New for Crisis

Last post before I go off to Crisis (in fact I’ve already left, this is a timed post !). We have a number of new items at the show in several ranges, which I’ll quickly summarise below.

Phil sprang a surprise on me this week by turning up with some new Belgian figures for the Great War range. We have kneeling NCOs and buglers for all of the infantry types, including ones wearing a side cap (some infantry units wore side caps instead of Shakos early in the war). These are so new that there are no photos, you’ll just have to come and find us tomorrow.

GW28-1140 – Infantry NCO in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1141 – Infantry NCO in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1142 – Carabinier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1143 – Grenadier NCO – £1.50
GW28-1144 – Infantry Bugler in Shako – £1.50
GW28-1145 – Infantry Bugler in Side Cap – £1.50
GW28-1146 – Carabinier Bugler – £1.50
GW28-1147 – Grenadier Bugler – £1.50

In 15mm we have the South African Buffel light APC and Hippo truck which have moved into full production and should be on the website early next week. The Buffel is available with the option of a hatch and pintel weapon, light MG turret or missile turret. Support and AA versions should be following shortly. We also have a few pre-production Angelshark VTOLs (literally just a couple left) if you would like to get one before the full release.

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SF15-603 – Buffel Light APC – £8.00
SF15-608 – Hippo Heavy Truck – £8.50
SF15-704 – Angelshark VTOL – £8.00

You’ve already seen Bonn Station and the Atlantic Wall in 2mm, and these will all be available.

Bonn HBF

AW Release

SSS-8042 – Bonn Hauptbahnhof – £3.50
SSS-8043 – Atlantic Wall Set #1 – £6.00
SSS-8044 – Atlantic Wall Set #2 – £5.00
SSS-8045 – Grand Bunker – £0.50

Plus of course we have the new Aeronef released at the end of last week.

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VAN-214 – Herring class Biplane Light Bomber (x6) – £1.25
VAN-417 – Ader class Monoplane Fighter (x6) – £1.25
VAN-513 – Oryol class Biplane Bomber (x3) – £1.00

See you tomorrow ! If you can’t make it, then any of these items that aren’t already on the website will be added in the next week or two.

Band on the Run

If you’ve been to one of the shows in the south-east of England this year, you might have caught a glimpse of Phil’s magnificent (and prize-winning) WWI demonstration game ‘Somewhere in Belgium’ (excellent scenery but he needs to work on the title …). This was a real one-man affair with Phil making and painting all of the scenery and figures – except for one little bit. He tasked me with making a bandstand for the ornamental gardens which occupied one part of the board, and I duly obliged with a computer-designed effort that we had printed in nylon by Shapeways. This model is available from the Brigade3D Shapeways store if you would like one of your own for your Victorian, WWI or later 28mm terrain.

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Somewhere in Belgium

As Tony mentioned a while ago I wasn’t able to go with him on his jolly to Stoke Rochford Hall since I was attending the Cavalier show in Tonbridge. So whilst he was tucking into venison and port I was making do with a scotch egg and a sandwich from the local Sainsburys.

Tony had kindly volunteered my services to produce the current Maidstone Wargames Society show game (something to do with it being 2014 and our Belgian range being my idea). I settled on a small encounter between German and Belgian infantry in an un-named town “Somewhere in Belgium” in August 1914. The scenery would all be scratch-built (including a rather spiffy 3D printed bandstand by Tony) with our own Belgian figures taking on Germans from Renegade Miniatures and Great War Miniatures. We used the “Through the Mud and the Blood” rules by the Two Fat Lardies.

So after a lot of late nights and a lot of painting and some very stupid ideas (indvidiual cobbles on the roads being an obvious one) the game was ready (enough) for its first outing.

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At the end of the day both sides were claiming a victory. The Germans because they made it to the end of the table and there were only two Belgians left who were not casualties or prisoners. The Belgians because it had taken the Germans all day to get to the end of the table whilst losing around forty-five men and because there were still two of their men left to carry on the fight.

Last Belgians standing

The Germans decided to stop early on and engage in a long range rifle duel which the Belgians amazingly won. As a Belgian player on the day I feel duty bound to show a picture of the mass of German dead on the bridge.

Germans on the bridge

Despite being there all day I managed to take very few decent pictures of the game. Fortunately there are some better ones on Clint Burnett’s blog here.

The game will be getting its next outing at Salute in April (table GM19 if you want to come and have a look). Which gives me around three weeks to finish off the bits that weren’t ready in time for Cavalier (most noteably casualty figures and the Minerva armoured car) and correct the bits I’m not happy with.

Lest we forget

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Although there are many war memorials in and around Maidstone commemorating men who died in the Great War, one in particular stands out to me. Simply because it is in the main Maidstone Post Office and I see it every time I go there to send an order.

The following local men of the General Post Office are remembered on the memorial.

Private Frank Moody – died 28th October 1914 aged 27

Sapper Henry Robert Mount – died 8th May 1915 aged 19

Private William George Maytum – died 13th July 1917

Rifleman George Meek – died 24th October 1917

Private Richard William Black – died 21st March 1918 aged 33

Sapper Ernest Edward Froud – died 14th April 1918

Private James Thomas Robinson – died 6th October 1918

Lance Corporal Sydney William James Dann – died 24th March 1919 aged 23

Painting Belgians part one – the infantry

I’ve been meaning to produce a painting guide for our Great War Belgian figures for a rather long time. Since I’m currently working on a project that involves painting a large number of them now seemed a good time to actually do it. This first instalment will cover the different types of infantry. Subsequent posts will cover the other models in the range.

As I have got a lot of them to paint I was aiming for the fewest steps possible, ideally a base coat and single highlight on each area. That didn’t always work out since some parts ended up having four different layers of paint. All of the colours used were either from Wargames Foundry  (WF) or Games Workshop (GW).

All three figures were sprayed white. The flesh was given a basecoat of WF Flesh (5B), a drybrush of WF Flesh  (5C) a wash of GW Seraphim Sepia and a second (lighter) drybrush of WF Flesh (5C).

Line infantry

Infantry wore a dark blue greatcoat and blue grey trousers. The piping on the trousers was changed from red to blue in 1911 but the older colour had not been phased out by 1914. In fact many soldiers wore no piping on the theirInfantry front trousers. The Shako was dark blue but normally worn with a black cover. Many of the infantry discarded the shako in favour of a circular forage cap which was dark blue with red piping. The regiment number was displayed on the front of the shako and forage cap.

The greatcoat was given a base coat of WF Storm Blue (39A) and dry-brushed with WF Storm Blue (39C). The result was a little too bright so a couple of coats of GW Badab Black wash was added to darken the final colour. The shako was GW Abaddon Black with a light dry-brush of GW Administratum Grey with a red pom-pom. The regimental number was (badly) painted in white in a red shield design on the front of the shako. The trousers were a base of GW The Fang and a dry-brush of GW Administratum Grey.

Carabiniers

Carabiniers wore a dark green greatcoat and “Belgian grey” trousers. The piping on the trousers was changed from yellow to dark green in 1911 but as with the infantry both or none could be seen in use by 1914. In practice the greatcoats were so dark that they Carabinier front 2appeared black. Their Tyrolean style hats were made of black felt.

The Carabiniers are the easiest to paint since pretty much everything is black. You could even get away with doing the trousers in black as well on some figures since the grey cloth could tend to be very dark. The greatcoat was given a base of GW Abaddon Black with a dry-brush of GW Stormvermin Fur. A second highlight of GW Administratum Grey was added to bring out a few more of the details.

 

Grenadiers

Grenadiers wore a similar uniform to the infantry. According to the Handbook of the Belgian army the greatcoat was the same colour.  Looking at surviving Grenadier frontexamples of both however show that the Grenadiers coats were more blue than the infantry ones. Their trousers were dark blue with broad scarlet piping. In the field they wore the same style forage cap as the infantry.

The greatcoat was painted the same colours as the for the line infantry. However to give it a slightly more blue colour only one coat of the black wash was applied. Collar patches were added in red.

The trousers were given a basecoat of GW Kantor Blue and a dry-brush of GW The Fang.

 

Equipment

The equipment was painted the same for all three figures.

The backpacks were given a base coat of Foundry Rawhide (11A) and a couple of coats of GW Devlan mud. The water bottles had a basecoat of Foundry Light EquipmentDrab (12C) and the haversack Foundry Rawhide (11B). Both were given a wash of GW Devlan mud.

All of the black items (the mess tins, ammunition pouches and belts, boots, bayonet scabbards and spades) were GW Abbadon Black with a dry-brush of GW Administratum Grey. The handles of the spades and the rifles were painted in WF Rawhide (11A) and highlighted with GW Ushabti Bone. The gun barrels were silver with a black wash. The hilt of the bayonet was highlighted with GW Administratun Grey.

 

 References

The Handbook of the Belgian army 1914 (The Imperial War Museum ISBN 1-901623-07-6) is a reprint of war office manuals, one from 1906 and one from 1914. It contains a wealth of information concerning pretty much every aspect of the Belgian military. No illustrations but a lot of detail.

Armes Militaria magazine is a French language publication with several issues containing articles on the Belgian army. Back issues are available from their website. In particular issue 66 has an article on line infantry and issue 71 has one on Carabiniers and Chasseurs a pied both with good colour photos of the uniforms.

Moments in time…..part one

The inspiration for our Belgian refugees came from original images from 1914. This made it rather easy when it came to giving Aaron details of what we were after, I simply mailed him a selection of photos and asked him to copy them!

I think that he has captured the look and feel of the people very well (even down to the clogs worn by one of the men). If only the subjects of the photos could have imagined that 99 years after the pictures were taken they would be immortalised as 28mm pewter figures!

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refugees-3It would be fascinating to know who they were and what happened to them during and after the war.

Fleeing from the Boche !

All six front

Another new release today – this time we’re going back to the start of WW1 and the German attack on Belgium. We have six new figures depicting Belgian civilians caught up in the fighting and fleeing the advancing German forces. All of the figures were sculpted from contemporary photographs and wear authentic clothing, and have random head variants.

They are available as a pack of six figures, as separate male and female sets (three figures each) or individually.

GW28-1139 Belgian Civilians (x6) – £6.50
GW28-1139m Male Civilians (x3) – £3.50
GW28-1139w Female Civilians (x3) – £3.50

Some not-so-good news as well. Having reviewed the British spaceship moulds, we’ve decided that we’re not going to release them immediately – some, especially the moulds for the larger vessels, are a bit unreliable and the quality of some of the castings simply isn’t good enough. We’re going to redesign some of the models slightly and get new prints made, followed by new moulds. This process will probably take several weeks (and is going to cost us quite a bit in new prints and moulds) which is disappointing, but we’d rather do that than push out models that aren’t to the standard we (or you) would expect.

But finishing on a positive note, we’ll have more new releases later in the week – 6mm buildings and 15mm vehicles 🙂

Fun with a dremel

Its just coming up to 1am and I find myself dremeling into the heads of Belgian ladies. Obvious really. What else would I be doing at this time.

I’ve one final mould to make for Salute and its the second one for the Bel;gian civilians. Unfortunately the heads aren’t a snug enough fit into the bodies to survive the vulcaniser without moving so each one has to be pinned in place. So I’m dremeling into the necks and heads of Belgian ladies.

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Salute Release Pricing

Ten days to Salute (aaaaghh !!!). So here we go … details and pricing for some of the Salute Releases. We’ll update this page with more as we go along so you may want to revisit again before the day.

British Spaceships
UPDATE – please note slight changes to destroyer designations

SFSP-101 – Fleet Pack (2 Churchill, 2 Heavy Cruiser, 2 A-class, 2 S-class) – £22.00
SFSP-103 – Pursuit Pack (2 Inflexible, 2 Town class, 2 W-class, 2 D-class, 3 L-class) – £22.00

SFS-100 – Churchill class Battleship – £7.50
SFS-101 – Inflexible class Battlecruiser – £6.00
SFS-120 – County class Heavy Cruiser – £3.50
SFS-121 – Town class Light Cruiser – £2.50
SFS-130 – A-class Fleet Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-131 – D-class Torpedo Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-132 – W-class Escort Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-140 – L-class Frigate – £0.75
SFS-150 – S-class Corvette – £0.25
SFS-170 – Manxman class MWV – £1.50

As I suspected he might, Phil popped up with yet another mould which I didn’t know about – so AmRep players now get a new fighter type, the Goshawk.

SFS-262 Goshawk fighter (x12) – £1.50

Squadron Commander

SCR-1401 – Pedang class Interceptor – £2.50
SCR-1402 – Kampak class Attack Fighter – £2.50
Both available in blister packs of four models for £9.00 including bases

Indonesian 6mm Vehicles

IC-1401 – Indonesian Army Group – £35.00
IC-1411 – Indonesian Tank Company – £11.50
IC-1412 – Indonesian Infantry Company – £12.00
IC-1413 -Indonesian Artillery Group – £14.50
IC-1414 – Indonesian Armoured Convoy – £10.75
All individual vehicles – £1.00

6mm Desert Buildings

B300-109 – Villa – £2.00
B300-111 – Loading Bay – £2.00
B300-122 – Small Tower #2 – £2.00
B300-123 – Twin-dome Buildings – £1.75
B300-124 – Large Villa – £2.25

15mm EuroFed SF
SF15-401 – Montsabert Tank (tank or support variant) – £8.00
SF15-403 – Tassigny APC (twin-MG, gatling or missile mount) – £8.00
SF15-403b – Tassigny Missile Vehicle – £8.00
SF15-403c – Tassigny Command Vehicle – £8.00

15mm German SF
SF15-301 – Thor Tank (tank, heavy support or twin support turrets) – £8.00
SF15-303 – Lynx APC (twin-MG or autocannon turret) – £8.00

15mm Buildings
B15-201 – Small advanced house- £7.00
B15-202 – Medium advanced house- £9.00

Land Ironclads
VLI-8017 – British Flak Tower – £2.00
VLI-8018 – German Flak Tower – £2.00

28mm Great War
GW28-1139 – Belgian Civilians/refugees (x6) – £6.50

Rescued from Parcelforce

Thanks to the New Zealand postal service we managed to track down the package of Belgian civilians that we feared had been seen for the last time.

It was held up because some import VAT had to be paid before it could be released. Unfortunately some bright spark at Parcelforce put the wrong name on the letter advising us of the VAT. So basically it made its way safely half way around the globe but the Royal Mail couldn’t send a letter correctly over a distance of ten miles……

So after a quick trip to the local Parcelforce depot yesterday we now have the figures in our hands. I’ll be adding them to the stack of new models that I’ll be feeding to the vulcaniser over the weekend.