Happy New Year from us at Brigade Towers – better late then never! Unfortunately, it’s still a quarantine zone here, with Phil joining me on the sick list this week. Our plan had been to post some previews of new models over this past week, but that’s something that fell by the wayside in favour of more recuperation time.
I will be returning to the workshop tomorrow, and the highest priority will be to work through the backlog of orders that has built up as a result of me falling ill during the height of the sale. At a rough guess there is about two weeks’ solid work to clear these, so that is what I’ll be doing to the exclusion of all else for the next fortnight.
We have tried over the past couple of years to release something new every week, but there have been times when we have simply been too busy to keep to this. Certainly at the start of this year we have quite a hefty workload so it’ll be a couple of weeks before anything new appears. We did have some new releases lined up which were intended to come out now, but these will be delayed until existing orders have shipped.
The Imperial Skies kickstarter ended just before Christmas, moving well past the initial target to reach four of the stretch goals for new ships. The ship date for pledges is April, and the hope is for us to have copies of the rulebook on the stand at Salute if at all possible. We have still to do the 3D design work for the four new models and will post updates on those as we go along.
15mm Science Fiction
The last of the old forces still to be replaced with new sculpts are the Chinese. This was supposed to have happened in 2015 but there simply wasn’t room in the schedule, however we hope to get them out in the first quarter of this year. Having said that, there is another rather exciting 15mm project in the works so it remains to be seen if we can do both or if the CDSU get pushed back a little.
We do already have masters for a number of new 15mm buildings ready for moulding, both additions to the existing ranges plus some completely new types.
Small Scale Scenery
Our first new releases of the year, when they finally appear, will be from this range, and will be further supplementing our selection of fortifications.
We’ve also had requests for some more modern buildings so we’ll be adding post-war houses and apartment blocks to the range before long.
6mm Science Fiction
Our 6mm SF buildings continue to shift in large numbers, and there will continue to be additions to the selection of structures that we have on offer. We have ideas for further types as well as more in the style of the existing designs.
We’re going to update our range of 6mm figures – our current figures have served us very well but we’d like to widen the range of what we have available.
As far as 6mm vehicles go, we’re likely to see additions to the existing forces this year rather than any complete new armies.
Spaceships and Aeronef
For both of these ranges, we have a policy of slowly replacing older models with new sculpts. The priority is to tackle those models whose moulds need replacing – if we’re going to make a new mould then we might as well do it properly and update the model at the same time. One of the main spaceship fleets is likely to be entirely replaced with new models at some point in the year.
We should be attending all of the shows we went to last year, although one or two have been rescheduled slightly which should ease the congestion in the last third of the year. We’re also pleased to announce that we’ll be attending The Joy of Six in Sheffield which is, as the name suggests, a 6mm-themed event.