Missile Menace

As a New Year comes around, our Neo-Soviet spacefleet receive a boost in the form of three new vessels. The Slava-class Missile Cruiser is fitted with two missile pods each carrying four 18K64-series missiles and a decent gun battery to back them up.

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The Yerevan-class heavy destroyer is an attempt to bring long range firepower to escort units, by fitting a capital ship class turret at the expense of pretty much any other weaponry.

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The Burun-class missile corvette carries the same 18K64 missiles as the Slava, and little else – it’s virtually a fire-and-forget ship.
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SFS-1222 – Slava class Missile Cruiser – £2.50
SFS-1231 – Yerevan class Heavy Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1250 – Burun class Missile Corvette – £0.75

And … whisper it very quietly, in case the website hears, but it’s quite possible that I’ve fixed the recent shipping and VAT calculation bugs in the shopping cart system. Fingers crossed !

Happy New Year !

Merchant Ivory

We have a small but popular set of merchants in our spaceships range, but it hasn’t been added to for a while. That was supposed to change at Salute, but that didn’t go quite as we hoped. However, all is put to rights today as we release five new models to supplement everyone’s commercial shipping fleets, rather earlier than we thought might happen.

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Since most of what I get to paint is military stuff in drab colours, I went to town and painted all of them in bright primary shades, which made a rather nice change.

The names came from the very handy Spaceship Name Generator on SciFiIdeas.com – they have several other name generators if you need some for your games.

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SFS-5010 – Celestial Nomad Freighter – £2.50
SFS-5011 – Arcturus Container Ship – £2.50
SFS-5012 – Aquarius Liquid Carrier – £2.50
SFS-5013 – Astral Pioneer Freighter – £3.50
SFS-5014 – Obsidian Eagle Freighter – £3.50

And Again With the Merchants…

Remember those merchant spaceships we previewed before Salute? And how they didn’t quite make it, but we promised to remake the mould and get them out as soon as possible? Well, here’s a second set of masters with a few repairs and tweaks, which are being remoulded with a view to getting them out very, very soon.

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And staying non-combatant and merchant-y, how about some new Aeronef merchants ? We have a small number of British and French merchant vessels already, and here are a couple of German vessels – a small coal lighter (left) and light freighter. The lighter will have coal modelled in the hold in the final version.

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Not Everything Always Goes to Plan !

Today I was supposed to be posting about more Salute releases – some merchant spaceships, to be precise. We think the masters looked lovely (see below to decide for yourselves).

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Sadly the mould didn’t play ball :-(. This happens sometimes – we can get castings out of the mould, but they aren’t as good as we would like so we don’t think we can sell them as they are. There’s no time now to try again (the masters don’t always survive the mould-making process, and one or two of these will need a slight redesign anyway) so sadly we won’t have them on Saturday. However, I don’t intend on wasting any time and will be trying to get them remade and released within a few weeks.

There is still some more Salute new release news to come later in the week, so keep watching this blog.

Now I do have a very important reminder – you now have slightly less than two days to get in any last-minute pre-orders for the show. I’ll be doing the last casting for Salute on Wednesday, so I need any final show orders (whether pre-paid or pay-on-the-day) by the end of Tuesday at the latest so I can plan my casting for the next day.

And last of all … here are some painted tanks ! Three Henschel beasties, all ready for their Army Painter dip. Two for gaming and one for the display stand on Saturday.

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Hey, Gagarin !

The latest addition to our Neo-Soviet spaceship fleet is the Gagarin-class Dreadnought. Named for hero Pilot-Cosmonauts of the Space Race-era, the Gagarins carry almost twice the firepower of the Voroshilov class battleships.

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The Gagarin is a resin-hulled model with metal engines, turrets and other components. We’ll have a few of these (not many) at the new Hereward Wargames Show in Peterborough which we’re attending on Sunday.

SFS-1201 – Gagarin class Dreadnought – £9.00

And here are a couple of Gagarin-themed videos to keep you going … the first one is worth watching for the dancing spacemen !

A Quiet Week

After the hustle and bustle of Colours, during which I discovered that putting up, manning and breaking down the stand on your own is flippin’ hard work, I fancied a quiet week last week. It was also the Brigadieress’ birthday, so I had a very pleasant day off with her.

Some things got done – accounts have been sorted ready to send off to the accountants (that was fun …), bills paid and admin taken care of. I also worked on some new releases, rubbing down print lines on the 3D masters, prepping them for mould-making and even pouring a few moulds for resin items. Phil was also busy making moulds for the metal parts for the same models. We won’t see the results of those until later this week (it would have been today but some rather nasty wet weather has put paid to any work outdoors today).

Last Friday’s planned new release was unavoidably delayed – not because it wasn’t ready, but because I had to rearrange my week to be at the workshop on Friday for a delivery (more metal – we’re getting through it rather quickly the moment) which means I wasn’t be able to photograph the new models and add them to the website. In the end I decided to take advantage of the delay and add an extra model to the release – but of course this needs painting and photographing first, so we still aren’t there …

What we do have for you this morning are a couple of new packs, both of which we’ve been offering at shows for a little while but which have inexplicably never been put on the website.

The first pack is a fifth British spaceship fleet, the Strike Fleet pack. This pairs the two most recent ships, the Colossus battleship and Swiftsure stealth cruiser along with escorts. The pack contains a total of 10 models along with bases.

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SFSP-105 – Royal Navy Strike Fleet Pack – £22.00

The second pack combines all of the figures in the Magpie Miniature range into a single discounted pack. All eight figures are there, along with bases. There seems to be a number of different collective nouns for magpies, but we settled on a Murder of Magpies.

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MGP-001 – A Murder of Magpies – £22.00

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I am confidently assured (by Microsoft’s Bing Translator, no less…) that the above title translates to ‘Soviet Statistics’. So apologies if it really means ‘three-legged donkey’ or worse …

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What it signifies is that in a rare fit of efficiency, I’ve put up Starmada playsheets for our Neo-Soviet spacefleet on the website, and while I was there I’ve added playsheets for the recent British additions (the Colossus, Wellesley and Kent). So you can boldly go with the latest designs behind you now…

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Back Online

After wasting far too much time trying to fix the PC, a box of replacement parts arrived this week. I had a bit of a false start when I didn’t configure the RAID array correctly, but it’s all now up and running – Brigade has returned to normal operation. We’ve managed to catch up with orders (having previously been unable to print shipping labels) so everything that arrived up to yesterday (Thursday) evening has now shipped. It also means I can get on with some more 3D design work which has stalled over the past few weeks.

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New on the website today are a few accessory items. We’ve made some of our 15mm heavy weapons available separately, the neat little Chinese command drones and also the Neo-Soviet heavy gun turrets from the spaceship range (they should have been available earlier – I forgot to do so when the ships were released). I’ve also added the Javelot Scout Car with radar that I put together as an example idea for the release of the radar dishes – it makes a useful little EW vehicle and it’s easy for us to add as a separate item.

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SF15-406d – Javelot Scout Car with Radar – £4.00

SF15-562a – CDSU Command Drones (x3) – £1.75
SF15-563a – Gatling HMG (x3) – £1.75
SF15-564a – Light AT Gun (x3) – £1.75

SF15-753e – Tripod MG (x3) – £1.75
SF15-753f – Tripod Railgun (x3) – £1.75
SF15-753g – Tripod Gatling (x3) – £1.75
SF15-753h – Tripod Tri-barrel (x3) – £1.75

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SFS-7052 – Neo-Soviet Heavy Gun Turrets (x12) – £1.50

Our Triumph in the Cosmos !

Our triumph in the cosmos–the anthem of the Soviet country! is the translated caption (thanks, Bing!) of this wonderful space-race era propaganda poster. I also thought it would make a great opener for the release of our Soviet spaceship fleet.

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This initial release consists of eight models – six ships and two fighter types – as well as two packs. The Fleet pack has two battleships plus escorts, while the carrier pack has a carrier, thirty fighters plus escorting ships.

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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Voroshilov class Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Varyag class Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Groznyy class Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Isakov class Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Stoykiy class Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Molniya class Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Sokol class Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Grif class Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

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The colour scheme is Tamiya Sky Blue with a heavy wash and drybrush using Citadel paints. The Soviet stars are from Dom’s Decals aircraft range, other decals from my bits box (I think the pennant numbers on the carrier and battleship are a chopped up 1/35th number plate from a Leopard I !).

Given the response they have received at Salute last month and on various forums, I think it’s unlikely that we won’t be releasing more ships in this fleet !

The Salute Sticky Page

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Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be ‘live’ page and will be updated as new items appear.

You can find us at stand TH10 – there’s a floor plan on the Salute website to help guide you, we are pretty much in the middle of the hall and not far from the painting competition and command table.

We welcome pre-orders for the show. You can order from the website and pay in the normal way by selecting the ‘Collect in Person‘ shipping option, although you can only order existing models this way and not any of the new releases. To pre-order any new items (or old ones), send us an e-mail. You can then either pay on the day in cash or by card (assuming our new card reader doesn’t have a hissy fit like the old one did last year …) or if you’d like to get your spending squared away in advance then we can send you a PayPal invoice.

So onto the main content of this post, the list of planned new releases. Items which are in italics or which don’t yet have a price are yet-to-be-confirmed. The post isn’t too picture heavy, but if you click on the header text for each category it will take you to other posts that show the models in more detail.

We are still unclear on what we’ll have of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges, any attempt at casting stock for these is being left until the last minute.

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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

15mm SF Infantry in Full Armour


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SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

15mm Vehicles


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SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
SF15-1303 – Suwalska Half-track APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

2mm Forts


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SSS-8053 – No Man’s Land/Horse Sands Fort – £4.00
SSS-8053s – No Man’s Land w/Turrets – £4.50
SSS-8054 – Spitbank Fort – £3.00
SSS-8055 – St Helen’s Fort – £2.00
SSS-8056 – Southsea Castle (1544) – £4.00
SSS-8056a – Southsea Castle (1814) – £4.25

6mm Mercenary Vehicles


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IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
SF300-1501 – Shaman- £0.75
SF300-1501a – Firefly- £0.75
SF300-1502 – Sohei with DS Gun – £1.25
SF300-1502a – Sohei with Gatling – £1.25
SF300-1502b – Sohei with Heavy laser – £1.25
SF300-1502c – Sohei with Twin Powergun – £1.25
SF300-1503 – Magnus APC – £1.00
SF300-1504 – Legion MRL – £0.75
SF300-1505 – Warlock – £0.75
SF300-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £0.50
SF300-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £0.75

6mm Desert Domed Buildings


B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

Belgian Great War Cyclists


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GW28-1148a – Cyclist Officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist Officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Carabinier Cyclist Troops on Bike – £3.00