Small Scale Sci-fi

First, a little snippet of show news – a reminder that we will NOT be attending Colours this year. The Brigadieress has a Significant Birthday on the day of the show so I’ll be otherwise engaged. All things being well, we aim to be back in 2019. You can however find us later this month at the new Tabletop Gaming Live show at Alexandra Palace.

Now onto this week’s new release – it’s the first sci-fi offering in our Small Scale Scenery range. I’ve scaled down the full range of 6mm Desert Domes and added a couple of new designs to complete the pack. You get 19 buildings which makes up a small town, and you could also combine them with our middle-eastern building set for variety. This shouldn’t be our last sci-fi set in this scale.

I couldn’t resist taking this shot, showing the same building in four scales, from 2mm (1/1000th) through 6mm (1/300th), 10mm (1/150th) up to 15mm (1/100th). Ah, the joys of digital design…

SSS-9001 – Desert Domes (x19) – £6.50

Who Will Buy My Flaming Sword?

First things first – on Sunday I’ll be in Peterborough for the fourth edition of the Hereward show, catchily titled Hereward IV:A New Hope. I’ll have our latest releases and as much other stuff as I can carry, so that’s lots of Slammers, Yenpalo spaceships, British Nef etc. I’ll also have the full range of Crom’s Anvil figures which we carry at shows, including the new heroes, tribesmen and Simurgh Guards.

Back into production this week are this rather splendid collection of 15mm GEVs. The belong to the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood, a combined arms mercenary unit equipped with medium and heavy tank destroyers supported by infantry and heavy direct-fire mortars.

When they were previously available, the models used a common resin hull and separate metal or resin superstructures. We’ve modified the masters so that all of the versions now have unique one-piece resin hulls with just the turrets and guns to be attached. So the designs are the same, we’ve just made them much easier to assemble. While we were at it, we’ve remastered the all metal parts and made a new production mould for those. There’s also a new hull for the calliope carrier which was previously just stuck to the flatbed. So there are several good reasons why it’s taken a while to get them back into production!

The primary combat version is the GS-1199 Medium Tank Destroyer armed with a 9cm powergun. This is available with either a plain gun barrel or new one with a muzzle brake.

Infantry are carried in the GS-1107 APC with two small gun turrets carrying twin 2cm powerguns. The GS-1008 command version swaps a radar dish for the upper turret.

A fire support version can be equipped with an assortment of turrets – the FSHB’s main version is the GS-1141R with a pair of direct fire mortars, but other options include autocannon and a 5cm powergun turret.

The one new(ish) version is the GS-1018 Calliope vehicle with eight rapid fire 2cm powergun for air defence.

The Flaming Sword have a number of different detachments on their list, all of which are available as packs with vehicles, infantry, stowage, fireteam bases etc. This brings the number of pre-defined 15mm detachment packs to 31 now, giving you stacks of options for starting out in Hammer’s Slammers gaming.

HS15-2012 – GS-1199 Tank Destroyer – £8.00
HS15-2012a – GS-1199m Tank Destroyer – £8.00
HS15-2013 – GS-1107 APC – £8.00
HS15-2013a – GS-1108 Command Vehicle – £8.00
HS15-2014 – GS-1141R Mortar Carrier – £8.00
HS15-2014a – GS-1026 Light Support Vehicle – £8.00
HS15-2014b – GS-1186PG Heavy Support Vehicle – £8.00
HS15-2014c – GS-1188RG Heavy Support Vehicle – £8.00
HS15-2015 – GS-1018 Calliope – £8.00

HSD15-2001 – Recce Detachment – £35.00
HSD15-2002 – Strike Detachment – £60.00
HSD15-2003 – Heavy Detachment – £75.00
HSD15-2004 – Protection Detachment – £38.50

And before anyone else points it out … yes, they have the wrong unit markings (the FSHB badge looks a lot like that of the Apex Dragoons, and I mixed up my decals…).

Threat from Deep Space

Most of our spaceship fleets are human fleets, based as they are around the background from Wessex Games’ long-out-of-print Iron Cow ruleset. We do have a couple of alien fleets, and today one of those is getting a complete revamp.

The Yenpalo are humanoid reptilians with a thing about hexagons and the number six. Our existing fleet was designed by Phil long ago, but has been on the replacement list for a little while as the moulds aren’t in great shape. The new ships were created by James Claypole from Beadspoke Designs who offered them to us as he’d already designed them and just wanted to see them come to life as physical models.

There are five ships in this initial offering, ranging from battlecruiser down to corvette, plus a fleet pack. These replace the original Yenpalo designs which are no longer available (as I said, the moulds really did need replacing…)

SFSP-1101 – Yenpalo Attack Fleet – £22.00

SFS-1100 – Klaion class Battlecruiser – £4.50
SFS-1120 – Trepes class Heavy Cruiser – £3.25
SFS-1130 – Celeph class Destroyer – £2.00
SFS-1140 – Phlam class Frigate – £1.00
SFS-1150 – Ebhaku class Corvette – £0.75

Long-range Patrol

As previewed a couple of days ago, today we’re launching a pair of new British Aeronef dirigibles. The first, and smaller vessel, is the LRS class (Long Range Scout) which, as the name suggests, is a patrol vessel with minimal armament but capable of long duration missions to scout out enemy fleets.

The large, twin-envelope craft is the Mantis class Dig Bomber. These vessels carry significant loads of gravity bombs for dropping on ground targets or, if the bomb-aimer is very good (or very lucky) even on enemy vessels below.

Both craft have non-rigid main envelopes using the distinctive tri-lobe design employed by British WW1 airships, with multiple independent ballonets inside each lobe to provide some measure of redundancy and damage-proofing.

Both craft can operate with the Ark Royal class Dig Tender. A group typically consisting of an Ark Royal, several conventional escort vessels and 6-8 digs would be deployed as an independent long scout unit. The digs would be sent off on patrol missions of several weeks’ duration, returning to the tender for refueling, rearmament and replenishment of their gasbags. The tender can handle either two LRS class or one Mantis class on deck, with room in the large hangar for two LRS.

VANFP-107 – British Patrol Fleet – £22.00
VAN-126 – LRS-class Patrol Dig – £1.00
VAN-127 – Mantis Dig Bomber – £2.00

Looking Forlorn

Firstly, another update on orders – I’ve almost caught up, everything up to the 29th of July is already packed and either sent or ready to go later this morning. I’m hoping today to finish everything from July and hopefully get stuck into the August orders, although I suspect that the burst that arrived yesterday will be too much to finish in one go.

So, onto another new release. Initially available at the Joy of Six, we’ve added our new 6mm Fasolini Infantry to the website. These come from the David Drake novel Forlorn Hope, which isn’t strictly part of the Hammer’s Slammers canon but shares a very similar background and technology level. We also have two versions of the unit’s diminutive tracked gun systems.

The infantry, expertly sculpted by Martin Baker, come in packs of 23 – 15 riflemen in three poses, 4 rocket launchers, two squad leaders and two personality figures, Colonel Fasolini and Lieutenant Waldstejn. These are all based on the original 15mm versions of these figures, also sculpted by Martin – the tiny 6mm Guido Fasolini even has a recognisable moustache.

The guns come in two parts, the tracked base and the gun mount with crewman. The original single barrelled gun from the book is designated the Oto Melara 410C, and quad 440C version is added as an upgrade option.

There are also two pre-defined company detachment packs, each with two guns (with different versions in the two packs), two heavy trucks and 34 infantry (four rifle teams and four rocket launcher teams each of four men, plus the two officer figures to allow the option of fielding either Colonel Fasolini and Lieutenant Waldstejn as leader).

HSD6-310 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £7.00
HSD6-310a – Fasolini Company Detachment (440C) – £7.00
HS6-360 – Fasolini Infantry (x23) – £2.75
HS6-316 – Oto Melara 410C Tracked Gun – £0.80
HS6-316a – Oto Melara 440C Tracked Gun – £0.80

(Con)federation Fighter Support

Firstly, a quick word about orders – obviously I’m back from my holiday (and very pleasant it was too), and have been casting away in the workshop on the order backlog that built up while I was in France. However, this is rather larger than usual and is taking me a while to get through – currently I’ve managed to complete orders up to the 21st, so I’m running about six days behind. By the end of Monday I should be able to clear everything that’s still outstanding, and by the end of next week we should be back to normal.

We still have room for a new release however, since Phil made some moulds while I was away.

Our Squadron Commander range of models is based around the ruleset of the same name, originally published by the now-defunct Mariner Games, but now owned and maintained by us (you can download the latest Reheat edition for free here). The models are all made to 1/300th scale, which means as well as providing a great game of interstellar starfighter combat, they are also perfect as ground support for our 6mm Sci-Fi range of vehicles and figures.

Today we’re adding new force options to those available – both the South African Confederation (SAC) and the Pacific Federation (PacFed) get two brand new fighter types each.

For the SAC, interceptor duties are handled by the Hamerkop heavy interceptor, while the Petrel multi-role fighter can be equipped with heavy anti-shipping missiles or pressed into surface as a fighter with short-range dogfight missiles.

The PacFed’s two models are the Sea Wasp heavy attack fighter, and the Weta light interceptor.

All models are available individually or in flights of four with bases. The arrival of the PacFed also allows us to create a starter pack pitting them against the Indonesians – this pack contains four of each available model for both sides, a total of sixteen fighters, plus the latest rulebook on CD in PDF format.

SCR-005 – PacFed-Indonesian Starter Pack – £30.00

SCR-601 – Petrel Multi-role Fighter – £2.50
SCR-602 – Hamerkop Heavy Interceptor – £2.50
SCR-701 – Sea Wasp Attack Fighter – £2.50
SCR-702 – Weta Light Interceptor – £2.25

Decal Update

We’ve just had a resupply of Hammer’s Slammer decals, filling in some of the codes we were short of. It now means we have full stocks of (amongst others) Zaporiskiye, Thunderbolt Division and West Riding Yeomanry, plus some of the myriad variants of the Slammers own codes that we were missing.

HSDEC-002c – Slammers Sheet C35
HSDEC-004b – Slammers Sheet E15
HSDEC-006a – Slammers Sheet G12
HSDEC-006b – Slammers Sheet G15
HSDEC-007c – Slammers Sheet H35
HSDEC-022 – West Riding Yeomanry Sheet 2
HSDEC-121 – Zaporoskiye Sheet 1
HSDEC-171 – Thunderbolt Division Sheet 1
HSDEC-172 – Thunderbolt Division Sheet 2

Ostfront

I promised something while I was away, so here we are (if you’re getting a sense of deja vu, these were previewed last weekend before Jo6). We’ve had a number of requests for Eastern Front buildings for WW2 games, so we have a new Russian Village pack of buildings. This contains 19 small houses, mostly single storey affairs and some of which are barely bigger than large huts. It also has a small wooden village chapel to round out the pack.

To accompany the village we have a Russian Orthodox church, a magnificent affair with a large central dome and four small corner towers.

The village buildings are metal castings, and because of their diminutive size we’ve cast them on sprues to make handling easier. The church is a single piece resin casting.

SSS-8113 – Russian Village – £4.00
SSS-8114 – Russian Orthodox Church – £2.00

Slamming into Sheffield

After any number of minor but irritating delays (mostly around getting the turrets to cast successfully), we are finally able to add 6mm versions of our recent Hammer’s Slammers releases to the website. There are a lot of them – from the Falchion light tank and Fauchard APC, all the way up to the massive 10-wheeled Centurion C4H6 Hog.

The Falchion and Fauchard tracked vehicles are used by several mercenary units and come in a number of variants, tank, artillery, APC and mortar carrier. They’re accompanied by the larger Kraus tank which is used by the Lightning Division.

The Apex Dragoons are primary users of our new series of wheeled vehicles, the Catapult, Odyssey and much larger Broadsword, although the latter also serves in a number of mercenary and national army units. All are available with a variety of turrets.

Most widely used are the Centurion family of Very Large Transport Vehicles. Based on a set of common components which can be assembled in various configurations, they range from the C400 4-wheeler up to the enormous HGV-sized C4H6 articulated artillery hog mounting a 20cm rocket howitzer.

We’ll have stocks of all of these on Sunday at the Joy of Six in Sheffield

We’ve only listed the primary version of each vehicle below – for more variants see the website.

HS6-1713 – Kraus Tank – £1.25
HS6-1714 – Falchion Tank – £0.80
HS6-1715 – Fauchard APC – £0.80
HS6-2111 – Broadsword Tank Destroyer – £1.25
HS6-2112 – Odyssey APC – £0.80
HS6-2113 – Catapult AFV – £0.80
HS6-2211 – Centurion 400 – £1.00
HS6-2212 – Centurion 202 – £1.25
HS6-2213 – Centurion 204 – £1.50
HS6-2214 – Centurion 800 – £1.50
HS6-2215 – Centurion 404 – £1.75
HS6-2216 – Centurion 4F6 – £2.00
HS6-2217 – Centurion 4H6 – £2.25

That Sinking Feeling

Following on from last week’s first steps underground with the release of the buried structures, this week we have four more ways to live below the surface of a planet – clearly HG Well’s artilleryman was onto something.

For want of a better name, we’ve called these ones Sunken Structures. They’re based around a courtyard sunk into the ground around 25 feet or so, with doors and tunnels leading off from the open central area. Windows and vents pierce the side walls and exhaust towers protrude above the surface. Access from ground level can be by simple stairs cut into the rock or elevators running up the side of the pits. Some are accessed through small entrance buildings on the surface above. One of the structures is an octagonal pit with a large workshop door off to one side, intended as a below-ground landing bay.

The models are one-piece resin castings. They’re all cast as simple square or rectangular pieces, and all are 25mm deep – the idea is for them to be modelled into a terrain baseboard or hill/mesa using 25mm thick insulation foam (inexpensive white polystyrene can be had from Wickes in the UK for just £7 for an 8’x4′ sheet). I’ll write an article on this in the near future, I promise.

We’ll have stocks of these at the Joy of Six next week. We’re getting close to the deadline for advance orders for the show, especially if you would like me to bring anything that’s not either 6mm or Small Scale Scenery.

BP300-702 – Sunken Structures Pack – £17.50

B300-704 – Sunken Structure #1 – £4.00
B300-705 – Sunken Structure #2 – £5.00
B300-706 – Sunken Structure #3- £5.00
B300-707 – Sunken Landing Pad- £5.00