Firstly, a quick word about orders – obviously I’m back from my holiday (and very pleasant it was too), and have been casting away in the workshop on the order backlog that built up while I was in France. However, this is rather larger than usual and is taking me a while to get through – currently I’ve managed to complete orders up to the 21st, so I’m running about six days behind. By the end of Monday I should be able to clear everything that’s still outstanding, and by the end of next week we should be back to normal.
We still have room for a new release however, since Phil made some moulds while I was away.
Our Squadron Commander range of models is based around the ruleset of the same name, originally published by the now-defunct Mariner Games, but now owned and maintained by us (you can download the latest Reheat edition for free here). The models are all made to 1/300th scale, which means as well as providing a great game of interstellar starfighter combat, they are also perfect as ground support for our 6mm Sci-Fi range of vehicles and figures.
Today we’re adding new force options to those available – both the South African Confederation (SAC) and the Pacific Federation (PacFed) get two brand new fighter types each.
For the SAC, interceptor duties are handled by the Hamerkop heavy interceptor, while the Petrel multi-role fighter can be equipped with heavy anti-shipping missiles or pressed into surface as a fighter with short-range dogfight missiles.
The PacFed’s two models are the Sea Wasp heavy attack fighter, and the Weta light interceptor.
All models are available individually or in flights of four with bases. The arrival of the PacFed also allows us to create a starter pack pitting them against the Indonesians – this pack contains four of each available model for both sides, a total of sixteen fighters, plus the latest rulebook on CD in PDF format.
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.
For those who haven’t come across it before, Squadron Commander:Reheat is a game of starfighter combat in deep space. It’s supported by a range of 1/300th scale metal miniatures for over half-a-dozen different forces which tie into the existing background of our other SF ranges. The Squadron Commander rulebook is free to download from our website, along with fighter playsheets and game aids such as counters and quick-play sheets.
Earlier today we added the new Squadron Commander fighters to the website – four new models, two British and two Neo-Soviet. They’re available singly or in flights of four models, and we’ve also created a starter pack containing four of each model plus dice.
As well as being usable in starfighter games, the models are also perfect for air support duties with our 6mm range since they’re the same scale.
The Squadron Commander rules are available for free from our website, although they have yet to be updated with stats for the newest craft. In fact, there are several sets of rules for which we need to provide new stats to cover our latest releases, so I feel a rules blitz coming on soon…
This might (or might not) be the last of our Salute previews – you never know. Following on from the previews of the new British Squadron Commander models, we’re offering some opposition in the shape of two Neo-Soviet fighters. Like the Brits these are reworkings of the smaller models from the Spaceship range. The models are one-piece metal castings, again available singly or in flights of four models plus bases.
Our Squadron Commander range has been static for a while, but it’s had a revival in sales recently, partly we suspect because of ‘gamers using the models as air support for 6mm ground games (the models are the same scale).
So it’s time we added some new models, and today we have two British fighters. Both are scaled up from their tiny counterparts in the spaceship range, although a simple scale-up of the smaller versions just wouldn’t work – some details would be too big, wings would be too thick, they really just wouldn’t look right. So I’ve redesigned them from scratch so that everything works in 1/300th. I’ve also had a bit of fun painting some retro RAF colour schemes using markings from Dom’s Decals.
The models will be available individually or in flights of four.
Welcome to our Salute 2017 Page. Salute is the biggest event on the UK wargaming calendar, around 8000 people and 150 traders gathering at the ExCel centre in London for a day of frenzied shopping and gaming. For those who are new to us, what we tend to do is save up a lot of our new products and release them in one big hit at the show, and here is where you’ll find details of them. This post is made ‘sticky’ until the show arrives, which means it sits at the top of our blog front page. We’ll constantly update it between now and April 22nd with more new items as we get photos, so keep coming back and checking regularly.
Although we’ll have everything here available at the show, we’ll stagger the addition of the releases onto the website – that is simply to avoid us being flooded with a huge pile of orders for the new items. We’d rather regulate the flow of new stuff – that way we avoid getting behind on orders, which no-one wants. To help those who aren’t able to make the show, this year we’ve added the intended website release date to each range.
So, without further waffle, here’s the first of our new models – the Spanish Aeronef Fleet.
AERONEF Website release date: Friday 5th May
We’ve been promising the Spaniards for a while, and we’re rather pleased with them now they are here. The designs are based on a prototype Phil made many years ago, but which was damaged by the vulcaniser when we tried to mould it. These new versions are all digitally designed to the same standards as all our new Aeronef models and feature separate turrets. The two capital ships have resin hulls while the rest of the parts are pewter. The design theme is ships with heavy broadsides but little in the way or forward or aft guns – something that could be thought of as a bit of a design flaw… The battleship and battlecruiser have raised walkways over the gun decks and recessed secondary armament in the fore- and stern castles.
Packs will also be available – Fleet Pack #1 has 2 x 1701, 2 x 1703, 2 x 1706 while pack #2 has 2 x 1702, 2 x 1704, 2 x 1705 and 2 x 1708. The torpedo flotilla has 2 x 1707 and 4 x 1709. All include bases.
VANFP-1701 – Spanish Fleet Pack #1 – £22.00
VANFP-1702 – Spanish Fleet Pack #2 – £22.00
VANFP-1711 – Spanish Torpedo Flotilla – £5.00
VAN-1701 – Espana class Battleship – £8.00
VAN-1702 – Aragon class Battlecruiser – £7.00
VAN-1703 – Pimienta class Heavy Cruiser – £4.50
VAN-1704 – La Coruna class Light Cruiser – £3.00
VAN-1705 – Pluton class Destroyer – £1.75
VAN-1706 – Mao class Frigate – £1.25
VAN-1707 – Numancia class Torpedo FF – £1.25
VAN-1708 – Atalaya class Patrol Nef – £0.50
VAN-1709 – Galerna class Torpedo Nef – £0.50
15mm Sci-Fi Website release date: Friday 28th April (Yenpalo), Friday 12th May (Terminator), Friday 26th May (building)
SF15-1104 – Yenpalo Railgun Teams (x2) – £3.00
SF15-1106 – Yenpalo Mortar Teams (x2) – £3.00
SF15-1110 – Xarledi Grav Tank – £9.00
SF15-1150 – Yenpalo Combat Group – £36.00
10mm Sci-Fi Website release date: Tuesday 23rd May
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building #1 – £3.50
B300-408 – Small Cylindrical Building #2 – £3.50
We’re happy to take advance orders if you’d like to reserve and items, new or existing. You can either e-mail us and send a list to be paid for on the day (cash or card), or you can use the ‘Collect in Person’ shipping option on the website to place an order without paying any postage charges. Please place any orders by Friday 14th April to give us a chance of processing them.
This is probably only of interest to anyone in Kent, but feel free to read on, even if you’re in another country !
Just about the only independent wargames shop in the North of Kent, Rochester Games, Models and Railway is situated on the main A2 through the historic town of Rochester (it used to be a City, but someone messed up …). Jim and Victoria, the very friendly owners, carry a large and increasing range of scale models (Tamiya, Airfix, Revell, Italeri), model railway (Hornby, Peco, Bachmann) and wargames (GW, Warlord Games, West Wind, PSC … and now Brigade Models !).
This morning I delivered two large boxes full of a variety of blisters. Initially they will be stocking spaceship squadron packs, Celtos unit packs (and some individual figures), 6mm company packs and Squadron Commander blister packs. However, they will take orders and if you require anything else from our other ranges then ask and they’ll pass your request onto us.
RGMR doesn’t have a website yet, but they do have a Facebook page and host regular gaming nights. The Rochester Sweeps Festival is this weekend, so if you’re going along then why not pop in and pay them a visit ? Alternatively, go and visit the shop and while you’re there enjoy the festivities.
Blast-tastic! is a new show organised by our chum Michael at Angel Barracks. It’s aimed squarely at SF gaming and will take place on October 4th on Filton, Bristol. We will be there along with a number of other SF traders, and there are several games lined up for you to take part in. For more information see the Blast-tastic! page on the Angel Barracks site.
A while back (a couple of years ago) we were asked by a rules writer if we could produce a base for spaceships that could accommodate two of our small six-sided dice. This we duly did, but unfortunately the set of rules in question didn’t seem to go anywhere.
However, we still have the mould and thought that it sill might be a useful item for other games systems. The base (shown here modelled by a German Dortmund class battlecruiser Scharnhorst) is a solid metal item, 28mm across flats so larger than our normal flying stands, and is supplied with the same type of plastic post. It’s solid enough to provide a very stable base for a large spaceship and has two side-by-side recesses to hold a pair of the small d6 from our Accessories range (dice are not supplied with the base).
This type of base would be useful for marking speed or acceleration, damage or shield values, altitude for aircraft, or anything else you could think of. Or just for keeping bigger ships upright !