Armoured Infantry Carrier

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.

SF300-1214 – BMP-BM – £1.25
IC-1203 – Neo-Soviet Guards Shock Group – £36.00
IC-1220 – Neo-Soviet Guards Infantry Company – £14.00

Compound Interest

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.

B300-141 – Walled Compound #1 – £4.00

And what’s sitting in the courtyard, I hear you ask ? You’ll have to wait and see…

Last Minute Town-Planning

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.

B300-139 – Guildhall – £4.00
B300-140 – Customs House – £4.00
B300-142 – Walled Compound #2 – £2.25
B300-143 – Walled Compound #3 – £2.00
B300-412 – Circular Dwelling on Platform – £2.00

* – 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…

Mercenary Scouts

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.

SF300-1506 – Mantra Cavalry Vehicle – £1.00
SF300-1510 – Shinigami Combat Car – £0.60
IC-1516 – Mercenary Scout Troop – £9.50

Joy in Sheffield

Our next show is coming up in just under two weeks’ time; after the luxury of the short journey to our local Broadside show last month, this time it’s the longest UK journey that we undertake, to Sheffield for Baccus’ Joy of Six show. As the name implies, this is an event aimed exclusively at 6mm gaming of all periods and genres, and features a number of games and traders in that scale. We attended for the first time last year and were very impressed by the standard of the games and the venue itself (although the less said about my hotel the better – I’ll be staying somewhere else this year!).

For this specialist show we have a smaller stand with stock appropriate to the event. Obviously we’ll have the full 6mm SF range including all army packs, company packs and as much stock of individual models as we can manage. We’ll also have a good selection of 6mm building packs, and also individual building models (again, as decent a selection as possible). Our 6mm stock for this event should be better than any other show, Salute included. To support our ground forces we’ll have a full range of Squadron Commander starfighters – starter packs, blisters and individual models. We’ll have all our recent releases in both ranges, and there are more to come before the event.

Last year we brought along our Small Scale Scenery range – there was at least one 6mm game there using these on their terrain. They went dowbn very well, so we’ll be doing the same this year, including the large number of recent new releases.

We’ll have a good selection of 3D printed models, they aren’t all necessarily 6mm but it’s all in the same box so we might as well bring everything! Similarly, since our stock of rulebooks for shows all travels in the same box we’ll have a full range, both 6mm (Strike Legion and Horizon Wars) and others (Starmada, Imperial Skies, Gruntz etc). We’ll also have a selection of dice and bases.

Finally, we’ll be bringing a small selection of spaceships and packs since we’ve had a request for them. These will be behind the stand rather than on display so please ask if you’d like to see any.

We are still taking pre-orders for any of our ranges, 6mm or otherwise – you can either place an order and pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email and pay on the day.

Bring on the Guards

Back in March we released two new Neo-Soviet tanks in 15mm, and followed this up at Salute with the Terminator assault tank. These models have now successfully made the transition down to 6mm and are available on the website today.

The existing Neo-Soviet vehicles such as the Bizon MBT are used by regular tank units which form the bulk of the Red Army. The newer Bars and Vombat family are available in smaller numbers and at the moment are used exclusively by Guards units. The Bars is conventional MBT with a 3-man crew and is armed with a conventional 22cm gun firing DU ammunition. It has a secondary tri-barrel gatling mounted on the turret roof for defence against infantry.

The Vombat is a hybrid tank/APC used for urban combat. Based around the same chassis and drive-train as the Bars, it has a smaller engine unit with modified gear ratios allowing for high acceleration, ideal for dashing from cover to cover in close urban terrain. The space saved is used for an infantry carrying pod with (cramped) space for four Guards riflemen. The Vombat is fitted with the same turret and 22cm cannon as the Bars, although with a different ammunition loadout – high-explosive and canister rounds are prioritised over armour-piercing ammo. The Terminator variant has a very different turret with twin JR-330 30mm tri-barrels and four 9M218 missile tubes, and only two crew – driver and gunner/commander.

All three models are available individually priced at £1.25 (the Vombat replaces the older version of this model). There is also a company pack available for each – the Vombat and Terminator are in packs of eight with 32 infantry and a Lisa command vehicle, while the Bars company has 12 tanks plus command vehicle.

SF300-1211 – Vombat Assault Tank – £1.25
SF300-1211a – Terminator Assault Tank – £1.25
SF300-1213 – Bars MBT – £1.25

IC-1215 – Neo-Soviet Urban Assault Company – £12.75
IC-1218 – Neo-Soviet Guards Tank Company – £14.25
IC-1219 – Neo-Soviet Terminator Assault Company – £12.75

Xenosaur

It’s Friday, so it’s new release time again. One of today’s items should have been in our Salute list, but didn’t quite make the cut in time. Martin Baker has scaled down our 15mm Yenpalo Lizard riders to 6mm and given our aliens a unit capable of scouting in rough terrain or providing a shock force guaranteed to give any human infantry a bad day.

We also have two more new Human 6mm packs – our South African forces now get their own dedicated infantry figures wearing bush hats, and also a pack of mounted infantry on horseback for patrolling the veldt.

These new figures also filter through to several existing army packs – the SAC infantry will replace the generic figures in all relevant South African army and company packs, while a new Yenpalo Combat Group will replace the existing pack with the addition of 12 Lizard Riders (which was always the intention anyway).

SF300-670 – SAC Infantry in Bush Hats (x24) – £2.75
SF300-675 – SAC Mounted Infantry (x12) – £2.75
SF300-1173 – Yenpalo Lizard Riders (x12) – £4.00
IC-1102 – Yenpalo Combat Group – £14.50

Don’t forget the Joy of Six show which is coming up in just over three weeks’ time; we will have a number of new 6mm items before then to bring with us.

6mm Yenpalo

Following on from the 15mm Yenpalo tank and support weapons released on Friday, today it’s the turn of their 6mm equivalents.

We have a set of Yenpalo infantry, expertly scaled down by the original sculptor Martin Baker, along with a small scale version of the Xarledi grav tank. The pack contains 24 figures making up four 6-man (or 6-alien ?) fireteams, each of a squad leader, three riflemen (riflealiens ?), a support weapon and a missile launcher.

There is also a company pack available with six tanks and 36 infantry (six 6-man teams) – there’s a bit of a sixy theme going on here…

SF300-1101 – Xarledi Grav Tank – £1.25
SF300-1170 – Yenpalo Infantry (x24) – £2.75
IC-1101 – Yenpalo Company Pack – £12.00

Alien Nation

Today was a rather glorious one weather-wise – the sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot, ideal for sitting out with paint and brushes putting colour on some more new models.

Next up in our Salute preview series are some new 6mm items. The first is a set of Yenpalo infantry, expertly scaled down by the original sculptor Martin Baker. The pack contains 24 figures making up four 6-man (or 6-alien ?) fireteams, each of a squad leader, three riflemen (riflealiens ?), a support weapon and a missile launcher.

To support these we have a brand new heavy grav tank model which is so fresh out of the mould that we don’t yet have a name for it. It sports a heavy mass driver cannon in an unmanned turret plus four swivel railguns in twin cheek mounts on the hull.

We’ve also created a pack which makes up a small Yenpalo force, ideal for a ruleset such as Horizon Wars. Yenpalo do things in sixes, so the pack contains six grav tanks and 36 infantry.

SF300-1101 – Yenpalo Infantry (x24) – £2.75
SF300-1110 – Yenpalo Grav Tank – £1.25
IC-1101 – Yenpalo Company Pack – £12.00

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel(shark) 

A couple of weeks ago we released our new 6mm PacFed models – or at least we thought we did. It turns out that we missed one, accidentally leaving out the Angelshark VTOL from the list of new models.

So today we’ve rectified that oversight and added it to the website alongside the rest of the range. There are in fact two versions of the Angelshark, the original one and a new one with gatlings in the wing pods in place of the missile launchers – although admittedly at this scale you have to look quite closely to spot the difference between them.

SF300-704 – Angelshark with Missiles – £1.00
SF300-704a – Angelshark with Gatlings – £1.00