Revealed at the latest Victory Day fly-past, the Neo-Soviet Union have unveiled their latest starship, the Marshal Zhukov. Armed with the same standard Mass Accelerator turrets as other Neo-Soviet capital ships, the Zhukov also has a heavier Mass Driver main cannon in a fixed forward position under the prow. First deployment is scheduled for April 14th, with full operational capability later in the month.
SFS-1202 – Marshal Zhukov class Battleship – £7.50
Following on from the vehicles previewed earlier today, we have more wheels (lots and lots of wheels !). This time it’s the large Centurion family of heavy transporter vehicles, which range from the rather dumpy Centurion 400 to the huge 4H6 artillery transporter, which is the size of an HGV.
Each has between four and ten sets of twin wheels for respectable cross-country performance and can be armed with anything from a machine-gun on a hatch to a 20cm rocket-assisted artillery piece in a massive turret. The largest can carry a full platoon of infantry in comfort, and tow an anti-tank gun. What they aren’t however, is front-line fighting vehicles – their armour is modest at best.
As with the other wheeled vehicles, we’re still finalising the exact turret configurations. And the prices may change as I do a final breakdown of the costs – there is a lot of metal and resin in all of these models…
We previewed a number of new wheeled vehicles a few days ago, and I’ve now had a chance to paint some. This first batch of three vehicles form the core of several mercenary units including the Apex Dragoons (in whose colours I’ve painted these), Han Black Banner Brigade, the Hindi Army and more.
The Broadsword is a large 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle, essentially a wheeled tank but with space to carry troops in some versions. The Apex Dragoons use it as a tank destroyer, missile carrier and area-defence vehicle.
The Odyssey and Catapult are two similar vehicles built on the same 6×6 chassis. The Odyssey is a troop-carrying APC while the Catapult is a more general purpose weapon-carrier.
We’re still finalising the turret options for these three vehicles (which is why the Catapult doesn’t have one in the photo – it’s still being moulded !), we may keep it to a relatively small number for Salute and put the full range on the website afterwards.
We do some odd stuff – along with the flying Victorian battleships, if you haven’t found it yet, there’s a hamster with an assault rifle on our website.
So this next item should be relatively normal – after all, it’s at least based on something historical ! In 1914, the Belgian Boy Scouts aided the army in their defence against the German invaders by acting in some cases as couriers, running messages between units. So Phil has commissioned Martin Baker to sculpt us a set of three scouts to go along with our Great War Belgians. One has a messenger bag over his shoulder, while another, obviously older from his greater height, has clearly gained his proficiency bag in Bagging the Hun and carries a Lee-Enfield rifle. The third, probably the youngest, has a knapsack on his back and seems to think he’s off on a picnic…
GW28-1150 – Boy Scouts (x3) – £3.25
*By the way – I was looking up the correct use of the famous Boy Scout phrase ‘Dib-Dib-Dib – Dob-Dob-Dob’ and came across an article explaining both the origin and correct spelling (or at least, one version, which seems plausible enough).
Following on from the 15mm Thunderbolt Vikings, we’re adding the 6mm versions to our Salute release list. It’s exactly the same list, two versions of the Viking half-track and three trailers.
This will be it for 6mm at Salute, unfortunately we bit off far more than we could chew with the 6mm versions of the Centurions and other Slammers vehicles, and poor Phil had no chance of making that many moulds in time. So those vehicles will be appearing sometime after Salute, probably in several batches.
So, with exactly two weeks to go until the doors to Salute are thrown open, it’s high time we set up our Salute releases page for this year. This page is where you’ll find the definitive list of confirmed releases at the show, including prices and codes. Nothing gets added to this page unless we’re certain that we’ll have on the day. The page will sit at the top of the blog until the 14th so it’s easily accessible. Some of the photos will be of unpainted or undercoated models, but as they get painted I’ll do my best to update them. This year we are a little behind with this page, so expect new items to be added at quite a rate.
Although we’ll have everything here available at the show, we’ll stagger the addition of the releases onto the website – that is simply to avoid us being flooded with a huge pile of orders for the new items. We’d rather regulate the flow of new stuff – that way we avoid getting behind on orders, which no-one wants. As we did last year, we’ve put the intended website release date to each range.
We’re happy to take advance orders if you’d like to reserve any items, new or existing. You can either e-mail us and send a list to be paid for on the day (cash or card), or you can use the ‘Collect in Person’ shipping option on the website to place an order without paying any postage charges. Please place any orders by Sunday 8th April to give us a chance of processing them.
Hammer’s Slammers – 15mm Website release dates: Monday 7th May – Friday 11th May
Today we’re unveiling a new 15mm model for the Thunderbolt Division, a mercenary unit from the Slammerverse that relies mainly on half-tracked vehicles (and you thought half-tracks were obsolete …). This is the Viking, a smaller recce vehicle also used for towing cargo and weapon trailers. The model has a resin hull with 10 metal parts including the turret, for which there are two options, cannon or missile launcher.
Also available is the Varningr trailer which comes in three variants – a plain cargo trailer, an MRLS version with a 9-barrelled rocket launcher and a calliope trailer with an 8-barrelled anti-missile system.
We haven’t forgotten the larger Dragoon half-tracks – we’re hoping to get those released sometime very soon, once we’ve finished remoulding the metal parts and sorted out a few wrinkles with the casting of the resin hull.
The final phase of our British Aeronef replacement programme is a new fighter carrier model. This is the Furious, a two-deck vessel which carries up to 18 fighters. The model is resin hulled with a separate full-length metal flight deck and other bits. The main hangar deck is visible from the end and sides, so we’re looking forward to seeing lots of aerial mini-dioramas of the interior.
The Furious carries two new types of fighter aircraft – the Fitton SE-32 Scout biplane fighter, and Thornton Aviation’s TA-7 2-seat pusher heavy fighter. Both new models will also be available at Salute.
The fourth new British Aeronef is the Ark Royal, an Airship tender. Based on a commercial merchant hull, this has a massive blimp hangar amidships and a decent light cruiser armament in two forward turrets.
Something missing from our Small Scale Range has always been bridges. We started to put this right last year with the Girder Bridges pack, and part of our Salute line-up this year should be this set of four stone bridges. Each is 40mm long (to match the girder bridges) but are simpler single-piece models with varying numbers of arches.
More Salute previews today – and the first confirmed releases (that is, nailed down with product codes, prices ‘n’ all). This is a series of small merchant starships – probably privately owned vessels, running errands and cargoes (and possibly fugitives) for anyone who stumps up the price of a full load of fuel. Think Traveller Free Traders or, most famously from large and small screen, the Millennium Falcon or the Serenity. There are five designs in all, each around 1″ long, or roughly 75 metres at the 1/3000th scale that we state for our spaceships range.
A new merchant convoy pack contains one each of the previous release of larger merchants (SFS-5010 to -5014) and two each of the new smaller vessels, plus bases.