Town planning

Since I was quite happy with the results of my test desert building I decided to take Tony up on his challenge of making a town comprising of ten bases in a similar style. I’ve not finished them yet but thought I’d offer a peek of the current progress. The first five are upto the point where they are ready for painting with a few more still at the cutting and glueing stage. Must admit that I find the cutting and glueing more fun than the painting as it feels much more creative.

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I’ve stuck to my original plan of where I can only using items from our own ranges. I’m trying to work bits from each of our ranges into the models. I’m probably most happy with a fence made up of solar panels from an Iron Stars battleship. Not quite sure at the moment though how I’ll manage to work a 28mm fantasy figure into a 15mm Sci-fi town!

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Since these pictures were taken the buildings have been undercoated and given a base coat so hopefully I’ll have the finished items to show off fairly soon. Obviously “fairly soon” could actually mean several months…..

New 15mm Releases

Some houses in the desert wastelands are built up on high plinths to keep them safe from predators – this is one such design, accessed by a single stairway to a raised platform. This new 15mm building is available today.

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I’ve also been tinkering with some of our recent releases, combining them with other parts to see what I could come up with. In particular, the new Fasolini tracked gun units have all sorts of possibilities. I’ve added a missile launcher and radar dish to the tracked base to create mobile anti-tank and comms systems, as well as a 5-barrel gatling weapon, known as the Lucane (Stag Beetle) family. I’ve also put the single-barrel gun on a ground mount to create a light AA gun (the quad gun was unfortunately a bit too big to fit the base and overbalances). These are listed under the EuroFed.

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B15-130 – Plinth Dwelling – £10.00
SF15-416b – Lucane Tracked Missile System – £4.00
SF15-416c – Lucane Tracked Radar Unit – £3.75
SF15-416d – Lucane Tracked Gatling – £3.75
SF15-416e – Ground-mount AA Gun – £3.75

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One of the most popular 15mm building sets we’ve come out with has been the Research Base. Possibly because it’s a very versatile design that will stand in as a military barracks, PoW or prison camp or general purpose civilian huts. Today we have a new addition to the base, a double hut connected by a central corridor – in other words, an H-Block. In its original guise as a cold weather research base it means that the occupants can move from hut to hut without stepping outside in the cold, which has to be a good thing !

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B15-505 – H-Block – £10.00

Neo-Soviet Conscripts

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As mentioned before Salute, our 15mm Neo-Soviet forces are gaining several new packs of conscript infantry. There are four packs altogether – infantry (9 figures – six riflemen, squad leader, rocket launcher and LMG), support weapons (8 figures – 2-man missile squad, two 2-man gatling teams, plasma gun and sniper) and command (6 figures including a splendidly-hatted Kommissar and a comms specialist with satellite backpack). The final pack is a 32-man platoon which consists of two infantry and one of each of the other packs.

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SF15-1264 – Conscript Infantry (x9) – £3.50
SF15-1265 – Conscript Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-1266 – Conscript Command (x6) – £2.25
SF15-1270 – Conscript Rifle Platoon – £11.00

Sculpted by Martin Baker, these figures were originally owned by ArmiesArmy.

Iron Fist

Following hard on the heels of Friday’s new 15mm Fasolini figures, we stay in the same scale but get a bit heavier in terms of hardware today.

Most powerful of all is the Henschel Pz266 Eisenfaust (Iron Fist) laser tank, a large blower tank equipped with a heavy turreted laser and a secondary autocannon in a ball mount on the glacis plate. It’s protected by a sandwich of sapphire and alloy armour, with an explosive close-in defence belt around the hull.

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Much bigger and bulkier is the Schützenpanzer Pz441 platoon carrier, also manufactured by Henschel. Known as the Kastenwagen (Box Van) by the troops that use it, the Pz441 carries a full platoon of 24 infantry in its capacious rear compartment. Access is via two large side doors which drop down to form ramps and allow the infantry to disembark very rapidly (possibly because they would be sitting ducks if they remained in the now open troop compartment !). Armament consists of the same autocannon as the Eisenfaust, mounted on the roof of the driver’s cab.

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Our final model for today is the Gamelin wheeled tank used by EuroFed rapid reaction forces to provide armoured support to the lighter Catroux AFVs. Armour is lighter than a conventional tank, but it still packs a hefty punch.

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HS15-311 – Henschel Pz266 ‘Eisenfaust’ Laser Tank – £10.00
HS15-312 – Henschel Pz441 ‘Kastenwagen’ Platoon APC – £9.00
SF15-407 – Gamelin Wheeled Tank – £8.00

Back to Normal

After the rigours of Salute, we’ve had a relatively relaxed week – the workshop has been restored to some semblance of organisation (as much as it ever is !), all outstanding orders have been shipped out and the backlog of emails and other missives dealt with.

Today we’re adding the first of the Salute releases to the website. These are the Fasolini models and figures to make up another Hammer’s Slammers-themed force. There are two complete detachment packs that match the lists on the HS website, two tracked guns and six packs of figures.

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HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
HS15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.25
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.25

More new items will follow over the next couple of weeks including further 15mm releases (vehicles and figures), the 2mm warehouses and 6mm buildings.

Last Minute Additions

I’ve been tinkering over recent weeks with some of the remaining unreleased former ArmiesArmy moulds. In fact, some of the moulds we have are for items that as far as we know were never released, which includes these. In ArmiesArmy service these would have been RUSK Militia troops, but we’ve co-opted them into our Neo-Soviet army as conscript troops. There are three packs – infantry (squad leader, SAW gunner, AT rocket and six riflemen), command (six assorted figures including a splendidly-hatted kommissar) and support weapons (AT missile team, two man-portable gatling teams, sniper and a short-barrelled energy weapon). We’ve had some issues with one of the original moulds which we’ll have to remake, but we’ve managed to squeeze out a small amount of stock for tomorrow from the original one.

The photos below are from ArmiesArmy’s originals – so the pack contents aren’t exactly the same as we’ll be selling, but at least you get to see what the figures look like.

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We also have a small amount of stock of their companion Guard figures with the same trio of infantry, command and support packs.

And lastly, we are taking some stock of Angel Barracks‘ excellent 6mm character pack containing thirty superb sci-fi figures.

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I’m off to London this afternoon to begin setting up the stand, and we look forward to seeing you from 10am tomorrow.

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-312 – Henschel APC – £9.00
SF15-407 – Gamelin Wheeled Tank – £8.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

SF15-1264 – Neo-Soviet Conscript Infantry (x9) – £3.50
SF15-1265 – Neo-Soviet Conscript Support (x8) – £3.00
SF15-1266 – Neo-Soviet Conscript Command (x6) – £2.25

LCAA-01 – EDCV Labs Set – £90.00
LCAB-01 – Umbrella Set – £50.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

6mm SF Buildings
B300-133 – Large Tower – £6.00
B300-134 – Square Tower with Dome – £5.00
B300-135 – Square Tower – £4.00

The Goodies Keep On Coming

I cracked open two more new moulds today, both the hulls of 15mm vehicles. The metal turrets were in a different mould which Phil delivered at the end of last week, so after a very quick bit of resin casting I was able to assemble a sample of each.

The first, and largest is a Henschel APC to accompany the new tank with which it shares a number of design details – it’s also derived from the Forlorn Hope novel by David Drake. It’s a huge model, designed to carry an entire platoon of troops, or 24 men. They disembark by a rather novel method; when the vehicle arrives at the correct place, the giant doors on either side of the vehicle drop down to form ramps. The conscripts on board can either quickly evacuate the vehicle, or remain on board as sitting ducks – the choice is theirs! The vehicle is armed with a remote autocannon, and the troops on board can also use their assault rifles from five firing ports built into the side doors.

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The second vehicle is rather more conventional. It’s a 15mm version of the EuroFed Gamelin wheeled tank, which provides heavy fire support to assault units of the Legion Etranger. It’s effectively a wheeled medium tank, armed with a high-velocity cannon and coaxial support weapon. The 10-wheeled chassis is very resistant to damage, being able to continue running with as few as three wheels per side. Armour isn’t as comprehensive as a main battle tank in order to keep weight down, but lightweight composites still afford it a reasonable level of protection.

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I’ve assembled some more of the Fasolini mobile gun units, this time with crew figures. One useful tip I discovered is that on both gun models, the crew figure needs to be fitted to the seat before the gun(s) are attached. The handgrips on the single barrelled weapon will also need to be trimmed back. The painted models of gun and transporter trucks are finished, and I think look pretty good.

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Not Everything Always Goes to Plan !

Today I was supposed to be posting about more Salute releases – some merchant spaceships, to be precise. We think the masters looked lovely (see below to decide for yourselves).

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Sadly the mould didn’t play ball :-(. This happens sometimes – we can get castings out of the mould, but they aren’t as good as we would like so we don’t think we can sell them as they are. There’s no time now to try again (the masters don’t always survive the mould-making process, and one or two of these will need a slight redesign anyway) so sadly we won’t have them on Saturday. However, I don’t intend on wasting any time and will be trying to get them remade and released within a few weeks.

There is still some more Salute new release news to come later in the week, so keep watching this blog.

Now I do have a very important reminder – you now have slightly less than two days to get in any last-minute pre-orders for the show. I’ll be doing the last casting for Salute on Wednesday, so I need any final show orders (whether pre-paid or pay-on-the-day) by the end of Tuesday at the latest so I can plan my casting for the next day.

And last of all … here are some painted tanks ! Three Henschel beasties, all ready for their Army Painter dip. Two for gaming and one for the display stand on Saturday.

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Corridor of Uncertainty

No, I haven’t suddenly turned into Geoffrey Boycott!

Tuesday last week was busy, with lots of deliveries at Brigade Towers. In amongst the replacement compressor, the splendid new 15mm figures and some slightly less interesting stuff (cardboard boxes), a couple of massive boxes turned up, all the way from Poland. These contained a number of sets of Assault Publishing’s excellent HDF sci-fi corridors, which we’ll be offering for sale for the first time at Salute.

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The corridors were originally designed for 15mm figures, but work just as well for 20mm figures or even a claustrophic layout for 28mm models. The cross-section of each corridor is 40x40mm. It uses a rather clever system where the blast doors clip the sections together to keep a layout intact during a game, but allow everything to be disassembled for storage. The corridors use layers of laser-cut HDF (a tougher version of MDF) to give them a 3D feel with depth to the details.

There are two sets, one a bit bigger than the other, and you get an awful lot for your money – we were surprised at how big the boxes were when they arrived. The EDCV labs set has two large rooms, seven corridor sections and sixteen connecting doors of various types. The Umbrella set has more corridors and doors to extend the layout.

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Phil has spent a little while assembling some sample pieces and we’re impressed at the way the layers of HDF go together to produce a strong and detailed final result. We’ll have these samples on the stand at Salute so you can see and handle the corridor pieces.

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

LCAA-01 – EDCV Labs Set – £90.00
LCAB-01 – Umbrella Set – £50.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50