Yesterday, for the first time in three months, I left the workshop on time and with the order queue empty – for a brief period we were completely up to date with orders (of course, by the time I got home 25 minutes later there was already a new one…).
This feels like a cause for celebration, so we feel it’s time to start rolling out some of the many new releases that we’ve been sitting on. Back before A Billion Suns sent everyone into a spaceship-buying frenzy, we promised lots of new bits for the 6mm SF gamer. This is the first of those, and another addition to the Hammer’s Slammers range.
Back in the dim and distant days of 2020 I wrote a blog post about painting 6mm armour with contrast paints, using some new brand new models for the Prosperity National Army as test subjects. Six months later, those models are finally hitting the website. There are two vehicles, the Colonial Light Tank and the Pioneer Amphibious APC, each with a variety of turret options. We also have three associated detachment packs – Armoured and Mechanised Infantry (both Trained units with 15 TUs) and a Marine detachment (these are Veterans, so 10 TUs). The planet of Prosperity is the setting for one of the best known of the Hammer’s Slammers stories, Rolling Hot, with its climactic armoured battle.
First up, an important show update. Since we published new dates for Broadside and Salute earlier in the week, we’ve been informed that the organisers of Broadside have been forced to change the date again (they have our sympathies at the moment…) and it is now to be held on Saturday December 4th.
As a follow-on from last week’s 6mm New Ukrainians, two of our existing 6mm American Republic vehicles have been given a makeover. Since the NUA Vyriz and Bulava MBTs use the same turrets as the AmRep Kochte and Curtiss respectively, it made sense to replace the older versions at the same time (we had to make new moulds anyway). Both models are available individually or in company packs with 12 tanks and a command vehicle.
We have a number of new releases at various stages of preparation, and it seems that many of them are 6mm SF. This is in part because we held back a number of new releases for the Joy of Six show last year which, like everything else, didn’t happen. So if you’re a micro-scale SF gamer then it could be a bumper time in the next couple of months.
This week we have the New Ukrainian Army for Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible. The 15mm NUA appeared last year and it’s now the turn of the smaller scale. There’s a bonus too, with three extra vehicles that haven’t yet appeared in 15mm (but will very soon).
The NUA have eight new vehicles altogether, plus three detachment packs. NUA forces can be fielded as either Elite or Veteran units – the packs include enough vehicles and infantry to field either option. The detachment list can be found on the Crucible website which detail the TOEs for both types of formation.
HSD6-3901 – NUA Heavy Armoured Detachment – £9.75 HSD6-3902 – NUA Support Detachment – £7.75 HSD6-3903 – NUA Light Recce Detachment – £7.50
We would also like to give a shout of to Geek Villain – these models have been photographed on one of their splendid printed fleece gaming mats. This one is a Summer Field design. You’ll be seeing more of it in our photos, and I suspect we might be buying one or two more.
Firstly, an update on our sale plans – before Christmas we mentioned that we were hoping to run a sale in the early part of the year, possibly during February. However, that was before the UK entered the latest set of strict lockdown conditions. Because of this we think it’s probably an unwise move – a sale means more trips to the workshop, more trips to the post office, more deliveries for supplies etc. So we’re putting it on hold for the moment, and will carry on with business as usual for now. I’m sorry if some of you have been waiting for it, but we’re still planning to hold a sale at some point – we’ll update you as and when we can (although at the moment there’s no fixed end date to the current restrictions).
At the end of last year we released some new versions of the South African Hippo heavy truck. On our Facebook page, someone asked when we were going to release them in 6mm, in particular the two armed variants. It occurred to us that we could do that very easily, since the turrets we require already exist and the base Hippo chassis even has a convenient hole for the turret pins. All we actually needed were photos for the website (one of our cardinal rules nowadays is that nothing new goes on the website without photos of a painted example).
As always, this took longer than it should have, but we’re there at last. We have two new versions of the Hippo, armed with either a 12-barrelled rocket launcher or twin tri-barrel air defence system.
I recently experimented with painting some 6mm vehicles using just Citadel’s new Contrast paints. I tried them out on some unreleased models – 6mm versions of the Prosperity army vehicles released a little while back in 15mm. I wrote up a post on our club’s blog (so please feel free to pop over there and have a look), but you can see the results below. For just five colours, I think they worked out pretty well.
This week we’re moving down to 6mm for our new releases. We have the previously-previewed new support vehicles for the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood and ben Mehdi’s Legion. All manufactured by Gull Systems, they include the GS-1100C cargo carrier, GS-934 Recce Car and GS-700 jeep.
Making use of these, we’ve introduced three new 6mm detachment packs for ben Mehdi’s Legion – Tank Destroyer, Mechanised Infantry and Support.
What we have here are 6mm versions of our more recent additions to the GS-series of hover vehicles, as used by the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood and Ben Mehdi’s Legion. We have GS-1100C cargo carrier, the GS-700 jeep plus the -710M mortar carrying variant and the GS-934 Recce Car.
Should the FSHB in 6mm be more correctly known as the Flaming Dagger of the Holy Brotherhood … ? 🙂
I had a couple of days off last week so we’re a bit behind, hence today’s new release coming out a few days late (the paint on the ones in the pictures is barely dry…).
When the 6mm Monorail was released we had some requests for a Y-track piece that allowed junctions to be created – so here it is. You get two in a pack for £3.00. The track is designed with gaps so that trains can pass through it.
Also in 6mm, we have a new small 2-legged Mech – the Ridgway, an AmRep design. It comes in 3 versions with long-barreled heavy cannon, plasma cannon or missiles. There’s also a troop of six in a pack (two of each).
Today sees the release of the 6mm versions of the M6 Combat Car, used by the Slammers Regiment in its early years before being replaced by the M9 series. These have already been seen in 15mm (that link has a lot more background on the early Slammers vehicles), now it’s the turn of the smaller scale. There are five differently armed variants, along with a version with the roof shutters closed. They fit perfectly alongside the early version M2 blower tanks.
We also have 6mm versions of Guardforce O’Higgin’s Fragarach light tank and Brollachan APC, which snuck onto the website by stealth earlier this year but haven’t officially been announced yet.
First, a status update – after last weeks flood of orders for the new 6mm monorail, we’re a bit behind on those. All other orders up to Thursday shipped out this morning, plus a good number of ones including monorails, so we’re able to keep up with anything non-train related. And all of the other casting for the outstanding ones has been done, so as soon as we can get monorails cast, those orders will ship too. The problem (besides us massively underestimating the demand for them) is that resin casting is inherently slow – because there’s a 30-40 minute wait for resin to cure, there’s only so many that can be produced in a day, even with multiple moulds. It didn’t help that the first set of moulds has already been worn out (the life on resin moulds is surprisingly short, it can be as few as 25-30 castings) so we’ve already had to make new sets and will probably have to do so again next week. We’ve temporarily taken the monorail off the website until we catch up, which will be in a week or so.
However, since we’re on top of all the other orders, we think it’s safe to put out another couple of new models this week. We have two new Squadron Commander fighters ready to go – the first is for the Polish spacefleet, of which nothing has been seen until now. It’s a rather retro design called the Rokita, which is a Polish folk devil.
The second is a new model for the British – again it’s a slightly retro design called the Valkyrie, with a twin boom tail reminiscent of 1950’s fighters such as the Vampire and Venom (hence our choice of a ‘V’ name too).
Both are available singly, or in flights of 4.
Both models are initially discounted by 7.5%, and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a charity set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until June 5th. So far we’ve raised over £150 from the sales of our new releases, so thanks to goes everyone who’s contributed.