Following on from the 15mm Thunderbolt Vikings, we’re adding the 6mm versions to our Salute release list. It’s exactly the same list, two versions of the Viking half-track and three trailers.
This will be it for 6mm at Salute, unfortunately we bit off far more than we could chew with the 6mm versions of the Centurions and other Slammers vehicles, and poor Phil had no chance of making that many moulds in time. So those vehicles will be appearing sometime after Salute, probably in several batches.
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
Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.
I love the English weather. In the space of 48 hours we’ve gone from sub-zero temperatures and mounds of snow to ten degrees and watery sunshine – and this being England, it has of course rained a bit as well (which fortunately has washed away the slush).
I’ve been beavering away at the workshop and have shifted a good chunk of the order backlog which built up while I was snowbound – another solid day’s work tomorrow and it’ll be cleared completely.
Phil was also snowed in for a few days so has been ploughing through moulds like there’s no tomorrow – so in celebration of our hard work, here’s some new stuff.
In 6mm we have more options for other Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible mercenary units. The Lightning Division get the M9A16 Calliope version of the combat car, while the Waldheim Dragoons finally come to 6mm in the form of the M2A2 and M2A5 tank and command versions of the Icarus blower tank.
We’re moving down the scales from 15mm to 6mm SF for this week’s new release. We have a real assortment of 6mm buildings, one in each of four of the different styles that we currently make.
In the Desert Buildings range we have a medium-sized tower with three segments and roof-top aerials.
The Advanced Buildings range gets a new Industrial/Commercial unit, which is the first new model in this range since their initial release almost four years ago.
The Research Base gets the Large Garage unit that came out in 15mm last year.
And finally, the Moonbase gets a second structure, a landing pad.
We’ve had a bit of a reorganisation of the contents of our range of 6mm building packs to take account of these and other recent releases, and also try to normalise the prices of the packs which makes life easier at shows. There are one or two new packs as well – we’ve listed all of these below. You’ll also find that we’ve changed the prices of some existing buildings – down as well as up – although I haven’t attempted to list all of the changes here.
It’s taken a week or three, but the first of the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers models have now arrived on the website. To start with we’ve put up the Slammers themselves, including both the original vehicles and the uparmoured Friesland Defence Force models, plus a couple of other blower tank variants from other mercenary units.
All of the resin parts come from fresh moulds – as we posted earlier, we had some issues with the original Ainsty moulds not liking the resin we use, so it seemed simpler to remould pretty much everything (one of two of the newer moulds behaved OK so we can still use those until they expire).
The website has been given a thorough going over too, with all of our Hammer’s Slammers models, both 6mm and 15mm, being pulled out onto their own dedicated section of the website rather than being mixed in with our other 6mm and 15mm ranges (this is purely for convenience so that the Slammers stuff is easy to find). This has meant a bit of upheaval, with some items changing product code and the files moving about on the website – which inevitably means that many of the links from the blog will no longer work, although I will find and fix as many as I can. I’m still tweaking/fixing the website and blog, so links and pages may appear, disappear, break, get fixed and generally be all over the place for a little while…
The other, non-Slammers vehicles – the GD-1000 series GEVs and Dragoon half-tracks – will be on the website as soon as we can manage it. We have brand new moulds for the half-track hulls but we are making fresh moulds for the metal parts of both sets of vehicles which will be a week or two. And we haven’t forgotten the decal sheets, they need sorting through to determine what levels of stock we have.
So, without further ado, here’s a list of what’s immediately available:
Today’s new release is a set of 6mm vehicles neatly connected to our recent acquisition of the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range of models, although it has to be said that these new ones were in place and complete before the 15mm deal was mooted. I created the 3D masters of all of these vehicles from scratch by referencing 15mm castings from Ainsty, but ironically just three days ago we were provided with the original data files for the larger models, which would have saved me an awful lot of work ! C’est la vie …
What we have are large half-tracks for the Thunderbolt Division, a veteran combined arms formation led by Colonel Chiro. There are five variants of the Dragoon series of vehicles, which all use the same chassis with different turrets – these include powergun armed Tank/ICV, tank destroyer, missile-carrying Schlepper, anti-aircraft/anti-missile Calliope and infantry-carrying M/ICV (there is also a command variant in the detachment list, this is externally identical to the M/ICV). The models are available individually, and we’ve also created two packs representing the Panzer Grenadier and Panzer detachments on the Thunderbolt playsheet. The playsheet also lists the smaller Viking recce half-track – this will be available early in the new year, along with the 15mm version – you might be able to spot one or two Vikings in the background of the photos.
We’ve got hold of a few copies of the Crucible rulebook, so these are now listed (under our 15mm range) on the website.
And as a final bonus, here’s a new vehicle for the Slammers themselves – the E8 ‘Wrenchmobile’ recovery vehicle. This is a large flat-bed GEV used for fixing disabled vehicles in the field, and it can also recover combat cars if necessary (blower tanks are too heavy even for the E8). In emergencies they have also been deployed by the Slammers as very large infantry carriers.
Our Neo-Soviet ground forces have recently been receiving all sorts of upgrades, with new types of tank and assault gun in both 6mm and 15mm scales. The one thing they needed to support these new vehicles was an armoured infantry carrier capable of keeping up with the tanks. Well, today that arrives in the form of the new BMP-BM.
This vehicle is based on the chassis of the Bars tank, with a new superstructure capable of carrying six fully-equipped Guards riflemen. The rear-engined design precludes doors at the back of the vehicle, so access is via a two-piece hatch at the front next to the driver’s station. There are also two hatches at the rear of the superstructure for emergency exit over the engine deck or for use as firing ports. The position of the hatch means that the BMP-BM needs to be carefully positioned by the driver before exiting under fire.
The BMP-BM has a crew of two – a driver who sits at the front right of the vehicle, and a commander seated directly behind him. Armament consists of two tri-barrel 3cm autocannon in a turret controlled remotely by the commander.
Today we’re releasing the 6mm BMP-BM – the 15mm one will arrive next week, although I will have some on the stand at Colours tomorrow if you want to get in early. The release also includes a Guards Infantry Company with eight BMP-BM, a Lisa command vehicle and 48 infantry. There is also a new Guards Army Pack with 12 Bars tanks, 4 Terminators, 8 BMP-BM, command vehicles and infantry.
When we released our latest batch of 6mm Desert Buildings, just before the Joy of Six, I mentioned the slight FUBAR I made in forgetting to order the master for one of the three Walled Compounds. The other two have been pretty popular (in the space of a month they’ve become our second and third best selling buildings this year) so it made sense to get the other one into production – and here it is. It’s the largest of the three, with a main building running across the back and a workshop off to one side of the courtyard.
As we prepare for The Joy of Six on Sunday, today sees the last of our month-long series of new 6mm releases. Our selection of 6mm scale SF buildings is ever-growing, and we’re adding five* more new items to the Desert Buildings and Desert Domes ranges.
There are two new large town buildings, the Guildhall and the Customs House, in a similar style to our existing buildings.
Something new are these two walled compounds, which can either be used in a town or smaller settlement, or make ideal stand-alone farmsteads. They’re cast on integral bases, which are as thin as we can possibly make them.
The final building is in the Desert Domes range (although the Desert Buildings and Desert Domes set are really interchangeable) – a small circular dwelling set on a platform reached by steps.
We’ll have stock of these on Sunday (although not a huge number – best get to me early if you want to make sure of getting some) along with all of our new vehicles and figures, along with a huge selection of existing models.
* – there should have been six new buildings today, but someone (no names, no pack drill) forgot to add the last one to the list before ordering the masters, which is why the code numbers aren’t contiguous…
Today we’re releasing two new vehicles for our 6mm Mercenary Brigade force, bringing the small-scale range into line with their 15mm counterparts.
The first is the Mantra Cavalry Vehicle. Based on the drive train of the Shaman tank, this is an open-topped fast recce vehicle which dispenses huge amounts of firepower from the three crew-served gatlings in the rear compartment. The gunners are protected from shrapnel by an overhead splinter screen.
The Shinigami is the Mantra’s predecessor, essentially an extended jeep with two gatlings in the unprotected rear deck.
Both models are metal castings with separate guns. The Mantra’s splinter screen is an etched-brass piece – it just needs to be cut out of its frame and the legs bent downwards 90°, which then pop into position on the chassis with a drop of superglue. Both models are available individually or in a Recce Troop pack containing six of each model along with a pair of Wizard jeeps.