teams also have newly redesigned weapons which are similar in style to the original Armies Army ones but are new designs and castings.
Finally, there’s a section of three heavy support drones armed with gatlings and light AT missiles – again, the drone upper turret is a new piece.
These options also allow us to produce an infantry platoon which consists of two packs of riflemen, one command pack and one support weapons pack for a total of 24 men and 6 drones.
Later this year we’ll be relaunching the Chinese vehicles – we’ve withdrawn all of the old ones now, which will be replaced by a complete new set of 3D designed and printed models in the autumn.
SF15-562 – PLA Command Team – £2.25 SF15-563 – PLA Gatling HMG Teams (x2) – £3.50 SF15-564 – PLA AT Gun Teams (x2) – £3.50 SF15-565 – PLA Heavy Support Drones (x3) – £2.00 SF15-570 – PLA Infantry Platoon – £10.75
The infantry figures were formerly part of the Armies Army PLA range.
Our British infantry now have both command and support weapon packs available to go with the infantry released recently.
The command pack has five figures plus a small uplink radar, while the support weapons pack has GPMG, grenade launcher, sniper and a two-man anti-tank launcher team.
With these we’re now able to offer platoon packs – as with the Poles, we’ve added the options for a 24-man platoon with or without APCs.
SF15-161 – British Support Weapons – £2.00 SF15-162 – British Command Section – £2.25 SF15-170 – British Rifle Platoon – £8.50 SF15-171 – British Mechanised Platoon – £30.00
We are left with this splendid little chap – we’ll call him The Brigadier. I believe Keith gave him away as a reward during the Kickstarter campaign. The obvious thing would be to bundle him in the command pack, but he’s in the wrong mould for that and to do so would unnecessarily complicate production. So while we decide where he fits, we’re going to give him away as a freebie with any orders for 15mm British figures. This will run at least until the end of July, then we’ll rethink.
And while I was at it, I’ve given the PacFed the option of a 24-man armoured platoon plus three APCs as well. Just because I can. SF15-771 – PacFed Mechanised Platoon – £30.00
The British figures were formerly part of the Armies Army Commonwealth range.
Poland has had a fraught time since the creation of the modern state (the Second Republic) at the end of the Great War. Acting as a buffer zone between Germany and the Soviet Union/Russia, it was invaded by both countries at the same time in 1939. It spent then the next fifty years either occupied or as a satellite communist state before gaining proper independence in 1989. Looking into the future, in the Iron Cow universe in which our science-fiction ranges are set, Poland still retains its border status between Germany and the rest of the Organisation of North European Sovereign States (ONESS) to the west, and the Neo-Soviet Union to the east.
Polish troops are forever on their guard and fight constant skirmishes with Soviet forces along the border. Some of these break out into larger battles but attract little attention in the rest of the world, such is their frequency. Beyond the odd abandoned border town changing hands, often several times, nothing much upsets the status quo. The Poles know that they are nowhere near strong enough to take the fight to the Soviets, who for their part are well aware that any escalation in the intensity of the conflict will bring the forces of Britain, Germany and the other ONESS states into action.
Appreciative of the role played by the Poles, Britain and Germany keep their armed forces well supplied and also provide weapons and technology. The main Polish tank, the Maczek, is a combination of the German Thor blower tank chassis with a Polish designed turret mounting the British L23 9.5cm railgun from the Apollo. Likewise, the Suwalski half-track APCs on which the infantry rely, while Polish-designed with indigenous engines and drive-train, mostly mount German-supplied turrets from the Lynx APC family. One or two Polish heavy armoured units have also been equipped with the Woden family of super-heavy blowers to tackle Soviet Mammont tanks.
We have a number of Polish infantry packs covering infantry, support weapons and heavy weapons. There is also an infantry platoon pack of 25 men and a second pack that includes three APCs along with the figures.
… which is why it’s taken a little bit longer to get all of our models into production. A combination of a failed temple mould (and a master destroyed trying to get it out of the mould !) and a leaky mould box (which is messy…) meant that a couple of models have been delayed slightly. The Pantheon mould has now been repaired and a replacement temple master has arrived, so it’s full steam ahead again. Below you can see the first casting of the Pantheon, the new master of the temple and, as a bonus, the diminutive Temple of Vesta, the reconstructed ruins of which are located in the forum in Rome.
In the same box which brought the new temple were some considerably bigger offerings. Our new 6mm Desert Dome buildings have been strong sellers since they were released, and we’ve had a number of comments along the lines of “I’d like to see these in 15mm”. Ever willing to please, I’ve scaled up the three smaller models as you can see below. These are the basic structures without doors, windows and details – as a guide to size, the mat they are on has a 1cm grid, and the taller tower is around 12cm high. Although I’ll start mould-making straight away, it’ll take a little while to get all three ready – I simply don’t have enough Lego to make mould boxes for all three at one go !