Your Own Personal Crisis

Every so often we think to throw in a little curve-ball novelty item to keep you on your toes…

We have another new and upcoming model for preview today – it’s number one a new series of ‘Great Wargames Venues of the UK and Europe’ (which may well end up being a series of one model…). This is Waagnatie – Hangar 29, the venue for The Tin Soldiers of Antwerps’ Crisis show since it moved from the previous venue a few years ago. The Hangar is a former warehouse on the Scheldt in Antwerp’s dock area which has been turned into an event venue.

It seemed like a great idea when I started, then I had a good look at satellite images and photos of the venue and realised that it’s a lot bigger than I first thought ! The building is 240m long give or take, with 13 curved roof segments. To make matters even more fun, the building has a distinct kink in the middle where it follows the curve of the river bank. However, having started I had to finish it, so here’s the final model. It’ll be available for sale at Crisis next weekend, although you might have to be quick to our stand – I won’t have enough stock for everyone!

And while I have your attention, this is the FINAL REMINDER for Crisis orders – I’ll be at the workshop putting final touches to our stock tomorrow so any orders need to be with me by first thing

SSS-8118 – Hangar Waagnatie 29 – £10.00

Crisis Management

The name of the show run by the erstwhile Tin Soldiers of Antwerp is perfect for all sorts of punning headlines; however, this year it’s a little nearer to the mark.

Crisis 2018 is on Saturday, November 3rd, and I will be there as usual in the second hall, in my regular spot by the west wall. As always for any show, we welcome advance orders – in fact they’ve already been coming in. You can either place an order and pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay on the day. And if you read on, you’ll see that it’s especially important this year if there’s anything specific you’d like to get from us.

Apart from a couple of the larger shows when we hire a van, I generally travel to shows in my trusty people carrier, complete with roofbox for extra storage space – this includes the drive to Antwerp for Crisis. This year however there seems to be a rush on cross-channel travel, and I’ve been unable to secure a place for a ‘high car’, which means no roof box. So why, dear reader, should you care ? Because it means I’ll have to leave behind a not-insignificant amount of stock because of the reduction in space. Exactly what that will be isn’t yet clear, and may not be until I try loading the car, but I’ve already determined that I won’t be able to bring any 10mm or 15mm SF buildings as they take up quite a bit of room; I’ll probably also have to drop a couple of boxes of starter packs and army packs. With this in mind, the stock list for Crisis is likely to be along the lines of:

  • Celtos – Decent stock of all individual figures, small unit packs and medium and large army packs
  • Aeronef/Imperial Skies – All of the most popular fleet packs (the major powers) but not the smaller nations; a good selection of individual capital ships in blisters; rulebooks and accessories for Imperial Skies; no grand fleet packs or starter packs
  • Small Scale Scenery – the full range of all models
  • Spaceships – full range of fleet packs; no individual models except for new releases
  • Hammer’s Slammers – rulebooks; the full range of 15mm models; a selection of 6mm detachment packs and the more recent 6mm Slammers releases as individual models; some 15mm detachment packs
  • 15mm SF – full range of 15mm vehicles, figure packs and accessories; no buildings
  • 6mm SF – full range of army packs, company packs and building packs; no individual models
  • Great War Belgians – full range of figures
  • Magpie Miniatures – individual figures and packs
  • Squadron Commander – full range of blisters packs; no individual models or starter packs
  • Crom’s Anvil – full range of figures
  • I will not be able to bring any 10mm SF buildings, Iron Stars or Land Ironclads miniatures.

So if there’s anything that I’m not bringing that you’d like to order, please get in touch and I can arrange to have it with me.

SELWG 2018

The shows come thick and fast this time of year; our next port of call is Crystal Palace for SELWG 2018 on Sunday week, October 21st. As always, advance orders for collection at the show are welcome – you can either place an order and pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay on the day. I have a couple of days off next week which means I need a little more notice than usual – so ideally any pre-orders need to be with us by the end of this weekend (Sunday 14th) so that I have enough time to get them ready.

It’s also the final chance to see our local clubs’ (Maidstone Wargames Society) Twisting the Dragon’s Tale demonstration game, a depiction of the 1918 raid on Zeebrugge featuring a 28mm scale light cruiser!

6mm Crucible Detachments

Something we’ve been wanting to do for a little while is expand on our range of pre-made 6mm detachment packs for the Crucible, as we have with the 15mm Hammer’s Slammers range. This week we received some new backing cards for our blisters and I’ve been able to put together a number of detachment packs in time for the show this weekend.

These packs are a great way to get into the game, costing around £5-£12 each for a full detachment that matches the appropriate detachment sheet from the Crucible website.

We’ve revamped some of the old packs that didn’t match the detachment lists, so all of the ones for the Slammers regiment have been replaced by new ones with the correct contents. And of course as soon as I get time, we’ll add all of these to the website.

Tabletop Gaming Live

Tabletop Gaming Live is a new event being held at Alexandra Palace in a couple of weeks. We will be there on stand G21 in The Great Hall.

We will take as much stock as possible but we’re limited to what will fit in my car – we’ll have a full set of Celtos figures and packs, Aeronef and Spaceship fleet packs, a selection of Aeronef battleships, 6mm army, company and building packs, 15mm vehicles and figures, 6mm and 15mm Hammer’s Slammers detachment packs (and hopefully a few new ones), the complete range of Small Scale Scenery, Squadron Commander flights, all of the Crom’s Anvil range of 15mm fantasy figures, our Great War Belgians and Magpie miniatures.

Unless I miraculously find some extra space, we won’t be able to carry individual models from the 6mm, Aeronef and Spaceships ranges (apart from some Nef battleships which you’ll find on our blister rack). We’re also unlikely to have room for our 6mm, 10mm and 15mm SF buildings apart from the 6mm building packs.

Usually we only have one of each pack available, apart from the new releases or popular packs, so if you want to be certain of getting hold of the pack you want, you can place an advance order. You can either pay in advance using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay on the day. Pre-orders need to be with us by Tuesday of the week before the show at the latest (September 25th) in order for us to have a chance of getting them ready.

Tabletop Gaming Live

Dates
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th September 2018
Location
Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
Opening Times
9.00am – 6.00pm Saturday
9.00am – 5.00pm Sunday

Small Scale Sci-fi

First, a little snippet of show news – a reminder that we will NOT be attending Colours this year. The Brigadieress has a Significant Birthday on the day of the show so I’ll be otherwise engaged. All things being well, we aim to be back in 2019. You can however find us later this month at the new Tabletop Gaming Live show at Alexandra Palace.

Now onto this week’s new release – it’s the first sci-fi offering in our Small Scale Scenery range. I’ve scaled down the full range of 6mm Desert Domes and added a couple of new designs to complete the pack. You get 19 buildings which makes up a small town, and you could also combine them with our middle-eastern building set for variety. This shouldn’t be our last sci-fi set in this scale.

I couldn’t resist taking this shot, showing the same building in four scales, from 2mm (1/1000th) through 6mm (1/300th), 10mm (1/150th) up to 15mm (1/100th). Ah, the joys of digital design…

SSS-9001 – Desert Domes (x19) – £6.50

Jo6 Preview #4 – Ostfront

As well as our 6mm ranges, we also take the Small Scale Scenery range to Joy of Six. It’s used by some 6mm gamers who prefer their scenery to be nearer to ground scale than figure scale, and we’ve seen it done very effectively.

After the burst of 6mm items we’ve been previewing recently, we have some new in this range as well. After several requests, we have a village pack of 20 Eastern Front buildings, mostly single-storey wooden structures, along with a rather magnificent resin Russian Orthodox Church.

They will be on the website very shortly, so if you would like some and can’t make the show then you don’t have long to wait.

SSS-8113 – Russian Village – £3.33
SSS-8114 – Russian Orthodox Church – £1.25

Jo6 Preview #3 – Air Support

Our Squadron Commander range of starfighters stand as a range (and game – you can download the rules for free) in their own right, but also do double duty as air support for our 6mm SF range. It’s been a while since the last release, but we have some new models prepped and ready to go at the Joy of Six on Sunday. I’ve only had time to very quickly wash and drybrush the models (and drop the Hamerkop, snap off the base and have to replace it…), full paint jobs will follow when they’re actually released

The South African Confederation and Pacific Federation both get two fighter types, one derived from their existing fighter types in the spaceship range while the second is a new model.

The South African Petrel multi-role fighter is joined by the Hamerkop heavy interceptor, which boasts plenty of guns and an armoured frame.

The PacFed Sea Wasp attack fighter now gets an escort in the shape of the small and nimble Weta interceptor.

All of the models will be available individually and in flights of four with flying stands.

SCR-601 – Petrel Multi-role Fighter – £2.50
SCR-602 – Hamerkop Heavy Interceptor – £2.50
SCR-701 – Sea Wasp Attack Fighter – £2.50
SCR-702 – Weta Light Interceptor – £2.25

Jo6 Preview #2 – Guido’s Boys

Number two in our short series of Joy of Six previews is a new set of 6mm infantry for Hammer’s Slammers, Fasolini’s Company. We already have these available in 15mm, and sculptor Martin Baker has done a fantastic job of scaling down the larger models to 6mm. For the show we will have infantry packs available, although unfortunately we aren’t quite there with the unit’s distinctive tracked guns so you’ll have to wait until we add those to the website (although I might just about have enough spare masters to create a detachment pack or two).

Each pack contains 23 figures – two squad leaders, four rocket launchers and fifteen riflemen, plus you get the two named leaders from the book Forlorn Hope – Colonel Guido Fasolini and Lt. Albrecht Waldstejn.

HS6-360 – Fasolini’s Company Infantry – £2.75

*EDIT – I put the wrong number of figures in the first version of this post, this has been corrected and the pack price amended.

Jo6 Preview #1 – The Nightmare Bridge

Before I start – this is the last call for Joy of Six pre-orders, I’m at Brigade Towers tomorrow casting stock and it’ll be my final chance to put any orders together.

We have a few new 6mm SF items ready for the show this coming Sunday, most of which will then be added to the website in the next few weeks. One, however, won’t be (at least not yet). This is a building from the Desert Domes range which was one of the first to be designed, and which I really like, but it’s never been released. Why ? Well, in it’s current one-piece form it’s a nightmare to cast (or rather, it’s easy to cast but a nightmare to get out of the mould without snapping or warping the bridge). I’ve managed to produce a (very) small number for Sunday which will on sale on a strictly first-come, first served basis (no pre-orders – you’ll just have to get to us early).

Eventually I’ll redesign it, probably as two resin towers with a separate metal bridge piece, and then it will go on the website for general sale.

B300-413 – Connected Towers – £7.00