We have a release plan here at Brigade, listing dates for upcoming models and allowing us to work back and plan out when we need production moulds, which then dictates deadlines for tins, prototype moulds, masters etc. I’m also able to plan a painting schedule, ensuring we have models available for photography in time. We don’t publish this list, because it can be fairly fluid – models sometimes become available earlier than planned and thus we juggle the order round to bring them out earlier, perhaps replacing another model with which we’re having difficulties. Other factors can affect the schedule, including plain old human error. I have an example of one such human error this week, which goes a long way to explaining why we’d never, ever dare make the release plan public, because we’d be pathologically incapable of sticking to it …
Last week we previewed some more 15mm vehicles, including the PacFed Dundas truck and German Thor command vehicle. The plan says they were to be released this week, which is fine – all of the required moulds are ready, both for metal and resin parts, so everything is ready to roll. As an added bonus we were also going to release an AA version of the PacFed Cougar tank called the Tiger – this has a a new gatling-armed turret. All we needed were some photos of painted models, since we endeavour to always release new items with good photos to maximise the impact. This is fine, they don’t take long to paint so I sat down on Tuesday to assemble the new models, ready to prime for painting. This is where the problem arose – I was supposed to have brought home parts from the workshop to make up a hull for the Tiger, and a skirt for the Dundas, but I forgot. I just didn’t pick them up. Complete brain-fade. I wouldn’t be returning to the workshop for a couple of days, which completely threw out my carefully planned painting schedule. So this long, meandering piece of waffle is why this week’s planned release has been reduced to a single model today, the Thor Command Tank. It’s a very nice command tank, mind, so we think you should buy lots of them and spare my blushes.
SF15-301e – Thor Command Tank – £8.00
I have brought home the required parts now (look – there they are below !) so the PacFed vehicles are on their way – but it’ll take a couple of days to get them painted and photographed (the Army Painter dip I use needs 24 hours to dry, and I won’t get much done over the weekend) so they will be available early next week.
* – Image of Cain by Alex E. Proimos (https://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/)