Looking Ahead #10

So we’re into the last week of the sale, so don’t miss out!

We have a few more previews to go – I’d like to think we’re saving the best ’til last. This is the Leviathan. It’s a British spaceship carrier. It’s BIG.

Looking Ahead #1

Now that the sale is in full swing, spare time is limited at Brigade Towers. We won’t have any new releases for a while, certainly not until the sale is over. But before the sale, we were getting ahead with the design and development of lots of new models, and to fill the blog for the next few weeks we’ll preview as many of these as we can.

These won’t always be painted, some might be just masters, and photos might just be snaps from my phone – but hopefully you’ll get the idea. We won’t always have release dates, although pretty much everything you see should appear before Salute next April (some might be saved for the show itself).

We’ll start off today with an addition to the EuroFed space fleet in the shape of the Tetuán class battlecruiser. It has a single piece resin hull with three gun turrets, and should be out in January.

The Great Leap Forward

Before we get on to release news, a quick update on orders as I prepare to leave for Crisis; I’ve caught up on all outstanding ones now, but because I’m off to Belgium shortly I won’t be able to send anything this weekend. So if you have an order with us, it’s sitting in the post bag at the workshop and will ship early next week.

Before I leave for the channel tunnel, I’ve had time to press the GO button on the new spaceships of the Chinese Democratic Socialist Union now we can cast the resin dreadnought hulls again. There are twelve new models, ranging from massive dreadnoughts down to tiny fighter craft – and I will have stocks of these at Crisis tomorrow.

At the top end of the scale is the Longzi dreadnought, a huge four-engined behemoth over 100mm long. The resin hull has two twin forward firing railguns and four twin gun turrets in metal, plus a number of other separate parts. The slightly smaller Jiangxi dreadnought has the same railgun mounts with a single turret and two metal engines.

There are three cruiser classes, in decreasing order of size these are the Guangdong, Wuxi and Haitun. All three are single piece metal models.

Supporting the larger vessels are four types of escort – the workhorses are the Xingzi destroyer and Shenyang frigate. These are supported by the larger Shaoxing and Kaifeng destroyers.

The smallest models are the three fighter types – the Wusheng multi-role fighter, Zhengsheng attack fighter and Yongsheng escort fighter.

We’ve rejigged the contents of the CDSU fleet packs to accommodate the new vessels; the patrol fleet has briefly been retired since it contains models that we haven’t yet replaced, but there is also a new second fleet pack.

SFS-500 – Longzi Dreadnought – £9.00
SFS-501 – Jiangzi Dreadnought – £6.50
SFS-520 – Guangdong Heavy Cruiser – £3.25
SFS-521 – Wuxi Escort Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-522 – Haitun Light Cruiser – £2.50
SFS-530 – Kaifeng Heavy Destroyer – £2.00
SFS-531 – Xingxi Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-532 – Shaoxing Attack Destroyer – £2.00
SFS-540 – Shenyang Frigate – £1.00
SFS-560 – Wusheng Fighter (x12) – £1.50
SFS-561 – Zhengsheng Attack Fighter (x12) – £1.50
SFS-563 – Yongsheng Escort Fighter (x12) – £1.50

SFSP-501 – CDSU Reserve Fleet – £22.00
SFSP-502 – CDSU Carrier Group – £22.00
SFSP-504 – CDSU Battle Fleet – £22.00

These new designs replace all of the existing CDSU range with the exception of the already updated Shanzi carrier. Seasoned Chinese Grand Admirals will have spotted that not all of the older designs have replacements, there are still a few gaps, so expect further CDSU reinforcements in the coming months.

A Short Extension

So, I’m back from Corfu with a hint of a suntan and a couple of guidebooks full of potential new models for the Small Scale Scenery range. Corfu Town has a fine example of a Vauban fort, so take what you will from that 🙂

I have come back to quite a backlog of orders – I’ve already done two solid days at the workshop and there are still many orders to clear.

Because of this, we’ve decided to hold back this week’s release temporarily, until the queue is cleared. We were supposed to be launching the new Chinese spaceships this morning, but we’ll hang on for a few days until we’re on top of things. However, before my holiday we managed to produce enough stock for SELWG, so if you’re coming to the show then you’ll be able to get your hands on some pre-release examples.

We’ll leave you with a preview of the Longzi and Jiangxi dreadnoughts before heading back to the centrifuge.

CDSU Update

The new Chinese (CDSU) spaceships are coming along nicely, the master castings are all ready to go into production moulds as soon as Phil has finished with unpacking boxes. I’ve painted a set of each model (apart from the two dreadnoughts – I need to save something for the actual release!) for the website so in lieu of anything else to put on the blog, we thought you’d like to take a look. I’ve gone for a lighter green than I’ve previously used – this is Army Painter Army Green from a spray can, followed by GW drybrushes and washes with decals from Dom’s Decals.

I’m tentatively hoping that we’ll have these in production by the time SELWG comes along.

First Look

First business for today is a reminder about Colours on Saturday; I’m at the workshop restocking tomorrow, so you only have a brief window remaining for any orders for collection at the show. You can either pay by cash or card on the day (just send us an email), or order via the website (use the Collect in Person option to avoid postage).

As threatened earlier in the year, our ongoing spaceship upgrade programme has moved onto the Chinese (CDSU) fleet. Phil found time between packing boxes for his impending house move to make the master mould for the bulk of the new masters, and I cast up the first ones last week.

The two dreadnoughts, the Longzi and Jiangzi, both now have resin hulls with various metal parts, while the new cruisers and escorts are all metal. Unfortunately they won’t be ready for this weekend, these are still several weeks away from release, . When they do appear, the old designs will be withdrawn, so get in now if you want to top up any existing fleets. Today I’ve been cleaning up the master castings of the smaller vessels ready for production moulds, so I thought it was time for a sneak peek …

For the dreadnoughts you’ll have to make do with some CG images for now, until I get all of the parts together to actually assemble some!

Packing Them In

The continued release of new and redesigned models means that occasionally we tweak the contents of our Aeronef and Spaceship fleet packs to accommodate the new vessels and increase the variety across them.

To this end, we’ve just updated the contents of some of our British spaceship and German Aeronef packs. Conveniently we sold out of British spaceship packs at Salute so restocking those was an ideal chance to make changes, and the new German Aeronef cruisers prompted the second change.

The affected British packs are SFSP-104, the heavy fleet pack, which gets the new Triumph heavy destroyers, while the Strike pack, SFSP-105, now has Shark class stealth destroyers to match the Swiftsure cruisers.

Most of the German fleet packs have been updated – VANFP-301, -302 and -304 have all been revamped to fit in the new cruiser designs, as has the Grand Fleet Pack, VANFP-023. We’ve also added a seventh German fleet pack, VANFP-307, with a Kaiser class dreadnought (which has never been in a fleet pack before now) at its core supported by two new Lutzow class Flottenkreuzer.

German Engineering at its Finest

Next off the release rank this week are a quartet of German spaceships – redesigns of the Zugspitze carrier and the Wuppertal and Osnabruck cruisers, along with the new Wiesbaden missile cruiser. The Zugspitze is a four-piece metal design, while the cruisers are all single-piece castings with separate gun pods where appropriate.

We’ve also revamped the contents of the three German fleet packs to fit the new models in.

SFS-311 – Zugspitze class Light Carrier – £6.00
SFS-320 – Wuppertal III class Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-321 – Osnabruck class Attack Cruiser – £2.50
SFS-322 – Wiesbaden class Missile Cruiser – £2.50

Fleet Auxiliary

New on the website this week in our range of British spaceships is the Fort Linton fleet replenishment ship. This 110mm long vessel carries supplies of fuel, food and other essentials into deep space and can supply several capital ships and escorts at once. The resin model has a separate metal engine module and four pairs of underslung pods for fuel or cargo.

SFS-175 – Fort Linton class Replenishment Ship – £10.00

Updating the Zugspitze

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.

SFS-311 – Zugspitze class Light Carrier – £6.00