The Age of the Train

We thought we’d give you a quick look at some more 2mm buildings that we’ve been developing. We’ve taken to the rails (some would say we’ve gone off them) with a set of railway tracks and trackside buildings – stations, platforms, engine sheds, coaling stations etc.

RailwayBuildings

The girder bridge is a one piece item and will be available in our 3D-printed Shapeways store. The rest of the models will be cast in pewter.

Track

This close-up of a platform shows how much detail we’ve managed to build into the tracks themselves. Each track is 0.5mm across, and a sleeper is 3mm in length. A bit overscale, but it’s about as small as we could sensibly go.

Platform

The second set is a series of town shops – larger 3-4 story affairs that you can use to create your own bustling town centre.

Shops

As always, trying to photograph these models in their raw white state was a nightmare so I’ve tried them after a coat of grey primer, which is slightly better.

Get Your Kicks

So … four more sleeps to Salute !

One of the downsides to running a trade stand at a show, especially one as busy as Salute, is that we don’t get much of a chance to wander round, chat to other traders and games, and also to see the games on offer.

However, this year I will be making a beeline to see one of the largest games planned for this year’s show, in fact one of the largest games we’ve ever seen; South London Warlords’ Route 66 game. This 36-foot long extravaganza is a 15mm SF game depicting the famous Hammers Slammer mercenary unit attempting to break through to a starport on Cullen’s World.

We recently sent some of our new PacFed models to John Treadaway, one of the co-authors of the Hammers Slammers Crucible ruleset, and he’s worked overtime to get them onto the table for Saturday, along with hundreds of other models from other manufacturers. He’s been kind enough to send us a few photos of the (almost) complete models and has let us use post here ahead of the day. So if you’re at Salute, make a beeline for the game, have a long look (you can join in) and then you can wander back over to us to buy some 🙂

vehicles 1 s

vehicles 2 s

both tanks s

command tank s

Another hi-tech building

Five days to go until Salute…….

Very quickly before I bundle the sprogs off to school. I did the first couple of castings of the second of our 15mm “hi-tech” buildings last night.

15mm building 2

Another little building

Just seven days to Salute and counting …

Amongst all the other jobs of last weekend I managed to make the first castings of another new 6mm building. A second tower for our desert building range. Its shown below with the existing small tower for scale purposes.

towers

I’ve also just finished the mould for the second of our new 15mm hi-tech buildings. Hopefully I’ll do the first casting tonight or tomorrow so expect a preview once its popped out of the mould.

Two weeks and counting …

Salute
Two weeks and counting … well, slightly less in fact, just 13 (count ’em !) days until Salute. Which is all a bit scary, it seems to have crept up on us again. We’re on stand TM04 – go in the main entrance, turn immediately right and walk to the far wall – we’re four stands down.

We’re finalising our new releases for the show – we know pretty much what we’ll have, and it’s quite an impressive list, around forty new models. And it might be more, as I never know if Phil’s going to turn up at the last minute with a new mould that he’s managed to squeeze in !

British Spaceships
We’ll have the first batch of ten models available, along with two fleet packs.

Indonesian Fighters
We’ll have the two new Indonesian fighters for Squadron Commander, also ideal as air support for …

6mm SF Vehicles
Phil’s finishing off the moulds for a grand total of ten Indonesian vehicles, plus army and company packs.

15mm SF Vehicles
We’ll have the remastered German Thor MBT and Lynx APC available, along with the EuroFed Montsabert and Tassigny (all with several turret variants). Stock of these may not be great.

6mm SF Buildings
We’ll have a number of new models in the Desert Buildings range – I don’t know exactly what yet, it depends on what Phil gets done !

15mm SF Buildings
We should have the first of the new City buildings available, and possibly more (who knows).

28mm Great War
We’ll have the Belgian refugees ready at last.

Of course we’ll have stock of all of the recent new releases – the Pommerania, PacFed vehicles, 2mm buildings etc. And don’t forget that we also carry Angel Barracks’ 6mm (figures only) at shows too.

Show Orders
We’re happy to take advance orders to be collected at the show. If you want to pay in advance, you can place an order from the website; go to the online ordering page and select ‘Collect in Person’, then place and pay for your order as normal. This won’t charge any postage costs, and then you can just turn up on the day and collect your items. Please get any show orders in by the end of Thursday 11th April, otherwise we may not have time to complete them.

Obviously you can’t order any of the new releases this way since they aren’t on the website yet (and we haven’t published any prices yet either). If you want to reserve any of these, or you want to make an advanced order but pay on the day, e-mail us and we’ll get back to you with a total cost.

Off to the shipyards …

Several British spaceships were today spotted making their way towards the Brigade shipyards, ready for moulding. Most of the fleet were there, although the new Fisher-class dreadnoughts were conspicuous by their absence (the real reason ? I left the Fisher file out of the package I sent to the printers … :-(). We’ve also had to get the fighters reprinted (I got the scaling all wrong and they were far too large – not doing very well, am I ?).

But the rest of the fleet is looking good now that the prints have been cleaned up and the gun turrets attached. Let the mould-making commence !

GB-1
(top to bottom) Heavy Cruiser, Battleship, Battlecruiser

GB-2
Carrier

GB-3
Minesweeper, light cruiser and destroyers

More little buildings

A few more 6mm building previews today.

First up is small commercial unit with a loading bay.

loading baySecond is a square building. I’m not sure whether its meant to be anything in particular but it will be useful if you have a pressing need for a square building in your town.

square buliding

And finally I’ll let you decide what Tony was thinking of when he designed the third one……

double dome

 

 

Swabhuana Paksa*

More cool previews today – these are the first new models for Squadron Commander for a while, and the first sculpted digitally.

IndoFlag

The two models are the Pedang interceptor (top) and Kampak attack fighter (bottom) – the names mean ‘Sword’ and ‘Axe’ respectively.

We’re aiming for a Salute release alongside the Indonesian ground forces, for which these would make perfect air support elements.

Pedang

Kampak

* – “The Wings of The Motherland”; motto of the Indonesian Air Force

EuroFed Comparisons

The new EuroFed vehicle prints have arrived – they’ve already been cleaned up, primed and I’ve handed them over to Phil for mould-making. However, I did remember to take some photos before they went. As we did with the Germans, I’ve taken comparisons between the old and new models to show the differences in both size and detailing.

EF-1

EF-2

EF-3

Building previews

As part of our build-up for Salute in April (one month to go and so much still to do) I’m working my way through the stack of un-released building models that we have. I’ve moulded the first couple and made a few test castings.

First up is a little version of our 15mm Villa. Its actually been hanging around for quite a while and I’ve finally got around to making a mould….

little villas

Second is the first of our more “hi-tech” Sci-fi buildings in 15mm. Like our existing buildings these will also be available in 6mm.

hi-tech 1

hi-tech 2

 

Both will be available at Salute.