Coastal Defences

It’s new releases time again. Today we have two new forts in the Land Ironclads range. These are based on the existing Sea Fort model which came out at the end of last year (which itself is based on the real-life Maunsell forts, examples of which can still be seen off the Kent and Essex coasts), but with one and four pillars respectively.

VLI-8008 – Single Pillar Sea Fort – £1.00
VLI-8009 – Four Pillar Sea Fort – £3.00

Four-Pillar Sea Fort

As with the two-legged version they don’t necessarily have to be used as sea forts, they’d look just as good as elevated land fortifications. The four-pillar one would make an excellent centre piece for a fort complex, surrounded by satellite one- and two-legged forts.

Single-Pillar Sea Fort

We’ve also updated the pages for all of the forts so that you can choose the type of turret they are supplied with. Not all of our turrets have the same peg-and-hole arrangement, so some turrets will require a little bit of snipping, filing or trimming to make them fit, but it does open up the option to make themed fortifications for different nationalities. Below you can see the original two-turret Sea Fort model fitted with Scandinavian heavy turrets instead of the default British ones.


Full of Gas

We’ve added a couple of new bits to our Shapeways store recently, both to complement our 2mm buildings and fit in nicely with the Aeronef and Land Ironclad ranges.

First up is a gasholder (or gasometer). I’m not sure about other countries, but we have these all over the UK – as you come into Victoria train station in London there are several en-route next to the Thames, and another famous one is situated by the Oval cricket ground. Our model depicts two smallish ones, one full and the other about a third full.

The second model is of an airship mooring tower – based on real examples, scaled to be roughly the height of one of our Nef models on its flying stand. Painted in a red/white colour scheme, one or more of these would look great on a 2mm Aeronef landing field.

The lattice structure of models like these makes them ideal candidates for 3D printing, as they would be damn-near impossible to produce in resin or metal without making them a) in lots of pieces, or b) solid relief models, which just wouldn’t look as nice. If anyone is going to Salute and wants to get hold of either or both of these models, contact us in advance and we can order them in for you to avoid shipping charges.

2mm Middle Eastern Buildings

Today sees the release of three new sets in our ever-expanding Land Ironclads 2mm buildings range. This time we’ve moved to the Middle-East, allowing you to fight the campaigns of the Sudan, the North-West Frontier. They would serve equally well for WWI and WWII Western Desert games, or even as far the as Arab-Israeli Wars, the Gulf War or the Liberation of Kuwait.

VLI-8014 – Middle-Eastern Village (x20) – £5.00

VLI-8015 – Mosque (x2) – £2.00

VLI-8016 – Small Desert Fort – £1.50

More 2mm Buildings

This weekend we’re releasing more models in our remarkably popular 2mm buildings range. This time we have a pack of 16 sets of terraced houses; there are four different types with some minor variations.


VLI-8012 – 2mm Terraced Houses (x16) – £6.00

In addition, we have these:


No, not silver torpedoes ! They are in fact poplar trees. I’ve seem some excellent 2mm trees make from pipe cleaners (bump chenille) and round-headed drawing pins (check out the galleries in the 2mm Wargaming group on Facebook), but poplar trees are slightly tricker – but they look very distinctive in rural and farming areas.

VLI-8013 – 2mm Poplar Trees (x36) – £2.50

Just to show what can be done with them, I started by basing some on a short length (1″) of 1x4mm plastic strip. I drilled five 1mm holes with a pin vise and superglued the poplars in place (as you can see, they come on a variety of sizes – height and girth).


After a quick spray undercoat, I painted the trunks brown and the foliage dark green followed by a quick drybrush of a lighter colours. This brings out the texture and they already look pretty good, and would be perfectly usable in this state.


Then I coated them in PVA and dipped them in a dark flock – Woodland Scenics fine turf


Not bad for about 10 mins work (excluding drying time)


In the nick of time !

We did promise to try and get some more 2mm buildings out by the end of the sale, and by the skin of our teeth we’ve managed it ! Both the farms and factories are now on the website ready for purchase, with a couple of days to go until the end of the year.

The farms set consists of an assortment of buildings including farmhouses, windmills, barns and oast, while the industrial buildings set has a variety of factories, a pumping station, hydroelectric power station (yes, they had them in the Victorian era), a large warehouse, water tower and various sheds and workshops. The chimneys are interchangeable between the various factories to allow for even more customisation.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …
Middle-eastern buildings;
More teeny-tiny 2mm buildings; this time middle-eastern buildings including mosques (with interchangeable minarets) and small forts. Due for release in February.

On the Second Day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me …
Two Flak Towers
Flak Towers
Flak towers for Land Ironclads / Aeronef. Each will take a large turret, the left hand one also has mounts for small secondary turrets halfway down.

The First Day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me …
Some houses from a far-off country.
2mm Scale Mediterranean-style buildings, including church, hotel and traditional moulin for our Land Ironclads range; scheduled for release sometime in February.
Thus begins the 12 days of Brigade Christmas … something new every day. Keep checking back for updates.
Merry Xmas from everyone at Brigade Models.

Painted Houses

These should really have been ready when we released the 2mm buildings, but they weren’t (lack of spare time as always). But I’ve finished painting up some samples of the new houses and churches, which is much nicer than looking at unpainted castings or the printed masters ! If you click on the images you’ll go to the product page on the website where you’ll find even more pictures.