Blast-tastic! 2016

It’s rather short notice, but on Saturday our autumn round of shows resumes with our third visit to Bristol for Blast-tastic!, organised by Michael at Angel Barracks.

This is a sci-fi themed show, so we will be carrying the 6mm and 15mm ranges, spaceships, Squadron Commander, Aeronef models and of course we’ll have Imperial Skies at a show for the first time. We’ll also bring the 2mm scenery range since these complement the Aeronef and Land Ironclads models. We will not be taking Celtos, Great War or Magpie Miniatures.

Next weekend it’s SELWG at Crystal Palace, then a Stoke Rochford weekend on the 21st/22nd/23rd before we round off the year with our annual trip to Crisis in Antwerp on November 5th.

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The Russians are Coming !

The four new models we created for the Imperial Skies Kickstarter were all the result of stretch goals that we hit in the campaign. There were several other goals that we didn’t quite get to, including a new Russian battleship. But in this case I decided to go ahead and make one anyway – and got so carried away that I ended up making three!

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The first model is actually a remake – it’s a new version of the Borodino class battleship, with the same layout but a new design and new turrets.

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Next up is the Poltava class dreadnought, very similar to the Borodino in styling but larger and with four turrets in a diamond layout.

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The third new model is the smaller Admiral Nakhimov class battlecruiser (although some naval experts feel she is more correctly termed a light battleship, as the class doesn’t have the speed of a conventional battlecruiser).

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All three models have resin hulls with metal turrets, funnels and masts. All are available from the website now.

VAN-506 – Borodino class Battleship – £6.50
VAN-514 – Poltava class Dreadnought – £7.50
VAN-515 – Admiral Nakhimov class Battlecruiser – £6.00

The Gaulois

The huge Gaulois class Dreadnought is a departure for the French aerial fleet, being slower and heavier than existing French vessels.

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The tumblehome-hulled ship has four heavy turrets arranged in a diamond layout with two centreline twins and two outboard singles. There is also a secondary battery of eight lighter turrets.

The main hull is a resin casting, with separate metal pieces for the turrets, tail and other fittings.

VAN-418 – Gaulois class Dreadnought – £9.00

SMS Kaiser

One of the largest aerial vessels in service anywhere in the world is the German Kaiser class.

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The Kaiser has six heavy new-design turrets, two twin and four single, along with an array of secondary turrets and sponson guns. The model has a resin hull with a number of metal parts to make up this impressively large model.

VAN-322 – Kaiser class Dreadnought – £9.00

USS Lexington

The US aerial fleets have a new vessel entering service – the battlecruiser Lexington.

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The Lexington’s unique layout has her four heavy-bore guns in huge semi-circular sponsons, able to rotate through 110° arcs. Secondary armament is a more conventional broadside layout, with smaller guns arrayed either side. Two torpedo tubes fire through the front hull.

The Lexington is an all-metal model consisting of six parts – upper and lower hull, two funnels, tail and mast.

VAN-216 – Lexington class Battlecruiser – £8.00

HMS Vanguard

The first of the new Imperial Skies Kickstarter models to be launched is the British battleship Vanguard.

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This all new model has a resin hull and a dozen metal parts which make up a detailed flying battleship, ready to serve Her Majesty’s aerial navy in all corners of the Empire. Armed with two heavy-bore cannon in huge barbettes fore and aft, it also has a hefty secondary armament in four secondary turrets amidships.

The photos above are of her sister ship Valiant (I couldn’t find any decals saying Vanguard !).

VAN-119 – Vanguard class Battleship – £8.00

Taking to the (Imperial) Skies

Today is the day – the Imperial Skies rulebook is now available from our website for those who missed out on the Kickstarter. We also have accessories such as the turn rulers and logo dice.

In case you don’t know, or are new to us, Imperial Skies is a set of fast-paced rules for aerial combat between huge flying airships in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The game is designed with our range of Aeronef miniatures in mind and includes stats for almost all them. It can also be played using models from other manufacturers, and a design system is included to allow you create your own ships.

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The 117-page, full colour rulebook contains the rules, design guidelines for your own ships, stats for the full Brigade Models range and a painting guide.

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Turn rulers can either be photocopied from the rulebook or downloaded from our website and printed into thin card. However, as a more robust and attractive solution there are also laser-cut acrylic turn rulers available.

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Each ship has three sizes of gun available – Big Bore, Medium Bore and Small Bore. To speed up the game and allow each ship to roll all of their dice at once, you can use different colours to differentiate the gun types. Our sets of dice have ten each of red, orange and yellow d6 (the colours match those used on the stats cards) with the six replaced by the Imperial Skies winged bomb logo. Extra sets of a single colour are also available from the website.

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ISK-001 – Imperial Skies Rulebook – £20.00
ISK-010 – Turn Rulers (set of five) – £7.50
ISK-011 – Logo Dice (set of 30) – £10.00

General Ridgway

The M-65 Ridgway is a one-man American Republic combat walker which can be equipped with a variety of weaponry depending on the required role.

It’s also an additional contribution that we made towards the Polyversal Kickstarter – everyone who pledged at ‘Adjutant’ level or higher gets a free set of three models, one of each type. The original design was something I put together a couple of years’ ago, but with the benefit of more design experience I felt I could make it better. So I’ve sat down and redrafted the model, and this is the result (or almost – there are one or two more tweaks to make before it’s 100% finished).

The Ridgway will ship to all qualifying contributors with the rest of their pledges, won’t be made available for general sale until 12 months after that.

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Imperial Update #5 – Liftoff Delayed

Let’s start with the good news, shall we ? I can finally say, after a last visit to the Post Office yesterday, that

100% of pledges have now shipped!

Robin and ourselves should really be dancing in the aisles at this point after the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign.

But … and there’s always a but. At the end of packing everything, not all of the items we’d expected to ship had gone. There was stuff left which shouldn’t have been there. So we investigated this, and discovered that somehow there were anomalies between orders and the master packing list. It didn’t affect the basic pledges – so everyone will have their rulebooks and main fleet packs. But a small number of add-on items placed through Backerkit had not made it onto the packing list that we used to pack the orders. It only seems to affect a small proportion of pledges and a very small number of specific items. We have emailed everyone who we think may have been affected and asked them to check their orders when they arrive (the last ones only went yesterday and won’t reach far-flung locations for a week or so).

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And of course it means that, sticking to our strict ‘no retail sales until the KS has shipped’ policy, it’ll be another few days before the rules hit the website.