First, a status update – after last weeks flood of orders for the new 6mm monorail, we’re a bit behind on those. All other orders up to Thursday shipped out this morning, plus a good number of ones including monorails, so we’re able to keep up with anything non-train related. And all of the other casting for the outstanding ones has been done, so as soon as we can get monorails cast, those orders will ship too. The problem (besides us massively underestimating the demand for them) is that resin casting is inherently slow – because there’s a 30-40 minute wait for resin to cure, there’s only so many that can be produced in a day, even with multiple moulds. It didn’t help that the first set of moulds has already been worn out (the life on resin moulds is surprisingly short, it can be as few as 25-30 castings) so we’ve already had to make new sets and will probably have to do so again next week. We’ve temporarily taken the monorail off the website until we catch up, which will be in a week or so.
However, since we’re on top of all the other orders, we think it’s safe to put out another couple of new models this week. We have two new Squadron Commander fighters ready to go – the first is for the Polish spacefleet, of which nothing has been seen until now. It’s a rather retro design called the Rokita, which is a Polish folk devil.
The second is a new model for the British – again it’s a slightly retro design called the Valkyrie, with a twin boom tail reminiscent of 1950’s fighters such as the Vampire and Venom (hence our choice of a ‘V’ name too).
Both are available singly, or in flights of 4.
Both models are initially discounted by 7.5%, and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a charity set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until June 5th. So far we’ve raised over £150 from the sales of our new releases, so thanks to goes everyone who’s contributed.
So this is one of our favourite pieces this year, and would have been one of the centrepieces of our Salute releases. It’s a 6mm scale Monorail set, with both surface and elevated track (and ramps to switch between the two), a station and four different types of wagon.
There’s a starter set with eight pieces of surface track (over five feet in length) plus a five-car passenger train. There are also pre-packed passenger and freight trains, extra track packs and all of the wagons are available separately.
The monorail sets are initially discounted by 7.5%, and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until May 29th.
Today’s new release is a mix of new 6mm models in the Hammer’s Slammers range – models that have already been released in 15mm and are now making the move down to our smaller scale.
Ander’s Legion get four new support vehicles to complete their ToE. The Machete AA vehicles are based on the chassis of the Rapier heavy tank and come in two variants – one with four tri-barrel powerguns, the other with twin rapid fire lasers and Manta missiles.
The Legion also gets the Kopis Recce vehicle with an open turret mounting twin lasers, and the Astrapi AA variant mounting the same weapons in a high-speed ball mount.
The Slammers regiment themselves get two new variants of the Icarus M2 blower tank. The M2A1 version has a smaller turret than the ubiquitous M2A4 version but still mounts the 20cm powergun. The experimental M2A3 carries a heavy ruby laser in the same small turret; this variant wasn’t adopted by the Slammers but saw service in the Neu Friesland army. The two vehicles pictured below are in the silver/black parade colours of the NF Iron Brigade.
HS6-111d – M2A1 Blower Tank – £1.50 HS6-111f – M2A3 Laser Blower Tank – £1.50 HS6-3611a – Machete P/4 with tri-barrels – £1.25 HS6-3611b – Machete LM/2 with laser/missile system – £1.25 HS6-3613 – Kopis Recce Vehicle – £1.00 HS6-3613a – Astrapi AA Vehicle – £1.00
The Waldheim Dragoons, an armoured mercenary regiment, use the missile armed A2 variant of the Icarus M2 blower tank – the same vehicle that equips the Slammers regiment, but with different armament. These are supported by the lighter M56 Daedalus medium tank along with two slightly different air-defence variants. These models came out in 15mm last year, today we’re following with the 6mm versions.
The Daedalus is speedy hover tank, armed with a 10cm powergun and a 2cm tribarrel on the commander’s hatch. The M564 Calliope carries no fewer than four linked tribarrel gatlings, which in Crucible terms amounts to a massive 12 shots per turn! The M562 variant has the same turret as the M564, but is armed with two rapid fire lasers (still amounting to eight shots per turn) and a pair of Manta light missiles for taking on more heavily armoured targets.
Crucible playsheets for the Waldheim Dragoons can be found on the Hammer’s Slammers website (along with many others).
HS6-1912 – M56 Daedalus Medium Tank – £1.00 HS6-1912a – M564 Daedalus Tri-barrel AA Tank – £1.00 HS6-1912b – M562 Daedalus Laser AA Tank – £1.00
We have some new 6mm buildings today – they’re in the style of the Primitive Dwelling from the Desert Buildings range, with flat roofs, external staircases and support columns. Rather than bundling them in with the rest of the desert buildings range (which is getting pretty big now) we’ve made them into their own range which we’ve titled Desert Outlands.
There are four so far (plus the existing Primitive Dwelling, which has been included in the range and recoded as B300-805), all of which are dwellings of some sort. You can buy them individually, or we’ve created a pack with two of each model in apart from the Small Dwelling, of which there are three.
We also have a new piece for the Town Walls set – a pack of four 45° Wall Sections to give you more flexibility when designing your layout. You can see them surrounding the buildings in the picture above.
More 6mm Hammer’s Slammers today – this is the Waldheim Dragoon’s Daedalus tank which appeared in 15mm earlier this year. It’s accompanied by an air-defence version with four tri-barrel powerguns – we’ve also made the laser/missile version in 6mm as well but I don’t have one to hand. These AD turrets are used by Ander’s Legion on the Rapier tank hull as the Machete tank, but again I didn’t have a spare Rapier hull handy when I took the photos so you can’t see that either. I’m not much good at this, am I …?
Today’s preview shows scaled down versions of some of the recent early Slammer’s vehicles – in this case, the M2A1 and M2A3 versions of the Icarus blower tank with the smaller turret and 20cm powergun and heavy laser respectively.
The M6 combat cars are on their way too, I have hulls but some of the weapons needed a bit of reworking to make them cast reliably (I made them too small !) so you’ll have to wait to see those.
New 6mm buildings – these are made in the style of the existing 6mm Primitive Dwelling in the Desert Buildings range, with flat roof terraces, external staircases, shuttered windows and wall buttresses. They may be put into their own subset of buildings (mainly because the Desert Buildings range is already very big), although I’m not sure what to call it!
New this week are these rather lovely, tiny astronauts. Sculpted by Martin Baker, these wee spacemen are the perfect occupants of our 6mm Moonbase.
I had a bit of fun painting up some samples in various styles. Left to right, we have conventional NASA spacesuits in plain white with a tiny dot of red on the sleeve representing the US flag; then we have some bright orange suits with yellow helmets, as seen in Space 1999; and finally, white with orange and black flashes and gold visors, à la The Martian.
The pack contains six identical sprues, each with four different figures, all cast in lead-free pewter. We’ll have stock of these at SELWG next weekend.