Keeping the fleet fully supplied with fuel and vittles is the job of this massive beast, the Fort Linton class Replenishment Ship. Part of our ever expanding range of British spaceships, this resin and metal kit is 110mm long with separate fuel and cargo pods the fit underneath the main hull.
The Fort Linton will be available at Salute along with the rest of our spaceship ranges.
SFS-175 – Fort Linton class Replenishment Ship – £10.00
Next on the Salute list for this year are some additions to our 15mm Moonbase range (well, we say range, until now it’s only been a single model !).
There are three new models – two hemispherical buildings, a storage dome and a habitable utility dome, and a pair of oxygen (or any other gas/liquid) storage tanks.
The utility dome has a spot for a radar on the roof, or alternatively that can be replaced with a missile or gun turret.
You can see some of these buildings in action on the Warlords’ Moon 2039 game at the show (table GF15) – it’s also featured in the show guide that came with this month’s Miniature Wargames magazine. There’s a photo of them ready for the game below.
B15-603 – Storage Dome – £5.00
B15-604 – Utility Dome – £7.00
B15-605 – LOX Tanks (x2)- £3.00
Salute 2019 is approaching quickly – it’s earlier than usual, April 6th, so is just over three weeks away. As always we’ll have a raft of new releases, and today is the day we start previewing them.
First on the list is this splendid example of Italianate aerial architecture – its full title is the battlecruiser Grande Ammiraglio dei cieli Silvio la Verde, although we’ll shorten that down to the la Verde class so it fits in the catalogue. It’s the largest vessel in the Italian Aeronef fleet and is often used as a fleet flagship. The la Verde class are sleek, speedy and manoeuvrable with heavy hitting power, although let down by weak armour in some areas.
VAN-1809 – Ammiraglio la Verde class Battlecruiser – £8.00
The Waldheim Dragoons is a mercenary outfit with Germanic origins, tracing its roots back to Saxony on Old Earth. They are a heavy armoured unit equipped mainly with blower vehicles, including the earlier A2 and A5 versions of the same M2 tank used by Hammer’s Slammers. They also use lighter Daedalus medium tanks and the GD-900 hover APC, which are the subject of today’s new releases.
The Daedalus has a domed turret equipped with a 10cm powergun and 2cm tribarrel. Although ostensibly a larger weapon, it doesn’t quite match the hitting power of the High Intensity version fitted to the Waldheim’s M2A2 tanks. Defensively the tanks are fitted with the Drozd active defense system to ward off missiles.
There is also an air-defence version which has its turret replaced by one fitted with three long-barrelled 2cm tri=barrel powerguns capable of knocking down incoming artillery shells and missiles.
The GD-900 is a simple ‘battle-taxi’ APC which can carry up to eight infantry and has an AI-controlled 2cm tri-barrel for self-defence on the commander’s hatch. They can also tow the 5cm HI Powerguns used by the Waldheim’s infantry.
It’s been a busy week … the slight downside of going away for a few days is that there tends to be a bit of a backlog of orders when I return, so I’ve been ploughing through those this week – hence the lack of posts on here. I’ve pretty much caught up and everything should be back to normal by the end of this week.
We also missed out on a release last week – we were all primed and ready to go when a flaw was spotted in one of the new moulds at the last minute, so we held off until it could be remade. All is good to go now, so if you’d like to settle down, we’d like to present the latest new releases in the Aeronef range…
Years ago, Phil came up with a single Aeronef model for the Chilean aerial fleet – the Santiago, a battleship with two massive quadruple turrets and not a lot else. This was later joined by a single small escort vessel, and that has been the extent of it for the Chileans.
Today the Chilean fleet gets a boost to become one of the better equipped South American aero-navies. The Santiago has been replaced by a new resin-hulled design with separate turrets and metal fittings, and there are several new cruiser and escort designs.
The Santiago’s all-big-gun layout gives it massive firepower to take on enemy capital ships but, apart from two small support turrets, it’s pretty much unprotected against smaller vessels and aircraft. For this reason, the Chilean fleet features a lot of escort vessels equipped with small rapid-fire guns and AA turrets. There are also torpedo and patrol boats to complete the mix.
I’m off for a few days (the rest of this week, to be exact) for a short break to congratulate/commiserate with the Brigadieress for putting up with me for another year. All orders up until the end of yesterday (Monday) have been completed, but there will be a hiatus until I return to the workshop at the start of next week. The website of course remains open so you can still place orders, I just won’t get to them immediately.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some upcoming new models – these are German spaceships, replacements for the older Osnabruck and Wuppertal models that are in need of a new production mould so we’re taking the opportunity to update them to new digitally sculpted designs. With a bit of luck they’ll form part of our Salute portfolio this year (which is already frighteningly close, just five weeks away).
Our British spaceship fleet gets three new reinforcements this week. The largest of the three is is Medway class Patrol Ship – this is a deep space patrol vessel tasked with keeping watch over distant colonies, showing the flag and generally showing up wherever it can be useful. It has a railgun battery as main armament, and also room for a marine squad and a fighter bay which can be useful for either interceptors or shuttle craft. They can just as often be found running rescue or humanitarian missions as military ones.
Joining the main fleet are the new Triumph class heavy destroyers. Slower than most fleet escorts, they have a battery of Stardart missiles and additional armour to help them stand in the line of battle.
The Shark class Stealth Destroyers are part of the fleet’s Deep Strike arm, joining the larger Swiftsure cruisers as part of a task force that specialises in fast interdiction missions on enemy installations. They’re equipped wwith heavy forward firing railguns for hitting power and a stealth generator to keep them hidden.
Starmada-X stats can be found for these three new ships on our website.
SFS-133 – Triump class Heavy Destroyer – £1.50 SFS-134 – Shark class Stealth Destroyer – £1.25 SFS-174 – Medway class Patrol Ship – £1.75
We’ll be rejigging the contents of our British fleet packs to accomodate these new ships, although that hasn’t quite happened yet.
Alas, due to the slightly late arrival of the production mould I won’t have any of these at Cavalier on Sunday 🙁
The question most often asked when we release a new 15mm model is will you be releasing this in 6mm ?. This answer to that question is (almost) always yes, but some take a little longer than others.
This week’s new release is one of the shorter time frames we’ve managed – following on from the release of the 15mm Silverback Tank Destroyer at the end of January, the 6mm version has appeared just three weeks later. Even at the smaller scale it’s an impressive beast, coming in at 35mm long and 22mm wide.
The model comes with a sprue of different two gun options, a 25cm powergun and over/under twin barrel weapon. We’ve also released two 6mm detachment packs for the Nonesuch National Guard, primary users of the Silverback. We’ll have stocks of all of these at ROBIN on Sunday.
New this week we have some skimmers to get you infantry zipping about the battlefield at top speed. These are small, one-man hover vehicles used by some infantry units in the Hammer’s Slammers universe either in place of or as a supplement to normal APCs.
There are two options for the skimmer crew – a British infantryman or a PacFed one in full heavy armour. Both come in packs of four 2-piece skimmers and separate crew figures.
Our second show of 2019 is Cavalier, run by Tunbridge Wells Wargames Society – although the show actually takes place in Tonbridge, just down the road. It’s held on Sunday 24th February at the Angel Centre from 10am-4pm.
We have a smaller stand at Cavalier than we do at other shows, it goes back several years when they kindly squeezed us in at the last minute and it worked well enough that we’ve stuck to it. As a result we’re more limited than usual in terms of what we’re able to bring, which makes advance orders even more important than normal. We’re also more limited in terms of what we can display – for example we should have a good stock of all fleet packs, but won’t necessarily have room for them all on the stand so you might have to ask if you can’t see what you want.
Celtos – Decent stock of all individual figures, small unit packs and medium army packs (no large army packs)
Aeronef/Imperial Skies – All of the most popular fleet packs (the major powers) but not the smaller nations; a good selection of individual capital ships in blisters; rulebooks and accessories for Imperial Skies (no grand fleet packs or starter packs)
Small Scale Scenery – the full range of all models
Spaceships – full range of fleet packs (no individual models)
Hammer’s Slammers – rulebooks; the full range of 15mm models; a selection of 6mm detachment packs (no 15mm detachment packs)
15mm SF – full range of 15mm vehicles, figure packs and accessories (no buildings)
6mm SF – full range of army packs, company packs and building packs (no individual models)
Great War Belgians – full range of figures
Magpie Miniatures – individual figures and blister packs
Squadron Commander – full range of blister packs (no individual models or starter packs)
Crom’s Anvil – full range of figures
We will not be able to bring any 10mm SF buildings, Iron Stars or Land Ironclads miniatures unless ordered in advance.