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.



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.


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.


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).



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.


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.

EDCV Labs 800

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.

Umbrella 800

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

Fasolini’s Company

In a previous post we mentioned Fasolini’s Company, a mercenary unit from the Hammer’s Slammers universe that features in the novel Forlorn Hope. We also showed a couple of tracked mobile gun units that are the company’s heavy fire support. Today we have Fasolini infantry figures to show off, a package having just arrived from the sculptor. The figures wear peaked armoured caps with a visor and clamshell body armoured, and are equipped with heavy cone-bore rifles. The use five-round missile launchers for anti-tank and AA work – the launchers are externally identical, but use different rounds depending on the target.




We also have a couple of personality figures for the company – in the middle of the picture below is Major Fasolini himself. He may be slightly portly but don’t underestimate how tough he is. To his left is Lieutenant Waldstejn, a Cecach native who inherited command of the company during the civil war. He still wears his Federal uniform and carries a locally made assault rifle, but has a Fasolini helmet to link him into the company comms network.


As well as individual packs of infantry, we also have two Hammer’s Slammers detachment packs – a Company Detachment and Support Detachment – that match the lists in the rules, and include extras such as resin bases for the infantry teams.

As you can see, these are master figures – it’s going to take some very slick work on Phil’s part to get these guys moulded and ready for Salute, but we should make it.

The ever-growing Salute list is now like this:

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

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

Salute 2016 Releases – First Glimpse

Salute is just a scary couple of weeks away – the timing of the show is apparently partly tied to Easter, so this year is a little earlier than usual.


We’re happy to take pre-orders to be picked up at the show – you can either email us a list if you’d like to pay on the day, or you can order and pay in advance from the website using the Collect in Person shipping option.

We will as always have a number of new releases across several ranges and it’s about time we started previewing them. But the first bit of important news is about something we won’t have. Although progress has been good, Salute has arrived ever-so-slightly too early for Imperial Skies. Robin has the rules in a nearly-complete state, but the lead times on printing and proof copies means that printed rulebooks cannot get to us in time. We therefore won’t be selling the new ships either since we want Kickstarter backers to get theirs first.

After the bad news, let’s move onto things that we will be releasing. We aim to have new items in the Small Scale Scenery, Spaceships, 6mm and 15mm SF, not all of which are entirely ready yet so it’s going to be an interesting time for us in the next fortnight :-). But a number of bits are ready to go, so we’ll take a look, starting in the largest scale.

We’ve been working with the co-author of the Hammer’s Slammers rulebook, John Treadaway, on some more HS-themed models. These are taken from the novel The Forlorn Hope, which is set in the same universe but doesn’t actually feature the Slammers regiment. Instead it focuses on Fasolini’s Company, a mercenary unit caught in a civil war between the Republicans and Federals on Cecach, a planet colonised by Czech settlers. The first model is this laser-equipped Henschel hover tank, a vehicle developed on Earth but imported by the Republican forces to bolster their indigenous designs.



Next up are these two Oto Melara light cone-bore autocannon. Mounted on small tracked base units, the Fasolinis use them to provide heavy fire support, moving them long distances on the back of trucks (we’re using the existing South African Hippo model). The single-barrelled weapon is the one that appears in the book, but the quad mount seems a logical progression for a later upgrade (it’s in the detachment list in the rules as an option).



More previews next week – we’ll be dropping down to 2mm next time. We’ll repeat the list of new releases below in each successive post, adding the new models.

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

Hammered by the Slammers

I had the very good fortune last weekend to spend Saturday afternoon in a game of Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible, playing against one of the rulebook’s authors, John Treadaway.


I was fielding my shiny new Alaudae Legion mercenaries against John’s New Ukranians supported by a detachment of upgraded Slammers.

I won’t attempt to go through the game blow-by-blow, but suffice it to say that despite John’s very generous efforts to help me with the subtle details of the rules, I didn’t emerge the winner. This was mostly due to my inability to roll anything useful when firing my missiles (to quote John, ‘some of the worst serial dice throwing I’ve ever seen!’). John has put up some pictures on the official website, while below I’ve put up a selection of mine. I’m looking forward to a rematch when I attempt to get my own back ! One lesson will be to rearm my heavy laser tanks with bigger guns…

If You Go Down To The Woods Today…


Natives of the fourth planet of the Eta Odin system, the Tolero are primitive but intelligent creatures who outwardly resemble terrestrial bears. More than one anthropologist has been taken in by their cute and cuddly appearance but received a nasty surprise from the pointy end of a Tolero spear !


Armed with the afore-mentioned spears and short bows, the Tolero are hunters that roam the plains and prairies of their homeworld, stalking the docile Shomix quadripeds for food. Some ride on fearsome Thaeyax steeds, a vicious flightless avian similar to an Emu and nicknamed ‘Terror Birds’ by the first research teams to visit Eta Odin IV.


There are still several research stations of different nationalities on the planet, investigating the possibilities of full colonisation. Small military outposts also exist, primarily to protect these bases from the attentions of the natives. Rumours also still persist of a Chinese labour camp, used to house particularly awkward prisoners that need to conveniently disappear, but this has predictably been denied by the CDSU government.

SF15-051 – Tolero with Spears (x8) – £2.75
SF15-052 – Tolero with Bows (x8) – £2.75
SF15-056 – Tolero Cavalry with Spears (x6) – £3.50
SF15-057 – Tolero Cavalry with Bows (x6) – £3.50

Those in the know will recognise the Tolero as being another part of the former ArmiesArmy range that we’ve finally got round to re-releasing.

The Alaudae Legion – Ready for Battle

At the end of last year we released some unit packs and a couple of vehicles for a new Hammer’s Slammers mercenary force, the Alaudae Legion (which translates to ‘The Skylarks’).

Over the last few weeks I’ve been putting together an Alaudae force in anticipation of getting them on the table in the near future. I’ve painted one of each detachment type in the Alaudae army listArmoured, Heavy Armoured and Infantry. This has made for an armour-heavy force of 21 vehicles and just three infantry sections, so I painted a few extra infantry in case I felt the force needed a bit more balance. However, they’d be a very good match for any other armoured unit in a tank fight.

Because I was painting a lot of vehicles at one go, I went for as simple a colour scheme as I could. After assembly, the vehicles were undercoated using Halfords’ grey automotive primer. This is my favourite primer as it gives a solid opaque coat with a nice matt surface and will stick to just about anything – and comes in big cans as well. I drybrushed straight onto this primer coat with Citadel Longbeard Grey. I then broke out the airbrush and sprayed random camouflage stripes in Tamiya Olive Green, and drybrushed the stripes in Citadel Nurgling Green. That was it for the base colours, a very simple 4-stage process that very quickly resulted in 21 tanks in 2-colour camouflage with highlighting.

The next stage was to brush paint in a number of details. This includes crew figures, stowage and some detail work on weapons, sensor blisters and lenses. I tried to pick colours that contrasted with the vehicle scheme to break up the rather drab look. The crew were given khaki overalls and dark green helmets using Tamiya paints. Stowage was picked out in dark grey (storage boxes), brown (ammo boxes) and sand (jerricans) with the external fuel tanks also in dark green. Sensor lenses were painted using a gem technique – highlighting the bottom of the lens from dark to light red, then putting a tiny white specular dot on the top corner. Some parts of the weapon barrels were painted in a dark silver (Citadel Leadbelcher), washed in purple (Citadel Leviathan Purple) and then drybrushed in Citadel Necron Compound to suggest discolouration caused by extreme heat. Radar domes were painted in Citadel Tyrant Skull.

Everything – vehicles and figures – was then given a heavy coat of Army Painter Strong Tone (from the big paint tin, not the dropper bottle). This was brushed on, wearing a rubber glove on the hand I held them in since the stuff is rather gloopy and unpleasant, and everything sat on sheets of greaseproof paper to dry otherwise they would stick to whatever surface they’re left on. One useful tip I learnt on a previous build was to use a Sharpie to number the bottom of hulls and turrets – that way they can be paired up again and the camouflage stripes will line up!

For the moment there are no decals available for the Alaudae, so the final stage for the vehicles was an airbrushed coat of Tamiya Flat Clear to matt down the gloss finish of the Quickshade. I’ve mentioned several times before about issues I’ve had with Army Painter’s own spray varnish – although excellent in most uses, I find it can craze or blister on large flat surfaces which have been coated with their own Quickshade products. It works fine on figures that have only small surface areas, but not vehicles, hence the use of an Acrylic clear coat that doesn’t react with it.

And that’s it – just over 10000 points’ worth of powerful armoured might, ready for combat. They should be swinging into action in a few days time – look out for a report to see how they get on !


The Dark Side of the Moon

Spheres and domes are an ideal design for bases on the moon or other low-pressure environments – no nasty corners to create weak spots and let the atmosphere out. They can be seen in classic science-fiction and old NASA publicity material, the most famous example of which is the Moonbase in Gerry Anderson’s UFO series.

Today we’re releasing our own take on this design with our Moonbase Habitation Sphere model. Technically the shape is not a sphere, but a truncated icosahedron with curved sides – instantly recognisable as the shape of a football (at least it is in six out of seven continents of the world – a soccer ball if you’re in North America !). The habitable sphere sits on an octagonal base unit which incorporates an airlock for access and houses store rooms and atmosphere recycling equipment.



The design and casting of this one was quite tricky – the base is simple enough, but the sphere has been split into two halves. Five of the hexagonal side panels are cast as separate metal pieces that go together to hide the join quite effectively (thanks to John Treadaway for working this out). The kit comes as the three resin pieces plus six panels to allow some variety – three blank panels, and one each with a window, ventilation grill and escape hatch/access panel. The set of six panels are also available separately if you need spares to customise your moonbase.


B15-601 – Habitation Sphere – £15.00
B15-601p – Spare Panels (x6) – £3.00

Life in the Freezer

A few weeks back we previewed our new 15mm Research Base buildings. The models are now all ready to go and are available from the website today. I’ve painted up a set in bright orange colours as an Arctic base, but the models could equally be used as a base in any other setting – jungle, mountain, desert etc. The buildings would also make a good Nissen Hut replacement for airbases or barracks.


The Research Base set includes a command centre, two accomodation blocks, a garage block and storage shed, along with some clutter pieces such as a small container and storage boxes. The four buildings are also available individually.


We don’t have any suitable civilian vehicles to go with the base, so for these photos I painted up an unarmed Neo-Soviet Laska tankette as a small tracked explorer vehicle.



Although for space reasons we won’t be bringing the rest of the 15mm buildings range, we’ll have some stock of these at Cavalier on Sunday. We will also have some of the new 6mm PacFed and Polish infantry, as well as all of our other new releases from this year.


As an added extra, we’ll have limited numbers of some Angel Barracks 6mm figures, in particular the new 30-figure character set.


B15-500 – Research Base Set -£30.00
B15-501 – Accomodation Block – £6.00
B15-502 – Command Centre – £8.00
B15-503 – Small Garage Block – £6.00
B15-504 – Storage Hut – £3.50