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;
D6
D6-1
D6-2
More teeny-tiny 2mm buildings; this time middle-eastern buildings including mosques (with interchangeable minarets) and small forts. Due for release in February.

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.

2mm Buildings Released

Today we’ve released the first 2mm scale buildings that we’ve been previewing for a while. The first models are the English village set of 20 houses and the churches. Although part of our Land Ironclads range, the models would be usable for any 2mm scale land game or as coastal terrain for 1/1200th scale naval games.

VLI-8006 English Village (20 houses) – £5.00
VLI-8007 English churches (three models) – £3.00

The plan is to release additional sets as fast as we can make them – if you’ve been following the blog for the past few weeks you’ll have seen plenty of previews, if not then just click here for more.

And of course the Christmas sale is still running, so you can buy these at 15% off until the end of December.

Late Arrival

UPS got their act together and remembered to put the parcel on the van this time, so the new batch of 2mm building prints have arrived. This package contained, amongst other things, the farms, factories and terraced houses that we previewed at the end of last month. Once I’d brushed the left-over nylon dust off, they look pretty good – the factories especially, with their larger windows and tall chimneys.

I’m also pleased with the farms, the oast houses and windmills should give a very rural feel to your layouts.

And finally the terraces, perfect places to house the workers for your factories.

And these … ? Poplar trees. Spray green, paint the trunks grey/brown, cover in flock. No idea if they’ll look any good, haven’t tried it yet, but I’m hopeful !

We’re looking at releasing these sets over the next 3-4 weeks, so keep an eye out here and on the website.

Nearly ready to go …

While we wait for the late-arriving factories and farms, we have some good news to share. We ran the production mould of the 2mm houses last night and we have to say that things are looking good – judge for yourselves:

These are straight from the mould without any clean-up so far – but they don’t need much, just clip off the little bits of sprue and run a file quickly round the rough edges.

We’re aiming for a release this weekend; I’m hoping to slap some paint on them first, but even if that doesn’t happen they’ll be on the website and up for sale by Monday morning, which means of course that you’ll be able to take advantage of the Xmas sale.

A post about … no post !

I had it all planned … this weekend I was going to blog about a new batch of models that were due to arrive Friday. Amongst others, these included the prints of the 2mm farms, factories and terraces which seem to have generated a fair bit of interest.

But no. UPS once again (literally) failed to deliver. According to their website :

Dartford, United Kingdom 07/12/2012 18:49 The package was missed at the UPS facility, UPS will deliver on the next business day.

So what exactly does this mean ? To me, it sounds like they forgot to put it on the van ! Which means I (and all of you) will now have to wait until Wednesday for a peek at the new buildings 🙁

So instead, you’ll have to be content with some release dates. Now it has to be said that we’ve never been the best at keeping to fixed release dates, but we’re going to try.

December

January

February

That’s far enough ahead for now (I’m getting a nosebleed thinking as far as February !). I think we’ve previewed all of these already, and we have the masters of most of them, so we’re well on the way.

2mm Building Previews

As mentioned earlier this week, we’re working on a new range of buildings for our Land Ironclads VSF range. The buildings are all modelled at 1/1000th scale so besides Land Ironclads they are also ideal for 2mm or 1/1200th vehicles and figures. Besides the churches and houses previewed in the earlier post, I’ve already modelled a number of other buildings which you can see below. The first set, already complete, are agricultural buildings – farmhouses, barns, sheds, windmills and – very common in the Kent countryside around Brigade HQ – oast houses (there’s one at the end of my road, now used as an office building).

The next set consists of a number of industrial buildings – small and large factories, warehouses, a pumping station, workshops, even a hydro-electric power station. The four rather imposing smoke-stacks tower over the tiny houses, and all four are interchangeable if you want to customise the look of the buildings.

The third set is a series of terraced houses for more urban landscapes. There are four designs, and other slight differences between some of them. Often associated with Northern England, terraces of this type are also seen in abundance in the south of the country (all of them are based on terraces in our local area).

All three sets have been ordered from the printer and are due in the next few days. Because we order them in sets that fill a complete production mould there is no intermediate master-mould stage and we should be able to get these into production quite quickly.