The skies above the battlefields of the world of Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible are not the safest place to be; computer guided powerguns knock down just about anything that flies, from aircraft, VTOLs, air cars, even missiles and artillery shells.
Nevertheless, there are a number of units that still field VTOLs in the combat zone for their speed and versatility. These craft fly nap-of-the-earth, down amongst the weeds operating effectively as fast ground vehicles.
One such unit is the Eaglewing Squadron, which operates a mix of VTOLs, light hover vehicles and infantry on skimmers. They are currently re-equipping their VTOL wing, and the first new craft to enter service is the Demeter attack VTOL, slowly replacing the Eaglewing’s inventory of Ravens. It is a two-seater fitted with a tri-barrel chin turret and several wing hardpoints which can carry an assortment of stores.
The Demeter model comes in three resin parts (fuselage and two wings) and three metal parts (turret and two vertical tail fins). Available separately we have a pack of wing stores – two each of hyper-velocity missiles, gatling pods, rocket pods and anti-tank missiles. These have the pylon built in so you can fit the weapons wherever you like on the wing.
Interrupting the sequence of Small Scale Scenery releases, we’ve also uploaded the new 6mm Infantry on Skimmers packs to the website. A Skimmer is a one-man personal hover vehicle, a bit like a Jetski, used to give infantry much higher mobility. There are two versions with British and PacFed riders – unarmoured infantry in steel helmets, or infantry in full armour. Both come in packs of 12.
The models are very handy for some Hammer’s Slammers units – both the Wolverines and Anders Legion deploy infantry on skimmers.
To round off the first week of new items from Salute, we’ve added the Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible counter pack to the website. This has over 50 laser-cut acrylic tokens for marking orders, damage, suppression, artillery and mortar blast areas and missile attacks. There are also 25 plain counters for allocation command points.
The 15mm range gets five new vehicles and variants today. The American Republic gets a command version of the Baumann hover APC which is armed with a pintel mounted weapon over the top hatch. There is also a new armoured cargo hauler, the Conestoga, which is built on the Baumann chassis.
Our Mercenary Brigade forces have two new versions of the Shinigami combat car – one armed with an automatic heavy mortar and the second with a six round missile launcher. The missile version handily fills a gap in the Hiroseki National Army’s detachment list for Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible.
Finally, there’s a version of the European Federation Javelot with the same automatic mortar fitted to the rear bed.
The next batch of Salute releases to hit the website are six packs of infantry heavy weapons for the British, Neo-Soviet and CDSU forces.
The British get a twin machine-gun and heavy anti-tank rifle, the Soviets a grenade launcher and heavy tri-barrel. The CDSU on the other hand get two remote mounted weapons systems, a twin-barrelled support gun and a four-round missile launcher.
Each set comes in packs of two weapons each with two crew.
Finally, there’s also a British four-man anti-tank gun crew with one seated, two kneeling and one standing crewman (three of the four figures have previously been available in other packs but we’ve brought them together and added the seated gunner to make a gun team).
SF15-168a – Anti-tank Rifle Team (x2) – £3.00 SF15-168b – Twin MG Team (x2) – £3.00 SF15-169 – British Gun Team – £1.50 SF15-566a – PLA Remote Twin Gun Teams (x2) – £3.00 SF15-566b – PLA Remote Missile Teams (x2) – £3.00 SF15-1267a – Neo-Soviet Tri-barrel team (x2) – £3.00 SF15-1267b – Neo-Soviet Auto-GL team (x2) – £3.00
So Salute is over for another year, and normality returns to Brigade Towers. One of the tasks that follows the show is getting the raft of new releases onto the website and available for sale. As we’ve done over the last couple of years, we’re going to introduce them gradually rather than all at one go – that way we avoid too much of a deluge of orders from people who didn’t make it to ExCel. I’ve tweaked the order in which we were going to release them slightly – one of two models proved to be difficult to cast and need a bit of fettling before we’re happy to put them on general sale.
Today we’re starting with some models that featured in one of the games put on by the host club, the South London Warlords. Our one existing 15mm Moonbase model has been joined by three new ones – two domed buildings and some very necessary Oxygen storage tanks.
And before anyone asks, 6mm versions of these will be appearing in the next 2-3 months.
Something we’ve been working away on for a while is a very handy counter set for the Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible rulebook. Made for us by Beadspoke Designs, we’re very pleased to say we’ll have stocks at Salute on Saturday – the set contains over 70 counters and markers, including order counters for Rapid and Concentrated Fire, damage markers, infantry suppression markers, missile markers, blast markers (for outlining mortar and artillery zones) plus 25 counters to allocate command points. We’ve even got some smart compartmented boxes to keep them in, as you can see.
Apart from the command point counters (which are plain tiddlywinks) the rest are laser cut and engraved from translucent acrylic. Although they come unmarked, it’s a pretty simple process to ink them yourself with acrylic paint from a brush or pen – I did it with some Imperial Skies turn rulers at the start of last year. The photos below show a set which I’ve inked up for use, which only took a few minutes.
Yet more for the Salute line-up – and our only Salute release in 6mm for this year (the smaller scale gamers will have to wait for the Joy of Six in early July).
We have two new sets of 6mm scale one-man skimmers with riders, to match the 15mm versions released earlier in the year. There are twelve PacFed (full armoured suits) or British (battledress with helmet) riders in each pack. The British skimmers also complete the ToE for the Wolverines mercenary unit in Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible.
After yesterday’s undercoated German village, today we can do slightly better (although only slightly) with an almost-but-not-quite-finished model. It’s painted but hasn’t had decals applied or been varnished, so it’s a bit shiny (in fact, it was still a little bit sticky when photographed !).
This is the Demeter, an 15mm VTOL used by the Eaglewing and Texians in the Hammer’s Slammers background. It’s a six piece model – three resin parts (fuselage and two wings) with metal fins and chin turret.
In addition we have a pack of weapons – two each of missile pods, tri-barrel gatlings, rocket pods and hyper-velocity missiles. They are moulded with an integral pylon so just need to be fixed to the lower wing surface (or – just to be different – try mounting the hyper-velocity missiles to the upper wing surface like a 70s-era Jaguar).
At this point, I’ll be very disappointed if you haven’t started humming ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ or at least have it going through your head – this is surely the default reaction of any self-respecting wargamer to the sight of any attack helicopter or similar aircraft…
Following on from the new British and Neo-Soviet weapons teams, we can add new remote weapons teams for our 15mm CDSU (Chinese) forces. The People’s Liberation Army get both a remote 4-round missile launcher and a twin barreled support weapon, each with a 2-man crew. Being remote weapons, the crew can be sited away from the weapon itself, reducing visibility of the weapon to the enemy and increasing the survivability of the crew. Both sets will be available at Salute in (gulp) just eight days’ time.
SF15-566a – PLA Remote Twin Gun Teams (x2) – £3.00
SF15-566b – PLA Remote Missile Teams (x2) – £3.00