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.
So this is one of our favourite pieces this year, and would have been one of the centrepieces of our Salute releases. It’s a 6mm scale Monorail set, with both surface and elevated track (and ramps to switch between the two), a station and four different types of wagon.
There’s a starter set with eight pieces of surface track (over five feet in length) plus a five-car passenger train. There are also pre-packed passenger and freight trains, extra track packs and all of the wagons are available separately.
The monorail sets are initially discounted by 7.5%, and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until May 29th.
Today’s new release is a mix of new 6mm models in the Hammer’s Slammers range – models that have already been released in 15mm and are now making the move down to our smaller scale.
Ander’s Legion get four new support vehicles to complete their ToE. The Machete AA vehicles are based on the chassis of the Rapier heavy tank and come in two variants – one with four tri-barrel powerguns, the other with twin rapid fire lasers and Manta missiles.
The Legion also gets the Kopis Recce vehicle with an open turret mounting twin lasers, and the Astrapi AA variant mounting the same weapons in a high-speed ball mount.
The Slammers regiment themselves get two new variants of the Icarus M2 blower tank. The M2A1 version has a smaller turret than the ubiquitous M2A4 version but still mounts the 20cm powergun. The experimental M2A3 carries a heavy ruby laser in the same small turret; this variant wasn’t adopted by the Slammers but saw service in the Neu Friesland army. The two vehicles pictured below are in the silver/black parade colours of the NF Iron Brigade.
HS6-111d – M2A1 Blower Tank – £1.50 HS6-111f – M2A3 Laser Blower Tank – £1.50 HS6-3611a – Machete P/4 with tri-barrels – £1.25 HS6-3611b – Machete LM/2 with laser/missile system – £1.25 HS6-3613 – Kopis Recce Vehicle – £1.00 HS6-3613a – Astrapi AA Vehicle – £1.00
The Waldheim Dragoons, an armoured mercenary regiment, use the missile armed A2 variant of the Icarus M2 blower tank – the same vehicle that equips the Slammers regiment, but with different armament. These are supported by the lighter M56 Daedalus medium tank along with two slightly different air-defence variants. These models came out in 15mm last year, today we’re following with the 6mm versions.
The Daedalus is speedy hover tank, armed with a 10cm powergun and a 2cm tribarrel on the commander’s hatch. The M564 Calliope carries no fewer than four linked tribarrel gatlings, which in Crucible terms amounts to a massive 12 shots per turn! The M562 variant has the same turret as the M564, but is armed with two rapid fire lasers (still amounting to eight shots per turn) and a pair of Manta light missiles for taking on more heavily armoured targets.
Crucible playsheets for the Waldheim Dragoons can be found on the Hammer’s Slammers website (along with many others).
HS6-1912 – M56 Daedalus Medium Tank – £1.00 HS6-1912a – M564 Daedalus Tri-barrel AA Tank – £1.00 HS6-1912b – M562 Daedalus Laser AA Tank – £1.00