It isn’t easy being green……

The master models (or “greens”) for the new Belgian civilians previewed here and here left New Zealand around five weeks ago. Unfortunately so far they haven’t been seen since. We’ve not even had a sniff of them being held up in customs which wouldn’t be unusual.

We’re trying to track them down at the moment. So fingers crossed.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Another Belgian sneak peek

In addition to completing the Belgian civilians Aaron has also started on something else for our WWI range. He hasn’t finished yet so just a little sneak peek for now……

More Belgians….

Following on from the rather belated release of our latest Belgian infantry figures we have a preview of some more.

This time its a selection of six (well actually six and a half) refugees. As with the others in the range they have been sculpted by the talented Aaron Brown of Black Crab Sculpting.

They are due to be leaving New Zealand in the next day or so and we’re aiming for a release at the Crisis show in Antwerp in November (assuming that they don’t get delayed in customs of course).

So if you’re a Belgian player looking for someone to defend or a German player looking for someone to terrify these could be just what you’re after.

New Great War Belgians

The new skirmishing Belgian infantry have been added to the website – three packs of six figures (three poses per pack) at £6.50. Find them here. No photos of the production models yet, hopefully by the end of the week !

SELWG Releases

With just over a week to go to the show we’re firming up on the new models that we’ll have available.

After a successful run of the master moulds the other night, we have tins and initial stock of the Neo-Soviet BRK gunboat, in two variants with a choice of turrets. Although we’re selling this as a Neo-Soviet model, it looks pretty good with other turrets from our 6mm range (for example, I tried it with the German Helheim gatling turret and EuroFed Tassigny AA turrets because they happened to be lying on my desk). If you ask us nicely enough we’ll sell it with whatever turrets you require.

In the same master mould were the two Scandinavian Union capital ships. The cruisers and escorts will be in a second mould which we’ll be spinning today. We should have the full range of ten plus fleet packs and Union flags on the day. As you can see, the ‘Nef absolutely look the business when tooled up with all of their turrets and masts.

As a little experiment, I also made up a couple of our Land Ironclads scale fortresses with Scandinavian turrets (I would have done the 4-turret fortress as well but ran out of turrets !). The Maunsell fortress (right) needs a little bit of work (drilling out holes for the turret pegs) but they look fine.

The next confirmed release will be the 28mm Great War Belgian skirmish infantry in three variants – infantry in shako, Grenadiers and Carabiniers.

Don’t forget that we’ll also have stock of Angel Barracks 6mm SF civilians and RDF infantry with us as well.

That’s what we have confirmed so far, but there may be more if we pull our fingers out, so stay tuned.

WWI as a Bar Brawl

It’s not new and some of you have probably seen this before, but it made me laugh the other day when Phil posted it to the Maidstone Wargames Society mailing list, so I thought I’d post it here.



Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint.

Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg.

Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view.

Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers.

Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

Austria asks Serbia who it’s looking at.

Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene.

Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is Germany going to do about it?

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action.

Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.

Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper. When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

France and Britain punch Germany. Austria punches Russia. Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on Britain’s side, but stays there. Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back. There are no hard feelings because Britain made Australia do it.

France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting. Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway. Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room chanting.

America waits till Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, then walks over and smashes it with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

By now all the chairs are broken and the big mirror over the bar is shattered. Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault . While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all their friends.

The causes of WWI

Belgian Cavalry Riders

Over the weekend, a customer asked if he could buy some of our Great War Belgian cavalry figures separately (ie riders without horses) to mount on monsters as part of an SF game. We always try to listen to what our customers want (sometimes it can take a bit longer to get things done, but we do listen), so the website has been updated so that you can purchase any of our cavalry figures on their own, and just for good measure we’ve made the horses available on their own too.

http://www.brigademodels.co.uk/GreatWar28/index.html

Lancer

This particular customer didn’t mention what he was using as mounts … we figure you could do worse than some of our Celtos models, for example the Sidhe Dragons or Fomorian Blood Reavers (which we already sell on their own). At a show earlier in the year one customer bought up our entire stock of dragons to use as mounts for plastic Teutonic Knights !

Celtos and Great War Sales – last couple of days …

Just a quick reminder that the sale offers on our 28mm ranges, Celtos and the Belgian Great War figures, has entered its last few days. The offer runs until the end of this coming Sunday (August 5th) so you have just a couple of days to grab some cut-price dog-carts, bargain skeletons or rock-bottom dragon riders.

And don’t forget that you can still get hold of the Salute 2005 Celtos promo figure – if you hurry.

Sale Part #2 – Update

So the sale is up and running, if you visit our site you’ll get 15% off both the Celtos and Great War ranges for the next 9 days.

As a bit of a bonus, we decided on an additional, extra special offer. Hunting round in the back of the workshop last night, we came across the mould for a gorgeous promo Swordmaiden figure that was given away at Salute 2005, back in the Urban Mammoth days (a few months before we took over the range). This figure has never been part of the range proper, and isn’t available for sale (it doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the figures size-wise). However, we’re going to give away a copy of this figure with any Celtos orders for £50 or more during the sale. This will be the only way you’ll be able to get the figure, we won’t be putting it in the Celtos range and we won’t be selling it separately.

Swordmaiden 2005

(Image from Celtos Legion)