It’s been a busy few days, what with travelling over to Belgium for Crisis and then a week full of restocking orders for Pico Armor and Scale Creep.
It meant that last week’s new releases have been delayed until now (which in turn will push this week’s intended new items back – but they’ll all come out in the end !). What we have for you are a couple of Aeronef models from foes either side of the Adriatic. The Austro-Hungarians get the Kaiserin class Dig Aircraft Carrier, a giant airship with a flight deck on top and capacious hangars inside the gasbag. The deck boasts a couple of cranes, and these are also available separately in an accessory pack.
The Italians meanwhile get the Ricardo PR-46 seaplane, a bizarre 3×3-winged beast used for transport and (when desperate) bombing raids.
I had a little bit of a varnish disaster on a damp evening last week, so please excuse any odd frosty white spots on the models !
The Gagarin is a resin-hulled model with metal engines, turrets and other components. We’ll have a few of these (not many) at the new Hereward Wargames Show in Peterborough which we’re attending on Sunday.
We have two new releases today, one each in our 6mm and 15mm SF ranges.
Dealing with the smaller scale first, we have some new dwellings in our Desert Domes range of 6mm buildings. These are simple structures built as housing for miners and colonists. There are four models that differ slightly in number and placement of doors and windows which will be supplied randomly when you order.
We’ve also added two Desert Dome building packs, with a mix of buildings in each, discounted against buying the same models individually.
Our larger scale offering this week is a pack of Street Furniture compatible with our existing Desert Buildings. The pack contains a number of useful bits and pieces to bring life to your Martian village – stone benches, small planters, advertising hoardings, public communications terminals and a pair of useful booths. The latter could be used as public conveniences, videophone kiosks or even suicide booths! The advertising hoardings are designed to hold three standard 1.8m by 1.2m posters, so you can scale down your favourite ads to 1/100th scale (18x12mm), print them out and stick them on. In all the pack contains 15 resin items.
The South African wheeled vehicles are one of the more popular forces in our 15mm SF range, and today they get further firepower options with a pair of new vehicles.
The Ratel is a lighter version of the Rhino heavy tank. It’s a fast 4×4, skid-steered vehicle sporting an 8cm railgun and slightly lighter armour than it’s larger cousin.
The Olifant self-propelled gun is based on the chassis of the Rhino, but with the turret replaced by a fixed superstructure carrying a 17cm long-barrelled gun. It employs a variety of ammunition from conventional HE to bomblets and terminally-guided ‘smart’ warheads for anti-tank work.
The Kirin (or Qilin) is a mythical creature known in Chinese, Japanese and other far-eastern cultures as an omen of prosperity or serenity. It’s also the name given to our latest new 15mm release, the Kirin Combat Walker. Designed by Kirk Alderfer with input from Zac Braham, the same pairing that created our range of Mercenary vehicles, it’s a one-man bipedal walker with a fearsome array of weaponry. The two arm mounts carry either a 25-cm laser, 2-cm Gatling or 15mm twin powergun, the same weapons as fitted to the Sohei heavy tank. A twin heavy support weapon turret is mounted under the chin, while the shoulders both carry 9-round Manta missile pods (one of these can optionally be exchanged for a long-range sensor pod, most often seen in command suits).
The model consists of 17 parts, one resin and the rest lead-free pewter –
Two shoulder mounts
Two weapon mounts
Two main weapons
One chin turret
Two shoulder missile pods
One sensor pod
One shoulder mount blank
One hatch cover
There are two variants of each leg with different angles of extension – each model is supplied with a random pair of legs. The main weapons are all interchangeable and you can select which type each model is supplied with. Extra pairs of weapons are available separately. Either of the shoulder missile pods can be swapped for a sensor pod, and there is also a blanking plate for the other missile pod if you wish to remove it. A platoon pack is available with three Kirins – you can choose all of one weapon type, or one of each weapon – which also includes three helmeted crewmen.
Assembly of the models is reasonably straightforward – although I’d recommend patience, putting them together one piece at a time and making sure the glue on each joint has set before moving on to the next piece. Ideally the legs and feet should be pinned together when assembling the model for greater strength, and you may find it a good idea to pin the hips and shoulders to the body as well.
As mentioned earlier in the week, we have a number of new 15mm SF models that we’ll be taking to Blast-tastic! tomorrow, and some of these are hitting the website today.
The Blaireau (Badger) and Belette (Weasel) are French-made 6×6 utility vehicles that are used for liaison, scout, troop-carrying, casevac, ELINT and any number of other purposes. They are from the same family as our existing Javelot and Lievre vehicles and share a common chassis and drive train.
The main difference is that while the Blaireau is an unarmed utility vehicle, the Belette has a turret ring fitted with a remote mount that can carry either twin MGs, a 5-barrel gatling or a twin Mantra missile pod – or in the case of the Martre (Marten) variant, a radar dish. So now you really can be ‘KBB’ (see below for the KBB reference from ‘Big Bang Theory’).
In addition to these, we also have a version of the Tassigny APC fitted with a radar instead of a turret, and also a radar dish on the Asterie remote base.
Slightly delayed by one or two minor issues (including my sudden realisation that if I got a move on I could finish an extra model), today we’re releasing three new items in our 10mm SF Buildings range. In this release we have two towers of different designs and a building with twin roof domes. All are single piece resin castings and are available now from the website.
And while we’re here, this is a good time to remind everyone about our next show, Blast-tastic! in Bristol next Saturday. Since this is an SF-themed show, we will not be carrying either the Celtos or Magpie fantasy ranges or the 28mm Great War Belgians. If you’d like anything from these ranges you’ll have to order in advance (either e-mail us or order from the website using the ‘Collect in person’ shipping option). And of course we’re happy to take advance orders for any other ranges as well.
Kostrad is the strategic reserve formation of the Indonesian army, typically receiving the best troops and equipment. Today our 15mm Indonesians receive the first deliveries of a new series of grav vehicles, matching the 6mm versions that came out some time ago.
Heavy armoured firepower comes in the form of the Suharto and Anjalika MBTs. Very similar in design, the Anjalika has a modified turret with a more powerful main gun. Usually one Anjalika is allocated to each platoon, but in some formations they are concentrated into separate heavy platoons.
The infantry ride in Sugama APCs. These are large battle taxis, armed only with a heavy 14.5mm gauss gun in a remote roof mount.
Bhima grav armoured cars perform the reconnaissance function, but carry sufficient firepower to act as tanks in light armoured units.
The final vehicle in this release is the Kijang grav truck. Armoured to APC standards and equipped with the same weapon as the Sugama, the Kijang provides logistic support right up to the front line, and some territorial formations use them as infantry carriers.
We have a new addition to the 2mm scenery line today. This is a medieval set consisting of 20 buildings from a large village or small town. The set includes large and small houses, shops, inns, a Guildhall and buttermarket (the little octagonal pavilion).
The main characteristic of these buildings is the overhanging upper storeys. Many are still standing today so their use needn’t be confined just to the middle ages. They can be combined with many of the buildings in our existing English Village and Town Shops sets to create larger built-up areas. And of course the English Churches and the Large Church are also perfect companions.