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Squadron Commander: Reheat

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Squadron Commander: Reheat

Postby Brigadier Tony » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:45 pm

Anyone following the one and only other thread in this particular forum would know that we have acquired the Squadron Commander 3600 rules from the now-defunct Mariner Games. This deal didn't include the rights to the designs and background, but we figured that we had a decent background to our existing ranges so it didn't require a great leap of imagination to port the game into the Iron Cow / Starmada universe. This of course requires new models and what we have here is your first look at the initial batch.

The models are 1/300th (6mm or Epic if you're from Nottingham :wink: ) scale so they have an intended dual purpose as air support for the Iron Cow range as well. This makes them quite a decent size, 40-50mm in length. So far there are four finished designs that have been cast, all will be recognisable to followers of our Starmada fleets :

Eagle class Interceptor (AmRep)


Raptor class Assault fighter (AmRep)


Wusheng class fighter (CDSU)


Zhengsheng class Attack fighter


and there's more on the way :


The designs aren't precise scale-ups of the 'fleet' scale models - in most cases simply multiplying all of the dimensions by a fixed constant produced some very clunky looking results, so I've had to apply some artistic licence to tweak the proportions. Some have obviously changed quite a bit (the Eagle's swept wings for example) and we'll be feeding this back into the smaller scale models by redesignng those to match. The missile pods on the Raptor are retractable pods and are cast seperately, the model will come complete with open and closed versions.

The painted examples have custom decals by John Lerchey at Decals Express () and we plan to offer those along with the models.

The SC3600 rulebook is long since out of print, we haven't had any copies for ages, so we'll be printing an all-new edition with amended rules (but not much - they're pretty solid as they are) under the new title of Squadron Commander:Reheat. This, more than the models, is what will take us time as it will be our first self-published set of rules and we want to get it right. The current target is a late autumn release for the new rulebook along with an initial set of 16 fighter models plus accessories (decals, underwing stores etc) but I can't be any more precise than that as to date just yet.

The rulebook will be a good quality, A4 softcover with (hopefully) full colour throughout. We have a friend, Dave Shillito, beavering away doing some very nice CGI artwork for the book. No idea on pricing just yet, I'd hope for somewhere in the £12-£15 range but that will probably depend on how many copies we can initially afford to print. We haven't attempted to price the models yet either.

OK, that's it for now (isn't that enough !?). More news and more pictures as and when ...
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Postby Tas » Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:53 am

The news is most welcome - as you know I have been watching this topic for some time !

I must say that while the rules will be great and I will one of the first in line for a set, I am not inspired by the minis:

Compared to your excellent Aeronef and Iron Stars range of minis which I am very familiar with, these seem far less detailed and the shapes of the fighters seems...uninspired. The only one which I think is "OK" is the Raptor Assault Fighter, and that only marginally. I know that you are upscaling existing small scale fighters and maybe that is an result from that process. It may also be that I was perhaps expecting something more along the lines of Silent Death syle shapes, but with a more hard SF approach.

I have been a fan of your products for some time (as you can see from my orders :P ) , but think this new SC3600 range is beneath what you usually produce. I hope you find this to the helpful and constructive criticism it is meant to be.

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Postby Brigadier Tony » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:00 am

Well, that's a very honest opinion Tas. The reception on other forums (TMP, Star Ranger etc) has been pretty positive, but it's always going to be the case that not everyone likes everything that we make (if only it were so ...). There are quite a few more models to come, so I can only hope that you find the others more to your taste.

I have to say that I've never played Silent Death so I'm not familar with those particular models - perhaps I should go and have a look.
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Postby Tas » Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:57 am

Im really glad you have had a positive reception at those other places Tony. That is good news indeed. And of course you wont please everbody...at least all of the time! Mind you I've never said a bad word about your Aeronef stuff as I think its brilliant, so even I am inconsistent :D

SD is an fast paced and fun game to play, but what is more relevant is the diversity of their scuplts. Inevitably they wont appeal to everyone either so maybe thats where your range will fit into a niche too.
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Postby Brigadier Tony » Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:48 pm

More new models have been quietly slipping out of the foundries recently :

Hornisse Fighter (ONESS German)


Kondor Strikeboat (ONESS German)


Comete Interceptor (EuroFed)


Meteore Heavy Fighter (EuroFed)


Folgore Fighter (EuroFed)


YongSheng Escort Fighter (CDSU)


Students of the Starmada range will again note changes to some of the models, especially the Germans, while the turreted YongSheng is a brand new design.
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