Waldheim Warriors

The Waldheim Dragoons is a mercenary outfit with Germanic origins, tracing its roots back to Saxony on Old Earth. They are a heavy armoured unit equipped mainly with blower vehicles, including the earlier A2 and A5 versions of the same M2 tank used by Hammer’s Slammers. They also use lighter Daedalus medium tanks and the GD-900 hover APC, which are the subject of today’s new releases.

The Daedalus has a domed turret equipped with a 10cm powergun and 2cm tribarrel. Although ostensibly a larger weapon, it doesn’t quite match the hitting power of the High Intensity version fitted to the Waldheim’s M2A2 tanks. Defensively the tanks are fitted with the Drozd active defense system to ward off missiles.

There is also an air-defence version which has its turret replaced by one fitted with three long-barrelled 2cm tri=barrel powerguns capable of knocking down incoming artillery shells and missiles.

The GD-900 is a simple ‘battle-taxi’ APC which can carry up to eight infantry and has an AI-controlled 2cm tri-barrel for self-defence on the commander’s hatch. They can also tow the 5cm HI Powerguns used by the Waldheim’s infantry.

There are also two 10-TU detachment packs available, Light and Heavy Armoured, taken from the Waldheim’s detachment sheet for Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible.

HS15-1912 – Daedalus Medium Tank – £8.00
HS15-1912a – Daedalus AA Tank – £8.00
HS15-1913 – GD-900 APC – £8.00

HSD15-1901 – Waldheim Dragoons Heavy Armour Detachment – £58.00
HSD15-1902 – Waldheim Dragoons Light Armour Detachment – £63.25

Victory or Death

It’s been a busy week … the slight downside of going away for a few days is that there tends to be a bit of a backlog of orders when I return, so I’ve been ploughing through those this week – hence the lack of posts on here. I’ve pretty much caught up and everything should be back to normal by the end of this week.

We also missed out on a release last week – we were all primed and ready to go when a flaw was spotted in one of the new moulds at the last minute, so we held off until it could be remade. All is good to go now, so if you’d like to settle down, we’d like to present the latest new releases in the Aeronef range…

Years ago, Phil came up with a single Aeronef model for the Chilean aerial fleet – the Santiago, a battleship with two massive quadruple turrets and not a lot else. This was later joined by a single small escort vessel, and that has been the extent of it for the Chileans.

Today the Chilean fleet gets a boost to become one of the better equipped South American aero-navies. The Santiago has been replaced by a new resin-hulled design with separate turrets and metal fittings, and there are several new cruiser and escort designs.

The Santiago’s all-big-gun layout gives it massive firepower to take on enemy capital ships but, apart from two small support turrets, it’s pretty much unprotected against smaller vessels and aircraft. For this reason, the Chilean fleet features a lot of escort vessels equipped with small rapid-fire guns and AA turrets. There are also torpedo and patrol boats to complete the mix.

VANFP-1601 – Chilean Fleet Pack – £22.00
VANFP-1611 – Chilean Torpedo Flotilla – £4.00

VAN-1601 – Santiago class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-1602 – Encalada class Escort Cruiser – £3.50
VAN-1603 – Chacabuco class Light Cruiser – £3.00
VAN-1603a – Pinto class Light AA Cruiser – £3.00
VAN-1604 – Esmerelda class Torpedo Frigate – £1.00
VAN-1605 – Serrano class Frigate – £1.00
VAN-1605a – Condell class AA Frigate – £1.00
VAN-1606 – Anchova class Patrol Boat – £0.50
VAN-1607 – Riveros class Torpedo Boat – £0.50

Fleet Reinforcements

Our British spaceship fleet gets three new reinforcements this week. The largest of the three is is Medway class Patrol Ship – this is a deep space patrol vessel tasked with keeping watch over distant colonies, showing the flag and generally showing up wherever it can be useful. It has a railgun battery as main armament, and also room for a marine squad and a fighter bay which can be useful for either interceptors or shuttle craft. They can just as often be found running rescue or humanitarian missions as military ones.

Joining the main fleet are the new Triumph class heavy destroyers. Slower than most fleet escorts, they have a battery of Stardart missiles and additional armour to help them stand in the line of battle.

The Shark class Stealth Destroyers are part of the fleet’s Deep Strike arm, joining the larger Swiftsure cruisers as part of a task force that specialises in fast interdiction missions on enemy installations. They’re equipped wwith heavy forward firing railguns for hitting power and a stealth generator to keep them hidden.

Starmada-X stats can be found for these three new ships on our website.

SFS-133 – Triump class Heavy Destroyer – £1.50
SFS-134 – Shark class Stealth Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-174 – Medway class Patrol Ship – £1.75

We’ll be rejigging the contents of our British fleet packs to accomodate these new ships, although that hasn’t quite happened yet.

Alas, due to the slightly late arrival of the production mould I won’t have any of these at Cavalier on Sunday 🙁

Skimming Along

New this week we have some skimmers to get you infantry zipping about the battlefield at top speed. These are small, one-man hover vehicles used by some infantry units in the Hammer’s Slammers universe either in place of or as a supplement to normal APCs.

There are two options for the skimmer crew – a British infantryman or a PacFed one in full heavy armour. Both come in packs of four 2-piece skimmers and separate crew figures.

Units that use skimmers in the Hammerverse include the Wolverines, Anders Legion and the Eaglewing (the Slammers regiment themselves also use skimmers – you can already buy those from Ground Zero Games).

SF15-167 – British Infantry on Skimmers (x4) – £6.00
SF15-756 – PacFed Heavy Infantry on Skimmers (x4) – £6.00

Pacific Thunder

Today sees the final part of stage #1 of our programme to update all of our older Aeronef models. The final one of the big six major powers, the USA, has at last received the planned overhaul of their three older capital ships. The Texas, Maine and Lincoln battleships have all been replaced by new resin and metal designs, joining their counterparts in the other aero-navies of the world.

The Texas is the oldest of the three (the original Texas sculpt was the oldest original Aeronef battleship model remaining in production) and the design reflects a vessel of an earlier era, with a secondary broadside battery in casemates in the superstructure. We’ve also taken a cue from early US naval battleships with the superimposed main turrets – these aren’t able to rotate independently, the upper turret is fixed to the lower one.

The Maine follows a similar deck layout to the Texas but with updated turrets and superstructure. It also has a more conventional superstructure and like the Texas it has a fire control and steering bridge at the top of its bipod masts.

The Lincoln is a much more up-to-date vessel with multi-layered armament in turrets and casemates. Its secondary role as a carrier escort is reflected in the pair of anti-aircraft turrets amidships.

The three new vessels are available individually or in fleet packs – each pack has two battleships plus escorts. The US Grand Fleet pack has also been updated, with one each of the new battleships plus a Lexington battlecruiser and eleven escort vessels. The four new types of turrets on these ships are also available in our Aeronef Accessories range.

VAN-205 – Texas class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-207 – Maine class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-212 – Lincoln class Battleship – £8.50

VAN-7023 – US Twin Square Medium Turrets (x12) – £1.50
VAN-7024 – US Twin Round Medium Turrets (x12) – £1.50
VAN-7025 – US Superimposed Heavy Turrets (x5) – £1.50
VAN-7026 – US Twin Heavy Turrets (x10) – £1.50
VAN-7027 – US Battleship Masts (x6) – £1.50

VANFP-022 – US Grand Fleet Pack – £48.00
VANFP-201 – US Fleet Pack #1 – £22.00
VANFP-202 – US Fleet Pack #2 – £22.00
VANFP-203 – US Fleet Pack #3 – £22.00

Stage #2 of the upgrade programme – replacing all of the smaller vessels – begins soon, with the British fleet the first to get new cruisers and destroyers.

And finally, as always, a shout-out to Dom’s Decals for the tail markings.

Great Ape

The Silverback is a huge tracked tank destroyer, more massive even than one of the Slammer’s M2 blower tanks. It has a 25cm powergun as main armament, backed up by a pair of remote tri-barrel 2cm powerguns on each of the crew hatches. An assault gun version has a twin over-under shotgun-style weapon which fire ‘beehive’ canister rounds for clearing massed infantry attacks.

The Nonesuch National Guard are the primary users of the Silverback – they also use smaller tracked vehicles, the Falchion and Fauchard which we released last year. The NNG appear in the story Paying the Piper, which can be found in the third volume of collected Hammer’s Slammers stories by David Drake. They get a bit of a pasting from the Slammers – but then again, who doesn’t ?

HS15-3501 – Silverback Tank Destroyer – £11.00
HS15-3501a – Silverback Assault Gun – £11.00

The Age of Steam

Our latest additions to the Small Scale Scenery range today are some tiny, tiny steam trains, which have been requested by several customers. We have sets of engines, passenger carriages and freight wagons, plus a special Flying Scotsman set. They’re designed to fit our existing range of track and railway buildings.

At this juncture I should point out that I’m no expert on trains; so please excuse any sloppy use of terminology…

The Steam Engines pack has four engine – two slightly different 0-6-0 tank engines, and two 4-6-2 locomotives, one with a coal tender.

The Passenger Carriages set has 15 carriages – ten 16mm long models (roughly 53′) and five at 12mm (c.40′). These include brake coaches (distinguished in this scale by having fewer windows).

The Freight Wagons set has five flat cars in two different sizes, five box cars also in two sizes and five open wagons.

And finally, one of the most famous steam engines of all (certainly in the UK) is the Flying Scotsman. The set contains the engine plus corridor tender, four passenger coaches and a brake coach. Although tiny, it’s still recognisable.

SSS-8128 – Steam Engines – £1.00
SSS-8129 – Passenger Carriages – £3.00
SSS-8130 – Freight Wagons – £3.00
SSS-8131 – The Flying Scotsman – £1.50

Cargo Hauler

Finishing our triumvirate of weekend 15mm releases is this new cargo carrier version of the GS-1000 range of GEVs. This single piece resin model is based on the standard GS chassis with a new open cargo deck – a larger rear section that will fit one of our cargo pods, and a smaller side section for ammo boxes, fuel cans etc.

HS15-2016 – GS-1100C Cargo Carrier – £7.50

Skysweeper

Today we have a new addition to our range of 15mm SF bunkers and fortifications. The AA Bunker is a resin model that consists of a small radar-equipped control bunker with an attached mounting for a turret – generally an AA one, although there’s no reason why you couldn’t fit it with a small missile or gun turret from our extensive range. The website allows you to pick from several popular AA turrets including twin gatlings, an 8-barrel calliope or missile pods, but if you’d like to equip it with anything else then drop us a line and we’ll do our best to help.

B15-1005 – AA Bunker – £8.00

Living by Numbers

Today we’re releasing some useful new 15mm scale waterslide decals – twenty sets of vehicle tac numbers to help you identify your tanks. They come in five colours (red, yellow, blue, white and black) and each sheet has enough 2-digit numbers for 20 vehicles (two numbers per vehicle) running from the 10s up to the 80s. Each number is a fraction over 4mm high and are arranged in a regular grid to make them easier to cut out of the sheet.

I’ve tried them out on my recently painted Lightning Division armour, using red numbers as a high-contrast against the grey/white camouflage.

The decals can be found on our website under the Hammer’s Slammers range, along with all the other unit-specific decals.

DC15-012K – Black 10-20 – £4.00
DC15-034K – Black 30-40 – £4.00
DC15-056K – Black 50-60 – £4.00
DC15-078K – Black 70-80 – £4.00
DC15-012R – Red 10-20 – £4.00
DC15-034R – Red 30-40 – £4.00
DC15-056R – Red 50-60 – £4.00
DC15-078R – Red 70-80 – £4.00
DC15-012B – Blue 10-20 – £4.00
DC15-034B – Blue 30-40 – £4.00
DC15-056B – Blue 50-60 – £4.00
DC15-078B – Blue 70-80 – £4.00
DC15-012Y – Yellow 10-20 – £4.00
DC15-034Y – Yellow 30-40 – £4.00
DC15-056Y – Yellow 50-60 – £4.00
DC15-078Y – Yellow 70-80 – £4.00
DC15-012W – White 10-20 – £4.00
DC15-034W – White 30-40 – £4.00
DC15-056W – White 50-60 – £4.00
DC15-078W – White 70-80 – £4.00