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Combat Models PT 76We are now stocking items from Combat Models. This Spanish company is focusing on Vietnam (spot a theme there?) and their first release is a rather excellent PT 76. They aim to follow this with further vehicles for the period and even a set of wargames rules.
Combat Models are currently available within our 'Modern Combat' section, but are likely to be given their own section as further releases arrive. The example here was painted by the ridiculously talented Ruben Torregrosa (HeresyBrush).
This is available in our web-store now!
New RedStar 'Shop' and Dien Bien Phu Range in Stock.
We are very pleased to announce that RedStar Miniatures now have their own section on our website. This is to celebrate the launch of their excellent Dien Bien Phu range, covering the French in Vietnam. The first releases are beautifully characterful French paratroopers, with the promise of more figures for this range to come.
'On May 7th 1954, the garrison of the fortified camp of Dien Bien Phu ceased the fight against General Giap North Vietnamese army after heroic resistance. So ended an epic struggle which began 170 days earlier when French paratroopers landed in the area. Although not marking the end of the war in French Indochina, this cataclysmic defeat affected French morale deeply. Soon they will be engaged in another bitter conflict in Algeria.'
These are available in our online shop now!
Empress Does Kickstarter! Well, now that another Salute! is behind us, it's time to reveal our next big project. We are aiming to run a Kickstarter project (www.kickstarter.com) within a few weeks in order to make a significant addition to our Modern Combat range of figures. As a 'young' company our resources are limited and, with the cost of development, we are prevented from adding to some of our ranges in a big way.
USMC with 'boonie' hat option
Our aim with the Modern figures is to add an entire 'theater' or theme to the range in one go. We could only dream of doing this normally, but with the help of Kickstarter we reckon that we are in with a good chance of making a really meaningful addition to this range.
USMC with helmet option
So whats the plan? We are focusing on the Asia-Pacific region for our new theme. As a result the Kickstarter will initially focus on the United States Marines (USMC) with both tropical and 'desert' equipment options (suitable for all theaters), with some rather nice extras such as New Zealand SAS. Should we be lucky enough to reach our modest target then we will focus on the PLA - the Chinese Army and the Australian Army. Sprinkled along the way will be lots of interesting extras and some figures exclusive to the Kickstarter.
Chinese PLA infantryman
We are going 'all-out' to produce the highest quality figures that we possible can for this, with extensive research and attention to detail to produce 'hi-res' figures worthy of your collection. Backers will find that this is a really excellent value Kickstarter, allowing you to obtain figures at greatly reduced prices - as well as being safe in the knowledge that you will be able to get an entire force complete with all of the expected support weapons etc. at once rather than waiting.
New Zealand SAS
We will be revealing more figures and information in the run-up to launch, with a new dedicated page soon to be added to the Empress Miniatures site. In the meantime we would value your opinions and feedback at this stage. It is important to tailor our Kickstarter campaign to suit the wishes of our customers, as well as helping ourselves expand this range, so your opinions are very welcome.
-The Empress Team
Even More New Releases!
Wow - things are getting busier and busier at Empress, and the result is even more new releases across our ranges. This weekends round-up continues below.
We've mentioned it a lot already, but if you are attending Salute! this year then it might be worth considering a pre-order for collection on the day. We have had a lot already and stock is starting to run low on popular items before we even arrive at the show! We are arranging more deliveries before next weekend, but a pre-order is the best way to avoid missing out on the day.
Anyway, enough of that nonsense and on to the new toys!
Firstly we have even more additions to our inter-war Afghans. Suitable for the Third Afghan War, Waziristan and the entire inter-war period, these fierce tribesmen now come with extra support, command and cavalry.
Next we have additions to our Spanish Civil War range with a Condor Legion 88mm gun. Initially used as an anti-aircraft weapon, these were used successfully as long-range artillery and, famously, in the anti-tank role during World War 2. Our gun comes with a fully detailed trailer and optional gun-shield, and the figures would be entirely suitable as an early World War 2 Luftwaffe crew too.
On a more speculative note, we have also added a 'civilian'/militia/Volksturm crew and gun set in our 'Nationalist' shop area. These are perfect for 'what if' scenarios, late World War 2 options and ideal should you want to escalate the arms race to new heights in 'A Very British Civil War' scenarios!
And finally we have new additions to the superlative Xan Miniatures 15mm Napoleonic range, with the first of the French artillery. Now both Line and Horse artillery crews are available along with cannon and howitzers. These beautiful figures can be picked up in our Xan shop now.
Here is a round-up of our latest releases, all fresh into the shop and ready in time for Salute! 2013. We highly recommend that customers pre-order any items for collection at the show. New and popular items are likely to sell-out quickly on the day!
Firstly, for the Anglo Zulu War, we have added Major Redvers Buller in a double-pack that includes both mounted and dismounted versions of this famous personality.
This Cape Frontier War Veteran commanded the mounted infantry of the northern British column under Sir Evelyn Wood and went on to win a Victoria Cross at Hlobane.
Next we have additions to our 'Jazz Age Imperialism' range - three more packs of afghans for Waziristan, Third Afghan War and the inter-war period. These add further riflemen and some support in the form of a mortar (with crew). There are more of these (including cavalry) to come very soon!
Thirdly, we have an addition to our Modern Combat range in the form of a pair of 'downed' British Apache Helicopter pilots. These are armed with pistols and a carbine (carried in the cockpit of the helicopter) and are great for 'Behind Enemy Lines' -type search and rescue scenarios in your games.
Finally we have added some extremely useful gabions to our 'Builders Yard'. Compatible with 28mm figures, these represent over 500 years of military defenses and can be combined with our wicker fences to create some very realistic barricades and fortified positions. They are available as single items or in larger packs at a discount.
All of these new releases are available now in our store!
Introducing Westphalia Miniatures
We are delighted to announce that we are now stocking the fantastic Westphalia Miniatures range from Germany.
A wonderfully eclectic range of very useful Napoleonic subjects, using the combined talents of some of the most respected master-modellers and miniature sculptors in the industry. The detail on the wagons and cassions etc. make them amongst the very best available in the world, and now Westphalia are embarking on producing the Saxon army with the ever-talented Paul Hicks.
In their own words:
We are a non-profit organisation made up of Hobbyists, Sculptors and Researchers with the aim to provide ourselves and certain fellows with rather obscure 28mm miniatures from the Napoleonic era.
Kawe Weissi-Zadeh, 21/04/2012"
We will have the full stock of Westphalia figures available at Salute! this year (Stand TA30) and Triples and we would highly recommend Pre-Ordering anything in advance for collection at these shows as we expect these to be popular items.. In the meantime they are all available in our online shop now.
New Releases for Zulu War, English Civil War and Terrain.
We are continuing our busy release schedule with the addition of General Marshal to our Anglo Zulu War range. Famously wearing his 'afghan' coat, he comes complete with an ADC.
We are also very pleased to announce our charity figures produced in conjunction with the Naseby Project (http://www.naseby.com ). Both Oliver Cromwell and Prince Rupert are available from our English Civil War Personalities shop and £1 from the sale of each of these exquisite figures goes directly to the project. These 28mm figures are available now.
Finally we have added some very useful wicker fencing to our 'Builders Yard'. These are available in packs of 6 and 15 and is a very cost-effective way to reproduce this style of barrier. They are detailed, accurate and suitable for a huge number of historical periods.
Now Stocking Tsuba Miniatures!
Empress Miniatures is very proud to announce that we are now stocking the excellent Tsuba Miniatures from Germany. Tsuba have ranges of 28mm miniatures for the Russo-Japanese war, the Freikorps Werdenfels and some fun character models such as Manchurian Bandits ideal for shooting it out in the back of beyond! With their ranges expanding quickly, this is a line to keep an eye on.
We have the full range available in our store right now.
New Modern British And Zulu War Dragoon Guards We are pleased to announce the latest release for our modern British Infantry which includes some useful 'fillers' and additional fire-support. This latest pack includes two infantry armed with the Minimi and two riflemen with L86 rifles, one of whom is carrying an optional stowed Vallon mine detector.
The sculpting and casting is up to the standards that you would expect from Empress, and these figures provide more life-like additions to your modern British forces.
We have also just added our latest additions to the Anglo Zulu War range with the release of three packs representing the British Dragoon Guards. Shown below, in the now obligatory charging photo, these dynamic figures add a touch of 'dash' to your Zulu War British armies.
All of these new releases are available in our online shop right now!
Frontier Light Horse
The new additions to our Anglo-Zulu War range start with the Frontier Light HorseWe have added three new packs of Frontier Light Horse, both mounted and dismounted, to our Zulu War range. These figures come with separate heads and can be mix-and-matched on their mounts to provide additional variety.
These are available in our web-store right now, and will be followed closely by more releases for the Zulu War!
Pro Gloria Miniatures
We are now stocking the wonderful 'Pro Gloria Miniatures' 15th Century Renaissance range.
This excellent range is sculpted by the ever-talented Paul Hicks, and contains evocative 15th and 16th Century vignettes of both town and country life, as well as a growing range of Landsknecht troop types and command. Exquisite figures, and available in our online store now.
Mutton Chop Comes to Empress
We are very proud to announce that Paul Hick's superb Mutton Chop Miniatures has found a new home at Empress Miniatures.
Paul has been a major factor in the continued success of Empress Miniatures over the last five years and we are thrilled to bits that he has decided to let us handle this very quirky and very cool range on his behalf. Still owned by Paul, this range will continue to expand as he digs into his imagination to fill out his imaginary 1930's world.
Already well know to 'A Very British Civil War' buffs, this range contains some remarkably characterful figures which would fit in to many 'Pulp' and real-life scenarios. It includes figures, vehicles and even a bit of street furniture.
We are awaiting stock of some of the vehicles and posters while new production is set up for these, but the majority of the range is available in our online store right now!
Empress Miniatures is proud to announce that we are now the main stockist for Xan Miniatures from Spain in Europe and the US.
Xan currently produce 15mm Napoleonic figures and 20mm WW2 figures, guns and vehicles. They are an ambitious company and have great plans to expand all of these ranges (and more) in the near future.
The figures are compatible with other leading brands and offer a great value alternative for your armies. The castings are clean and just about 'paint-ready' from the bag and we highly recommend them!
These are available in our online store now, so we invite you to browse the new Xan Miniatures pages here to see whats available!
New ECW Cavalry
We are continuing our run of new releases with these wonderfully dramatic new cavalry figures. They are fully armoured and armed with pistols and, as usual, this complete release contains command as well as a great variety of troopers and horses. The range of poses for both riders and mounts will give your units a uniquely authentic look.
These great figures are available in our online shop now!
New Zealand Wars - British Navy Added
We are delighted to introduce the next releases in our 'Maori Wars' range, with the arrival of the British Naval Shore Parties! These wonderfully characterful figures capture the spirit of the Victorian sailor brilliantly, and are dressed in the earliest 'official' uniform of the British Navy. For this reason they are not only useful for New Zealand, but would be equally at home in the Crimea or Indian sub-continent.
This release includes command, personalities, ratings and a colossal 32-pounder naval artillery piece with full crew. This huge gun was brought ashore and used in sieges against Maori Pas and makes a unique addition to any mid-nineteenth century army!
These new releases are available in our online shop right now.
New English Civil War Saker
We have just released our latest ECW code - a large Saker artillery piece. This is a special gun in that the barrel is a copy of one made by John Brown in 1632 and presented to Charles when still a Prince. As a result it has a special engraving on the barrel which has been beautifully reproduced on our model.
This new piece is available in our online shop right now!
We are very pleased to announce our latest Modern Combat releases, in the form of two new packs of insurgent/irregular fighters. These represent the irregular soldiers, insurgents and freedom fighters seen around the world, and are armed with a wide selection of different weapons and kit. Clothing consists of everything from military garb to civilian nylon tracksuits and anything inbetween!
These are available in our store now, along with the original set of insurgents, making these a viable fighting force now.
If we are not attending a particular show then our figures are available from Caliver Books who carry all of our ranges.
Empress Miniatures is pleased to be working with The Naseby Project.
For more information please visit http://www.naseby.com/