Black Friday Specials

We don’t generally do anything special for Black Friday – usually we already have our sale running, or about to run, so we’re covered. However, this year we thought we’d join in the fun and do a one-day special just on three specific ranges.

So for today, from midnight to midnight UK time we’ll be increasing the discount on our three 28mm ranges, Celtos, Magpie Miniatures and the Great War Belgians, to a stonking 30%. At the end of the day it’ll revert to the normal 15% for the remainder of the sale (which runs, in case you’d forgotten, until December 17th).

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Great War Belgians

Painting Belgians part two – Carabinier cyclists

Part two of our Belgian painting guide was meant to be cavalry and it was meant to have been done a long long time ago (part one was after all back in August 2013) but apathy can be a wonderful thing. However the release of our Carabinier cyclists has finally encouraged me to pull my finger out.

As with the infantry the colours used were from Wargames Foundry  (WF) and Games Workshop (GW) with the addition of Army Painter (AP) since my supply of Devlan Mud has finally been used up.

Starting with a white undercoat the flesh was painted the same as before – a basecoat of WF Flesh (5B), a drybrush of WF Flesh  (5C) a wash of GW Seraphim Sepia and a second (lighter) drybrush of WF Flesh (5C).

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The cyclists wore the same basic colours as the Carabinier infantry but without the greatcoat and with a small “czapki” hat with a removable peak rather the larger “Tyloean” hat.

The tunics and czapki were given a base coat of  WF Stormgreen (27B) with a wash of GW Badab Black to tone the colour down. The trousers had a base coat of GW Skavenblight Dinge with a highlight of GW Administratum Grey.

Boots, gaiters, ammunition pouches, bayonet scabbard and the peak of the czapki had a base coat of GW Abaddon Black with a highlight of GW Stormvermin Fur.

The water bottles had a basecoat of Foundry Light Drab (12C) and the haversack Foundry Rawhide (11B). Both were given a wash of AP Strong Tone ink.

The rifles were painted in WF Rawhide (11A) and highlighted with GW Ushabti Bone. The gun barrel was GW Boltgun metal (an incredibly old pot of paint) with a wash of GW Badab Black. The hilt of the bayonet was highlighted with GW Administratum Grey.

The band and piping on the cazpki and the piping on the tunic and trousers  were GW Yriel Yellow.

Cyclist backThe bicycle frames had a base coat of GW  Deathworld Forest green with a wash of AP Strong Tone ink. The tyres were GW Abaddon Black with a highlight of GW Stormvermin Fur. Silver parts (pedals, handlebars etc) had a base coat of GW Boltgun metal with a wash of GW Badab Black. The seats were WF Rawhide (11A) and the roll on the handlebar was WF Rawhide (11B). Both finished with a wash of AP Strong Tone ink.

Gentlemen, Mount Your Bikes!

We’ve had dismounted cyclists available for our 28mm Great War Belgians for a while, but today we’re finally telling them to do a Norman Tebbit and ‘get on your bikes’!

We have two options for a Carabinier cyclist officer with Kepi or sidecap, and a pair of cyclist infantrymen to go with the existing foot figures (for foot officers use GW28-1107a or 1107b).

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GW28-1148a – Cyclist officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Cyclist infantry – £3.00

The Salute Sticky Page

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Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be ‘live’ page and will be updated as new items appear.

You can find us at stand TH10 – there’s a floor plan on the Salute website to help guide you, we are pretty much in the middle of the hall and not far from the painting competition and command table.

We welcome pre-orders for the show. You can order from the website and pay in the normal way by selecting the ‘Collect in Person‘ shipping option, although you can only order existing models this way and not any of the new releases. To pre-order any new items (or old ones), send us an e-mail. You can then either pay on the day in cash or by card (assuming our new card reader doesn’t have a hissy fit like the old one did last year …) or if you’d like to get your spending squared away in advance then we can send you a PayPal invoice.

So onto the main content of this post, the list of planned new releases. Items which are in italics or which don’t yet have a price are yet-to-be-confirmed. The post isn’t too picture heavy, but if you click on the header text for each category it will take you to other posts that show the models in more detail.

We are still unclear on what we’ll have of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges, any attempt at casting stock for these is being left until the last minute.

Spaceships


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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

15mm SF Infantry in Full Armour


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SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

15mm Vehicles


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SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
SF15-1303 – Suwalska Half-track APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

2mm Forts


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SSS-8053 – No Man’s Land/Horse Sands Fort – £4.00
SSS-8053s – No Man’s Land w/Turrets – £4.50
SSS-8054 – Spitbank Fort – £3.00
SSS-8055 – St Helen’s Fort – £2.00
SSS-8056 – Southsea Castle (1544) – £4.00
SSS-8056a – Southsea Castle (1814) – £4.25

6mm Mercenary Vehicles


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IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
SF300-1501 – Shaman- £0.75
SF300-1501a – Firefly- £0.75
SF300-1502 – Sohei with DS Gun – £1.25
SF300-1502a – Sohei with Gatling – £1.25
SF300-1502b – Sohei with Heavy laser – £1.25
SF300-1502c – Sohei with Twin Powergun – £1.25
SF300-1503 – Magnus APC – £1.00
SF300-1504 – Legion MRL – £0.75
SF300-1505 – Warlock – £0.75
SF300-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £0.50
SF300-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £0.75

6mm Desert Domed Buildings


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

Belgian Great War Cyclists


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GW28-1148a – Cyclist Officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist Officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Carabinier Cyclist Troops on Bike – £3.00

Bicycle, bicycle…..

We’ve had dismounted Carabinier cyclists available for quite some time but until now the poor chaps haven’t actually been able to ride into battle as intended. Well now they can!

One company in each Carabinier battalion were equipped with bicycles for reconnaissance and to provide support to the cavalry regiments. They were originally equipped with the standard Carabinier Tyrolean hat before being issued with a smaller and more practical hat with a detachable peak.

Carabineer cyclists

The basic soldiers will be available in packs of two different figures and individual officers with a choice of kepi or bonnet de police.

They’ll all be available at Salute in around three weeks time.

Sound the Bugle !

I mentioned in the run up to Crisis that Phil has sprung a surprise on me by turning up with two new moulds of 28mm WW1 Belgians – NCOs and Buglers. He’s finished painting and photographing some sample figures so we’re pleased to say that they’ve been added to the website and are available for purchase.

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There are eight figures altogether, four each of buglers and NCOs in the various headgear types that differentiated the infantry types.

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GW28-1140 – Infantry NCO in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1141 – Infantry NCO in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1142 – Carabinier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1143 – Grenadier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1144 – Infantry Bugler in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1145 – Infantry Bugler in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1146 – Carabinier Bugler – £1.50
GW28-1147 – Grenadier Bugler – £1.50

New for Crisis

Last post before I go off to Crisis (in fact I’ve already left, this is a timed post !). We have a number of new items at the show in several ranges, which I’ll quickly summarise below.

Phil sprang a surprise on me this week by turning up with some new Belgian figures for the Great War range. We have kneeling NCOs and buglers for all of the infantry types, including ones wearing a side cap (some infantry units wore side caps instead of Shakos early in the war). These are so new that there are no photos, you’ll just have to come and find us tomorrow.

GW28-1140 – Infantry NCO in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1141 – Infantry NCO in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1142 – Carabinier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1143 – Grenadier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1144 – Infantry Bugler in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1145 – Infantry Bugler in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1146 – Carabinier Bugler – £1.50
GW28-1147 – Grenadier Bugler – £1.50

In 15mm we have the South African Buffel light APC and Hippo truck which have moved into full production and should be on the website early next week. The Buffel is available with the option of a hatch and pintel weapon, light MG turret or missile turret. Support and AA versions should be following shortly. We also have a few pre-production Angelshark VTOLs (literally just a couple left) if you would like to get one before the full release.

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SF15-603 – Buffel Light APC – £8.00
SF15-608 – Hippo Heavy Truck – £8.50
SF15-704 – Angelshark VTOL – £8.00

You’ve already seen Bonn Station and the Atlantic Wall in 2mm, and these will all be available.

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AW Release

SSS-8042 – Bonn Hauptbahnhof – £3.50
SSS-8043 – Atlantic Wall Set #1 – £6.00
SSS-8044 – Atlantic Wall Set #2 – £5.00
SSS-8045 – Grand Bunker – £0.50

Plus of course we have the new Aeronef released at the end of last week.

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VAN-214 – Herring class Biplane Light Bomber (x6) – £1.25
VAN-417 – Ader class Monoplane Fighter (x6) – £1.25
VAN-513 – Oryol class Biplane Bomber (x3) – £1.00

See you tomorrow ! If you can’t make it, then any of these items that aren’t already on the website will be added in the next week or two.

Band on the Run

If you’ve been to one of the shows in the south-east of England this year, you might have caught a glimpse of Phil’s magnificent (and prize-winning) WWI demonstration game ‘Somewhere in Belgium’ (excellent scenery but he needs to work on the title …). This was a real one-man affair with Phil making and painting all of the scenery and figures – except for one little bit. He tasked me with making a bandstand for the ornamental gardens which occupied one part of the board, and I duly obliged with a computer-designed effort that we had printed in nylon by Shapeways. This model is available from the Brigade3D Shapeways store if you would like one of your own for your Victorian, WWI or later 28mm terrain.

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Somewhere in Belgium

As Tony mentioned a while ago I wasn’t able to go with him on his jolly to Stoke Rochford Hall since I was attending the Cavalier show in Tonbridge. So whilst he was tucking into venison and port I was making do with a scotch egg and a sandwich from the local Sainsburys.

Tony had kindly volunteered my services to produce the current Maidstone Wargames Society show game (something to do with it being 2014 and our Belgian range being my idea). I settled on a small encounter between German and Belgian infantry in an un-named town “Somewhere in Belgium” in August 1914. The scenery would all be scratch-built (including a rather spiffy 3D printed bandstand by Tony) with our own Belgian figures taking on Germans from Renegade Miniatures and Great War Miniatures. We used the “Through the Mud and the Blood” rules by the Two Fat Lardies.

So after a lot of late nights and a lot of painting and some very stupid ideas (indvidiual cobbles on the roads being an obvious one) the game was ready (enough) for its first outing.

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At the end of the day both sides were claiming a victory. The Germans because they made it to the end of the table and there were only two Belgians left who were not casualties or prisoners. The Belgians because it had taken the Germans all day to get to the end of the table whilst losing around forty-five men and because there were still two of their men left to carry on the fight.

Last Belgians standing

The Germans decided to stop early on and engage in a long range rifle duel which the Belgians amazingly won. As a Belgian player on the day I feel duty bound to show a picture of the mass of German dead on the bridge.

Germans on the bridge

Despite being there all day I managed to take very few decent pictures of the game. Fortunately there are some better ones on Clint Burnett’s blog here.

The game will be getting its next outing at Salute in April (table GM19 if you want to come and have a look). Which gives me around three weeks to finish off the bits that weren’t ready in time for Cavalier (most noteably casualty figures and the Minerva armoured car) and correct the bits I’m not happy with.

Lest we forget

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Although there are many war memorials in and around Maidstone commemorating men who died in the Great War, one in particular stands out to me. Simply because it is in the main Maidstone Post Office and I see it every time I go there to send an order.

The following local men of the General Post Office are remembered on the memorial.

Private Frank Moody – died 28th October 1914 aged 27

Sapper Henry Robert Mount – died 8th May 1915 aged 19

Private William George Maytum – died 13th July 1917

Rifleman George Meek – died 24th October 1917

Private Richard William Black – died 21st March 1918 aged 33

Sapper Ernest Edward Froud – died 14th April 1918

Private James Thomas Robinson – died 6th October 1918

Lance Corporal Sydney William James Dann – died 24th March 1919 aged 23