The skies above the battlefields of the world of Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible are not the safest place to be; computer guided powerguns knock down just about anything that flies, from aircraft, VTOLs, air cars, even missiles and artillery shells.
Nevertheless, there are a number of units that still field VTOLs in the combat zone for their speed and versatility. These craft fly nap-of-the-earth, down amongst the weeds operating effectively as fast ground vehicles.
One such unit is the Eaglewing Squadron, which operates a mix of VTOLs, light hover vehicles and infantry on skimmers. They are currently re-equipping their VTOL wing, and the first new craft to enter service is the Demeter attack VTOL, slowly replacing the Eaglewing’s inventory of Ravens. It is a two-seater fitted with a tri-barrel chin turret and several wing hardpoints which can carry an assortment of stores.
The Demeter model comes in three resin parts (fuselage and two wings) and three metal parts (turret and two vertical tail fins). Available separately we have a pack of wing stores – two each of hyper-velocity missiles, gatling pods, rocket pods and anti-tank missiles. These have the pylon built in so you can fit the weapons wherever you like on the wing.
HS15-2602 – Demeter Attack VTOL – £12.00
SF15-937 – VTOL Weapons – £2.50
The last batch of Aeronef release from Salute are the redesigned British cruisers and escorts. The British get eight new models, replacing the Exeter heavy cruiser, all frigate and destroyer models plus as a bonus there is the the brand new Medusa class Armoured Cruiser. The cruisers and the Arethusa destroyer have separate turrets (including new twin and single gun small turrets), and there is a new AA version of the Arethusa called the Bulldog class with three triple-AA turrets.
VAN-102 – Exeter class Heavy Cruiser – £3.50
VAN-103 – Osprey class Patrol Ship – £1.00
VAN-105 – Cygnet class Torpedo Ship – £1.00
VAN-107 – Cossack class Corvette – £1.00
VAN-108 – Steadfast class Frigate – £1.25
VAN-112 – Arethusa class Fleet Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-112a – Bulldog class AA Destroyer – £2.00
VAN-128 – Medusa class Armoured Cruiser – £4.00
VAN-7018 – British Small Twin Turrets (x15) – £1.50
VAN-7019 – British Small Single Turrets (x15) – £1.50
There are also a couple of other new models that didn’t quite make this release (they had rather thin tails that refuse to cast reliably so they’re off being remade) – they should appear sometime in May.
Our final release for this week is another pair of Aeronef, the Spanish Príncipe de Asturias class carrier and Halcón class fighter. The carrier is a multi-part resin and metal kit, while the fighters come in packs of six. There is also a new Spanish carrier packs with a carrier, fifteen Halcón and six escort vessels.
VAN-1710 – Príncipe de Asturias class Carrier – £9.00
VAN-1711 – Halcón class Fighter (x6) – £1.25
VANFP-1703 – Spanish Carrier Pack – £22.00
Today we switch from spaceships to Aeronef, as the new Italian battlecruiser Grande Ammiraglio Silvio la Verde steams onto the website. The sleek lines of the vessel mask a powerful armament and ships of the class often form the core of an Italian battle squadron.
VAN-1809 – Grande Ammiraglio Silvio la Verde class Battlecruiser – £8.00
Next off the release rank this week are a quartet of German spaceships – redesigns of the Zugspitze carrier and the Wuppertal and Osnabruck cruisers, along with the new Wiesbaden missile cruiser. The Zugspitze is a four-piece metal design, while the cruisers are all single-piece castings with separate gun pods where appropriate.
We’ve also revamped the contents of the three German fleet packs to fit the new models in.
SFS-311 – Zugspitze class Light Carrier – £6.00
SFS-320 – Wuppertal III class Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-321 – Osnabruck class Attack Cruiser – £2.50
SFS-322 – Wiesbaden class Missile Cruiser – £2.50
New on the website this week in our range of British spaceships is the Fort Linton fleet replenishment ship. This 110mm long vessel carries supplies of fuel, food and other essentials into deep space and can supply several capital ships and escorts at once. The resin model has a separate metal engine module and four pairs of underslung pods for fuel or cargo.
SFS-175 – Fort Linton class Replenishment Ship – £10.00
Completing the week’s releases are two further Small Scale Scenery sets, one industrial and one agricultural.
The industrial set is a pair of Belgian dockside warehouses – they are taken from the design of the existing Hangar Waagnatie model, but in a handier size (there’s one two-bay model and one three-bay).
Out in the fields we have a handy set of Modern Farm Structures – metal barns and sheds, open-sided hay barns, two types of grain silo and water towers. Combined with our existing Agricultural Buildings and Walled Farms, you should be able to make almost any type of farm layout now.
SSS-8134 – Modern Structures – £5.50
SSS-8135 – Belgian Dockside Warehouses – £5.00
Interrupting the sequence of Small Scale Scenery releases, we’ve also uploaded the new 6mm Infantry on Skimmers packs to the website. A Skimmer is a one-man personal hover vehicle, a bit like a Jetski, used to give infantry much higher mobility. There are two versions with British and PacFed riders – unarmoured infantry in steel helmets, or infantry in full armour. Both come in packs of 12.
The models are very handy for some Hammer’s Slammers units – both the Wolverines and Anders Legion deploy infantry on skimmers.
SF300-167 – British Infantry Skimmers – £3.00
SF300-756 – PacFed Infantry Skimmers – £3.00
The second of our new Small Scale Scenery releases this week are three new sets of components for the Modular Castle range. These are roofed towers which are more common in continental castles – there are round, square and octagonal versions to match the existing roofless sets. All come in packs of four, and are also available as options for the castle starter packs.
SSS-8122t – Circular Tower with Roof – £1.50
SSS-8122u – Octagonal Tower with Roof – £1.50
SSS-8122v – Square Tower with Roof – £1.50
Whoop – the broadband is back ! Because of the Good Friday holiday I won’t be able to post any orders until the weekend, but I should get fully up-to-date with orders today and post everything in one big hit on Saturday.
This rest of week will be a bit of a bonanza for our Small Scale Scenery customers as we add all of the Salute releases to the website. The first additions today are the two German sets, the Post War Village and the Churches pack.
The village contains twenty separate buildings including a small Town Hall, an Inn and a shop. The mix of houses includes several single storey bungalows.
The three churches have interchangeable towers, and two of each type are supplied alloing you to mix and match.
SSS-8132 – German Post War Village – £6.00
SSS-8133 – German Churches – £5.00