Desert Domes Released

Some of the most popular new models on Saturday were our 6mm Desert Dome buildings, so appropriately enough they are the first to be added to the website. There are five buildings of varying sizes which are all available now. In the photo below you can see a few of our Mercenary 6mm vehicles, which are next on the release list.

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B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

6mm Mercenaries

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I spent yesterday at the workshop stocking up on our new releases, including the 6mm Mercenaries. I’ve also painted a sample set (as you can see above) and we’re really pleased with the way these have come out.

We will have a number of packs available for the Mercenaries, so today we thought we’d detail the contents.

IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
Contains: 12 Sohei (9 with DS gun and 1 each with powergun, gatling and laser); 12 Shaman (9 standard and 3 Firefly); 8 Magnus APC; 4 Legion Rocket Launchers; 3 Wizard Jeep; 48 infantry
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
Contains: 12 Shaman (9 standard and 3 Firefly);1 Wizard Jeep
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
Contains: 12 Sohei (9 with DS gun and 1 each with powergun, gatling and laser); 1 Wizard Jeep
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
Contains: 8 Magnus APC; 1 Wizard Jeep; 48 infantry
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
Contains 4 Legion Rocket Launchers; 4 Warlock Support Tanks; 4 Ontos Tank Destroyers; 1 Wizard Jeep

Most of our Mercenary stock will be concentrated in packs on Saturday; we won’t have a great deal of individual models to sell. The new batch of moulds that we’ve used to produce these new releases are giving us a little bit of trouble – they seem to get hot very quickly and start flashing. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re trying to churn out lots and lots of models in a hurry it gets very frustrating.

Today is also your final, final chance to get in any pre-orders. I’m casting resin models today and tomorrow is the last day at the workshop casting metal – Friday will be spent packing the van and travelling up to the ExCel to start setting up the stand.

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Sneaking onto the Salute release list at the last minute are some new SF buildings. These are a new style, constructed of overlapping domes and cylinders – a move away from the Middle-eastern style of the existing desert models.

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Five models will be available on Saturday, exact stocks depend on how many more I can cast this week …

B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

Tiny Mercenaries

Our 6mm range is pretty big – something like 250 product codes. That said, we haven’t added much to it other than buildings and scenery for a little while, concentrating on the 15mm range, and I think maybe some of the smaller scale gamers have been feeling a little left out while the bigger guys get all the fancy new kit. Fear not – 6mm is back with a bang !

We’ve taken the 15mm Mercenary range, expertly designed for us by Zac Braham and Kirk Alderfer, and transmogrified them into miniature versions of themselves (although the Sohei is still a brute in 6mm !).

They’ve been scaled to 1/3rd the size of the 15mm originals, and you can see the comparison in the photo of the Shaman. The only model we don’t have from the 15mm set is the Mantra, as I haven’t worked out how to do the top screen yet. I also have my doubts at how well the Warlock will cast, that may need a redesign as a 2-part turret, but we’ll see.

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Valet Parking

Where does the well-heeled tank commander park his steel monster ? Why, in our new Tank Garage of course ! Air-conditioned with four bays, plenty of room for maintenance and re-arming and protected against anything other than a direct hit, all the top armies are opting for these this spring.

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And if you need somewhere for the crew to bunk down, how about our new Vaulted Dwellings ? It’s usable either as a small military barracks or as civilian dwellings, with a small roof terrace and access stairs.

Finally for this week, we have another small house, this time set up on a plinth with stairs to access the front door.

B300-130 – Plinth Dwelling – £1.25
B300-131 – Vaulted Dwellings – £2.25
B300-132 – Tank Garages – £5.00

All models are single-piece resin castings and are available from the website now.

Relative Size

Over the weekend I had a couple of requests for size comparison photos of some of our models – one for a shot comparing our new 15mm AmRep tanks with their 6mm counterparts, the other relating to the size of our new 15mm infantry compared to our tank crew and Power Armour. It has occurred to me that it might be handy to share these photos here on the blog, so here they are.

The first shot is of the new 15mm AmRep tanks, (from l-to-r) the Kochte, Oldmann and Curtiss. In front of them are a selection of 6mm tanks.

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The next two shots are comparisons of the Kochte and Curtiss with their 6mm equivalents.

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And finally, a shot of three of our new infantry figures, two tank crew and two Power Armour figures.

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Mail Call – again !

The postie came Friday (several posties and couriers in fact, it was a busy day for deliveries !). The most exciting of these, notwithstanding the shiny new plastic storage boxes, was a small package from the 3D printers. Now you know I get all excited by new models and like to show them off as soon as they arrive (Phil thinks this is a little strange, but what does he know …). Today is no different, so with the usual apologies/excuses about the difficulty of photographing the 3D prints, here is some new stuff …

These tiny little beasties are 6mm versions of the Raeside grav utility vehicles that came out in 15mm last year. There’s a flatbed, turreted and plain utility version, and also a separate sprue of turrets that didn’t make it into the picture. To get a sense of scale, the grid on my rather well-used cutting board is 50mm square, and the vehicles are about 1/2″ long.

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The rest of the new models are 15mm – more replacements for older sculpts, and something completely new (at least in 15mm) as well.

Firstly, this is the print of the new 15mm AmRep Kochte tank we showed off in CG form a little while back. It retains the same basic shape as the older model but the styling and detail is much, much improved.

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This is the new Curtiss heavy tank. The older version of the Curtiss was the very first 3D designed and printed model we released and we’ve given it a bit of an update with new styling on the turret, some lift-fan detailing on the skirt and just an overall better model. Several years of working with 3D prints has taught us quite a bit about designing and producing models this way, and the new Curtiss benefits from this.

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Lastly (for now), we’re rounding out the AmRep with 15mm versions of the Baumann MICV and Oldmann light tank. Both are armed with turreted autocannons, while the Baumann has a missile strapped to one side of the turret. There is also an AA turret for the Baumann, and a multiple-missile turret that fits both hulls.

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Look for the 15mm models to be released sometime in March with a bit of luck (we like to be flexible with our release dates). We don’t have a firm date for the 6mm vehicles just yet.

Tactical News

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Something new to get us rolling in the New Year is the Strike Legion Tactical Rules Compendium. This is an amalgamation and update of the existing Strike Legion rulebook plus the first three supplements, The Genome Gambit, Clockwork Armies and Skunk Works. It includes new features and updated rules mechanics, all in one softback volume.

SL-007 – Strike Legion Tactical Rules Compendium – £25.00

We’re out of stock of the original Strike Legion rulebook as this has been replaced by the Compendium. Our remaining stocks of the other supplements have been discounted to clear them out, so if you have the original book then this is a last chance to pick up the add-ons at a bargain price.

SL-002 – Strike Legion: The Genome Gambit – £8.00
SL-003 – Strike Legion: Clockwork Armies – £8.00
SL-004 – Strike Legion: Skunk Works – £8.00

Docking Bay 26

Need somewhere to park your spaceship while in town? Docking Bay 26 is suitable for every class of vessel from tramp freighter to executive shuttle, and with our reasonable rates and level-3 security systems you’d be mad to leave it anywhere else.

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This is the latest and largest model in our 6mm Desert Buildings range and is available from the website now. Revell Millennium Falcon shown for scale purposes only.

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B300-129 – Docking Bay – £18.00

Big Brother is Watching …

Some new in 6mm this week, as a break from the 15mm fest we’ve had lately. This time we have another tower in the 6mm Desert Buildings range. This has a manned module at the top and can be used as either a control tower for an airfield or spaceport, or a watchtower for a prison or compound. The model comes complete with metal aerials, but could be further upgraded with the addition of a radar scanner from our 15mm range.

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In addition, we’ve combined the new Control Tower and Munitions Bunkers along with the Landing Pad to create a VTOL Airfield set, containing four each of the bunker and landing pad along with a control tower – all at 10% off the individual prices. And if that wasn’t enough, for the couple of weeks of release you’ll get a bundle of jeeps and trucks (SAC Hippos and Springboks) thrown in free to populate the airfield.

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B300-128 – Control Tower – £4.00
BP300-103 – VTOL Airfield – £14.50

I’ve had a bit of fun trying to cast these, we’re in the middle of a spell of decent weather here in the UK and the resin is setting very quickly, almost too fast to pour it into the moulds. This morning I was up at 6:30am to cast up some samples before the temperature rose ! However, they’re available from the website now.