Corridor of Uncertainty

No, I haven’t suddenly turned into Geoffrey Boycott!

Tuesday last week was busy, with lots of deliveries at Brigade Towers. In amongst the replacement compressor, the splendid new 15mm figures and some slightly less interesting stuff (cardboard boxes), a couple of massive boxes turned up, all the way from Poland. These contained a number of sets of Assault Publishing’s excellent HDF sci-fi corridors, which we’ll be offering for sale for the first time at Salute.

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The corridors were originally designed for 15mm figures, but work just as well for 20mm figures or even a claustrophic layout for 28mm models. The cross-section of each corridor is 40x40mm. It uses a rather clever system where the blast doors clip the sections together to keep a layout intact during a game, but allow everything to be disassembled for storage. The corridors use layers of laser-cut HDF (a tougher version of MDF) to give them a 3D feel with depth to the details.

There are two sets, one a bit bigger than the other, and you get an awful lot for your money – we were surprised at how big the boxes were when they arrived. The EDCV labs set has two large rooms, seven corridor sections and sixteen connecting doors of various types. The Umbrella set has more corridors and doors to extend the layout.

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Phil has spent a little while assembling some sample pieces and we’re impressed at the way the layers of HDF go together to produce a strong and detailed final result. We’ll have these samples on the stand at Salute so you can see and handle the corridor pieces.

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

LCAA-01 – EDCV Labs Set – £90.00
LCAB-01 – Umbrella Set – £50.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

Fasolini’s Company

In a previous post we mentioned Fasolini’s Company, a mercenary unit from the Hammer’s Slammers universe that features in the novel Forlorn Hope. We also showed a couple of tracked mobile gun units that are the company’s heavy fire support. Today we have Fasolini infantry figures to show off, a package having just arrived from the sculptor. The figures wear peaked armoured caps with a visor and clamshell body armoured, and are equipped with heavy cone-bore rifles. The use five-round missile launchers for anti-tank and AA work – the launchers are externally identical, but use different rounds depending on the target.

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We also have a couple of personality figures for the company – in the middle of the picture below is Major Fasolini himself. He may be slightly portly but don’t underestimate how tough he is. To his left is Lieutenant Waldstejn, a Cecach native who inherited command of the company during the civil war. He still wears his Federal uniform and carries a locally made assault rifle, but has a Fasolini helmet to link him into the company comms network.

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As well as individual packs of infantry, we also have two Hammer’s Slammers detachment packs – a Company Detachment and Support Detachment – that match the lists in the rules, and include extras such as resin bases for the infantry teams.

As you can see, these are master figures – it’s going to take some very slick work on Phil’s part to get these guys moulded and ready for Salute, but we should make it.

The ever-growing Salute list is now like this:

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

HS15-401 – Fasolini Company Detachment – £43.00
HS15-402 – Fasolini Support Detachment – £24.00
HS15-460 – Fasolini Infantry (x8) – £3.00
HS15-461 – Fasolini Rocket launchers (x4) – £1.50
HS15-462 – Fasolini Command (x4) – £1.50
HS15-463 – Fasolini MG teams (x2) – £3.00
HS15-464 – Fasolini Mortar Teams (x2) – £2.50
HS15-465 – Fasolini Gun Crew (x6) – £2.50

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

The Warehouse Project

As promised, today we have more previews of Salute releases. But first, a brief tale about why this isn’t what we originally planned….

I’ve been planning to come up with some dockyard models to add to the Small Scale Scenery range, based around Chatham Dockyard at the turn of the 20th century. My intention, which I have mentioned to several people, was to have these ready for Salute this year. However, when I started to work on it, I realised that it was going to be a larger project than I had envisaged, and would need rather more time and research, more than I had available. So the long and the short of it is that you won’t be getting the dockyard on the 16th.

Instead, you’ll get these fine (and rather useful) Victorian industrial buildings – a large warehouse with central office building, a textile mill and a set of three dockside warehouses. Perfect for any number of uses, including modelling the East End for Battle of Britain raids on London.

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Initially I was going to post photos of the masters, but I’ve already managed to get them in moulds so what we have here are the resin production castings (albeit very early ones, please excuse any air bubbles).

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So the Salute release list has now grown to this:

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

Small Scale Scenery
SSS-8069 – Victorian Warehouse – £4.00
SSS-8070 – Textile Mill – £2.50
SSS-8071 – Dockside Warehouses (x3) – £2.50

Now if you bothered to read this far, I will show you what I have done for the Chatham Dockyard project; this photo shows castings of the oddly shaped No.3 slip building, and a second more conventional slip building that represents the near-identical No.4,5 and 6 slips. But that still leaves a lot of work to be done on No.7 slip plus the huge storehouses, ropery and many peripheral buildings like the sawmill, pumphouses etc.

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Salute 2016 Releases – First Glimpse

Salute is just a scary couple of weeks away – the timing of the show is apparently partly tied to Easter, so this year is a little earlier than usual.

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We’re happy to take pre-orders to be picked up at the show – you can either email us a list if you’d like to pay on the day, or you can order and pay in advance from the website using the Collect in Person shipping option.

We will as always have a number of new releases across several ranges and it’s about time we started previewing them. But the first bit of important news is about something we won’t have. Although progress has been good, Salute has arrived ever-so-slightly too early for Imperial Skies. Robin has the rules in a nearly-complete state, but the lead times on printing and proof copies means that printed rulebooks cannot get to us in time. We therefore won’t be selling the new ships either since we want Kickstarter backers to get theirs first.

After the bad news, let’s move onto things that we will be releasing. We aim to have new items in the Small Scale Scenery, Spaceships, 6mm and 15mm SF, not all of which are entirely ready yet so it’s going to be an interesting time for us in the next fortnight :-). But a number of bits are ready to go, so we’ll take a look, starting in the largest scale.

We’ve been working with the co-author of the Hammer’s Slammers rulebook, John Treadaway, on some more HS-themed models. These are taken from the novel The Forlorn Hope, which is set in the same universe but doesn’t actually feature the Slammers regiment. Instead it focuses on Fasolini’s Company, a mercenary unit caught in a civil war between the Republicans and Federals on Cecach, a planet colonised by Czech settlers. The first model is this laser-equipped Henschel hover tank, a vehicle developed on Earth but imported by the Republican forces to bolster their indigenous designs.

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Next up are these two Oto Melara light cone-bore autocannon. Mounted on small tracked base units, the Fasolinis use them to provide heavy fire support, moving them long distances on the back of trucks (we’re using the existing South African Hippo model). The single-barrelled weapon is the one that appears in the book, but the quad mount seems a logical progression for a later upgrade (it’s in the detachment list in the rules as an option).

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More previews next week – we’ll be dropping down to 2mm next time. We’ll repeat the list of new releases below in each successive post, adding the new models.

15mm SF
SF15-311 – Henschel Laser Tank – £10.00
SF15-416 – Oto Melara Single Autocannon – £5.00
SF15-416a – Oto Melara Quad Autocannon -£5.00

This Time, For Real…

Having teased you all with CGI previews of the new Imperial Skies designs, we can show how much progress we’ve already made on the models themselves – quite a lot, in fact. When I wrote the posts on the Kaiser, Gauloise and Vanguard we had only just ordered the 3D prints. Now, just 10 days later, we have moulds for the resin hulls and master moulds for many of the metal parts. The only missing items on the models are many of the turrets – and that’s simply because there’s a finite limit to how fast Phil can produce moulds, and the moulds for those aren’t ready yet. We now have a pretty good idea of numbers required to fulfil the Kickstarter pledges and we’ll start producing stock immediately.

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Now we’re back to normality, we can show you some new items that are due for release in the near future. Today we have some new 15mm buildings which make up a scientific research station. I can imagine them being used in a bleak, snowy environment, painted orange to stand out against the background. They’re a little like squared-off, corrugated Nissen huts for the future so could also see service as barracks blocks.

There are four pieces in the set, but for some strange reason I only photographed three, so you’ll have to make do with these and we’ll leave the last one as a surprise for when they’re released.

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Garage Block

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Storage Hut

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The release date is likely to be 3-4 weeks away – the models are just about to go into moulds (hence the plastic card bases which are part of the mould-making process). Each building will be available individually and we’ll also create a pack with several buildings plus some accessories.

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I know I’m supposed to be slaving away at the workshop again today, and I will be soon, after I’ve dropped off the latest batch of orders at the post office. But I had to share these photos first, which arrived yesterday.

These are 6mm versions of some of our 15mm figures, created by Martin Baker (who also sculpted their larger cousins). To start with he’s made infantry and support weapons for the Poles and PacFed, thus giving us conventional lighter infantry as well as heavily armoured figures. Given their size, we think the detail on these is pretty amazing. We’ll be releasing them in the next 2-3 months.

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A Blast-tastic! Brucie Bonus

I’ve been busy casting resin stock for Blast-tastic! on Saturday, and it looks like we’re going to be able to bring along some as-yet unreleased models for sale on the day. I’ve managed to produce enough stock of several new models – the South African Ratel medium wheeled tank and Oliphant SP gun, support and anti-tank gun versions of the Polish Suwalska half-track and new variants of the EuroFed 4×4/6×6 wheeled utility vehicles, the Blaireau and Belette (these latter two will probably be on the website at the end of the week anyway). We won’t have a huge amount of stock, but then the 15mm range is now so big that we’re only able to carry 4-5 of any one vehicle to a show.

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As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also cast up stock of the former ArmiesArmy RUSK infantry to bring with us (although they aren’t yet on the website) and I’m also optimistic that we’ll get have of the Tolero and Yeti alien figures (I’ve managed to sort the moulds so they cast reliably, I just need to churn out a few).

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And finally, we should also have something big, 15mm and stompy for you too…

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New Desert Domes

The 6mm Desert Dome buildings released at Salute seem to have struck a chord with many gamers, so it was inevitable that we’d want to follow up with some more. I did a little bit of tinkering with my 3D design software to come up with five new buildings of various types, and the prints of these turned up earlier this week. I haven’t yet had time to fit them with doors and windows but you get the idea I’m sure. I’m hoping to be able to cast the large multi-dome one in the foreground in one piece.

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I’ve also been working at new 15mm vehicles – this is the Ratel medium tank for our South African force, scaled up from the 6mm original but with a heap of extra detail.

And lastly, here’s another new 15mm building – an upscale of the 6mm Plinth Dwelling. Which seems currently to be in use as a Chinese command post…

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Stockpiling

Normally Friday would be new release day here (although lately it’s been Mondays as well as we push out the Armies Army 15mm figures). Sadly, today we have nothing for you. It’s not that we don’t want to, or even that we don’t have anything – a quick count-up reveals that our new releases for the next four or five weeks are pretty much lined up and ready to go. It’s simply that we’ve been too busy ! As recently revealed, we have a new US stockist in Scale Creep Miniatures, and Mark sent us his initial stock order at the end of last week. This was to send the Brigade foundries into unprecedented overdrive, casting all manner of metal and resin items to ship off to the states.

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But not immediately, as our friends John and John at Pico Armor had sent us a restock order ready for Historicon just a few hours earlier, so we weren’t even able to start on Mark’s order until Tuesday. And in amongst this of course, we have to deal with normal website orders that arrive every day.

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As a result, Phil and I have done nothing this week apart from production casting, so the rather splendid new model that we had lined up to release today lies forlorn and unpainted on my workbench. We’ll just have to push the release schedule back a week, but hopefully we’ll be able to return to normal next Friday.

As a taster of things to come (although it’s not in the next few releases, it’s a bit further down the line), how about this ? It’s the Kirin Combat Walker, which will be part of our Mercenary Brigade force in 15mm (and hopefully 6mm as well down the line). This one was designed by Kirk Alderfer with input from Zac Braham, the pairing that designed the rest of the Mercenary vehicles. The arm mounts are designed to accept any of the weapons from the Sohei tank, while the shoulder points will take a number of items including missile pods, sensor pods, the standard Mercenary secondary gun and even a spotlight.

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