Earlier today we added the new Squadron Commander fighters to the website – four new models, two British and two Neo-Soviet. They’re available singly or in flights of four models, and we’ve also created a starter pack containing four of each model plus dice.
As well as being usable in starfighter games, the models are also perfect for air support duties with our 6mm range since they’re the same scale.
The Squadron Commander rules are available for free from our website, although they have yet to be updated with stats for the newest craft. In fact, there are several sets of rules for which we need to provide new stats to cover our latest releases, so I feel a rules blitz coming on soon…
The most popular of our new releases at Salute were the 15mm tanks – the Neo-Soviet Terminator (and the Vombat and Bars, both released not long before) and the Yenpalo Xarledi grav tank (I think the Terminator outsold the Xarledi by one model – there was very little left of the big pile of hulls I’d cast up before the show). The Yenpalo went onto the website a couple of weeks ago, and today it’s the turn of the Neo-Soviet assault tank.
The Terminator is a heavy assault vehicle armed with two tri-barrel gatlings and four missile tubes. It also has a compartment in the rear for four Guards infantry, allowing it to transport them right up to the front line under cover.
The model has a three-part resin body (hull plus tracks) with metal turret and hatches.
One of the best things about selling our models is seeing what people do with them, the way they’re painted and used in either games or modelling projects. We’ve recently been sent some photos of two diverse scenic models made using our Small Scale Scenery range and we thought it would be great to show them off.
The first is a Roman town by Pas Capetta in Australia. He’s used a combination of our Roman buildings (metal and resin) and the Hadrian’s Wall and Roman Fort packs to create a superb walled town. They’ve been coloured using artists paint markers rather than conventional brush paints, and some of the trees are rather cleverly made from offcuts of an artificial Christmas tree.
Ian Maun on the other hand is putting together a large English coastal diorama, starting with the town of Market Hampton, which will sit slightly inland from the harbour. The whole piece is being made in sections which should all eventually fit together to form a single large terrain area. In case anyone was wondering, the castle isn’t ours – it’s from Langton Miniatures.
As mentioned before Salute, I’ve been working on extending the number of buildings available in our upcoming Dockyard building set. Mostly based on Chatham dockyard with one or two extras, I have a few 3D previews of the additions here. The buildings (Smithery, Pump house and Galvanising Shed) are all Chatham ones:
While this is a dry dock with caisson (it’s modelled as a waterline piece, eg full of water) which is based on the dimensions of the Chatham ones but with some slightly differing detail:
Finally, my favourite; this is a Titan Crane, one of the giant cantilever cranes which can still be seen in places such as Glasgow and Clydebank. It will be released as a 3D print as making it in resin or metal would be tricky to say the least! It stands an impressive (for 2mm) 46mm tall:
Today it’s the turn of our new Spanish Aeronef to hit the website. This is our first completely new fleet in quite a while, and the first to be digitally sculpted from the start. The original designs are based on a prototype that Phil made many, many years ago that we attempted to cast but didn’t survive the mould-making process. We resurrected the design and extended the fleet to a total of nine vessels from battleship down to a tiny patrol nef. The ships have a broadside layout with most of the firepower concentrated in turrets with little or no forward or aft arcs of fire. The two capital ships have resin hulls with metal superstructures and everything from destroyer up has separate turrets (tip – paint the turrets separately, it makes it so much easier to define the line between turret and deck).
Two fleet packs are available along with a torpedo flotilla. Most of the turrets are existing designs but the huge triple turrets on the España are new, and all are available in separate accessory packs.
VANFP-1701 – Spanish Fleet Pack #1 – £22.00 VANFP-1702 – Spanish Fleet Pack #2 – £22.00 VANFP-1711 – Spanish Torpedo Flotilla – £5.00 VAN-1701 – España class Battleship – £8.00 VAN-1702 – Aragon class Battlecruiser – £7.00 VAN-1703 – Pimienta class Heavy Cruiser – £4.50 VAN-1704 – La Coruña class Light Cruiser – £3.00 VAN-1705 – Pluton class Destroyer – £1.75 VAN-1706 – Maó class Frigate – £1.25 VAN-1707 – Numancia class Torpedo FF – £1.25 VAN-1708 – Atalaya class Patrol Nef – £0.50 VAN-1709 – Galerna class Torpedo Nef – £0.50 VAN-7015 – Triple Heavy Turrets (x10) – £1.50
We have a set of Yenpalo infantry, expertly scaled down by the original sculptor Martin Baker, along with a small scale version of the Xarledi grav tank. The pack contains 24 figures making up four 6-man (or 6-alien ?) fireteams, each of a squad leader, three riflemen (riflealiens ?), a support weapon and a missile launcher.
There is also a company pack available with six tanks and 36 infantry (six 6-man teams) – there’s a bit of a sixy theme going on here…
Today sees the first of our Salute releases hit the website. The new 15mm Yenpalo Xarledi grav tank is now available, along with the support railgun and mortar teams.
The Xarledi is a very alien-looking heavy grav tank with remote mass-driver turret and two twin railgun mounts on either side. It has a resin turret and one-piece hull with metal guns and other fittings.
The support weapons come in packs of two teams, each with a 2-man crew and 2-piece weapon.
Phil’s just emailed me to say he’s remade the mould for our long out-of-production Kerberos spacestation, so we’ll have several examples of that for sale tomorrow. The Kerberos is a three-spoked ring station which is a single-piece resin casting, and he tells me that the new ones he’s had out of the mould so far have been flash free. The basic version is unarmed, but it’s crying out to be upgraded with turrets from our spaceship accessory range (or, if you’re feeling creative, some of the many separate turret packs in our Aeronef range, some of which would pass for SF turrets). We don’t have a new painted example, so you’ll have to make do with this photo from the archives…
SFS-6003 – Kerberos Spacestation – £11.50
As well as that, I’ve managed to create some stock of this new castle for the Small Scale Scenery range. It’s the Castillo de San Antonio, the remains of which are in Fornells, Menorca. The castle was built around 1637-62 but demolished in 1782 – all that’s left of the site now is ruins. As a castle it wasn’t very successful, it’s sited at sea level so ships found it very easy to engage. It might seem like an odd subject to choose, but I found some excellent period scale plans to work from and it’s also a brilliant example of a four-pointed star fort which could stand in for similar works all over the world.
SSS-8081 – Castillo de San Antonio – £3.00
Right, I’m off to the workshop to pack up the van, then it’s up to London to set up the stand – see you tomorrow !
Firstly, an apology – Easter has played havoc with my normal weekly schedule, so I’m a bit behind in getting orders to the post office – not casting and buyfilling the orders, that I’m on top of, but there’s a big pile of them in the office that need to be posted. Hopefully I will get to the post office this morning with all orders up to Tuesday, and we’ll soon be back to normal.
Onto other matters, yesterday was our final planned day of stocking up for Salute (I might get a bit more time in later today, but that depends on how much mail order casting there is left to do). I’d already topped up on existing models so the day was entirely given over to creating stock of all our new show releases.
Phil had finished the last of the new production moulds on Sunday and yesterday was the first time some of them were used. I spent the day casting many, many Terminators, Xarledi and Yenpalo infantry (in two scales), EuroFed ships, Squadron Commander fighters and more.
Tomorrow I’ll be collecting the hire van, packing it up and heading off to London to set up the stand – we’re lucky that the venue is just 45 minutes away from Brigade HQ (traffic permitting) so there’s no need to stay over, I’ll be back home in the evening and Phil and I will head up first thing Saturday morning. Salute is the one show when we’re joined by the honourary third Brigadier for the day, Jeremey, who takes care of the Celtos end of the stand.
There was an outside chance that we would have even more stuff for Salute to show you, but in the end it hasn’t happened. As I’ve mentioned to several people at shows over the last few months, I have been working on some dockyard buildings – mostly based on Chatham Naval Dockyard, not all that far from Brigade HQ here in Kent. I finished a batch about a month ago, sent them off for 3D printing and the idea was that we’d just about have time to throw them in a mould for Salute. However, when they came back it turned out that I had underestimated the size of one of them – not the dimensions of the building, that’s all correct, but the space it would need in the mould. It turns out that one in particular (the Chatham Mast House) is too big to be made in metal and will have to be a resin casting. This isn’t a problem in itself, it’s a straightforward model with no fiddly bits like chimneys so will cast nicely, but it means that the remaining models only really fill just over half a mould. So, we’ll either a) get a second set printed so we have two small sets in the mould, or b) design some more to fill it (we’ll probably go for b). Either way, it’s a post-Salute job. Hopefully I can use the lull after Salute to design some more and have them ready in time for our next show, Broadside in June.
We will have some of the slip cover buildings – like huge warehouses, they cover the slips where the ships are built. At 3-400 feet long, they were big enough to protect pre-dreadnought battleships from the elements. The moulds for these were made months ago and we have some stock, but you’ll have to ask for them as they probably won’t be on display.
But here are some of them anyway – particularly impressive is the massive Anchor Wharf warehouse, almost 700 feet long and the largest storehouses ever built for the navy. It’s so big it looks out of scale with the rest of the buildings, and could pass for a row of 6mm terraced houses.