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Tiny update from Vanguard Miniatures

News 27/08/19

Another update for you all on what exactly is happening here at Vanguard.

6mm Skinners infantry set B will be remoulded late this week early next with new masters and so will be back in store by the end of September.

Plenty of new 6mm products are lined up including Skinners tank variants, new Skinners leaders in heavy armour, updated gobblers and a new fighter.

Also for 6mm are new Desert troops sets, a new IFV and heavy assault transport for the regulars, and possible a few new tanks too. Next 6mm release should be the Cybershadow combat automaton set 1 and there are still yet more Cybershadow units to come.

3mm hope to see the Elites gunships in production very soon now and Skinners sets should appear in a few months time. We will also be getting the 3mm terrain models back in stock at some point.

Starships, the Dreadnought and Firedrake are on order and should also be in soon. I have three more metal ship releases for the Elites, all these should be out before the end of the year. There are also a few secret project pieces to come for this range too, more on that as I near production.

Terrain, I have around half a dozen new resin cast terrain items coming for 6mm, most if not all should see a September release. We are also looking at adapting a lot of Troublemaker Games last kickstarter campaign stl designs into actual physical models for retail so potentially a lot of new terrain pieces to come in the future. Some of these may see a 3mm release as well.

As can been seen we have plenty going on in the background and plenty of new releases to come before years end.

Regards John

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Cybershadow Combat Automaton CA100-A - £4.00




CA100-A, Combat Automaton series 100 – Alpha variant.

A very old but still quite potent battle robot design of the first generation of mechanical warriors created by the Cybershadows, the CA100-A is a general purpose battle unit equipped with under slung heavy machine guns and combat claws on its arms and a light cannon on it shoulder mount. Deployed en mass these machines are a potent and relentless threat only stopping once their objectives have been achieved or they are all destroyed during the execution of their programmed mission.

Set contains 4 x CA100-A robots in four poses.

Model height approx. 18mm including shoulder cannon.

Painted by John Fielding

https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/shop/cybershadow-combat-automaton-ca100-a/

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Out of curiosity, how long does it usually take for and order to reach the US?


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My order arrived in 7-10 days.
   
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 schoon wrote:
My order arrived in 7-10 days.


Found it. Mailman had tossed it in the bushes.


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Here's my preliminary review on the Novan Panthera.

I bought 4 of these, all 4 have some molding issue or other. Nothing I couldn't normally just clean up, but the recessed panel on the upper port side of the prow seems to have lost detail compared to it's starboard side twin on every one of them. While not a dealbreaker, it creates problems if you intend to use something like Nihilakh Oxide to create the illusion of lit panels in there. It looks like your manufacturer didn't wait for them to be fully cool before removing them from the mold, as I've seen similar signs before in my own lead castings. Some of the recessed panel lines show the same thing where the mold line crosses them on one of the minis.

The mold lines are generally inconspicuous, though when they're not, they're also hard to remove, particularly around the prow. There's also a conspicuous vent or sprue attachment on the prow, which is easily eliminated.

Most of these issues cleaned up fairly well, particularly if converting to the Panthera II, who's conversion bits cover over 100% of the issues above. However, some of them can lead to the conversion bits having a poor initial fit, depending on how bad the casting issues on the prow are, and the application of the jewelers file may be required, though this only occurred with the worst of the 4 Panthera class hulls.

In addition, there are gaps with the weapon batteries that you may or may not want to apply some greenstuff into.

While I'm not shaming white metal, these probably would have been better in resin.

I'm basecoating the first try later today, so we'll see how it goes, and I'll post pics here, hopefully.

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 BaronIveagh wrote:
Here's my preliminary review on the Novan Panthera.

I bought 4 of these, all 4 have some molding issue or other. Nothing I couldn't normally just clean up, but the recessed panel on the upper port side of the prow seems to have lost detail compared to it's starboard side twin on every one of them. While not a dealbreaker, it creates problems if you intend to use something like Nihilakh Oxide to create the illusion of lit panels in there. It looks like your manufacturer didn't wait for them to be fully cool before removing them from the mold, as I've seen similar signs before in my own lead castings. Some of the recessed panel lines show the same thing where the mold line crosses them on one of the minis.

The mold lines are generally inconspicuous, though when they're not, they're also hard to remove, particularly around the prow. There's also a conspicuous vent or sprue attachment on the prow, which is easily eliminated.

Most of these issues cleaned up fairly well, particularly if converting to the Panthera II, who's conversion bits cover over 100% of the issues above. However, some of them can lead to the conversion bits having a poor initial fit, depending on how bad the casting issues on the prow are, and the application of the jewelers file may be required, though this only occurred with the worst of the 4 Panthera class hulls.

In addition, there are gaps with the weapon batteries that you may or may not want to apply some greenstuff into.

While I'm not shaming white metal, these probably would have been better in resin.

I'm basecoating the first try later today, so we'll see how it goes, and I'll post pics here, hopefully.


Thanks a lot for this review! I will forward to John (the owner of Vanguard Miniatures), I think it'll be another good argument to have the ships produced in resin.


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So this just happened...

Novan Elites Heavy Siege Armour Suppressors - £6.50

Suppressors are a support arm of the Novan Elites siege armour detachments, in addition to the regular equipment carried by such units they also carry overhead heavy grenade launcher pods. These launchers allow the squad to act as a mobile fire support formation and have proven quite effective in the suppression of both enemy ground units and the defenders of city walls and fortifications. Once the launchers have expended all munitions the empty pods can be ejected for greater mobility.

This set contains: 30 x Novan Elites heavy siege armour suppressors in five poses.

https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/shop/novan-elites-heavy-siege-armour-suppressors/

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With AI2019 out, I was hoping to see more aircraft and AA stuff.

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With AI2019 out, I was hoping to see more aircraft and AA stuff.


There's quite a few already, and you have to give them a little time to come up with wholly original concepts.

 
   
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Bday discount today!

Vanguards Birthday

Vanguard Miniatures is four years old tomorrow the 18th of September, I do not often choose to celebrate such business milestones but have decided to do so this year in order to thank all my customers old and new for their continued support and encouragement. And so to that end Vanguard will be having a 12% off basket discount event for one day only running from midnight tonight until midnight on the 18th. Enter the code “four today” to receive the discount when checking out.

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A few new additions for the 6mm Novan Convent forces, this time round in the form of Sparta APC turret upgrades. Sky Shield, the Organ Mortar and Retributor vehicles join the ranks of Lord Saullo’s elite female warriors. Each set contains three vehicles of the same type.

Find them in the Novan Convent section of Vanguards website.


https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/product-category/defeat-in-detail-6mm/tusculum-nova/novan-convent/


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The 6mm Gobblers have been updated, expect more reinforcements for the Skinners soon...

Gobblers - £5.50

Gobblers are a diminutive (typically four feet tall) subspecies of the Skinners armies. Distantly related genetically to their larger brethren, they are weaker and less intelligent, but have been known to group together in packs of hundreds or even thousands, overwhelming their enemies by sheer numerical superiority.

This set contains:

20 x Gobblers with melee weapons

20 x Gobblers with carbines

https://vanguardminiatures.co.uk/shop/gobblers/

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