Six Specials

We have a some new bits and pieces for the Joy of Six on Sunday – all 6mm scale (of course !). We have a mix of vehicles, VTOLs, starfighters and buildings to try to tempt the moths out of your wallets – none of these have been seen before in 6mm. Some of the models – especially the Squadron Commander starfighters and the Eaglewing VTOLs – will be in short supply as I don’t yet have production moulds so will only be able to bring what I can cast from the master moulds.

First up – a reminder about pre-orders. I finished stocking up for Jo6 yesterday so I will have some time tomorrow to cast up any last minute orders for collection at the show. For details about exactly what I’m bringing and how to order, click here.

So, onto the models. I was hoping to have the 6mm versions of the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood ready but we haven’t quite managed to get all of them done in time. However, I will have stocks of their largest vehicle, the M12L14 Tank Destroyer. This turretless beast is armed with a 20cm powergun and can go toe-to-toe with a Slammers M2 tank.

At Salute we released a 15mm VTOL, the Demeter. On Sunday we go one better with two new 6mm VTOLS, the Demeter (r) and its cousin, the Perseus. The former is an attack VTOL while the Perseus is a small troop carrier – the equivalent of a UH-1 Huey.

This one is brand new – it’s currently going under the codename of Rapier, although that may change ūüôā It’s a heavy tank used used by Anders Legion, who are rolling it out to replace their Cutlass tanks, and has a heavy cannon plus a missile pod. Expect to see this in 15mm very soon too.

As mentioned, we have two new starfighters in the Squadron Commander range. The first is the AmRep Raptor attack fighter. This has four X-foils with torpedo pods sandwiched between them either side and twin gatlings. The Germans get the Kondor two-seat heavy fighter, with it’s remote rear gun turret. I did make versions of both of these ages ago which never went into production, but these are brand new digital sculpts. Both will be available singly or in flights of four.

This handy little building is a radar dome – a conventional radar dish is enclosed in a protective dome to keep out the effects of weather, sandstorms, small animals etc.

Largest of all is this power station cooling tower. We’ve had a hollow 3D-printed item in our Shapeways shop and we’ve sold a few of these at shows, but this is a much larger resin version – at over 4″ tall, it’s almost twice as large as the 3D printed model.

But, much to my annoyance, I forgot to bring one home from the workshop to photograph, so for now you’re left with this enigmatic silhouette… (I’ll try to remember one tomorrow !).

HS6-2011 РM12L14 Tank Destroyer Р£1.50
HS6-2601 РPerseus Utility VTOL Р£2.00
HS6-2602 РDemeter Attack VTOL Р£2.00
HS6-3611 РRapier Tank Р£1.25

SCR-203 РRaptor Assault Fighter Р£3.00
SCP-203 РRaptor Flight Р£11.00
SCR-303 РKondor Heavy Fighter Р£3.50
SCP-303 РKondor Flight Р£13.00

B300-144 РRadome Р£2.00
B300-145 РPower Station Cooling Tower Р£10.00

For those who can’t make the show, most of these models will be trickling onto the website in the near future. For those who can, please come and say hello on Sunday, but be gentle with me – I’ll be at a wedding the day before and although I won’t be hungover (I have to drive to Sheffield from Kent on Saturday evening) I may not have had much sleep…

New Stockist

Last Man, Last Bullet have begun stocking our Small Scale Scenery alongside their own excellent selection of pillboxes and other battlefield fortifications. They cover a different spread of shows to us so should widen our catchment area. They’ve started with a small selection of our forts and castles, but assuming all goes well we’re hoping they’ll expand the range that they stock.

Flying Batteries

During the Crimean War, the French used a number of Floating Batteries – ironclad hulls with a complement of heavy guns, but no means of propulsion. They were towed into position by smaller vessels – mostly paddle-steamer frigates – and used to bombard Russian coastal forts with some success. They were also deployed to the Adriatic during the 1859 Franco-Austrian War.

They struck me as a great idea for some new Aeronef vessels. Using the same idea of battleship-sized but unpowered vessels with lots of guns, this time flying rather than floating, I’ve come up with two different variants.

The first model is the Redoutable, the early version of the flying battery idea. This has 18 heavy guns in open mounts on the deck and a small deckhouse for the gun crews to shelter in.

The second model is what I imagine to be an updated version of the design Рmaybe a few years later, the original vessels were upgraded. These vessels, known as the Solférino class, retain ten of their original gun mounts but with the end ones replaced by two heavy battleship turrets and, in recognition of the increasing threat posed by fixed-wing aircraft, two turrets each mounting three rapid-firing small calibre AA guns. The vessels also have a small steam-powered engine to provide power to operate the heavy gun turrets, and a mast with spotters to provide centralised fire control.

VAN-420 РRedoubtable Flying Battery Р£7.50
VAN-420a РSolférino Flying Battery Р£7.50

Joy of Six 2019

Our next show, the Joy of Six in Sheffield, is less than two weeks away. Jo6 is, as you might guess from the name, an event dedicated to the delights of 6mm gaming across all periods and genres. Organised by Baccus, the show takes place in Sheffield Hallam University and attracts over a dozen traders and features almost thirty micro-scale games.

Since this is a very specialised show, I don’t take all of our ranges with us – instead I have a smaller stand packed with everything 6mm, plus a couple of other related ranges (full list below).

As always, we’re happy to take orders in advance – you can either place an order and pay in full using the collect in person option on the website, or just drop us an email with a list and pay by cash or card on the day. You can advance order anything from any of our ranges, not just the 6mm ones.

  • Hammer’s Slammers – the full range of 6mm figures and vehicles, along with a good selection of detachment packs
  • 6mm Sci-Fi – our full range of vehicles, figures, buildings and other items, including army packs, company packs and building packs
  • Squadron Commander – full range of models, starter packs and blister packs
  • Small Scale Scenery – full range of buildings and other items
  • 10mm Buildings – some people prefer slightly bigger buildings, so I’ll also have our full range of 10mm resin buildings

As well as our recent 6mm releases, we are working on some more new items for the day – I’m hoping to be able to preview something soon.

Shadow on the Walls

For safety and security, colonists have often enclosed their new settlements with walls to keep out local predators (and raiding gangs!). Today we’re releasing sets of wall sections in our 1/300th Desert Buildings range so you can keep your own micro-settlers safe from harm.

The sturdy walls are 21mm high and come in lengths of 80mm or 40mm. The L-shaped ends are designed so that they can be assembled either way round. There are two lengths of wall, two types of corner and a gateway. There are also two very useful defensive pieces – an open watchtower and a small gun tower with a number of turret options. The Town Walls set (above) contains thirteen pieces that will enclose an area 240x200mm.

The walls would also work in 15mm as much smaller pieces for making compounds, gardens etc. The gateway is just about tall enough to allow 15mm figures to walk through.

BP300-108 РTown Wall Set Р£11.00
B300-180 РLong Wall Sections (x4) Р£4.00
B300-181 РShort Wall Sections (x4) Р£2.50
B300-182 РCorner Sections (x4) Р£4.00
B300-183 РCurved Corner Sections (x4) Р£4.00
B300-184 РOpen Gateway Р£1.50
B300-185 РWatchtower (x2) Р£3.00
B300-185 РGun Tower (x2)- £2.00

Hunker in the Bunker

I had a couple of days off last week, hence no new release on Friday (and I’m also a bit behind on orders, most will be posted today but there are a couple left over – but everything should ship by the end of this week).

Catching up with the release today, and continuing with the plan of having plenty of new 6mm stuff for Joy of Six next month, we have four new 1/300th scale bunkers today. There’s a Turret Bunker with lots of options for the turret, a smaller AA Bunker, again with different turret options, a pair of twin Checkpoints and a Command Bunker.

B300-1002 РTurret Bunker Р£1.25
B300-1003 РCheckpoint Р£1.25
B300-1004 РCommand Bunker Р£1.00
B300-1005 РAA Bunker Р£1.25

Packing Them In

The continued release of new and redesigned models means that occasionally we tweak the contents of our Aeronef and Spaceship fleet packs to accommodate the new vessels and increase the variety across them.

To this end, we’ve just updated the contents of some of our British spaceship and German Aeronef packs. Conveniently we sold out of British spaceship packs at Salute so restocking those was an ideal chance to make changes, and the new German Aeronef cruisers prompted the second change.

The affected British packs are SFSP-104, the heavy fleet pack, which gets the new Triumph heavy destroyers, while the Strike pack, SFSP-105, now has Shark class stealth destroyers to match the Swiftsure cruisers.

Most of the German fleet packs have been updated – VANFP-301, -302 and -304 have all been revamped to fit in the new cruiser designs, as has the Grand Fleet Pack, VANFP-023. We’ve also added a seventh German fleet pack, VANFP-307, with a Kaiser class dreadnought (which has never been in a fleet pack before now) at its core supported by two new Lutzow class Flottenkreuzer.

Luft Kreuzers

Our Aeronef update programme continues today with the release of five new German cruisers. Three replace the existing models, while the Hansa and L√ľtzow are new designs.

The Köln is one of the oldest German models in the range and both it and the Emden had small cast-on turrets. The new versions have separate turrets and much more detail. The Prinz Heinrich model has a twin heavy turret up front along with a smaller one aft.

The Hansa is a variant of the Emden hull, but with two larger turrets in place of the latter’s battery of small turrets, plus torpedo tubes along the flanks.

The L√ľtzow is a heavy Flottenkr√ľzer with five larger turrets.

VAN-303 РKöln class Heavy Cruiser Р£3.50
VAN-306 РEmden class Light Cruiser Р£2.50
VAN-314 РPrinz Heinrich class Heavy Cruiser Р£3.00
VAN-325 РHansa class Torpedo Cruiser Р£2.50
VAN-326 – L√ľtzow class Fleet Cruiser – ¬£4.00

Open House

It’s almost time for our local club, Maidstone Wargames Society, to hold its annual Open Day. This year it’s on Saturday June 22nd between 11am and 4pm, at the club’s usual meeting place in Linton, Kent. It’s not a conventional wargames show, there are no traders or bring-and-buy, and no entrance fee. Instead, the club puts on a selection of games across a variety of periods and scales to showcase our activities and hopefully attract one or two new members. All of the games are open for people to join in and try out a new period or set of rules.

Periods include Vietnam, Dark Ages, English Civil War and even a James Bond-inspired spy-fi game. I’ll be there, running a 1/600th Suez Crisis aircraft game featuring dogfights between MiGs, Meteors, Mysteres, Mustangs, Mosquitoes and some other planes not starting with M!

I’m not officially there in a Brigade capacity – there’s no Brigade stand and I won’t have any stock. However, if anyone is planning to come along to the Open Day and would like me to bring anything along to save on postage, don’t let me stop you – just drop us a line and we’ll sort something out.

One of Our Submarines

Just in case your 1/1000th scale harbour needs somewhere to park a submarine, we have two different options available for you this weekend.

The first, larger option is a blocky construction known as the Scorff Bunker, so called because it was built on the banks of the Scorff river running into the Lorient naval base in 1940. The 130m long concrete edifice has two side-by-side pens and is large enough to house four U-boats at once.

Smaller options are the two oddly-shaped ‘Dom’ repair bunkers – Dom means cathedral in German and they were named because of their supposed resemblance to a religious building. The 80m long bunkers, also part of the Lorient installation, could hold a single smaller U-boat for repair, which was winched out of the water and across a turntable to either one of these pens or the much larger Keroman I, II or III bunkers. One has a concrete emplacement for an AA gun over the main door – although the two bunkers are otherwise identical, there is no obvious evidence that the other bunker ever had such an emplacement, there is nothing there now and there are no obvious scars of its removal so only one is modelled with an AA gun. I couldn’t find any conclusive proof of what type of gun it was either – the only artists impression I’ve seen shows the gun to be an 88mm FlaK-18, so that’s what I’ve gone with.

SSS-8137 РScorff U-Boat Bunker Р£8.00
SSS-8138 РDom U-Boat Pens Р£5.00

On another minor point, we’ve renamed another of our Small Scale Scenery models – the former Cuban Church is now called the Spanish-American Church. This is because we have noticed that orders containing this item are often held for a day or two by PayPal before the funds are released, we think it’s a security check just to ensure we aren’t involved in any dodgy dealings with one of the countries on the USA’s watch list ! I have in the past had to write emails to PayPal about this and one or two other items (eg CDSU spaceships with Vietnamese names) so we thought we’d take the safe option and just rename it to avoid any more orders getting delayed.