Our Triumph in the Cosmos !

Our triumph in the cosmos–the anthem of the Soviet country! is the translated caption (thanks, Bing!) of this wonderful space-race era propaganda poster. I also thought it would make a great opener for the release of our Soviet spaceship fleet.

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This initial release consists of eight models – six ships and two fighter types – as well as two packs. The Fleet pack has two battleships plus escorts, while the carrier pack has a carrier, thirty fighters plus escorting ships.

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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Voroshilov class Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Varyag class Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Groznyy class Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Isakov class Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Stoykiy class Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Molniya class Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Sokol class Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Grif class Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

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The colour scheme is Tamiya Sky Blue with a heavy wash and drybrush using Citadel paints. The Soviet stars are from Dom’s Decals aircraft range, other decals from my bits box (I think the pennant numbers on the carrier and battleship are a chopped up 1/35th number plate from a Leopard I !).

Given the response they have received at Salute last month and on various forums, I think it’s unlikely that we won’t be releasing more ships in this fleet !

The Salute Sticky Page

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Assuming all goes to plan, this page will list everything we’re planning to release at Salute this year. We’ve made it a ‘sticky’ page, which means that it will remain at the top of the blog until the big day (April 25th) – after which I’ll un-sticky it. It will be ‘live’ page and will be updated as new items appear.

You can find us at stand TH10 – there’s a floor plan on the Salute website to help guide you, we are pretty much in the middle of the hall and not far from the painting competition and command table.

We welcome pre-orders for the show. You can order from the website and pay in the normal way by selecting the ‘Collect in Person‘ shipping option, although you can only order existing models this way and not any of the new releases. To pre-order any new items (or old ones), send us an e-mail. You can then either pay on the day in cash or by card (assuming our new card reader doesn’t have a hissy fit like the old one did last year …) or if you’d like to get your spending squared away in advance then we can send you a PayPal invoice.

So onto the main content of this post, the list of planned new releases. Items which are in italics or which don’t yet have a price are yet-to-be-confirmed. The post isn’t too picture heavy, but if you click on the header text for each category it will take you to other posts that show the models in more detail.

We are still unclear on what we’ll have of the ArmiesArmy infantry ranges, any attempt at casting stock for these is being left until the last minute.

Spaceships


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SFSP-1201 – Soviet Fleet Pack – £22.00
SFSP-1202 – Soviet Carrier Pack – £22.00
SFS-1200 – Battleship – £7.50
SFS-1210 – Carrier – £9.00
SFS-1220 – Heavy Cruiser – £3.00
SFS-1221 – Light Cruiser – £2.00
SFS-1230 – Destroyer – £1.25
SFS-1240 – Frigate – £0.75
SFS-1260 – Interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-1261 – Fighter-Bomber (x12) – £1.50

15mm SF Infantry in Full Armour


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SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

15mm Vehicles


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SF15-111 – Athena VTOL – £17.50
SF15-1303 – Suwalska Half-track APC – £8.00
SF15-1303a – Suwalska with RFAC turret – £8.00
SF15-1303d – Suwalska with ATGW turret – £8.00

2mm Forts


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SSS-8053 – No Man’s Land/Horse Sands Fort – £4.00
SSS-8053s – No Man’s Land w/Turrets – £4.50
SSS-8054 – Spitbank Fort – £3.00
SSS-8055 – St Helen’s Fort – £2.00
SSS-8056 – Southsea Castle (1544) – £4.00
SSS-8056a – Southsea Castle (1814) – £4.25

6mm Mercenary Vehicles


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IC-1501 – Mercenary Army Pack – £35.00
IC-1511 – Mercenary Light Tank Company – £8.75
IC-1512 – Mercenary Heavy Tank Company – £14.00
IC-1513 – Mercenary Infantry Company – £11.75
IC-1511 – Mercenary Support Company – £8.75
SF300-1501 – Shaman- £0.75
SF300-1501a – Firefly- £0.75
SF300-1502 – Sohei with DS Gun – £1.25
SF300-1502a – Sohei with Gatling – £1.25
SF300-1502b – Sohei with Heavy laser – £1.25
SF300-1502c – Sohei with Twin Powergun – £1.25
SF300-1503 – Magnus APC – £1.00
SF300-1504 – Legion MRL – £0.75
SF300-1505 – Warlock – £0.75
SF300-1507 – Wizard Jeep – £0.50
SF300-1508 – Ontos Tank Destroyer – £0.75

6mm Desert Domed Buildings


B300-401 – Large Domed Building – £2.50
B300-402 – Medium Cylindrical Building – £2.00
B300-403 – Small Cylindrical Building – £1.50
B300-404 – Small Multi-dome Dwelling – £1.00
B300-405 – Small Oval Dwelling – £1.00

Belgian Great War Cyclists


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GW28-1148a – Cyclist Officer in Kepi – £1.75
GW28-1148b – Cyclist Officer in Sidecap – £1.75
GW28-1149 – Carabinier Cyclist Troops on Bike – £3.00

Another fine day …

In contrast to yesterday’s near gales, today was a bit calmer and warmer – so perfect weather for casting outdoors again. As well as casting for orders and Salute stock, I was able to try out some new moulds for both the 15mm Polish half-tracks and the Soviet spaceship carrier hull.

As always with new moulds, it takes two or three castings to work out all of the gremlins and find the bits that need particular attention to avoid air bubbles. The half-tracks in particular were troublesome, but the castings got progressively better as I went along and I ended the day with assembled versions of each of the three hull types. Most of the metal parts such as tracks, wheels, turrets and hatches are existing components so I was able to put some together – only the guns for the support version have yet to be moulded.

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The Soviet carrier looks pretty good – I only have one finished casting so far which has an air bubble or two, but it’s still pretty imposing. It has the same bridge and engines as the battleship, and is a ‘battle-carrier’ design with two heavy turrets at the front and the flight deck at the rear.

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I also photographed some castings of the new 15mm infantry while I was prepping them for production moulds. This is the first pack, eight pulse rifle-armed grunts.

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Finally, the new turret for the Shaman Firefly has arrived – here it is sitting on a hull, next to the existing version so you can see the differences.

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Soviets in Space

So, next on the Salute workbench is a new range of spaceships. The latest force to get a long-overdue spacefaring (and fighting) capability are the Soviets. The first batch consists of a battleship, two cruisers, two escorts and fighters. Like the British models, the larger ships will have separate heavy gun turrets. They’ve been designed around the idea of missile armament, so most ships have VLS hatches on the upper surface, with smaller turrets dotted around.

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What’s that you ask ? Where’s the carrier ? He’s a big beast, so will have a resin main hull which is sitting in a curing mould as I type, so isn’t available for photographs. Don’t worry, all will be revealed …

The Colossus of Spaceships

For this week’s new release, we have more additions to our ever-popular British spaceship fleet.

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The Colossus class battleship is of similar size to the existing Churchill, but instead of the latter’s all-round turret firepower, the Colossus has heavy fixed-forward armament comparable to the much larger Fisher dreadnoughts. The model is supplied with the same weapon sprue as the Fisher, with optional Maser, Mass-driver or Torpedo weapons.

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In addition, we’ve created a missile turret option for the existing Battleship and Heavy Cruiser models to create the Wellesley class Missile Battleship and Kent class Missile Cruiser. The turrets are also available separately for conversions and scratchbuilding.

SFS-100a – Wellesley class Missile Battleship – £7.50
SFS-103 – Colossus class Battleship – £7.50
SFS-120a – Kent class Missile Cruiser – £3.50
SFS-7051 – British Missile Turrets – £1.50

Mountain and River

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We have two new releases for you today in the spaceships range. The first is a re-mastered CDSU Shanzi (Mountain) class super-carrier. This replaces the old (very old, almost 20-years-old) master which was due an honourable retirement. The new model has a resin main hull with metal deck and other fittings. Compare the photo above of the new model with the old one below – we hope you’ll agree that this new version is a much improved sculpt, while still retaining the same overall design.

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The second new model, the German Maas destroyer leader (seen escorting the Shanzi above), is a master that’s been kicking around for a while but which we’ve finally got into a mould. The Mass-class vessels are assigned one or two per flotilla to provide long-range firepower.

SFS-510 – Shanzi class Carrier – £9.00
SFS-331 – Mass class Destroyer Leader – £1.75

Fisher Revisited

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After I published the stats for the Fisher dreadnoughts a while back, it was pointed out to me that they contained an error – not enough main gun turrets ! The stats had three, the model four. So I’ve corrected this and uploaded new stats to the website. At the same time I’ve added the new Swiftsure cruiser to the British list.

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I also spotted that the Bulwark was missing from the stats, so that’s also been uploaded, along with an updated to the fighters list.

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I was hoping to get the Indonesians added, but the sale orders keep coming in so I’m spending lots of time at the workshop casting – I’ll try to get these added next week.

Stealthy Assassin

Something new in the webshop for the start of the week – the recently previewed British Swiftsure class cruiser. This stealth-equipped light cruiser has twin heavy railguns and high speed allowing for fast hit-and-run tactics.

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SFS-122 – Swiftsure Attack Cruiser – £2.50

As a bit of an added bonus, at the same time we’ve remade the mould for the Halifax light cruiser so they are even better quality castings.

Fishing for Stats

A quick note to say that I’ve finally got round to uploading Starmada X stats for the Fisher class dreadnought in its various derivations to the Brigade website. Click on the Starmada logo to go to the relevant page.

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No-new Release Friday

I’m afraid that the current sequence of shows has thrown our carefully crafted release schedule into a bit of a tail spin, and once again this week’s planned new items aren’t quite ready.

However, a package arrived from the 3D printers this morning, which is always exciting, so instead of something you can buy this week, I thought I’d show off some of the items you can buy in a few weeks (much shorter in some cases). So, with the usual apologies about the difficulty of photographing translucent white plastic, here we go…

First up, a follow on from the post earlier this week on the new Charlemagne battlecruisers – here they are in all their blurry, washed-out glory. The sharp-eyed will spot that one of the hulls has already lost a gun barrel, which are a bit fragile, and I’ll have to replace it before they go in a mould.

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Next we’re onto 15mm items. This is the hull for the Buffel APC previewed a week or two back, the first print was flawed (= I cocked up) so this is the replacement. It’s carrying a support weapon turret which will be available as an option and also fits the Wildebeest. Sorry, this really isn’t a great photo but trust me, it looks good in the plastic. The Buffel and Hippo will be available very soon, they would already be out had I not sent the wrong hull model to the printers first time round.

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This little piece is a 15mm heavy weapons tripod, designed to carry the range of pintle weapons we came out with recently – the sample is posed with a tribarrel gatling. And before anyone asks the obvious question – yes, they will come with crew (in fact Martin is sculpting them as I type).

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Lastly, some new spaceships. The British fleet has been selling as fast as we can churn them out, and we thought it was about time for an addition to the fleet. This is the Swiftsure pursuit cruiser (left), next to a Halifax light cruiser hull.

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Last, but by no means least, as with the older Aeronef models we’re going to be doing a slow rolling replacement of worn out spaceship moulds with remastered models. This is the CDSI Shanzi class fighter carrier (minus the lower hull, which is going to be a resin piece) – the deck is two part but the join should be neatly hidden under the new, extended bridge section.

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