One of the largest aerial vessels in service anywhere in the world is the German Kaiser class.
The Kaiser has six heavy new-design turrets, two twin and four single, along with an array of secondary turrets and sponson guns. The model has a resin hull with a number of metal parts to make up this impressively large model.
The US aerial fleets have a new vessel entering service – the battlecruiser Lexington.
The Lexington’s unique layout has her four heavy-bore guns in huge semi-circular sponsons, able to rotate through 110° arcs. Secondary armament is a more conventional broadside layout, with smaller guns arrayed either side. Two torpedo tubes fire through the front hull.
The Lexington is an all-metal model consisting of six parts – upper and lower hull, two funnels, tail and mast.
The first of the new Imperial Skies Kickstarter models to be launched is the British battleship Vanguard.
This all new model has a resin hull and a dozen metal parts which make up a detailed flying battleship, ready to serve Her Majesty’s aerial navy in all corners of the Empire. Armed with two heavy-bore cannon in huge barbettes fore and aft, it also has a hefty secondary armament in four secondary turrets amidships.
The photos above are of her sister ship Valiant (I couldn’t find any decals saying Vanguard !).
In case you don’t know, or are new to us, Imperial Skies is a set of fast-paced rules for aerial combat between huge flying airships in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The game is designed with our range of Aeronef miniatures in mind and includes stats for almost all them. It can also be played using models from other manufacturers, and a design system is included to allow you create your own ships.
The 117-page, full colour rulebook contains the rules, design guidelines for your own ships, stats for the full Brigade Models range and a painting guide.
Turn rulers can either be photocopied from the rulebook or downloaded from our website and printed into thin card. However, as a more robust and attractive solution there are also laser-cut acrylic turn rulers available.
Each ship has three sizes of gun available – Big Bore, Medium Bore and Small Bore. To speed up the game and allow each ship to roll all of their dice at once, you can use different colours to differentiate the gun types. Our sets of dice have ten each of red, orange and yellow d6 (the colours match those used on the stats cards) with the six replaced by the Imperial Skies winged bomb logo. Extra sets of a single colour are also available from the website.
ISK-001 – Imperial Skies Rulebook – £20.00 ISK-010 – Turn Rulers (set of five) – £7.50 ISK-011 – Logo Dice (set of 30) – £10.00
Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible is a set of rules that can be played in several scales; all of the photos in the book are of 25mm figures and vehicles, although judging from various blogs and posts on the net it seems to be more popular in 15mm. Ainsty Castings are the official licensed supplier of 15mm vehicles for the Slammers Regiment, with Ground Zero Games providing figures. However, it also gives an excellent game with 6mm figures and vehicles, with armoured battles benefiting from the space afforded by smaller scale models. So we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with John Treadaway, co-author of the Crucible rulebook, and Ainsty Castings to create 6mm versions of the approved vehicle designs and bring the regiment to life in micro-scale.
These new models have all been created digitally and are cast in pewter. Our initial release is of the core vehicles needed for a Slammers detachment – the M2A4 blower tank and the M2A4F command variant, the M9A1 combat car and M9A4 command variant, and the A21 jeep.
The combat cars, like the Ainsty 15mm versions, are supplied with etched brass splinter screens plus separate tri-barrel powerguns.
Infantry, both on foot and on skimmers, are available from Ground Zero Games, although we have some stocks which we’re using to create army packs (for individual packs of figures you can contact GZG directly).
Future releases will include further variants of the M2 tank and M9 combat car as used by other mercenary units, plus the uparmoured variants used by the Slammers Regiment in their later days. We will also be releasing ambulance and cargo variants of the combat car, a mortar jeep and artillery hogs to complete the Slammers’ ToE.
We’re currently finishing off the last bits of casting for the Imperial Skies pledges this week, along with casting up the several hundreds of buildings required for our part in the Age of Tyrants Kickstarter project – and all this alongside our normal daily orders from the website. In between we’ve still managed a new release this week, this time in 15mm.
The second item is a set of five useful ‘widgets’ (we couldn’t think of a better name) in the Desert Buildings range. There’s a control console, a unit with two A/C fans, a conical beacon thingy and a couple of other useful bits. All great for adding an extra level of detail to your buildings.
B15-210 – Small Utility Building – £4.00 B15-139 – Building Detail Widgets – £3.00
My insides are at last functioning relatively normally, and I’ve finally caught up with orders. Everything we received by close of business yesterday has been cast and packed, and the last ones will be going in the post this morning.
To celebrate, I’ve put some new bits on the website (new release day is normally Friday, but I’ll be at the workshop bright and early tomorrow waiting for a delivery of pewter). We have the Larminat heavy laser tank, essentially an extended Garibaldi hull paired with a Sohei turret.
Along with this we have a pair of new models in the Desert Buildings range, two largish houses, one with an attached vehicle garage.
SF300-414 – Larminat Laser Tank – £1.25 B300-137 – Large House with Arched Entrance – £1.75 B300-138 – Large House with Attached Garage – £2.75
Lately we’ve been concentrating on 6mm SF, but now that the Joy of Six show has happened then we’ll be spreading new releases back across our other ranges again. Imperial Skies is very close to shipping, which means that the four new battleships which resulted from the Kickstarter campaign will be put on general release.
I’ve safely returned from a very pleasant trip to Cyprus – the weather was fantastic and the Brigadieress found us a lovely secluded villa (although the less said about the hire car saga, the better…). Obviously a backlog of orders has built up while I’ve been away – Phil has tackled some, and I cleared a dozen or so of the smaller ones yesterday. I’d estimate that we should be up to date with orders by the end of next week (obviously any attempt to see the end of the order queue is complicated by the fact that we get a constant trickle of new orders all the time, so it’s a bit of a moving target).
In case you needed reminding, the Joy of Six show is on Sunday. We have plenty of new releases in 6mm which we’ll be taking with us, including the Kirin and colony base. We’ll also have some as-yet unreleased items. The first is another scale down of a recent 15mm release – this time the Larminat heavy laser tank. Based on a mating of the Sohei turret on an extended Garibaldi chassis, it’s another Big Tank with a Big Gun.
We also have two new buildings in our desert range which you may have spotted in the background of recent photos. The larger of the two is a largish house with a garage attached by a corridor. It also has a small tower in one corner. The other building is a simpler design, with a central dome and arched entrance.
At the same time, I’ve also (finally!) uploaded the 6mm Kirin to the website, so you can now buy online if you can’t make the show.
Now I did mention that we’d have something special up our sleeves for Sunday – and so we have. But I’m not saying anything about it, you’ll have to come and find us at the show to see what it is 🙂
Today’s “while-I’m-away” bonus release is a 6mm scale version of our Mercenary Kirin combat walker. This is a two-man, bipedal walker that comes in three different flavours with a gatling, laser or twin powerguns on each arm, and nine-round missile pods on the shoulders.
They are available (or will be very shortly … see below) individually or in a pack of six with two of each type.
SF15-1509a – Kirin Walker with Heavy Gatlings – £1.50 SF15-1509b – Kirin Walker with Heavy Lasers – £1.50 SF15-1509c – Kirin Walker with Twin Powerguns – £1.50 IC-1515 – Kirin Lance – £8.00
*UPDATE* – the correct links and pages have been added, so the Kirins are now available for sale.
Way back in the mists of time (April), we released two new 15mm vehicles – the Eisenfaust (Iron Fist) laser tank and the Kastenwagen (box van) platoon APC. These have now both been translated down to 6mm, and are available on the website today.
The Eisenfaust is a large blower tank equipped with a heavy turreted laser and a secondary autocannon in a ball mount on the glacis plate. It’s protected by a sandwich of sapphire and alloy armour, with an explosive close-in defence belt around the hull. The vehicle floats on a cushion of air provided by six turbine fans on the hull top.
The Pz441 Kastenwagen carries a full platoon of 24 infantry in its capacious rear compartment. Access is via two large side doors which drop down to form ramps and allow the infantry to disembark very rapidly (possibly because they would be sitting ducks if they remained in the now open troop compartment !). Armament consists of the same autocannon as the Eisenfaust, mounted on the roof of the driver’s cab.