The next batch of new releases to arrive on the website are these three 6mm Medical Centres, one each in the Desert Buildings, Research Base and Moonbase ranges.
These models are the first in our new Macmillan charity fund-raising range. 50% of the ex-VAT price of these models will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. All of the models will be listed in the ranges in which they belong, and there is also a separate page for the range, which we’ve christened the Surgeon General range, which will bring all of the models together. We’ll update the page as we go along with how much money we’ve raised (we’re not expecting to raise a fortune, but every little helps).
B300-148 – Desert Medical Centre – £3.50 B300-507 – Research Base Medical Centre – £2.00 B300-606 – Moonbase Medical Centre – £3.00
Before we get to the meat of this post, a quick update on orders. PayPal’s postage system was down on Saturday morning so we weren’t able to post anything – the orders were all done, they’ve just been sat in a heap on my office floor for the weekend. However, all is well now and orders up to the end of October (except for one) have been sent this morning. Now we return you to your scheduled programming…
This year’s Salute is creeping up on us very, very fast – it’s just 11 days away now. For us it’ll be slightly different – we won’t have our usual avalanche of new models, we had our Salute line-up sorted for April before the show was rescheduled and they’ve all been released already. However, we will still have a batch of new items on the day, and of course stocks of all of the other bits and pieces that we’ve put out over the past year. Things in the world at large are obviously markedly different since the last show, so before we go further we’ll like to point you at the safety guidelines for the ExCel centre. You will need an NHS Covid pass, proof of double vaccination, Covid-19 antibodies or negative lateral flow test (within the last 48 hours) to gain entry.
We’re starting with news of a mini-range of models all in aid of a good cause. MacMillan Cancer Support is a UK charity that provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. The treatment unit at one of our local hospitals is MacMillan Cancer Care Unit and we’ve seen what a great job they do, so we decided we’d like to help out in a small way.
We have a new range that will consist of models that could fit into our other ranges – spaceships, tanks, buildings etc – but all with a medical theme. So we will have hospital ships, armoured ambulances, stretcher and first aid teams, full-size hospitals in the Small Scale Scenery range, even healers and apothecaries for Celtos. We wanted to create a range of suitably themed models, but ones that would fit into your existing collections and be useful in gaming terms. We’ll be donating 50% of the net sale price (eg the price without VAT) of each model to MacMillan Cancer Care for the forseeable future.
We will be releasing the first models at Salute, but the range will continue to be added to over time as we have flashes of inspiration. Not everything is painted and photographed yet, but here are some 6mm buildings to start off with – Medical Centres for the 6mm Desert, Moonbase and Research Base sets. As you can see, there’s nothing on the models that makes them specifically medical centres (the red cross on the Moonbase unit is just painted on a blank panel), so if you want to just use them as a generic building then you can.
We’ll add more models between now and Salute, so keep an eye out.
Recently we helped out a customer who was trying to assemble some 6mm Laser Towers, using our existing Control Tower model as a base. We thought it would be pretty easy to create a new specific laser tower, using a new resin tower model and a 15mm metal laser weapon that we already have. So here’s the result…
They’re available singly or in a pack with two laser towers and one radar tower. Other weapons or turrets could be used – if there’s anything else from our ranges you’d like instead of the laser, just drop us a line.
Some of the first models in both our 6mm and 15mm sci-fi ranges were the three variants of the EuroFed Javelot scout car. The larger scale versions were replaced several years ago with new designs, along with several 6×6 vehicles. We’ve now brought these updated models to the smaller scale.
There are five basic vehicles – the Javelot 4×4 scout car, the Musareigne 4×4 utility car, Lievre 6×6 pickup, and the Belette and Blaireau 6×6 field cars.
The Javelot and Belette have three armed variants with either a twin MG, missile or gatling mounts. The Javelot also comes in mortar and tow truck options as well, for a grand total of 11 new vehicles.
In the Hammer’s Slammers universe, these vehicles are used by the Hashemite Nation as their primary light vehicles, alongside a smaller number of larger Broadsword and Catapult AFVs. Coupled with the recent release of the new Desert Raider figures we’ve been able to put together two 6mm packs for National Brigade and Desert Raider detachments.
Our games of sci-fi combat, whether it’s in 28mm, 15mm or 6mm scale, involve armies spanning the space between planets before dropping to the surface to face off against the opposition. But how do they get from a giant troop carrier in orbit to the ground ? Today we have a couple of solutions in the shape of the Athena Dropship and Heracles Assault Shuttle.
The Athena is a mid-sized troop carrier, capable of carrying 16 troops in relative comfort or more if they don’t mind being squashed in a bit. It can also accommodate a light tank or armoured car instead if necessary. The model has five pieces – resin hull, with metal wings, engines and tail.
The Heracles is considerably larger with the capacity to haul two main battle tanks or four smaller vehicles, or as much as a full infantry company for short journey. Unlike the Athena, the Heracles has some defensive armament in the shape of two turrets – one dorsal and one chin – mounting either a pair of gatlings or railguns. The model is a one-piece resin hull with the two metal turrets.
Slightly later than normal (I had a day off sightseeing in London yesterday), today sees the addition of these imposing Guard Towers to our 6mm Town Walls range. Unlike the open topped Watchtowers, these are taller and are fully enclosed so the guards can keep an eye out in air-conditioned comfort. They add an even higher level of security to your desert townships, or can be used to create a secure military base. You could even make a prison – they have windows all of the way round so the guards can look in as well as out.
The peace is shattered, there’s panic on the streets and no-one is safe. A familiar theme from the Hammerverse, where insurrection is just a powergun bolt away…
Of course, one man’s terrorist is another’s Freedom Fighter, so we present a bunch of 6mm ne’er-do-wells that we’ve termed Armed Civilians. There are six different sculpts in each pack of 24 figures with an assortment of small arms.
To support and transport our armed insurgents we have scaled down our Cyclo 3-wheelers to 6mm. There are six different versions from a basic open-backed pickup to a tri-barrel armed police vehicle.
There’s also a Prosperity Rebels detachment pack with a mix of cyclos, stolen military APCs and rebel infantry.
Today we have another addition to our range of 6mm figures. Sculpted again by Martin Baker, our Desert Raiders pack has 24 figures in Shemagh (headscarves) and cloaks with a variety of armaments including rifles, AT rocket launchers and squad support weapons.
In Hammer’s Slammers they’re ideal as warriors for Hashemite (which is what we have them listed under) or Sincanmo forces. If you game in other systems then a) we won’t hold that against you 🙂 and b) we’re sure you can find a use for them anyway – they’d make great Fremen, for example.