The week before a big UK wargames show is always a busy one for us. In addition to the usual hectic round on casting, packing, processing and despatching lots of mail orders, we’ve got to get our show stock levels up to scratch, prepare bits and pieces for collection at the show and get any new items stocked and displayed. Shall we say that it can get a bit hectic…
All of which brings us around to this week’s order number which has reached #25652. With that out of the way, it’s time for a couple of new releases.
This week, marks the first entries into a big gap in our second world war range in the shape of the iconic Russian T34/85 tank, and its big brother, the IS II.
As is the case for all our AFVs, you get an extra turret in each pack of three tanks with a commander poking his head out to get some fresh air.
These are available either in our standard three vehicle packs, or in larger numbers in company packs.
You will find all the details HERE
We have a couple of new shuttles to add to the 6mm range today, both for the European Federation.
The first and largest is the Aigle Assault Lander, which can carry a platoon of infantry or several small armoured vehicles from orbit to surface. If inserting into a hot landing zone, it’s equipped with a suite of ECM and active counter-measures to avoid attracting enemy fire on the way down. Aigles are also capable of travel between planets, with the interior cargo area re-configured into crew accommodation.
The Cormoran is a small personnel shuttle, used for courier work or landing away teams on planetary surfaces. Specially configured stealth versions with improved EW suites are also used by special forces for insertion, while the shuttles on smaller vessels also do double-duty as lifeboats. Like the Aigle, many have found their way into civilian use with the military electronics replaced by commercial grade equipment.
Both models can be used in 6mm surface games, or they will also serve in Squadron Commander games as scenario objectives. Both models are also available in our spaceship range at a smaller scale.
After last week’s paean lauding the virtues of England’s Steel City, it’s more of a prosaic piece today. ‘Why’, asks one of my regular customers, ‘Do you always announce new releases the day before a wargames show? Even if I know I am going there, it never gives me chance to work out what I want.’
‘Fair enough’, says I, ‘Let’s see what I can do’. And so, this week will see the Partizan show releases available in time for you to actually order them for the show. What a brilliant idea! However, before we get on to all of that excitement, it’s time for a bit of housekeeping in the shape of this week’s order number which stands at #25601. (The usual caution applies that a couple of orders prior to this will miss the cut and will go out next week.)
The big news for this week is the full release of our resculpted and expanded Great Northern War Russian range. These models replace what was one of the oldest set of sculpts in our catalogues and they bring the Russians bang up to modern standards. We’ve finally added Horse Grenadiers to the range,
which should cheer the hordes of people who have requested these chaps over the years. Another oft-requested code is the dismounted dragoons wearing Kartuz.
As befits an overhaul of the figures, we’ve also taken the opportunity to update and expand the range of flags available. The existing sheets have been redesigned from scratch using vector format, which gives a much sharper and more detailed end result.
We’ve also added extra sheets covering Strelzy regiments, the 1712 pattern colours for the infantry, and the pre-1712 pattern Dragoon colours.
As with all of our Polemos ranges, we have army and booster packs available, and a boxed set.
All are designed for use with our own GNW rules, but are perfectly suited to other systems. The Russians are also matched with a Swedish force for one of our popular ‘Matched Pair’ sets.
These figures will feature in one of our ‘Showcase’ videos in the future, but to get an idea of what you can expect, follow this link to check out the video on their Swedish opponents.
If you would like to order some of these little beauties, or indeed anything else for collection at Partizan, you now have no excuse. You have the time, so use it well!
Finally, it wouldn’t be a weekly update without a little tease, so here is a cheeky image of some things that will also make their first appearance at Partizan. More details next week…