Putting the 'Success' into Successors...
4th Nov 2023
Once again, Friday has come lurking from the shadows, crept up and mugged me while I still hadn’t realised that Thursday had left the room. After a bit of scrabbling I’ve hurriedly found this week’s magic order number, which this week stands at #25953.
Releasing new codes and adding items to our ranges is one of those processes that goes on continually behind the scenes at Baccus HQ. As is apparent from the outcomes of our uncannily accurate annual predictions it can also be a surprisingly uncertain and unpredictable undertaking. A glimpse behind the curtain would reveal all the drama, the arguments, the tantrums and the tears that go into the creative process. If you thought it’s just a matter of banging a few master figures into a mould and springing the end results on a grateful world, the think again. Really, think again!
All of which sort of brings me round to the fact that there’s no new releases today, but there will be next week, just in time for the Warfare show at Farnborough. This time we’re leaving the second world war in the sideline as our resculpted Successors will take centre stage. As with all of our updates, the catalyst for overhauling the old figures was the fact that our veteran moulds are beginning to wear out so the decision is really forced on us.
The official release will be next week, ahead of the Warfare show at Farnborough, but following a couple of email suggestions, I am listing all of the new codes should anyone wish to order them for collection at the show.
We will also be producing our ever-popular army packs using the new codes. You have until Wednesday to get any collection orders in to us, as after that I can't guarantee that we will have the time to do any more.
New 15mm from Bradley Miniatures. Express Elevator into Hell! Drop Pod for two fire-teams (build options). Last Bradley code of 2023. Winter Mega Event (20% off auto at checkout on all orders) ends 6th December. Read the article for details plus Security Force Alpha and USEME rules and scenario for Drop Pods.
We’ve added another pair of models to our 1/700th range of coastal forts. These are both Henrician Device Forts, built by Henry VIIIth and funded by an order from the King known as a ‘device’. These were mostly built across the South coast to counter the threat from the Spanish, although some were built in Wales and as far north as Hull on the East coast. They varied in size and design from small artillery blockhouses to large castles such as Deal and Walmer.
This week’s pair are from Dorset, and overlook the Weymouth Harbour and Portland Roads anchorages. Sandsfoot Castle (also known as Weymouth Castle) is a smallish rectangular blockhouse with an octagonal gun platform at one end. Sadly it’s in a state of disrepair nowadays, with much of the stone taken for other building projects when it fell into disuse in the C.17th.
Portland Castle is further south on the Isle of Portland. It’s a fan-shaped artillery castle which housed around a dozen guns, and was still used during the Napoleonic wars. After repairs to the foundations, today it’s considered on of the best preserved of Henry’s forts.