Soviet Supercarrier

As an added bonus for Crisis on Saturday, I should have some small stocks of this beast – the brand new Neo-Soviet Ulyanovsk class super carrier. It now has the distinction of being the largest spaceship model in our range at over 110 mm long. It’s due for website release next weekend but I have enough advance stocks to allow me to bring a few along to the show – but it’s strictly first-come, first-served.

SFS-1221 – Ulyanovsk class Carrier – £12.00

Your Own Personal Crisis

Every so often we think to throw in a little curve-ball novelty item to keep you on your toes…

We have another new and upcoming model for preview today – it’s number one a new series of ‘Great Wargames Venues of the UK and Europe’ (which may well end up being a series of one model…). This is Waagnatie – Hangar 29, the venue for The Tin Soldiers of Antwerps’ Crisis show since it moved from the previous venue a few years ago. The Hangar is a former warehouse on the Scheldt in Antwerp’s dock area which has been turned into an event venue.

It seemed like a great idea when I started, then I had a good look at satellite images and photos of the venue and realised that it’s a lot bigger than I first thought ! The building is 240m long give or take, with 13 curved roof segments. To make matters even more fun, the building has a distinct kink in the middle where it follows the curve of the river bank. However, having started I had to finish it, so here’s the final model. It’ll be available for sale at Crisis next weekend, although you might have to be quick to our stand – I won’t have enough stock for everyone!

And while I have your attention, this is the FINAL REMINDER for Crisis orders – I’ll be at the workshop putting final touches to our stock tomorrow so any orders need to be with me by first thing

SSS-8118 – Hangar Waagnatie 29 – £10.00

Castles in the Air

For some time now we’ve wanted to produce some tiny castles for the Small Scale Scenery range. But it took a while to work out exactly what form they would take – a brief investigation showed that there was no such thing as a ‘generic’ castle, they’re all very different and generally built to suit the terrain around them. We could make one-piece models of specific historical castles, but there are so many to choose from and regardless of how many we made, we’d never be able to cover enough variations to please everyone.

So instead we’ve settled on making a series of castle components – we’ve designed a numbers of sets of walls, towers and gateways along with a couple of keeps. Hopefully that will give enough variations to produce a decent representation of most UK castles and some continental ones. The parts are all cast in our usual cream-coloured resin so should be easy to cut and modify (certainly easier than metal pieces !).

To give you an idea of what the pieces look like, I’ve put together a simple square castle with a keep; this was made on a 6″ square of acrylic, with the keep raised on a low motte made from foam card. It took no more than half an hour to assemble, and painting was a simple matter of spray (grey primer), wash (Citadel Nuln Oil) and drybrush (GW Longbeard Grey).

I’m still knocking the last gremlins out of the casting process (we’ve recently invested in some new pressure casting equipment which I’m still getting to grips with), but hopefully they will be available at Crisis in a couple of weeks.

Painted Japanese

One last post before the weekend – I’ve finished painting the new Japanese Aeronef and these are ready to go at Tabletop Gaming Live.

There are four new models – from left to right these are the new Shinano class dreadnought, and new versions of the Yamashiro and Yashima battleships, and the Ryujo fleet carrier. We have stocks of all of these models and fleet packs (the only thing I didn’t manage was to create a new fleet pack with the Shinano in – that will have to wait until they hit the website next week).

VAN-602 – Yashima class Battleship – £7.50
VAN-603 – Ryujo class Carrier – £9.00
VAN-615 – Yamashiro class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-617 – Shinano class Dreadnought – £8.00

10mm Research

The last of our new items for Tabletop Gaming Live are from our 10mm Sci-Fi buildings range. We’ve rescaled some more of our existing buildings, from the Research Base set, to this scale (I can’t remember if I rescaled the 15mm versions down or the 6mm ones up !). The first three buildings to appear in 10mm are the Accommodation Block, Small Garage Block and Utility Shed. Assuming sales on these are OK, we’ll do the other models in the set later.

Hardened Shelters

We have some more 2mm previews to follow on from the Hippodrome yesterday, although these are somewhat smaller and a lot further down the historical timeline.

In response to a customer request, we’ve produced two sets of Cold War Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS) of the type seen dispersed across military airfields all over the world. Both sets are of a size to accommodate a single fighter-bomber plus ground crew and equipment.

Type 1 are NATO designs, based on those at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. These are simple reinforced concrete shelters which aren’t buried or covered over.

The second, larger type are based on a Czech design. These ones are covered in soil and grass to increase the level of protection – internally they’re probably the same size as the NATO ones, but the earth cover makes them appear larger from the outside.

Both sets are cast in resin and come in packs of six.

Although these are part of the 2mm range, they could equally be used as 6mm sheds or workshops – just a thought…

Counting Down to TTGL

So I’m back from my holiday and have cleared the order backlog, everything to the end of Sunday has shipped so things are officially Back To Normal on the mail-order turnaround front. I’ve turned my attention back to Tabletop Gaming Live, which is just five days away now. Although it’s very close, you still just about have time to get in pre-orders if there’s anything you’d like us to reserve for you – I’m casting tomorrow, so really need them by the end of today (Tuesday 25th).

As mentioned, because of holidays ‘n’ stuff we’ve not released anything new for a couple of weeks, instead holding some bits and pieces over to the show itself. We’ve already previewed the Japanese Aeronef – I’m just polishing off the painting on these and will take some better photos later.

We will have some new releases in the Small Scale Scenery range. The first of these is the largest model we’ve yet produced in the range – even bigger than the previous holder of this title, the Roman Amphitheatre. This is a model of a Roman Hippodrome, or racetrack, with the dimensions based on the remains of the one at Jerash in Jordan but with some details influenced by others around the world. It’s over 250mm (10″) long and 75mm wide, plenty big enough for a 2mm scale chariot. There’s no truth in the rumour that we’re about to launch a 2mm scale Ben Hur game, complete with tweezers to move the pieces !

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