Bring in the Infantry !

Last week I finished painting up my first batch of our 15mm Infantry figures that we brought out at Salute (not helped by a rogue pigeon that divebombed my photo-shoot at one point !).

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Originally they were going to be sold as generic armoured infantry, but with our recent acquisition of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges we’ve decided to allocate figures to our various forces. So these figures are now assigned to the Pacific Federation where their fully-armoured look goes well with the high-tech grav vehicles of the PacFed.

There are nine packs available including riflemen, support and heavy weapons and command figures. There is also a 32-man platoon pack plus a 3-man crew for our Mercenary Combat Car.

SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

More 15mm Releases

Today we’re releasing what I think is the largest model we’ve yet made, plus re-releasing an old favourite.

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The former is the 15mm Control Tower model that we sneaked through just before Salute. This 10″ tall model is part of our Colony Base and can mate up with other models in that range or be used as a stand-alone piece. There are two options, the full 10″ tall model or the slightly smaller version that has a single central pillar instead of two. This is a hefty chunk of resin that will make a great centrepiece on a 15mm table.

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At the same time we’re returning the 15mm Athena VTOL to the website. We took a number of these to Salute (which we sold out of in a five minute burst in the middle of the morning). Now they’ve been remoulded it’s time to return them to full release.

SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
B15-319 – Control Tower – £40.00
B15-319a – Control Tower (single height) – £35.00

If you’re wondering about our new 15mm infantry (and the Armies Army figures for that matter), they’re coming very soon. Even though the moulds are ready, we have a policy of not releasing anything until we have samples painted, and this week a big influx of orders, plus the Bank Holiday which made it a four-day week, means that I haven’t had a chance to do anything other than casting and packing. However, there’s a half-painted rifle platoon staring reproachfully at me from the workbench, which I should be able to get to next week.

Polish Half-tracks Released

Continuing the new releases, today we have more vehicles in our 15mm Science-Fiction range. Although SF, they use an older motive technology – half-tracks. They are the first Polish armoured vehicles in the range (although not the last, there are already more types lined up), which we’ve scaled down from the 6mm versions.

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The Poles are backed by Germany on the front-line against the resurgent Neo-Soviet Empire, and make use of a lot of German tech and equipment (the turrets on these models are shared with the Lynx APC family).

SF15-1303 – Suwalska APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

Air Traffic Control

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Keen-eyed readers of John Treadaway’s column in the April issue of Miniature Wargames would have noticed a new model from us which has yet to be seen anywhere else – the 15mm Control Tower. This is a pretty huge new model (over 10″ tall – there are a few infantry by the door to give a sense of scale) which is part of the Colony Base set and is compatible with existing pieces in the range. Given the very limited time remaining before Salute on Saturday (and the fact that I ran out of resin earlier today …), we have only had time to cast a very small number of Control Towers for the show, so if you want one, get to us early !

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B15-319 – Control Tower – £40.00
B15-319a – Control Tower (single height) – £35.00

PBI Update

With just three days until Salute, the stock bins are filling up, as you can see from this box of 15mm infantry blisters.

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After a couple of queries, we thought it might be handy to detail the exact contents of each pack in the new range, so here goes:

SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
Eight unique figures as below:
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SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
Two grenade launchers, two rocket launchers, four SAW gunners (two each of two poses):
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SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
Three troopers with binoculars (two poses), one officer with datapad, four squad leaders (two each of two poses):
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SF15-753x – Tripod Weapon plus crew (x2) – £3.00
Two gunners, two loaders, two 2-piece weapons (choice of MG, railgun, tri-barrel or gatling):
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SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
Three combat car crewmen (note that these figures are somewhat smaller than the infantry figures, simply to fit the confined space of the combat car rear deck):
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SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00
One officer, three squad leaders, four SAW, two grenade launchers, two rocket launchers, 20 riflemen

An Old Warrior Returns

A popular model in our 15mm range that has been out of production for a while is the Athena VTOL. This is a transport ship capable of hauling an infantry platoon or small AFV.

Phil has completely remoulded all of the parts and we will have stock available at Salute next weekend. It’s been added to the Salute Sticky page where you can see all of the new items we plan to release.

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The Salute Sticky Page

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Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be ‘live’ page and will be updated as new items appear.

You can find us at stand TH10 – there’s a floor plan on the Salute website to help guide you, we are pretty much in the middle of the hall and not far from the painting competition and command table.

We welcome pre-orders for the show. You can order from the website and pay in the normal way by selecting the ‘Collect in Person‘ shipping option, although you can only order existing models this way and not any of the new releases. To pre-order any new items (or old ones), send us an e-mail. You can then either pay on the day in cash or by card (assuming our new card reader doesn’t have a hissy fit like the old one did last year …) or if you’d like to get your spending squared away in advance then we can send you a PayPal invoice.

So onto the main content of this post, the list of planned new releases. Items which are in italics or which don’t yet have a price are yet-to-be-confirmed. The post isn’t too picture heavy, but if you click on the header text for each category it will take you to other posts that show the models in more detail.

We are still unclear on what we’ll have of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges, any attempt at casting stock for these is being left until the last minute.

Spaceships


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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

15mm SF Infantry in Full Armour


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SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

15mm Vehicles


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SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
SF15-1303 – Suwalska Half-track APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

2mm Forts


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SSS-8053 – No Man’s Land/Horse Sands Fort – £4.00
SSS-8053s – No Man’s Land w/Turrets – £4.50
SSS-8054 – Spitbank Fort – £3.00
SSS-8055 – St Helen’s Fort – £2.00
SSS-8056 – Southsea Castle (1544) – £4.00
SSS-8056a – Southsea Castle (1814) – £4.25

6mm Mercenary Vehicles


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IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
SF300-1501 – Shaman- £0.75
SF300-1501a – Firefly- £0.75
SF300-1502 – Sohei with DS Gun – £1.25
SF300-1502a – Sohei with Gatling – £1.25
SF300-1502b – Sohei with Heavy laser – £1.25
SF300-1502c – Sohei with Twin Powergun – £1.25
SF300-1503 – Magnus APC – £1.00
SF300-1504 – Legion MRL – £0.75
SF300-1505 – Warlock – £0.75
SF300-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £0.50
SF300-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £0.75

6mm Desert Domed Buildings


B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

Belgian Great War Cyclists


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GW28-1148a – Cyclist Officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist Officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Carabinier Cyclist Troops on Bike – £3.00

The Army Marches On!

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Denizens of the Facebook 15mm SF Group may have noticed a post yesterday by Keith of ArmiesArmy, explaining that he’s taken his infantry figures off the website because they have been moved to a new home. We’re very pleased to announce that their new home is right here, at Brigade Models. As Keith himself explained, the effort needed to run ArmiesArmy was becoming too great and impacting severely on his free time. He very kindly offered us first refusal and, well, we didn’t refuse ! Keith will keep his excellent range of vehicles and continue to expand those, and we wish him all the best with that. He came down to Brigade Towers yesterday and dropped off all of the moulds and masters, and we tried one or two to make sure they fitted our casting machine (which they do perfectly).

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We were both already fans of Keith’s figures – I supported his initial Kickstarter campaign and already have a couple of forces that use them. So to have the opportunity to add them to our 15mm range was too good to pass up, and the timing was perfect as we were looking to add figures to our growing range of vehicles and scenery. It also helps that Keith uses the same sculptor (Martin Baker) as we do, so his figures match our new armoured infantry figures.

Keith also let us have a number of unreleased greens which we will be adding to the ranges in due course, and we have a number of ideas for further additions.

There will be a slight delay in getting the models onto our website. With Salute just around the corner we’re both flat out making moulds and producing stock, so what we don’t want to do is suddenly dump a large number of new products on the website and be inundated with orders when we have yet to work out which mould is which, what the contents of each pack are etc. Instead they’ll go up on our website a week or so after the show. We will try to take some stock to Salute, but starting from zero it would take a couple of days to completely stock up all of the packs and we just don’t have that time – so instead we’ll take a selection of the most popular packs.

New Fireteam Base Options

As my 15mm armies grow, I’m finding that I need new infantry basing options for different forces. So today we’re adding several new types to our range of Fireteam Bases. If you haven’t come across these before, they’re a range of resin sabot bases that allow you to use individually based figures in teams for rules that require infantry to move together (and you can also remove casualties if needed).

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The three new bases all take two figures – two are 45mm square bases for pairs of cavalry figures, grav bikes or similar – the difference is the size of figure base they accomodate. The other is a half-size base for command, heavy weapon or sniper teams, dismounted vehicle crew etc. We also have stocks of M10 washers to fit the cavalry base. Above you can see SF15-920 (left) and SF15-922 – since we don’t yet have any cavalry or grav bike models, I’ve put some infantry figures in there.

SF15-920 – Two-man Grav Bike base – £0.50
SF15-921 – Two-man Cavalry base – £0.50
SF15-922 – Two-man Half-base – £0.40
SF15-918 – M10 (20mm) washer (x25) – £1.00

Another fine day …

In contrast to yesterday’s near gales, today was a bit calmer and warmer – so perfect weather for casting outdoors again. As well as casting for orders and Salute stock, I was able to try out some new moulds for both the 15mm Polish half-tracks and the Soviet spaceship carrier hull.

As always with new moulds, it takes two or three castings to work out all of the gremlins and find the bits that need particular attention to avoid air bubbles. The half-tracks in particular were troublesome, but the castings got progressively better as I went along and I ended the day with assembled versions of each of the three hull types. Most of the metal parts such as tracks, wheels, turrets and hatches are existing components so I was able to put some together – only the guns for the support version have yet to be moulded.

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The Soviet carrier looks pretty good – I only have one finished casting so far which has an air bubble or two, but it’s still pretty imposing. It has the same bridge and engines as the battleship, and is a ‘battle-carrier’ design with two heavy turrets at the front and the flight deck at the rear.

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I also photographed some castings of the new 15mm infantry while I was prepping them for production moulds. This is the first pack, eight pulse rifle-armed grunts.

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Finally, the new turret for the Shaman Firefly has arrived – here it is sitting on a hull, next to the existing version so you can see the differences.

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