After some delay, we’re finally able to preview a major upgrade for the British Aeronef fleet. The Grand Fleet is the first to get their smaller vessels – cruisers and escorts – redesigned to match the standards of the bigger ships. Six vessels have been replaced by updated versions and there’s also a brand new vessel, the Medusa class Armoured Cruiser. The bigger vessels (destroyer upwards) all have separate turrets, and there’s a new anti-aircraft version of the Arethusa with AA turrets. We’ll have stock of all of the models on Saturday, and all of our fleet and starter pack stock has been updated with new models.
And no, these models aren’t quite finished, and they don’t have any masts (guess who forgot to bring some home…?). I’ll update the models and photos as soon as possible.
VAN-102 – Exeter class Heavy Cruiser – £3.50
VAN-103 – Osprey class Patrol Ship – £1.00
VAN-105 – Cygnet class Torpedo Ship – £1.00
VAN-107 – Cossack class Corvette – £1.00
VAN-108 – Steadfast class Frigate – £1.25
VAN-112 – Arethusa class Fleet Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-112a – Arethusa class AA Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-128 – Medusa class Armoured Cruiser – £4.00
Yet more for the Salute line-up – and our only Salute release in 6mm for this year (the smaller scale gamers will have to wait for the Joy of Six in early July).
We have two new sets of 6mm scale one-man skimmers with riders, to match the 15mm versions released earlier in the year. There are twelve PacFed (full armoured suits) or British (battledress with helmet) riders in each pack. The British skimmers also complete the ToE for the Wolverines mercenary unit in Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible.
Phil pulled a late one (or two) over the weekend and has come up with no fewer than ten moulds of new stuff, most of which we’re hoping to have at Salute on Saturday. To accompany our new Spanish Aeronef aircraft carrier, we have this neat little monoplane fighter aircraft called the Halcón. It also means that we can release a Spanish Carrier fleet pack, with a Principe de Austurias, fifteen Halcóns and five escort ships.
At last, something I’ve finished painting ! This is the new version of the German Zugspitze fighter carrier, which replaces the old model of the same name and joins its three cruiser comrades in our Salute line-up. It’s quite a bit bigger than the old version but retains the same configuration.
As well as individual stocks of the model, you’ll also be able to buy it in the German Patrol Group pack.
After yesterday’s undercoated German village, today we can do slightly better (although only slightly) with an almost-but-not-quite-finished model. It’s painted but hasn’t had decals applied or been varnished, so it’s a bit shiny (in fact, it was still a little bit sticky when photographed !).
This is the Demeter, an 15mm VTOL used by the Eaglewing and Texians in the Hammer’s Slammers background. It’s a six piece model – three resin parts (fuselage and two wings) with metal fins and chin turret.
In addition we have a pack of weapons – two each of missile pods, tri-barrel gatlings, rocket pods and hyper-velocity missiles. They are moulded with an integral pylon so just need to be fixed to the lower wing surface (or – just to be different – try mounting the hyper-velocity missiles to the upper wing surface like a 70s-era Jaguar).
At this point, I’ll be very disappointed if you haven’t started humming ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ or at least have it going through your head – this is surely the default reaction of any self-respecting wargamer to the sight of any attack helicopter or similar aircraft…
You can tell Salute is getting close and the pressure is mounting – today I’m having to preview unpainted models, I just haven’t had a chance to finish them yet 🙁
Today we have a post-war German village in our Small Scale Scenery range. The style of these differs from some of our other village sets by having a number of buildings with steeper chalet style roofs, plus a small town hall, inn and shop.
Despite their undercoated state we have already cast up (hopefully enough) stock for the show.
Following on from the new British and Neo-Soviet weapons teams, we can add new remote weapons teams for our 15mm CDSU (Chinese) forces. The People’s Liberation Army get both a remote 4-round missile launcher and a twin barreled support weapon, each with a 2-man crew. Being remote weapons, the crew can be sited away from the weapon itself, reducing visibility of the weapon to the enemy and increasing the survivability of the crew. Both sets will be available at Salute in (gulp) just eight days’ time.
SF15-566a – PLA Remote Twin Gun Teams (x2) – £3.00
SF15-566b – PLA Remote Missile Teams (x2) – £3.00
We have a couple of support vehicles for our American Republic 15mm forces today, both based on the Baumann APC chassis. The first is an armoured command vehicle, packed with electronics and scanners but also sporting a pintel weapon at the top hatch for air defence; in this case, a tribarrel powergun.
The second vehicle is a utilitarian cargo hauler with an open flat bed cargo area but an armoured cab.
Today’s addition to the burgeoning Salute line-up is back down in the smallest scale, as we unveil a set of Modern Farm Structures. Our existing agricultural buildings serve to make a farm that would work anytime from the 17th century onwards, but this set brings us more up to date with metal sheds and barns, grain silos and water towers.
We have three new 15mm vehicles which will be available at Salute. There are two variants of the Mercenary Shinigami hover jeep and a new version of the EuroFed Javelot scout car.
The two Shinigamis are both weapon carriers with one carrying an automatic mortar and the other fitted with a 6-round missile launcher. The missile version handily fills a gap in the detachment list for the Hiroseki National Army in the Hammer’s Slammers universe.
The new Javelot model also carries a mortar (of the same design as the Shinigami – to be perfectly honest, we just made this because we could…