Great War Vehicles in 28mm (and more)

News today of a new venture for us. We’ve had a store on Shapeways selling a few 3D printed bits and pieces for quite a few years; initially it did quite well, but changes in their pricing structure have made some items unaffordable and sales have dropped off markedly in recent times. So we’ve taken the decision to close it, and instead we’re going to concentrate on printing our own models and selling them directly from the website. We will have stocks of the first offerings at Broadside tomorrow; the two scenic pieces are already on the website, expect the others (and many more) to arrive there soon.

We’re adding a range of 3D printed vehicles to our existing 28mm Great War range, starting with three models. The first is the Bussing A5P armoured car, a single example of which was built by Germany and used in Romania and Ukraine in 1916-17.

Adding heavy firepower is the 21 cm Mörser 10 used in large numbers (over 200 were built) by the Germans throughout the Great War.

Finally for the Great War, we have a Ford Model T armoured car, used by the Royal Naval Air Service on the Eastern Front. There’s also a destroyed version (r) for those inevitable moments when the Germans find their range…

We’re also going to be printing some of the most frequently bought scenery pieces from the old Shapeways store. The Transmitter Pylon is the biggest selling item in the range, so we had to start there. At just under 6″ tall, it can be used as a small-ish 6mm scale pylon, or alternatively as a large 2mm TV tower (it’s based upon the Crystal Palace tower).

The final offering for now is a pair of 1/1000th scale Gasholders of the telescopic type common in Europe. Although mostly decommissioned nowadays, they were a common sight on the skylines of most towns and cities.

All are 3D printed in resin; although we will attempt to hold stocks of these items, orders may be delayed slightly if we ever have to print to order.

GW28-301 – Bussing A5P Armoured Car – £21.00
GW28-302 – 21 cm Mörser 10 – £14.00
GW28-101 – Ford Model T Armoured Car – £6.50
GW28-101d – Ford Model T Armoured Car (destroyed) – £6.50
SF300-902 – Transmitter Tower – £7.50
SSS-8191 – Gasholders (x2) – £3.00

Coming in 2022

We did promise recently that we’d give a few clues about what we have coming in 2022 (beware what you say in a Facebook comment…). As always, our release schedule will be fairly fluid (there are weeks when we’re scrabbling round to find something that’s ready!) and the recent cancellation of Salute means that we’ve had to rewrite it again 🙁

But we do try to have some sort of plan, while also leaving some deliberate gaps just in case we have a flash of inspiration somewhere along the line.

Imperial Skies

We’ll be moving on with the South American fleets, with the Uruguayans making their appearance very soon (they’re ready apart from the final production mould for the small ships). Once the local fleets have been finished we want to add British, French and Dutch units for their respective colonial fleets.

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Hammer’s Slammers

The first HS models of 2022 will be 6mm versions of the Sincanmo dune buggies that came out in 15mm at the end of last year. Then we have a pair of matched forces that come from the same story (chapter 2 of The Warrior if you’d like to read ahead) – the Han Black Banner and Hindi National Army. The Han use lots of 8×8 wheeled vehicles and laser main armaments, along with 1-man trikes for command and liaison. The Hindis on the other hand have tracked tank destroyers and heavy anti-tank guns. The plan is to release the 6mm forces one week followed by the 15mm versions the next (or maybe the other way round). After that … who knows? There is an unusual 10-wheeled tank destroyer somewhere in the mix too…

Spaceships

The first project of the year (apart from a couple of odd EuroFed models) will be a batch of new capital ships for the German fleet to replace the existing ships. After that we’re planning a redesign of another of the remaining fleets, and (drum roll here…) releasing a brand new fleet – the first in a long time. This was supposed to have happened last year, but events overtook us. We also have to finish off some space stations, another partially completed but delayed project.

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Small Scale Scenery

This releases in this range tends to be more random, Phil now does much of the design work so what comes out depends on his mood…

What we already have lined up starts with six forts/castles, including a very impressive Polish Baroque fortress. There’s a set of distinctive buildings for the Free City of Hamburg in case anyone fancies creating a northern European port. Phil’s also embarked on a series of buildings from days gone by in our home town of Maidstone – well, we say ‘series’, so far it’s just the one, but I’m hopeful…

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Other Ranges

There should be some additions to the Squadron Commander range of starfighters – some will be larger vessels such as shuttles or assault craft, which will have a crossover with the 6mm range.

We should add some more small forts to the 1/700 range, plus a set of generic houses which we’ve been asked for several times.

Phil is putting the finishing touches to a 28mm Belgian artillery piece for the Great War range. This will be a departure for us in that it will be released as a 3D printed model, created on a hi-res resin printer. He’s also part way through a stretcher team for the Surgeon General fundraiser range.

Speaking of which, it will see some other new medically themed additions, these will generally be single models that appear as part of a larger release.

And Finally…

In other news, the EU shipping solution should go on line this week – our account is set up and we’re ready to go with the shipping agent. I’ve made the website changes but was wary of uploading them just before the Christmas holiday when I may not be on hand to make any fixes.

Shapeways Free Shipping

Shapeways are offering free shipping on all orders over US$25 until the end of Sunday – so why not head over and take advantage ? Our Shapeways shop has all manner of interesting little bits and pieces…

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Shapeways Sale

Shapeways are having a 20% off sale on all Strong and Flexible plastics, which many of the models in our Shapeways store are designed to be printed in. Just enter the code Enter code SFONSALE at the checkout to save 20% on our (or any other designer’s) products. The code is valid until Sunday 19th. Clink on the image below to go straight to Shapeways.

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And Again With the Merchants…

Remember those merchant spaceships we previewed before Salute? And how they didn’t quite make it, but we promised to remake the mould and get them out as soon as possible? Well, here’s a second set of masters with a few repairs and tweaks, which are being remoulded with a view to getting them out very, very soon.

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And staying non-combatant and merchant-y, how about some new Aeronef merchants ? We have a small number of British and French merchant vessels already, and here are a couple of German vessels – a small coal lighter (left) and light freighter. The lighter will have coal modelled in the hold in the final version.

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6mm Previews

15mm gamers have had the lion’s share of new toys lately, but now it’s time for the smaller scale to take over for a while. With the Joy of 6 show in Sheffield coming up in July, we want to have a number of new 6mm items for that event and the aim is to release a steady trickle between now and the show. I’ve been asked several times if we’re going to release some of our recent new 15mm vehicles in 6mm – the answer is most definitely yes, and here’s the proof. We’ve scaled down the new Larminat and Eisenfaust tanks and the Kastenwagen platoon APC, plus the Kirin walker to 6mm. The Kirin master below doesn’t have any gun arms in the picture, since these have already gone off for mould-making (all three variants – gatling, laser and powergun).

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As well as these we have a 6mm version of the Research base. It’s not quite complete with the garage doors and some windows to be added (I broke a couple of windows during assembly, and completely forgot to order prints of the doors !). However, replacements are on the way and this set should be available quite soon.

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The Joy of Six show is a 6mm event, so we will only be bringing the 6mm SF range, Squadron Commander (since the fighters are 6mm scale) plus the 2mm buildings range. However, we will be taking pre-orders for any other ranges – just let us know in advance and we’ll bring your order with us. We will need these orders well in advance of the show (preferably by the end of June) since I’ll be going on holiday at the start of July, returning a couple of days before the show but I won’t really have any time to fill any orders when I get back. We’ll post more reminders leading up to the event so you don’t forget.

This Time, For Real…

Having teased you all with CGI previews of the new Imperial Skies designs, we can show how much progress we’ve already made on the models themselves – quite a lot, in fact. When I wrote the posts on the Kaiser, Gauloise and Vanguard we had only just ordered the 3D prints. Now, just 10 days later, we have moulds for the resin hulls and master moulds for many of the metal parts. The only missing items on the models are many of the turrets – and that’s simply because there’s a finite limit to how fast Phil can produce moulds, and the moulds for those aren’t ready yet. We now have a pretty good idea of numbers required to fulfil the Kickstarter pledges and we’ll start producing stock immediately.

New Desert Domes

The 6mm Desert Dome buildings released at Salute seem to have struck a chord with many gamers, so it was inevitable that we’d want to follow up with some more. I did a little bit of tinkering with my 3D design software to come up with five new buildings of various types, and the prints of these turned up earlier this week. I haven’t yet had time to fit them with doors and windows but you get the idea I’m sure. I’m hoping to be able to cast the large multi-dome one in the foreground in one piece.

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I’ve also been working at new 15mm vehicles – this is the Ratel medium tank for our South African force, scaled up from the 6mm original but with a heap of extra detail.

And lastly, here’s another new 15mm building – an upscale of the 6mm Plinth Dwelling. Which seems currently to be in use as a Chinese command post…

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Shapeways Free Shipping

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Recently Shapeways offered free shipping for US customers; now that has been extended to the whole world. But only until Sunday 12th, so be quick. It would be remiss of us not to point you at the Brigade3D Shapeways Shop, with our collection of Power Pylons, Comms Towers, Pegasus Bridge, WW2 Buildings etc. Get in quick !

Shapeways – Free US Shipping

For the whole of June, Shapeways are offering free US shipping for new customers. So if you’ve been put off in the past from buying one or two bits by the shipping charges, here’s your chance to try out 3D printed products.

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Here’s the text, straight from their e-mail:

For the first time ever, we’re offering Free US Shipping for all new Shapeways customers this month. That’s right – whether they’re making their own products or buying from your shop, shipping to the United States via USPS is on us with promo code FIRSTFREE.

So, click on the logo below to go to the Brigade Shapeways shop see what we have to offer – just remember to enter the promo code when you check out:

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