Here are some more Small Scale Scenery previews, to prove that we have something other than new Hammer’s Slammers models at Salute this year!
Below are four new lighthouse models – I’ve attempted to find several different styles, so (l-r) we have Calais (Hauts-de-France), Kermorvan (Finistere, Brittany), Westerheversand (Schleswig-Holstein) and Beachy Head (Sussex). These will be metal castings, the French ones are two-piece while the others are single piece castings.
We’re hoping to get first castings of these soon, so we can show you painted versions.
A planned Salute addition to our Small Scale Scenery range is this fine edifice, the City Hall. It’s based loosely on Berlin’s Altes Stadhaus but I’ve played with the dimensions a bit so that it’s exactly 80mm square, and fits in nicely with the 40x40mm block size of our other City buildings. It’ll be a two piece resin casting with the domed tower as a separate piece (it’s seen here fitted to a base for casting which is why I can’t photograph it assembled).
As always, we’ll be bringing lots of new releases to Salute this year across many of our ranges. Obviously Hammer’s Slammers will be big part of this and today we’re starting off with some previews of the first casts of a number of new 15mm models. Our aim is to provide new versions of some vehicles that feature in several detachment lists, and make it easier to field several forces that use them.
The Centurion family of armoured transporters is based on a modular chassis with multiple ‘segments’ per vehicle that can result in anywhere between 4 and 10 pairs of wheels, the largest of these being the articulated howitzer and mortar carrying 4H6 and 4M6 used by the Poplar Regiment, Bushmasters and Heliodorus Regiment. Other forces to deploy the Centurion include Foster’s Mercenaries, Guardforce O’Higgins, Greenwood’s Archers and the Thunderbolt Division.
The Broadsword is a heavy 8-wheeler multi-role armoured fighting vehicle, used as a missile launcher, artillery vehicle, infantry carrier and many other roles. This particular version is a tank destroyer deployed by the Apex Dragoons. The Broadsword is used in over a dozen other configurations by the Han Black Banner, Hindi Army, Hashemite Nation, Bartels Armour and the Firelords.
The Odyssey is a smaller 6×6 APC which can be fitted with several turret or pintel weapon options. The versions show here have a gatling remote turret and crew-served tribarrel. The main users of the Odyssey are the Apex Dragoons, but they’re also fielded by the Hashemites.
Finally for now, this is a hybrid tank unofficially known as the Barzon. One of John Treadaway’s brainwaves, it combines the turret of the Neo-Soviet Bizon tank with the hull of the Bars MBT. I took John’s idea a step further, fitted it with the 9cm railgun and gatling remote turret of the Lightning Division’s M2A7 Kurt blower tank (after a bit of fettling and filing to make the gun mantlet fit the turret) and it became a new version of the LD’s Kraus tracked tank.
The weather is still pretty grim here – we’ve had more snow with another bout forecast for this afternoon. I haven’t ventured to the workshop at all since Monday, although main roads are clear the back routes are still tricky to negotiate. So, if you have an outstanding order with us (anything placed since last Sunday) then there will be a bit of a delay. The forecast is for a bit of a thaw from Sunday – the temperatures should at least climb above freezing – so I’ll get back to the workshop on Monday and should have the backlog cleared in a couple of days.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to postpone this week’s new release until I’ve cleared the order queue. Phil has also been off work for part of this week as his office was closed, so he’s taken the chance to get ahead with mould production so we have more new stuff ready to release.
I haven’t been idle – apart from walking the dog in the snow (which she loved, as you can see) I’ve been painting some new bits – I’ve now finished all of our new releases for the next four weeks. And looking further ahead, Salute is now just six weeks away. As regular readers of our blog will know, we like to have lots of shiny new releases to tempt you with at the show (and to make our overseas customers envious). This year’s focus is firmly on 15mm Sci-Fi and in particular Hammer’s Slammers – if all goes well we could have as many as a dozen new vehicles in lots of variants. We’re working on some important vehicle types that feature in a number of the detachment lists with the aim of making it possible to create those detachments again. The design work for these is mostly done, and we already have the masters for many of them cleaned up and prepped for moulding (a couple have already been moulded in fact). And the hope is that we’ll get as many of these vehicles as possible available in 6mm as well.
It won’t be all Slammers though – there are half-a-dozen spaceship masters on my workbench, some Aeronef in the works and today I’m working on new 2mm scale buildings. Oh, and we’ve commissioned some new (and unusual) 28mm Great War figures – Dib Dib Dib!
Having waffled on about all the new stuff, it wouldn’t be fair to leave you without at least one or two pictures – so here we are…