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.
Continuing our theme of scaling items in our 15mm range down to 6mm (and vice-versa), today we’re releasing two new 6mm buildings based on our 15mm Colony Base set. The first of these is Sigma Base, a moderately large octagonal layout consisting of six modules designed as a research station or living accommodation for a larger colony.
The other building in this release is the Small Outpost, which is a remote colony unit for 2-3 scientists. It consists of an accommodation module with airlock plus a vehicle garage. It’s designed as a remote monitoring station or maybe living quarters for a maintenance team in some isolated spot.
Unlike the 15mm versions, which come as separate units with metal connecting frames, we’ve decided to produce the 6mm equivalents as one-piece ready-assembled items which just need painting – we thought that it would be a bit fiddly mucking about with lots of little resin modules and tiny metal connector pieces.
Our focus has been largely on ground SF lately, with the 15mm and 6mm ranges getting a number of new releases. However, Aeronef still has a large and faithful following so we like to keep the range moving with the occasional new model or two.
We have a small number of merchant Aeronef, mostly British and French, but today we’re releasing three German models. The hull forms are clearly recognisable as German, being very similar in style to their warships.
The huge Widder freighter has a resin hull with metal components, while the two smaller vessels are all metal. Bothe the Widder and Belchen coaler have metal deck cranes to help with unloading. There is also a German Convoy pack containing seven merchants plus escort vessels to help create scenarios.
VANFP-5003 – German Merchant Convoy – £22.00 VAN-5011 – Widder class Heavy Merchant – £7.00 VAN-5012 – Belchen class Coaler – £1.50 VAN-5013 – Marburg class Lighter – £1.50
* Apologies to German speakers if this title isn’t correct – please put me right and suggest a better or more grammatically correct term for German Merchant Airships
The latest in a recent succession of big boxes o’ stuff to arrive at Brigade Towers contained a number of copies of Osprey’s new Horizon Wars rulebook. This is a fast-paced set of combined arms rules aimed at 6mm or 10mm models. The Mech is the king of the battlefield, although if big stompy walkers aren’t your thing then they work perfectly well with conventional forces too. I can attest from personal experience that they are a lot of fun, having tried them out recently at my club.
They use some novel mechanics that are quite quick to pick up – after just a turn or so we rarely needed to refer to the rulebook. They require each player to have a number of 12-sided dice, and we handily now have those in stock. As an opening special offer, every order for Horizon Wars placed before the end of June will receive a free set of ten D12s to help get you started.
The tale of the airbrush finally reached a conclusion earlier this week, although not before a further frustrating twist. Having decided that no amount of stripping and cleaning would persuade my existing one to function, I bought a replacement on next day delivery. It duly turned up the next day (on a Sunday, no less) … in a smashed box, and missing the little spanner needed for changing the nozzles. The packaging didn’t show any signs of damage so I can only assume it had been packed in that state. So within 20 minutes of arrival it was repacked and sent away for a refund. Another one was promptly ordered (from a different retailer, and cheaper) which arrived (intact) on Tuesday and was pressed immediately into action. All of which means we can finally bring you something new and interesting this week!
Our 15mm Research Base buildings have been some of the most popular we’ve released, so it’s natural that we’d want to produce them in 6mm as well. We have five buildings in this release, including the new (in 15mm) H-Block.
Although we’ve designated them as a Research Base and I’ve painted mine up again as an cold-weather centre in bright orange colours, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be used in other climates or settings. The buildings also make a very good barracks set with their resemblance to Nissen or Quonset huts.
Today we were meant to releasing some new 6mm buildings – but my airbrush has been playing up something rotten and I haven’t been able to paint the said items, and since we have a rule about not releasing anything new until they’re properly painted and photographed, they are going to have to wait*. Which has put me in a somewhat grumpy mood today (no change there, says the Brigadieress…).
So instead I’ll add something which we were originally saving for next week, not quite as exciting but potentially just as useful.
The excellent new Osprey Horizon Wars rules use D12s as the standard dice type. When I first looked into the rules after buying my copy at Salute, I realised that I didn’t have enough D12s, even in my rather large dice box – it’s just not something I’ve ever needed lots of. There has also been at least one post (maybe more) on the HW Facebook page asking about getting hold of D12s. So we’ve got hold of a big bag of D12s from our suppliers and we’re now listing those on our website in packs of 10. We have them in four colours – red, orange, yellow and black.
We have a small but popular set of merchants in our spaceships range, but it hasn’t been added to for a while. That was supposed to change at Salute, but that didn’t go quite as we hoped. However, all is put to rights today as we release five new models to supplement everyone’s commercial shipping fleets, rather earlier than we thought might happen.
Since most of what I get to paint is military stuff in drab colours, I went to town and painted all of them in bright primary shades, which made a rather nice change.
Some houses in the desert wastelands are built up on high plinths to keep them safe from predators – this is one such design, accessed by a single stairway to a raised platform. This new 15mm building is available today.
I’ve also been tinkering with some of our recent releases, combining them with other parts to see what I could come up with. In particular, the new Fasolini tracked gun units have all sorts of possibilities. I’ve added a missile launcher and radar dish to the tracked base to create mobile anti-tank and comms systems, as well as a 5-barrel gatling weapon, known as the Lucane (Stag Beetle) family. I’ve also put the single-barrel gun on a ground mount to create a light AA gun (the quad gun was unfortunately a bit too big to fit the base and overbalances). These are listed under the EuroFed.
One of the most popular 15mm building sets we’ve come out with has been the Research Base. Possibly because it’s a very versatile design that will stand in as a military barracks, PoW or prison camp or general purpose civilian huts. Today we have a new addition to the base, a double hut connected by a central corridor – in other words, an H-Block. In its original guise as a cold weather research base it means that the occupants can move from hut to hut without stepping outside in the cold, which has to be a good thing !
Today we’re adding the last of the new Salute items to the website, plus an extra bonus item.
We have three larger towers in our 6mm Desert Buildings range, all of which are one piece resin castings with small metal accessories in the form of rooftop aerials. These share the same characteristics as the rest of the desert range – solid cast construction with few, if any, windows to keep out the vicious Martian sandstorms. I find that coming up with descriptive names for buildings is always tricky, the best I can manage is generic terms like ‘large square tower’ – so apologies for that! The buildings are available singly or in a pack with one of each. And while we’re on desert building packs, we’ve created another bundle of some of the existing buildings that aren’t already in one of the other sets under the title of ‘Large Dwellings Pack’.
As a bonus, we also have the domed radar building we teased you with before Salute. I’ve made a new mould which works much better than the original so we’re now happy to release it (although the painted model below is from the original mould – the damaged part of the model is out of sight in this view).