More Scandinavian previews

I found time to put together sample of each of the rest of the Scandinavian aeronef last night (at least those that came out of the mould OK – three of the castings had bent funnels so will have to be repaired and recast). The photo isn’t the best, but the models look great now the turrets have been added.

I’ve had a bit of fun researching some flags, so we have several new releases including the Union flag plus special versions of the Swedish and Norwegian flags with the Union flag in one quadrant.

We’re also adding the two turret types to our ever-expanding range of accessory packs, so you can use them for conversions or scratch-building.

The fleet pack contains one of each capital ship, two heavy cruisers, two destroyers and two torpedo corvettes, plus flying stands, a union flag sheet and a CD with Aeronef stats.

So the initial line-up for the Scandinavian releases is as follows:

VANFP-2300 Scandinavian Union Fleet Pack £22.00
VAN-2301 Oscar II class Battleship £6.50
VAN-2302 Lillehammer class Battlecruiser £6.50
VAN-2304 Frederiksborg class Heavy Cruiser £3.00
VAN-2307 Udbye class Destroyer £1.50
VAN-2309 Scheele class Corvette £1.00
VAN-2310 Vanern class Torpedo Nef £0.50
VAN-2311 Glomma class Patrol Nef £0.50
VAN-7231 Scandinavian Heavy Turrets (x12) £1.50
VAN-7232 Scandinavian Light Turrets (x12) £1.50
VANF-2302 Swedish Union Flag £0.50
VANF-2303 Scandinavian Union Flag £0.50
VANF-2502 Norwegian Union Flag £0.50

We should have plenty of stock of all of these on Sunday at SELWG.

As a further Aeronef-related goodie, we have a small number of copies of Uber Goober GamesUniversal Airship Combat System rulebook. This is an expansion sourcebook for the Über RPG: Steampunk Ruleset, but can also as a stand-alone miniatures combat and campaign system. The rulebook sells for £12.

Busy bees ….

Phil and I spent all day at the workshop – we were supposed to be casting stock for SELWG, but in the end it took all day to clear the outstanding sale orders. But the extremely good news is that all of the metal casting for the orders is done, and there are about half-a-dozen orders left on the table that need one or two items of resin. The first batch will go in the post tomorrow morning (all those that will fit in a post box), the rest of the completed ones that I brought home today will go the post office on Wednesday (once I’ve asked the Brigadieress very nicely to take quite a few kilos of metal and resin there on her day off …). We anticipate that everything should ship within the next 7-10 days, including all orders received since the sale.

We have another full day scheduled tomorrow (well, it beats working), so we have to cram what we anticipated to be two days’ worth of casting into one. The upshot of all of this is that we will do our best to carry as much stock as possible to the show, but we may only have small numbers of some items or the less popular items may have no stock at all. Stock of the new 15mm buildings has been hit hard, and we’re also short of some codes of the 6mm range. Although we’ll try to cast up as much as possible, there’s a limit to the amount of resin casting we can manage – the resin takes a certain amount of time to set, and there’s nothing that can be done to speed the process up.

Of course, if you want something from us at a show that we don’t have, if you pay for it on the day then we’ll send it to you post free as soon as we get back to the workshop.

Some news on the Scandinavian ‘nef too – not all of the new masters came out of the mould properly (there was the odd bent funnel), so we may not have the full range of ten models, but there will certainly be a good number of them.

Right, off to bed – this manual labour lark is very hard work for someone who usually sits at a desk !

Rubbish and Water

The average town or city produces lots of one and requires plenty of the other. Neu Celle is no different, so we’ve put our minds to servicing the town’s needs.

Firstly, the rubbish needs to go somewhere. So you need bins, skips or dumpsters, and we have the perfect ones in 15mm. Two British-style rubbish skips for the big rubbish and three dumpsters (large rubbish bins) for the household stuff. Find these now in our Brigade3D Shapeways store.

And now to water … despite decades of terraforming, Mars is still mostly arid. The icecaps have yielded sufficient water, but in more remote areas the problem is making it accessible. The answer lies in moisture collector units which use heat exchange mechanisms to condense water out of the thin Martian air, and store it in underground tanks or the roof tanks built into the domes of most buildings. Again, these can be bought directly from our Shapeways store.

SELWG Releases

With just over a week to go to the show we’re firming up on the new models that we’ll have available.

After a successful run of the master moulds the other night, we have tins and initial stock of the Neo-Soviet BRK gunboat, in two variants with a choice of turrets. Although we’re selling this as a Neo-Soviet model, it looks pretty good with other turrets from our 6mm range (for example, I tried it with the German Helheim gatling turret and EuroFed Tassigny AA turrets because they happened to be lying on my desk). If you ask us nicely enough we’ll sell it with whatever turrets you require.

In the same master mould were the two Scandinavian Union capital ships. The cruisers and escorts will be in a second mould which we’ll be spinning today. We should have the full range of ten plus fleet packs and Union flags on the day. As you can see, the ‘Nef absolutely look the business when tooled up with all of their turrets and masts.

As a little experiment, I also made up a couple of our Land Ironclads scale fortresses with Scandinavian turrets (I would have done the 4-turret fortress as well but ran out of turrets !). The Maunsell fortress (right) needs a little bit of work (drilling out holes for the turret pegs) but they look fine.

The next confirmed release will be the 28mm Great War Belgian skirmish infantry in three variants – infantry in shako, Grenadiers and Carabiniers.

Don’t forget that we’ll also have stock of Angel Barracks 6mm SF civilians and RDF infantry with us as well.

That’s what we have confirmed so far, but there may be more if we pull our fingers out, so stay tuned.

The City of the Future

Terraformed Mars is a harsh place – cold, sandstorms, nothing but rocks and desert for miles. Life in the colonies is tough. Unless you live in one of the few cities of course, where live is comfortable, clean and almost like living back on Earth.

Lowell City is the largest city on the planet, the de facto capital – or at least it would be if the various Earth powers would stop squabbling over Mars long enough for a stable planetary government to be formed. Although still small by Earth standards, Lowell City is a clean, modern place with all the facilities needed entice families to move offworld.

As promised earlier in the week, here’s a preview of our new 6mm SF buildings – these are completely different in design to the existing desert buildings, with a far more futuristic look to them. The first four are three houses of various sizes and a small apartment block. The sort of houses you’d find in the suburbs of Lowell City.

As you can see, we had the doors and windows printed in a different (higher detail) material than the building shells, so I still need to do quite a bit of assembly and cleanup before they go into production. But you get the idea …

There’s no release date on these yet, we were hoping for SELWG but a combination of late delivery from the printers and overload from the last leg of the sale means that is now unlikely.

WWI as a Bar Brawl

It’s not new and some of you have probably seen this before, but it made me laugh the other day when Phil posted it to the Maidstone Wargames Society mailing list, so I thought I’d post it here.

Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint.

Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg.

Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view.

Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers.

Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

Austria asks Serbia who it’s looking at.

Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene.

Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is Germany going to do about it?

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action.

Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.

Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper. When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

France and Britain punch Germany. Austria punches Russia. Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on Britain’s side, but stays there. Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back. There are no hard feelings because Britain made Australia do it.

France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting. Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway. Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room chanting.

America waits till Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, then walks over and smashes it with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

By now all the chairs are broken and the big mirror over the bar is shattered. Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault . While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all their friends.

The causes of WWI

That’s All, Folks !

So the last part of our sale is all done and dusted … and what a sale it’s been ! September is normally a very slow month, no-one has any money after their summer holidays and it’s generally rather quiet on the order front. Not this time. In the last nine days we’ve taken more than double what we’d normally expect for the whole of an average September ! This is a fantastic response to our sale and I guess shows that we must be doing something right. We’ve already had to order in extra supplies of metal and resin to cope with the volume of casting we’ll need to do.

It means that we’re now going to be incredibly busy picking and packing all of these orders and doing any necessary casting ! It will mean that there could be a slightly (EDIT – for slightly, read quite a lot…) longer turnaround than usual on orders, especially larger ones or ones with lots of resin models in (we sold a lot, and I mean a LOT, or our 6mm and 15mm desert buildings). This will probably have a knock-on effect at SELWG where we won’t have time to produce as much stock for the show as we would have liked, so if you’re after any buildings that day it’ll probably be best to pay us an early visit. We also have some new-style 6mm buildings that we were hoping to get out for the show, but they may have to wait until afterwards now (they’re the start of an SF-city range – I’ll preview them on the blog later this week).

What I will bring you this morning is some previews of other new stuff; a new parcel of 3D printed buildings in 15mm, 6mm and 2mm scales turned up this weekend (eventually … the UPS driver managed to leave it in someone else’s rubbish bin on the other side of town, but that’s a long story …). As mentioned above I’ll leave the 6mm buildings for later in the week since they need a little bit of cleaning and assembly work on them first.

The first model is a 15mm version of our 6mm-scale vehicle garage, of which we sell lots and lots so it makes sense to have it in the larger scale as well. The door has been printed in a high-detail material which contrasts with the rough surface of the building.

The rest of this morning’s previews are all in 2mm scale as part of our Land Ironclads range. This batch concentrates mainly on various fortifications, with the odd lighthouse thrown in. First we have the largest of the 2mm models, Fort Boyard (or Bouyard) which is off the west coast of France in the Bay of Biscay. It’s better known as the site of a TV game show, but was in fact built in Napoleon’s time (well, started anyway – it wasn’t finished until 1857). It’s large (as 2mm models go) so will go into production as a resin casting.

The next image is a pair of Martello Towers. These are a common site around the UK coast, but the design was taken from a Genovese tower at Mortella Point on Corsica; in typical British fashion we took the design but got the spelling wrong ! Not all towers are the same, this image shows a couple of different types, with either a single gun or a second design with a clover-leaf style arrangement of three gun positions.

The third fortification is a very small fortification, Fort Vauville, on Normandy’s west coast. This unprepossessing building isn’t much more than a stone house with a surrounding defensive wall, so much so that when I walked around it on holiday I didn’t notice it – I just thought it was a holiday home with a big stone wall around it ! I was more interested in the WW2-era bunkers scattered around the same beach.

Switching from fortifications to more peaceful structures, we have a small lighthouse. This is based on the Little Red Lighthouse on the Hudson River in New York, but at this scale could just be a small generic lighthouse anywhere in the world.

Finally, we have a daymark – these are a bit like lighthouses, but without the light, and are used for navigation during daylight hours. This one is based on Gribben Tower in Cornwall. (As Phil pedantically pointed out, surely a lighthouse without a light is just a house !?)

This marks the beginning of what will hopefully be a major expansion in our 2mm scenics and buildings range. As well as fortifications we have villages, farms, factories all planned (the first of these have already been ordered from the printer and more are about to be).