Big in Japan

As mentioned, we’re looking to have some new releases at Tabletop Gaming Live, and these are the first of them. The Japanese Aeronef fleet is the penultimate one of the major powers to get an overhaul (the US are coming by the end of the year), with replacements for the Yamashiro and Yashima battleships and the Ryujo carrier. And as we have with the other fleets, I couldn’t resist adding an extra model, so we also have the Shinano dreadnought. The photo below is of my semi-painted prototypes, I’ll arrange for someone proper photos next week.

Back to Normal

Two weeks after coming back from my holiday, I’ve finally managed to get back on track with orders – everything that arrived before midday on Monday has been completed, packed and posted, and for the first time in several weeks I was able to go home with no outstanding orders left over. So that’s a little ‘yay’ for me at last 🙂

As a consequence I’ve had a couple of days catching up with new releases, getting painted versions ready for the website and preparing master castings for production moulds. Apropos of nothing else, I thought you might like a quick glance of what’s sitting on the painting table today…

These are some rather nifty 15mm GEVs that were part of the former Ainsty range. We’ve spent a little while getting these into shape – the original models used a common resin-cast hull with separate
superstructures for the different versions. We’ve had the superstructures reprinted and made new moulds of each hull version as single piece castings – the only separate pieces now are the turrets and gun barrels. The production moulds are now ready, so I’m just painting up a set ready to photograph and they should be on the website in 2-3 weeks.

These Aeronef dirigibles are new British models – the original plan was that they should have been released at the same time as our Ark Royal Dig Tender (you may have seen the smaller one lurking in photos back in April), but we had a slight hitch and in the usual pre-Salute pandemonium there simply wasn’t time to fix it. Anyway, they’re ready now and will be this Friday’s new release.

And spreading the love to the vaccheads as well, how about some new spaceships ? These splendid craft were designed by James at Beadspoke Designs (pay them a visit – they make all sorts of useful laser-cut acrylic markers and templates) and we thought they were great. They are going to be introduced to our range as replacements for the old Yenpalo fleet models which are looking a little dated.

You might see other stuff in the background – I’m also in the midst of painting some fresh detachments for Hammer’s Slammers, using many of our recently released new vehicles, and there’s even a new pack or two of 15mm figures coming from the ArmiesArmy archive.

Jo6 Preview #4 – Ostfront

As well as our 6mm ranges, we also take the Small Scale Scenery range to Joy of Six. It’s used by some 6mm gamers who prefer their scenery to be nearer to ground scale than figure scale, and we’ve seen it done very effectively.

After the burst of 6mm items we’ve been previewing recently, we have some new in this range as well. After several requests, we have a village pack of 20 Eastern Front buildings, mostly single-storey wooden structures, along with a rather magnificent resin Russian Orthodox Church.

They will be on the website very shortly, so if you would like some and can’t make the show then you don’t have long to wait.

SSS-8113 – Russian Village – £3.33
SSS-8114 – Russian Orthodox Church – £1.25

Jo6 Preview #3 – Air Support

Our Squadron Commander range of starfighters stand as a range (and game – you can download the rules for free) in their own right, but also do double duty as air support for our 6mm SF range. It’s been a while since the last release, but we have some new models prepped and ready to go at the Joy of Six on Sunday. I’ve only had time to very quickly wash and drybrush the models (and drop the Hamerkop, snap off the base and have to replace it…), full paint jobs will follow when they’re actually released

The South African Confederation and Pacific Federation both get two fighter types, one derived from their existing fighter types in the spaceship range while the second is a new model.

The South African Petrel multi-role fighter is joined by the Hamerkop heavy interceptor, which boasts plenty of guns and an armoured frame.

The PacFed Sea Wasp attack fighter now gets an escort in the shape of the small and nimble Weta interceptor.

All of the models will be available individually and in flights of four with flying stands.

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

Jo6 Preview #2 – Guido’s Boys

Number two in our short series of Joy of Six previews is a new set of 6mm infantry for Hammer’s Slammers, Fasolini’s Company. We already have these available in 15mm, and sculptor Martin Baker has done a fantastic job of scaling down the larger models to 6mm. For the show we will have infantry packs available, although unfortunately we aren’t quite there with the unit’s distinctive tracked guns so you’ll have to wait until we add those to the website (although I might just about have enough spare masters to create a detachment pack or two).

Each pack contains 23 figures – two squad leaders, four rocket launchers and fifteen riflemen, plus you get the two named leaders from the book Forlorn Hope – Colonel Guido Fasolini and Lt. Albrecht Waldstejn.

HS6-360 – Fasolini’s Company Infantry – £2.75

*EDIT – I put the wrong number of figures in the first version of this post, this has been corrected and the pack price amended.

Jo6 Preview #1 – The Nightmare Bridge

Before I start – this is the last call for Joy of Six pre-orders, I’m at Brigade Towers tomorrow casting stock and it’ll be my final chance to put any orders together.

We have a few new 6mm SF items ready for the show this coming Sunday, most of which will then be added to the website in the next few weeks. One, however, won’t be (at least not yet). This is a building from the Desert Domes range which was one of the first to be designed, and which I really like, but it’s never been released. Why ? Well, in it’s current one-piece form it’s a nightmare to cast (or rather, it’s easy to cast but a nightmare to get out of the mould without snapping or warping the bridge). I’ve managed to produce a (very) small number for Sunday which will on sale on a strictly first-come, first served basis (no pre-orders – you’ll just have to get to us early).

Eventually I’ll redesign it, probably as two resin towers with a separate metal bridge piece, and then it will go on the website for general sale.

B300-413 – Connected Towers – £7.00

The Rise of the Centurion

John Treadaway has added a new page on the Hammer’s Slammers website covering the history and use of our new Centurion Large Transport Vehicle family, from the C400 utility truck up to the huge C4H6 Hog. Click on the C204 below to be taken to the page.

Currently the model is only available in 15mm (1/100th), but 6mm Slammers ‘gamers will doubtless be interested in the photos below…

Production moulds are already in place for many of the hulls, and we’re now finalising the turrets. Some of them needed a bit of work to scale down successfully, but we’ve just re-ordered new revised masters and should be in production in time for the Joy of Six show.

No, wait – there’s more !

And you thought we’d finished the Salute releases … actually so did we. I shall be brief here, as I still have a thousand and one jobs to do and writing long blog posts isn’t one of them ! Painting display models is, but I suspect that these will have to remain in their undercoat for Saturday.

The next Aeronef fleet to benefit from an upgrade is the German Luftschiffeflotte. We’ve replaced the three German capital ships (the Blucher and Markgraf battleships and the Moltke battlecruiser) and added a new model, the Derfflinger class battlecruiser for good measure.

And that’s not all – the Germans now have something to fly their Dreidecker fighters from with the arrival of the Weser class carrier.

VAN-301 – Blücher class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-307 – Markgraf class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-312 – Moltke class Battlecruiser – £7.00
VAN-323 – Derfflinger class Battlecruiser – £7.00
VAN-324 – Weser class Carrier – £9.00

VANFP-306 – German Carrier Pack – £22.00

The models in the existing fleet packs will be replaced by new ones (VANFP-301, 302 and 304, which will now contain one Moltke and one Derfflinger) and there’s a new carrier pack. Stocks of these, especially the Weser, will be limited to just a handful – I only started production this week – so you’ll need to be early.

That really is pretty much it for Salute, barring any more last-minute additions (which could still happen, you never know…). The Salute 2018 page has a list of all of our new releases (or will do when I add the last bits and pieces to it).

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels #3

The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer, as there are no wheels visible in the photos below – they’re off being painted separately (which I discovered is so much easier…).

We present the last two models in the Centurion series – the Centurion 800, used by several mercenary groups, and the 404, currently used only by Greenwood’s Archers. Both are 8-wheelers (or, since they have twin-wheels, actually 16-wheelers) used mainly as transports but they can also be fitted with light artillery, mortar or calliope turrets – the tan 800-series is painted as a Fosters artillery carrier (or will be once I get beyond the base-coat stage).

HS15-2214 – Centurion 800 – £12.00
HS15-2215 – Centurion 404 – £12.00

Hat Trick

Stuff is coming online very late here, but Phil delivered a couple of crucial moulds at the start of this week. Amongst other things, they contained a series of 15mm turrets for the various new vehicles that we’ll have on Saturday. There are some turrets designed to fit certain vehicles, others which are more general purpose and other specifically intended to fill roles in certain Slammers detachments.

The Falchion tank now has two options, a tank turret and light artillery turret, while the Broadsword gets a twin turret option with gatling or railguns. The collection of smaller turrets can be used on the Odyssey, Catapult or Fauchard hulls (as can many others from our existing range). On Saturday we’ll probably take a mix-and-match approach, where you buy a vehicle hull and pick a turret. I’ll worry about creating product codes for every variant afterwards…