First, a little snippet of show news – a reminder that we will NOT be attending Colours this year. The Brigadieress has a Significant Birthday on the day of the show so I’ll be otherwise engaged. All things being well, we aim to be back in 2019. You can however find us later this month at the new Tabletop Gaming Live show at Alexandra Palace.
Now onto this week’s new release – it’s the first sci-fi offering in our Small Scale Scenery range. I’ve scaled down the full range of 6mm Desert Domes and added a couple of new designs to complete the pack. You get 19 buildings which makes up a small town, and you could also combine them with our middle-eastern building set for variety. This shouldn’t be our last sci-fi set in this scale.
I couldn’t resist taking this shot, showing the same building in four scales, from 2mm (1/1000th) through 6mm (1/300th), 10mm (1/150th) up to 15mm (1/100th). Ah, the joys of digital design…
I promised something while I was away, so here we are (if you’re getting a sense of deja vu, these were previewed last weekend before Jo6). We’ve had a number of requests for Eastern Front buildings for WW2 games, so we have a new Russian Village pack of buildings. This contains 19 small houses, mostly single storey affairs and some of which are barely bigger than large huts. It also has a small wooden village chapel to round out the pack.
To accompany the village we have a Russian Orthodox church, a magnificent affair with a large central dome and four small corner towers.
The village buildings are metal castings, and because of their diminutive size we’ve cast them on sprues to make handling easier. The church is a single piece resin casting.
As well as our 6mm ranges, we also take the Small Scale Scenery range to Joy of Six. It’s used by some 6mm gamers who prefer their scenery to be nearer to ground scale than figure scale, and we’ve seen it done very effectively.
After the burst of 6mm items we’ve been previewing recently, we have some new in this range as well. After several requests, we have a village pack of 20 Eastern Front buildings, mostly single-storey wooden structures, along with a rather magnificent resin Russian Orthodox Church.
They will be on the website very shortly, so if you would like some and can’t make the show then you don’t have long to wait.
SSS-8113 – Russian Village – £3.33
SSS-8114 – Russian Orthodox Church – £1.25
Australian customer Pas recently sent us some great photos of his two 2mm scale projects recently. The first is his Roman walled town which we featured yesterday, and the second is a European walled town. Over to Pas…
Attached is my new town using only your models : Roman fort with left over sections from Hadrian’s Wall, 2 packs of English village houses, English town shops, English detached houses, English civic buildings, Normandy village (except for 4 houses which I added to my Roman town) and Normandy Churches.
I made the trees from a pack of 4 3” trees purchased from a Hobby store and cut up to make small trees.
A while back we featured pictures of a superb 2mm Roman town by Australian customer Pas Capetta. He’s recently sent us updated photos including some of our new items such as the Roman Arches and Obelisks, so without further ado, here they are…
So Salute is over, which is a relief in some ways – the last week or so got a bit manic. We had a good day, saying hello to many gaming friends from all over the country and beyond (it was great to finally meet a Swedish gamer who I’ve corresponded with for over 20 years), and of course also shifting a considerable quantity of resin and metal !
We do have a couple of post-show notices – I think there were two gentlemen who made large purchases and left a small item behind (both my fault – I put the items on the stand and obviously missed packing them into their respective bags at the end of the transactions). In both cases I spotted it almost immediately and tried to find them but they’d already disappeared into the crowd. So if you’re missing a) a Russian Aeronef torpedo group, or b) a pack of satellites, drop me an email and I’ll post them on, or find us at a subsequent show. Unfortunately I don’t have email addresses for you so can’t be proactive and contact you myself.
I’m a little behind with mail order, but should catch up by the end of the week – apologies if you’ve had to wait an extra couple of days, I was hoping to get away with no disruption but couldn’t quite manage it.
OK, onto the main business of the post – the first tranche of new releases from Salute is hitting the website this week. And the very first items are in the Small Scale Scenery range – the City Hall, stone bridges and four lighthouses.
Die Alte Stadthaus is based on Berlin’s old City Hall, but we’ve altered the overall dimensions a bit to make it an 80x80mm square which fits nicely with the sizes of our other City Block models. The real one is roughly that size but isn’t square. It’s a two-piece resin casting, with the domed tower as a separate part.
The pack of stone bridges are the same length (40mm) as the girder bridges, and come cast in metal in four different designs based on UK and European prototypes.
The four metal lighthouses are again based on real world models, two French and one each from Germany and the UK.
So, with exactly two weeks to go until the doors to Salute are thrown open, it’s high time we set up our Salute releases page for this year. This page is where you’ll find the definitive list of confirmed releases at the show, including prices and codes. Nothing gets added to this page unless we’re certain that we’ll have on the day. The page will sit at the top of the blog until the 14th so it’s easily accessible. Some of the photos will be of unpainted or undercoated models, but as they get painted I’ll do my best to update them. This year we are a little behind with this page, so expect new items to be added at quite a rate.
Although we’ll have everything here available at the show, we’ll stagger the addition of the releases onto the website – that is simply to avoid us being flooded with a huge pile of orders for the new items. We’d rather regulate the flow of new stuff – that way we avoid getting behind on orders, which no-one wants. As we did last year, we’ve put the intended website release date to each range.
We’re happy to take advance orders if you’d like to reserve any items, new or existing. You can either e-mail us and send a list to be paid for on the day (cash or card), or you can use the ‘Collect in Person’ shipping option on the website to place an order without paying any postage charges. Please place any orders by Sunday 8th April to give us a chance of processing them.
Hammer’s Slammers – 15mm Website release dates: Monday 7th May – Friday 11th May
Something missing from our Small Scale Range has always been bridges. We started to put this right last year with the Girder Bridges pack, and part of our Salute line-up this year should be this set of four stone bridges. Each is 40mm long (to match the girder bridges) but are simpler single-piece models with varying numbers of arches.
Here are some more Small Scale Scenery previews, to prove that we have something other than new Hammer’s Slammers models at Salute this year!
Below are four new lighthouse models – I’ve attempted to find several different styles, so (l-r) we have Calais (Hauts-de-France), Kermorvan (Finistere, Brittany), Westerheversand (Schleswig-Holstein) and Beachy Head (Sussex). These will be metal castings, the French ones are two-piece while the others are single piece castings.
We’re hoping to get first castings of these soon, so we can show you painted versions.
A planned Salute addition to our Small Scale Scenery range is this fine edifice, the City Hall. It’s based loosely on Berlin’s Altes Stadhaus but I’ve played with the dimensions a bit so that it’s exactly 80mm square, and fits in nicely with the 40x40mm block size of our other City buildings. It’ll be a two piece resin casting with the domed tower as a separate piece (it’s seen here fitted to a base for casting which is why I can’t photograph it assembled).