Last Man, Last Bullet have begun stocking our Small Scale Scenery alongside their own excellent selection of pillboxes and other battlefield fortifications. They cover a different spread of shows to us so should widen our catchment area. They’ve started with a small selection of our forts and castles, but assuming all goes well we’re hoping they’ll expand the range that they stock.
Just in case your 1/1000th scale harbour needs somewhere to park a submarine, we have two different options available for you this weekend.
The first, larger option is a blocky construction known as the Scorff Bunker, so called because it was built on the banks of the Scorff river running into the Lorient naval base in 1940. The 130m long concrete edifice has two side-by-side pens and is large enough to house four U-boats at once.
Smaller options are the two oddly-shaped ‘Dom’ repair bunkers – Dom means cathedral in German and they were named because of their supposed resemblance to a religious building. The 80m long bunkers, also part of the Lorient installation, could hold a single smaller U-boat for repair, which was winched out of the water and across a turntable to either one of these pens or the much larger Keroman I, II or III bunkers. One has a concrete emplacement for an AA gun over the main door – although the two bunkers are otherwise identical, there is no obvious evidence that the other bunker ever had such an emplacement, there is nothing there now and there are no obvious scars of its removal so only one is modelled with an AA gun. I couldn’t find any conclusive proof of what type of gun it was either – the only artists impression I’ve seen shows the gun to be an 88mm FlaK-18, so that’s what I’ve gone with.
SSS-8137 – Scorff U-Boat Bunker – £8.00
SSS-8138 – Dom U-Boat Pens – £5.00
On another minor point, we’ve renamed another of our Small Scale Scenery models – the former Cuban Church is now called the Spanish-American Church. This is because we have noticed that orders containing this item are often held for a day or two by PayPal before the funds are released, we think it’s a security check just to ensure we aren’t involved in any dodgy dealings with one of the countries on the USA’s watch list ! I have in the past had to write emails to PayPal about this and one or two other items (eg CDSU spaceships with Vietnamese names) so we thought we’d take the safe option and just rename it to avoid any more orders getting delayed.
For ages I’ve been planning to add a set of Waterloo buildings to the Small Scale Scenery range. To be honest I have also spent some of the time putting them off, since my first initial look into them showed that quite a bit of research would be needed along with a measure of educated guessing – especially with Château Hougoumont, the largest and most iconic of the buildings on the battlefield.
However, I’ve girded my loins and with much help from my friend Mark Harris, erstwhile Treasurer of Maidstone Wargames Society and a Napoleonic buff, we’ve ended up with what we think is a good representation of the buildings of 1815.
The set includes four different items, all resin castings; the largest being the aforementioned Château Hougoumont. Not many of the original buildings are still standing, so our version is a result of interpreting contemporary illustrations, plans and satellite views.
A much easier model was the walled farm of La Haye Sainte – that is is still intact and in much the same condition as two centuries ago. It should also induce a wave of nostalgia in anyone who owned the Airfix kit way back when…
Another building that’s still almost as it was back in 1815 is the inn of La Belle Alliance, where Blücher and Wellington met on the evening of the battle at the end of the fighting.
The final member of this set is the church of Plancenoit, where the Prussian attack hit the French flank. Again the original building is long gone, so this representation is a best guess at what it looked like in 1815.
SSS-8136 – Waterloo Building Set – £8.00
Following on from last week’s Celtos Gaels post, another selection of photos that fell between the Salute cracks was this fine selection of Small Scale Scenery from Charles Rowntree. Like a number of other gamers, he likes to use our 1/1000th scale buildings with 6mm figures so that they are more in line with the ground scale. He’s combined multiple sets including the Normandy and English villages, Town Shops, Terraced Houses and industrial and railway packs. We especially like the Eastern Front Village surrounded by fields. You can click on each image for an even larger version.
He has a blog (https://www.allhellletloose.co.uk/) where you can see more, including a very impressive Arnhem layout.
Completing the week’s releases are two further Small Scale Scenery sets, one industrial and one agricultural.
The industrial set is a pair of Belgian dockside warehouses – they are taken from the design of the existing Hangar Waagnatie model, but in a handier size (there’s one two-bay model and one three-bay).
Out in the fields we have a handy set of Modern Farm Structures – metal barns and sheds, open-sided hay barns, two types of grain silo and water towers. Combined with our existing Agricultural Buildings and Walled Farms, you should be able to make almost any type of farm layout now.
SSS-8134 – Modern Structures – £5.50
SSS-8135 – Belgian Dockside Warehouses – £5.00
The second of our new Small Scale Scenery releases this week are three new sets of components for the Modular Castle range. These are roofed towers which are more common in continental castles – there are round, square and octagonal versions to match the existing roofless sets. All come in packs of four, and are also available as options for the castle starter packs.
SSS-8122t – Circular Tower with Roof – £1.50
SSS-8122u – Octagonal Tower with Roof – £1.50
SSS-8122v – Square Tower with Roof – £1.50
Whoop – the broadband is back ! Because of the Good Friday holiday I won’t be able to post any orders until the weekend, but I should get fully up-to-date with orders today and post everything in one big hit on Saturday.
This rest of week will be a bit of a bonanza for our Small Scale Scenery customers as we add all of the Salute releases to the website. The first additions today are the two German sets, the Post War Village and the Churches pack.
The village contains twenty separate buildings including a small Town Hall, an Inn and a shop. The mix of houses includes several single storey bungalows.
The three churches have interchangeable towers, and two of each type are supplied alloing you to mix and match.
SSS-8132 – German Post War Village – £6.00
SSS-8133 – German Churches – £5.00
We’re getting very last-minute here, but I only had a chance to test out the mould just now (it works, fortunately…)! This was supposed to have been the very, very last thing we were lining up for Salute – but a package arrived in the post this morning, so there is one more thing to come …
As an accompaniment to the German Village pack previewed over the weekend, how about some German Churches ? This pack of three models is the perfect addition to a small hamlet on Luneberg Heath, waiting to be steamrollered by the Warsaw Pact back in 1980!
There are three base buildings with separate towers – there are six of these, two each of three types (which leaves you a couple of spares) allowing a total of nice different combinations for plenty of variety.
SSS-8133 – German Churches – £5.00
You can tell Salute is getting close and the pressure is mounting – today I’m having to preview unpainted models, I just haven’t had a chance to finish them yet 🙁
Today we have a post-war German village in our Small Scale Scenery range. The style of these differs from some of our other village sets by having a number of buildings with steeper chalet style roofs, plus a small town hall, inn and shop.
Despite their undercoated state we have already cast up (hopefully enough) stock for the show.
SSS-8132 – German Village – £6.00
Once I get these painted I’ll update the photos.
Today’s addition to the burgeoning Salute line-up is back down in the smallest scale, as we unveil a set of Modern Farm Structures. Our existing agricultural buildings serve to make a farm that would work anytime from the 17th century onwards, but this set brings us more up to date with metal sheds and barns, grain silos and water towers.
SSS-8134 – Modern Farm Structures – £5.50