Update – It’s Still Snow Joke !

The weather is still pretty grim here – we’ve had more snow with another bout forecast for this afternoon. I haven’t ventured to the workshop at all since Monday, although main roads are clear the back routes are still tricky to negotiate. So, if you have an outstanding order with us (anything placed since last Sunday) then there will be a bit of a delay. The forecast is for a bit of a thaw from Sunday – the temperatures should at least climb above freezing – so I’ll get back to the workshop on Monday and should have the backlog cleared in a couple of days.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to postpone this week’s new release until I’ve cleared the order queue. Phil has also been off work for part of this week as his office was closed, so he’s taken the chance to get ahead with mould production so we have more new stuff ready to release.

I haven’t been idle – apart from walking the dog in the snow (which she loved, as you can see) I’ve been painting some new bits – I’ve now finished all of our new releases for the next four weeks. And looking further ahead, Salute is now just six weeks away. As regular readers of our blog will know, we like to have lots of shiny new releases to tempt you with at the show (and to make our overseas customers envious). This year’s focus is firmly on 15mm Sci-Fi and in particular Hammer’s Slammers – if all goes well we could have as many as a dozen new vehicles in lots of variants. We’re working on some important vehicle types that feature in a number of the detachment lists with the aim of making it possible to create those detachments again. The design work for these is mostly done, and we already have the masters for many of them cleaned up and prepped for moulding (a couple have already been moulded in fact). And the hope is that we’ll get as many of these vehicles as possible available in 6mm as well.

It won’t be all Slammers though – there are half-a-dozen spaceship masters on my workbench, some Aeronef in the works and today I’m working on new 2mm scale buildings. Oh, and we’ve commissioned some new (and unusual) 28mm Great War figures – Dib Dib Dib!

Having waffled on about all the new stuff, it wouldn’t be fair to leave you without at least one or two pictures – so here we are…

That’s that then…..

So after weeks of preparation, late nights and long casting sessions Salute has come and gone for another year. Its always a busy day and again we didn’t get to see much of the show ourselves so have to resort to other people’s photo reports of the day to see what what was going on.

As ever we’re completely knackered. Fatally I sat down with the kids last night to watch some tele. Suddenly it was a quarter past midnight and we were all asleep in the lounge. After I got them off to bed I stupidly sat back downstairs. Once I’d woken up again at half three I finally made it to bed!

After having a couple of days off, we’ll get all of the new releases on the website to buy over the next few days.

Until then its time for a bit more sleep…..

trying to sleep

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…..

But, but, but … how could you ?

Out at the workshop the other week, preparing for Salute, we saw one of the saddest sights in the farmyard. Someone had thrown some rubbish on the bonfire – nothing unusual there. But amongst the general crap was something that genuinely shocked us – someone had thrown Bagpuss on the fire !!!

Poor ol' Bagpuss ...
Bagpuss on the fire

To children of the seventies who fondly remember Bagpuss (and the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ) this was such a sad thing to see.

Fortunately, the weather gods agreed with us and shortly after we took this photo the heavens opened and so Bagpuss was saved, at least for a little while …

A most unwelcome visitor …

The Brigade slave pits have recently suffered an unpleasant incursion … mice. Well, the workshop is on a farm so I suppose it’s to be expected but the little swine are getting bolder and braver. Not only have they eaten an entire pack of cakes (Tesco’s own Angel Slices – so I’m expecting a review from them sometime soon), they’ve got into the teabags and crapped in the cutlery ! Now we don’t leave all of this stuff out in the open for them, we have a small wooden sideboard in which all of the comestibles live, but somehow the pesky blighters have found a way into it. Last week I opened the cutlery drawer to find a little brown furry muzzle staring out at me from the middle of a chewed pack of napkins ! I don’t know who was more startled, but he reacted first and flew across the shop to escape. When we left I made sure the cupboard doors were firmly shut and put everything away. But in doing so I reckon I trapped one inside, because this is what we found when we reported for casting duties on Monday …

Mouse chewings ...

One of the gits had chewed his way through the drawer where we keep stationary and out to freedom, leaving a trail of sawdust and eating through several sheets of sticky labels (don’t ask me why – the glue tastes terrible).

After effects in the stationary drawer ...

So this now means war – ignoring any weapons limitations treaties to the contrary, we will be deploying mousetraps at the earliest opportunity.

Failing that, we’ll be escalating to the nuclear option and deploying Mia*, the latest addition to the Brigade staff. At seven weeks she might have to grow a little bit, but having seen what she does to a toy mouse, I have no doubt as to her eventual effectiveness against real ones !


*Mia – Mia-cat – geddit ? It wasn’t my idea …