All Along the Watchtower

Today we have some useful 15mm bits and pieces. The largest is a Watchtower, built to keep an eye on the myriad hazards that can threaten a small colony out in the wastelands. The design is the same as the one from our 6mm Town Walls range, but with the integral walls removed.

The other two items are handy items of cargo. The first is a set of eight small resin cargo cases, two each of four designs. The other set has 12 metal barrels, six each of two designs.

B15-185 – Watchtower – £8.00
SF15-943 – Cargo Cases (x8) – £1.75
SF15-944 – Barrels (x12) – £3.00

A Tale of Contrast

I recently experimented with painting some 6mm vehicles using just Citadel’s new Contrast paints. I tried them out on some unreleased models – 6mm versions of the Prosperity army vehicles released a little while back in 15mm. I wrote up a post on our club’s blog (so please feel free to pop over there and have a look), but you can see the results below. For just five colours, I think they worked out pretty well.

Support Gulls

This week we’re moving down to 6mm for our new releases. We have the previously-previewed new support vehicles for the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood and ben Mehdi’s Legion. All manufactured by Gull Systems, they include the GS-1100C cargo carrier, GS-934 Recce Car and GS-700 jeep.

Making use of these, we’ve introduced three new 6mm detachment packs for ben Mehdi’s Legion – Tank Destroyer, Mechanised Infantry and Support.

HS6-2016 – GS-1100C Cargo Carrier – £1.25
HS6-2017 – GS-934 Recce Car – £0.75
HS6-2018 – GS700 Jeep – £0.50
HS6-2018a – GS-710M Mortar Jeep – £0.50

HSD6-4001 – ben Mehdi’s Legion Tank Destroyer Detachment – £10.75
HSD6-4002 – ben Mehdi’s Legion Mechanised Infantry Detachment – £4.25
HSD6-4003 – ben Mehdi’s Legion Support Detachment – £7.50

Combat Markings

We’ve had a large restock of Hammer’s Slammers decals arrive this week – so all of those that had been out of stock (and there were quite a few) are back again. Because of the sheer number of different decal sheets available (we’re up to 100 now) we don’t always hold huge numbers of each one, sometimes only 2-3, but for now everything is in stock, including the vehicle numbers.

The delivery also included no fewer than nine new sets which we’ve drawn up based on John Treadaway’s original artwork for each unit. These are slightly different in content from previous sets, in that they don’t have any numbers on them – you can use the separate vehicle number sheets for that. Instead, they have more unit markings and logos along with a variety of tac markings, vehicle names or slogans. We’ve tried hard to ensure that there are enough markings for a full detachment of a particular unit on each sheet (which is hard work with some units which have up to 15 vehicles !). Each sheet is 60x33mm except for the Fasolini sheet which is half sized – simply because a Fasolini detachment is mostly infantry and only has 3-4 vehicles. These sheets cover most of the new units we’ve introduced recently such as Prosperity and the New Ukrainians, alongside plugging a few gaps in older units. There’s a Broglie’s Legion sheet which also covers Baffin’s and Ben Mehdi’s command of the same unit.

Baffin’s/Broglie’s/Ben Mehdi’s Legion Decal Sheet

HSDEC-031 – Fasolini’s Company – £2.00
HSDEC-041 – Alaudae Legion – £4.00
HSDEC-311 – Foster’s Mercenaries – £4.00
HSDEC-321 – Harris’ Commando – £4.00
HSDEC-361 – Ander’s Legion – £4.00
HSDEC-371 – Guardforce O’Higgins – £4.00
HSDEC-381 – Prosperity – £4.00
HSDEC-391 – New Ukrainians – £4.00
HSDEC-401 – Broglie’s Legion – £4.00

The preview images on the website are deliberately noisy and low-res – the actual decals sheets are very crisp and sharp.

Boxes and Barrels

A few more previews today – some 15mm bits we’ve had on the back burner for a while. On the left are two types of barrel, on the right a set of eight cargo cases – both very useful stowage items. The barrels will be metal, the cases resin.

At the back is a watchtower for the Desert Buildings range. This has an entrance door at the back along with a built-in ladder for access to the upper platform (it would have helped if we’d photographed it from the back – you’ll just have to take our word for it…).

FSHB in 6mm

As promised, a preview that isn’t Aeronef!

What we have here are 6mm versions of our more recent additions to the GS-series of hover vehicles, as used by the Flaming Sword of the Holy Brotherhood and Ben Mehdi’s Legion. We have GS-1100C cargo carrier, the GS-700 jeep plus the -710M mortar carrying variant and the GS-934 Recce Car.

Should the FSHB in 6mm be more correctly known as the Flaming Dagger of the Holy Brotherhood … ? 🙂

All moulded and ready to when we’re back online…

Attack on Miller’s Town

I recently had the pleasure of resuming my friendly rivalry with Hammer’s Slammers:The Crucible author John Treadaway with our first game for some time in his splendidly-appointed “cabin in the woods” gaming room. I faced my brand new New Ukrainian army off against John’s force of Thunderbolts, managing a tight victory at the end. John’s written up the game on the Slammers website, so I’ll content myself with a few pictures for you to browse here and then you can go off and read his report and see lots more photos.

Slava Ukraini!

The New Ukrianian Army was formed from the core of the Zaporoskiye Brigade when their commander, Colonel Orlyk, decided to retire to his homeworld of New Ukrainia and emulated Alois Hammer by taking most of his troops with him. After he was elected president, he amalgamated the Zaporoskiyes with the existing local NU troops to form a very powerful standing army.

The regiment went through a significant re-equipment programme; their older equipment (Bizons, Kunitsa and Rosomakhas) were passed onto some of the more under-equipped NUA regulars. The newer tanks (Bars MBTs and the BMP infantry carriers) were refitted with new turrets and systems purchased from the Aurorean arms manufacturer SNCCA (Société Nationale des Constructions Chars du Aurore) and a number of new vehicles were developed by the fledgling indigenous NU arms industry; local firms built the chassis, which were then mated with imported turrets and weapon systems.

We have six new models in this first phase of New Ukrainian models; three tank types (light, medium and heavy) along with a tank destroyer, MICV and tracked jeep. We recommend our Neo-Soviet Guards figures for NU infantry. There will be more vehicles to come soon. An updated detachment list for the New Ukrainians will also be available very shortly.

HS15-3901 – Vyriz Medium Tank – £8.50
HS15-3902 – Bulava Heavy Tank – £9.00
HS15-3903 – Zhalo Light Tank – £6.00
HS15-3904 – Shershnem Tank Destroyer – £6.00
HS15-3905 – Yastrub MICV – £8.50
SF15-1210 – Polevka Tracked Jeep – £4.00

What lay beneath – part 1

I seem to be playing catchup with long abandoned 15mm building projects at the moment. So here is another one!

Several years ago I had a bit of an accident whilst casting one of our advanced buildings. It certainly didn’t turn out as planned. After discovering the house in a box this week I finally got around to having a look at what was beneath the surface of the model.

It came apart quite easily (much of the surface of the building was very thin) revealing – well this. A picture is better than me trying to describe it.

The texture within was far better than I could have hoped for and is certainly very useable.

So what caused it – a lab experiment gone badly wrong, an alien invasion or simply a badly blocked toilet…..?

Mixing things up

Against all the odds there has actually been a bit more progress on my little 15mm township. Based on past performance this post is several years ahead of schedule.

The majority of the buildings that I’m planning to use will come from either our Desert Dwellings or Desert Domes ranges. However I thought that it would be interesting to see how easily buildings from our other ranges could be made to fit into the town as well.

The first one that I chose is the Large Garage from our Advanced Buildings – because I like it the best.

As the surface of the garage is quite smooth with rounded corners I wasn’t sure that my approach of using a variety of washes to paint it would work that well. So before anything else it got a spray of textured paint to add a bit more detail to the surface. The paint in question was just something that I found in a local shop. It’s from the Stone range from makeityours.co.uk.

Apparently it gives the “natural look and feel of stone”. I’m not too sure about that but it does give a nice splattered look to the model rather the normal gritty finish of similar sprays.

The rest of the model was mostly bits and bobs from different ranges. The walls are from the 6mm Desert Buildings with part of a JumpGate used as the arch. The two storage containers are tanker wagons from the 6mm monorail sets.

So all in all I’m happy with the results – it fits in nicely with the other buildings. And it didn’t actually take very long – a little over a day from start to finish (again very unusual for me).