Monday, 28 July 2014

Galactic Knights - A Miniature Design Art Jam plus offer!

Its not that often that you come home from a long day at work to find something totally awesome in your feed but that was just what I found today.  What follows is by our lead designer Sam Croes and is his own words and images about how the HOF105 Galactic Knights came into being.  Its a direct transcript with images.  I have put an offer on this code for a week at 10% off so check them out and now read on.  GBS

Some time ago, I was involved in a remarkable design collaboration, an "art jam" as some of us call. during such a "jam", two or more creative persons will bounce ideas and designs off each other and work together to create a truly unique end result. 

For this project, the first miniature design project I have thus attempted, I drew upon the wild ideas of my good friend, the many-talented Catheren "Cat" Beaton. Cat and I share a passion for swords and warriors, and during one of our online chats, the idea was sparked.

A few moments later, Cat had roughly sketched out what she thought the basic look of the Knights should be. From these expressive gesture lines, I distilled the most iconic features in a new drawing; the layered angular look of the suits and armour, the very unique helmet face plate, the broad sword blade and the flowing cloak.


Having then established the look of the figures, I then could start sculpting. One figure in the pack of four was based straight off the concept art. Two others were given handguns of a matching design, and a final one was given a support rifle type weapon. 

After receiving the first castings of these miniatures, it was time to decide on a colour scheme. Space Age white for the suits, trimmed with gold for a fantasy touch, but the main contrast was provided by a vivid purple for the cloaks and fiery orange for the energy sword blades. 



At this point the miniatures were released, but I was not done yet. Feeling inspired, I created one more illustration based on the final design. And with this picture, truly the process has come full circle. 


And so the collaboration came to a fruitful Conclusion. But that is not entirely the end of it, there's one thing more to show. Some time after the sculpting of the figures, Cat did me a lovely little sketch of a female sci-fi knight. I took this sketch and added some colour magic to it. 


Will this picture ever translate into miniature form? Only time can tell... Meanwhile, grab yourself a pack of Galactic Knights at 15mm.co.uk!  SC

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

V011 Scorpion Air Lander for Laserburn at 15mm.co.uk

Good and sad news everybody this week as we have the last Laserburn classic 15mm scale vehicle code re-mastered and re-released. Yes, that's right the last one and its been just over half a year since we started and its been a great experience and a lot of fun too. But we kept the daddy for last, the biggest and meanest of the whole vehicle range. That's right the old 'skull cracker' itself the Scorpion Air Lander. One of the very first 'dropship' type models in the early 1980's it was an absolute beast in white metal meaning it was really heavy, hard to produce and that meant that we took it off the market. In fact with this release today its now cheaper than it was in 2005! The big one piece hull is now in high quality grey tone resin which is much, much lighter. There are many dropship types of models on the market now but this vehicle is pure space opera with its open top and anti-gravity drive. Perhaps it was once in your collect or you might want to add one or more of them to your collection now. The Scorpion has come out beautifully and we are very happy with it and we hope you all are too.

Here are some pictures of the Scorpion Air Lander with scale image above showing a Laserburn 305 miniature (14mm tall).




V011 Scorpion Air Lander
1 Resin and Metal Kit 8.00GBP
This code contains all of the parts required to assemble one air lander suitable for any 15mm campaign. The parts are as follows a resin hull, a white metal cabin top, white metal landing legs and two separate white metal plasma robo turrets to mount on the hull. This model is not supplied with a flying base but can be easily mounted upon one. Assembly required but its a very easy build. Dimensions assembled are 55mm in length, 40mm width and 30mm height. A classic Laserburn model once more back in production.  Go HERE.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Monday, 21 July 2014

Human Colonial Army coming soon for Alien Squad Leader 2.0


It is the year 2100 and the Resource Wars are in full swing on Earth.  Nations feud to take what they can from a dying world that is all out of succour for her greedy children.  The richer power blocks have established small colonies on Mars and on the Moon in partial terraforming and in dome.  While the use of nuclear and chem-bio weapons is outlawed it is more out of fear than respect of life.  War is everywhere and the battle lines are in field and city both.   Before the strife reached its highest levels and regression began a dozen settlement ships were flung into the void in the 2080's founding Human possessions in nearby star systems. Those worlds are protected by the strained Colonial Defence Force against threat both of Earth origin and from among the stars themselves.

You might remember my musings about a brand new 100 point pre-packed army for Alien Squad Leader 2.0 back when we released the fantastic HOF27 Maginot Defence Turret and HOF28 Charger APC codes. Well the time for that release is fast approaching and its time for me to show you the composition of the 100 point army pack which will come with all the needed miniatures and all needed element bases (the great new resin cartouche bases put out a few weeks back) in a box with insert.  While the Maginot and the Charger have done really well on their own its is in this army that they come into their prime.  Read on:

HOF28 Charger APC with one of its three included turret options
HOF27 Maginot Turret with one of its two included weapon options

ASL02 Human Colonial Army (Security Force Alpha) 100 Points
Alien Squad Leader 2.0 Army Pack (Unpainted / Painted and Based) 

Colonial Army Veterans* (Regular Infantry)  HOF95, HOF98 (5) 7 Points *Command Stand
Colonial Army Veterans (Regular Infantry)  HOF104 (5)  7 Points
Colonial Troopers (Inferior Infantry) HOF96 (5)  5 Points
Colonial Troopers (Inferior Infantry) HOF96 (5)  5 Points
Colonial Troopers (Inferior Infantry) HOF97 (5)  5 Points
Colonial Troopers (Inferior Infantry) HOF97 (5)  5 Points
Colonial Troopers (Inferior Infantry) HOF97 (5)  5 Points
Colonial Troopers (Heavy Weapons) HOF100 (5)  5 Points
Colonial Troopers (Heavy Weapons) HOF100 (5)  5 Points
Support Droids (Robotic Infantry) HOF43 (5)  11 Points
Maginot Turret HOF27 10 Points
Maginot Turret HOF27 10 Points
Charger APC HOF28 10 Points
Charger APC HOF28 10 Points

HOF104 SFA Elite Troopers
This army pack consists of the following items:

45 Human Infantry
5 Robotic Infantry
2 Vehicle Kits
2 Defence Turret Kits
Bases: Fourteen (12 50mm x 50mm, 2 50mm x 100mm)

You can learn all about Human Colonial Armies in ASQL on pages 42-42 of the Alien Squad Leader rulebook.  These armies of this template type are characterised by their called up lower quality infantry defending their homeworld with the help of good defensive fire power and towers too.  One of the favourite templates for beginner players from our feedback and one to use against experienced players too.  This new army pack will get you into the game and playing plus it will save you 10% off list prices and the same if you choose to buy it pro-painted and based from 15mm.co.uk ready to play out of the box.

Thanks for reading.

GBS

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tabletop Fantasy Packs 501 and 505 Re-Mastered and Offer

As you all know we have been busy re-mastering, re-releasing the classic 15mm Laserburn vehicle range but that's not all we have been up to oh no. 15mm.co.uk has also set up a slower process to do the same to popular classic 15mm TTF Fantasy range as well. Dating from the early 1980's and packed full of Dungeon Crawl and adventure characters these miniatures provided a pattern that has influenced 15mm Fantasy ever since. While it will take us some time to get through the whole range we have begun with two packs of Human Characters. In celebration of getting these miniatures to our website we are offering 10% off the packs and singles in the packs for one week.

501 Human Mages and Clerics
501 Front View
501 Rear View
501 Human Mages and Clerics Pack
This pack contains ten 15mm scale white metal miniatures. A random mix of four poses great for skirmishing or characters. 501 Mage with Staff, 502 Mage with Wand, 503 Cleric with Mace in Chainmail and 504 Cleric in Plate Armour with Hammer. You can choose to purchase a pack or single miniatures or purchase three packs and save an additional 10%. Not supplied painted or with bases. Go HERE.

505 Human Character Pack One
505 Front View
505 Rear View

505 Human Characters I Pack
This pack contains ten 15mm scale white metal miniatures. A random mix of five poses great for skirmishing or characters. 505 Thief with Dagger, 506 Assassin in Cloak, 507 Bard with Dagger and Instrument, 508 Fighter in chainmail with pack and sword, 509 Fighter in plate armour with sword. You can choose to purchase a pack or single miniatures or purchase three packs and save an additional 10%. Not supplied painted or with bases. Go HERE.

We will be back with two more packs when they are ready and thanks as always for your support.

GBS

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sneak Peek – Greens for new Trolls in the HOT Range


We are expanding our excellent and long running HOT (Hordes of Things) with new packs and among the first of these are two packs that have been topping the requests lists for a long time; Trolls. A central element in any Goblinoid army (Goblins, Orcs, Mountain Orcs, Hob Goblins and so on) are monsters and a firm favourite type of monster is the Troll. Big, ugly and stupid but with a feral lust for killing and raw flesh Trolls are really hard to bring down. So they fit right in with Goblinoids as a behemoth element in say a HOTT Army.

Our HOT3A Troll pack is a firm favourite and we must have sold literally thousands over the years of this pack. Lead designer Sam Croes looked at the original Troll very carefully and I asked him to be faithful to the styling of this original design. While there is no right way or wrong way to create a creature of pure fantasy there are styles to which you can assign your design. I favour what I would refer to as the high fantasy British approach when it comes to Trolls. Tall, rangy and thin with hooked noses and warts, pot belly and without intellect. This would be familiar to almost all wargamers as an approach. This is the approach that the original HOT3A Troll was designed under so it would be continued.

While the already existing Troll is hunched over and dragging a big stone headed hammer behind it the new greens feature a Troll in the same style (they could be monstrous brothers) but this one is standing up and has a similar but different style of stone headed hammer over its shoulder; its mouth open in a jagged toothed leer. The other new Troll is looking around while getting ready to dole out some pain with a gripped tree trunk. Each of these new greens is totally in scale with the original and stands around 25mm tall sole of foot to top of head. Provisionally these two will be supplied as codes HOT3C Troll and HOT3D Troll with two identical miniatures per pack. I think Sam Croes equalled the original Troll and they will all go well together in a little group of savage monsters.

If you enjoyed this short look at the new greens and have suggestions for an expansion to the HOT range then do let me know. You would be surprised how open we are to suggestions and creating what wargamers ask for. After all that is really just what these new Trolls are. We expect to release the new codes in a few weeks time.

Thanks for Reading.

GBS

Thursday, 10 July 2014

New Post Apocalypse HOF Packs at 15mm.co.uk

This week we are expanding the domain of the wasteland warriors of the lords of the chem clouds. That's right two more packs in the Post Apocalyptic setting so that you can carve out a little radioactive place of your own on the gaming table.   Sculpted by Elton Waters the designer behind the Security Force Alpha part of the HOF Range and the Automatons too. Here are the details of the first two of these new packs.

HOF18
Rear  View
HOF18 Post Apocalyptic Command
This pack contains ten miniatures taken from four poses of human males wearing rags and trenchcoats all bare footed and sporting scavenged helmets.  A spotter with a long lens telescope, a commander pointing the way armed with a cleaver, a standard bearer with a severed head on a pole and a bare headed commander.  Good to lead your forces and perfect for use as normal or mutant or other gang forces for road warriors or urban decay. Or of course as the minions of a mad dictator of an empire of radioactive dust. You can buy a pack or three packs saving ten percent off the price or choose single miniatures.  Go HERE.

HOF19 
Rear View
HOF19 Post Apocalyptic Support
This pack contains ten miniatures taken from four poses useful for support and heavier fire power in your forces.  A badly built and septic cyborg sporting riveted body a machine gun and stick grenades.  Three poses of human males wearing rags and trenchcoats all bare footed and sporting scavenged helmets.  A warrior armed with a heavy calibre automatic weapon, a warrior in ski mask armed with an RPG and lastly a warrior in gas mask sporting a flame thrower.  Perfect for use as normal or mutant or other gang forces for road warriors or urban decay. Or of course as the minions of a mad dictator of an empire of radioactive dust. You can buy a pack or three packs saving ten percent off the price or choose single miniatures.  Go HERE.


If you like Post Apocalypse 15mm wargaming then before the bomb falls you will want to check out the excellent rules systems for gaming in this setting which we have.  If you like bigger games then Alien Squad Leader has an Army Template for fielding Gangers and if you like skirmishing wargaming then UM007 USEME Post Apocalypse is for you.  Our HOF 15mm miniatures work well with either of them.  Click through for more information on each of them.


The original pack in this part of the range is HOF55 Post Apocalyptic Warriors ten miniatures taken from three poses of human males armed with projectile weapons (machine pistol and sub-machine gun) dressed in gas masks, body armour and leather trench coats. Perfect for use as normal or mutant or other gang forces for road warriors or urban decay. Or of course as the minions of a mad dictator of an empire of radioactive dust. It's the aftermath of the worlds end...get fighting!  You can see them HERE and its 10% off this week too!

Watch out for Rad Pits!

GBS

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Alien Squad Leader 100 Point Army Packs now come with Cartouche Bases


Before we come to our main releases of the week on Thursday I have some news for you all.  Fans of Alien Squad Leader 2.0 will be happy to hear that from this week all orders from 15mm.co.uk that contain an army pack for the game will come with new and better element bases.

The new element bases are in the correct sizes for ASQL that being a 50mm square and a 100mm by 50mm rectangle for troop elements.  They are cartouche shape meaning rounded corners and are made of 3mm thick high quality resin.  These are pleasing to the eye and are strong enough to carry any 15mm miniatures or vehicles.  This change applies to our army packs for ASQL unpainted and pro-painted and based.


We currently offer the following Army Packs for Alien Squad Leader and we have another coming in the near future for a Human Colonial Army.


Thanks for your time.

GBS