The question most often asked when we release a new 15mm model is will you be releasing this in 6mm ?. This answer to that question is (almost) always yes, but some take a little longer than others.
This week’s new release is one of the shorter time frames we’ve managed – following on from the release of the 15mm Silverback Tank Destroyer at the end of January, the 6mm version has appeared just three weeks later. Even at the smaller scale it’s an impressive beast, coming in at 35mm long and 22mm wide.
The model comes with a sprue of different two gun options, a 25cm powergun and over/under twin barrel weapon. We’ve also released two 6mm detachment packs for the Nonesuch National Guard, primary users of the Silverback. We’ll have stocks of all of these at ROBIN on Sunday.
One of our more popular models from way back when was the Cronus mech, a 1/300th scale behemoth. It’s been out of production for a while, the mould for the massive metal feet and legs wore out and we spent a while debating how we could improve those before remoulding.
In line with our policy of gradually updating many of our older models, the Cronus has been revisited and refined by the original designer, Zac Braham, and expertly rendered in 3D by Kirk Alderfer – the pairing also responsible for the design of our 6mm and 15mm Mercenary vehicles.
The new model has a resin body and feet with metal legs, arms and weapons (the missile pods are two-piece hollow castings so they aren’t excessively heavy). The arms have ball-and-socket joints at both ends and the hips, ankle and heel joints also have a degree of movement to allow some flexibility in posing the model. A cast resin base is also included – this is hexagonal, 50mm across flats. The model in the picture stands 60mm high excluding the base, although the height will vary very slightly depending on the exact posing.
Something we’ve been wanting to do for a little while is expand on our range of pre-made 6mm detachment packs for the Crucible, as we have with the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range. This week we received some new backing cards for our blisters and I’ve been able to put together a number of detachment packs in time for the show this weekend.
These packs are a great way to get into the game, costing around £5-£12 each for a full detachment that matches the appropriate detachment sheet from the Crucible website.
We’ve revamped some of the old packs that didn’t match the detachment lists, so all of the ones for the Slammers regiment have been replaced by new ones with the correct contents. And of course as soon as I get time, we’ll add all of these to the website.
Firstly, another update on orders – I’ve almost caught up, everything up to the 29th of July is already packed and either sent or ready to go later this morning. I’m hoping today to finish everything from July and hopefully get stuck into the August orders, although I suspect that the burst that arrived yesterday will be too much to finish in one go.
So, onto another new release. Initially available at the Joy of Six, we’ve added our new 6mm Fasolini Infantry to the website. These come from the David Drake novel Forlorn Hope, which isn’t strictly part of the Hammer’s Slammers canon but shares a very similar background and technology level. We also have two versions of the unit’s diminutive tracked gun systems.
The infantry, expertly sculpted by Martin Baker, come in packs of 23 – 15 riflemen in three poses, 4 rocket launchers, two squad leaders and two personality figures, Colonel Fasolini and Lieutenant Waldstejn. These are all based on the original 15mm versions of these figures, also sculpted by Martin – the tiny 6mm Guido Fasolini even has a recognisable moustache.
The guns come in two parts, the tracked base and the gun mount with crewman. The original single barrelled gun from the book is designated the Oto Melara 410C, and quad 440C version is added as an upgrade option.
There are also two pre-defined company detachment packs, each with two guns (with different versions in the two packs), two heavy trucks and 34 infantry (four rifle teams and four rocket launcher teams each of four men, plus the two officer figures to allow the option of fielding either Colonel Fasolini and Lieutenant Waldstejn as leader).
HSD6-310 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £7.00 HSD6-310a – Fasolini Company Detachment (440C) – £7.00 HS6-360 – Fasolini Infantry (x23) – £2.75 HS6-316 – Oto Melara 410C Tracked Gun – £0.80 HS6-316a – Oto Melara 440C Tracked Gun – £0.80
After any number of minor but irritating delays (mostly around getting the turrets to cast successfully), we are finally able to add 6mm versions of our recent Hammer’s Slammers releases to the website. There are a lot of them – from the Falchion light tank and Fauchard APC, all the way up to the massive 10-wheeled Centurion C4H6 Hog.
The Falchion and Fauchard tracked vehicles are used by several mercenary units and come in a number of variants, tank, artillery, APC and mortar carrier. They’re accompanied by the larger Kraus tank which is used by the Lightning Division.
The Apex Dragoons are primary users of our new series of wheeled vehicles, the Catapult, Odyssey and much larger Broadsword, although the latter also serves in a number of mercenary and national army units. All are available with a variety of turrets.
Most widely used are the Centurion family of Very Large Transport Vehicles. Based on a set of common components which can be assembled in various configurations, they range from the C400 4-wheeler up to the enormous HGV-sized C4H6 articulated artillery hog mounting a 20cm rocket howitzer.
We’ll have stocks of all of these on Sunday at the Joy of Six in Sheffield
We’ve only listed the primary version of each vehicle below – for more variants see the website.
Our Squadron Commander range of starfighters stand as a range (and game – you can download the rules for free) in their own right, but also do double duty as air support for our 6mm SF range. It’s been a while since the last release, but we have some new models prepped and ready to go at the Joy of Six on Sunday. I’ve only had time to very quickly wash and drybrush the models (and drop the Hamerkop, snap off the base and have to replace it…), full paint jobs will follow when they’re actually released
The South African Confederation and Pacific Federation both get two fighter types, one derived from their existing fighter types in the spaceship range while the second is a new model.
The South African Petrel multi-role fighter is joined by the Hamerkop heavy interceptor, which boasts plenty of guns and an armoured frame.
The PacFed Sea Wasp attack fighter now gets an escort in the shape of the small and nimble Weta interceptor.
All of the models will be available individually and in flights of four with flying stands.
Number two in our short series of Joy of Six previews is a new set of 6mm infantry for Hammer’s Slammers, Fasolini’s Company. We already have these available in 15mm, and sculptor Martin Baker has done a fantastic job of scaling down the larger models to 6mm. For the show we will have infantry packs available, although unfortunately we aren’t quite there with the unit’s distinctive tracked guns so you’ll have to wait until we add those to the website (although I might just about have enough spare masters to create a detachment pack or two).
Each pack contains 23 figures – two squad leaders, four rocket launchers and fifteen riflemen, plus you get the two named leaders from the book Forlorn Hope – Colonel Guido Fasolini and Lt. Albrecht Waldstejn.
HS6-360 – Fasolini’s Company Infantry – £2.75
*EDIT – I put the wrong number of figures in the first version of this post, this has been corrected and the pack price amended.
Before I start – this is the last call for Joy of Six pre-orders, I’m at Brigade Towers tomorrow casting stock and it’ll be my final chance to put any orders together.
We have a few new 6mm SF items ready for the show this coming Sunday, most of which will then be added to the website in the next few weeks. One, however, won’t be (at least not yet). This is a building from the Desert Domes range which was one of the first to be designed, and which I really like, but it’s never been released. Why ? Well, in it’s current one-piece form it’s a nightmare to cast (or rather, it’s easy to cast but a nightmare to get out of the mould without snapping or warping the bridge). I’ve managed to produce a (very) small number for Sunday which will on sale on a strictly first-come, first served basis (no pre-orders – you’ll just have to get to us early).
Eventually I’ll redesign it, probably as two resin towers with a separate metal bridge piece, and then it will go on the website for general sale.
For want of a better name, we’ve called these ones Sunken Structures. They’re based around a courtyard sunk into the ground around 25 feet or so, with doors and tunnels leading off from the open central area. Windows and vents pierce the side walls and exhaust towers protrude above the surface. Access from ground level can be by simple stairs cut into the rock or elevators running up the side of the pits. Some are accessed through small entrance buildings on the surface above. One of the structures is an octagonal pit with a large workshop door off to one side, intended as a below-ground landing bay.
The models are one-piece resin castings. They’re all cast as simple square or rectangular pieces, and all are 25mm deep – the idea is for them to be modelled into a terrain baseboard or hill/mesa using 25mm thick insulation foam (inexpensive white polystyrene can be had from Wickes in the UK for just £7 for an 8’x4′ sheet). I’ll write an article on this in the near future, I promise.
We’ll have stocks of these at the Joy of Six next week. We’re getting close to the deadline for advance orders for the show, especially if you would like me to bring anything that’s not either 6mm or Small Scale Scenery.
Firstly, we’d like to give ourselves a small pat on the back – if you look to the right you’ll see a shiny medal which we’ve received from Feedspot, a content aggregator for websites, blogs and Youtube channels. We haven’t had many awards in our time (although we did get a couple from the currently hibernating SFSFW many years ago) so this is a nice addition to our virtual trophy cabinet.
Now onto business – this week’s new release. The desert is a harsh environment, with the combination of sun, sand and wind making life difficult for anyone trying to eke out an existence among the dunes. Some colonists have tried to protect themselves from the climate by digging themselves into the terrain and building their houses, workshops underground. In some cases they’ve built above ground and then buried the structures under a layer of plascrete and sand, leaving just the doors and windows exposed, with a few vents and exhausts.
Today we’ve added three underground structures to the website – a couple of small houses and a larger complex with garage doors and a large exhaust fan. There’s also a pack available containing one large structure and three each of the smaller ones. They’re listed under a new category of buildings, Underground Structures.
They are all one-piece resin castings which will make a rather different addition to your 6mm desert Sci-fi layout. We’ll have stock of these at the Joy of Six in a couple of weeks.
BP300-701 – Buried Structures Pack – £15.00 B300-701 – Large Buried Structure – £4.50 B300-702 – Small Buried House #1 – £2.00 B300-703 – Small Buried House #2 – £2.00
We have further additions to the Underground Structures range planned – in fact they’re more then planned, we already have some of them in hand, as you can see below. These are effectively sunken pits where the underground dwelling is based around a central courtyard. We should also have these at Jo6.