There’s been a shortage of activity here on the blog for a few days.
It’s not that we haven’t been busy – just the opposite, in fact. We’ve been hit (in the nicest possible sense) by a bunch of large orders all at once, including two for new retailers (of which more anon). This is great, because it replenishes the Brigade coffers and allows us to spend more on developing new models, buying moulds, upgrading the stand etc. But the downside is that it doesn’t leave us enough time to actually do all of these things (remember, Phil and I both have full time jobs as well as Brigade). Every evening we spend at the workshop casting orders is an evening we don’t get to spend cleaning masters, making moulds etc. The price of success I suppose ! However, we’re getting close to clearing the orders which means we can get back to the task of releasing new models (such as the much-delayed British spaceships).
In the meantime, here’s something I made earlier … a Chain Home radar installation in 1/1000th scale, including transmitter and receiver towers and assorted buildings. These will be released through the Shapeways store since it would be utterly impossible to cast the lattice towers in metal !
And to go with them, a WW2 airfield set – based on a small airfield with blister hangars for 1-2 fighters, Nissen huts and various other buildings (including a couple of pillboxes). These will be metal castings in the 2mm range.
And finally, still on the same WW2 airfield theme, a larger hangar based on a T2 type.
Firstly … don’t forget Broadside on Sunday ! This is an excellent little show with an impressive list of traders (Wargames Foundry, Warlord Games, Ainsty … oh, and us !).
We have a long awaited release in our 2mm scenery range today. We’re moving into sunnier climes with the arrival of our Mediterranean village pack of 20 assorted buildings.
The design of these models is based on houses in the French region of Provence (because I have some very good reference photos for the area), but they would serve equally well for Italy, Greece and other European Mediterranean countries. We will of course have stock of these on Sunday – although not all that many, so if you want some make sure you find us early !
VLI-8019 – Mediterranean Village – £5.00
We’re moving on apace with the development of many more sets in the 2mm range. This week I completed a late C.19th power station. It’s based on the design of the Lots Road station in Chelsea, London, but the dimensions have been scaled down to make it more manageable. It comes with a collection of small sheds and, since most of the older power stations in London are located right next to the Thames, I also added some coal barges, a tug boat and cranes.
Several people have sent us links to photos or blog posts featuring our 2mm buildings range, and we thought we’d round a few up and link to them from here. Some show comparisons between our models and other ranges, others show methods of basing/painting.
Steel on Sand
Down Among the Lead Men
Fen Edge Wargaming
Not one, but two parcels have arrived at Brigade Towers lately, bearing more prints of new models – lots of them. 2mm buildings, 15mm SF vehicles, spaceships and a few odds and ends as well.
It’s going to take me a little while to work through all of them, clean them up and make them ready for moulding (including a dip in the infamous gunk tank), but we thought we’d tempt you with a few previews.
Firstly a 2mm model of St Mawes Castle in Cornwall, a 16th C. castle built by Henry VIII. I made it only because I spotted it in the background of a photo taken by the Brigadieress’ father and decided I wanted to investigate a bit further. It was used in some capacity in just about every war fought by Britain up to and including WW2, so it’s usable in many eras of wargame.
This is a slightly unusual new item – bar armour, as seen fitted to various vehicles in Afghanistan. I’ve build two models, one set with four flat sheets of armour which can be cut and adapted to fit whatever vehicle you like, and another specifically designed to fit our new German Lynx APC. I have to give credit for suggesting the idea to customer David Buckle. We won’t be casting this in metal, instead it’ll be available as a print-on-demand item in our Shapeways store.
Spaceships next – reprints of the British capital ships, plus the impressive looking Dreadnought (which makes the Pommerania look small !) and enough prints of the British fighters to immediately make production moulds.
Lastly, some 15mm previews. The package contained quite a few models – three new hulls and around a dozen turrets. Here you can see a comparison between the new Garibaldi heavy tank hull and the Montsabert (the Garibaldi is a big beast), followed by the British Artemis APC and, probably my favourite from this set, the all new Gallieni tank destroyer.
Andy Bouffard of Houston Beer and Pretzel Gamers recently sent us a big bunch of photos of a recent combined arms Aeronef/Land Ironclads game.
What’s really impressive is the terrain setup – Andy bought a large batch of our 2mm buildings and fortifications to create a number of villages and towns. Although he ran out of time to completely finish off the painting, they still look pretty impressive – his approach of creating a series of tiles makes for a very flexible layout.
The group also have their own wargaming weekend coming up – Texas Broadside, which is run in the wardroom of the dreadnought-era battleship USS Texas !
We thought we’d give you a quick look at some more 2mm buildings that we’ve been developing. We’ve taken to the rails (some would say we’ve gone off them) with a set of railway tracks and trackside buildings – stations, platforms, engine sheds, coaling stations etc.
The girder bridge is a one piece item and will be available in our 3D-printed Shapeways store. The rest of the models will be cast in pewter.
This close-up of a platform shows how much detail we’ve managed to build into the tracks themselves. Each track is 0.5mm across, and a sleeper is 3mm in length. A bit overscale, but it’s about as small as we could sensibly go.
The second set is a series of town shops – larger 3-4 story affairs that you can use to create your own bustling town centre.
As always, trying to photograph these models in their raw white state was a nightmare so I’ve tried them after a coat of grey primer, which is slightly better.
Two new releases in the Land Ironclads terrain range today – although they would also be extremely useful in Aeronef games. We have two anti-aircraft installations, a British ‘Archie’ tower (Archie was the WWI slang for anti-aircraft) and a German FlaK tower.
VLI-8017 – German Flak Tower – £2.00
VLI-8018 – British Archie Tower – £2.00
Although the models are labelled as ‘British’ and ‘German’ and come with the appropriate turrets by default, you do have the option of selecting other turrets (US, French, Russian etc) to customise them to your own fleet or army.
Eight days to Salute and counting …
We’ve been mounting the 2mm buildings on display blocks to show them off at Salute – these are the first batch.
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
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.
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.
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.