Show Business 2020

We’ve updated our show list for the year with confirmed bookings and others that we hope to attend but that we’re still waiting on confirmations of dates and attendance.

One notable absentee is RobinCon in Nottingham; although we were booked and confirmed for the show, it appears that the organisers have had some operational issues and decided to pull the plug (for this year at least) – but at least this was done with plenty of notice and as far as we know everyone that had booked a stand or ticket has been refunded (we certainly have). Hopefully they’ll be able to resolve things and come back in 2021. You can read more on their Facebook page should you wish to do so.

There are no new events – we have made a tentative enquiries about a couple of other shows but there’s nothing concrete at the moment, so the list looks like this:

23rd February : Cavalier, Angel Centre, Tonbridge
18th April : Salute, ExCel, London
14th June : Broadside, Sittingbourne, Kent
July*: The Joy of Six, Hallam University, Sheffield
September* : Hereward, Bretton Centre, Peterborough
12th September : Colours, Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire
October*: SELWG, Crystal Palace, London
7th November* : Crisis, Hangarie 29, Antwerp, Belgium
* – dates/attendance TBC.

We look forward to seeing you at our first event in Tonbridge, or anytime after that.

In the meantime, here’s a video from YouTube of our stand at at Salute 2018 (thanks to Robin Fitton for that)…

First of the Year

It’s the first Friday of 2020, and thus also our first new release of the year. We’re starting with a pair of new buildings in the Small Scale Scenery range from the Middle-East.

The first is a larger mosque with four minarets – this isn’t based on any particular real-world prototype, but instead is a more generic model. The main body is resin, the minarets are separate metal pieces.

The second model is the Roman fort of Qasr Bshir (also spelt Bashir) in Jordan. This fort, known as Mobene back in the day, was part of a chain intended to protect Arabia from nomadic tribes. The original is in surprisingly good condition given that it’s roughly 1700 years old!

SSS-8146 – Grand Mosque – £2.50
SSS-8147 – Qasr Bshir Fort – £2.50

20:20 Visions

One final post for 2019 (that makes 129, or slightly better than one post every 3 days…); and another chance to look forward to new models in the New Year.

Firstly, the workshop will be brought out of mothballs and powered up again on Thursday and the backlog of orders that have built up over the holiday period will be tackled. With a bit of luck they might all be cleared in a day, depending on how many more orders we get before then. There are a few other outstanding ones waiting on restocks of various things – Imperial Skies tokens, Starmada rulebooks etc. – for which we’re reliant on other people getting things to us, and delays are inevitable this time of year.

Next week we’ll be diving back into the creation of more new stuff – we placed an order for a big pile of 3D printed masters just before the sale, which arrived just before Christmas. We’ll be sorting these out, prepping them for moulding etc. In the meantime, here’s a photo of some things that will be one of our first few releases of the year – you might think you’ve seen them in our ranges before, but look closely – are these bigger ?

Happy New Year!
Tony and Phil

Time for a Rest…

We did really well with the sale this year, keeping pretty much up with the orders and not allowing a backlog to build up. Until the final weekend – you’d all obviously been saving up your orders until the last minute, and we were deluged on those two days! So we’ve been slogging away all hours for the last week clearing those orders – but we did it. All orders that arrived before close of business yesterday have been cast and packed. UK orders that arrived by last Friday (20th) have been posted, but overseas orders, and any UK ones that arrived after that, will be posted as soon as possible after Christmas (there’s no point sending them sooner, they’ll just sit in the post office for several days anyway).

Today it’s catching up on admin, paying bills and answering emails – so apologies if you’ve contacted us recently, but I should get them all answered today. We’ll also be updating the website – we’ve run out of stock on one or two items, and this sale seems to have taken its toll of a number of resin moulds, so a few items will be taken off sale until we can have a blitz on mould replacement in the New Year.

The Brigade workshop is now shut for a few days, but the website of course remains open for business – just remember that no orders will now get dealt with until we reopen on the 2nd January.

So after several weeks of toil, it’s finally time to spin down the centrifuge, empty the pressure pot, switch off the lights and open the mulled wine –

Merry Christmas from Tony and Phil.

Shot from Both Sides

We recently ran a large Crucible game at Maidstone Wargames Society involving eight players. Six took command of a detachment of Hammer’s Slammers, a mixture of mid-period and late uparmoured vehicles, while John Treadaway and I took the defence with a mixed bag of Solace rebels and regular forces plus a couple of Wolverines detachments to stiffen their resolve.

You can find more photos one the Maidstone Wargames Society website plus a full game report on the Hammer’s Slammers website.

That’s It for 2019!

Sorry – if you haven’t placed your order by now, then you’ve missed it. The sale is over – finished. Done. Gone. Well, ’til next year anyway.

Now all I need to do is actually finish all the orders before Christmas…