Normality Has Returned

My insides are at last functioning relatively normally, and I’ve finally caught up with orders. Everything we received by close of business yesterday has been cast and packed, and the last ones will be going in the post this morning.

To celebrate, I’ve put some new bits on the website (new release day is normally Friday, but I’ll be at the workshop bright and early tomorrow waiting for a delivery of pewter). We have the Larminat heavy laser tank, essentially an extended Garibaldi hull paired with a Sohei turret.

Along with this we have a pair of new models in the Desert Buildings range, two largish houses, one with an attached vehicle garage.

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SF300-414 – Larminat Laser Tank – £1.25
B300-137 – Large House with Arched Entrance – £1.75
B300-138 – Large House with Attached Garage – £2.75

Lately we’ve been concentrating on 6mm SF, but now that the Joy of Six show has happened then we’ll be spreading new releases back across our other ranges again. Imperial Skies is very close to shipping, which means that the four new battleships which resulted from the Kickstarter campaign will be put on general release.

Just in Time for Sunday

I’ve safely returned from a very pleasant trip to Cyprus – the weather was fantastic and the Brigadieress found us a lovely secluded villa (although the less said about the hire car saga, the better…). Obviously a backlog of orders has built up while I’ve been away – Phil has tackled some, and I cleared a dozen or so of the smaller ones yesterday. I’d estimate that we should be up to date with orders by the end of next week (obviously any attempt to see the end of the order queue is complicated by the fact that we get a constant trickle of new orders all the time, so it’s a bit of a moving target).

In case you needed reminding, the Joy of Six show is on Sunday. We have plenty of new releases in 6mm which we’ll be taking with us, including the Kirin and colony base. We’ll also have some as-yet unreleased items. The first is another scale down of a recent 15mm release – this time the Larminat heavy laser tank. Based on a mating of the Sohei turret on an extended Garibaldi chassis, it’s another Big Tank with a Big Gun.

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We also have two new buildings in our desert range which you may have spotted in the background of recent photos. The larger of the two is a largish house with a garage attached by a corridor. It also has a small tower in one corner. The other building is a simpler design, with a central dome and arched entrance.

At the same time, I’ve also (finally!) uploaded the 6mm Kirin to the website, so you can now buy online if you can’t make the show.

Now I did mention that we’d have something special up our sleeves for Sunday – and so we have. But I’m not saying anything about it, you’ll have to come and find us at the show to see what it is 🙂

Walking Small

Today’s “while-I’m-away” bonus release is a 6mm scale version of our Mercenary Kirin combat walker. This is a two-man, bipedal walker that comes in three different flavours with a gatling, laser or twin powerguns on each arm, and nine-round missile pods on the shoulders.

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They are available (or will be very shortly … see below) individually or in a pack of six with two of each type.

SF15-1509a – Kirin Walker with Heavy Gatlings – £1.50
SF15-1509b – Kirin Walker with Heavy Lasers – £1.50
SF15-1509c – Kirin Walker with Twin Powerguns – £1.50
IC-1515 – Kirin Lance – £8.00

*UPDATE* – the correct links and pages have been added, so the Kirins are now available for sale.

Tiny Fist

Way back in the mists of time (April), we released two new 15mm vehicles – the Eisenfaust (Iron Fist) laser tank and the Kastenwagen (box van) platoon APC. These have now both been translated down to 6mm, and are available on the website today.

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The Eisenfaust is a large blower tank equipped with a heavy turreted laser and a secondary autocannon in a ball mount on the glacis plate. It’s protected by a sandwich of sapphire and alloy armour, with an explosive close-in defence belt around the hull. The vehicle floats on a cushion of air provided by six turbine fans on the hull top.

The Pz441 Kastenwagen carries a full platoon of 24 infantry in its capacious rear compartment. Access is via two large side doors which drop down to form ramps and allow the infantry to disembark very rapidly (possibly because they would be sitting ducks if they remained in the now open troop compartment !). Armament consists of the same autocannon as the Eisenfaust, mounted on the roof of the driver’s cab.

SF300-311 – Henschel Pz266 ‘Eisenfaust’ Laser Tank – £1.25
SF300-312 – Henschel Pz441 ‘Kastenwagen’ Platoon APC – £1.25

Joy of Six Reminder

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I’ve been beset by niggling technical problems in recent weeks, with the latest being a PC that refuses to come out of hibernation and has ended up having to be reinstalled (I’m getting to be a dab hand at Windows 7 installations). Fortunately I keep all of my data on an external hard-drive (backed up to a second one), so no data is lost, it’s just the aggro of reinstalling all of my software, remembering passwords to websites etc. This is my excuse for not having posted so far this week, but I’m catching up now while I watch Windows install.

This evening’s post is a reminder about pre-orders for the Joy of Six show in Sheffield in just over two weeks’ time. Since Jo6 is a 6mm-themed show, I will only be bringing our 6mm SF range, plus Squadron Commander (as this is also 6mm scale) and the 2mm Small Scale Scenery range (since I know that at least one game at the show will be using our buildings alongside 6mm figures). I should have a good stock of both packs and individual models for those ranges, including 6mm vehicles, figures and buildings and SCR starter packs, blisters and individual models. I’ll also have Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rules and Legionnaire Games’ Strike Legion books.

I can also bring orders for any of our other ranges, but I will need to know in advance. Because I will be going on a family holiday before the show, I need any more pre-orders for collection at the show by the end of Monday next week at the latest (July 4th) so that I have time to process them before I leave – so you only have five more days to get them to me (usual email address, or you can order via the website using the Collect in Person option).

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I will have our recent new 6mm buildings (the Colony Base and Research Base) in stock, plus some more that are yet to be released. There will also be new 6mm vehicles which we’ve been previewing lately, including the eagerly awaited 6mm Kirin.

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And most exciting of all, we’re hoping to have something completely new that only arrived this week, and which Phil will be hopefully be putting into moulds while I’m away. But that’s all I’m saying about that, just in case…

Micro Colony

Continuing our theme of scaling items in our 15mm range down to 6mm (and vice-versa), today we’re releasing two new 6mm buildings based on our 15mm Colony Base set. The first of these is Sigma Base, a moderately large octagonal layout consisting of six modules designed as a research station or living accommodation for a larger colony.

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The other building in this release is the Small Outpost, which is a remote colony unit for 2-3 scientists. It consists of an accommodation module with airlock plus a vehicle garage. It’s designed as a remote monitoring station or maybe living quarters for a maintenance team in some isolated spot.

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Unlike the 15mm versions, which come as separate units with metal connecting frames, we’ve decided to produce the 6mm equivalents as one-piece ready-assembled items which just need painting – we thought that it would be a bit fiddly mucking about with lots of little resin modules and tiny metal connector pieces.

B300-300 – Sigma Base – £4.50
B300-303 – Small Outpost – £1.75

Horizon Wars in Stock

The latest in a recent succession of big boxes o’ stuff to arrive at Brigade Towers contained a number of copies of Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rulebook. This is a fast-paced set of combined arms rules aimed at 6mm or 10mm models. The Mech is the king of the battlefield, although if big stompy walkers aren’t your thing then they work perfectly well with conventional forces too. I can attest from personal experience that they are a lot of fun, having tried them out recently at my club.

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They use some novel mechanics that are quite quick to pick up – after just a turn or so we rarely needed to refer to the rulebook. They require each player to have a number of 12-sided dice, and we handily now have those in stock. As an opening special offer, every order for Horizon Wars placed before the end of June will receive a free set of ten D12s to help get you started.

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HW-001 – Horizon Wars – £19.50

Research in Miniature

The tale of the airbrush finally reached a conclusion earlier this week, although not before a further frustrating twist. Having decided that no amount of stripping and cleaning would persuade my existing one to function, I bought a replacement on next day delivery. It duly turned up the next day (on a Sunday, no less) … in a smashed box, and missing the little spanner needed for changing the nozzles. The packaging didn’t show any signs of damage so I can only assume it had been packed in that state. So within 20 minutes of arrival it was repacked and sent away for a refund. Another one was promptly ordered (from a different retailer, and cheaper) which arrived (intact) on Tuesday and was pressed immediately into action. All of which means we can finally bring you something new and interesting this week!

Our 15mm Research Base buildings have been some of the most popular we’ve released, so it’s natural that we’d want to produce them in 6mm as well. We have five buildings in this release, including the new (in 15mm) H-Block.

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Although we’ve designated them as a Research Base and I’ve painted mine up again as an cold-weather centre in bright orange colours, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be used in other climates or settings. The buildings also make a very good barracks set with their resemblance to Nissen or Quonset huts.

B300-501 – Accomodation Block – £0.75
B300-502 – Command Centre – £1.00
B300-503 – Small Garage Block – £0.75
B300-504 – Storage Hut – £0.50
B300-505 – H-Block – £1.50

6mm Previews

15mm gamers have had the lion’s share of new toys lately, but now it’s time for the smaller scale to take over for a while. With the Joy of 6 show in Sheffield coming up in July, we want to have a number of new 6mm items for that event and the aim is to release a steady trickle between now and the show. I’ve been asked several times if we’re going to release some of our recent new 15mm vehicles in 6mm – the answer is most definitely yes, and here’s the proof. We’ve scaled down the new Larminat and Eisenfaust tanks and the Kastenwagen platoon APC, plus the Kirin walker to 6mm. The Kirin master below doesn’t have any gun arms in the picture, since these have already gone off for mould-making (all three variants – gatling, laser and powergun).

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As well as these we have a 6mm version of the Research base. It’s not quite complete with the garage doors and some windows to be added (I broke a couple of windows during assembly, and completely forgot to order prints of the doors !). However, replacements are on the way and this set should be available quite soon.

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The Joy of Six show is a 6mm event, so we will only be bringing the 6mm SF range, Squadron Commander (since the fighters are 6mm scale) plus the 2mm buildings range. However, we will be taking pre-orders for any other ranges – just let us know in advance and we’ll bring your order with us. We will need these orders well in advance of the show (preferably by the end of June) since I’ll be going on holiday at the start of July, returning a couple of days before the show but I won’t really have any time to fill any orders when I get back. We’ll post more reminders leading up to the event so you don’t forget.

Polyversal Redux

You may remember the Polyversal project that ran on Kickstarter a while back, but unfortunately didn’t meet its funding targets. Well, the team at Collins Epic Wargames have gone away, revisited their aims and requirements and yesterday relaunched the game with a new 30-day campaign.

If you weren’t aware of it, here’s a quick precis from the site:

Polyversal is a universal tabletop miniatures game for two or more players designed by veteran gamer Ken Whitehurst and developed and published by Collins Epic Wargames (known for their award-winning Spearpoint 1943 line of card wargames). The system is intended for use with 6mm scale miniatures, but may be used with larger 10mm or 15mm miniatures if desired.

We’re involved again, with a number of our miniatures going into the boxed game. In addition, we’re creating a new model (well, rebooting an old one that I never finished) in the form of the M-65 Ridgway Light Combat Walker. It’s a small bipedal mech that I started designed several years ago but never finished, and everyone who pledges for the boxed game, with or without miniatures, will get a set of three Ridgways. The image below is of the old design – I’ll be updating it before release (I’ll probably start from scratch and completely rebuild it from the ground up). The model will initially only be available to Polyversal backers and will not go on general sale until around 12 months after the KS finishes.

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