Number two in our short series of Joy of Six previews is a new set of 6mm infantry for Hammer’s Slammers, Fasolini’s Company. We already have these available in 15mm, and sculptor Martin Baker has done a fantastic job of scaling down the larger models to 6mm. For the show we will have infantry packs available, although unfortunately we aren’t quite there with the unit’s distinctive tracked guns so you’ll have to wait until we add those to the website (although I might just about have enough spare masters to create a detachment pack or two).
Each pack contains 23 figures – two squad leaders, four rocket launchers and fifteen riflemen, plus you get the two named leaders from the book Forlorn Hope – Colonel Guido Fasolini and Lt. Albrecht Waldstejn.
HS6-360 – Fasolini’s Company Infantry – £2.75
*EDIT – I put the wrong number of figures in the first version of this post, this has been corrected and the pack price amended.
For ages I’ve been putting off sorting and categorising the huge folder of decals for the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range. Now I’ve finally done it, and I know why I was reluctant to start ! It’s taken a ridiculous amount of time to sort them, create suitable pictures and thumbnails and them add them all to the database, but I’ve added something like 60-odd sheets of decals to the website. I’ve split them over two pages, one for the Slammers (and the Neu Friesland Defence force) for which there is a huge selection and range of options, and a second page for other units. All of those that are listed are in stock, although in some cases there are only one or two sheets so I’ll be re-ordering those today to ensure we have enough.
Hopefully we can start filling in some of the gaps for units that don’t yet have decals at the same time as we release models for them.
Below are some sample sheets of decals for the Slammers and Heliodorus Regiment with a picture of a Centurion C4F6 with some applied. And for good measure, how about a Lightning Division Kraus…
We have a number of 15mm detachment packs available for Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible, although none for the Slammers Regiment themselves. We’ve made some steps towards rectifying that by releasing seven smaller Troop packs, which are half-sized units each consisting of four TUs (tactical units – a vehicle or infantry team). The Slammers are powerful enough that these troops can stand up for themselves against many other forces full-size detachments.
There are seven options available covering all the troops in the Hammer’s Slammers Troop Detachment List, covering mixed all-arms units, armoured and infantry troops and even a troop for the White Mice, the Slammer’s internal police section.
Coming up in the next month is our next show, the Joy of Six in Sheffield on Sunday July 15th. Run by Baccus Miniatures, the event (as its name suggests) is a 6mm scale-specific event covering all eras and genres from ancients to Sci-Fi.
We’ll be there with a cut-down trade stand, carrying our full range of 6mm SF miniatures, army packs, rules, buildings and figures. We’ll bring along the full Squadron Commander range of starfighters (since they’re also 6mm), our selection of 3D printed scenic items and the full Small Scale Scenery range.
As always, we’re happy to take orders (for any of our ranges, not just the ones mentioned above) either paid for on the day or in advance. We can take orders up until the Wednesday before the show (the 11th) although obviously sooner is better.
We’re aiming to have a decent selection of new 6mm items for the day – all the new Slammers vehicles ought to be ready by then, assuming we don’t have any more irritating delays 😕.
As well as those we should have some redesigned models from the ‘normal’ 6mm range, a selection of new buildings, hopefully some new infantry figures and maybe even something big, stompy and two-legged. News and previews of all of these over the next few weeks.
One further minor piece of housekeeping – I’m off for a short break, back again on Monday. I’m aiming to get all outstanding orders cleared today but any new orders will be delayed until the start of next week.
New out of the factory this week are a trio of support half-tracks for our 15mm Polish forces. The Wilk (Wolf) chassis carries either a pair of tri-barrel AA gatlings, a quad anti-tank missile system or a 12-barreled multiple rocket artillery system.
The Wolf is derived from the Suwalska half-track family, but with a flat-bed rear replacing the former’s passenger compartment. The turrets are of Soviet origin, bought in and retro-fitted with indigenous electronics and sensors.
It’s back to 15mm again this week, with some new towed guns. They’re listed under EuroFed in the 15mm range, but will also serve for various hammer’s Slammers forces. There are four options in all, using the same chassis and shield but with different weapons types – DS gun, howitzer, gatling and powergun barrels. For crew, the existing Fasolini gun crew are ideal with one seated and two kneeling crewmen per gun.
As far as towing options go, there are lots of options in our ranges already – from the EuroFed Musareigne, Lievre and Belette wheeled vehicles, Polish Suwalska half-track or the the recently released Viking half-track. Most of the Centurion LTVs also have towing hooks and are used in the Crucible rules as towing vehicles, while units such as Harris Commando use the M9A10 Cargo Car as a prime mover. We’ve also released a pack of small towing hooks to allow you to convert any vehicle to an artillery tractor.
After a couple of weeks of new 15mm SF models, the smaller scale gets a look-in this week. Our Thunderbolt Division Dragoon half-tracks are reinforced by two versions of the smaller Viking recce vehicle, along with three versions of the Varningr utility trailer.
Currently the model is only available in 15mm (1/100th), but 6mm Slammers ‘gamers will doubtless be interested in the photos below…
Production moulds are already in place for many of the hulls, and we’re now finalising the turrets. Some of them needed a bit of work to scale down successfully, but we’ve just re-ordered new revised masters and should be in production in time for the Joy of Six show.
I recently posted about my Lightning Division’s ill-fated debut on the tabletop and their defeat at the hands of the Zaporoskiye Regiment. Regardless of their performance (and believe me, they’re out for revenge) they look striking in their blue/grey/yellow camouflage, so I thought it was time for a photo parade now that the wrecks have been recovered from the battlefield, the damage repaired and the shell marks polished out.
The two detachments, one tank and one infantry, each consist of ten TUs (tactical units – a vehicle or an infantry team), totalling fifteen vehicles and five infantry teams. I actually painted sixteen vehicles so that I had the option of either a mortar jeep or tracked mortar carrier in the infantry detachment.
The LD vehicles are mostly blowers, or high-powered hovercraft. They’re relatively easy to assemble with few parts – the crew cars just have a rear hatch and two small turrets to be attached to the resin hull. I added plenty of stowage, including some of our etched-brass turret baskets.
The next step was a grey basecoat using Halfords automotive primer from a spray can, which would also serve as the first of the three camouflage colours. Once this has dried I drybrushed the vehicles all over with Citadel Longbeard Grey.
The camouflage colours were laid down with an airbrush – Vallejo French Blue followed by Tamiya XF-4 Yellow-Green. I drybrushed the camouflage stripes, again with Citadel dry paints – Skunk Blue and Hexos Palesun respectively. At this point the vehicles look fairly bright, but this would be dulled down in a bit.
I spent a while picking out details – stowage, sensor blisters and lenses, gun barrels etc in various colours, including some shading and highlighting. One blower hull had a slight mis-cast at the rear (I filed it in the ‘not good enough for resale, but too good to just throw away’ category) which I tried to make look like battle damage with rust and silver wear marks. The next stage was an overall coat of Army Painter Strong Tone Quickshade, which is a stain-like varnish that dries to a glossy and very tough finish.
I added some Lightning Division decals from our range (which will be available again soon, promise!) which go nicely over the glossy finish of the quickshade. I then varnished them with Tamiya Flat Clear from my airbrush, at which point disaster struck…
A slightly damp day resulted in every wargamer’s nightmare, varnish fogging, with my Lightning Division looking like they’d driven through a snowstorm. The temptation at this point was to launch them into the bin, but I needed them on table the following week! So I launched instead into an emergency repair programme to try and sort out the fogging. I started by putting an abrasive polishing bit in my mini-drill and gently tried to buff away the affected areas. The Tamiya coat was very thin while the underlying Army Painter is pretty tough, so I was hoping to be able to remove one without damaging the other. By and large this was successful, although there were one or two places where I wore away the paint and went through to the base resin or metal – and of course my decals were utterly destroyed by this process. The abrasive head couldn’t reach into corners or panel lines either, so I needed a different solution for those areas. I had to repaint some damaged and very badly fogged areas – bits of camouflage, gun barrels, sensor blisters – and I then used a wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade which filled in any panel lines that were still white. The overall results weren’t perfect, but a thousand times better than they might have been. They were at least in a usable state and could make their combat debut.
After the game I went back and reapplied a new batch of decals, and a fresh coat of varnish – fortunately trouble-free this time – and finally I could declare them finished.