The Slammers Arrive

It’s taken a week or three, but the first of the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers models have now arrived on the website. To start with we’ve put up the Slammers themselves, including both the original vehicles and the uparmoured Friesland Defence Force models, plus a couple of other blower tank variants from other mercenary units.

All of the resin parts come from fresh moulds – as we posted earlier, we had some issues with the original Ainsty moulds not liking the resin we use, so it seemed simpler to remould pretty much everything (one of two of the newer moulds behaved OK so we can still use those until they expire).

The website has been given a thorough going over too, with all of our Hammer’s Slammers models, both 6mm and 15mm, being pulled out onto their own dedicated section of the website rather than being mixed in with our other 6mm and 15mm ranges (this is purely for convenience so that the Slammers stuff is easy to find). This has meant a bit of upheaval, with some items changing product code and the files moving about on the website – which inevitably means that many of the links from the blog will no longer work, although I will find and fix as many as I can. I’m still tweaking/fixing the website and blog, so links and pages may appear, disappear, break, get fixed and generally be all over the place for a little while…

The other, non-Slammers vehicles – the GD-1000 series GEVs and Dragoon half-tracks – will be on the website as soon as we can manage it. We have brand new moulds for the half-track hulls but we are making fresh moulds for the metal parts of both sets of vehicles which will be a week or two. And we haven’t forgotten the decal sheets, they need sorting through to determine what levels of stock we have.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of what’s immediately available:

HS15-111 – M2A4 Blower Tank – £9.00
HS15-111a – M2A4F Command Tank – £9.00
HS15-111b – M2A4UA Uparmoured Tank – £9.00
HS15-112 – M9A1 Combat Car – £5.00
HS15-112a – M9A4 Command Car – £4.00
HS15-112d – M9A7 Uparmoured Combat Car – £5.00
HS15-113 – A21 Jeep – £2.50
HS15-114 – M53 20cm Artillery Hog – £10.00
HS15-115 – E8 ‘Wrenchmobile’ – £10.00

Lightning Division
HS15-1711 – M2A7 Blower Tank – £9.00

Waldheim Dragoons
HS15-1911 – M2A2 Blower Tank – £9.00

And, just to see who reads all the way to the end … our now-traditional end-of-year sale starts this Friday – so prime those credit cards !

Bolt from the Blue

Today’s new release is a set of 6mm vehicles neatly connected to our recent acquisition of the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range of models, although it has to be said that these new ones were in place and complete before the 15mm deal was mooted. I created the 3D masters of all of these vehicles from scratch by referencing 15mm castings from Ainsty, but ironically just three days ago we were provided with the original data files for the larger models, which would have saved me an awful lot of work ! C’est la vie …

What we have are large half-tracks for the Thunderbolt Division, a veteran combined arms formation led by Colonel Chiro. There are five variants of the Dragoon series of vehicles, which all use the same chassis with different turrets – these include powergun armed Tank/ICV, tank destroyer, missile-carrying Schlepper, anti-aircraft/anti-missile Calliope and infantry-carrying M/ICV (there is also a command variant in the detachment list, this is externally identical to the M/ICV). The models are available individually, and we’ve also created two packs representing the Panzer Grenadier and Panzer detachments on the Thunderbolt playsheet. The playsheet also lists the smaller Viking recce half-track – this will be available early in the new year, along with the 15mm version – you might be able to spot one or two Vikings in the background of the photos.

We’ve got hold of a few copies of the Crucible rulebook, so these are now listed (under our 15mm range) on the website.

And as a final bonus, here’s a new vehicle for the Slammers themselves – the E8 ‘Wrenchmobile’ recovery vehicle. This is a large flat-bed GEV used for fixing disabled vehicles in the field, and it can also recover combat cars if necessary (blower tanks are too heavy even for the E8). In emergencies they have also been deployed by the Slammers as very large infantry carriers.

HSC-006 – Hammer’s Slammers:Crucible Rulebook – £25.00
HS-1615 – E8 Wrenchmobile – £2.00
HS-1801 – Thunderbolt Panzer Grenadier Detachment – £7.25
HS-1802 – Thunderbolt Panzer Detachment – £8.00
HS-1811 – Br59 Dragoon 2 T/ICV – £1.25
HS-1812 – Br66 Tank Destroyer – £1.25
HS-1813 – Br58SM Schlepper – £1.25
HS-1814 – Br54/56 Dragoon 2 M/ICV – £1.25
HS-1815 – Br57 Calliope – £1.25

And work is progressing nicely on the 15mm Slammers – the first of these will be on the website next week if all goes to plan.

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