Broadside 2012

In less than two weeks’ time we’ll be attending Broadside 2012 in Sittingbourne, Kent – it’s a very convenient show since I happen to live ten minutes walk away !


Unfortunately the organisers have been badly let down over advertising by two-thirds of the UK wargames press, so we’re giving the show a shout-out here to spread the word – if anyone feels like passing the word on via their own blogs, websites or mailing lists, I’m sure Alan and Clint would be most grateful.

Going Postal

I sat and did the Brigade post this week, as I do every week – weighing packages, printing out labels, writing customs tickets etc. And for the third week in a row, I took a sharp intake of breath at the end of it all. If you’re outside the UK you probably may not be aware that the Royal Mail hiked their prices considerably at the end of April. The main impact is at the lower end of the weight scale, where most of the parcels we send are – RM have effectively put the minimum prices of most services up by a pound or more. On each of the past three weeks we’ve lost money on postage, and that’s before we start taking account of the cost of packaging (ziplock bags, padded envelopes, boxes, even the labels used to print the postage – they all add up).

So … well, you know what’s coming next, don’t you ? Much as we hate to, we’re going to have to alter our postage charges structure, effective immediately. We’re raising the £1 handling fee per order to £2 + VAT (for orders from Europe) or £2.50 (Rest of the World) BUT at the same time we’ve reducing the percentage fees for both. UK prices will remain the same for the moment. The net effect of this will be to raise the minimum postage price for overseas orders, but by reducing the percentages the effect will be less for medium to large orders, and in fact large orders will cost less than they do at the moment. It’s on small orders where it will be most noticeable, but that reflects the changes that RM have made.

You can see the exact details on the ordering page on our website. If you have any queries or comments about this, please feel free to e-mail us about it.

Aeronef previews

My master building days haven’t quite gone according to plan (sick children & shopping for my mother) but I have managed to make some progress.

Tony introduced me to the Caproni Ca.60 a little while ago. This was a prototype passenger plane from 1921 with nine (!!!!) wings. It only made one flight before it crashed. Anyway it cried out to be made for Nef.

Since I’m in a bit of an aeroplane mood at the moment following on from the Heyworth we released at Salute I’ve also finished a Russian bomber based on the WWI Sikorsky Ilya Muromets bomber. Rather more conventional than the Caproni but still rather distinctive with the wings right at the front of the fuselage.

Also on the go are a couple of new Nef battleships. This time for Italy and Switzerland. The Italian battleship is an upscaled version of the Re d’Italia featuring three turrets. The addition of a third battleship for the Italians will make their fleet a little top heavy so I’m also working on a couple  smaller Nef to balance things out.

The Swiss currently only have a small Nef fleet and lack the  vessels needed to safeguard their neutrality. The new battleship should help keep their neighbours in check.

I have also achieved one of my other goals – I’ve managed to watch a series of Drop the Dead Donkey as well.

Building Packs

We’ve bundled up some of our 6mm buildings into packs to make it even easier to create your own desert township. The first pack, comprising mostly dwellings and houses, gets you a dozen buildings for £13, whereas the town buildings pack (workshops, towers etc) has eight of the larger buildings for £16 – both represent more than 10% off the individual prices.

Pack #1

Pack #2

Whilst the cat is away……

Ok so this is a fairly shameless excuse to get a picture of one my cats on the internet.

However the wife is going away for five whole days to Snowdonia with some friends so naturally I’m taking time off work to enjoy time on my own in the house. Even allowing for the fact that I have to take the sprogs to and from school each day I will get around thirty hours in the house on my own. I don’t think I’ve had that much time on my own at home since 1998.

So my plan is to spend as much time as possible making new masters, cleaning up models for moulding and doing general Brigade stuff. I’m aiming to post the results of each day in the evening. Not sure what I’ll make – there aren’t any firm plans at the moment.

That’s the idea anyway. I’ve got a stack of DVD’s that I don’t normally get to watch lined up, a fresh supply of plastic card and a pile of chocolate to fortify me.

Of course I might simply sit and play Diablo III…..

More Soviets

Modelling work on the 15mm Soviets continues apace; in addition to the Kunitsa APC and Laska tankette already previewed, we have the following models ready for printing:

We’re working hard on turning these collections of bits and bytes into resin and metal reality – as expected, not everything has worked first time and we’ve had to get one or two bits reprinted because they needed tweaking (or, in a couple of cases, I managed to destroy them while making moulds …). But we’ll get there.

Task Force Zeta volume 2: Fleet Auxiliaries

At Salute we sold an awful lot of copies of the Legionnaire Games rulebooks – the Strike Legion set for 1/300th ground combat, and the Task Force Zeta spaceship rules. We’ve just had a restock order come through on these, which also includes volume 2 of TFZ – Fleet Auxiliaries. This is now available on the website, and includes lots of new rules, new weapons, pre-defined ships etc. Click on the photo below for more.

TFZ v.2

Last of the new stuff … for now

So we reach the end of our burst of new releases. The last items are all 15mm SF, although at opposite ends of the size scale. The prize for sheer bulk goes to the AmRep Curtiss Heavy Hover Tank, a behemoth at over 75mm long (excluding gun barrel). This is the first of our new wave of 15mm releases, 3D sculpted and scaled at 1/100th (slightly larger than our existing models).

SF15-202 Curtiss Heavy Tank £8.00

At the more diminutive end of the scale, we have the second two packs of PF’s excellent figures – Human Mercenaries and Alien Bounty Hunters.

Human Mercenaries
SF15-003 Human Mercenaries (pack of 5) £2.00

Bounty Hunters
SF15-004 Alien Bounty Hunters (pack of 5) £2.00

We’re working at bringing a rather steadier trickle of releases over the next year, rather than our intermittent bursts of lots of models at one go, and might even get things announced in advance – so keep your eyes peeled …

Power to the People !

Following a rather irritating no-show by a customer who placed an order to be collected at Salute, we have a number of sets of our Shapeways Power Pylons available for sale. These can be found on the website, and you can purchase them in the usual way through the shopping cart along with anything else you would like to order.

Power Pylons

We also have some water towers – one each of the small, mushroom, spheroid and British. I haven’t added these to the website because there is only one of each, so please e-mail me if you’d like to purchase one of these.

New Aeronef

We had three new Aeronef models at Salute on Saturday, all British. These are now available on the website, joining our previous batches of 6mm and 15mm buildings, spaceships, Land Ironclads and Celtos figures.

Two are giants of their class – the Victoria is the largest battleship in our Aeronef range yet, and carries two small torpedo attack craft on the upper superstructure. The Heyworth is a large biplane bomber, again dwarfing all other fixed wing aircraft (although not for long …).

Heyworth Bomber

And as if that wasn’t enough, we have discovered that a release from last year has been completely missed off the website – so we give you the Russian Burevestnik class Seaplane:

Burevestnik Seaplane