It’s not really summer anymore (even though the weather is as good as it’s been all year !), so it seems a bit of a misnomer, but we’re announcing Brigade Summer Sale, Part #4: Surface Action.
What this means is that for the next 9 days, running from midnight tonight until midnight on the 30th, you can get 15% off both our 6mm and 15mm SF ranges – vehicles, figures and buildings (the only thing not covered are rulebooks and the Xmarx buildings range).
As this gets published, I’ll be departing on a Eurotunnel train bound for Calais and then onto Normandy for a week in the sun (I hope – who knows after this summer !!).
I’ll be leaving everything in Phil’s capable hands – the webshop remains open and he’ll be handling orders as normal. E-mail to me (and the payment@…, sales@… and enquiries@… addresses) may or may not get answered until I return, depending on how many free wi-fi spots we find – but you can always e-mail Phil directly if needed.
Through the wonders of WordPress advanced scheduling, the blog will keep rolling – I’ve already lined up some posts for the week ahead !
15mm SF ‘gamers will be pleased to know that I beat the clock and managed to finish prepping the Power Armour torsos and arms ready for moulding – so Phil will be doing those while I’m away, and we should be in a position to release them by the end of August.
As a parting gift I leave you this … an urban assault variant of the 6mm Neo-Soviet Vombat tank/APC hyprid, equipped with a remote turret packing two tri-barrel gatlings and four missile launchers.
Last time I came back from Normandy it resulted in the Pegasus Bridge game – who knows what absurd idea will result when I return this time …
Something new for a Monday … a turret bunker so you can make your very own Maginot Line. The pictures show it with a Polish Maczek tank turret because that’s what I had handy, but we’ll be selling it with the option of just about any of our tank turrets. You might have to modify it slightly because some of our turrets have different sized posts, but that should be pretty straightforward – just drill out the existing hole a bit. It needs a little bit of finishing off (adding a door in the doorway) but should be available soon.
Just a quick shout out for Michael at Angel Barracks – he’s the only other stockist of our 6mm buildings range and covers a few shows in the South-West of the UK that we don’t (tomorrow he’s at Attack! in Devizes, Wiltshire).
He has also started his own range of 6mm figures (we know all about this ‘cos we’re casting for him !) – a pack of civilians and a new pack of RDF (Regional Defence Force) troopers. We’ll be carrying these figures at any shows we attend, although you should go straight to AB for mail order.
While I had the camera out for the Bizon the other evening, I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of some work-in-progress 6mm stuff that was lying on the workbench. I tend to work on multiple items at one time, so that while one master is drying/setting/curing I can switch to another.
Some of you might know of the Mounier Load Carrier, a 10-wheel Eurofed truck (part of the Legion Etranger set of models) that has been stuck in development hell for an age. Well, I’ve put together an armed variant carrying both salvo-rocket and AA missile turrets, and we should be able to release both models together pretty soon. The salvo rocket turret also goes onto the Montsabert tank hull to create the Weygand rocket launcher (from the Kicking Up Dust Iron Cow scenario).
Something a bit more weird and wonderful now. In WW2 the Soviets built a series of river patrol boats armed with a variety of tank turrets, Katyusha rockets and so on. Known as Bronekater (bronirovannyie katera, or armoured cutter), a large number were built and they served throughout the war.
So, this is my take on a Neo-Soviet near-future version of the same vehicle – this time armed with Bizon and other assorted turrets. There are two slightly different versions – the first has a Bizon turret front and rear (the model shows one tank turret and one support turret, but any mix of the two turrets will work) and will also carry two of the small gatling support mounts just behind the deckhouse. The second variant has a single Bizon turret at the front and two support turrets aft – either Shershen AA or Vikhr salvo rockets.
We’ve bundled up some of our 6mm buildings into packs to make it even easier to create your own desert township. The first pack, comprising mostly dwellings and houses, gets you a dozen buildings for £13, whereas the town buildings pack (workshops, towers etc) has eight of the larger buildings for £16 – both represent more than 10% off the individual prices.
Salute is only a few day away now and the list of things to do seems to grow every day. One thing however that we can tick off as done is the stock for our 6mm buildings. Lining the buildings up like this has made casting them strangely addictive. I’ve found myself in my garage at 1am just getting one last set cast before I go to bed. That’s the last set until the ones I do at 1:30am of course.
Now we just need as many people as possible coming to see us at Salute to buy them all!
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve posted galleries of some superbly painted 6mm models by Paul Lilley, both PacFed and EuroFed. The final army in his collection is his CDSU force, complete with Red Star-bearing power armour. You can see them in the gallery pages on our main website.