And Again With the Merchants…

Remember those merchant spaceships we previewed before Salute? And how they didn’t quite make it, but we promised to remake the mould and get them out as soon as possible? Well, here’s a second set of masters with a few repairs and tweaks, which are being remoulded with a view to getting them out very, very soon.

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And staying non-combatant and merchant-y, how about some new Aeronef merchants ? We have a small number of British and French merchant vessels already, and here are a couple of German vessels – a small coal lighter (left) and light freighter. The lighter will have coal modelled in the hold in the final version.

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6mm Previews

15mm gamers have had the lion’s share of new toys lately, but now it’s time for the smaller scale to take over for a while. With the Joy of 6 show in Sheffield coming up in July, we want to have a number of new 6mm items for that event and the aim is to release a steady trickle between now and the show. I’ve been asked several times if we’re going to release some of our recent new 15mm vehicles in 6mm – the answer is most definitely yes, and here’s the proof. We’ve scaled down the new Larminat and Eisenfaust tanks and the Kastenwagen platoon APC, plus the Kirin walker to 6mm. The Kirin master below doesn’t have any gun arms in the picture, since these have already gone off for mould-making (all three variants – gatling, laser and powergun).

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As well as these we have a 6mm version of the Research base. It’s not quite complete with the garage doors and some windows to be added (I broke a couple of windows during assembly, and completely forgot to order prints of the doors !). However, replacements are on the way and this set should be available quite soon.

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The Joy of Six show is a 6mm event, so we will only be bringing the 6mm SF range, Squadron Commander (since the fighters are 6mm scale) plus the 2mm buildings range. However, we will be taking pre-orders for any other ranges – just let us know in advance and we’ll bring your order with us. We will need these orders well in advance of the show (preferably by the end of June) since I’ll be going on holiday at the start of July, returning a couple of days before the show but I won’t really have any time to fill any orders when I get back. We’ll post more reminders leading up to the event so you don’t forget.

This Time, For Real…

Having teased you all with CGI previews of the new Imperial Skies designs, we can show how much progress we’ve already made on the models themselves – quite a lot, in fact. When I wrote the posts on the Kaiser, Gauloise and Vanguard we had only just ordered the 3D prints. Now, just 10 days later, we have moulds for the resin hulls and master moulds for many of the metal parts. The only missing items on the models are many of the turrets – and that’s simply because there’s a finite limit to how fast Phil can produce moulds, and the moulds for those aren’t ready yet. We now have a pretty good idea of numbers required to fulfil the Kickstarter pledges and we’ll start producing stock immediately.

New Desert Domes

The 6mm Desert Dome buildings released at Salute seem to have struck a chord with many gamers, so it was inevitable that we’d want to follow up with some more. I did a little bit of tinkering with my 3D design software to come up with five new buildings of various types, and the prints of these turned up earlier this week. I haven’t yet had time to fit them with doors and windows but you get the idea I’m sure. I’m hoping to be able to cast the large multi-dome one in the foreground in one piece.

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I’ve also been working at new 15mm vehicles – this is the Ratel medium tank for our South African force, scaled up from the 6mm original but with a heap of extra detail.

And lastly, here’s another new 15mm building – an upscale of the 6mm Plinth Dwelling. Which seems currently to be in use as a Chinese command post…

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Shapeways – Free US Shipping

For the whole of June, Shapeways are offering free US shipping for new customers. So if you’ve been put off in the past from buying one or two bits by the shipping charges, here’s your chance to try out 3D printed products.

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Here’s the text, straight from their e-mail:

For the first time ever, we’re offering Free US Shipping for all new Shapeways customers this month. That’s right – whether they’re making their own products or buying from your shop, shipping to the United States via USPS is on us with promo code FIRSTFREE.

So, click on the logo below to go to the Brigade Shapeways shop see what we have to offer – just remember to enter the promo code when you check out:

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Not a Drop to Drink

One of the defining things about desert worlds is that they’re dry – very dry. Any moisture is precious and is collected by any means possible, from underground wells, lakes and also from the atmosphere. Hygroscopic moisture collectors coax water from the air and store it in underground tanks.

Our moisture collector models are available from our Shapeways site in both 15mm and 28mm sizes. However, the 15mm versions are popular enough that we take them to shows and after a restock I’ve just returned them to the website.

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So keep your settlers hydrated and happy with Brigade Models’ Moisture Collectors – £8.00 per pack of four.

When in Rome…

Although we’re still steadily adding our Salute collection to the website, we’re already looking forward to releases after that. The Small Scale Scenery range is still proving to be very popular, and our next releases will be somewhat older than the models we’ve created up to now.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard on some Roman buildings. I have the first draft of some town buildings including insulae (apartments) and domus (villas) as well as shops and other buildings. This will be expanded to a full set of around 20 models when complete.

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I’ve also worked up some larger models – a temple and theatre, and a model of the Pantheon, the great temple in Rome built by Marcus Agrippa and reconstructed by Hadrian.

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The town buildings will be metal castings, the larger buildings resin. Expect to see them sometime in June.