Brigade Models Miniatures

I just discovered another spaceship minature manufacturer: Brigade Models. They provide the miniatures for Starmada X.

They are located in Kent, England, so postage inside EU should be okay if you order a reasonable amount of miniatures.
The scale is something between large scale (Firestorm Armada, Battlefleet Gothic..) and fleetscale (Star Blazers). The ships are all cast in pewter.

SFSP-101The style of the different fleets differ a lot. I like the design of some single ships, others I really dislike, but just take a look by yourself.
The great thing is: They offer a large amount of small fighter models and provide a fighter stand for 3 fighters each.

SFS-7001There also seem to be other spaceship ranges called “Squadron Commander” (wrong scale, just large fighters) and “Iron Stars” (ugly minatures) which are not really worth a look.

Miniature casting

As you can see I have now my own tin casting moulds for miniature spaceships.

And more are on the way once I made new master models. I create them with a mix of modeling clay, plasticard and old parts of computer circuit boards. Then they will be formed with 2-component heat resistant silicone. Once everything is done and dried I use an alloy of 84% tin 4,5% antimony 9,5% lead and 2% copper for the individual models by melting it and casting the different miniatures.

If you want to get some too, no problem at all. I casted more than I need so I included a Paypal shopping cart connected to those ships. At the moment I only want to deliver to germany, via DHL “Maxibrief” which leads us to 2,40 EUR shipping charges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGeneric cruiser, 84% tin, ~50mm, 3,50 EUR

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Generic cargo ship, 84% tin, ~50mm, 3,50 EUR

Star Blazers Fleet Battle System

I just recently discovered another fleetscale minature game: Star Blazers Fleet Battle System.

Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series, Space Battleship Yamato. There are different sequels to the series and the one I know, watched and started to like was “Space Battleship Yamato 2199″.

Watch the trailer / intro, you’ll like it, too!
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 alternative opening

I didn’t get the chance to read the rulebooks yet but the minatures are those of the series and they look awesome. They are maybe a little bit out of scale for fleetscale models. The smallest cruisers are about ~14mm, the largest battleships are ~70mm.